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Saturday, September 03, 2005

  Inappropriate response?

Where Bush said: The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)

Here's some biting netitizen satire of what Bush might have said at other national disasters:
Oh, yea, and this from Kayne West was deemed inappropriate by NBC

And this strangely appropriate (freudian?) slip from feeble FEMA director Michael D. Brown, who obviously doesn't understand that Pac-man - and much of the violence in the streets - are about eating things...



Eric Raymond defends an armed, responsible citizenry, as does the New York Times:

I re-read Brin's The Postman last night.

A constant theme runs throughout that book: "Who will take responsibility?". Brin writes: The postman was written as an answer to all those post-apocalyptic books and films that seem to revel in the idea of civilization's fall. It's a story about how much we take for granted -- and how desperately we would miss the little, gracious things that connect us today. It is a story about the last idealist in a fallen America. A man who cannot let go of a dream we all once shared. Who sparks restored faith that we can recover, and perhaps even become better than we were.
 
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Ben Franklin and the other guys knew what they were doing when they wrote the fundamental precepts of a free society. They knew that those who would attempt to inhibit those freedoms will come from many directions: across the Atlantic in that era, across the Pacific 200 years later, up from the south and down from the north today, and around the corner and down the street in New Orleans.

Our government does not guarantee our freedom. Rather, it grants us the tools, be they arms, words or votes, to secure that freedom.

It is all about what you can do for yourself and your fellow man that this country is about, not what the government can do for you.
 
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