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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 09:36

Cynically Speaking - September Was National Preparedness Month - Nobody Told Me

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MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Well, it is the month of October and many of us are wondering about the hubristic threat of a Rovian October surprise, and if it would be deadly, because this is the administration for debt, death, and destruction ... at any cost.

During a late night show on TV this week, I saw for the first time an ad with President Clinton and Bush 41 sitting together talking about a web site called Ready.gov. I have to admit that I was curious about this site, as I was too pissed at the time just seeing Clinton sitting there with Bush to pay attention to what they were saying.

(And, why is that? After what the Bush crime family has done to this country during the last 30 years, to our media, to the Clintons and their eight years of serving this country, and especially knowing that Bush 43 took an agency that was top notch under Clinton and ruined it to where we citizens had to watch people die for days in New Orleans, yeah, there has been no accountability and, yes, I will always be irritated and angry at any Democrat giving either Bush credibility by their very appearance, but, then that's the DLC for ya, isn't it, they've even given their votes. Bipartisanship should be hung out when it comes to a treasonous and criminal administration, such as the Bush administration. Bipartisanship then becomes complicity to the crimes, and it gives these criminals more power in the public's eyes. It gives them credibility for them to appear with someone who is well liked.

Hmmm, I guess I'm the only one to find out that September was "National Preparedness Month," according to our Homeland Security, the most prepared group of us all. They are all survivors. Of course the other site, Citizen Corps, with Senator Clinton and New York Representative Peter King, was promoting this in remembrance of 911, so I probably missed it, because all I could think of during that time was the possibility that if Bush had warned Americans, maybe those people would not have died on that day. We still haven't had an impartial investigation. Bush is still close friends with the bin Laden family. And, it was another reminder that saving lives (other people's lives) is not important to this Bush administration, because they are responsible for tens of thousands, yes hundreds of thousands of deaths in only six years. And, who will have to pay for all of those deaths? The American people, that's who.

Everyone should visit this site. It's very "inciteful." I'm sure all of those elderly citizens have read this site and are out there getting prepared. I grew up in tornado alley, but if we'd been hit with a tornado like many Americans have been hit, none of this would have mattered. Check out what we are supposed to do in case of a nuclear attack and for those elderly people and their families. Some of it is quite costly and no doubt a few Americans have those underground, steel-braced holes they can crawl into, but most Americans will have to face those musical blues, probably in the same way those citizens of New Orleans had to face their tragedy and are still having to live with it a year later. I said before, look at Iraq and Americans should have the picture of what the residents of New Orleans could expect from the Bush Republican administration.
Then ask yourselves ... would any of this advice have mattered to those in New Orleans or in a tornado disaster, mud slide, nuclear attack, and this is just a sample ... where many Americans live, electricity goes off during a simple rain shower. It's called deregulation and privatization of utilities (remember Cheney and his secret energy talks?) what should be the American citizens' own Common Wealth. For those of you who have not read this site and are ill-prepared:

Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

If you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information notes the best way to communicate with you. (Would this have helped those who died in their wheelchairs or in their beds on the second floor of their homes, drowning and some bodies are still being found in their homes a year later?)

Keep these documents in a waterproof container for quick and easy access.

If you are dependent on dialysis or other life sustaining treatment, know the location and availability of more than one facility.

Show others how to operate your wheelchair.

Know the size and weight of your wheelchair, in addition to whether or not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported.

It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.

You may have trouble getting through, or the telephone system may be down altogether, but be patient.

Ready.gov - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

The first things to go out in an emergency situation will be electricity and phones, and if you are lucky, maybe a cell phone might work, if that person has one and can afford it. What this country really needs is a prepared National Guard that is not sent off to some illegal war for profit, and a prepared government agency that can deal with real problems, like the agency we had when Clinton was president and before Bush got a hold of it.

I don't believe too much has changed since New Orleans was killed in cold blood. The advice for families, communication, etc., didn't work for those people, not because of their fault, but because of the complete asinine, fake preparedness of FEMA as a result of the usual idiocy by Bush and his constant promoting of those who are not qualified for their jobs.

The only item missing here in these kits was the duct tape, and I didn't spend that much time looking for it. There's enough goody-two-shoes advice, I only hope it's in a book along with the other books in the fairy tail section of your favorite bookstore. It does, however, remind me of the government preparedness in the fifties for nuclear blasts, and all of those underground defense plants, that are now ... oh, I don't know, large empty caverns? Children lived with the idea that any day they "could" be vaporized by some unknown enemy.

Ready. gov is worth a read, especially under the nuclear attack advice ... it's just another reminder of why we have come so far backwards in just six years under the Bush administration's leadership. Americans have found out that we aren't the only ones Bush doesn't listen to or talk to, North Korea has had the same treatment.

A few questions do come to mind after reading this site. Why was September chosen for preparedness month? Because of 911 or because it comes before October? How long has it been on the web? How much does this Homeland Security Agency really cost Americans? Who were the guys in the $3,000 blue suits and wing-tipped shoes who thought of this brilliant plan and how much were their bonuses?

Bush couldn't possibly think it absolves the government of any responsibility towards Americans in time of tragedy, but then Bush just absolves himself from any accountability.

After reading most of it, I'm not saying don't stock up, go ahead if it makes people feel more safe, but any person could feel just as safe as a cat in a bag because what the Bush administration feels about Americans is that, what we don't know and what we can't see won't hurt us. I felt that what the site is really saying is that if we have an October Surprise, or some other unforeseen tragedy in the future, the only people who will probably survive will be Bush, Cheney, Rove and the people working for Homeland Security.

Thanks BuzzFlash,

Shirley Smith

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON