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Old June 9th, 2006, 01:44 PM   #1
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New York City has no national monuments or icons...

George W. Bush settled down for a pleasant night of 9/11 exploitation last week, inviting relatives of the Flight 93 victims to join him at the White House for a screening of, er, "Flight 93." You remember Flight 93 - that was one of the hijacked planes which was headed for a field in Pennsylvania while Bush sat on his ass reading The Pet Goat to schoolchildren before getting on Air Force One and flying to Louisiana.



Our Great Leader was obviously so moved by the film that he decided to take bold action. Last week the Department of Homeland Security cut New York's anti-terror budget by 40%, from $208 million to $124 million. Meanwhile, Georgia got a 40% increase in its budget. Just in case, you know, terrorists decide to bomb the Chatham Artillery Monument or the Pig Hill of Fame instead of the Statue of Liberty.



What's at the very top of the Department of Homeland Security's terrorist hit list? Yup - rail terminals and rail lines in New York. Washington D.C. also saw a drastic cut in its anti-terror budget, while various other states like Nebraska and Kentucky got increases.



But do you want to know why New York saw this budget cut while other, er, less-targeted areas of the country saw increases? Do you want to know the bizarre, ridiculous, mind-bending, toe-curling reason?



Because, according to ABC News:



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New York has no national monuments or icons, according to the Department of Homeland Security form obtained by ABC News. That was a key factor used to determine that New York City should have its anti-terror funds slashed by 40 percent - from $207.5 million in 2005 to $124.4 million in 2006.



The formula did not consider as landmarks or icons: The Empire State Building, The United Nations, The Statue of Liberty and others found on several terror target hit lists. It also left off notable landmarks, such as the New York Public Library, Times Square, City Hall and at least three of the nation's most renowned museums: The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan and The Museum of Natural History.



The form ignored that New York City is the capital of the world financial markets and merely stated the city had four significant bank assets.



New York City is home to Chase, JP Morgan, Citi Group, The New York Stock Exchange, The Commodities Exchange, American Express, George Soros funds, Michael Gabelli's funds, Lazard Frere and Salomon Brothers, to name just a few of the more prominent banking interests located there.


Will this insanity never end?



According to CNN, "Department officials have changed the criteria used to award money under their programs, saying that instead of looking at population, they are trying to focus more on where risks exist."



[/quote]"It does not mean the risk in New York is different ... or lower," Assistant Secretary Tracy Henke said. "It means we have additional information, additional clarity" about how to best allocate resources.[/quote]



So perhaps all that warrantless wiretapping has borne fruit after all. Perhaps the NSA has been hearing "increased chatter" discussing a terrorist attack on the World's Largest Talking Cow in Neilsville, WI.



By the way, just as a reminder of how concerned Bush really was on 9/11, you may be interested to know that "the day ended on a relatively humorous note" and he was in bed by 11:30

http://journals.democraticunderground.com/top10/246
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Old June 10th, 2006, 06:37 AM   #2
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George W. Bush settled down for a pleasant night of 9/11 exploitation last week, inviting relatives of the Flight 93 victims to join him at the White House for a screening of, er, "Flight 93." You remember Flight 93 - that was one of the hijacked planes which was headed for a field in Pennsylvania while Bush sat on his ass reading The Pet Goat to schoolchildren before getting on Air Force One and flying to Louisiana.



Our Great Leader was obviously so moved by the film that he decided to take bold action. Last week the Department of Homeland Security cut New York's anti-terror budget by 40%, from $208 million to $124 million. Meanwhile, Georgia got a 40% increase in its budget. Just in case, you know, terrorists decide to bomb the Chatham Artillery Monument or the Pig Hill of Fame instead of the Statue of Liberty.



What's at the very top of the Department of Homeland Security's terrorist hit list? Yup - rail terminals and rail lines in New York. Washington D.C. also saw a drastic cut in its anti-terror budget, while various other states like Nebraska and Kentucky got increases.



But do you want to know why New York saw this budget cut while other, er, less-targeted areas of the country saw increases? Do you want to know the bizarre, ridiculous, mind-bending, toe-curling reason?



Because, according to ABC News:







Will this insanity never end?



According to CNN, "Department officials have changed the criteria used to award money under their programs, saying that instead of looking at population, they are trying to focus more on where risks exist."


"It does not mean the risk in New York is different ... or lower," Assistant Secretary Tracy Henke said. "It means we have additional information, additional clarity" about how to best allocate resources.[/quote]



So perhaps all that warrantless wiretapping has borne fruit after all. Perhaps the NSA has been hearing "increased chatter" discussing a terrorist attack on the World's Largest Talking Cow in Neilsville, WI.



By the way, just as a reminder of how concerned Bush really was on 9/11, you may be interested to know that "the day ended on a relatively humorous note" and he was in bed by 11:30

http://journals.democraticunderground.com/top10/246[/QUOTE]



The UN should be gutted and turned into condominiums. I think Hillary was behind those cuts.
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Old June 12th, 2006, 11:39 AM   #3
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If you're state voted for Bush, you are at a higher risk of terrorist attack. Conveinent huh?
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Old June 12th, 2006, 11:47 AM   #4
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Alias, your comment has NO relevance to the original article.

You're not even trying anymore, are you...
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