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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Our Federal Department of [More, Inc.] Homeland Security

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29-Dec-04 (blog-usa_op) title:

Our Federal Department of [more-R-less] Homeland Security

REVIEW

In a recent draft review about this Department of Homeland
Security, it revealed that federal grants for improving security
had been poorly coordinated & blamed the staff for problems.

More like a management problem, as Homeland Security is
one of the highest funded federal departments today. So a
claim of inadequate staffing, as to say, may be just a stretch.

However, and not surprisingly, the report re-enforces federal
management issues, or concerns of many, about our security.

Adding just another layer of federal management under one
director only makes the department slower and top heavier.

The (AP) reported today (December 29th, 2004) that;

"...Homeland Security Depart-ment has allowed federal
grants for improving security at America's ports to be
spent on low priority problems rather than the most
serious vulnerabilities...".

Noting that in "...a draft report to be re-leased next month,
Homeland Security Department Inspec-tor General [Name]
says port security spending should be governed by the most
pressing priorities rath-er than local politics." And blamed,

"...Inadequate staff-ing and poor coordination." Adding then
that "...the department's port security grant program needs
better oversight to make sure projects that get money meet
security goals." Meaning, some form of review/accountability.

Inspector, as noted, further concluded that the "("...DHS does
not have a strong grant evaluation pro-cess in place by which
to ad-dress post-award administra-tion issues, including mea-
suring progress in accom-plishing DHS' grant objec-tives,")...
[as the (AP) reportly] said in a recent summary of the report."

COMMENT

No doubt now questioned by the RNC/GOP's press secretary
as to the motive and/or intent of having such oversight for this
administration, the white house, and to most of the congress.'.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

ASIA DISASTER ZONE: Millions homeless with threats of more losses from disease...


Map of areas damaged by the Asian quake that now has millions of
people homeless as a result of the tremor & sea surges. credit BBC Posted by Hello

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28-Dec-04 (blog-usa-re) title:

OPINION

With Bush on vacation in Texas until the after New Year,
former US Pres. Clinton relates concerns on relief efforts.

NEWS

Not unlike many of his concerned fellow Americans, former
"...US President Bill Clinton has called for the co-ordination
of relief efforts in response to the Asian quake, as aid starts
to flood into the region. ("It is really important that somebody
takes the lead in this,") he told the BBC's Today programme
on [12/28/04]." Clinton speaking as one experienced citizen.

Noting that the "...UN has already begun a huge relief effort
to help the 11 nations affected...". Aided by other countries.

"Millions of people are homeless as a result of the tremor
and sea surges, and the disaster zone is now threatened
with outbreaks of disease." As among some of the worst.

"About 40,000 people have been killed and many others
are still missing." With totals expected to continue rising.

"A plane chartered by the UK charity Oxfam is carrying
27 tonnes of water tanks, pumps and taps to Sri Lanka
and Indonesia, to set up emergency drinking water systems
and latrines." The major key & element in disease prevention.

"The US aid organization Care said it was already distributing
food to 14,000 Sri Lankans and that it was preparing a ("major
operation")." With reports of US dollar aid & Pentagon support.

COMMENT

With the U.S. national debt at historical and record highs, it
remains to be seen how much the United States can afford.

And more importantly, how much the RNC/GOP will actually
commit to any UN headed relief project or program for help.

Especially since this type of disaster may actually be related
to the over-all global warming problem or, as such, relative to.

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source and comment information credit:
BBC NEWS "Aid flow triggers Clinton warning..."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/asia-pacific/4129579.stm

Published: 2004/12/28 14:19:06 GMT © BBC MMIV
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Monday, December 27, 2004

Santa Bush's national radio address: "We Have a Duty..."

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27-Dec-04 (blog-usa_op_re) title:

Santa Bush's national radio address: "We Have a Duty..."

12/25/04

"After spending a long Christmas weekend at Camp David,
the Bushes fly today to their home in Crawford, Tex., where
they are scheduled to remain until Jan[uary the 2nd, 2005
or not until after the New Year has already come and gone]."

"Aides said no official work was planned for Bush's holiday
vacation...". Reflective to - of the August 6th, 2001 vacation.

12/26/04

"Bush also assured U.S. troops overseas that they are
in the thoughts and prayers of their fellow Americans."

"...a theme of Bush's annual Christmas messages
and came [again, just] days after a suicide bombing
at a U.S. military dining hall in Iraq [had just] killed
22 people, including 14 U.S. service members...".

12/27/04

Todate:

No proof, or evidence has been found to exist to support
the reasoning for going to war in Iraq. As presented by
the President to the American people. Likewise for the
reasons, as then stated, by Congress of the United States.

Yet - and instead of requiring more proof. Our Congress,
by deed, required less proof than say for -- aid to Alaska.

Or as we all know it (pork-spending), who likewise by
deed, Sen. John McCain does support -- despite past
campaigning promises to the contrary. McCain is OK
with a war costing millions of debt dollars and 1,000's
of American lives. Plus and in fact, wants to escalate it.

01/01/05

A Happy New Year from the RNC/GOP, means more of
the same-old-stuff. A blind leader, talking to a deaf house.

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reference credit: washingtonpost.com "At Christmas,
Bush Urges Aid to the Needy ('We Have a Duty to Our
Fellow Citizens,') He Tells Americans in Radio Address"
By Alan Cooperman [-] Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 26, 2004; Page A12
© 2004 The Washington Post Company[.]
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