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There are 85 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 28, 2008, titled Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

It is time to take the wind out of Barack Obama's sail. The McCain vice-presidential announcement should be made public the day following the Denver Democratic National Convention with a major surprise - ...

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Proud American

Honolulu, HI

#87 Aug 29, 2008
informed wrote:
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You know McCain has bucked his party AND Bush!! The American people can see through the blame transfer you guys are trying to link McCain to now. If not, Obama would be ahead by a landslide. As for Katrina, explain to me this the reports, with an impending TS/Hurricane, WHY the state is still making the SAME mistakes in rebuilding the levees?!! Corruption at the state level! How much money was raised and doanted to the state to help them? Why they cannot get it together some years later is appaling. If Obama is elected will we see more blame at the CIC level? It is convenient for Libs to blame somebody, some Americans have forgotten about personal responsibility and all you guys do is tick off a lot of other people with this blame thing. McCain IS NOT another Bush. Some would hardly call him a Republican and he sure as heck is no Conservative, so your argument is baseless and just more rhetoric from the "media".
Your passion for your candidate is only matched by the serious lack of facts that you present in your argument.

McCain in 2000 bucked Bush and Company but since then he has reversed almost of his positions against Bush in order to appeal to the Bush supporters, so he can get elected. He currently votes with Bush about 90% of the time. You call that bucking Bush??? I guess for a Republican l anything less than 100% approval of another Republican is traitorous non-support.

Second, the levees were not built or re-built by the city of New Orleans or the State of Louisiana; they were built both times by the Army Corps of Engineers, who has responsibility across the US to build levees. The last time I heard, the US Army Corps of Engineers is under the control of the US Federal Government of which George Bush is the leader. I believe he is a Republican. Moreover, a few days after Katrina Bush promised $200 billion federal dollars to rebuild New Orleans, but three years later only about half of that amount has been delivered to the states hit by Katrina, and most of that went to, guess where, Mississippi, which was NOT as seriously hit as New Orleans was, but where Bush's favorite senator, Republican Trent Lott lost his home. So what are the people of New Orleans supposed to do when their President lies to them to make himself look good but "delivers the goods" to where there is less need because you got to take care of your Republican supporters. Oh, yeah, I remember, if you're a Republican, you blame the victims-the impoverished, elderly, and frail residents of New Orleans who had no way out.

You don't have to believe me. All of this was widely reported in the national newspapers over the last three years, and just yesterday a new report in the Advertiser showed that most of those who died in New Orleans were elderly and black and stated that the numbers who died were probably UNDERestimated.

Go ahead and believe what you want, but the facts don't back you up.
informed

Pomerene, AZ

#88 Aug 29, 2008
Proud American wrote:
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Your passion for your candidate is only matched by the serious lack of facts that you present in your argument.
McCain in 2000 bucked Bush and Company but since then he has reversed almost of his positions against Bush in order to appeal to the Bush supporters, so he can get elected. He currently votes with Bush about 90% of the time. You call that bucking Bush??? I guess for a Republican l anything less than 100% approval of another Republican is traitorous non-support.
Second, the levees were not built or re-built by the city of New Orleans or the State of Louisiana; they were built both times by the Army Corps of Engineers, who has responsibility across the US to build levees. The last time I heard, the US Army Corps of Engineers is under the control of the US Federal Government of which George Bush is the leader. I believe he is a Republican. Moreover, a few days after Katrina Bush promised $200 billion federal dollars to rebuild New Orleans, but three years later only about half of that amount has been delivered to the states hit by Katrina, and most of that went to, guess where, Mississippi, which was NOT as seriously hit as New Orleans was, but where Bush's favorite senator, Republican Trent Lott lost his home. So what are the people of New Orleans supposed to do when their President lies to them to make himself look good but "delivers the goods" to where there is less need because you got to take care of your Republican supporters. Oh, yeah, I remember, if you're a Republican, you blame the victims-the impoverished, elderly, and frail residents of New Orleans who had no way out.
You don't have to believe me. All of this was widely reported in the national newspapers over the last three years, and just yesterday a new report in the Advertiser showed that most of those who died in New Orleans were elderly and black and stated that the numbers who died were probably UNDERestimated.
Go ahead and believe what you want, but the facts don't back you up.
WRONG!! Check your facts buddy. I'll find the newspaper who reported teh facts on McCain's votes recently. It showed of the last 31 serious votes where party lines could be drawn, McCain voted only 65% along party lines. Now take those votes and seven of them were almost unanimous (both parties voted in favor) and you have less than that. You can keep reporting 90% but you're DEAD WRONG. I'll check and see if it was the NYT or WAPO.

Yeah, nice try on the blame thing guy. I am a Conservative, but we were stationed at Ft. Benning (GA) at the time Katrina hit and we donated a couple thousand dollars to some independent companies who were legit to help in any way we could. You? Did you give anything? We live on a very tight budget, but we had money saved up and wanted to help. so before you go, like typical Libs, judging me, look in the mirror. You cannot blame the CIC look at their corrupt state mayors and governors. Why are they not fixing the problem with the money they have? ANSWER that!!! The levees are still not in the repair they should be. Why? If youlive well below sea level and are sitting around thinking how to best protect your state, WHY build levees to withstand a Cat 3 hurricane when the max hurricane is a Cat 5? WHY?? Is that Bush's fault too. Enough already. Personal responsibility. It's lost on a lot of people.
informed

Pomerene, AZ

#89 Aug 29, 2008
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What mistakes at the state level are you talking about?
No progress with three years gone by!! have you not kept up on the rebuilding of LA? The levees are still not up to standard and the rebuilding has been criticized that hey are making the same mistakes. Is Obama ready to take the blame when some state is not taking care of it's citizens at the local and state level? What about the deadly fires in San Diego? The devastating floods in the midwest? Why were you not concerned about them as much and not blame anyone for that? Because the American people take care of themselves and can overcome a tragedy and rebuild from it without the nonsense of racism and blame Bush.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#90 Aug 29, 2008
informed wrote:
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No progress with three years gone by!! have you not kept up on the rebuilding of LA? The levees are still not up to standard and the rebuilding has been criticized that hey are making the same mistakes. Is Obama ready to take the blame when some state is not taking care of it's citizens at the local and state level? What about the deadly fires in San Diego? The devastating floods in the midwest? Why were you not concerned about them as much and not blame anyone for that? Because the American people take care of themselves and can overcome a tragedy and rebuild from it without the nonsense of racism and blame Bush.
As a previous poster indicated, the levees are the domain of the Corp of Engineers. The last I checked, the newer levees are supposed to withstand a Cat5 hurricane. We'll see when the time comes.

As for the states disaster recovery plan, I blame them and the city. The state's initial plan was to tell the feds "send me what you got." They had no clue. They didn't even know where to send the items, let alone who the coordinators were.

Nagin is the worst. He ran for a post for a city that was already under water and complained when it actually went under water. Then the city had the bright idea to re-elect him. As far as I'm concerned, he's got the "experience" so no matter what happens the second time around, the city deserves what it gets.

The difference between the New Orleans fiasco and the mid-west/San Diego is oil. It runs though New Orleans. That's why you don't hear much about places like Mississippi's rebuilding process.

Is it the Fed's fault? Partially. But the states should be made accountable and be looking for a socialist hand out when they already know they are in harms way.
informed

Pomerene, AZ

#91 Aug 29, 2008
Yeah wrote:
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As a previous poster indicated, the levees are the domain of the Corp of Engineers. The last I checked, the newer levees are supposed to withstand a Cat5 hurricane. We'll see when the time comes.
As for the states disaster recovery plan, I blame them and the city. The state's initial plan was to tell the feds "send me what you got." They had no clue. They didn't even know where to send the items, let alone who the coordinators were.
Nagin is the worst. He ran for a post for a city that was already under water and complained when it actually went under water. Then the city had the bright idea to re-elect him. As far as I'm concerned, he's got the "experience" so no matter what happens the second time around, the city deserves what it gets.
The difference between the New Orleans fiasco and the mid-west/San Diego is oil. It runs though New Orleans. That's why you don't hear much about places like Mississippi's rebuilding process.
Is it the Fed's fault? Partially. But the states should be made accountable and be looking for a socialist hand out when they already know they are in harms way.
I agree. You are right on with the assessment except the most recent on the levees. I hope they fixed that. My friend's family lost EVERYTHING in Mississippi. Her brother waited in his attic for help too. It is sad that a state like FL can get it together and have an emergency preparedness plan, but these other states...nothing. I also have a friend whose mother just got outta her FEMA trailer. It's sad that the money is not being accounted for and is being overseen by corrupt state officials. God help the people of LA this hurricane season. I hope we don't see the likes of another Katrina.

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