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Sep 4th, 2005, 02:43 PM
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No, not dissed.

Bush was not the choice of the majority of Americans. He's not your fault. He only got into office by dishonest means.

Most Americans would have been smart enough to accept help as soon as it was offered. Of course, most Americans are smarter than George Bush.

I just can't bear to watch him on the news anymore, talking about 'these folks' and 'those folks' and kissing heads. He's such a lamebrain that he thinks this will somehow be meaningful to people who have been up to their nuts in water for six days.

He has so little respect for the intelligence of Americans!

I was glad to hear this morning that we're sending (aside from everything else) a hundred million dollars -- not counting money raised by private donations.

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Sep 4th, 2005, 03:36 PM
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Patrick - you seem to be the voice of reason on this thread. I agree with you completely.

By the way, the U.S. has now (officially) asked Canada for help with medical supplies, which I believe are immediately forthcoming. This is a step forward.
It seems to me that the authorities and emergency systems did not give "nature" the respect that it deserved. The media deserves a large share of the blame - if you have idiot reporters (Anderson Cooper) standing around in the wind doing "on the spot" reporting while a hruuricane blows by, most people are naturally going to think that there is nothing to fear. And why in the world are the media allowed to use helicopters etc for reporting news when that same transportation could be used for rescuing and helping people???

The other factor seems to be the "shock" in response to the level of destruction that actually took place - it almost appears that this shock slowed the reaction time of emergency services which resulted in a delay when in came to providing help to those that needed it most.
Would it be different anywhere else in the world? I think not.
Note that most emergency services and especially hospital systems are run by philosophy that the bottom line is paramount, which means that there is no cushion to absorb any larger needs during a crisis.
In other words people - and this is true in both Canada and the US - if there is an emergency be prepared to take care of yourself - do not expect that anyone else will be there for you.

By the way (and back to the Canadian flag discussion) - I have noticed to my surprise that many people in Europe use the word "American" to mean anybody from the New World, and do not specifically mean citizens of the USA.
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Sep 4th, 2005, 05:07 PM
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I've never heard of the Canada Quiz, but the very idea makes me shudder (Did you know that the zipper was invented in Canada? etc. etc.). I cringed each time I heard the infamous Molson's "rant". To me they are both a sure sign of a national inferiority complex.
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Sep 5th, 2005, 08:01 AM
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Hdm, while I am no fan of Mr. Bush, in the last election he did get a plurality of votes (about 3 million), and even if there were shenanigans in Ohio, he still would have had more votes. I am just surprised that he nominated Roberts to be Chief Justice.
Sep 5th, 2005, 02:51 PM
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Sorry, Dan, I should have made it clear that I was talking about his first 'win' (ha) when the shenanigans were in Florida.
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