2005 Bush Remarks on Mahabharata Weapons

KATRINA + RITA Hurricanes



"I heard that things get pretty boring at Cheyenne Mountain [NORTHCOM Command Center] in the calm before the storm," Bush said. "So Im going to bring my guitar to help the troops pass the time. I just learned "When the Levee Breaks" and Im hoping one of the guys or gals on night shift plays harmonica..."

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite image of Hurricane Katrina taken as the storm continued to move farther inland after it came ashore along the U.S. Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Katrina ripped into the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday, battering the historic jazz city New Orleans, swamping resort towns and lowlands with a crushing surge of seawater and stranding people on rooftops. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout

Water spills over a levee along the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. Fresh floods, fires and looting rode in the destructive wake of Hurricane Katrina, deepening a humanitarian crisis that left hundreds feared dead and sections of New Orleans submerged to the rooftops.The(AFP/Pool/Vincent Laforet)

Bush Pledges to Stay Out of the Way at NORTHCOM

Friday, 23 September 2005 President George Bush pledged to "stay out of the way" of the military's response to Hurricane Rita. Bush spoke to reporters Friday afternoon at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Flanked by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Bush said that he appreciates "the folks here who are working so hard to help the folks on the ground prepare for the storm."

Bush cancelled a visit to San Antonio, TX to see preparations for Rita, which is expected to hit the South Texas coast overnight. The President will fly to
Northern Command Headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, CO to monitor Rita's impact
.

Bush reponded to a reporter who asked what good could he actually do by saying, "there will be no risk of me getting in the way, I promise you. We're going to make sure that we're not in the way of the operations." Bush ignored the broader context of the question.


The President told reporters that he planned to exercise his authority as Commander in Chief by "staying out of the way of the folks at NORTHCOM. See, NORTHCOM is the main entity that interfaces, that uses federal assets, federal troops to interface with local and state government. I just want to sit back and watch them run the show."

"I heard that things get pretty boring at
Cheyenne Mountain [NORTHCOM Command Center] in 'the calm before the storm,'" Bush said. "So I'm going to bring my guitar to help the troops pass the time. I just learned "When the Levee Breaks" and I'm hoping one of the guys or gals on night shift plays harmonica...

"Laura and I rented 'War Games' and 'Stargate' so I wouldn't be disoriented when I got there. The first thing I'm going to do is ask if their computer experts reprogrammed the WOPR for simultaneous preemptive nuclear strikes on Iran and North Korea."

Bush has gone to great lengths to maintain a credible presence while he is staying out of the way at Northern Command. "I called
James Spader to congratulate him on winning the Oustanding Actor Emmy for 'Boston Legal.' So I asked him what it was like inside Cheyenne Mountain. He said that they filmed 'Stargate' on one of those Hollywood sets, and that he didn't have a clue. I told him I didn't either."

White House staffers could not confirm whether
Bianca Davies of Bloomberg News would join Bush on the weekend trip. The President called for "Bianca" several times at the Pentagon on Thursday. One aide said that "during the President's partying days, he used to ask for 'Bianca' instead of 'Binaca' when he was wasted."

President Bush plans to stay in Colorado until
Hurricane Cindy Sheehan subsides. That hurricane, a massive protest march against the Iraq war, is expected to make landfall outside the White House on Saturday afternoon.

This aerial photo shows the devastation caused by the high winds and heavy flooding in the greater New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 in Louisiana. (AP Photo/ Vincent Laforet, POOL)
Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina cover a portion of New Orleans, La., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, a day after Katrina passed through the city. (AP Photo/ Vincent Laforet, Pool)

 

 

After Katrina's Lesson, Bush Is Heading to Texas

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 - Under intense pressure to show that he has learned the practical and political lessons of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush planned on Thursday to pack his foul-weather gear and head to Texas on Friday ahead of Hurricane Rita, trying to make clear that he is directing an all-out federal effort to cope with the storm.

Mr. Bush, who was photographed strumming a guitar in San Diego on the morning that New Orleans was being flooded 23 days ago, appeared intent on ensuring there would be no off-message pictures this time and no question of where his attention was focused.

 

Waves and Oscillations

 A wave is traveling energy: all waves -- radio, light, x-ray, sound or water waves radiate in all directions from a central source.

An oscillation is when a mass moves back and forth in a regular rhythm: a swing, the tide, a duck sitting still on a wavy pond all oscillate.

 

NEWS ARTICLE: "Malaysia to Battle Smog With Cyclones", by Chen May Yee, Staff Reporter of the Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, November 13, 1997, page A19.

KULA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's war on smog is about to get a new twist. The government wants to create man-made cyclones to scrub away the haze that has plagued Malaysia since July. 'We will use special technology to create an artificial cyclone to clean the air', said Datuk Law Hieng Ding, minister for science, technology and the environment. The plan calls for the use of new Russian technology to create cyclones -- the giant storms also known as typhoons and hurricanes -- to cause torrential rains, washing the smoke out of the air. The Malaysian cabinet and the finance minister have approved the plan, Datuk Law said. A Malaysian company, BioCure Sdn. Bhd., will sign a memorandum of understanding soon with a government-owned Russian party to produce the cyclone.

 

Part of a cemetery in New Orleans is underwater after Hurricane Katrina September 3, 2005. The U.S. military will send an additional 10,000 National Guard troops to Louisiana and Mississippi to help in hurricane relief, bringing to 40,000 the number of such troops there, the Pentagon said on Saturday. REUTERS/Jason Reed

A flooded cemetery is seen from a view aboard a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter with Bravo Company 2-4 Aviation, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

A cemetary is covered in floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A satellite image shows Hurricane Rita spirals across the Gulf of Mexico towards Texas. A mass exodus from the deadly threat of Hurricane Rita has emptied towns along the Texas and Louisiana coastlines, amid frantic last-minute preparations for the second super-storm in a month.(AFP/NOAA-HO) 

Chester Gomez walks out of the rising sea after surfing as Hurricane Rita approaches Galveston, Texas, September 22, 2005. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)