Friday, September 16, 2005

Wanna buy a car cheap?

"In the market for a good used car? Watch out for vehicles that sat submerged for days in the flooded streets of New Orleans, Biloxi or other Gulf Coast cities ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Insurance companies usually purchase such vehicles from policyholders, declare them 'totaled' and then sell them at auction to be resold for parts, many of which will still be suitable for use in other cars and trucks. But some unscrupulous dealers and wholesalers buy flood-damaged cars at scrap prices, clean them up, retitle them and resell them. The vehicles may look good, but their electronics and safety systems are likely damaged -- and threaten the safety of the new owners."

Chavez: We don't need no stinkin' badges

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday he has documentary evidence that the United States plans to invade his country. Chavez, interviewed on ABC's 'Nightline,' said the plan is called 'Balboa' and involves aircraft carriers and planes. A transcript of the interview was made available by 'Nightline.'"

It runs in the family ...

"The youngest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was arrested early Friday and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, law enforcement officials said. John Ellis Bush, 21, was arrested by agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission at 2:30 a.m. on a corner of Austin's Sixth Street bar district, said commission spokesman Roger Wade."

My gal, Friday!

"British, Japanese and Chilean archaeologists have discovered the spot where Alexander Selkirk, the model for the castaway Robinson Crusoe, survived in solitude for four years and four months ... After a 13-year search, the team, led by Daisuke Takahashi, a Japanese explorer, believe that they have identified where the 18th-century sailor camped, cooked and kept a lonely lookout. The crucial breakthrough was the discovery of a fragment of one of Selkirk’s navigational instruments."

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DOJ looking to shift New Orleans blame to environmental groups

"The Clarion-Ledger has obtained a copy of an internal e-mail the U.S. Department of Justice sent out this week to various U.S. attorneys' offices: 'Has your district defended any cases on behalf of the (U.S.) Army Corps of Engineers against claims brought by environmental groups seeking to block or otherwise impede the Corps work on the levees protecting New Orleans? If so, please describe the case and the outcome of the litigation ... The Sierra Club and other environmental groups had nothing to do with the flooding that resulted from Hurricane Katrina that killed hundreds, (David Bookbinder, senior attorney for Sierra Club) said. 'It's unfortunate that the Bush administration is trying to shift the blame to environmental groups. It doesn't surprise me at all.'"

Cheney to have surgery

"President Vice President Cheney is scheduled to undergo surgery next weekend to treat an aneurysm ... The vice president is slated to have an elective surgical procedure to treat an aneurysm in the artery behind the right knee that was discovered earlier this year during a routine checkup.”

A little more insight into Kanye West

The August 29, 2005, edition of Time featured Kanye West on the cover. As it happens, that was the day that hell broke loose along the Gulf Coast when Hurricane Katrina swathed a path of destruction and mayhem killing many, stranding others and launching a political quagmire. A few days later, Kanye West appeared on a televised concert to raise relief money and proceeded to accuse Pres. Bush of not liking "black people." Kanye's comments created a media storm timed perfectly with the release of his new CD.

Here are a few quotes from the Time cover story that provide an interesting insight into Kanye:

"'I'm pretty calculating,' he says, standing before the baroque altar of Prague's Church of St. Simon and Juda. 'I take stuff that I know appeals to people's bad sides and match it up with stuff that appeals to their good sides.'"

"Which brings us to race's kissing cousin: class. Communities that have been discriminated against are hardly free from prejudice. 'Black people can be the most conservative, the most discriminating,' says West. 'Especially among ourselves. It wasn't white people who said all black men have to wear baggy jeans.'"

The article provides a fair amount of insight into the complete marketing package of Kanye West and the extent he'll go to be a success.

The Danger of Yellow Ribbon Patriotism

The Danger of Yellow Ribbon Patriotism

by Joe Klein
Time, August 29, 2005

Around the time that the forlorn gold star mother Cindy Sheehan began her vigil outside the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas, I had dinner with a military officer who had commanded a battalion in Iraq.

"I lost five lieutenants in a year," he told me. "I collected body parts. I don't know how I'll ever get over that. And you just get the feeling that the rest of the country doesn't understand. They're not part of this. It's peacetime in America, and a few of us are at war."

We have had a long season of sunshine patriotism in the U.S. since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We love our troops without qualification, and rightly so. They have fought with courage and restraint in a horrifying chaos of battle. The yellow ribbons and support our troops signs are heartfelt. But there is a growing sense this summer that mere patriotic displays just won't cut it anymore.

The military is frustrated by both the mission and the sense that the war isn't front and center for the rest of the country. There is a fair amount of anger among the returning troops, especially the noncareer soldiers, the National Guard and reservists whose tours were extended and then extended again. In a harrowing and exquisite new book, The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell (Penguin; 240 pages), a Florida National Guardsman named John Crawford writes about coming home from Iraq, "Every time I saw someone sitting contentedly inside a coffee shop or restaurant, I wanted to yell at them to wake them up."

The U.S. Army Europe last week invited me to attend a conference for senior officers in Stuttgart, Germany. Many of the officers had recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan; others were about to be deployed. As always, I was struck by how the core values of the military—service and discipline, both physical and intellectual—are so different from the perpetual American Mardi Gras. More than a few officers told me they were concerned by what was happening back home.

They sensed that public support for the war was waning and feared that once again they had been sent into a difficult situation with less than a total commitment from the country's political leaders, including the Commander in Chief. They echoed a question that the battalion commander who had lost five of his lieutenants had asked me. "Why hasn't the President issued a national call to service? I don't mean a draft," he said. "But if the President called on people to serve, they would. And not just in the military. My mother mentioned this the other day: 'Why aren't there the war-bond drives we had in World War II? Why aren't we being asked to collect clothing for the children of Iraq?'"

Other officers wondered why the American public was never asked to share in their grief, why the President never attended the funerals of the fallen. One general, who had presided over 162 memorial services in Iraq, told me how it worked: "There's no coffin, just the inverted rifle, boots and helmet of the fallen. We call the roll, up to the name of the missing trooper. We call his name: Specialist Doe.

Then a second time: Specialist John Doe. A third time: Specialist John R. Doe. And then taps is played. It really gets to you. It's an important emotional experience for the troops. It closes the door and enables you to move on."

We are told that George W. Bush often cries in private meetings with the families of the fallen. No doubt the President feels the intense pain and responsibility of having sent young people off to war.

Perhaps he feels the pain more intensely than other Presidents, knowing that the real war in Iraq, the one that began after he proclaimed that "major combat operations are over," was not anticipated by his Administration, a colossal failure of planning and execution. It is also possible that there is more than crude political calculation to the President's failure to attend funerals; his refusal to intrude upon the private grief of the families has presidential precedent. But the inability to acknowledge these terrible losses leaves an aching void in the rest of us. It isolates the general public from the suffering that is a dominant reality of life in military communities.

And that is why the awkward anguish of Cindy Sheehan has struck a chord, despite her naive politics and the ideology of some of her supporters. She represents all the tears not shed when the coffins came home without public notice. She is pain made manifest. It is only with a public acknowledgment of the unutterable agony this war has caused that we can begin a serious and long overdue conversation about Iraq, about why this war—which, unlike Vietnam, cannot be abandoned without serious consequences—is still worth fighting and why we should recommit the entire nation to the struggle. This is a failure of leadership, perhaps the signal failure of the Bush presidency.

Shelter After Katrina

"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans, hundreds of thousands of survivors have been left homeless - probably for many months. Large areas have been devastated, without any services. Readers wrote in suggesting that perhaps science fiction writers had some ideas that could be of practical use, given that these writers had imagined devastation on an even greater scale in many books and stories."

Full story here.

Cindy Sheehan shows her vigilant stupidity

This afternoon I was speaking with an old friend and, living in south Louisiana, the topic of Hurricane Katrina and the after-effects was at the core. We have our disagreements on religion and politics, but that's what makes the world interesting.

We discussed Michael Moore (and how he uses the devastation of others for his capitalist gain) and Cindy Sheehan (with her blatant single-minded political blindness). It's funny because we have opposite political and religious views yet we can call a spade a spade.

"The people in LA who were displaced have nice, if modest homes that are perfectly fine. I wonder why the government made them leave at great expense and uproot families who have been living in their communities for generations."

What?! I'm not sure what she's talking about. Why did the government make them leave? Are you that stupid, Cindy? They were made to leave for their own safety in advance of Hurricane Katrina. After the devastation, they were made to leave for their safety since there was no way the police, fire department or medical service could guarantee prompt response times. Additionally, there was flooding and no electricity or clean, running water. These people aren't used to living in a ditch, Cindy, cut them some slack.

"Algiers had no flooding. All of the damage was from winds. There are trees knocked over and shingles off of roofs. There are signs blown over and there was a dead body lying on the ground for 2 weeks before someone finally came to get it. Even though Algiers came through Katrina relatively unscathed, our federal government tried to force (mostly successfully) the people out of the community."

Finally, a little truth. Algiers came through it all relatively unscathed by the hurricane. However, even more destruction came afterwards. Here is what New Orleans City Councilwoman Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson had to say about life in Algiers during the early days ...
"Algiers was largely spared from Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flood waters ... the sewerage system is operational and that police and National Guard patrols have secured the city. Clarkson said Algiers did not take on water, and that she did not see any homes that were completely destroyed, although many suffered wind damage. She added that the community has running water and safe drinking water. But she fell short of encouraging people to return. Clarkson said the scariest moment came when individuals began storming the doors of the Hyatt, believing there was food and water inside. She said there was little of either."

With the lawlessness, this isn't necessarily the place I would want to be living.

Injustice for almost all

Injustice for almost all

By Brian McGrory
(September 16, 2005)

Every once in a while, usually for brief periods of time, the world starts to gain the veneer of sanity.

Papi hits another game-winning home run. The moronic head of FEMA is sent packing from New Orleans. George W. Bush accepts blame for the miserable federal response to Katrina.

Then, just when you think that all the pieces are falling into place and that maybe, just maybe, this collective life isn't so crazy after all, something happens to remind you that, yes, in fact, it really is.

Take the case of Nancy Gertner, Palmer & Dodge, and an especially repugnant criminal by the name of Daniel LaPlante.

By way of acquaintance, Gertner is a US District Court judge. Palmer & Dodge is an elite downtown law firm.

Daniel LaPlante is a convicted triple murderer and not just any triple murderer, either. He broke into a neighbor's house in rural Townsend in 1987, raped and executed the pregnant mother who lived there, then drowned her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son in separate bathtubs. He smirked at the jury that convicted him.

The Superior Court judge who presided over his trial, Robert Barton, now retired, said: ''Of the 150 murder cases I heard, he is one of only five that I would personally have no problem pulling the switch on the electric chair myself. He was incorrigible, he would never be rehabbed, and we'd be wasting our money feeding and clothing him."

We've also wasted our money doing something else: pushing a lawsuit on his behalf. Which is where Gertner and Palmer & Dodge fit in.

In 2001, LaPlante complained about his safety in prison, and he was placed under extensive lockup. Unhappy with that, he sued state officials in federal court. Among other complaints, he said he wasn't given unfettered access to the prison law library. He said he was mislabeled as a sex offender. He complained that officials intercepted ''sexually explicit" photographs mailed to him. He said a guard stole his shower shoes.

Palmer & Dodge took the case, supposedly pro bono, though please read on. In fact, it didn't just take the case, it seemed to devote itself to it, assigning a partner, a senior associate, a midlevel associate, and a junior associate -- four lawyers in all.

Before I go on, spare me the argument from all the Lexus Liberals that even the most heinous criminals have the right to legal representation. They do. But is a convicted murderer really entitled to a battery of downtown lawyers because he wasn't getting access to the library and his pornographic pictures in the mail?

Palmer & Dodge won the suit, and, lo and behold, its pro bono work wasn't free any more. Federal law allows a firm to submit a bill when it wins a civil rights case, and it did: $125,000 in all. Judge Gertner ordered the state to pay $99,981 of it.

That bears repeating: State taxpayers spent $100,000 on behalf of a convicted killer who slaughtered a pregnant woman and her kids.

''We did it as efficiently as we could," said George Olson, a Palmer & Dodge partner. ''When we took the case, we didn't expect to be compensated."

Of course not.

Gertner blamed the state Department of Correction for fighting the suit and running up legal costs. She didn't respond to a message yesterday.

Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly was the assistant district attorney who prosecuted LaPlante on murder, and I called him to see if he remembered the case.

''I'll take that case to my grave," he said, quietly recounting the green OshKosh overalls that the little boy wore when they pulled his body from the tub. He described LaPlante as a constant escape risk who, given the chance, would absolutely kill again.

''To be worried about his civil rights?" he added. ''The victims had no civil rights. He executed them."

In short, LaPlante gets top-shelf legal representation. Palmer & Dodge gets another hundred grand. And as too often happens, state taxpayers get nothing more than the bill.

Remember those $2,000 Hurricane Katrina relief cards?

"On the heels of a report earlier this week that Atlanta area Katrina victims were using $2,000 debit cards to purchase luxury items like Louis Vuitton handbags, Houston police yesterday discovered the cards, provided by FEMA and the Red Cross, being used at local strip clubs. The Houston Police Department just formed a task force to investigate the abuse of the cards, which were distributed to thousands of Katrina hurricane victims to provide for necessities, such as food, clothing and toiletries. On the first day, the police found the cards being used to buy beer while ogling exotic dancers."

United States National Debt

United States National Debt (1938 to Present)
An Analysis of the Presidents Who Are Responsible For Excessive Spending

By Steve McGourty
(Updated 9 April 2005)

Since 1938 the Democrats have held the White house for 35 years, the Republicans for 33. Over that time the national debt has increased at an average annual rate of 8.7%. The Democratic yearly average (that is the years Democrats were in the White House) was an increase of 8.3%. The years while the Republicans ran the White House, during this same period; the debt increased an average 9.3% per year. Those averages are pretty close.

If you look at the debt starting with Truman’s term (and remove Roosevelt’s WWII debt) the difference between the two parties contributions to our national debt level change considerably. Since 1946 the Democratic Presidents increased the national debt an average of only 3.7% per year when they were in office. The Republican Presidents stay at an average increase of 9.3% per year. Over the last 59 years Republican Presidents have out borrowed Democratic Presidents by almost a three to one ratio. That is, for every dollar a Democratic President has raised the national debt in the past 59 years Republican Presidents have raised the debt by $2.87.

Prior to the Neo-Conservative take over of the Republican Party there was not much difference between the two parties debt philosophy, they both worked together to minimize it. However the debt has been on a steady incline ever since the Reagan Presidency. The only exception to the steep increase over the last 25 was during the Clinton Presidency, where he brought spending under control and the debt growth down to almost zero.

Comparing the borrowing habits of the two parties since 1981, when the Neo-Conservative movement really took hold, it is extremely obvious that the big spenders in Washington are Republican Presidents. Looking at the only Democratic President since 1981, Clinton, who raised the national debt an average of 4.3% per year; the Republican Presidents (Reagan, Bush, and Bush) raised the debt an average of 10.8% per year. That is, for every dollar a Democratic President has raised the national debt in the past 25 years Republican Presidents have raised the debt by $2.59. Any way you look at it Conservative Republican Presidents can not control government spending, yet as the graph above clearly shows, Clinton did."

(Read complete article.)

"Post-Disaster Musings: Footnotes to Failure"

Highlights from Norman Liebmann.
  • "The calamity of New Orleans gave the Democrats their opportunity to implement the bureaucrat's all-purpose panacea - that nothing should be done for the first time - and if it should, it shouldn't be now - so they did nothing and didn't wait for the last moment to get their neglect rolling. Louisiana's Senator Mary Landrieu's solution was to threaten to beat up The President of the United States. (Don King has already contacted both principals with an offer to promote the event in Madison Square Garden.)"
  • "The Clintons, Kennedys, Boxers, Feinsteins, Schumers, Leahys and other Caucasian champions of black America found that alleviating suffering is no substitute for making political capital. (One Democrat suggested an airdrop of checks for reparations enclosed with photographs of former KKK member, Senator Robert C. Byrd, in his Grand Kleagle togs to give the recipients a sense of justification for bankrupting the nation because of something that happened more than a hundred and fifty years ago.) Senate Democrats would have done better to dispatch Teddy Kennedy to the "rescue", as he is the resident expert on driving under water. Some cultists believe the angry Goddess Katrina would be assuaged by an act of atonement such as making Teddy confess for his responsibility for the watery death of Mary Jo Kopechne - and possibly name Jack Daniels as his accomplice.)"
  • "Between the turbulent waters and Jesse Jackson's rhetoric, every toilet in New Orleans overflowed. As always, Jackson hastened to the scene of every disaster to begin color-coding the survivors. His endless allusions to race characterized New Orleans less as a city in distress, but more as a water-logged plantation. So far, Al Sharpton's most inspired idea for flood control has been to pass among the survivors with a sponge. Unhappily, Sharpton confirmed the widely-held view that a buffoon who takes himself seriously can eventually get the non-buffoons to take him just as seriously. It is said that Minister Al, a self-instructed expert on The Dark Continent, believes that Zululand is not a region of Africa but a theater in downtown Detroit. It is reported that Louis Farrakhan did not send any of his Nation of Islam militants to rescue people drowning in the streets of New Orleans, as they do not make scuba suits that come with bowties."
  • "When catastrophe befell what was largely a city whose population is mostly black, those who showed up with sustenance were mostly white. Yet, it was Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and hip-hopper, Kanye West, who urged their people to spit in the face of their salvation. The proponents of black activism are thus fueled with a lust for unearned revenge. Bitterness seems to be the one emotion of which this minority does not seem to feel emotionally deprived."
  • "Inevitably, the Hollywood people saw Katrina as a publicity bonanza. Sean Penn set out to rescue people by boat. Such heroics have not been attempted since Nelson Eddy retired from films. Two hours out, Penn's entourage was already plotting a mutiny because the hors d'oeuvres got saturated. Sean's skills as a helmsmen were so meager that he could jackknife a rowboat. Inevitably his dinghy sprung a leak. As bodies bobbed in the water near his craft, the self-concerned Penn lamented, "Why does everything have to happen to me?" Perhaps it was Karma's Way of telling Penn to go soak his head. (When the engineers get though in New Orleans they might start pumping the bilge out of Hollywood.)"

I'm going to hell for this too ...

Things I have learned from watching the news on TV during the last eight days:
  1. The hurricane only hit black families' property.
  2. New Orleans was devastated and no other city was affected by the hurricane.
  3. Mississippi is reported to have a tree blown down.
  4. New Orleans has no white people.
  5. The hurricane blew a limb off a tree in the yard of an Alabama resident.
  6. When you are hungry after a hurricane, steal a big screen TV.
  7. The hurricane did 23 billion dollars in improvements to New Orleans.
  8. Now the city is welfare, looters and gang free and they are in your city .
  9. White folks don't make good news stories.
  10. Don't give thanks to the thousands that came to help rescue you, instead bitch because the government hasn't given you a debit card yet.
  11. Only black family members got separated in the hurricane rescue efforts.
  12. Ignore warnings to evacuate and the white folks will come get you and give you money for being stupid.
SOURCE: Unknown

President Bush's Address to the Nation

"When the streets are rebuilt, there should be many new businesses, including minority-owned businesses, along those streets. When the houses are rebuilt, more families should own, not rent, those houses. When the regional economy revives, local people should be prepared for the jobs being created."

All deserve representation as well as opportunities; however, Bush's speech was purely political rhetoric in part designed to placate minorities. However, more than the poor and black were affected by Hurricane Katrina's devastation. While these people are receiving handouts for doing nothing, what will be done for those who have spent their lives striving to improve their lives on all fronts?

If people want to own a home, work for it like myself and millions of others have done. You're a mintority and want to own a business? Work for it. Don't ask for a handout.

This, as usual, is in my humble opinion.

Judicial enequality

Why would the man who attempted by blackmail Cameron Diaz has been jailed for more than three years. At the same time, people who've committed arguably more severe crimes only get a hand slap.
  • Jesse Jackson: "Jesse Jackson was arrested by Decatur, Illinois cops in December 1999 and charged with criminal trespass and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with a demonstration at a local high school. The civil rights activist was protesting the expulsion of six students who were kicked out of school for fighting."
  • Christian Slater: "Christian Slater was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport in December 1994 and charged with criminal possession of a weapon (the actor had packed a piece). Slater reached a plea agreement in early-1995 that required him to spend three days working with homeless children."
  • Matthey McConaughey: "Matthew McConaughey was arrested by Austin, Texas police in October 1999 and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a neighbor called to complain about music blaring from the actor's crib. When cops arrived, they found McConaughey dancing around in the buff and playing bongo drums. The drug charges against McConaughey were eventually dropped, though the star did plead guilty to violating Austin's noise ordinance, for which he paid a $50 fine."
  • Yasmine Bleeth: "Former 'Baywatch' star Yasmine Bleeth was arrested in September 2001 by Michigan police and charged with cocaine possession. The actress pleaded guilty to one criminal count and was sentenced in January 2002 to two years probation and 100 hours of community service."
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin: "Wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin (real name: Steve Williams) pleaded no contest in November 2002 to a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his wife during a domestic dispute. The numbers on the wall apparently indicate the metric system used by the Bexar County (Texas) Sheriff's office. Austin is about 6' 3', or 1.93 meters."

Disasters

From PollingReport.com:

Who do you hold more responsible for the problems responding to Hurricane Katrina: the state and local governments in the affected areas or the federal government?

Slow news day ...

For some reason CBS SportsLine.com senior writer Pete Prisco felt compelled to delve into the intricacies and nuances of the NFL's lack of black centers. To him, the "scarcity of black centers in NFL remains a mystery".

Of course, he notes that "there are no white cornerbacks starting in the NFL." This, of course, is not racism but due to "skill reasons. Nothing else. So an issue isn't made about it."

Interesting. Blacks don't get something and it's racism. Whites don't get something and it's lack of skill.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Global Warming Lie

"Environmentalists seeking to form a link between Hurricane Katrina and any human-caused climate change are engaged in 'shameless opportunism,' according to a spokesman for the conservative National Center for Policy Analysis."

A "looter's" story ...

"Merlene Maten undoubtedly stood out in the prison where she has been held since Hurricane Katrina. The 73-year-old church deaconess, never before in trouble with the law, spent two weeks among hardened criminals. Her bail was a stiff $50,000. Her offense? Police say the grandmother from New Orleans took $63.50 in goods from a looted deli the day after Katrina struck."

"We need a powerful but humble US"

Financial Times: "A central thread in the geopolitical story of the past few years has been American power and American vulnerability. In the global maelstrom since September 11, 2001, the rest of the world has at once chafed at US might and quietly celebrated its pregnability. The paradox, visible again in the grisly aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, explains much of the confusion in international affairs."

New Statesman: "In so far as they went, the inquests are justified. There is much guilt and blame to be shared around. It took the fury of Katrina to bring home to many the sheer hopelessness of Bush and his administration, both in their immediate response and in their prior lack of competent planning. The spectacle of countries such as Sri Lanka sending donations and Fidel Castro offering to send medical supplies with 1,100 doctors only underlined the desperate nationalistic need to find scapegoats to appease the shame."

Heritage.org: "Yet, what has been far less appealing is the unseemly international display of 'schadenfreude' over the fall of the mighty United States, which has been mixed with sanctimonious sniffing at the sight of poor black Americans stranded in the New Orleans Convention Center and the Superdome after the storm. As usual, the international media has served as an echo chamber of the American media. Just as CNN was ready from day one to look for people to interview to blame to the federal government, so were media the world over ready to blame President Bush for the actions of Mother Nature. In the words of The Irish Times, 'This is a defining moment for Mr. Bush, just as 9/11 was. So far his reputation for prompt and firm crisis management has fallen far short of what is required.'"

The Globe and Mail: "Much of the coverage has been sympathetic, albeit tinged with horror and disbelief. For many commentators, the storm's hideous aftermath has reinforced deeply rooted stereotypes of an America rife with guns, racism and frontier justice."

The Economist: "Pundits explained the government’s failure in every way they pleased. Anti-war types blamed Iraq, particularly the fact that thousands of National Guard troops had been sent there. Environmental types blamed Mr Bush’s lackadaisical attitude to wetlands. Many Democrats saw it as proof that Mr Bush and the Republicans cared nothing for America’s poor and black. Liberals argued that Katrina showed why, as James Galbraith, a vocal leftist economist at the University of Texas, put it, the 'government of the United States must be big, demanding, ambitious and expensive.' A Wall Street Journal column, in contrast, argued that the hurricane showed the danger of relying too heavily on inefficient government."

Katrina aid stymied

"As violence, death and misery gripped New Orleans and the surrounding parishes in the days after Hurricane Katrina, a leadership vacuum, bureaucratic red tape and a defensive culture paralyzed volunteers' attempts to help."

Bogus Katrina relief sites

The FBI has issued warnings that the Hurricane Katrina "disaster may have also brought out scam artists, hoping to make money off the tragedy."

The government has a Web site, the Internet Crime Complaint Center, to field fraud allegations.

Majestic Oaks HOA relents

The Majestic Oaks Homeowners Association has crawfished on its original vote to not allow neighborhood residents house Hurricane Katrina evacuees. "The Majestic Oaks Homeowners Association apologized Tuesday and said it made a serious error when it told residents that hosting families from the devastated Gulf Coast would violate deed restrictions."

An Open Letter to the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee

"I sincerely hope that you will send a message to President Bush that there is no value in attempting to be reasonable with you - that there is no advantage gained by nominating someone who is eminently qualified, and ideologically reasonable. We hope you help him to realize that you'd vote on party lines to reject the nominee, absolutely no matter who he might send to committee."

Teen sex

"Slightly more than half of American teenagers, ages 15 to 19, have engaged in oral sex, with females and males reporting similar levels of experience, according to the most comprehensive national survey of sexual behaviors ever released by the federal government."

Enjoy it while you can, kids, because it'll all end when you get married.

NASA Astronaut Captures Images of Hurricane Katrina Damage

"NASA Television will show photographs of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath taken from the International Space Station, along with the station's latest video of Hurricane Ophelia, today at 4 p.m. EDT. The images and video will also be shown during NASA TV's Video File segments starting at 6 p.m. EDT."

The photos can be seen online here.

Positronic Industries loves you ...

POSITRONIC INDUSTRIES, INC.

PRESS RELEASE / BARBARA ROBERTS

Springfield MO / September 15, 2005 / 3:43 pm

The nation has never before experienced a disaster of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina. The effects of this tragedy were more far-reaching than could have ever been imagined.

This event has caused Positronic Industries to recognize that its employee policies need to be updated when dealing with disasters.

We regret the difficulties this has caused Barbara Roberts and her family. An offer of reemployment was extended to her and she has accepted.

Positronic Industries is now in the process of creating a company wide disaster policy.

Positronic Industries hates you ...

Electronic parts manufacturer Positronic Industries fired a female employee who missed work to babysit her granddaughter. It's reported that Barbara Roberts was "forced to decide between caring for her 18-month-old granddaughter while the toddler’s parents were stranded in New Orleans or showing up for her job ... (she) chose to be a grandma ... For that, she was fired."

Roberts was actually understanding of the company's position, saying, "Usually you have a certain amount of vacation time, and I had used it up. You're also allowed so many unpaid days off, and I'd used them up, too. Fact is, I missed the allotted time and I got fired."

Positronic Industries President John Gentry and his comrades declined to comment about the situation and added that "the company had made cash donations to relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims ..."

Heineken

FEMA: 'equal-opportunity bungler'

Thomas Sowell discusses in a 9/15/2005 article the ineptness and crass synicism of those claiming racism for the "mistakes of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in New Orleans ... FEMA has bungled other emergencies where most of the victims were white and in previous administrations. Like many government bureaucracies, FEMA is an equal-opportunity bungler."

Sowell's most vital comment, as far as I'm concerned, clearly identifies that state sovereignty is a justified explanation for slow federal response. "Meanwhile, laws prevent the federal government from coming in without the permission or a request from state or local authorities. Unfortunately, the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana are of a different party than President Bush, which may have something to do with their initial reluctance to have him come in and get political credit."

As I've mentioned more than once (Blanco and Nagin: A Timeline of Ineptness and Jackass Michael Moore is at it again ...), federal response to state emergencies is only done through direct request "from state and local authorities."

Louisiana's governor did not ask for help until it was too late.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

More on the Council on American-Islamic Relations

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is targeting the 9/11 memorials. The latest news coverage, which isn't playing out much in the mainstream media, concerns the Pennsylvanian memorial to Flight 93 and have accused Rep. Tom Tancredo of being 'Islamaphobic'.

A headline from The Conservative Voice sums up the situation, "9/11 Memorial Hijack: CAIR Again Plays Race Card". "Now CAIR is again pretending fury with Tancredo for daring to comment unfavorably on the proposed 9/11 'memorial' to the passengers of Flight 93 -- the hijacked plane brought down in a Pennsylvania field by its valiant passengers before it could hit its target. The mile-long 'memorial' ... is called the 'Crescent of Embrace'. That's the Islamic crescent, folks. So, rather than being a tribute to those who lost their lives saving other Americans, this 'memorial' is a tribute to the terrorists!"

The article, written by Sher Zieve, continues, "The 9/11 Memorial in New York is already being hijacked by those who oppose a memorial to those who died in the Twin Towers and are defiantly demanding that it be a memorial to the 'crimes and insensitivities committed by the United States and other countries of the world'. So, now the leftist-contingents have taken over the New York 9/11 Memorial project, while the terrorist delegation now claims Pennsylvania. And CAIR, having learned its lessons from the Democrat Party, is using the race card."

Bravo!

This should be a true bi-partisan issue. The memorials in Pennsylvania, New York and elsewhere should serve as reminders to us all of that day's tragedies as well as honor those who lost their lives. However, the memorials have become the pet project of several politicians and political action groups serving their own (hidden) agendas. Now is not the time to be politically (or religiously correct).

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Is Sheehan another Cronkite?

Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid writes an interesting article on Cindy Sheehan and Walter Cronkite. In the article Kincaid refers to an NBC Nightly News report comparing Sheehan and Cronkite as it pertains to their influence on the public's anti-war sentiment.

"NBC's Carl Quintanilla said she might eventually be compared to former CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite, who turned against the Vietnam War and helped convince the American people and the Congress it was a losing cause," Kincaid writes. "He said Sheehan has made it safe, her supporters say, 'to voice doubts about the war, just as Walter Cronkite did on the Evening News in 1968.'"

This is an important analogy, Kincaid continues, because of NBC's unwitting revelation "about media power and influence, and how the major media's authority has waned over the years. In effect, he was stating that Cindy Sheehan, in the case of the Iraq War, was a surrogate for the media's opposition to that war ... Quintanilla should have carried the analogy further. He should have pinned the blame for the U.S. defeat in Vietnam on the influence of Cronkite, then considered the most trusted man in America, and he should have suggested that the media's glorification of Sheehan could contribute to a similar defeat in Iraq. But of course he didn't make that comparison. To do so would have put his own newscast on the spot for a political agenda designed to inflict a military defeat on the United States, using Cindy Sheehan as a pawn in that effort."

The news media is not unbiased. Personal views typically influence news coverage and, as Kincaid explains, "the media can be abused for the purpose of undermining our country during a time of war when we need to maintain our national unity ... Left unsaid was the fact that Cronkite went on to become a spokesman for the World Federalists, a group promoting world government and the subversion of U.S. national sovereignty. Perhaps Sheehan will join Cronkite in that crusade."

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Born Again Redneck

Home with Holly

Napoleon Dynamite

On the ball this time ...

Washington D.C. ... where's a hurricane when you need one

"An attempt to set up a panel to investigate what went wrong with federal, state and local governments' response to Hurricane Katrina has been scuttled. Establishment of the independent, bipartisan panel patterned after the 9/11 Commission body was proposed by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. But she was unable to muster the two-thirds majority vote needed to overcome procedural hurdles."

Islamophobic?

Here's the latest regarding the Pennsylvanian memorial to the Sept. 11 crash of Flight 93. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado has jumped in to the fracas with Baptist minister Ron McRae in arguing that the memorial, a crescent-shaped centers on a mile-long semicircle of red maples surrounding the point of impact, too closely represents the symbol of Islam. The Council of American-Islamic Relations contends that Tancredo is "Islamophobic".

Mr. Vitter Goes to Washington

After reading a letter Louisiana Senator David Vitter co-authored with Sen. Mary Landrieu regarding a bi-partisan legislative review of federal response to Hurricane Katrina, I was amazed to see that he was a 'no vote' (along with N.J.'s Democratic senator, Jon Corzine) for amendment 1660 to H.R. 2862. As I'm sure Mr. Vitter is aware of, the amendment intends to "establish a congressional commission to examine the Federal, State, and local response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina ..."

Mr. Vitter and Mrs. Landrieu (who did vote in favor of the amendment) wrote to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Minority Leader Harry Reid, "There are signs that some might try to maneuver in the debate on relief legislation specifically for partisan gain. We view any such attempt as abhorrent and injurious to the already suffering victims of the hurricane."

If I'm to believe what he co-authored, it seems that a 'no vote' on the amendment is just as "abhorrent and injurious" to Katrina's victims. Perhaps there is a valid reason for the 'no vote'; however, I find no news articles related to his death or illness.

Where was Vitter?

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter was a 'no vote' 9/14/2005 for Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 1660 to H.R. 2862. The amendment is "to establish a congressional commission to examine the Federal, State, and local response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Region of the United States especially in the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and other areas impacted in the aftermath and make immediate corrective measures to improve such responses in the future."

Family Dollar hates you

The Family Dollar cabal (thank you Cindy Sheehan for the new vocabulary word) is quibbling with former employee Kolonie Sims. It appears the Sims was given approval by store managers to take time off so she could help "rescue two younger siblings from hurricane-ravaged Mississippi."

Upon her return to the store, she was given her walking papers. "Her bosses didn't necessarily object to her trip, she said, but objected to her leaving work four hours early on Thursday and not leaving for Mississippi until late Friday."

I'm going to hell for this ...

Q: What's George Bush's position on Roe v. Wade?
A: He really doesn't care how people get out of New Orleans.

Michael Moore wins!

Day-by-day the United States of America slowly becomes a socialist country thanks to the actions of people like Michael Moore and the ACLU. Today California (it figures!) U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the rights of school children are violated through the pledge's reference to one nation "under God."

In other news, California's summer reading program to include "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler, "Introducing Marxism" by Rupert Woodfin, Oscar Zarate and Richard Appignanesi and "The Communist Manifes" by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

This, of course, is in my pro-American opinion.

Kanye West ... an all-American

Kanye West, the hero of urban America and defender of African-Americans stranded by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, publicly announced that "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

Now you too can here West's latest single on the topic. So you can sing along, here are the lyrics.

Simply brilliant social commentary unequaled since Franklin and Jefferson!

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

As usual, they don't deserve it

After several dismal years, Notre Dame has won its first two games of the year and are already in the AP's top 10. I wonder how much the university had to pay for that ranking.

Bye, bye Bayou Classic

LSU's Tiger Stadium will hopefully host the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl. No decision has been made yet.

The Bayou Classic, an annual matchup of Grambling and Southern, will have to move as well. Three sites top the list for the upcoming game: Tiger Stadium, Shreveport's Independence Stadium and Houston's Reliant Stadium.

No cure for stupidity

"An Army parachutist who broke his hip and arm in a hard landing on the field before the Washington State-Nevada football game is recovering and intends to jump again."

NCAA needs reform

It's my opinion that the NCAA is simply a cash collection agency with the single purpose of manipulating college athletes. The NCAA and the universities they govern make money off of the student athletes but refuse to allow them employment opportunities and the like. Don't get me wrong, I think college atheletes (football more than other sports) get a free ride through school in more ways than one. However, the NCAA has announced that "Division I basketball and football players from schools closed by Hurricane Katrina will still have to sit out for a year if they transfer to one of the many colleges that have offered admission, NCAA president Myles Brand said Tuesday."

Finally, football players held accountable

20 years too late

It's official. The New Orleans Superdome is contaminated, but it's not because the Saints suck. "Experts will have to clean and decontaminate the Louisiana Superdome, which was wrecked while housing thousands of people seeking refuge from Hurricane Katrina, before the stadium's future can be determined ..."

Sunset Planets

Now is the time to step out in the backyard with your family to view Venus and Jupiter as they'll be "beautifully close together for the next two weeks."

You don't need a telescope or binoculars as these are two of the brightest planets in the night sky. Venus will be the brightest of the two. Just look west right above the horizon (it's best if there are no trees or buildings in the way). "You can see them even from brightly-lit cities."

TiVo won't save certain shows or allow moving them

"I recently got a sample of Tivo DRM, accidentally I suspect. Recently a Simpson's rerun recorded with a red-flag next to it (an icon I've never seen before). When I selected the episode, I got a message to the effect that 'the copyright holder prohibited saving the episode past date mm/dd'. I also noted that this episode could not be copied using Tivo Togo (but ironically it could be 'saved to tape' – I guess that is the analog hole)."

Boing Boing followed up with, "TiVo has added several anti-features to its PVR. Now, some shows can't be saved forever, or moved using TiVo2Go."

Google Blog Search

The climatologists talk ...

Another person expecting a government handout

Dennis Kyne is with Veterans For Peace and is among a number of Red Cross volunteers working near New Orleans. He's also a comrade of Cindy Sheehan.

"We left Camp Casey and Cindy Sheehan with thousands of pounds of food that was donated there and we got here and handed it out within hours. That's our mission, to open up a functional supply line to southern Louisiana. We're not counting on the government to take care of us anymore, they've already proven they won't."

To me at least, that last comment from Kyne exemplifies one of our many problems. People have forgotten how to help themselves and not depend on the government for everything.

William Jefferson, Part III

As I wrote about on Friday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 6, there are more state politicians than federal to blame for Hurricane Katrina's death toll.

ABC News is reporting that "amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck, a local congressman used National Guard troops to check on his property and rescue his personal belongings — even while New Orleans residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops ..."

It seems that on Friday, Sept. 2, Rep. William Jefferson (Dist. 3, New Orleans) allegedly utilized military personnel and equipment to rescue personal items from his home. The ABC News article contains the specifics and concludes with why Jefferson is no stranger to trouble.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Ouch!

"A footballer had to have six stitches in his penis after it was ripped open in a tackle."

With love, Nancy

Dear Friend,

Last Wednesday I asked you to join me in calling for the replacement of Michael Brown as FEMA Director. Yesterday, Mike Brown resigned. Thank you for standing up with me and demanding that our government give the victims of Katrina and its aftermath the leadership they deserve.

It was the public outcry from people like us that helped President Bush finally recognize what I have been saying from the beginning - the federal response to this disaster must be managed by a capable, qualified leader. Together, we brought qualified leadership to the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

At times like this it is critical that we stand together for what is right.

Michael Brown has now resigned after being sent back to Washington D.C. and Admiral Thad Allen, an emergency response professional, has been put in charge of the federal management of this crisis on the ground. Admiral Allen has a difficult job ahead, but at least he brings to it years of experience - something that has been tragically lacking thus far.

With qualified, experienced, and effective leadership on the ground, we can work together to provide the victims of Hurricane Katrina with the income, food, clothing, and housing resources they desperately need to begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.

To be clear, that does not mean that the rest of the Administration has been held accountable. A thorough investigation is still absolutely necessary.

And while both parties claim to recognize this, thus far Republicans have only paid lip service to getting to the bottom of this and fixing what is wrong. While holding a press conference about their proposed "bipartisan" commission, the Republican leaders in Congress neglected to mention that:

Democrats had not even been consulted about the proposal, and had to learn about it through the press conference.
Their proposal would place more Republicans on the committee than Democrats.
Democrats would not be allowed to have vital subpoena power.
Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic Leader, has joined me in rejecting this sham committee. Americans deserve an objective assessment of what went wrong during the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Now that Speaker Hastert and Leader Frist have decided to form a partisan committee, the only way to get Americans the truth about what went wrong and how to improve the federal government's response to future disasters is by creating an independent commission.

It should be modeled after the independent, bipartisan 9/11 Commission, which did a huge service to our country with its excellent report detailing the urgent task before us to make our nation safer.

The most crucial task we face will be easing the burden on those devastated by this catastrophe. You will hear much more from us soon as Democrats put forth our ideas to help them rebuild their lives and help our country get back on its feet. We've accomplished the first step together, now let's prepare to do everything we can to make sure the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast now have a much better chance to rebuild their lives.

Thank you for lending your voice.

Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader

Bush to blame?

I'm waiting for Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan to blame Pres. Bush and the Republicans for Ophelia.
"Vulnerable islands were evacuated and mainland schools were closed Tuesday as Ophelia again strengthened to a hurricane and wobbled closer to land with a threat of flooding rain.

The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm's status Tuesday evening, saying maximum sustained winds had reached 75 mph, with higher gusts. The storm was graded a Category 1 hurricane, but the center said further strengthening was possible in the hours ahead"

More deaths ...

An estimated 40 bodies were found Sunday at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. The causes of death are unclear at this point; however, "Steven Campanini, a spokesman for hospital owner Tenet Healthcare Corp., said some of the patients died before Katrina arrived, and none of the deaths resulted from lack of food, water or electricity to power medical equipment."

Worse problems than legal charges

According to Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti Jr., Mable B. Mangano and Salvador A. Mangano Sr. have been charged with 34 counts of negligent homicide. They are the owners of St. Rita's Nursing Home in St. Bernard Parish where 34 people drowned in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
"We feel we have criminal negligence," Foti said. "They did not follow the standards of care that a reasonable person would follow in a similar circumstance."

He said the owners had plenty of opportunity to move their charges out of the facility. The Manganos were asked if they wanted to evacuate the building and were offered buses; in addition, they had signed last April a contract with Acadian Ambulance to provide transportation in the event an evacuation was needed, Foti said, but "they were never called."
The Mangano's would have more to worry about than criminal charges if one of those poor souls had been a loved one of mine.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

William Jefferson, Part II

The Boston Herald's Star Parker asks, "How, when black politicians themselves played a prominent role in what happened, can we be talking about racism?"

Excellent question! Other opinions inline with this article can be found here.
"The first line of authority in emergency management, all agree, is local. It appears that Ray Nagin, New Orleans' black mayor, was grossly negligent. Buses that could have evacuated 12,000 citizens per run were not used and left on low ground and flooded. Where was black Congressman William Jefferson, who has represented New Orleans for eight terms? It had been known for years that the 17th Street Canal levee was not capable of withstanding a Category 5 storm. Upgrading it would have required federal funds, and therefore it was in Jefferson's area of responsibility."

In an interview on "Hannity and Colmes," Jefferson indicated he had been involved in failed efforts over the years to get these funds. However, given the risks to which his constituents were exposed, one would think that the congressman would have been making a lot of noise about this.

But Jefferson is a busy man. He's been the target of an FBI sting operation investigating possible public corruption.

Sean Hannity asked Jefferson, given his knowledge of the condition of the levee, when "we knew the storm was coming, why didn't we get the people out?"

Jefferson's reply: "Well, I'm not sure I know the answers to all those questions."

William Jefferson

CBS News is reporting that, in the first days of the Hurricane Katrina fiasco, Congressman William Jefferson of New Orleans used military resources to rescue items from his home in the city.

More details to come ...

Michael Moore can't say 'thank you'

The headline on MichaelMoore.com, "UNHEARD OF: Bush Takes Responsibility", refers to the president's admission of responsibility for slow and unorganized federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

Criminal charges follow Katrina

Farrakhan ... someone we should all look up to

Surprisingly I can see the logic as to why Louis Farrakhan would say, "I heard from a very reliable source who saw a 25 foot deep crater under the levee breach. It may have been blown up to destroy the black part of town and keep the white part dry." It's his attempt to champion the cause of uplifting African-American people in a manner that develops an inane hatrid to anyone not of their heritage. It's simply racism.

Farrakhan made this astronishing revelation in front of a gathering for his Million Man March campaign. It's interesting to note that Gilton Balanos was in the audience when Farrakhan spoke and happens to live the the neighborhood he referenced. "I think that's ludicrous,' Balanos said. 'When this happened we were caught by surprise. Individuals, the government and everybody were caught by surprise."

Monday, September 12, 2005

Angelina Jolie

Playboy magazine is reporting that "54 percent of college gals would cheat on their boyfriend with Pitt and 57 percent want to get jiggy with Jolie."

I don't know the accuracy of the survey. Afterall, the same survey reports that "12 percent want to spend a night in Paris Hilton." I think that's a little high.

Tiger Stadium

The New Orleans Saints will play some of their games in Baton Rouge at tiger Stadium. The stadium holds about 30,000 more people than the Superdome and, more than likely, will be sold out. Baton Rouge is going to have hell to pay when it comes to traffic (which is already horrendous) and other issues.

More from Ocala, Florida

A number of Majestic Oaks homeowners have called for the resignation of the neighborhood's HOA board. If you recall, the board had said it was against neighborhood covenants to house Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

"Christine Beers and Lou Colaianni resigned their posts after other members of the Majestic Oaks HOA failed to rescind a notice that told residents not to accept Katrina evacuees, an edict that was purportedly based on covenants and bylaws that govern the 500-home community."

"The Chain of Responsibility in the Katrina Disaster"

This 9/8/05 article, "The Chain of Responsibility in the Katrina Disaster," correlates with my 9/6/05 blog entry.

Those Republicans ...

"Two shaky House incumbents, Democrat Melancon and Republican Boustany, hope response to hurricane rallies voters behind them. House Republican campaign chief Reynolds touts chance to market conservative social-policy solutions; Rep. Baker of Baton Rouge is overheard telling lobbyists: 'We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did.' ... Baker explains later he didn't intend flippancy but has long wanted to improve low-income housing."

Exit plan

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco claims that the state had a "well thought-out exit plan" and that "many more lives would have been lost without it ... 'There was not a single individual taking a slow step in our state.'"

There is definately a well though-out exit plan, it just wasn't executed properly. I imagine the voters have a well thought-out election plan for her.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

News Hounds

Anytime an organization has as it's tagline - We watch FOX so you don't have to. - you've got to figure that it's going to provide biased information. Sure enough, they've got a headline challenging Bill O'Reilly's lies to "take the heat off of Bush."

I have no doubt that O'Reilly lied, lies and will lie. However, it's key that we all remember that blame for this catastrophe is bi-partisan.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Brownie

FEMA director Mike Brown cut bait and ran today. Pres. Bush said he was surprised and had no idea that Brown had resigned or was even considering it. I find this hard to believe as, more than likely, Bush forced the resignation to expedite blame towards to former director. It's expected that Bush will take a necessary level of blame, but perhaps it's expected that Brown's resignation will alleviate some of that. Ultimately though, a majority of blame rests on the shoulders of Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, and other state and regional politicians.

"FAILURE" - Google Search

Welcome to New Orleans

A story

Taken from an e-mail that found it's way to my inbox. I can't validate the truth; however, a perfect example of how some people recognize the true value of freedom of speech.
There were protesters on the train platform handing out pamphlets on the evils of America. I politely declined to take one. An elderly woman was behind me getting off the escalator and a young (20ish) female protester offered her a pamphlet, which she politely declined. The young protester put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a very soft voice said, "Ma'am, don't you care about the children of Iraq?"

The old woman looked up at her and said, "Honey, my first husband died in France during World War II, my second husband died in Korea, one of my sons died in Vietnam, a Grandson died in Desert Storm, all so you could have the right to stand here and bad mouth our country. If you touch me again. I'll stick this umbrella up your ass and open it."

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Michael Moore wants to speak for you.

Michael Moore's lies are in italics.
My replies are in bold.



On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I'm just curious, how does it feel?

Disappointing that we still haven't captured bin Laden. However, just as proud of my country as ever. Thanks for asking, Mike.

How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was that he ran horse shows?

That's right. Horse shows.


Guess that was a mistake. Oh, I forgot, he was approved by Congress. The Democrats and Republicans who approved the appointment are more at fault than Bush.

I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all due respect -- how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown for your safety? C'mon, give me just a moment of honesty. Don't start ranting on about how this disaster in New Orleans was the fault of one of the poorest cities in America. Put aside your hatred of Democrats and liberals and anyone with the last name of Clinton. Just look me in the eye and tell me our President did the right thing after 9/11 by naming a horse show runner as the top man to protect us in case of an emergency or catastrophe.

Come on, Mike, with all sincerity, respect and honesty, tell me that you believe Pres. Bush is 100% to blame for the New Orleans catastrophe. Put aside your hate for Republicans and anything dealing with the conservative side of politics. Tell me you do not have any blame for the politicians of New Orleans and Louisiana who failed in their responsibilities with dire consequences. Tell me how it's not their fault that they failed to implement and follow the emergency preparedness plan specifically established for just such a situation as Hurricane Katrina. Tell me how it's Pres. Bush's fault that somehow his actions over the past five years have increased global warming and ruined the levees in New Orleans to cause such a catastrophe. Tell me how the Democrats had eight years to get things straight and they didn't. Tell me, Mike. I want your unbiased input.

I want you to put aside your self-affixed label of Republican / conservative / born-again / capitalist / ditto-head / right-winger and just talk to me as an American, on the common ground we both call America.

Are we safer now than before 9/11? When you learn that behind the horse show runner, the #2 and #3 men in charge of emergency preparedness have zero experience in emergency preparedness, do you think we are safer?

When you look at Michael Chertoff, the head of Homeland Security, a man with little experience in national security, do you feel secure?

When men who never served in the military and have never seen young men die in battle send our young people off to war, do you think they know how to conduct a war? Do they know what it means to have your legs blown off for a threat that was never there?


Ah, so that's it then, Mike? You would be perfectly content with American involvement in Iraq if the president had military experience? I don't recall hearing your big mouth (perhaps it was stuffed with a Big Mac) bellowing with contempt for the presidency when Pres. Clinton sent troops into Mogadishu, bombed Iraq and initiated other military actions which led to the death of many an American boy. Is that all you can stand on, Mike, that Brown and Chertoff have little national security experience? Who does have this kind of experience? Afterall, it's a new foray for America and, from what I see and hear, is linked to your beloved Pres. Clinton. Ever heard of Able Danger, Mikey?

Do you really believe that turning over important government services to private corporations has resulted in better services for the people?

Why do you hate our federal government so much? You have voted for politicians for the past 25 years whose main goal has been to de-fund the federal government. Do you think that cutting federal programs like FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers has been good or bad for America? GOOD OR BAD?


Mikey, you're spreading lies again. Don't forget that Clinton owns eight of those 25 years. According to your accusations, he shares the blame. Let's not forget about the Democratic representation in New Orleans. Yep, over 75% of the New Orleans politicians are Democrats. The mayor of New Orleans? Two for your side, Mike, he's a Democrat and African-American. The governor of Louisiana? Democrat and a female. The Congressional representatives for the New Orleans district? You guessed it, Democrats. I ask you, why do you hate our federal government so much that you malign it in film, print and the Internet? Why is it that you let people like Cindy Sheehan spread their lies and ill-will to a gape-jawed audience too ignorant to see the deceit in her words.

With the nation's debt at an all-time high, do you think tax cuts for the rich are still a good idea? Will you give yours back so hundreds of thousands of homeless in New Orleans can have a home?

The national debt will always be there. What is the solution you propose? All you ever do, Mikey, is spit words of anger and contempt.

Do you believe in Jesus? Really? Didn't he say that we would be judged by how we treat the least among us? Hurricane Katrina came in and blew off the facade that we were a nation with liberty and justice for all. The wind howled and the water rose and what was revealed was that the poor in America shall be left to suffer and die while the President of the United States fiddles and tells them to eat cake.

That's not a joke. The day the hurricane hit and the levees broke, Mr. Bush, John McCain and their rich pals were stuffing themselves with cake. A full day after the levees broke (the same levees whose repair funding he had cut), Mr. Bush was playing a guitar some country singer gave him. All this while New Orleans sank under water.

It would take ANOTHER day before the President would do a flyover in his jumbo jet, peeking out the window at the misery 2500 feet below him as he flew back to his second home in DC. It would then be TWO MORE DAYS before a trickle of federal aid and troops would arrive. This was no seven minutes in a sitting trance while children read "My Pet Goat" to him. This was FOUR DAYS of doing nothing other than saying "Brownie (FEMA director Michael Brown), you're doing a heck of a job!"


Nope, I do not. At least in the sense you're attempting to discuss. It seems to me that Pres. Bush, though he shoulders some blame, was more than likely advised that the politicians of Louisiana felt they had the situation under control. Perhaps it was assumed that these highly qualified individuals elected by the people of Louisiana would have the skill and knowledge to enact the aforementioned emergency preparedness plan. Let me know if you need a copy of that, Mike. It's readily available to anyone who cares to review it. It seems that Nagin and Blanco didn't give a hoot owl's shit as to what happened. They had four to five days to get the people of New Orleans out of harms way. Hell, even now law enforcement has to resort to the use of force to get any stragglers out. Do you really think it would have been easy to force all of those people out ahead of time? Come on, Mikey, move your supersized Diet Coke to the side and brush the crumbs from your Freedom Fries off the keyboard. It's all right here in black and white. Let me know when you'd like to learn the truth.

My Republican friends, does it bother you that we are the laughing stock of the world?

Surprisingly, Mike, I'm a registered Democrat. And, we'll always be the laughing stock of the world. Anytime you're the best there is, others will do whatever they can to knock you off the pedistal.

And on this sacred day of remembrance, do you think we honor or shame those who died on 9/11/01? If we learned nothing and find ourselves today every bit as vulnerable and unprepared as we were on that bright sunny morning, then did the 3,000 die in vain?

Our vulnerability is not just about dealing with terrorists or natural disasters. We are vulnerable and unsafe because we allow one in eight Americans to live in horrible poverty. We accept an education system where one in six children never graduate and most of those who do can't string a coherent sentence together. The middle class can't pay the mortgage or the hospital bills and 45 million have no health coverage whatsoever.

Are we safe? Do you really feel safe? You can only move so far out and build so many gated communities before the fruit of what you've sown will be crashing through your walls and demanding retribution. Do you really want to wait until that happens? Or is it your hope that if they are left alone long enough to soil themselves and shoot themselves and drown in the filth that fills the street that maybe the problem will somehow go away?

I know you know better. You gave the country and the world a man who wasn't up for the job and all he does is hire people who aren't up for the job. You did this to us, to the world, to the people of New Orleans. Please fix it. Bush is yours. And you know, for our peace and safety and security, this has to be fixed. What do you propose?

I have an idea, and it isn't a horse show.

Yours,

Michael Moore


I think we honor those who lost their lives the morning of September 11, 2001. What did you do today, Mike? Did you lower your American flag to half-staff? Do you own an American flag and fly it on a daily basis? Did you bow your head in a moment of remeberance or have you spent the day coming up with more lies to tell the populace? Get over it, Mike. You've made your millions off of the catastrophes and deaths of others. When can we expect your next big movie? Will it be on Hurricane Katrina? Will you continue to use the suffering of others to make your millions?

Of course, this is all in my humble opinion.

Get your butts back home

Illegal immigrants are afraid to seek help from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina for fear of being deported.

They shouldn't get any aid other than a helping hand onto the next train home.

That's what a .22 pistol is for ...

Animal rescue workers are combing the streets of New Orleans trying to save "tens of thousands of pets."

"The cats are terrible. Out of every 10, nine are scratching and biting and hissing," said Jane Garrison of the Humane Society United States as she cuddled two terrified dogs in an aluminium dinghy.

Shoot the cats. Save the dogs.

Paint ... makes a body strong

When things are going bad for you, just think of Patrick Tribett. If it's on The Smoking Gun you know it's going to be funny. "The 41-year-old Tribett, it seems, had been huffing spray paint and needed a refill. According to a Bellaire Police Department report, Tribett's pupils were constricted and he replied slowly to their questions. Oh, and 'officers observed the paint on face and hands,' as can be seen in the below mug shot. Tribett, who was previously busted for assault, domestic violence, and inhaling harmful intoxicants, was booked into the Belmont County Sheriff's Office lockup."

Refresh your memory of 9/11/2001 ...

Check out the archives at FARK.com from 9/10/01-9/16/01. The links won't bring to coverage at that time, but on the right side of the page are comments from the day. Here are just a few of the comments from the day ...

'Gatemouth' Brown dies

Most will not know who Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown is or that he died Saturday.

9/11

"On September 11, 2001, four U.S. planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people in a matter of hours. Behind the staggering number of deaths are the individuals, each of whom left behind family, friends and co-workers who feel the national tragedy on a personal level. CNN.com has established this site as an evolving record of those who died and a place for readers to build a living memorial for them."

Lafayette crime not a problem?

Though rumours of robberies and carjackings turned out to be just that, Lt. Craig Stansbury, spokesman for the Lafayette Sheriff's Office says, "(Crime has) generally been the same."

However, between Friday night and Saturday afternoon, these 11 people from the New Orleans region were booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center before 2:56 p.m. Sept. 10:
  • Chest, Corey Jermaine, 19, Marrero, disturbing the peace.
  • Chest, Jamel Terriel, 17, Bridge City, disturbing the peace.
  • Brown, Nathan, 19, New Orleans, disturbing the peace.
  • Daigle, Sentell, 26, New Orleans, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of marijuana.
  • Patterson, Darlene Marie, 31, New Orleans, manufacturing/distribution/ possession of a Schedule I narcotic.
  • Miller, Trinell Michelle, 30, Gretna, possession of marijuana.
  • Carter, Kelly Marie, 27, Gretna, possession of marijuana.
  • Frazier, Charles Daniel, 25, New Orleans, possession of marijuana.
  • Rando, Laura Kathryn, 22, New Orleans, disturbing the peace, remaining after forbidden.
  • Simon, David Wayne, 25, Metairie, disturbing the peace.
  • Rando, Mary Claire, 18, Marrero, remaining after forbidden, disturbing the peace.

Lest we forget ...

CBS News | New York, Nation Remember 9/11 | September 11, 2005: "Thousands of family members carrying framed pictures of their loved ones and wearing white ribbons of mourning arrived at ground zero Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack that killed 2,749 people."

"It was a new date which will live in infamy — Sept. 11, 2001, the day hijackers sent four airliners to devastating crashes into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the woods of rural Pennsylvania. It was a day of terror and fear, courage and heroism. Here is how it unfolded ..."