Sat, 21 Jan 2006 17:59:16
Item-1 Our Government In Action: There was an almost breathtaking story by James Varney in today’s local rag about the monthly costs of FEMA trailers: $3 322. And y’all these are not like the fancy trailer Jack Nicholson had in “About Schmidt.” We’re talking generic flimsy pieces of shit. There are plenty of rentals in the metro area for less and if you can pay 3K you can get a helluva spiffy crib Uptown or in the Quarter. The thing that blows me away is that FEMA’s direct rental assistance program has a cap of $786 a month. You know things are bad when Councilman Eddie Bad Hair starts making sense.
Why are these shitboxes so expensive? I don’t know for sure but I have a hunch: FEMA is part of the Porkland Security Department. The feds of course are the ones who gave us $150 screwdrivers and $400 toilet seats. Mmm pork. Remember when the Repubs were the party of smaller government? Those days are long gone. Brownie the fashion god was not the only incompetent at FEMA or Homeland Insecurity.
Item-2 Waving The Bloody Flag: History buffs out there will recognize the 19th Century origins of this phrase. It was what the Repubs did from 1868-1888 once they had morphed from the party of Lincoln Seward and Sumner into the corrupt tool of the robber barons. At every election they ran against the “bloody flag of rebellion.” You woulda thought that Grant was running against Jeff Davis BUT it worked.
Yesterday White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl (Turd Blossom) Rove oozed back into the spotlight. He spoke to the RNC and urged Repub candidates to wave the bloody flag of 9/11 and the endless “war on terrorism.” It did after all work in 2002 and 2004 when war heroes like Max Cleland and John Kerry were smeared as “unpatriotic” by chickenhawks like Vice President Duce. The problem is that the big lie often works: ask John McCain or Horace Greeley for that matter. Of course Horace went…um…west quite some time ago.
I know one thing for sure: the closer we get to election day the administration will start chattering about chatter and raise nationwide security alerts as they did throughout 2004. Btw there has not been a *single* nationwide security alert since November 2004. Jeez I wonder why…