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Fowler Fouls: Hurricane is God's Favor to Democrats

Original post made by sam, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Aug 31, 2008

On a plane from Denver to Charlotte following the Democrats' convention, former National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina joked about the risk to life and property posed by hurricane Gustaf.

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Posted by Greg K.
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 31, 2008 at 6:52 pm

The hurricane is a blessing to John McCain. Now John McCain can show America how much better a President he can be than George Bush was during Katrina. Perhaps more importantly, George Bush and Dick Cheney are now going to avoid the convention, and thus avoid embarrassing John McCain. In this election, John McCain is campaigning against George Bush just as much as he is running against Barack Obama.

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Posted by Jeremy
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 31, 2008 at 7:12 pm

“The hurricane is going to hit New Orleans about the time they start. The timing is, at least it appears now, it will be there Monday. That just demonstrates God is on our side,” Fowler said, while laughing. Fowler also told Spratt that “everything’s cool.”

Don Fowler was probably just three sheets to the wind on that plane (five martinis?). However, a sober Michael Moore has said the same thing, and he is just evil.

Such comments do not bend well for the Democrats. Very poor taste.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Ohlone School
on Aug 31, 2008 at 7:15 pm

The Mandate of Heaven.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Sam, what's the source of your quote?

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 31, 2008 at 9:00 pm


The source is here Web Link

You can view the tape pretty terrible and callous view on human life, but they are what they are

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 31, 2008 at 11:20 pm


Well, gee, the Dems wouldn't have even been able to make that crack if it weren't for the pretty terrible and callous view of human life shown by Shrub's handling of Katrina.

I mean the reason large chunks of the GOP convention are getting cancelled even before the hurricane hits (and it might not) is because the handling of Katrina was a disaster for the Republicans as well as for the city of New Orleans.

I'm sure McCain's thrilled to have the excuse to cancel Bush's and Cheney's appearances because he's trying to disassociate himself from his party's disastrous legacy of the last eight years.

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Posted by pam
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 1, 2008 at 3:18 am

"I'm sure McCain's thrilled to have the excuse to cancel Bush's and Cheney's appearances because he's trying to disassociate himself from his party's disastrous legacy of the last eight years."

for once op is right...thank you gustav

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Posted by open your minds..
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 1, 2008 at 7:22 am

you guys are hilarious....stop and think for just one second, with some degree of objectivity....

if any Republican had said this, anywhere, wouldn't it have been trumpeted from the rooftops of every paper? Instead of buried?

If ever there was proof for you about how you are brainwashed if all you read/listen to are mainstream media, this is it...

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Posted by Katrina and God's Gift
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 1, 2008 at 7:30 am

OP, you have read it before, because I have posted it, and I guess you just want to ignore the facts.

Again...Federal troops were arranged ALONG THE BORDER of Louisiana for 3 days...count them on your fingers...3 days... before Katrina hit the coast, and the Governor ( voted out in favor of Jindal) turned it down saying they didn't need the help.

And continued to turn down help during and after Katrina. And didn't let in help until I forget, least 24 hours after it hit, maybe longer.

Furthermore, she refused to let people be brought to the Super Dome for safe shelter before the storm...I wonder why? Think about it.

So, not Bush, contrary to your religious faith that it was Bush's fault.

Next,..the MAYOR of New Orleans, Nagin, re-elected by the fools of New Orleans...refused to allow buses to go get people who presumably weren't able to leave the city for whatever reasons for fear of LAWSUITS by these same people. Hmmm, Bush's fault?

Last, people refused to leave...and are still refusing to leave...what do you want to do, institute a military junta and force people from their homes? In our country, along with the right to choose wisely comes the right to be an idiot and choose poorly.

Be intellectually honest, OP, and quit the far left Bush hating mantras, and you will gain back some of the respect you had built up during the MI debacle.

BTW, google how much money PER PERSON New Orleans has gotten from your pocketbook since Katrina, then ask yourself where the money went. And then google how much federal money ( again, your pockets..California pays out more than it gets back in fed money), New Orleans has gotten to fix those damn dikes over the last 30 years, then ask yourself where the money went since the dikes were clearly not fixed.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 1, 2008 at 8:04 am

Web Link=

The answer is 127 BILLION dollars for Gulf and New Orleans..

Here is the most honest explanation I have ever found about money and the Gulf, especially the extremely corrupt ( until recently) Louisiana...

Web Link

Be sure and click on "Myth 2" and "Myth 3" at the bottom of the page to tease out confusion between New Orleans and Gulf Coast. Please note that the conclusion is that individuals have created the most effective and efficient solutions, not any government agency at any level.

If I add up the money to New Orleans alone that I can figure out from government fact sheets, it seems to about 50 Billion. I will assume, for simplicity in math, that 500,000 people are in New Orleans. This is too much, given that it was down to 250,000 in 2006, and is now approximated to be 80% of peak, which was 450,000. But, I do this for simplicity in understanding.

So, $50,000,000,000 divided by 500,000 people..Makes $100,000 per person in recovery funds for New Orleans alone.

Given that the majority of homes and businesses had minimal to no damage done by Katrina, and those that did were covered by insurance, and given that the remaining damage was not from hurricane K but from burst levees from corrupt local government not fixing the levees they were given billions to fix in the prior 30 years, 50 billion starts to sound like an awful lot of money.

You must remember that the local governments in Louisiana and New Orleans were elected by the people, and remember that we get the government we deserve, so if we elect government that promises us goodies instead of government that takes care of business, this is what we get.

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Posted by LG
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 1, 2008 at 8:21 am

This was reported in the TV news last night. Serves the guy right for speaking out in a public place. This should be a lesson to all those who so carelessly blurt out their private thoughts in public - big brother is listening all the time.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 1, 2008 at 8:57 am

OP: Disastrous legacy? 60 million people out from under 2 different brutal tyrannical rulers? A continual growth in GDP and wealth, of poor AND rich alike, despite 9/11, subprime mortgage hysteria and oil prices? No more terrorist attacks on our soil..even on our soil in other countries. A lessening in worldwide terrorist attacks? The dropping of all WMD intentions by the likes of Libya? An improvement in test scores at all grade levels in all populations? An improvement in FEMA ( assuming you think more Federal Government is an improvement, which I don't, but i know you do)..

Wow, what a disaster. Better education, economy and security in his disastrous presidency.

You have lost your claim to intellectual honesty that you built up during the MI debate.

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Posted by Just a thought
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 1, 2008 at 11:22 am

Perspective, you forget these: 3 TRILLION dollar war that all expert commissions say was unnecessary. Shrinking of the middle class. 4th Amendment out the window. School teachers and average-to-exceptional students shackled by NCLB. Environmental rape. Financial rape of average US citizen by unchecked greed. Reduction in respect ofr America, worldwide.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 1, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Rationalize all you want, Hurrican Katrina was a disaster for the Republicans.

Proof's in the pudding. If Bush had done a great job with it instead of seeming incredibly out of touch, he wouldn't be canceling his convention appearance.

Couldn't stand him, but Ronald Reagan would have known how to hit the notes on this one.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Ohlone School
on Sep 1, 2008 at 3:40 pm

The Europeans are better at long-range weather prediction than the U.S. They are predicting that Gustav is the first of three hurricanes to hit the U.S. The next one hits later in the week between North Florida and South Carolina. The third one squeezes into the Gulf of Mexico and curls back toward the Florida panhandle. Should be an exciting two weeks for FEMA.

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