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Re: Additional Katrina news and relief sources

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Douglas Barbour <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 7 Sep 2005 09:37:02 -0600

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And I just received this from a friend:
Michael Moore is on it:

> Subject: An open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush
> Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 19:41:33 -0400 (EDT)
>
> 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
>
> "If I can't be a good example, I'll just have to be a horrible 
> warning."

Doug

Douglas Barbour
11655 - 72 Avenue NW
Edmonton  Ab  T6G 0B9
(780) 436 3320

not random, these
crystalline structures, these
non-reversible orders, this
camera forming tendencies, this
edge of greater length, this
lyric forever error, this
something embarrassingly clear, this
language we come up against

		Kathleen Fraser

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