9/30/2005

Tom DeLay quotes

These are just some of the many gems DeLay has uttered.

Via Iggy.

Oliver Twist

If anyone is thinking about going to see Roman Polanski's new movie version of Oliver Twist, I hope you'll remember that Roman Polanski is a convicted felon for drugging and raping a 13 year old girl in 1977 (He fled the country and has never served time). If you haven't heard about this before, here's an article from 2003:

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/14/1047583700084.html

I could say more, but why don't you just insert the violent curse words of your choice here.

FEMA strikes again

So this week in Houston, FEMA has opened up a processing center for evacuees in an old grocery store (they planned to do it last week, but Rita interfered). It's running about as well as you'd expect - Peoople lined up for hours in the blazing sun, no water, no seats, no shade, and at the end of the day, no benefits, either. People passing out from the heat. They're just told to come back the next day. One woman told a reporter that she's still living in her car with her kids. How many weeks has it been since Katrina?

I think they did finally get some awnings set up to provide shade after a couple of days. But they're still not really doing anything for a lot of these people. People are telling of calling FEMA every day and being told their application was still being processed.
How many weeks has it been since Katrina?
A CAJUN HAIRCUT

Thibodeaux sticks his head into a barber shop and asks, "How long before I can get a haircut?"

The barber, Cormier, looks around the shop and says, "About 2 hours." Thibodeaux leaves.

A few days later Thibodeaux sticks his head in the door and asks, "How long before I can get a haircut?"

Cormier looks around at the shop full of customers and says, "about 3 hours." Thibodeaux leaves.
A week later Thibodeaux sticks his head in the shop and asks, "How long before I can get a haircut?"

Cormier looks around the shop and says, "About an hour and half."

Cormier looks over at a friend in the shop and says, "Hey, Menard, follow Thibodeaux and see where he goes. He keeps asking how long he has to wait for a haircut, but then doesn't come back."

A little while later, Menard comes back into the shop, laughing hysterically.

The barber asks, "Menard, where does he go when he leaves here?

"Menard looks up, tears in his eyes and says "Your house".

9/29/2005

Another Brick In The Wall: Music Video Links

"A Site Devoted To Music Videos"

Free videos.

When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Get Off the Phone

When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Get Off the Phone SorryGottaGo.com - Helps End Unending Phone Conversations

Like, for instance, when a herd of cows is stampeding through your living room.

After the Love Is Gone - New York Times

" I'd sit around with friends at dinner talking about How We Got Here and Whose Fault Was It?

Was it Nader's fault? Or Gore's? Or Scalia's? Even Monica got onto the list, because after all, she delivered the pizza, and that pizza was truly the beginning of the end.

Most of my friends had a hard time narrowing it down to a choice, but not me: only one person was at fault, and it was Bill. I drew a straight line from that pizza to the war. The way I saw it, if Bill had behaved, Al would have been elected, and thousands and thousands of people would be alive today who are instead dead."

Happy Anniversary, MacGyver

In honor of today being the 20th anniversary of the day MacGyver first aired, here's a gift for you:

Your very own Do-It-Yourself Solar-Powered Automobile Kit.




Have fun!

9/28/2005

Armed and dangerous - Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina

" It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico."

'No Iraqis Left Me on a Roof to Die'

"Americans turned out in poll-like numbers for the Saturday antiwar demonstration in Washington "

Signs seen at the demonstration:

"Yeeha is not a foreign policy"

"Ex-Republican. Ask me why"

"Make levees not war"

"Dude -- There's a War Criminal in My White House!!!"

"Pro Whose Life?"

"a headline that asks, "What did you do on your summer vacation?" Inside a bubble is the President's reply: "Well, I rode my bike, killed some troops, killed even more Iraqis, raised lots of money for my friends, ignored a grieving mom and, for extra credit, I destroyed an American city!"

an image of Bush over the question, "Intelligent design?"

"Republicans for impeachment"

Its front says: "What if they gave a war and nobody came?" The back reads: "What if they had a hurricane and nobody came because... They were all at War!!"

"Not with my sons."

"Sex is back in the White House. Bush is screwing us all!"

Free Legal Music

Free Music - Live365 Internet Radio

9/27/2005

2005 Hurricane Rita Storm Damage in Houston

From an email I got:

"This actually happened to a friend of our just a few doors down for Hurricane Rita. The damage is unbelievable. Please don't let kids see this!

Mike

Wow, I knew Houston got hit but I didn't know it was this bad! With all the news lately about Hurricane Katrina, we shouldn't forget that Houston has had it's share of devastating weather also.

The attached photo illustrates the damage caused to a home when Hurricane Rita passed through the Houston area a couple of days ago. It really makes you cherish what you have, and reminds us not to take life for granted"

Bone shards that may be from 9/11 found on NY roof

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - Construction workers have found bone fragments that may be remains of people who died in the World Trade Center attacks on the roof of a neighboring skyscraper damaged on September 11, 2001, a city official said on Tuesday."

Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'

"In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies. "

Capitol Hill Blue: Dangers of a Drunk Dubya

"According to the National Enquirer, President George W. Bush, an alcoholic, is drinking again.

In normal times, such a story in a tabloid like the Enquirer would be dismissed as just another fantasy for the newspaper that normally devotes its front page to gossip about celebrity divorces. But an America with Bush as President is anything but normal and too many warning signs point to the sad fact that Dubya the drunk is back on the bottle. Plus we reported the same thing in a story about Bush's temper tirades on August 25."

We're Back

Back from evacuating from Hurricane Rita.

The good news is the house is fine, we didn't even lose any oranges or tangerines off the trees.

The bad news is that one of our cat carriers collapsed at a rest stop on I-10 on Thursday night, and one of our cats escaped and ran into the woods. He was too scared to come out, and kept running deeper into the woods. We stopped and looked for him again on our way back yesterday, but no luck. It's only about 2 hours outside of Houston, so I'm going to be going back whenever possible to look some more. I left some dirty clothes with our scent on them near where he went under the fence into the woods, so maybe he'll find them and hang out.

He started out feral, so he knows how to catch food, and he knows to stay away from traffic. He's just very shy, so he tends to avoid people.

On a lighter note - We left Houston at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, and due to my total lawlessness (hey, just because a road is under construction doesn't mean it can't be driven on!), we made better time than most and arrived in Alamogordo, New Mexico about 5:00 p.m. Friday.

I have not been back to Alamogordo, have not WANTED to go back, since I graduated high school in 1978. So that day, as we're attempting to turn on to the main street of town, we see the road is blocked. I guess word must have leaked out that I was coming back, because there was a parade coming right down the street toward us. A homecoming parade. I guess I owe someone a thank you note...

9/24/2005

9/20/2005

Bill of Rights declared invalid in New York City

"The New York City Police Department forcibly broke up this afternoon's rally for Cindy Sheehan, moving in as Cindy was speaking at about 3 p.m. in Union Square.

No warning of any kind was given, and this was a permitted rally. "

Bill of Rights

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

9/19/2005

ABC News: Face Transplants: Do Risks Outweigh Benefits?

"CLEVELAND Sep 18, 2005 - In the next few weeks, five men and seven women will secretly visit the Cleveland Clinic to interview for the chance to have a radical operation that's never been tried anywhere in the world.

They will smile, raise their eyebrows, close their eyes, open their mouths. Dr. Maria Siemionow will study their cheekbones, lips and noses. She will ask what they hope to gain and what they most fear.

Then she will ask, 'Are you afraid that you will look like another person?'

Because whoever she chooses will endure the ultimate identity crisis.

Siemionow wants to attempt a face transplant. "

Houston's About to Get Hit

Hurricane Rita has followed the evacuees to Houston.

The Shame of Blaming the Victims - Summing It All Up

"In a way, the devious Welfare Queen myths are just the flipside of the 'looting' stories. This isn't about the President leaving the citizenry of a major American city to die in a hurricane! No, this is a story of black people obtaining expensive goods that the teller of the story deems them unworthy of owning."

Extensive.
Via Easter Lemming.

Who's a Failure? Google Knows All!

"Go to google.

Type in 'failure' without the quotes.

Click 'I'm Feeling Lucky.'"

Via Iggy.

9/16/2005

sammys

Sammy's at 2016 Main, Houston

If you're in the Houston area, Sammy's is featuring displaced New Orleans musicians every Thursday night and Sunday brunch, until further notice.

Heightened Thoughts: What I Meant By One More Time Was . . .

"I honestly don't know what to say. I thought that he had that word stricken from the English language the moment he took office. I thought he had 'I didn't do it' tatooed on his ass right under 'Freedom is on the march.' Seriously folks, am I dreaming? Did the Prez just say 'my bad'?"

From MPH, also known as Ask Blog Jesus. Some seriously funny shit there.

| Take Our Katrina Kwiz!

1. After surviving Katrina, the Superdome and a fetid bus ride to the Dome, one New Orleans resident promptly got hit by a light-rail car. This was:
a. Bad news for the guy involved, but sort of funny when you think about it.
b. Irrefutable proof this was one person you shouldn't go bungee-jumping with.
c. Just a little Metro warning for the newcomers about whose turf they're on now.
d. His fault, according to Metro.

2. For the first time since 1846, a Mexican Army unit was allowed to operate on U.S. soil, bringing relief supplies to evacuees living in Dallas. What was the result?
a. Twelve members of the Minutemen swallowed their tobacky in shock.
b. The army vehicles were pulled over four times between Brownsville and San Antonio for 'driving while brown.'
c. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas arranged for security reinforcements at the Alamo, 'just in case.'
d. Things went smoothly.

3. President Bush told a TV interviewer, "I don't think anyone anticipated the break of the levee." This means Bush defines "anyone" as:
a. Himself and Dick Cheney.
b. Any person who has not studied the likelihood of the levee breaking.
c. FEMA.
d. It's just hard to say.

4. On Monday, September 5, the Houston Chronicle's Katrina coverage featured a seemingly endless array of stories about how religion was helping the victims. Which of the following was not a Chron headline that day?
a. "Services Offer Solace to the Weary."
b. "Turning to Faith: The Power of Prayer."
c. "Congregation in Biloxi Vows to Rebuild Their Church."
d. "Child Asks, 'Mommy, Why Did Mean Jesus Send That Storm

5. Former first lady Barbara Bush famously declared, "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas...And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them." This:
a. Means Babs won't be interviewed again until she has a really, really well prepared response for this.
b. Isn't as bad as when she said she wouldn't trouble her "beautiful mind" worrying about body bags from Iraq.
c. Shows that different folks can define "working very well for them" different ways.
d. Pretty much sums up the Bush mind-set.

6. Houstonians donated huge amounts of clothing to Katrina victims. A few volunteers handing out the items, though, commented that some of the stuff was kinda well past its prime, fashionwise. This shows Houstonians:
a. Sincerely believed the evacuees would look really sharp in Members Only jackets.
b. Had been quietly waiting for the day when stonewashed jeans would make a comeback.
c. Don't really make a habit of donating slightly old clothing.
d. Finally got around to cleaning out their closets.

7. Bush visited Mississippi and told still-shaken victims, "Out of the rubble of Trent Lott's house, there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on that porch." As a result:
a. All newly homeless trailer-park residents immediately relaxed, comforted in the knowledge that Trent Lott would come out okay.
b. Bush decisively demonstrated his commitment to helping storm victims, as long as they're Senate members.
c. Most people couldn't envision Bush and Lott on that porch without including Butterfly McQueen as the maid.
d. Bush nailed down the millionaire-victim vote.

8. The oddest result of the Katrina influx into Houston is:
a. Every panhandler -- even if they've been working the same block for years -- is now from Louisiana.
b. The Dome is actually being used for something.
c. At one point the scenes from the Dome were so upsetting that the mega-Botoxed face of Channel 13's Dave Ward actually appeared to move.
d. Our city's going to have some great music for a while.

Answers: All d.

Via The Houston Press.
Last night they asked Bush what he thinks about Roe vs. Wade.

He said "I don't care how they get out of New Orleans".

9/15/2005

The Times Online

"New Orleans - the ideal place to get shot
Ray Davies
Away from the partying it was obvious to a dedicated follower of the city that disaster was around the corner

I SPENT the early part of last year in New Orleans recovering from gunshot wounds received as I was being robbed. It happened in the early evening as I walked down a quiet street with my girlfriend. There was a football game in town and the streets near the French Quarter were empty. The police presence was elsewhere. The incident itself was over in a flash but it plays over and over in my head and perhaps one day it will make sense to me. "

By Ray Davies of the Kinks. Via Skippy.

skippy the bush kangaroo

"merlene maten undoubtedly stands 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, now sleeps among hardened criminals. her bail is 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."

Courtesy of Skippy.

Sick and Abandoned - New York Times

"Incredibly, when the out-of-state corporate owners of the hospital responded to the flooding by sending emergency relief supplies, they were confiscated at the airport by FEMA and sent elsewhere."

The Nattering Nabob

"Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes."

Bill Maher, via Iggy. This is almost worthy of Jon Stewart!

9/14/2005

The Raw Story | Investigation finds Red Cross agreed to withhold Orleans aid, operates in tandem with Homeland Security

"New information surrounding relief efforts by the American Red Cross in New Orleans raises questions about whether the organization provided adequate relief and whether funds are actually being directed to Katrina victims, RAW STORY has found.

Previous investigations have shown that the Red Cross mishandled its 9/11 fund, attempting to divert more than half into a 'war fund' before Congress intervened, and moved $10 million from a fund in 1989 for earthquake victims towards other uses. Allegations of similar holdbacks following the Oklahoma City bombing and several later disasters, coupled with the discovery that the Red Cross, mandated by its Code of Conduct to remain independent of government, is officially part of the Bush Administration's national security apparatus, led RAW STORY to dig deeply into the Red Cross and its recent disaster relief efforts"

Dammit, I told you so!

Via Gary at Easter Lemming.

Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views)

The 20 Most Obnoxious Hurricane Katrina Quotes, according to the Right Wing News.

Gillette unveils five-blade razor

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gillette Co. on Wednesday unveiled its newest shaving system, a five-bladed razor called Fusion with a trimmer on the back of the cartridge aimed at the 50 percent of men who have mustaches and beards."

Oh, boy! The better to maim bunnies with! (Gillette has long been known as one of the worst offenders in regards to animal testing.)

One Hit Wonder Central

Far more extensive than the VH1 series - songs you've forgotten existed. Here's a few from the 70's:

Mac & Katie Kissoon-Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep-1971
Buoys-Timothy-1971
(remember "Timothy", a song about cannibalism?)
First Class-Beach Baby-1974
Mocedades-Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)-1974
Jessi Colter-I'm Not Lisa-1975

Covers 1950-2000.

Blogs Get Slaughtered

A blog I've just discovered. If South Park doesn't offend you, this won't either.

Beavers seek well-grounded "O"

And somebody gets paid to think this stuff up!
Via Timmy.

When Good Will Is Also Good Business - New York Times

"Philanthropy specialists expressed concern over how long the generosity would continue.
"It's a big problem for the victims and the families," said Mr. Rooney of Indiana University. "Will the donors and funders still be there when the disaster relief phase ends and it's time to rebuild the community and culture of the region?""

To answer his question, I doubt it. I've been trying for two weeks now to organize a benefit concert and bbq, to take place in November, and with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity to help in the rebuilding. I've got everything I need except a venue. I've emailed nightclubs all over Houston, and not only are they not saying "yes", they're not even bothering to respond to the email at all.

He comes back to save cat

"And then, from nowhere, a hysterical ball of brown fur came flying out of a dark corner and Lambert grabbed it up, weeping joyously.

'Mamou! Little Mamou!' he crooned. 'This is the one I felt the most guilty about leaving. She always senses when I'm going away and gives me the pitiful 'Please don't leave' look.'"

8 BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS FOUND OFF GULFPORT

"'These animals found us, they came back after Katrina ... they came home,' said Moby Solangi, president of the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport. 'All eight are together. It's the most wonderful news.'"

Virgin plans oil refinery

"THINK you are upset about high gas prices? Maverick British entrepreneur Richard Branson is so furious he wants to build his own oil refinery."

9/13/2005

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Politics (Blame Nagin)

"Claim: New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco refused President Bush's pleas to declare an emergency in Louisiana before Hurricane Katrina struck. "

Finkbuilt � Blog Archive � Dr. Snip Vasectomy knife

"Finally , there is a product that appeals equally to zero population growth enthusiasts, and pocket knife collectors; The Vasectomy Clinic souvenir pocket snips."

We had to kill our patients

"Doctors working in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans killed critically ill patients rather than leaving them to die in agony as they evacuated hospitals, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. "

Americans' health privacy violated

"On Aug. 11, President Bush signed into law the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act of 2005.

It authorizes 60 million taxpayer dollars over five years to establish electronic prescription drug surveillance programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It requires those dispensing controlled substances (such as pharmacists and physicians) to submit information to state governments within one week of filling prescriptions, including patients' names, addresses and telephone numbers. Data also will be collected on animal owners whose pets are prescribed controlled substances by veterinarians."

ABC News: Big Easy Musicians Sing the Blues

"Sept. 12, 2005 - Normally, 400 miles of muddy Mississippi separate the raw and rough delta blues of Memphis from the sweet and smooth jazz of New Orleans.

But Hurricane Katrina has wiped the musical difference between these two river cities clean as denizens of Bourbon Street find new musical homes along Beale Street. "

Timeline of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire - 1906

"A messenger arrived at Ft. Mason at 6:30 a.m. with orders from Gen. Funston to send all available troops to report to the mayor at the Hall of Justice.

First army troops from Fort Mason reported to Mayor Schmitz at the Hall of Justice around 7 a.m.

At 8 a.m., the 10th, 29th, 38th, 66th, 67th, 70th and 105th Companies of Coast Artillery, Troops I and K of the 14th Cavalry and the First, Ninth and 24th Batteries of Field Artillery arrived Downtown to take up patrol.

Seventy-five soldiers from Companies C and D, Engineer Corps were assigned to the Financial District at 8 a.m., and another 75 along Market from Third Street to the City Hall at Grove and Larkin streets. "

Faster response time in 1906.

Top 11 known arrests/crimes by the family who would restore honor and dignity to the White House

"Top 11 known arrests/crimes by the family who would restore honor and dignity to the White House"

Found this while looking for the DWI link for the previous post. Don't know how accurate it is, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me if it is.

Surprised?

It surprises me that some people are surprised that Dubya didn't think Katrina was a reason to end his vacation early, or a reason to take any action at all for quite a while. After all, this is a guy who got a DWI when he was 30 years old. At twenty-two, a DWI is a stupid, stupid mistake that you learn from. At thirty, you're a full-fledged adult, and a DWI at that age is proof of a total lack of judgement, combined with complete disregard for the safety of other people.

'Nuff said, I think.

9/12/2005

Gatemouth Brown Dies

"Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, perhaps the most versatile of all blues-based musicians, died Saturday at age eighty-one of complications from lung cancer and heart disease. A longtime resident of Slidell, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans, the Blues Foundation Hall of Famer recently lost his home to Hurricane Katrina and had been preparing to relocate to Austin. "

9/09/2005

Radio Blogger

"MG: The answer is the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security, that is the state agency responsible for that state's homeland security, told the Red Cross explicitly, you cannot come."

Boing Boing: Katrina: "Rape, murder, beatings" in Astrodome, say evacuees

"10:57 Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee Clara Barthelemy: 'The 17th street levee was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save the more valuable real estate in the city- to keep the French Quarter protected, the ninth ward was sacrificed- people are afraid to speak out- everyone who was near there heard the bombings- they bombed seven times. That's why they didn't fix the levees- 20 feet of water. Gators. People dying in water. They let the parishes go, not the city center. Tourist trap was saved over human life. A six year old girl was raped in here.. 9 year old boy killed. A man in the shower beaten. No hot food. No help for elderly.'"

These are interviews with people in the Astrodome. No way of knowing if it's true or not, of course.

Gainesville.com | The Gainesville Sun | Gainesville, Fla.

"Ocala homeowners association says evacuees are not welcome"

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2005

"The chart topping hip hop rapper star who used a network hurricane fundraiser to charge 'George Bush doesn't care about black people' was loudly and lustily booed during last night's NFL kickoff show."

OpEdNews.Com Progressive, Tough Liberal News and Opinion

"Physician who told Cheney to go F*ck Himself Lost his Home in Katrina, Detained, Cuffed by Cheney's M-16-carrying Goons"

Stupid Quote of the Hour

"Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?'' -- Tom Delay

While chatting with three young boys on cots in 'Reliant City'
yesterday, DeLay likened the experience to being at camp. Apparently, the boys nodded yes to DeLay's question, but looked perplexed.

Via an email from my friend Laurie.

Question of the Day

Why is it that as I drive around, I see almost no flags lowered to half-mast? After 9/11, they were all at half-mast. Is this not a national tragedy as well?

Why hasn't there been an official proclamation from the White House? Do they think we won't notice that people have died if they don't officially acknowledge it? Or is it because the Bush administration doesn't think these lives are as important, because they were mostly black and/or poor, whereas the 9/11 victims were mostly upper-middle class whites?

I'm sure someone will eventually explain that it's because everyone is too busy trying to help the survivors. We can all have a good, long laugh at that one, since we had plenty to worry about in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, what with the possibility of continued attacks and all, but they still managed to tell us all to lower our flags.

This Is Not Over: Here's What Gets Me

"My problem with Bush -- and here, I do indeed address Bush individually, as a guy -- is that during the time that the crisis was developing, from Monday to Friday, he never seemed to experience any actual sense of urgency as a result of the simple fact that people were, minute by minute and hour by hour, dying."

"Because I was panicked. Everyone I know was panicked. Everyone I know was gnashing their teeth with helpless rage because they couldn't get in a car, drive down there, and drive a load of homeless Louisiana residents back home with them for soup and a goddamn hot bath. "

This is a great rant. Via Iggy.

The Nattering Nabob

"These eleven congressmen, Republican conservatives all, just voted against the $51 billion package ( H. R. 3673) for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Horrible human beings, all."

Via Iggy.

9/08/2005

skippy the bush kangaroo

This says it all.
Via Skippy.

Michael Homan: One of the Millions of Hurricane Katrina Stories

" I saw my neighbors break into grocery stores, fill up their boats with supplies, and row through neighborhoods distributing food and water to those in need."

" I saw dozens of dead bodies floating in toxic waters. I heard about invalid elderly humans dying in attics and hospitals believing that the world did not care as they gradually ran out of medication and oxygen while the politicians gave press conferences about how well Democrats and Republicans were cooperating."

This is a first-person account. Very long, but worth it.

Think Progress � $7.74

"At a press conference this afternoon, President George H. W. Bush singled out the Walton Family for their generosity to Katrina relief efforts:
I don't think anyone would mind if I singled out the chairman and CEO of Wal-Mart, Lee Scott, who is right here. He told us that they gave the Bush-Clinton fund a total of $23 million-$15 million from the company and then $8 million more from the Walton family, the marvelous philanthropists that they are.
Let's put that in perspective. The Walton family's net worth is $90 billion. So $8 million dollars represents .009 percent of their total.
The average family's net worth is $86,100. If an average family contributed at the same rate as the Waltons, they'd donate $7.74.
There are thousands of families all around country that are being far more generous to Katrina victims than the Waltons. Few of them will be personally thanked by a former President. "

Guardian Unlimited | Murder and rape - fact or fiction?

"New Orleans police have been unable to confirm the tale of the raped child, or indeed any of the reports of rapes, in the Superdome and convention centre."

Daily Kos: Bush's use of firemen: props

"As specific orders began arriving to the firefighters in Atlanta, a team of 50 Monday morning quickly was ushered onto a flight headed for Louisiana. The crew's first assignment: to stand beside President Bush as he tours devastated areas."

"...easily the most crassly political act ever taken by this administration. Bush is so thoroughly a PR vessel that he can't even tour a disaster zone without his human backdrop. He's been a PR marionette for so long -- clear brush for the cameras! -- that he's become thoroughly incapable of keeping it real. God forbid he try to connect with people, get a better understanding of their efforts to cope with real disaster. That's not worth his time. Nope, it's got to be turned into a frickin' Bush campaign commercial. Everything is political. Everything. "

BBC NEWS | Has Katrina saved US media?

"Amidst the horror, American broadcast journalism just might have grown its spine back, thanks to Katrina"

ABC News: Study Finds British Soil Losing Carbon

"LONDON Sep 7, 2005 - Rising temperatures resulting from climate change are likely causing soil in England and Wales to lose large amounts of carbon, possibly further contributing to the greenhouse gas effect, according to a new British study which suggests the same trend could be affecting other countries. "

Think Progress � KATRINA TIMELINE

"KATRINA TIMELINE"

What Kind Of Asshole Conservative Response Did You Have?

"It's like a Livejournal quiz...only without the quiz part. You get to decide what kind of asshole conservative response you'd have to Hurricane Katrina!"

'We have been abandoned by our own country.'

"The tear-filled eyes of Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard as he was interviewed by Tim Russert on today's Meet the Press: "

If you haven't seen this clip yet, you should. I've never seen anything like this on TV before, even after 9/11.

9/07/2005

"Lemon Aid"

"...on Saturday, children found their own way to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

They sold lemonade."

9/06/2005

All Profits to American Red Cross disaster relief

"The musicians in this gallery have chosen to donate their ENTIRE wholesale price to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund."

CDbaby.com has great music and excellent customer service. All profits from the CD's in this gallery go to the Red Cross. Not my favorite organization, but what the heck.

Houston Finds Business Boon After Katrina - New York Times

"HOUSTON, Sept. 5 -
Perhaps no city in the United States is in a better spot than Houston to turn Katrina's tragedy into opportunity. And businesses here are already scrambling to profit in the hurricane's aftermath. "

"Meanwhile, even small businesses and cheap hotels are benefiting from the population surge, which could total up to 250,000 people."

HurricaneHousing.org

"Hurricane Katrina has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. But thousands of people throughout the region are stepping up to offer free shelter to those in need. 160,010 beds volunteered so far!"

HoustonChronicle.com - AROUND THE REGION

"The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina."

Noted Without Comment

"Posted: 6:24 p.m. ET
CNN's Drew Griffin in New Orleans, Louisiana

"I am stunned by an interview I conducted with New Orleans Detective Lawrence Dupree. He told me they were trying to rescue people with a helicopter and the people were so poor they were afraid it would cost too much to get a ride and they had no money for a 'ticket.' Dupree was shaken telling us the story. He just couldn't believe these people were afraid they'd be charged for a rescue."

Being Poor

"Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.

Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they're what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there's not an $800 car in America that's worth a damn.

Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.

Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends' houses but never has friends over to yours.

Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won't hear you say 'I get free lunch' when you get to the cashier.

Being poor is living next to the freeway.

Being poor is off-brand toys.

Being poor is hoping your kids don't have a growth spurt.

Being poor is Goodwill underwear."

PeopleFinderVolunteer - Katrina Help Wiki

"PeopleFinderVolunteer"

Help people find missing family and friends. You can help while sitting at your computer.

Hurricane Katrina




"Noah's Wish has setup a Disaster Animal Shelter in conjunction with Slidell Animal Control"





To donate: http://noahswish.org/Donations.htm

HARPER'S WEEKLY September 6, 2005

WEEKLY REVIEW

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the United States declared disasters
in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Taken together, the
90,000-square-mile disaster area would be the twelfth largest state.
Emergencies were declared in Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma,
Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia. Eighty percent of New Orleans was
flooded after levees were breached by rising water.

"I don't think," said President George W. Bush, "anyone anticipated the
breach of the levees." Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the
disaster "exceeded the foresight of the planners, and maybe anybody's
foresight."

The flooding had been anticipated by National Geographic magazine,
Scientific American magazine, the Times-Picayune newspaper, FEMA, and Mr.
Bill.

Condoleezza Rice attended a musical in New York City, where she was booed.
She also went shoe shopping. A fellow shopper was thrown out of the store
after yelling "How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying or
homeless?"

Dick Cheney canceled a trip to the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, and Senator
Bill Frist called for a permanent repeal to the estate tax.

President Bush decided to end his month-long vacation two days early and
return to Washington, D.C. During his trip, Air Force One flew low over New
Orleans. "This was a natural disaster," said Bush.

The situation in New Orleans quickly worsened, but little help appeared.
Shelters set up at the Superdome and New Orleans Convention Center became
squalid, hot, and dangerous. The Louisiana National Guard patrolled the
Superdome with machine guns as flood victims, locked behind metal
barricades, shouted "we need more water."

Cigarettes in the Superdome sold for $10 a pack, and a brisk market in
anti-diuretics, which allowed people to avoid the overflowing bathrooms,
developed. "We are like animals," said a woman.

Shootings, carjackings, and looting were reported across New Orleans.
Thousands of people, most of them poor, were stranded for several days; many
died waiting for rescue. "Nobody's coming to get us," said Aaron Broussard,
president of Jefferson parish, weeping. "For God sakes, shut up and send us
somebody."

The effectiveness of FEMA head Mike Brown, who was fired from his previous
job supervising the International Arabian Horse Association, was called into
question after he repeatedly claimed not to have known the severity of the
storm or the location of several thousand refugees.

"There is way too many fricking . . . cooks in the kitchen," said New
Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.

"George Bush," said rapper Kanye West, "doesn't care about black people."

About 57,000 troops, many assigned to combat operations, entered the New
Orleans area. "This place is going to look like Little Somalia," said a
brigadier general.

The Superdome and Convention Center were finally evacuated, but evacuees
were not allowed to take their pets with them. "Snowball!" cried a little
boy after police took away his dog. "Snowball!" It was announced that it
could take up to six months for New Orleans to be pumped out, and another
three months for it to dry. Officials estimated that 10,000 people had been
killed in the flood; about the same number of people remained in the city.

Fifty-five countries offered aid to the United States. Cuba offered 1,100
doctors, Iran offered humanitarian aid, China offered $5 million, and
Venezuela offered fuel at a reduced cost. The United States was performing a
"needs assessment" to decide whose help to accept.

Some Christian extremists declared that the hurricane was punishment by God.
"New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence," said the pastor of the New
Covenant Fellowship of New Orleans, "and the sodomites, the witchcraft
workers, false religion--it's free of all of those things now." Many other
Christians simply prayed.

In Iraq nearly 1,000 Shiite pilgrims were killed during a march across the
Al-Aaimmah bridge when rumors of a suicide bomber in the crowd caused a
stampede. Most of the victims were women and children who died from
trampling or, after they fell or jumped into the Tigris River, from
drowning. President Bush declared that U.S. troops needed to stay in Iraq to
keep the country's oil out of the hands of terrorists.

Federal prosecutors accused eight officials from KPMG and a lawyer of
conspiracy for helping wealthy people evade at least $2.5 billion in taxes,
and a man named Glenn Allen Powell pleaded guilty to taking as much as $1.25
million in kickbacks in Iraq while working for Halliburton subsidiary
Kellogg Brown & Root.

Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist died, and President
Bush nominated John G. Roberts, Jr. as a replacement.

Scientists announced that they had created mice that could regrow amputated
extremities, and a plane crash in Indonesia killed at least 147 people.

The Bush Administration was working on a new set of pollution controls
intended to make it harder to sue power plants.

There was a condom shortage in Uganda; a U.N. representative attributed the
shortage to restrictions placed on U.S.-provided HIV/AIDS-prevention funds.

Susan Wood, chief of women's health at the FDA, resigned over the FDA's
refusal to allow emergency contraception to be sold over the counter in
spite of "scientific and clinical evidence, fully evaluated and recommended
by the professional staff here."

Up to twelve more tropical storms were expected through November.

National Preparedness Month began.

-- Paul Ford

Why NOT the Red Cross, Part II

"Most ex-GI's know how bad the Red Cross is/can be -- they've been known to sell coffee at disaster sites and demand payment for stuff that's been donated to them. You should have heard the guys at lunch yesterday - all us grayhead retired military telling horror stories about the Red Cross.

When I first went in the AF, way back when we got paid in cash, it was as good as mandatory that you donated to the Red Cross every payday [all squadron commanders demanded 100% participation]. As soon as that stopped, so did the donations.

They have become just another bloated bureaucracy full of armchair-potatoes who try to hide their ineptness by taking refuge behind procedures and regulations."

This is a direct quote from Dad, who was in the Air Force for 20+ years.

9/02/2005

Superdome Evacuations Enter Second Day

"Pets were not allowed on the bus, and when a police officer confiscated a little boy's dog, the child cried until he vomited. 'Snowball, snowball,' he cried. "

Please consider a donation to the Humane Society of the United States.

Republicans Urge Bush To Ask Giuliani To Guide Relief Effort

"One prominent Republican, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, criticized the Bush administration for being sluggish, and urged the president to name Giuliani as the White House point person for relief efforts.
'We need to get the job done now, and I don't think anybody is better prepared to do that psychologically and otherwise than Rudy Giuliani,' Gingrich said.
Giuliani has been traveling in Australia this week and only recently returned to the United States. His spokeswoman, Sunny Mindel, declined to comment Friday on calls for his involvement in the Hurricane Katrina response.
Gingrich said the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 'puts into question all of the Homeland Security and Northern Command planning for the last four years, because if we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?'"

CANOE -- JAM! Music:

Dave Matthews Band to perform at Katrina benefit
Duff to donate $250K to Katrina relief
Celine Dion donates $1M
Toronto musicians plan benefit
Stars join Katrina benefits

New Orleans Mayor Fumes Over Slow Response

"'They flew down here one time two days after the doggone event was over with TV cameras, AP reporters, all kind of goddamn excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed,' Nagin said.
Nagin said he told Bush in a recent conversation that 'we had an incredible crisis here and that his flying over in Air Force One does not do it justice - I have been all around this city and that I am very frustrated because we are not able to marshal resources and we are outmanned in just about every respect.' "

The Psychology of Looting

"In these kinds of desperate, and apparently lawless, conditions, experts say people will throw away their normal sense of ethics and do anything to survive.

'When you have a situation as extreme as Katrina, people have lost their sense of security, control, protection and shelter,' said David Sattler, associate professor of psychology at Western Washington University. 'They fall into basic rules of survival mode. Some feel that they're going to do what they need to do to survive. They're going to do what they need to do to get the basic necessities.'

In an exclusive interview with 'Good Morning America's' Diane Sawyer, President Bush said there should be a no-tolerance approach to looters."

Mr. Compassion strikes again.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

"I don't want to see anybody do anymore goddamn press conferences. Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city. And then come down to this city and stand with us when there are military trucks and troops that we can't even count.
"Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They're not here. It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country."
-- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, in a radio interview last night, September 1

Damn straight!

When the Levee Breaks...

"The project should have been done two years ago, but the federal gov't diverted 80% of the funding to Iraq. Other areas had settled by a few feet from their design specs, and the money to repair them was diverted to Iraq."

Via Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News.

Anderson Cooper just gave it to Landrieu

" Mary Landrieu goes on about how great Bill Frist is. Anderson Cooper responds that it's hard to take politicians thanking each other when rats are gnawing dead bodies in the streets...read on "

Via Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News.

FEMA Directing Donations To Rev. Pat Robertson : Sploid

FEMA Directing Donations To Rev. Pat Robertson : Sploid: "FEMA has released to the media and on its Web site a list of suggested charities to help the storm's hundreds of thousands of victims. The Red Cross is first on the list.
The Rev. Pat Robertson's "Operation Blessing" is next on the list."

Via Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News.

NOLA View weblog

"Story: Evacuated as governmental officials requested. In Little Rock called the Little Rock American Red Cross for some assistance. They told me I could go to a shelter. When I inquired about temporaary housing, etc.,vouchers they told me I had to go to the Am Red Cross in New Orleans where the disaster occurred. I explained we were not being allowed back there and were trying to get our lives going they offered shelter in a gym and thats it. So much for the years for donations to their organization."

NOLA View weblog

New Orleans Blog.

Contrasting Opinions

All hell is breaking loose in Houston - There were people protesting at the Astrodome last night, because they don't want the hurricane victims here. People where I work are getting loud and obnoxious about not wanting these "people from the projects" in Houston.

Fortunately, there are others who are volunteering their time and opening their homes to help. One man has 50 people living in his house and is expecting 40 more. They're just lined up on the floor. And a total stranger this man met at the gas station came to his house to help cook for them all.

This is becoming more and more about race. Why haven't we airlifted food to the people still in New Orleans? Why is this all taking so long? Perhaps because 2/3 of New Orleans is black? If they can transport all those National Guard in, why can't they get food in? Why didn't they get it there days ago, before people became desperate and violent?

Daily Kos: Who Is Holding the Red Cross Accountable?

"Who Is Holding the Red Cross Accountable?

Don't mean to be a spoilsport, but the American Red Cross is a bogus organization, with zero accountability and a track record of greed, misrepresentation, and waste bordering on criminal behavior. It cannot manage even something as basic as the blood supply, even mismanaging it to the point of compromising the nations' ability to ensure we have enough uncontaminated blood. Then there's the 9-11 debacle, where they were busted so badly that they had to issue retractions, denials, and move millions out of dubious bank accounts and actually give to the cause they touted so brazenly while they profited off of their lies. Do you really think they have instituted the accountability structures that need to be in place in an organization of that size and responsibility? Read more about my personal experience with this duplicitous organization."

And again, I recommend the Houston Food Bank or similar organizations. Will post others as I find them.
"Did you know that with a ONE dollar donation, we can secure TWENTY-FIVE dollars worth of food?"

I've heard from a contact in Dallas that the North Texas Food Bank is also doing good work.

"Wednesday afternoon a truck was sent to Lake Charles, Louisiana from the North Texas Food Bank to help with supplies in that area. In 12 hours the truck arrived and more than 25,000 pounds of water, snacks and supplies were unloaded!"

Additionally, some of the 23,000 people that were supposed to be housed in the Astrodome are being transferred to Dallas.





FOXNews.com - Fats Domino Found in New Orleans

"Fats Domino was finally rescued last night in New Orleans, according to wire reports. And Irma Thomas, the Queen of New Orleans soul, has reported in from Baton Rouge, where she escaped to the home of her aunt."

Thanks to Iggy for the update!

9/01/2005

BREITBART.COM - Just The News

"Fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as flooded-out New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. 'This is a desperate SOS,' the mayor said."

(AP) — Doctors at two desperately crippled hospitals in New Orleans called The Associated Press Thursday morning pleading for rescue, saying they were nearly out of food and power and had been forced to move patients to higher floors to escape looters.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday that 1,400 National Guard troops per day are being sent in to control looting and lawlessness in New Orleans, quadrupling the regular police force in the city by the weekend.


All hell has broken out, but instead of sending in food and water, they're sending in more police. (What a lovely way for the right wing to get rid of a few more undesirables.) The hurricane was Monday, and we certainly knew in advance it was coming and it was gonna be bad. So why this:

"The Bush administration intends to seek more than $10 billion to cover immediate relief needs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, congressional officials said Thursday, and lawmakers made plans to approve the request by the weekend. "

The weekend? What the hell, have they been too busy playing golf until now? To me, "immediate" would have been Tueday. There are people there who haven't had drinkable water in 4 days!

Do we need any further proof that Bush has no conscience?

Yahoo! News Photo

Interesting wording here. In the first photo, some white people have "found" some food from a grocery store:
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/photos_ts_afp/050830071810_shxwaoma_photo1
In the second photo, a black man has "looted" a grocery store.
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/480/ladm10208301530

The Most Effective Way to Help Hurricane Victims

You may have heard on the news that Houston is in the process of receiving 23,000 relocated hurricane victims from the Superdome, in addition to the thousands that have already made it here on their own.

I've spent a good part of the last few days trying to figure out how to help, only to discover that most of the big organizations, i.e. the Red Cross, Salvation Army, the City of Houston, are completely disorganized and have their heads up their asses. They are TURNING AWAY volunteers, food, etc. A guy showed up with a truck load of cooked food, and was turned away, yet there are victims at the Red Cross headquarters who haven't eaten for 3-4 days who are being told they will be helped "in a week or so". Yet volunteers are actually being turned away.

The Salvation Army says they can feed a family of four for two days with $100. Um, I can feed a family of four for a week with $100.

NOBODY is accepting clothing, except some local churches.

The only organization that seems to be operating effectively is the Houston Food Bank. Their website actually has info on where to go and how to help. It even says "Don't call, just show up!"
If you're in the area, check out their page and go help. If you're not local, you can donate here.

'Fats' Domino Missing in New Orleans

"To begin with, one of the city's most important legends, Antoine "Fats" Domino, has not been heard from since Monday afternoon. Domino's rollicking boogie-woogie piano and deep soul voice are not only part of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame but responsible for dozens of hits like "Blue Monday," "Ain't That a Shame," "Blueberry Hill" and "I'm Walking (Yes, Indeed, I'm Talking)."

"Domino, 76, lives with his wife Rosemary and daughter in a three story pink-roofed house in New Orleans’ 9th ward, which is now underwater. On Monday afternoon, Domino told his manager, Al Embry of Nashville, that he would “ride out the storm” at home. Embry is now frantic."

"In the meantime, another important Louisiana musician who probably hasn’t been asked to be in any telethons is the also legendary Allen Toussaint. Another Rock Hall member, Toussaint wrote Patti Labelle’s hit “Lady Marmalade” and Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time.” His arrangements and orchestrations for hundreds of hit records, including his own instrumentals “Whipped Cream” and “Java” are American staples. (He also arranged Paul Simon’s hit, “Kodachrome.”)"

"Also not heard from by friends through last night: New Orleans’s “Queen of Soul,” Irma Thomas, who was the original singer of what became the Rolling Stones’ hit, “Time is On My Side.”"

"Dry and safe, but in not much better shape, is the famous Neville family of New Orleans. Aaron Neville and many members of the family evacuated on Monday to Memphis, where they are now staying in a hotel. But most of the Nevilles’ homes are destroyed, reports their niece and my colleague at “A Current Affair,” Arthel Neville."