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Friday, November 10, 2006

Now that the ballots are in and it's apparently clear that the dems will take both the House and the Senate, the talk on the town is the big "I" word. Will we or will we not see impeachment hearings?

I heard from a very liberal friend yesterday that she felt that impeachment should not be the first order of business. Now bear in mind, this person has a hatred for Bush hotter then the heat of a thousand suns. However, she believed that we need to address the business of the people first. Deal with the war, social security, economy, ect... Concluding that in reality probably less the half of the people in the country had the stomach for impeachment, she felt that we need to be the party of reason and stay above the fray. This morning on talk radio on the way to work I heard echoes of the same sentiment.

I plainly and simply do not agree. In the last six years we have learned at immeasurable costs how fragile our democracy is. Six years ago when some of us said, voters fraud, most people thought we were crazy conspiracy theorists. Now, it's a commonly held belief that elections have been tampered with and the office of the President was stolen, not once, but twice. Most of the rest of the world can see clearly that our democracy is broken, if not failed entirely.

The issues like the war, the economy, and social security are incredibly important. However, I believe that at this point, our paramount issue, our paramount responsibility, not only to our citizens, but to the world, is preserving our democracy. I do not want impeachment hearings for the arbitrary purpose of sticking it to Bush, I believe he will burn in hell for his crimes against humanity. Impeachment hearing are necessary in our country right now for the purpose of disclosure to the American people of how one administration can destroy a democracy. We need to know what happened and how it happened so we can learn from our mistake.

The American people need to learn a hard lesson of responsibility and accountability. Only with a hard look at what happened in the last six years that led us to this catastrophic place can we learn how to prevent a tragedy of the magnitude that the Bush administration has reigned on the world.

I have heard people suggest that yes, we need to call for impeachment, but just not as a first order of business. I strongly disagree. Now that the democrats are basking in the afterglow of a republican ass kicking, it's fun to day dream about having control of not just Congress, but also the Presidency for decades to come. That kind of arrogance is familiar and dangerous. The reality is we may only have two years. God, I hope it's forever, but it may be two precious years for a window of opportunity. We don't have time to waste trying to appear as a party of civility.

This Congress has a moral obligation not only to the citizens of the United States but to the rest of the world to open the books on this administration for full disclosure through impeachment. For more then 200 years the United States was a beacon of democracy, demonstrating that the fragile experiment was something to strive for. Many world governments modeled themselves after our ideal. Now that ideal is in shambles. The first order of business for putting it all back together is facing the devastation and showing the world we are not afraid to say what's wrong for everyone else in the world is wrong for us too. Criminal behavior is just that, criminal and we will address it.

Please join me in contacting your representatives and soon to be representatives to demand immediate impeachment proceedings as a first order of business after the swearing in.
The world is waiting for us.

Please leave you comments and let us know how you feel about IMPEACHING the PRESIDENT NOW!!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Ballot Measure Losses Jolt the Religious Right MSNBC
Wednesday 08 November 2006

Anti-abortion, stem cell, same-sex issues all falter; leaders left wondering.
From the country's heartland, voters sent messages that altered America's culture wars and dismayed the religious right - defending abortion rights in South Dakota, endorsing stem cell research in Missouri, and, in a national first, rejecting a same-sex marriage ban in Arizona.
Conservative leaders were jolted by the setbacks and looked for an explanation Wednesday. Gay-rights and abortion-rights activists celebrated.
The verdict on abortion rights was particularly clear. Oregon and California voters defeated measures that would have required parents to be notified before a girl under 18 could get an abortion, and South Dakotans - by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent - rejected a new state law that would have banned all abortions except to save a pregnant woman's life.
Red-State Rebellion
"This was really a rebellion in the heart of red-state, pro-life America - the heart of the northern Bible Belt," said Sarah Stoesz, head of the Planned Parenthood chapter that oversees South Dakota. "It sends a very strong message to the rest of the country."
South Dakota legislators had passed the law in expectation it would trigger a court challenge and lead to a possible Supreme Court reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Abortion-rights leaders said Wednesday that such strategies should be abandoned.
"Voters in every corner of the country made it clear they are tired of divisive attacks on a woman's right to choose," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Anti-abortion leaders said the GOP shared some of the blame for the defeat. The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, said President Bush and other top Republicans failed to campaign strongly for the South Dakota abortion ban and against the Missouri stem cell measure.
"Family Values" Issues Lose Steam
"While South Dakotans fought valiantly to defend their babies, we once again witnessed an almost total lack of support from the national leadership," Euteneuer said.
The anti-abortion group Operation Rescue said the election results meant any legislation from Congress restricting abortion would be "virtually impossible" for the next two years.
"America has voted and the bloody results have placed the most vulnerable among us, the pre-born, in the crosshairs for continued extermination," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
Janice Shaw Crouse, a conservative analyst with Concerned Women for America, suggested that Republicans - some of them entangled in corruption and sex scandals - had lost some of the selling power of the "family values" themes they had pushed in recent elections.
"Families had such high hopes when conservatives were in power; they ended up discouraged, disappointed and disillusioned," she said.
Stem-Cell Efforts Stymied
In Missouri, anti-abortion groups, evangelical Christian clergy and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis campaigned hard against the stem cell measure, contending it would condone life-destroying embryonic research.
Debbie Forck, a Catholic from Jefferson City, Mo., was among those giving the measure a narrow victory.
"I've had several family members that have had debilitating illnesses," said Forck, 50. "It goes against my church, but to eliminate pain in my life, I thought it was worth it."
Liberal groups did have some setbacks. Michigan voters approved a ban on some types of affirmative action programs, Colorado and Arizona passed measures targeting illegal immigrants, and seven states approved gay-marriage bans, joining 20 that had done so in previous elections.

Gay-Rights Gains
However, gay-rights supporters took heart at the relatively close results in some of the seven states, notably in South Dakota, where the ban received only 52 percent of the vote.
In Arizona, the defeat of the ban stemmed in part from its scope. It not only would have reinforced an existing state law against same-sex marriage, but also would have barred any government entities from recognizing civil unions or domestic partnerships in providing benefits to employees.
"We knew all along that once voters were informed about the true impact. ... they would oppose this hurtful initiative," said Steve May of Arizona Together, which opposed the measure. Gay-rights leaders said the election results would likely shelve any serious push for a federal ban-gay-marriage amendment. They also were pleased by the defeats of several Republicans whom they considered archenemies - notably Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Indiana Rep. John Hostettler.
"It's the end of an era for divisive, gay-bashing politics - at least in the minds of the American people," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Abortion Wars
Similarly, abortion-rights groups welcomed the defeat of Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, a Republican who had touted his efforts to seize women's medical records from abortion clinics.
"It is time to end the abortion wars," said Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice.
One election subplot was a campaign led by New York City real estate investor Howard Rich to promote ballot measures in numerous states seeking to rein in state and local government.
Of nine Rich-supported measures, only one succeeded - a property-rights measure in Arizona that would require state and local authorities to compensate property owners if land-use regulations lower the value of their property. Similar measures lost in California, Idaho and Washington, while Oregon and Colorado rejected term-limit bills, and Maine, Nebraska and Oregon rejected proposals to cap state spending.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dear Friends of Working Assets,

We're writing because improperly enforced voter ID laws across the country are resulting in disenfranchisement of eligible voters. If you haven't voted already, bring identification with you when you go to the polls.
In South Carolina, the Governor had to leave and come back with proper ID. In Missouri, the Secretary of State -- the chief election officer -- was wrongly asked three times to produce photo identification even though that state's photo ID requirement was recently struck down in court.
If the politicians are having a hard time casting a ballot, imagine what's happening to regular citizens. A bewildering array of new regulations are in place this year -- and reports from the field already indicate that the rules are being applied inconsistently.
Electiononline.org has created a state-by-state guide of voter ID requirements. You may want to check your state's requirements before you vote so you'll be aware if pollworkers at your polling place are asking for more than is legally required, potentially turning away eligible voters.
But just to be safe -- the best thing for you to do is to bring photo identification with you when you go to the polls today. And if you want to increase your impact, share this message with everyone you know -- and make sure they take their photo ID's and get out to vote today too.
Thank you for everything you are doing to help safeguard our democracy.

Sincerely,

Will EastonManagerWorking Assets

Saturday, November 04, 2006


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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Hi all,

Please send a postcard or letter of support to SPC Agustín Aguayo. He is currently being held in a military prison in Germany after going AWOL when the military tried to forcibly deploy him to Iraq.Agustín initially joined the military in 2002 and was assigned to the base in Germany in 2003. About a year later he realized he could no longer, in good conscience, be a part of the military. He first applied for conscientious objector status in 2004. While his application was being processed, he was sent to Iraq, where he served as a medic for one year. His application was denied while he was still in Iraq, but because it had been seriously mishandled, he had a chance to challenge the ruling. His challenge was denied in August 2006 and his unit was to deploy to Iraq shortly after. He made it clear to his superior officers that he would not deploy. He missed movement and turned himself in to the military police. He expected to face a court martial but instead was informed that he would be deployed by force. At that point, he decided to go AWOL and returned to the U.S. where he once again turned himself in at Ft. Irwin in California. He was taken back to Germany and is awaiting court martial.Please send a note or letter of support to Agustín:SPC Agustín AguayoUnit 29723Box LLAPO, AE 09028-3810USA(this is military post system--so from the U.S. it will go to GermanyNote: you cannot discuss the details of the case with him)Also, if you can, please consider a donation to the Aguayo Defense Fund or funds to help Agustín's wife, Helga, and their two daughters. Donate online at: http://www.aguayodefense.org For more info on Agustín, see an interview on Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/26/141...

Steph,
posting from Democratic Underground

Monday, October 16, 2006

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/16/iraq.poll/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

I know someone who's grandfather fought in WW2, as a german soldier. Although I know I shouldn't I secretly in the bottom of my heart have very strong negative feels about anyone who fought along side the Nazi's. I realize that man was young and was just fighting what his countrymen believed was a just war, but still, I have the gut wrenching feeling that anything associated with the Nazi's is evil.

Last week CNN reported that more then 600,000 Iraqi's have been killed since the beginning of our invasion. Those were conservative estimates. By those conservative estimates most anyone could conclude that this looks like genocide. That's right, I said it, our government may in fact be committing genocide at the hands of our military abroad.

I can't help but wonder if history will look back on us as "brown shirt" followers. I wonder if Bush will be held in a similar light as Hitler. I wonder if people will think of our servicemen as I can't help but think about the German soldiers in WW2. I wonder if they will think of me that same way too.

History may not be kind to us, nor should it. Genocide, is genocide no matter who commits it.

~Lisa

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused to apologize to Maher Arar despite Arar’s exoneration by a federal inquiry. Four years ago, Maher Arar was on his way back to Canada from a family vacation in Tunisia. The Syrian-born Canadian citizen had a stopover at JFK airport in New York. After being questioned at the airport, U.S. officials took him to a New York immigration facility. Two weeks later he was secretly flown to Jordan aboard a Gulfstream Jet. Maher Arar ended up in Syria where he was held in a cell, the size of a grave. He was physically and psychologically tortured. He was forced to confess to having trained in Afghanistan -- where he has never been. He was released after a year and never charged with a crime.
On Monday, the Canadian government admitted for the first time that Arar was a completely innocent man. Justice Dennis O’Connor, who led the inquiry, said the U.S. government’s decision to send Arar to Syria was likely based on inaccurate and misleading information provided by Canadian authorities.
On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged that a tremendous injustice had taken place but he declined to apologize to Arar.

So - ask yourself this question.
Why did this happen to this man?

Was it because he and his family were behaving in a suspicious manner?
NO
Was it because he had traveled to countries with terrorist training facilities and had extended visits?
NO
Was it because through wire-tapping his phones, authorities had overheard suspicious conversations with other terrorist-minded folks?
NO

It was because he and his family, as in himself, his wife, and his young children, were on a terrorist watch list for no particular reason that has been disclosed. This man's experience not only illustrated how quickly your civil rights can be abolished. It also demonstrated how quickly you can be imprisoned indefinately without charges being filed or any legal process. We also learned without reput about the not so secret prison-type facilities where our detainees are being held and tourtured.

Is this front page news?
NO

It's a foot note. It's an after-thought. This one story and so many others like it that demonstrate the degregation of our constitutional rights and freedoms is relegated to the back page or media outlets like NPR and Democracy Now.

However, I have one more question for you.
Do you fly?
How often?
What type of material do you read online?
Have you been seen at any demostrations or political rally's?

Might you be on a watch list??

Next time you are at the air port take a few minutes to consider that and remember the name Maher Arar.

~Lisa

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tore into his U.S. counterpart and his U.N. hosts Wednesday, likening President Bush to the devil and telling the General Assembly that its system is "worthless."
"The devil came here yesterday," Chavez said, referring to Bush, who addressed the world body during its annual meeting Tuesday. "And it smells of sulfur still today."
Chavez accused Bush of having spoken "as if he owned the world" and said a psychiatrist could be called to analyze the statement. (
Watch Hugo Chavez cross himself as he tells world leaders he can smell the devil -- 1:06)
"As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: 'The Devil's Recipe.' "
Chavez held up a book by Noam Chomsky on imperialism and said it encapsulated his arguments: "The American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its hegemonistic system of domination, and we cannot allow him to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated."


Tell us what you really think...
Don't hold back now...

Wow-Chavez, really let go to the UN. On one hand his comments were shocking. Other the other they were refreshing. He was blunt, he was consise, and he was unapologetic. Chavez spoke to the American people when he called on us to understand that the devil is in our own house, under our noses, making havoc in the world in our names. Maybe more importantly making a wreck of our name.

I can only hope the people of the world understand that Bush is not us. He is a renigade, he is dangerous, and we know he is the devil. We will be victims of his reign of terror long after the rest of the world has forgotten him.

So - Chevez ---- Right on man! You must have some big b@*@lls!!!

You are the man of the week in our book!

~~Lisa

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Grinch Who Stole Student Loans
By Amaya Smith

Washington, DC - This morning the Republican-led Senate voted to cut over $12
billion in student loans from the federal budget, the largest cut to student
aid in history. The controversial 51-50 vote was sealed by none other than Vice
President Cheney who cut short a trip to the Middle East to cast the tie-
breaking vote. The final bill was so controversial that five Republicans broke
rank to vote with every single Democrat in opposition to the bill.

Republicans claim the bill will balance the budget, but the bill would in fact
add to the already huge deficit that they are leaving to the next generation to
pay. Although Republicans claim that the budget is strapped for cash, they
still plan to pass huge new tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans-using student
loan funding to pay for it. The $12 billion cut was part of a larger $40
billion package which also cut Medicaid and food stamps.

"Before going home for the holidays, Senate Republicans joined their Republican
House colleagues in leaving college kids out in the cold in order to give gifts
to their rich pals," said College Democrats President Grant Woodard. "This is
akin to parents stealing their kid's Christmas presents and then sending them
the bill. Together, America can do better than a Congress that passes their
debts to the next generation while cutting funding for education. Republicans
should join Democrats in working to provide a better future for America's
youth."

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I feel like a Category 5 hurricane, and F5 Tornado, and a 10 magnitude earthquake are all coming my way, and I'm powerless.

U.S. Envisions Using Nukes on Terrorists

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon planning document being updated to reflect the doctrine of pre-emption declared by President Bush in 2002 envisions the use of nuclear weapons to deter terrorists from using weapons of mass destruction against the United States or its allies.

The "Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations," which was last updated 10 years ago, makes clear that "the decision to employ nuclear weapons at any level requires explicit orders from the president."

But it says that in a changing environment "terrorists or regional states armed with WMD will likely test U.S. security commitments to its allies and friends."

"In response, the U.S. needs a range of capabilities to assure friend and foe alike of its resolve," says the 69-page document dated March 15.

A Pentagon spokesman said Saturday evening that Navy Cmdr. Dawn Cutler, a public affairs officer for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has issued a statement saying the draft is still being circulated among the various services, field commanders, Pentagon lawyers and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office, .

Its existence was initially reported by The Washington Post in Sunday editions, which said the document was posted on a Pentagon Internet site and pointed out to it by a consultant for the Natural Resorces Defense Council.

The file was not available at that site Saturday evening, but a copy was available at http://www.globalsecurity.org.

"A broader array of capability is needed to dissuade states from undertaking ... courses of action that would threaten U.S. and allied security," the draft says. "U.S. forces must pose a credible deterrent to potential adversaries who have access to modern military technology, including WMD and the means to deliver them."

It says "deterrence of potential adversary WMD use requires the potential adversary leadership to believe the United States has both the ability and will to pre-empt or retaliate promptly with responses that are credible and effective."

It says "this will be particularly difficult with nonstate (non-government) actors who employ or attempt to gain use of WMD. Here, deterrence may be directed at states that support their efforts as well as the terrorist organization itself.

"However, the continuing proliferation of WMD along with the means to deliver them increases the probability that someday a state/nonstate actor nation/terrorist may, through miscaluation or by deliberate choice, use those weapons. In such cases, deterrence, even based on the threat of massive destruction, may fail and the United States must be prepared to use nuclear weapons if necessary."

It notes that U.S. policy has always been purposely vague with regard to when the United States would use nuclear weapons and that it has never vowed not to be the first to use them in a conflict.

One scenario for a possible nuclear pre-emptive strike in the draft would be in the case of an "imminent attack from adversary biological weapons that only effects from nuclear weapons can safely destroy."

The Bush administration is continuing to push for development of an earth-penetrating nuclear warhead, but has yet to obtain congressional approval.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Mission of Mercy: Gore brings storm victims to home state

2005-09-04
by Darren Dunlap
of The Daily Times

They were tired, weary and gracious.

Some needed medical care, and others simply wanted a shower. Many were elderly and fragile.

Rob Webb, director of Rural/Metro Ambulance Service in Blount County, said hospital patients and evacuees flown into Knoxville from New Orleans Saturday showed their gratitude as they left the plane.

``I welcomed them to Tennessee, told them they were going to be taken care of in a nice hospital,'' Webb said.

An American Airlines plane arrived at McGhee Tyson Airport at 3:10 p.m. Saturday with about 130 people from New Orleans.

Former Vice President Al Gore was on the plane, helping patients. He did not grant interviews to reporters Saturday.

``My understanding was that he made this happen, that he actually arranged for this aircraft,'' Webb said.

Ninety of the passengers were patients from Mercy Hospital in New Orleans, according to Knox County spokesman Dwight Van de Vate.

A dozen patients were taken to Blount Memorial Hospital. Ten were treated and released. Two were admitted to the hospital. Those not admitted to Blount Memorial Hospital will go to a shelter at Blount Christian Church in Maryville. Three people checked into the shelter on Saturday.

Several patients were diabetic, and some needed dialysis. Many patients had been without medication for ``several days,'' but were ``relatively stable,'' said Dr. Roger Brooksbank, an emergency physician with Team Health at Blount Memorial Hospital.

The remaining 40 passengers were evacuees who needed no ``acute medical care,'' according to Van de Vate. Regardless, all were taken to hospitals in Knoxville, Blount County, Oak Ridge and Jefferson County for evaluation. They were divided among the hospitals to prevent overwhelming them.

There were two children on board who were not ``chaperoned,'' said Van de Vate. The children were taken to East Tennessee Children's Hospital for evaluation. They would likely be placed in foster homes by Tennessee Department of Children's Services. Van de Vate said the shelters are not equipped to take children.

Many of the people not being hospitalized would be taken to a shelter at First Baptist Church in downtown Knoxville, he said.

East Tennessee hospitals and emergency services agencies learned Friday night the plane would be arriving Saturday. Planning began at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Initially, the plane was scheduled to arrive at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, but arrived two hours later.

``It was originally supposed to go to Chicago, but it came here,'' Van de Vate said.

Vanderbilt physician Anderson Spicker went with medical crew to New Orleans to pick up the evacuees and patients. He said Saturday evening that they would have returned that night to pick up more people, but the lights at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport landing strip were not working.

``I want to emphasize how pleased we are, how we trusted this city to get resources together,'' Spicker said. ``We didn't even know what kind of patients we were going to have.''

Kelley Mure, Blount County Homeland Security Director, said the emergency assistance came through a mutual agreement between 16 counties in East Tennessee, including Knox and Blount counties.

``They had a plan in place, they activated it, and it worked,'' Mure said. ``The only glitch was it was `hurry up and wait.'''

Friday, September 02, 2005

Now that New Orleans is nearly completely underwater and thousands of people have died in this nation's largest natural disaster in recent memory, it's easy for politicians say, "We did all we could." or, "We will send as much funding as they need." But for some politicians, and one in particular it very hard to follow through with these promises.

Less than 50 days before hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast of the United States the Bush administration was still actively opposing attempts to shore up the coastline where Hurricane Katrina made landfall. In the recently passed Energy Bill, there is a provision that grants $1 billion to states with offshore drilling platforms for coastal improvement work. The majority of that money, $540 million, is slated to go to Louisiana, which is rapidly losing its coastline to erosion, a process that makes population centers like New Orleans more vulnerable to hurricane damage.

In a letter written by Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman on July 15 of this year, the White House took a hole paragraph to criticize this provision that would provide money to gulf coast cities most venerable to hurricane damage such as New Orleans. "The administration strongly opposes" the new funding, Bodman wrote. "These provisions are inconsistent with the President's 2006 Budget and would have a significant impact on the budget deficit."

Congress would go on to overrule the White House's objection to the provision and passed the energy. The money can now be used by states, including Mississippi and Alabama, for everything from marsh reconstruction to levee and road building. There is only one problem with this funding - it's simply not enough. It's a case of too little, too late. In just Louisiana, the cost of restoring the coastline was projected to top $14 billion. That was before Hurricane Katrina struck.

It's easy to criticize Bush now. Hindsight is always 20/20. But after Hurricane Katrina tears apart a much of the south you would think Bush could get it right and send the proper amount of federal funding to the disaster area. According to the Mayor of New Orleans he has failed in that too.

Mayor Ray Nagin had the most passionate interview of his life on last Thursday night with New Orleans radio station WWL-am. "We're getting reports and calls that [are] breaking my heart from people saying, 'I've been in my attic. I can't take it anymore. The water is up to my neck. I don't think I can hold out.' And that's happening as we speak." Nagin said the time has long passed for federal authorities to act on their promises.

"You mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can't figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on man," Nagin said.

"I've been out there man. I flew in these helicopters, been in the crowds talking to people crying, don't know where their relatives are. I've done it all man, and I'll tell you man, I keep hearing that it's coming. This is coming, that is coming. And my answer to that today is BS, where is the beef? Because there is no beef in this city. "

Nagin said, "Get every Greyhound bus in the country and get them moving."
Nagin called for a moratorium on press conferences "until the resources are in this city."

"They're feeding the people a line of bull, and they are spinning and people are dying," he said.

Why can't the federal government get it together enough to save this city? This is now about saving lives in our own country. Could we not give Louisiana the full $14 billion dollars they needed to protect the coastline because we slated so much money in the 2006 budget for the war in Iraq? That is up for debate, but one thing is for sure. If we can spend all this money to rebuild Iraq we should be able spend the necessary money to rebuild the south.

If you are one of the many people that thinks disaster relief from the federal government for victims of Hurricane Katrina is coming to slow please consider giving money to private organizations that are already on the ground making a major difference. Please call 1-800-HELP-NOW to give to the Red Cross.

Caleb

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