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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Newsflash: Bush's Compassion Extends to White Hurricane Victims

According to the New York Times, Bush did not"interact much with storm victims," and nor, in particular, did he "go into the heart of the city's devastation, where thousands of largely poor, black refugees have raged at the government's response to one of the worst natural disasters in American history." The paper further notes that Bush "steered clear of the streets of New Orleans, whose stricken population could not be counted on to hail him with open arms."

Bush was able to muster some compassionate conservatism for poor Trent Lott, who seems to have lost one of his homes in the flooding in Missisippi. -- and apparently for the pre-screened white folks seen in the photo, left, as well.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Republicans Achieve Ultimate Goal

Every (Hurricane) Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Taking advantage of the country's understandable focus on the Gulf Coast, Bush apparently found a few moments, in between playing guitar onstage in San Diego and paying lip-service to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, to quietly install one of his pet appointees in a top Justice Department slot. Bush used a "recess appointment" Wednesday to appoint Alice S. Fisher, an official who had been associated with abusive tactics at Guantanamo Bay, to lead the agency's criminal division.

Executive Branch Vacation Watch

Five days after one of the worst natural disasters in our nation's history, Vice President Dick Cheney remains on vacation at his home outside Jackson, Wyoming. His PR handlers also seem to have failed to work out a clear key message regarding his return. A spokeswoman was quoted as saying, ""He will certainly be coming back. I'm not able to tell you the day right now. I don't have that handy."

Er, it's FRIDAY. People in New Orleans are DYING. Little kids have no food and no water. Marauding gangs have taken to the street, looting and robbing and raping. Dick is fly-fishing. For God's sake, what is the matter with these people?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

What's The Rush?

After cutting a whopping two days from his month long vacation, Bush is now scheduled to tour the disaster area in New Orleans on Friday. Reminiscent of his delayed response to the 9/11 attacks, Bush's visit comes a full five days after Katrina struck.

When asked why Bush is taking so long, press puppy Scott McClellan responded that Bush did not want to be "disruptive of efforts going on on the ground." Say what?! The Peach would like to know what efforts ol' Scotty is talking about.

Finally, when asked if he had a sense of how many deaths would be attributed to the disaster, Bush responded in his usual brilliant fashion by saying, "It's going to be a lot."

Gee, really? Could he tell that by looking out the window of Air Force One on his way back to his vacation in Texas?

Let Them Eat Ice!!!

The Peach can't do anything but scratch its fuzzy scalp when it comes to Bush's response not only to the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but also the administration's complete neglect before the storm hit.

Even though alerts of the storm's potential began days before it hit, there was absolutely no action on both the state or federal level to evacuate all people living in the storm's path. According to this Reuter's report, a large number of people caught in the storm were people who could not afford to leave. They didn't own a car or didn't have any financial means to get their family out. Why no one did anything to get them out is beyond The Peach's comprehension.

Then, one day after the storm struck, rather then getting his yellow tail to the place of destruction, Bush stuck with his "I need to get stroked by my constituency" plan and vaguely refered to Katrina in a speech in San Diego on the 60th anniversary of VJ Day. Even the conservative Manchester Union-Leader criticized Bush for his inaction. Instead, Bush thought it more appropriate to make some ridiculous comparison between his war in Iraq and WWII.

Finally, when Bush got around to making his usual, primetime TV appearance (most news channels failed to point out that, well, the entire disaster area had absolutely no electricity) he looked like a complete imbecile, promising people a whopping 3.4 million pounds of ice.

ICE?! The latest forecast for New Orleans put today's temperature at 92 degrees. Well, at least all those people will have bags of clean, warm water to wash themselves off with.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Hurricane Bush

Now that Hurricane Katrina has ripped through New Orleans, viewers may be wondering to themselves why the Louisiana National Guard hasn't been deployed to prevent the rampant looting that is going on. Well there's one simple answer--they're all in Iraq.

While Bush continues to nonsensically ramble about how the deployment of forces to fight his war in Iraq is making us safer, what Mother Nature has done is proven the opposite. The job of protecting city streets during times of disaster or turmoil generally goes to the National Guard. Unfortunately, there are none to be found to protect businesses and homes.

And now Bush is going to fly in to give his scripted sympathy speech filled with the usual empty promises and then he'll pose for his usual photo-ops. The Peach wishes that while all of this was going on, someone would just ask him if this is his idea of Homeland Security.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Millenium Development Travesty

The World Summit, taking place at the U.N. September 14-16, was designed to be a gathering of world leaders, meeting to assess progress toward the Millenium Development Goals which call for cutting global poverty in half by 2015. The MDGs were agreed upon by these leaders in 2000, so it made sense to meet at the five-year mark and ask, "how are we doing?"

Made sense to everyone except, apparently, the Bush administration. The latest is that, at the insistence of John Bolton (a mustachio'd villain if ever there was one), the document to be signed at the Summit has been gutted of all references to global poverty and the MDGs. That's correct: The U.S. has introduced 750 amendments to the document "that would eliminate new pledges of foreign aid to impoverished nations." Among other things, the Bush administration objects to a provision that calls for wealthy nations like the United States to give seven tenths of one percent of their GNP in aid to impoverished countries.

Well, where are all those Christian values voters now? The Peach is sure there is a book they like to refer to, that places concern for the poor at the top of the list of human priorities. A list that, by the way, does not even mention tax cuts for the wealthy. We are thrilled to see some religious organizations taking it upon themselves to call attention to this massive disconnect in our civic and moral discourse.

Sojourners, a progressive Christian organization, is holding a vigil and public demonstration at the U.N. for the three days of the World Summit to call upon President Bush to put his money where his pious mouth is. We urge Peach readers to learn about taking action on the web site, and consider coming to the U.N. tojoin the demonstration. You'll certainly see us there in all our fuzziness.