Saturday, September 03, 2005
Helping people find each other
WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE DONUT
The ignorant bitch's lies continue
Note how she smuggly calls the victims of Hurricane Katrina "government ravaged". I wasn't aware the government could cause hurricanes or do anything else beyond issuing a mandatory evacuation ahead of the storm. The sheer stupidity only continues.
This "poor, African-American town" is 77.4% white and 20.2% African-American with a per capita income of $21,438. Covington's per capita income places it number 25 in the state of Louisiana ahead of Lafayette (27), Kenner (36), Baton Rouge (49) and New Orleans (72). Of the city's population, 16.1% (11.8% of families) are below the poverty line. The city's median household income is $36,949 (national average is $41,994).
Doesn't seem like "a poor, African-American town".
NOTE: The per capita income for Vacaville, Ca. (Sheehan's home town), is $21,557. The racial makeup of the city is 72.11% White, 10.02% African American and 17.88% Hispanic or Latino. Economically the same as Covington.
I'm not sure where she's getting her information or if it's just pulled out of her magical hat of lies, but it's sincerely hoped that her "fans" don't just take what she says at face value.
This, of course, is in my humble opinion.
The search continues
Snippets of Information
FEMA housing and rental: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
Red Cross: 1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669)
If you ahve homeowners insurance, contact your agent to receive money for expenses. Keep all receipts for proof of expenses to receive another draft of maney from the agency. State Farm and Allstate are giving $2,500 check per home.
Rebuild Louisiana wallpaper
Return to Jefferson Parish Uncertain
As it stands currently, much of Jefferson Parish has some water pressure. However, those neighborhoods with water may contain isolated areas with no running water due to water line breaks. Therefore, it is imperitive that those who do go to their home do not utilize much water. Excessive water usage will cause the water pressure to drop and will hamper water leak detection and correction.
There is a BOIL WATER ORDER for all of Jefferson Parish. Citizens will be officially notified by Parish officials when the Boil Water Order has been lifted.
Areas with very low or no water service are:
- Eastbank: Kenner, the northeast quadrant of the Veterans/Causeway intersection.
- Westbank: Bridge City, Waggaman, Lafitte.
Hurricane Katrina Latest
Governor Blanco has tapped the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help direct the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. James Lee Witt ran FEMA from 1993 to 2001 and has more than 25 years of disaster management experience.
Acadiana Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation is assisting evacuees who have sickle cell disease to meet their medical, emotional, and other needs. Evacuees with sickle cell disease who are in need of medical or emergency assistance can call the foundation at: 234-1541 or 234-1424.
The current head of FEMA says more than 25,000 residents have evacuated from New Orleans since Friday. The Coast Guard has rescued 9500 people in addition to the thousands aided by local authorities. That's twice as many as the Coast Guard recued in all of last year.
Homeland Security secretary Mike Chertoff also says that more than 100,000 people have already received humanitarian aid.
President Bush ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast Saturday, to rescue survivors and deliver much-needed aid and supplies. That's in addition to the 40,000 National Guard troops already being sent to hurricane-ravaged areas.
Louisiana's dairy industry is taking a hit from Hurricane Katrina. Farmers at the edge of the devastated region have been forced to dump their milk because they've run out of room to store it. This -- as some evacuees scramble to find food.
The American Red Cross, with support of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, is launching a Web site and hotline to help assist family members who are seeking news about loved ones living in the path of Hurricane Katrina.
Friday, September 02, 2005
The Times-Picayune Breaking News Weblog
Michael Moore and I agree on one thing ...
BLOGGER NOTE (IN RESPONSE TO COMMENT #1): He's an ass for saying it. It's not a false statement if I understand correctly what he meant to say. That is, people who could get out but chose to stay bear some responsibility for their predicament. However, there are people who either due to valid reasons of health, financial or whatever were not able to evacuate.
Is now the time for FEMA and political "leaders" to be pointing blame? Or, is now the time to be acting upon the situation to help others?
This is not a black, white, poor, rich issue. This is an issue of humanity.
Jackass Michael Moore is at it again ...
Politically blinded idiots like Michael Moore want you to believe that poverty, racial issues, the New Orleans disaster and everything else that's wrong in this world is caused by the Republicans.
These images are the six state senators for Orleans Parish. Of the six, only one is a Republican and only two are white. In the Louisiana House of Representatives, there are 14 seats from Orleans Parish and 11 of them are Democrats.
Here are some quotes Michael Moore uses to push his agenda:
"I assume the president's going to say he got bad intelligence ... I think that wherever you see poverty, whether it's in the white rural community or the black urban community, you see that the resources have been sucked up into the war and tax cuts for the rich." -- Congressman Charles B. RangelSeems to me that Orleans Parish is heavily represented by Democrats and blacks in the political system. It also seems to me that they are not doing anything to protect their people and to help get them out of poverty. Oh, I almost forgot, the great mayor of New Orleans is black and, you guessed it, a Democrat.
"Many black people feel that their race, their property conditions and their voting patterns have been a factor in the response ... I'm not saying that myself, but what's self-evident is that you have many poor people without a way out." -- Rev. Jesse Jackson
"In New Orleans, the disaster's impact underscores the intersection of race and class in a city where fully two-thirds of its residents are black and more than a quarter of the city lives in poverty. In the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, which was inundated by the floodwaters, more than 98 percent of the residents are black and more than a third live in poverty." -- David Gonzalez, NY Times
However, it's a Republican president who is to blame?
Jefferson Parish Update (9/1/05)
Hurricane Katrina: Links to Get in Touch with Family Members
The official version; then there's the in-the-trenches version
NEW ORLEANS (CNN) -- Diverging views of a crumbling New Orleans emerged Thursday, with statements by some federal officials in contradiction with grittier, more desperate views from the streets. By late Friday response to those stranded in the city was more visible.
But the conflicting views on Thursday came within hours, sometimes minutes of each of each other, as reflected in CNN's transcripts. The speakers include Michael Brown, chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, evacuee Raymond Cooper, CNN correspondents and others. Here's what they had to say:
Conditions in the Convention Center
- FEMA chief Brown: We learned about that (Thursday), so I have directed that we have all available resources to get that convention center to make sure that they have the food and water and medical care that they need. (See video of Brown explaining how news reports alerted FEMA to convention center chaos. -- 2:11)
- Mayor Nagin: The convention center is unsanitary and unsafe, and we are running out of supplies for the 15,000 to 20,000 people. (Hear Nagin's angry demand for soldiers. 1:04)
- CNN Producer Kim Segal: It was chaos. There was nobody there, nobody in charge. And there was nobody giving even water. The children, you should see them, they're all just in tears. There are sick people. We saw... people who are dying in front of you.
- Evacuee Raymond Cooper: Sir, you've got about 3,000 people here in this -- in the Convention Center right now. They're hungry. Don't have any food. We were told two-and-a-half days ago to make our way to the Superdome or the Convention Center by our mayor. And which when we got here, was no one to tell us what to do, no one to direct us, no authority figure.
- Brown: That's not been reported to me, so I'm not going to comment. Until I actually get a report from my teams that say, "We have bodies located here or there," I'm just not going to speculate.
- Segal: We saw one body. A person is in a wheelchair and someone had pushed (her) off to the side and draped just like a blanket over this person in the wheelchair. And then there is another body next to that. There were others they were willing to show us. ( See CNN report, 'People are dying in front of us' -- 4:36 )
- Evacuee Cooper: They had a couple of policemen out here, sir, about six or seven policemen told me directly, when I went to tell them, hey, man, you got bodies in there. You got two old ladies that just passed, just had died, people dragging the bodies into little corners. One guy -- that's how I found out. The guy had actually, hey, man, anybody sleeping over here? I'm like, no. He dragged two bodies in there. Now you just -- I just found out there was a lady and an old man, the lady went to nudge him. He's dead.
- Brown: I've just learned today that we ... are in the process of completing the evacuations of the hospitals, that those are going very well.
- CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It's gruesome. I guess that is the best word for it. If you think about a hospital, for example, the morgue is in the basement, and the basement is completely flooded. So you can just imagine the scene down there. But when patients die in the hospital, there is no place to put them, so they're in the stairwells. It is one of the most unbelievable situations I've seen as a doctor, certainly as a journalist as well. There is no electricity. There is no water. There's over 200 patients still here remaining. ...We found our way in through a chopper and had to land at a landing strip and then take a boat. And it is exactly ... where the boat was traveling where the snipers opened fire yesterday, halting all the evacuations. ( Watch the video report of corpses stacked in stairwells -- 4:45 )
- Dr. Matthew Bellew, Charity Hospital: We still have 200 patients in this hospital, many of them needing care that they just can't get. The conditions are such that it's very dangerous for the patients. Just about all the patients in our services had fevers. Our toilets are overflowing. They are filled with stool and urine. And the smell, if you can imagine, is so bad, you know, many of us had gagging and some people even threw up. It's pretty rough.(Mayor's video: Armed addicts fighting for a fix -- 1:03)
- Brown: I've had no reports of unrest, if the connotation of the word unrest means that people are beginning to riot, or you know, they're banging on walls and screaming and hollering or burning tires or whatever. I've had no reports of that.
- CNN's Chris Lawrence: From here and from talking to the police officers, they're losing control of the city. We're now standing on the roof of one of the police stations. The police officers came by and told us in very, very strong terms it wasn't safe to be out on the street. (Watch the video report on explosions and gunfire -- 2:12)
- Brown: Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well.
- Homeland Security Director Chertoff: Now, of course, a critical element of what we're doing is the process of evacuation and securing New Orleans and other areas that are afflicted. And here the Department of Defense has performed magnificently, as has the National Guard, in bringing enormous resources and capabilities to bear in the areas that are suffering.
- Crowd chanting outside the Convention Center: We want help.
- Nagin: They don't have a clue what's going on down there.
- Phyllis Petrich, a tourist stranded at the Ritz-Carlton: They are invisible. We have no idea where they are. We hear bits and pieces that the National Guard is around, but where? We have not seen them. We have not seen FEMA officials. We have seen no one.
- Brown: I actually think the security is pretty darn good. There's some really bad people out there that are causing some problems, and it seems to me that every time a bad person wants to scream of cause a problem, there's somebody there with a camera to stick it in their face. ( See Jack Cafferty's rant on the government's 'bungled' response -- 0:57)
- Chertoff: In addition to local law enforcement, we have 2,800 National Guard in New Orleans as we speak today. One thousand four hundred additional National Guard military police trained soldiers will be arriving every day: 1,400 today, 1,400 tomorrow and 1,400 the next day.
- Nagin: I continue to hear that troops are on the way, but we are still protecting the city with only 1,500 New Orleans police officers, an additional 300 law enforcement personnel, 250 National Guard troops, and other military personnel who are primarily focused on evacuation.
- Lawrence: The police are very, very tense right now. They're literally riding around, full assault weapons, full tactical gear, in pickup trucks. Five, six, seven, eight officers. It is a very tense situation here.
Was FEMA ready for a disaster like Katrina?
Just when it's getting better
More problems from Katrina
Hurricane Katrina: Find your family
Roads Update (9/2 @ 6:48 a.m. CST)
Plans for Jefferson Parish
Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has issued the following statement:
"Jefferson Parish is not a safe place to return to at this time. Therefore, I am exercising my authority under the Louisiana Disaster Act and issuing a 'lock out' order for all Jefferson Parish citizens until 6 a.m. on Monday, September 5th.
I have asked the Governor to utilize the State Police and National Guard for assistance in this mandatory lockout. This time will be needed to clear debris from streets so people can enter Jefferson Parish at their own risk.
We are at a catastrophic, disastrous impasse. There are a tremendous amount of trees down, gas leaks, low water pressure, and downed electrical lines which could start a fire that we have no way of putting out. There are no traffic controls. Many places are still flooded and this standing water will become toxic.
Jefferson Parish emergency managers will need this time to at least clear major East/West thoroughfares so that you can enter Jefferson Parish. However, I strongly suggest that you just come here to gather more belongings and leave, as it will still be a dangerous place. I cannot stress strongly enough that there will be no stores to purchase food or supplies so please do so prior to coming back to Jefferson Parish.
Try to stay with friends and relatives out of the hurricane affected area during the weeks to come. We cannot sustain any viable quality of life in Jefferson Parish at this time or for some time to come."
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
The stories ...
I've been spending time answering calls from local citizens and Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Residents are offering their homes, camper trailers, food, clothing, money, time, medicine and other gifts to the evacuees. It's awesome to see such generosity, but I'm not surprised in the least. It's what we do.
The evacuees are another story. I've spoken with men, women, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, fiancés and friends. Most haven't heard from their loved ones since last Saturday. Others want to know when they can return home. Others want to know if they have a home to return to. It's tragic.
It creates an eerie reality when getting this close to the news. I'm fortunate to not be the one calling with a desperate plea for help.
What would those who speak vehemently (I'm one) against Cindy Sheehan say if they suffered personal loss due to the Iraq War?
Helping the storm ravaged Gulf Coast?
As of 8/31, the soft-hearted Michael Moore isn't using his "power" and "notoriety" to raise money or offer assistance to the relief effort.
If you need help finding people, getting road information or just need a complete list of contact numbers, visit this site.
Evacuees can visit this page. Those with medical needs should read this.
From New Orleans through Mississippi and Alabama Destruction
These losers are starting to attack nursing homes and hospitals. "New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has pulled 1,500 police officers off their search-and-rescue mission and has reassigned them to go after looters. Nagin told The Associated Press that looters are starting to get closer to heavily populated areas including hotels and hospitals. He said police will 'stop it right now.' Even a nursing home was targeted by looters, who took a bus and threatened the driver and residents. The home plans to relocate residents and its director said she's considering arming workers."
What the hell?
Why do I do this to myself? I can feel the blood pressure rising everytime I read her rantings. It's so hard to argue against arrogant stupidty aimed at doing nothing more than spreading lies and partisan agendas.
In her 8/31 blog entry the queen of deceitful spin accuses Pres. Bush for the death and destruction along the Gulf Coast. Yes, that's correct — the death and destruction along the Gulf Coast. "George is ... heading to Louisiana to see the devastation that his environmental policies and his killing policies have caused. Recovery would be easier and much quicker if almost ½ of the three states involved National Guard were not in Iraq. All of the National Guard's equipment is in Iraq also. Plus, with the 2 billion dollars a week that the private contractors are siphoning from our treasury, how are we going to pay for helping our own citizens in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama? And, should I dare say 'global warming?' and be branded as a 'conspiracy theorist' on top of everything else the reich-wingers say about me."
Global warming is a natural event which no one can control. The earth is coming out of an ice age and will continue to do so for another millenium. Global warming is natural.
This, of course, is in my humble opinion.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Way to go, Wells!
If, in my opinion, Selig was so concerned about rampant steroid use, he would have done something sooner. It wasn't until the issue became a political hot-bed of controversy that he acted upon the problem.
In other news
The animals have taken over the zoo
"A deputy at Orleans Parish Prison, his wife and their four children have been taken hostage by rioting prisoners after riding out Hurricane Katrina inside the jail building, according to WBRZ ... A woman (said her son), a deputy at the prison whose family is among the hostages, told her that many of the prisoners have fashioned homemade weapons. Her son had brought his family there hoping they would be safe during the storm."
"Take care of the kids and grandkids"
From CNN.com: Harvey Jackson, of Biloxi, Mississippi, told CNN affiliate WKRG-TV that he believed his wife was killed after she was ripped from his grasp when their home split in half. "She told me, 'You can't hold me,' ... take care of the kids and the grandkids," he said, sobbing.
Michael Moore is a fool
Why do people volunteer to join the National Guard? To serve their country here and abroad. Even with only some 30% of the guard in Iraq, that still leaves more than 60% state-side to assist the Gulf Coast region (and guard the U.S./Mexico border).
This, of course, is in my humble opinion.
In Mississippi City, Few Are Spared
And it only gets worse
It is open season for looters in the city. They're taking advantage of a desparate situation and it's amazing to see them showing off for the news cameras. Men, women and children -- entire families -- are stealing. It's being reported that a Louisiana State Police officer was shot by a looter. "At a Walgreen's drug store in the French Quarter, people were running out with grocery baskets and coolers full of soft drinks, chips and diapers. When police finally showed up, a young boy stood in the door screaming, '86! 86!' - the radio code for police - and the crowd scattered."
The New Orleans Causeway is demolished.
In my humble opinion, Rob is an idiot.
Emergency Contact Information
- Contact: W. Keith Simon
- 337.291.1584 office
- 337.278.0114 cell
- To volunteer, contact the United Way at 233-8220.
- The Acadiana Red Cross is asking for South Louisiana residents who own and operate aluminum boats to volunteer in the search and recovery efforts in some of the areas hardest hit by the storm.
- If you can help, please call Pat at 207-3535 or James at 739-2410 or 234-7371.
- State Sen. Nick Gautreaux is organizing a search and rescue mission to the Greater New Orleans area. He is asking experienced boaters with shallow-water boats to meet at the Mall of Acadiana at 4:00am Wednesday morning in the Food Court.
- Please call 740-6425 to sign-up. Leave a message with contact information. Bring life jackets.
The emergency numbers are as follows:
On the other hand, I'd like to get back to bashing Cindy. Thanks for mentioning Hurricane Katrina in relation to your animosity towards Pres. Bush, Cindy.
No self-respect or for others
God or god
It seems to me that God/god shouldn't have done such a horrible thing that would lead people to offer up prayers of help. If there is a God/god and he/she/it is as omnipotent as we're led to believe then this destruction should not have happened. A Christian might say that it's a form of punishment. If so, then why would God be willing to aid victims of the punishment?
Why pray for the safety of American soldiers in Iraq? Apparently prayers to prevent the war were not listened to so I would doubt prayers of safety would be answered as well. In the same vane, am I to believe that Muslims who pray to the exact same God as Christians do have a better or worse chance of victory than their religious counterparts?
This, of course, is in my humble opinion.
"This is our tsunami," Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway told the Biloxi Sun Herald. (I disagree. When the tsunami hit people had no warning. The Gulf Coast had several days notice to get out of Katrina's way.)
It's not so funny now, but there's an old joke that it floods so often in New Orleans that residents keep life jackets and an axe in their attics. (Take a moment to think about it if you didn't catch on right away.)
There has been plenty of news footage of people being rescued from their roofs. One woman was shown poking her head though a hole she ripped in her house's roof.
It's not going to be any surprise to me if several people are found dead in their attics. Water levels are up to the roofs on many New Orleans homes. If you're not from the area, consider that most of these homes have 12 foot ceilings and quite possibly are elevated some two feet above the ground.
Pictures from New Orleans
Hurricane Katrina conspiracy claimed by Sheehan
In other news, Pres. Bush has cut his vacation short to monitor recovery efforts. (WDSU.com Web Staff; 11:50 a.m. CST)
This, of course, is in my humble opinion. Oh, Sheehan didn't really say the stuff I wrote above. I did have you believing it though because we're used to her socialist rhetoric.
What Saints fans go through every year
Martial law, but not enough troops
Anyway, if you haven't seen video footage, there has been rampant looting in New Orleans. It was amazing and disheartening to see these "people" running from the crime scene with shopping carts full of stolen goods. It was like watching ants scattering in the rain.
To secure the city, New Orleans has instituted martial law to control the looting. "Officials are focusing on the rescue effort, but a crackdown on looting is expected after the martial law declaration."
A 12:15 p.m. report from WDSU in New Orleans states:
At a Walgreen's drug store in the French Quarter this morning, people were running out with grocery baskets and coolers full of soft drinks, chips and diapers. When police finally showed up, a young boy stood at the door and shouted a warning, and the crowd scattered.
A tourist from Philadelphia compared the scene to "downtown Baghdad."
Nearby, looters ripped open the steel gates from the front of stores on Canal Street. They filled industrial-sized garbage cans with clothing and jewelry and floated them down the street on bits of plywood and insulation.
Donation of minutes?
At best, "cell phone service is spotty and long-distance callers are getting busy signals today as Hurricane Katrina knocked out key telecommunications hubs along the Gulf Coast."
For some reason companies like Sprint Nextel, AT&T, MCI and others don't have the capability to reroute service through other parts of the country. On my Sprint PCS-enabled phone I cannot access voice mail, can barely make calls and am having other service issues. I'm curious if the company will roll-over the minutes that I wanted to use but didn't get a chance to? I doubt it.
Monday, August 29, 2005
What's the scale for judging a sadistic social commentator?
Here is a "man" who has his 10-year-old grand-daughter shouting on the steps of a Nashville courthouse, "You're all going to hell!'' She held a sign that read, "Thank God for Sept. 11." When the planes hit the twin towers, she explained, "it was God's warning about fags in America."
How can one contradict such obvious intellectual superiority?
My presidential vote in 2008? Sheehan & Phelps.
In jest, this is my humble opinion.
She calls "them" anti-peace, pro-war
I find that arguing with someone over politics will get you nowhere. For both sides, it's like throwing a fist against a brick wall. Neither side wil budge because both believe they are correct. It's the same for arguments on religion and abortion. In the case of Cindy Sheehan, it's hard to argue against ignorance and stupidity.
Her television and radio interviews are nothing but the typical rhetoric spun to the degree that creates envy among both democratic and republican politicians. What she blogs is not much different. It's the sheer haughtiness of her agonistical comments that send an engimatic shiver down my spine. Often times though, it's the same shiver I feel whenever any politician, protestor or counter-protestor speaks. As Charles Edison said, "Liberal and conservative can be synonyms or antonyms, depending upon who speaks the words - that any basic difference between Democrat and Republican is infinitesimal, if, indeed, any difference exists." The agnate for Sheehan, Michael Moore, Pres. Bush, Hillary Clinton and the like? Political gain.
For instance, Sheehan spewed in her 8/28/05 blog entry, "A photographer friend of mine went down to Crawford to the Pro-War, Anti-Peace rally today. There were about 1500 people there he said. He also said that it was the most "third reich" spectacle that he had ever seen in America."
Notice how she uses a common form of spin in calling the counter-protestors "pro-war, anti-peace"? Depending on who you talk or listen to, it's said that Camp Casey runs in the hundreds (if that). At the sametime, many would call her contempt for Pres. Bush and the Iraq War nothing short of socialist behaviour."I am really sad that there are still people in America who think that someone exercising her freedom of speech is anti-American. People who say we DON'T have the right to dissent are un-patriotic and un-American. My friend said that the rally was really the scariest thing he had ever seen."
It's not anti-American to exercise freedom of speech, Cindy. It's un-American to condemn the troops for what they do in serving the country and that of the greater good."No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology." - Ronald Reagan
"A good cause can become bad if we fight for it with means that are indiscriminately murderous. A bad cause can become good if enough people fight for it in a spirit of comradeship and self-sacrifice. In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad." - Freeman Dyson
"We make war that we may live in peace." - Aristotle
I tire of writing about Sheehan and her noble cause.
Shot on site/sight
In another instance, New Orleans evacuee Pamela David, said, "This is ridiculous. You work hard. You're trying to get out of there to save your family and you have people running around taking your stuff." Evacuee Lisa Allen, added, "It's horrible. It's just horrible that somebody would actually break into your house when you are trying to get your family to safety."
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Another reason to annex Kansas
Read this as well.
This, of course, is in my humble opinion.
One pissed off bitch!
Webcam from an offshore platform
Katrina, Part IV
The Superdome ... state's most expensive storm shelter
The gouging has started
Mandatory evacuation of New Orleans
This, of course, is in my humble opinion.