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Bush lifts import fuel limits, Ike price-gouging reported

September 13th, 2008 . by TexasFred

Bush lifts import fuel limits, Ike price-gouging reported

WASHINGTON, (AFP) – US President George W. Bush announced on Saturday restrictions on imported gasoline had been suspended in response to Hurricane Ike, which disrupted operations at Gulf Coast oil refineries and prompted gas price-gouging in southeastern states.

“Last night we suspended EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) waivers on certain reformulated gasoline, which will make it easier for imports from abroad to make it into our markets,” Bush told reporters outside the White House as the powerful hurricane caused massive flooding in Texas and Louisiana.

“In the meantime, the Department of Energy, the Federal Trade Commission and I know state authorities will be monitoring the gasoline prices to make sure consumers are not being gouged, to make sure consumers are being treated fairly,” Bush said.

Several officials have stressed that there are sufficient supplies of fuel, and lashed out at some price-gouging at gasoline pumps, with the governor of Florida decrying the practice as “unconscionable.”

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There is absolutely NO reason for gas prices to take massive jumps my friends. If you see it happening, take a picture of the company sign, the pump, the station itself, document this CRIME, and report it. Many people will pitch in and help in any way they can after a disaster like IKE, but many will become predators, and will prey on their fellow man.

The initial response to Hurricane IKE is in the hands of the states affected, there’s not too much the feds can do in the 1st few hours other than have FEMA ready to respond, and that HAS been done. And to the Bush administration I have to say, KUDOS, you have learned your lessons well and are to be commended.

While the feds may not have a tremendous involvement at this moment, they can, and apparently WILL be going after those that would make ridiculous profits from the suffering of others, and to that I say, KUDOS again!

And to those that are in the affected areas, if you read this, beware of *fly by night* home repairs and remodeling services. There will be many that will come in looking quite reputable, they’ll do estimates on official looking paperwork and then hit you up for *X* number of dollars so they can go to Home Depot or Lowes and get the needed supplies to repair your damage. NEVER give ANY of them cash in advance, you are taking a very high risk of being scammed!

God Speed to all in the storm areas, take care and we are watching and waiting to see what is needed and the response will be overwhelming!


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Some Gustav evacuees say officials overreacted

September 3rd, 2008 . by TexasFred
Some Gustav evacuees say officials overreacted
NEW ORLEANS – Millions fled the Gulf Coast in fear of Hurricane Gustav, billed as the apocalyptic “mother of all storms.” Fortunately, it was no Katrina.

Now, with three other storms lining up in the Atlantic, some fear people might not listen next time.

As the first of the 2 million people who fled Gustav began to trickle home Tuesday from shelters, many grumbled about the food, the heat, the overcrowding, the uncertainty and the frustrating wait for the all-clear. Some evacuees, particularly in Texas, on the far fringes of the storm’s path, suggested authorities overreacted in demanding that they leave their homes.

“Next time, it’s going to be bad because people who evacuated like us aren’t going to evacuate,” Catherine Jones, 53, of Silsbee, Texas, who spent three days on a cot at a church shelter with her disabled son. “They jumped the gun.”

In Texas, Gustav barely brought a sprinkle, leading to frustration among those who had to spend days on cots. The Beaumont Enterprise went as far as to taunt “Gustav Who?” on its front page the day after the storm.

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You can make some of the people happy, some of the time, then you have the *welfare slugs* of New Orleans…

New Orleans dodged a bullet, they got hit a lot easier than the National Weather Service predicted, and instead of being thankful, all they do is gripe and moan.

The levees barely made it this time, they were *topped* by a minimal hurricane hit and a moderate storm surge, God help these people if the next storm takes a bit better aim and doesn’t deal them that glancing blow that they should be thankful for, and there WILL be another storm, that is an inevitability.

Can you imagine the deafening cries of anguish that the *slugs* would have made had Gustav been a Cat 4 or Cat 5 as it made landfall had the state of Louisiana done nothing? Or had they done what was done during the Katrina catastrophe, or the cries from the left side of the aisle had the Bush administration not had FEMA in place before the storm?

It appears that Gov. Bobby Jindal did everything possible to keep his citizens safe, and for that I applaud him, he wasn’t about to make the mistakes of Kathleen Blanco. And for whatever reason, Ray Nagin built a fire under his administration and they actually did a fine job, and for that he is to be commended as well. It appears that some folks DID learn valuable lessons from Katrina.

But the overly simplistic minds that the majority of New Orleans exhibits sees this as a matter of, “they lied to us, dis weren’t no bad storm, next time, I ain’t a leavin’ my crib“, this was heard by my wife and I in a local supermarket yesterday afternoon as we shopped for groceries.

Here’s the deal, let the ingrates stay, let ‘em exhibit all the ignorance that some of us are so positive exists in present day New Orleans. And if they stay, they can drown with a city that IS steadily sinking into the swamp. A fitting end to the debacle that is New Orleans!

Oh, and one more thing, I am a Louisiana native, but thank God my parents had the good sense to come to Texas 53 years ago. I have lived in Louisiana as an adult, but only for a brief period of time, I had to escape the pervasive ignorance and corruption, and the *welfare* mentality that overpowers the entire state.


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