I could say more, but why don't you just insert the violent curse words of your choice here.
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?
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".
Like, for instance, when a herd of cows is stampeding through your living room.
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."
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!"
"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!
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"
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."
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...
No warning of any kind was given, and this was a permitted rally. "
Bill of Rights
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.
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. "
Via Easter Lemming.
From MPH, also known as Ask Blog Jesus. Some seriously funny shit there.
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.
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.
He said "I don't care how they get out of New Orleans".
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.
Courtesy of Skippy.
The Raw Story | Investigation finds Red Cross agreed to withhold Orleans aid, operates in tandem with Homeland Security
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.
Oh, boy! The better to maim bunnies with! (Gillette has long been known as one of the worst offenders in regards to animal testing.)
Mac & Katie Kissoon-Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep-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
"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.
'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.'"
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."
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. "
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.
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.
'Nuff said, I think.
These are interviews with people in the Astrodome. No way of knowing if it's true or not, of course.
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.
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.
"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.
" 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.
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. "
"...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. "
If you haven't seen this clip yet, you should. I've never seen anything like this on TV before, even after 9/11.
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.
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."
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 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."
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
The flooding had been anticipated by National Geographic magazine,
Scientific American magazine, the Times-Picayune newspaper, FEMA, and Mr.
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
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
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
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
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.
'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?'"
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.' "
'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.
"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
Via Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News.
Via Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News.
The Rev. Pat Robertson's "Operation Blessing" is next on the list."
Via Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News.
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?
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.
Thanks to Iggy for the update!
(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?
In the second photo, a black man has "looted" a grocery store.
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.
"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."