Friday, September 02, 2005

Katrina: Bush's Worst Failure; What I Feared Since 2000

As Americans come to their senses about Hurricaine, many of them are waking up to the fact that we really do need a president. We need a head of the executive branch who will appoint competant people to head important federal agencies and step in and micro-manage when necessary. What we have is a chronic vacationer who wastes the National Guard on an unnecessary war, then waits five days to even visit a disaster area, then, incredibly, passes the buck to the very agencies he heads and staffs, calling their efforts "unacceptable."

Even if you haven't taken Administrative Law and don't understand (or are unwilling to accept) the president's constitutional duties as head of the executive branch (that includes FEMA, which is now part of the woefully underfunded Department of Homeland Security), you can still yearn for a president who knew how to lead with rhetoric, providing encouragement and moral leadership where necessary. Here again, we have a miserable failure. Clinton "felt our pain," as did Reagan, Kennedy and FDR. Bush can't even fein sympathy. Clinton would have arrived the day after the sorm and done some photo-ops helping the Red Cross pass out sloppy joes. It would have been self-aggrandizing, but such a sight would have lifted the locals' spirits immeasurably. It would have helped prevent the utter breakdown of hope which has lead to looting and lawlessness.

The NY Times has clued into the president's constitutional and rhetorical failings and is screaming from the rooftops yesterday: and today:
Columnist Paul Krugmen got more specific about the president's failings, which include the weakening of FEMA under the Homeland Security Act:
The Grey Lady is also showing the steel to quote members of the federal agencies Bush heads who are responding in kind to his buck-passing. Check out the following quote from a front page story on lawlessness:

"Col. Terry Ebbert, director of homeland security for New Orleans, concurred and he was particularly pungent in his criticism. Asserting that the whole recovery operation had been "carried on the backs of the little guys for four goddamn days," he said "the rest of the goddamn nation can't get us any resources for security."
"We are like little birds with our mouths open and you don't have to be very smart to know where to drop the worm," Colonel Ebbert said. "It's criminal within the confines of the United States that within one hour of the hurricane they weren't force-feeding us. It's like FEMA has never been to a hurricane." FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency"

So now we know: we have a callous, incompetent president. When we let that happen, people die. When he formed the Dept. of Homeland Security, a hurricaine in New Orleans with broken levies was one of three possible disaster scenarios listed in its CHARTER, yet Bush is now saying that he "never expected the levies to break." The scary thing is, I believe him. He didn't read the memo titled "Bin Laden Intends to Attack U.S. with Airplanes," why would he read the charter for a new federal agency?

The thing that makes me seethe with anger, is I've known this about our president since early 2000, when I campaigned for McCain in San Diego, and watched Bush's operatives spread lies about McCain on military bases. Even before that, Bush's biography was enough to show he was in no way fit to be president. Until age 42, he was an alcoholic failure whose famous father's friend's bailed him out of jam after jam. He ran an oil company into the ground, after getting rich on his stock. He shamelessly flaunts a religion he does not live to get votes from good people. He's incapable of expressly a complex thought. To even put Bush up for nomination shows an unacceptable level of contempt for the American people, and I will never vote for another candidate who even tacitly supported him. Including McCain. Bush is the single biggest reason I became a diehard Democrat. Now, everlastingly too late, other people are seeing what I've known for 5 years.

Well that's enough rage for today,


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Your subconscious mind is a powerful force. It can be an un-defeatable ally or a dangerous foe! It is a powerful force of nature that can be harnessed and made to work for us or it can be a wild beast that runs riot with our lives.
How powerful is 'powerful'?

Take the first Atomic Bomb - it could lay waste to an entire city in seconds. Or the gravitational pull of the Sun which stops our tiny planet from hurtling into space. Imagine the power of a black hole - that region of spacetime from which nothing can escape not even light travelling at 186 thousand miles a second. The Universe is full of powerful forces. Yet, all these wondrous things pale into insignificance when compared to the power of the subconscious mind.

The subconscious part of your mind is that part which regulates your heartbeat, lungs, digestive system and everything else in your body. It directs the inner workings of your body and such things as (what biologists call) 'machines' - tiny living cells that are composed of motors, drive-shafts and propellers - seriously!!! There is mounting evidence that the cells in our bodies have memory and that our very DNA is coded with memories of our ancestors. As well as having full control of all these functions and more your subconscious also retains all the thoughts, experiences and emotions you have ever felt. It regulates the most complicated mechanism in the unknown Universe - your body - and it can calculate the trajectory of multiple moving objects while supplying you with the words necessary to debate an issue while controlling a complex task of activities such as driving a car!
These tasks alone show how powerful the subconscious mind is. But it is much more powerful than that!

The truth is: No-one knows the limits of the subconscious mind's power!

Tell yourself that you will wake up at 6 a.m. and chances are you will awake. Go to a crowed party and through a mass of voices you will hear someone at the other side of the room mention your name! Set a problem aside and miraculously, out of nowhere, the answer comes while you are involved in another task. It recreates situations in your life that correspond to your beliefs. Time and time again you find yourself in the same situations, with similar partners, in almost identical jobs. Like a wheel your subconscious mind creates situations that bring your life back to the same spot.
Likewise it can totally transform your life - even overnight! It can bring you new situations, life experiences, luxuries and even people.

However, it is like a na�ve child or a better analogy is that of a computer. It believes everything that you tell it. Your conscious mind is the gatekeeper. Anything you think with complete faith is immediately past to the subconscious mind - which it then takes as literal fact. There will be no arguments because it has no discriminating capabilities.
Although your subconscious mind is more powerful than you can possibly imagine it is a mere servant. It is at your disposal. YOU are in charge. It acts just like a computer and like every computer it needs software to run. So if you do not program it then someone else will! You are constantly being bombarded with software programs for the mind every minute of everyday. Buy this product and you will look slim, drive this car and you will seem sexy, drink this potion and you will feel more vibrant about life. You are told what to buy and when to buy it, when you are too young to do a thing and when you are too old. You are told what is possible and what is not. Snap out of it!
Take back your control over mind and body. You were born with the most powerful computer system known to man - a bio-computer that regulates a sophisticated, highly flexible, changeable, self repairing vehicle. You are amazing, a true miracle. If you bought a new top of the range diesel Mercedes would you let Joe or Sue down the road fill it up with petrol?
Begin to think for yourself. Who told you that you could not achieve your dreams? Do you believe it? Who told you that you were too fat, too skinny, too stupid, too smart, too young or too old?

Does it matter?

No! Because you are and always have been in total control. Change your thinking and you will change your subconscious beliefs. Change your subconscious beliefs and you will change your life. personal development

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