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9/11 First Responders On The Daily Show  
User currently offlineracko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/th...ers-react-to-the-senate-filibuster

That's really powerful...I hate how the word "hero" gets thrown around, but if you went in there on that day, in my book, you actually are a hero. Terrible how these people are treated by US politics.

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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13120 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2898 times:

The worst part for these vicitms was the order of President Bush to the EPA to declare the area 'safe' as to its air from the substances that have sickened these people. Had proper practices been put in, including using severe contamination 'moon suits', high level breathing filters, strict cleanups, then these people would have had a far less chance of them ending up in their current conditions. In my opinion, any and all monies needed to help these people should be spent by our government - it is our responsibility.

User currently offlineracko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 1):
The worst part for these vicitms was the order of President Bush to the EPA to declare the area 'safe' as to its air from the substances that have sickened these people.

Didn't know about that - even more so a reason to take care of these people.


User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5654 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2707 times:

Three things I really want to do, right now, in no particular order:

Cry.

Throw up.

Commit grievous bodily harm to every single senator (as far as I'm concerned, they don't deserve the capital S anymore) and staffer who participated in, supported, or did nothing to prevent this filibuster.


This is an outrageous travesty, and I sincerely hope that every single one of those dirtbags dies a horrific death.



"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16878 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

Excellent point made,

Senator Kyle thinks it's disrespectful for him to work around Christmas, yet the NYPD and FDNY are out there on Christmas day doing their jobs. And during Christmas 2001 the trade Union members worked through Christmas to locate the remains of victims and bring them back to their families, yet United States Senators cannot work around Christmas.

And if I see another Republican crying I think i'm going to throw up.



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8165 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2464 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 3):
Commit grievous bodily harm to every single senator (as far as I'm concerned, they don't deserve the capital S anymore) and staffer who participated in, supported, or did nothing to prevent this filibuster.

Seriously. My only reaction to this is: WTF?!?! I can't believe there are right wingers claiming there's no scientific evidence these 9/11 first responders can prove their ailments are linked to working at the site. Ever heard of lead, asbestos, hydrogen sulfide, et al?? Morons.



If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5654 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 5):
I can't believe there are right wingers claiming there's no scientific evidence these 9/11 first responders can prove their ailments are linked to working at the site.

That's not the issue with this vote. The issue was that enough Republicans in Congress thought the price tag was too high, or so they say. I just cannot comprehend the reasoning behind that one. It's the very definition of evil, and again I would not shed one tear if every single one of them turned up dead.

There's a video out there of a US Rep going ape-shit out on the floor the first time it got voted down, and if you think my wording is harsh, you should check it out.



"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 6):
There's a video out there of a US Rep going ape-shit out on the floor the first time it got voted down, and if you think my wording is harsh, you should check it out.

Holy crap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O_GRkMZJn4

JL



Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8165 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 6):
That's not the issue with this vote. The issue was that enough Republicans in Congress thought the price tag was too high, or so they say. I just cannot comprehend the reasoning behind that one. It's the very definition of evil, and again I would not shed one tear if every single one of them turned up dead.

Sure it is - just heard Charles Krauthammer today blathering on about how the cost cannot be justified when there is no scientific evidence.



If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1954 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 8):
just heard Charles Krauthammer today blathering on about how the cost cannot be justified when there is no scientific evidence.

Right...like there is "no" scientific evidence of global warming. And since when did real "evidence" play any part in right-wing manipulation ("Nothing will ever be the same again and anyone who disagrees with anything we do is a traitor") of 9/11? After all, there was no evidence at all of Iraq's connections to 9/11, but that no evidence was enough to spend orders of magnitude more money than this on killing people and leaving the entire region destabilized...but when it comes to health care...must be communism!   

I know, we could just force Colon Powell to present a power-point showing the mobile cancer labs at ground zero ten years ago, and then perhaps we could get this bill through? Wait, they might just use that "evidence" to bomb the first response people instead of giving them health care...cancel that ideal...



It's people like you what cause unrest!
User currently offlinezalemam From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

Whatever happened to just being a good person. Giving health care to these men and women should not be labeled as socialism, giving to the poor shouldn't be considered socialist. These politicians should be ashamed of themselves.


Patience is Virtue
User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6005 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2330 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 1):
The worst part for these vicitms was the order of President Bush to the EPA to declare the area 'safe' as to its air from the substances that have sickened these people.

EPA was referring to New York and the area around Ground Zero in general. Everyone knew that Ground Zero was contaminated with all sort of sh**, which was why wearing protective equipment was SOP. The problem was, there was a lack of it in the beginning, it made communication impossible, and it was an allround nuisance to wear in the heat of Ground Zero.

But don't take my word for it, here's what one of the people who worked on the pile have to say: http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?postid=6656554#post6656554 (check the follow-up posts as well).

Having said that, I agree that it's shameful that this bill has been struck down.

[Edited 2010-12-20 22:54:45]

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7958 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2325 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 8):
just heard Charles Krauthammer today blathering on about how the cost cannot be justified when there is no scientific evidence

Do they really need evidence?
After all the House could just say something along the line of "those men didn't leave their country alone when everyone else was still in a state of shock, and now we are not going to leave them alone."

I could be totally wrong, but I feel (no more no less) that their refusal has something to do with "Obamacare". The Dems could argue that state could have saved 7.x (or at least 4) billion Dollars plus the billions spent on medicAid and mediCare every year if universal healthcare would exist in the U.S. Dems could say that relatively poor families weren't "2nd class Americans" compared to 9/11 responders, and that many of them would have helped too and already have helped "to make America great". Just a thought.



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3312 posts, RR: 45
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2315 times:

I do not care about party affiliation, I do not care about political beliefs, I do not care about whether some Senators feel like their "institution" is being "disrespected," but I do know that if I were on Capitol Hill, I would spend every waking moment I had attempting to get our Heroes the health care they deserve and so desperately need.

This is an absolute disgrace to our great Nation. This partisanship has gone too far. I, for one, am absolutely DISGUSTED that this has been allowed to happen. I will lose EVERY ounce of respect I had for the elected leaders that allow our Nation to continue treating the very people that put their lives at risk on a daily basis to uphold our Constitution. What is so f***ing pathetic is that these are largely the same people who would go out of their way to support a member of the Armed Services, as if they are the only ones who make sacrifices (including their lives).

Partisan hypocrisy at its absolute finest, only instead of money, they're playing with peoples' lives.   

So disappointed...

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13120 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 12):
could be totally wrong, but I feel (no more no less) that their refusal has something to do with "Obamacare


Indeed, that could be a factor as well as a fear that it could set a precedent for other major toxic site situations where the government would have to pick up the tab.

This was a Federal decision, the EPA, along with OSHA (workplace safety). NY City agencies, under then Mayor Giuliani, did nothing for many weeks to enforce worker safety and environmental monitoring laws. In large part this is because of the pressure to 'get Wall Street' back to work ASAP, so not to show that 'the terrorists won', and to get workers in the nearby area back to work. The use of proper gear would have slowed down the possible saving of some lives and recovering more bodies in the first days as well as getting the area reopened for business. I visited as close as the public could get to the site about 10 days after the attacks (Broadway). After I left the area and for a few days, my throat was scratchy. There was a thin layer of dust all over, like from a dusting of snow in the area all the way up to City Hall.


User currently offlineUNCRDU From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

Count me as a Republican who is absolutely disgusted with my party's failure to provide these brave Americans with the benefits that they truly earned.

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