Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Quote of the Day

As a giant sinkhole slowly engulfs a Florida lake and surrounding homes, Polk County Natural Resource Division drainage manager Jay Jarvis felt compelled to clarify matters.

"My understanding is, if it's a natural phenomena, it's not the county's responsibility," Jarvis said.


This goofball figures it's more important to clear the county's responsibility than to protect the lives and homes of affected citizens. What an ass.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Neutraility

Perhaps you received an e-mail in recent months detailing Congressional plans to add Internet "surcharges." Here's the deal ...
"Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more."
This is the real deal. We're not looking at the e-mail hoax still circulating that Congress plans to enact legislation which charges "postage" on every e-mail you send. And, according to details on Snopes.com, here's why you should care ...
  • Surcharges imposed on information providers will ultimately be passed along to end users.
  • Charging fees for premium data delivery service will create a tiered system of have and have-not providers, making it difficult or impossible for new businesses, information providers, and other ventures to get a start on the Internet.
  • The implementation of a fee system will effectively allow broadband companies, and not users, to determine which sites predominate on the Internet.
You may want to sign the petition.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Hurricane Katrina's latest news

As time passes, more and more ineptness is shown on all facets of government — from state and local to federal. The most recent revelations from the sordid saga involve documented proof of "poor planning and communication" by FEMA as well as the failure of the involved state governments to accept federal "offers to help rescue storm victims ..."

According to documents obtained by the Associated Press:
Two days before Katrina hit, offers by the Department of Health and Human Services to help evacuate or move Louisiana patients were turned down by the state's health emergency preparedness director, according to an internal e-mail.
The state official, identified in the Aug. 27 e-mail as Dr. Roseanne Pratts, 'responded no, that they do not require anything at this time and they would be in touch if and when they needed assistance,' HHS senior policy analyst Erin Fowler wrote.
It could not be determined immediately whether the state later accepted the HHS offer after Katrina hit. Thirty-four patients at a nursing home near New Orleans died Aug. 29 in the wake of massive flooding brought by the storm's surge. The nursing home's owners have since been charged with negligent homicide for failing to evacuate the patients.
A spokesman for Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals, Bob Johannessen, had no immediate comment Monday night but said he would look into the matter today.
Concurrently, Louisiana's head of the Department of Transportation and Development said his agency had no plan in place to evacuate at-risk populations during emergencies ...."

Details from the CNN.com story include:
The official, state Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Johnny Bradberry, is scheduled to testify Tuesday at a hearing called by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The Senate committee, chaired by Maine Republican Susan Collins, is examining the government's response to Katrina. Monday's meeting focused on the search-and-rescue response, and Tuesday's will focus on the New Orleans evacuation.
Louisiana's emergency operations plan called for the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development to appoint a coordinator to organize and coordinate transportation services, maintain information about resources and allocate those resources to the highest-priority missions, according to documents obtained by CNN.
But Bradberry told investigators, 'We put no plans in place to do any of this,' according to transcripts released by the committee ahead of his testimony.
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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Socialist Cindy at it again

Having been out of the limelight far too long, Cindy "living off of my dead son's life insurance" Sheehan is considering running for the California senate seat currently occupied by Dianne Feinstein.

For the time being though, Cindy is attending the World Social(ist) Forum in Venezuela, home of Hugo Chávez. The purpose of the socialist group is to "condemn war and imperialism, and lend their support — although not unconditionally — to the changes introduced in this country by President Hugo Chávez."

Here's a little background on Chávez and his socialist activities:
The Venezuelan government is carrying out agrarian reform, redistributing government land and large private estates. It has launched mass literacy and adult education programmes, and set up basic health centres across the country -- many staffed by Cuban doctors. Outlets for subsidised food have also been put in place nationwide. As for foreign relations, Chávez speaks out strongly against the U.S. government and President George W. Bush, and is critical of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He defends high crude oil prices and works to strengthen the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). And, under Chávez's policies, Venezuela supplies fuel to Caribbean and Latin American countries on preferential terms, as a form of cooperation.


Here's something I wrote a few weeks ago:
Pat Robertson on science: "'Chavez through the last quarter of the year kept pushing his agenda on a 'Socialism for the XXI Century' which included: more property confiscation, more free giving overseas, more incendiary rhetoric, more pro Castro, more anti US (even if disguised as anti Bush) and many more confrontational elements. In other words Chavez decided not to wait for his own reelection in December 2006 to make it a referendum on a new Venezuelan economical and social structure, but instead decided to get right now an assembly that would start implementing the changes as early as January 2006. Sweeping changes in the still brand new 1999 constitution were even discussed!'"

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Capitalism is Kanye's middle name

Controversy sells and Kanye West is developing himself into a master propogandist not seen since the likes of P.T. Barnum and Bill Clinton. Who thought his boorish comments about Pres. Bush could be topped? Ah, well, you have under-estimated Mr. Potato Head who poses on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone "as Jesus Christ in a crown of thorns."

The demagogue's love life appears to be causing some controversy in its own right. It seems that his current girlfriend, (former MTV secretary?) Brooke Crittendon, may be crowding Mr. Potato Head's space. According to Brooke, "I don't think we've ever been apart longer than seven days ... He's got so much going on, but he never makes me feel like I'm No. 2."

See might want to rethink that last comment. If the rumors are true, Mr. Head may be planning his own chocolate city by pimping himself out to Pamela Anderson and her prodigious mammillas.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

More on the chocolate city

I have a good friend in the New Orleans area who stole a van to escape the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. He's back home now, safe and sound. Asking him how it was in the chocolate city, he replied with an insightful view on the situation:
Funny thing about the chocolate thing is when Nagin explained it after the infamous speech ... he explained that if you mix dark chocolate with milk, you get a delicious drink. Now, I don't know about you, but last time I made chocolate milk, I had to use much more milk than chocolate ... I believe that speech guaranteed that will be the mix ... as the ones with the money are going to be hesitant to bend over backward after the comments he made ... don't expect any of the projects to open back up anytime this decade, and well, 9th ward and the east I'm sure will see an onslaught of new and unseen layers of bureaucracy before utilities are restored to a point of resettling the areas.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Michael Schiavo files for marriage license

Some would liken the case of Terry Schiavo to that of Mark Hacking and Laci Peterson — all situations of straight-up murder. Now comes word from Florida that Terry Schiavo's husband, Michael, plans to marry long-time girlfriend and mother of his two young children.
Michael Schiavo Applies for Marriage License: "Nearly a year after her death, the husband of Terri Schiavo has applied for a marriage license. The St. Petersburg Times reports Michael Schiavo and his longtime girlfriend took the action Friday. The pair live together and have two young children. Relatives say the wedding will likely take place before Valentine's Day. Terri Schiavo was at the center of a lengthy end-of-life case that captured the world's attention. She suffered irreversible brain damage in 1990 and died in 2005, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed with court approval."

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Cashman + Hulett = Brain Droppings

Brain Droppings has a valid take on the Judge Edward Cashman/Mark Hulett issue.
Media Distorts 60 Day Rape Sentence: "The WCAZX-TV report sensationalized the story, omitting the sound, logical elements of the Judge Cashman's legal rationale for the sentence. It was outrageously misleading; whether deliberate or not the reporter should be fired.

Judge Cashman clearly deserves opprobrium for his remarks about revenge and his attitude toward punnishing criminals. He deserves to be removed from the bench.

But the greatest outrage remains the sentence itself. Taking the judge at his word, that this was the most effectual sentence he could impose, the Vermont legislature seems to bear the bulk of the blame for creating this situation. It would seem public anger is best directed at them."

Wonka for Mayor

With more than 3,200 people still unaccounted for months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Mayor and resident racist Ray Nagin thought he would start the MLK Day celebrations off with a 'metaphor.' Speaking to a crowd enjoying a beautiful Monday morning, Nagin commented that the city will once again be 'a majority African-American city.' (A transcript and video of the comment can be found here.)

You may recall that "Nagin was faulted with not helping to evacuate blacks out of New Orleans, but finding the time to personally evacuate family, friends and officials. He was criticized by many for showing poor leadership during what's been called the worst US disaster in history ... Mayor Nagin was accused of racial insensitivity several weeks ago when he complained that Mexican immigrants were 'changing New Orleans.' He's since backed away from his complaints of illegal immigrant Mexicans taking jobs that should go to blacks and taking up residence in New Orleans." It's also been reported that Nagin "is ashamed that he did not adequately execute the city’s evacuation plan."

Putting the political spin into overdrive, Nagin said, "How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about." Imagine if N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg said his city would once again 'be like white on rice.' The outcry would be horrendous. Or, what if Hillary Clinton addressed a Harlem church and 'ad-libbed' a racial comment involving a 'plantation'? Oh, wait, that really did happen.

I'm sure Nagin is just bolstering himself for the pending mayoral election.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

MLK inspires the politicians

Once again New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin showed how much of an idiot he is by simply opening his mouth. It all began Monday during an MLK Day speech while addressing a crowd of celebrants. In his speech, Nagin said, "Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country." The former Cox Cable executive and current New Orleans knucklehead added that "New Orleans will be 'chocolate' again."

Yes, that's right, he's promoting a "chocolate New Orleans."

Nagin isn't alone in his continued stroll down the path of ineptitude and folly. As written on RedState.com, "Under the guise of honoring a great American, Democratic leaders instead brought shame upon themselves in an unrelenting outbreak of shameful political self promotion."
  • Al Gore assailed the government's formerly secret program of intercepting electronic communications where there is a reasonable basis to conclude that one party to the communication is a member of al Qaeda, affiliated with al Qaeda, or a member of an organization affiliated with al Qaeda, or working in support of al Qaeda. Gore did so by comparing the current intercept program to the FBI's wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr.'s telephone conversations.
  • But the Democrats' presidential heir apparent, Senator Hillary Clinton, was the most outrageous. Clinton, speaking at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem called the Bush administration one of the worst in history and saying the House of Representatives is run like a "plantation."