Friday, February 8, 2008

Tornadoes and Praying.

We had tornadoes rip through many states, including mine, Tuesday, with great loss of life and property. Luckily, our fearful leader is on the case.

US President George W. Bush on Wednesday offered prayers and disaster relief to the victims of dozens of tornadoes that killed at least 48 people and injured hundreds more in southern US states.

“Prayers can help, and so can the government,” Bush said. “I do want the people in those states that the American people are standing with them.”

Twenty-four people were killed in Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas, and seven in Kentucky, officials in the three states said.

US media reported hundreds injured, and CNN said four people were killed in Alabama. Local authorities were not immediately available to confirm that death toll.

“I’ve just called the governors of the affected states,” said Bush. “I wanted them to know that this government will help them, but more importantly I wanted them to be able to tell the people in their states that the American people hold those who suffer up in prayer.”

Unfortunately, I think he's serious. Rational people can only shake their heads in disbelief. Of course, we're used to disbelieving, but it's worse to have a President who thinks that prayers are more important than disaster funds.

We do know by now that Bush's irrationality can be taken as an article of faith. Did you know there is such thing as a Presidential Prayer Team? Check it out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't resist this is from Folk Riot. Better than praying

“Go Call FEMA”
by Evan Greer and Sally O’Brien

well in case you haven’t heard
the climate’s changing fast
new orleans aint the first
it sure as hell won’t be the last
it’s only worse from here
all the scientists agree
will it be death by “natural” causes
or death by bureaucracy?

hey FEMA, fuck you!
leave our town alone
hey FEMA, fuck you!
we’ll take care of our own.

If your house is relocated
to the middle of the street
if you’re waist deep in toxic water
looking for something to eat
the government will be there
to take care of you real well
to shoot your hungry neighbors
and kick you out of your hotels

as the waters keep on rising
something else will come to light
the people waiting on the rooftops
almost none of them are white
racism is systemic
it’s not that hard to see
just ask the Federal Exterminating Minorities Agency

i guess it’s not surprising
look who they’re working for
the same damn corporations
making profit off the war
once they gentrify the ghetto
leave the poor folks in a ditch
they’ll bulldoze homes and build casinos
make a playground for the rich

corporations will not save us
and neither will the state
we can’t rely on them
it’s already too late
so let’s get to know our neighbors
that’s what it’s all about
we’ll be better off together
once the oil all runs out

strong communities, hell yeah!
we are not alone
strong communities, hell yeah!
we’ll take care of our own