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1. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

A naive reformist - but still.

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of
Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
are near Tikrit.

Yours,

Michael Moore

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

2. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Terrific!

3. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 11y

Well is Moore down there helping, or is he telling Bush he should then just ignoring it?

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Michael Moore must have fallen asleep and failed to watch either CNN, Fox or MSMBC. There have been helicopters in the air since Katrina passed by and was it safe to fly. Thousands were plucked off roofs in the first several days. The total by Friday was over 5,000. The helicopters stationed at Nellis AFB here in Las Vegas were mobilized on Wednesday and flew down to the gulf states. The leeve broke on Tuesday and flooded New Orleans, necessitating additional assets. Is acting one day after the leeve broke being slow to act? How fast does Mr. Moore expect a large organization to act and get assets in place? Does Mr. Moore really think our govenrment looked at the people stranded in New Orleans, saw that were predominately black and decide to wait a few more days before responding? Now that is a smart move politically. Every democatically elected government wants to remain in power and popular with the voters. What possible benefit is it to stand by and watch people suffer and die? Mr. Moore's hatred of the current president is well know and colors his every thought. I do not think he is capable of an objective view when the subject is Pres. Bush.

Perhaps Mr. Moore has an axe to grind and letting pesky facts that contradict his bias are conviently ignored. The leeves have been in place since the 1800s and were never built to withstand a catagory 4 hurricane. The cost was prohibitive to upgrade them from a 3 to a 4 and this decision was made many years before the Bush era. Another fact that is inconvient for Mr. Moore.

The National Guard arrived in force on Friday, Sept. 2. They brought with them thousands of MRE meals and water. This country is large enough to have Guard units overseas and also respond to a local emergency. Again, does Mr. Moore expect buses to magically appear for transport out and Guard units to arrive with security and food in one day? Everybody wishes they were in New Orleans by Thursday. It did not happen and Senate hearings will find out why. It does take a few days to mobilize troops, trucks, load them up and get rolling. I will reserve harsh criticism until more facts are know. Something that Mr. Moore never has been very good at. Now I hope he uses some of his profits from his films and supports the Red Cross in it's effort to aid the Katrina victims.

Imagine, somebody using a tragic event for political purposes. Someone like Michael Moore ranting about it to the press, the Rev. Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton getting some face time on TV to criticise whatever effort is being made. Has there been any major news event concerning people of color that these two do not get on TV and pontificate? I cannot remember one. My 2 cents worth.

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

I don't watch tv (and if I would it wouldn't be fox or even cnn) - but from what I read on the boards and hear on my favourite local rock radio station (Xfm rules!) situation in New Orleans is pretty bad if people are dying from the lack of fresh water and food.

mr moor is naive to believe that it's just bush's administration which is at fault. Whoever would be at power at the white house they still wouldn't give much about some poor sods on social security dying somewhere and they still would send troops all around the world to kill and make some colonies.

priorities of the system are not people - but how much profit you can make out of them. If those people can't work - sod them

6. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

I feel like I could almost just sit back and quote VegasMike's post as my own but I want to get in a little here, too. I can't believe that there is so much reverse-racism going on down in New Orleans. That they are not getting support because they are black. I can't believe some of the interviews that I have seen on the tv. Funny, I didn't see any white people being interviewed saying'We ain't gettin' no support cuz we be living wit so many colored people.' Outrageous! Everybody in that area is suffering and will be for a while. Its so great that we can all sit back and listen to the radio and watch tv and form all our opinions from what the media shovels into our laps.

I'm with Mike - when I see Michael Moore down there shoveling sand up onto the levees and helping pump out all the water then maybe he should have a right to speak. 'Til then I think he should shut his pie hole and get out there and do something about what he is so upset about. Instead of antagonizing weak-minded people who can't make up there own opinions. Freedom of speech?!? Man, let him go live in Iraz for a couple of years before the Iraq war and let him voice his opinion about how bad things were over there.

I went and saw Moore's comedy about 9/11. And I've sat down and watched his Bowling for Columbine. I think its great how he too can make money off of other people's tragedy. Isn't that what's great about America? Fat cynicists have a place here, also.

7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

Quoting vegasmike6

Michael Moore must have fallen asleep and failed to watch either CNN, Fox or MSMBC.

who really watches these news stations? they arent even news channels? FOX has its hands down GW's Pants and CNN just plain tells u lies? i would hope Moore was asleep and FAILED to watch these channels as they will only show Americans what they wanna see!!!

"dont wanna be an American Idiot!!"

8. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

Quoting IronChef

Fat cynicists have a place here, also.

it so typical that Right Wing Americans use slander and derogatory remarks about peoples appearance as their base argument. Its this type of argument an closed mindedness for criticising a man who has gone and out did something about what he feels is wrong. What have either of u two done? Did u sign up to invade Iraq? I left the USA - that’s even doing SOMETHING.

9. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting jeffG

Quoting IronChef

Fat cynicists have a place here, also.

it so typical that Right Wing Americans use slander and derogatory remarks about peoples appearance as their base argument. Its this type of argument an closed mindedness for criticising a man who has gone and out did something about what he feels is wrong. What have either of u two done? Did u sign up to invade Iraq? I left the USA - that’s even doing SOMETHING.

yep, somebodies physical size shouldn't ever be an argument - as if the great proportion of an american population wasn't overweight?

and everybody should be able to say what they think - even if they are not able to pump water out or shoveling sand up onto the levees. For that there should be qualified and experienced engineers with a proper equipment.

Moore should be really there with his camera to show us what really mass media tend not to see

10. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

yep, somebodies physical size shouldn't ever be an argument - as if the great proportion of an american population wasn't overweight?

and everybody should be able to say what they think - even if they are not able to pump water out or shoveling sand up onto the levees. For that there should be qualified and experienced engineers with a proper equipment.

Moore should be really there with his camera to show us what really mass media tend not to see

as that post was flagged - hardly revolutionary socialism beems through it - I would like to ask somebody who did it what he/she do think about rights quaranteed by an american constitution (and I don't mean a right to carry a gun)?