Who's Going to Make the Gravy?

dear-bush-beat-yel-nohspace.jpgAll of Bush's pals, plus others

Howdy from New York to friends Dave and Judy in New Orleans (and their son, Mack, temporarily in Phoenix) as they try to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Along those lines, Jeff Schwartz wrote:

    Subject: A word of thanks and encouragement …

    Already an ardent fan prior to Katrina, as a displaced New Orleanian I feel an added dimension of gratitude towards your willingness to keep post-Katrina New Orleans in the spotlight.

    Speaking of throwing this administration's words in their faces ["Lies My Fodder Told Me," November 17], how about the ones Bush uttered in front of my Jackson Cathedral — something along the lines of doing whatever it takes, for as long as it takes? We aren't even out of this fiscal quarter, and New Orleans has departed from the front page. Consider this a word of thanks and encouragement to continuing to make all of the connections that you do; your narratives are most compelling!

Thanks for writing, Jeff. You're referring to Bush's September 15 speech to the country; he was standing in front of wonderful Jackson Square Cathedral when he vowed:

    Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes, we will stay as long as it takes, to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives.

I appreciate your kind words, but the press of scandal descending on the Bush regime is so hard to keep up with that I've also let New Orleans slip off my front page. Best that most of us can do is try to squeeze the vise president, Steve Hadley, and their cohorts. It's kinda like peeling an onion: As you skin back layers, you can't help but cry. All you can do is laugh and chop, chop and laugh.

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And regarding New Orleans, the indefatigable nola.com, website of the Times-Picayune, has an interesting yarn this morning, "Storm Work Deals Go To Inside Players."

As for George W. Bush staying "as long as it takes," he's got 1,155 days left. That's plenty of time for him to do more damage to us. And vice versa.

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