Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Brink's Job

Anyone out there old enough to have legally purchased beer at 18 might remember this movie.

Anyone out there who's been on Social Security for a decade might remember the actual incident.

In a nutshell: In the 1950's, Brink's Security was supposed to be the tightest in the world. And at one time, it was. That's why it had a near monopoly on the transportation of money and valuables. But, as the old broadway saying goes, there's no failure like success. As the years progressed and their reputation solidified, the organization did the same. It calcified. It got by on reputation alone. Then one crook, a smalltime hood named Tony Pino, discovered that it was a sham. And he and his gang of losers took them for more than a million dollars, and exposed Brinks for the paper tiger it was.

The 1978 film was a nice little gem, and anyone who wants to see a who's who of character actors from the '70's (Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Warren Oates. Allen Garfield, Paul Sorvino, et c.) stretching their chops could do worse than to rent this DVD.

I hadn't thought about this flick for a couple of decades. Then yesterday, while reading about how deep the fuckup runs Homeland Security, it popped into my head.

Because America's Security has been exposed as a paper tiger.

It's a sham.

So, what do we do now?

How do we rebuild. Because that's what we have to do. We have to stop talking tough and start acting tough.

I am certain that we have more than enough evidence to start impeachment proceedings on President Bush.

But that would leave us with President Cheney. And our situation would not improve.

And I question whether or not this country could stand another potential impeachment. This would mean three out of our last four two-term Presidents had issues with impeachment.

A far better alternative, I feel, is to cut off his funding. Separate him from the congress. At this point, calls to our Representatives and Senators expressing our dissatisfaction with this Administration's policies would be the best route. Explain to them in no uncertain terms that if they follow the President's lead, you will not vote for them.

The President's polling numbers are not good. In the latest Rasmussen poll, disapproval rates stand at 54%. In fact, the category "Stongly Disapprove" is only seven points lower than Bush's total approval rating.

There has never been a better time for opposition to the President's All-Hat-No-Cattle policies.

Congress is watching.

As are our enemies.



Blogger Colleen said...

i believe in karma. i believe in "comuppance" (although I don't believe I spelled it right). i believe that bush will pay for this and that FEMA will pay and that those in charge who weren't doing what they were supposed to be doing for 8 days will pay.

sadly, i don't think anything will happen to bush's presidency because it is too late. he's in his 2nd term. what does he care.

but, i bet you money we just won the white house back.

6:08 AM, September 08, 2005  
Blogger mal said...

BP, as little as I care for Junior, I think there are others here that deserve villification too.
FEMA was not the only ones with miscues. The city needs to take some heat as does the Parish, State and Congressional reps from Louisiana. It is easy for them to point fingers at Big Brother but they need to look in the mirror at the "Pork Barrel" projects they jammed thru for the A.C. of E. to execute that were meaningless. Louisiana had more money appropriated for flood control in the last 5 years then they had duing the last 5 years of the Clinton Admin.. Where was that money spent? Where were the cities contingency plans? The States?

One thing in Juniors favor, he did not play the finger pointing game

I have no particular love for Junior, but if we are to paint out of the blame can, we should make sure everything that needs painting gets it

8:07 AM, September 08, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Mallory: "Louisiana had more money appropriated for flood control in the last 5 years then they had duing the last 5 years of the Clinton Admin.." please provide some links for this, it's very important information. What infuriates me, is aside from Lousianna politics, was the $120 Million Army Corps. of Engineer project to fix the levees slashed to $40 million which was designated to fix the levees. The rest went to Iraq and Homeland Security, which now can be viewed as too failed projects. No excuse, they were warned, they had a project in place to fix it, they cut it, we have the greatest national disaster on our hands with devastation so immense it rivals the flood of 1927, the greatest flood in the country's history that flooded four states in the south east. And we have the biggest displacement of population, deaths, and property damage - forget damage - wiped out - since the Civil War. Pointing fingers at local goverment seems far too short sighted. Fed Government is in place to help the people, period. That's the purpose. Bush's whole vision is to cripple government, because he believes in personal responsibility, ostensibly, but actually doesn't want his friends and peers taxed to pay for anything, and also wants to privatize everyting, so they can profit from anything needed as well. That's where we are, and as BP pointed out, it's a paper tiger. Cross your fingers the whole cadre of greedy elitist narcissits are kicked out before a disaster hits your area.

9:55 AM, September 08, 2005  
Blogger Mz. Pig said...

President Cheney?? Who's that?

4:25 PM, September 08, 2005  

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