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The Thought of George W. Bush Is a Spiritual Atom Bomb of Infinite Power!

Jet Fashionranch reads Ben Stein--a horrible fate for anybody. Highlights "Bush's response has not been unusually bad, but amazingly powerful and swift." "No one has been able to point to a single instance in which black victims were mistreated because of their race by whites. In fact, just the opposite has happened." "George Bush... does not attack those who falsely accuse him of the most horrible acts and neglect. Instead, he doggedly goes on helping the least among us.":


The American Spectator | Ben Stein: What is the real story of Katrina is (I suggest) not so much that nature wrought fury on land, water, people, property, and animals, not at all anything about racism, not much about federal government incompetence. The real story is that the mainstream media rioted.

They used the storm and its attendant sorrows to continue their endless attack on George W. Bush. Wildly inflated stories about the number of dead and missing, totally made up old wives' tales of racism, breathless accounts of Bush's neglect that are utterly devoid of truth and of historical context -- this is what the mainstream media gave us. The use of floating corpses, of horror stories of plagues, the sad faces of refugees, the long-faced phony accusations of intentional neglect and racism -- anything is grist for the media's endless attempts to undermine the electorate's choice last November. It is sad, but true that the media will use even the most heart breaking truths -- and then add total inventions -- to try to weaken and then evict from office a man who has done nothing wrong, but has instead turned himself inside out to help the real victims.

In the meantime, George Bush does not lash out, does not attack those who falsely accuse him of the most horrible acts and neglect. Instead, he doggedly goes on helping the least among us. I don't know how he does it, but we are very lucky he does. As for truth, it eventually may be salvaged from the flooded neighborhoods of The Crescent City, but not as long as there is a lie to use to hurt an honest man trying to do the best he can, and hundreds of thousands of brave, tireless men and women who do more than point fingers and tell tales. The Katrina story is a disgrace to the people who are "reporting" it while pouring gasoline on a fire. They and their crusade against George Bush are the real stories, and they are dismal ones.

George W. Bush "doggedly goes on helping the least among us."

He helps the victims of the disaster by straining every nerve to make sure that the best-qualified person in the country--nay, in the world!--heads up FEMA. He helps those who give him guitars feel good about themselves while the levees break two-thousand miles away. He helps those who couldn't get a relief convoy to the New Orleans Superdome in four days feel good about themselves by telling them they're doing a "heckuva job." And he helps firefighters stay out of the devastation by using them as props in his photo-ops:


I swear. This is as bad as Amity Shlaes. It's not the mainstream media that's the source of the stories that Bush is "fidgety, cold and snappish in private. He yells at those who dare give him bad news and is therefore not surprisingly surrounded by an echo chamber of terrified sycophants. He is slow to comprehend concepts that don't emerge from his gut. He is uncomprehending of the speeches that he is given to read." Its Bush's top aides--and some of them have been dining out on stories like this for years.