President Bush Sells Louisiana Back to the French
President Bush and a giddy Jacques Chirac shake hands on the deal.
BATON ROUGE, LA. - The White House announced today that President Bush
has successfully sold the state of Louisiana back to the French at more
than double its original selling price of $11,250,000.
"This is a bold step forward for America," said Bush. "And America will
be stronger and better as a result. I stand here today in unity with
French Prime Minister Jack Sharaq, who was so kind to accept my offer of
Louisiana in exchange for 25 million dollars cash."
The state, ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, will cost hundreds of billions
of dollars to rebuild.
"Jack understands full well that this one's a 'fixer upper,'" said Bush.
"He and the French people are quite prepared to pump out all that water,
and make Louisiana a decent place to live again. And they've got a lot
of work to do. But Jack's assured me, if it's not right, they're going
to fix it."
The move has been met with incredulity from the beleaguered residents of
However, President Bush's decision has been widely lauded by
"This is an unexpected but brilliant move by the President," said Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist. "Instead of spending billions and billions,
and billions of dollars rebuilding the state of Louisiana, we've just
made 25 million dollars in pure profit."
"This is indeed a smart move," commented Fox News analyst Brit Hume.
"Not only have we stopped the flooding in our own budget, we've made
money on the deal. Plus, when the god-awful French are done fixing it
up, we can easily invade and take it back again."
The money gained from ''The Louisiana Refund' is expected to be
immediately pumped into the rebuilding of Iraq.
You know... I am pretty sick and tired of seeing political crap on this
NG. I am not sure who your are bashing here... your govt, US govt, or
you picture some kind of wild eyed anarchist that hates all government
that is striking a blow for everyone.
Yes, you posted the required the required OT before starting, but this
is a woodworking NG, with a woodworking format.
So before you vomit your political spewage onto these pages, take a
minute and look at your own content. I live in the Gulf Coast region
and I for one don't think there is any humor to be made of the pain and
suffering some of these people have/are going through.
You show your total lack of compassion, and just how thoughtless and
selfish you are by using our national tragedy to be cutesy and
sarcastic. You should come visit and see just how damn funny this all
is for us.
Go back to your hole and post these things on the college bulletin
boards where all anti government sentiment is welcome. Go to the
coffee house, order a latte, smoke a Marboro >box< (you rascal, you)
and tell the other members of the old, fat, nobodies that make up the
"I wish I was an anarchist but don't have the guts" set how funny and
witty you are. Print your post out and take it with you! Read it to
your fellow wannabes!
Maybe everyone will love the sarcastic humor you have generated over
the pain and suffering of others. Nice job!
However, for me, just go away. And as some will no doubt say, this is
a public forum, a free for all, and anyone can post anything. So with
that in mind, the next time you decide to be cute and witty, will you
please address the header this way?
OT: Self serving VOMIT ahead
Well Dave, since you want to call me out and make it personal, move the
fuck down here and take a look around. I wonder how funny (aka,
theraputic) this would be if your and yours were affected....
Guess it depends on whose wagon is in the ditch. I don't remember any
great, healing humor coming out of 9/11, guess I should have checked
See what I mean about thin skin? You posted a message in a thread you
went out of your way to go into, complaining about reading something you
chose to read. If you want to take it personal that I point out the
obvious, by all means feel free to do so.
I guess that implies that you are assuming me and mine haven't ever been
affected by a disaster. I guess you would be wrong.
Google for "gallows humor" and be educated. Or, follow my previous
suggestion regarding killfiles. They're a wonderful way to allow you to
not have to bother reading messages or threads or people who aren't
worth reading. Here, I'll show you how they work:
Buh-bye, Robert. Figure out how to deal with it. Or not. But bitching
about OT posts in threads marked OT is a marvellous way to get yourself
ignored. (shrug?) doesn't matter a bit to me.
Thinking you're having a bad day there fella but you're not alone. I found
the post funny and I'm one of the people that lived in the Back Bay area
years ago and we had a high water mark in our living room at about the 7'
mark. So a few of us do know what you're going thru and we know if you
lighten up a bit, things will go a lot easier for you also. Life - it's all
Hope you have a better day tomorrow,
Ed and BobS... you are both right. I am probably more than a little
sensitive here... all we have had since Katrina is turmoil in our city
(San Antonio, TX). All of our volunteers are worn out, including me.
Most have given beyond their means in time, money and goods.
We had amost 15,000 people here for Katrina, with a few thousand
remaining. We picked up about the same amount with Rita, but they are
all pretty much gone.
Yeah, it's tense for us around here, and I am certainly not the only
one on edge. We were OUT of gas in some areas of town just a few day
ago, the stores were wiped out of a lot of types of food, and all of
us that could volunteer were stretched pretty thin. First it was
Katrina, then it was immediately followed by Rita. No real recovery
time for any of us, and few replenishment supplies.
My sister and her family lost everything in the great Houston flood of
2000 (?) (including a drowned friend) and many here did the same with
their home underwater (only a few inches in mine) in 2001. So we all
know the drill, we all know what to do. We know things will get fixed,
we know things will get back to normal, even if it is a normal we
didn't have before.
But we are also all tired. Tired of the second guessing media, tired
of Oprah's march to Mississippi, tired of long winded politicians that
deliver little. Tired of this becoming a partisan issue. Tired of
giving, tired of volunteering, tired of being asked for more. Just
We will all muddle through. I don't mind some humor, and we all found
a few spots here and there through all our travails over the years.
Just not at the expense of others.
I got a kick out of some of the nasty comments put my way after I broke
both wrists back in 2002, but they were aimed at me personally. I was
teased incessantly, even after the casts were off and I had a almost a
year of PT to get my wrists back to usable. It never stopped. After
being in construction for 30 years, I have a pretty thick skin, but
still don't care for smartasses. It IS possible this post hit me the
But geez, look how thin skinned some of the other posters are... Dave
announced he picked up his toys and just went home. Now THAT made me
Our situation here is certainly no worse (again, depends on whose wagon
is in the ditch) than all the folks that have faced all the other
forest fires, mud slides, floods, hurricanes, etc. Aid is pouring in
from all directions, and for us, life will be normal soon. For the
poor people closer to the coast, it will never be normal again.
So maybe I hit it here a little hard. That post may never have been
funny for me, but it probably would have rated no more than a glance in
another month or so.
Maybe another contributing factor to the crankiness of our guests and
volunteers... did I mention it has broken 100 degrees for the last few
days? Try working out in that with our normal high humidity.
As for Ed's thoughtful and appreciated question of what one can do,
give what you can to a reliable charity. All of ours are tapped out of
food, blankets, pillows, cots, fans, emergency first aid kits,
aspirins, bandaids, batteries, etc. I cannot imagine anyone else's
having anything left either so I am sure they would appreciate any help
One last thing, thanks for the positive thoughts.
I am sorry that my post affected you the way it did. My intent was not to
offend or upset anyone. It had no political intent. I thought it might add
a bit of humour to a very sad situation. JG
Bush has been accused of being stupid but I don't think he is stupid enough
to sell of one of the most significant ports in the world upon which
America's farm crops absolutely are dependent. And that's not to mention oil
production and services. We haven't truly felt the loss of New Orleans yet,
but we will.
I thought it was funny, not political. But then again, I can see humor in
my own pain and suffering too. Your life will be much better if you do.
You will live longer and healthirer if you don't get deprssed.
I also did what I could to help others with their losses from Katrina too.
We're all in this together. What can we do to help you?
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