Friday, September 30, 2005

AAR calls for violence against pundit

AirAmerica's host advocates violence against BlogsForBush blogger, Mark Noonan. Mike Malloy said of Mr. Noonan:

...when they do make these sweeping statements about Democrats ... just beat the crap out of them. If you can do it with the pen, fine. If you need to do it with the sword, that's ok, too.
Don't take my word for it, don't take B4B's word, hear Mr. Malloy's own words and context for yourself here.

Well, when you lack ratings, I suppose you need to attract attention any way you can. Once again, the radical Left is doing more to hurt the Democratic Party than any Republican could.

On the other hand, kudos to the writer who created this parody of a Larry King promo.

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Was it worth it?

New York Times reporter Judith Miller was released from jail yesterday, after agreeing to testify.

Now we'll see if her self-imposed martyrdom was worth it.

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New York Times reporter Judith Miller wap released from jail yesterday, after agreeing to testify. Now we'll see if her self-imposed mared mar

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Quick hits


A few notes worth making:

  • Congratulations to John Roberts, the 17th Chief Justice of the United States.  May he serve a long term.  Next: I hope President Bush nominates Judge Janice Rogers Brown, a true jurist in the model of Justices Scalia and Thomas.

  • Rep. Tom DeLay has followed the rules of the House of Representatives and has stepped down from his leadership position.     If it took 4 (or was it 6?) grand juries to hand down such a non-specific indictment, the Travis County (Tx) District Attorney Ronnie Earle (D) must either have a ‘smoking gun’ – in which case Mr. DeLay ought to be punished in accordance with the law – or he has a lot of nothing, in which case Mr. Earle will be exposed as a partisan hack.   If the latter, the Texas Legal Review Board ought to review whether Mr. Earle ought to be disbarred.  If Mr. Earle’s case against Mr. DeLay is as strong as was the case against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Mr. DeLay indeed has nothing to worry about.

  • The GOP needs to focus on cutting the budget (that’s addressed to both the Legislative and Executive branches), and to border security.  While neither party has shown the willingness to do either, only the GOP has at least spoken of each in their various platforms.The time is now.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Caption Contest

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Bad way to impress dad


I was pumping gas this evening at Turkey Hill (regular unleaded now only $2.73.9 ... still too high, but working its way down!). On the other side of the island I see a young woman, a girl, probably about 17 or so years old. She's carrying a small sledge hammer as she disappears under the front end of her car, a recent Toyota Celica.

Clang! Clang!, and she climbs out from under the car. It's raining, and has been for hours, and this is a gas station: no telling what has dripped on the pavement from all of the business this place has. She's wearing low-riders and top that has to show off her abs, and her long brown hair is now a darker shade on her back, from the rain, oil, and who-knows what. I'm watching this scene as I finish pumping and my receipt prints.
Continued...


Dad appears, having gotten out of the pick-up that is behind her Celica. It's Caesar, a manager at the local supermarket, and he's obviously annoyed. Daughter climbs into the driver's seat and cranks it: clank, clank. I know the sound well, from my own cars.

"Nope, Daddy."

"Hit it again" he replies. Without a second thought, daughter grabs the hammer and is under the car again. Dad pops the hood and starts looking things over. I step up, catch his eye and we trade the all-too-important 'nod' of familiarity.

"It sounds like the starter," I say.

Clang! Clang! She's obviously done this before, although I am a little taken back by dad letting his daughter work under a car in the rain. I'm basically a chauvinistic pig at heart.

"I told her last week when it happened to have it checked. But I guess she's too busy." The sarcasm was unmistakable. That she knows what she's doing is undoubtedly because Caesar has taught her; that he's annoyed and making her climb under is probably because she didn't heed his advice. Or so I thought.

"Let me try it again, Daddy." Her back is now soaked, her hair a mess.

Clank, Clank. Nothing.

"Alright," Caesar says. "That's enough... you steer, I'll push it off to the side."

"Why don't we push it up to the front of the store" into a parking spot. "It's lighted, and its a better place to leave it."

"It's an incline, you think you can give me a hand?"

"I wouldn't have suggested it otherwise. Let's go!"

It's then I realized: there's someone else in the front seat!

Male. About the same age as the daughter. His foot up on the dashboard. He's been watching the whole time!!

Now I am stumped: the lass is climbing under the car, and the presumed boyfriend is sitting high and dry??

We get the car up to the spot. She gets out "Thank you so much!" she says so sweetly. Caesar shakes my hand and thanks me, and we walk back toward my car and his pick-up.

"So tell me: is that the boyfriend?"

"After tonight, he damned well better not be!"

Reminds me of one of Kathleen's immutable laws:

If your date/boyfriend/wife/whatever is not nice to your server, they are not a nice person.

I don't care if Junior there was totally inept in the ways of auto-mechanics. He can be shown how to swing a hammer, especially if it means his squeeze stays dry and clean. And even if he can't, he can at least stand outside of the car with her.

Damned fool.

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Would you believe...?

Farewell Don Addams, TVs Agent 86, Maxwell Smart. This time, it didn't miss him 'by that much.'

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Cindy Sheehan: No one is paying attention to me! Quick! Arrest me!

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  If you gave a protest and nearly no one paid any attention, what would you do?

You’d do like Cindy Sheehan, and you’d get yourself arrested.   Not for something most people would agree with – like defying an unjust law written by an unjust dictator – no, Mrs. Sheehan decided that she would violate a very clearly defined and specific law regarding White House security.   Three warnings and she’s arrested.

So what’s next for Mrs. Sheehan?  She’s had her meeting with the President, then had the gall to demand a second meeting, then conceded she was glad she didn’t meet with him, then began making crazed demands including getting our military of ‘occupied’ Louisiana.

And you know who is laughing at this?  Not President Bush, not the so-called Vast Right-Wing Majority.   No, the only people who are enjoying the spectacle of this poor, grieving mother is Michael Moore and his ilk, for they believe seeing a manipulated soul being led away in handcuffs is a ticket to political greatness.

Time will tell.



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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Cooler Conundrum

Here's a question for the sage readers (you know who you are...)
 
My family gets meat in the mail, about every 6 weeks or so.   No, no, I mean from Omaha Steaks and QVC Sausages; sometimes we order them, other times my folks send dinners to us (with a note telling us they're doing that because we don't visit enough!).
 
These meats come packed with dry ice and in styrofoam chests.  The coolers are great, reusable, and fairly durable.  Too durable, in fact.  Each car has at least one in them (I put a small one inside a big one in the Blazer).
 
Now my garage has too many extra coolers.  My local trash hauler won't 'recycle' them.  I called both Omaha and QVC, and they referred me to a nationwide recycler of styrofoam, but the center nearest to home would take a tank of gas to get to... hardly worth it.
 
Anyone have any ideas, before I put these into the local landfill?

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Metablogging Meme

Well, far be it for me to ignore a meme, especially after being Doubled Tagged, once by Alex and once by TrekMedic. So here goes...

  1. Do you try to look hot when you go to the grocery store just in case someone recognizes you from your blog?
  2. The only way I could possibly 'look hot' involves self-immolation. That and the fact no one at the grocery store will ever recognize me from my Blog, unless the cashier perhaps engages me in political debate.
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  3. Are the photos you post Photoshopped or otherwise altered?
  4. Look at the profile pic at the top-right of this page. Lest there be any doubt, that isn't me, it's Zonker Harris of Doonesbury fame. Trust me, he looks much better than I do, with or without Photoshop. As for other photos, I do not own Photoshop, nor have the patience to learn any such editing software.

  5. Do you like it when creeps or dorks email you?
  6. The few e-mails I get have not been from any creeps or dorks-- they are from other Blog owners (most of whom I respect), sometimes telling me to quit stalking writing to them.

  7. Do you lie in your blog?
  8. If I did, why would I answer this question honestly? OK, I admit it: in question #3, part of the line about "e-mails from people I respect" isn't true; the part that is a lie is left for you to figure out.

  9. Are you passive-aggressive in your blog?
  10. In spite of the phrase 'passive-aggressive' having been woven into the fabric of all discussions -- from spousal relationships to rush-hour traffic -- I can't honestly define its current meaning, so I will skip this question.

  11. Do you ever threaten to quit writing so people will tell you not to stop?
  12. Heh...the only threat I've ever made is that I will indeed POST again.

  13. Are you in therapy? If not, should you be? If so, is it helping?
  14. As if I had the time.
    Any therapy I may need I suppose I can get from this Blog; where else would I find someone (notably, me) who would agree with nearly everything I wrote? (If you understood the circular logic, perhaps it is you who needs the therapy)

  15. Do you delete mean comments? Do you fake nice ones?
  16. I've deleted one comment to date, because it was a particularly hostile-sounding one; I did indicate that it was deleted, but the person who wrote it (and many comments since) never indicated knowing about it. I have yet to get Comment Spam, which reminds me of conundrum said of answer-phones 20 years ago: is it better to come home and find you have 20 messages, or no messages?

    There's no need to fake nice comments; I blog because I like to read what I write. If I started commenting about myself in third-person, I may need to rethink question #7.

  17. Have you ever rubbed one out while reading a blog? How about after?
  18. No, no you're confused. There aren't any erasers on the Internet.
    {Editor's note: oh wait, I know what you meant; that's just plain nasty.}
  19. If your readers knew you in person, would they like you more or like you less?
  20. I think the relative handful of frequent visitors (on both sides of the political spectrum) would maintain the same opinion of me in person, except they can't simply 'close the browser window' to make me go away.

    To date, there's only one person (who comments here) who has ever met me in person, but we worked together even before I learned to Blog, so it doesn't count as someone I met through this Blog. Another lurker is Hank (who I promised I'd mention in my Blog), who says he reads my stuff but has never commented. We used to work together as well, but since the days of the great layoffs, our paths only cross in e-mail.

  21. Do you have a job?
  22. If you have to ask, you haven't been reading this Blog.

  23. If someone offered you a decent salary to blog full-time without restrictions, would you do it?
  24. Sure; however the odds of that happening rank up there with hitting PowerBall. Besides, if I don't believe my words are worth a real domain, or commercial software, why would anyone think they could offer me a comparable salary?

  25. Which blogger do you want to meet in real life?
  26. Anyone willing to put up with reading my words is someone I would value meeting, even briefly. However since I value my anonymity, this is unlikely.

  27. Which bloggers have you made out with?
  28. Does my much-better-half count, even if she's never blogged?
    {Editor's note: were some of these question written by a sophomore in high-school?}

  29. Do you usually act like you have more money or less money than you really have?
  30. I use Blogger, Blogspot, and about a half-dozen other freebies in the sidebar. To date my GoogleAds have earned me less than $2.00 in revenue. I commute 2 hours each way to work. I don't think I sound full of myself or asking for a handout.

  31. Does your family read your blog?
  32. No.

  33. How old is your blog?
  34. Born 16-Jan-02 and soon after went on hiatus. Returned after 8 months, and have been annoying the Internet since.

  35. Do you get more than 1000 page views per day? Do you care?
  36. No, no. I seem to hover around 40 visitors a day (down about 5 since I excluded my own IP addresses). I am mildly interested (thus the counter codes), but I don't go out of my way to promote myself. At one time I figured most of those 40 hits were various Bots checking my link codes or the like. When I get bored, I'll dump the refer log and see who found my page via Google.

  37. Do you have another secret blog in which you write about being depressed, slutty, or a liar?
  38. I don't have time to do this Blog justice, I should have another? Why? So few people would read that one, too?

  39. Have you ever given another blogger money for his/her writing?
  40. If I had some extra to give, I would - there are a few I have been tempted to pay. Since you asked, why not start me off with a payment to me??

  41. Do you report the money you earn from your blog on your taxes?
  42. See question #15, unless you've already read #20 and are sending me money. You can't report what you haven't earned.

  43. Is blogging narcissistic?
  44. Do I sound narcissistic?

    To a degree, yes it is. It gives me the opportunity to voice my opinion and alleged humor, and apparently some 40 or so people read it. Hardly the circulation of the NY Times, but at least its a greater audience than only the voices in my head.

  45. Do you feel guilty when you don't post for a long time?
  46. Pstupidonymous said it best: If you pretend you have readers, you eventually pretend they want to read your dreck. Other than a hiatus in 2002, I try to post at least twice a week, else I may lose 'the habit' and another hiatus might be born.

  47. Do you like John Mayer?
  48. I just now Google'd him to find out he's a musical artist. Does that answer the question?

  49. Do you have enemies?
  50. None that I know of. Why? Do you want to be one?

  51. Are you lonely?
  52. I long since have lost the time necessary to be lonely. If not for my commute, I would not have any alone-time.

  53. Why bother?
  54. Reminds me of a tee-shirt I had in college: Who Knows? Who Cares? Why Bother? Apply that to this questions.

  55. Favorite Blogging tip
  56. The delete key; not enough people use it often enough.



I suppose I ought 'tag' someone to carry forward. Maybe I'll nominate the first person who reads this carry on, either in their own blog or in comments ... does that count as passive aggression?

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Some uncommon common sense on John Roberts nomination


Daily Kos on the all-but-inevitable confirmation of John Roberts to Chief Justice of the United States:

And ultimately, the Republicans have the White House and a solid majority in the Senate. If we want to stop the Roberts of the world in the future we have to do so at the ballot box. The Roberts battle was lost in 2004, 2002, and 2000.
See? Kos gets it! (note, unlike many, I actually do know how to pronounce 'Kos'; it rhymes with 'prose') The President is entitled to pick his SCOTUS nominees, and if they are qualified, they are entitled to confirmation.

Elections matter; that's a theme I've reiterated in this Blog. The decisive victory in President Bush's re-election and the continued victories in the House and Senate indicate this nation's philosophical trend (not to mention the Gubernatorial races).

It doesn't matter if any Senator disagrees with Judge Roberts' philosophy: if he is not qualified, then the Senators should vote no. Otherwise, it's a done deal.

Either way, these Senators will face the music at their next election.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Blogging Etiquette


I’d like to poll the readers who have their own blog (you know who you are):

What is etiquette for TrackBacks?   Occasionally, people refer to a posting I’ve made, but do not use TrackBack to indicate they have.  Now I am flattered they find my work worth mentioning, and to date none have failed to give me credit (at least as far as I know).     My understanding of MoveableType interface is that it handles TBs automatically (please correct me if I am wrong), but as I am MT-less, TBs have to be performed manually.

Is it shameless self-promotion to initiate a TB on my own?  More to the point, does anyone care if their posts are TB’d?

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Time to buy PlayStation

In what appears to be the equivalent of killing two proverbial birds with one stone, I see I am probably one of the last fans of FOX's 24 to learn there's a video game coming out based on the hit series. Adding to the double-shot, I am probably in the minority of people who have yet to pony up for a PlayStation 2. This is the only show I have called 'must-see TV' in several years.

Very intense!

Oh, Santa... ?


BONUS: FOX has updated their 24 site: the FOUR-HOUR season premiere is set for January 8 & 9... does that make sense? Since each episode is really a contiguous part of the same story, couldn't the entire season be called 'the 24 hour season premiere AND finale' ??

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Well, you're not as good as I said, but ...

Last evening was another session of Stretch, Sweat and Grunt (a/k/a Tae Kwon Do). The 2nd class has grown lately, adding 2 women and 3 men who are roughly my age, making the number of adults on par with the teenagers. Of course, we ‘seniors’ are often hardly a match for the teens and college kids; a notable exception is Tammy, a mom of a two teenaged sons – one a 2nd degree black belt and the other a red belt – herself a 1st degree black belt (she was one of the gals who decked me a few weeks ago).

Two of the new guys were getting frustrated at their own performance during a drill last night, and the instructor wanted to give them some encouragement.

“Look at Chas over there,” he said, pointing to the panting, sweat-soaked form that I am trying to hold at attention. I am standing in the front row of the 14 students, where we’re lined up in descending order of our belt ranks. The previous drill had us standing in the middle of 4 students, each holding a pad in front of them, waist-high, at about 10º angle off horizontal.

The middle person took turns angle-kicking the pad, pivoting 90º, kicking again, pivoting, etc. First, 20 or so kicks with our left foot, then switching for another 20 kicks. All this without every dropping your knee from a 90º position (and, gasp!, never touching the floor with your kicking foot). Admittedly, I’ve managed to get this drill down pretty well.

“When he first came here, he couldn’t do that drill either. It took him a few months, and look at him now.” It is at this point I glance to my right; a few people over I see a bewildered expression on Tammy’s face out of the corner of my eye.

Sabanim continues: “Why in just one year, he went from where you guys are today to where he is now. And he’s no younger than any of you. So don’t give up, because in about a year, you can be as good as he is now.”

Turning my head meet Tammy’s glance head on, her puzzled look has turned to one of an almost suppressed smile; I can tell she’s figured out the mistake I instantly realized our Master Instructor has made. Meekly, I raise my hand to inform him I’ve been his student for 2 years now.

“Really? Has it been 2? Well, time does fly when you’re having fun, right Chas? Well, he’s not as good as I said, but he’s getting there, and you guys can as well!”

I never professed any intention of earning a black belt (and certainly not any higher), but TKD is an excellent excuse to get off my duff, and so long as my son is interested in it, I’ll put up with the aches I have this morning and give it my best shot. Who knows, maybe I’ll ‘get there’ one day.

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Short Memories: Donovan McNabb

Who can forget the bruhahah just 2 years ago when Rush Limbaugh dared to suggest the sports media was overcompensating for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb's playing abilities (see here for a flash-back)?

Heh... clearly, Bill Conlin of the Philadlephia Inquirier remembers:


For the second straight week, Donovan McNabb played like a white quarterback.

Last Monday night, the Eagles franchise star did an excellent imitation of Ryan Leaf.

Yesterday, the man some people seem to think Andy Reid has renamed "McPass" did a more than passable imitation of Joe Montana. That's the same Montana who turned the San Francisco 49ers into a dynasty bearing no resemblance to the shabby stiffs who showed up at Lincoln Financial Field and impersonated an NFL team.

==snip==

It is past time to end the QB stereotype debate. We agreed decades ago that Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles were both dynamite singers, who wove their magic with different styles.

Donovan McNabb can pass...

That's indeed true today, and he deserves all of the accolades given to him regarding his recent performance.

But did he deserve it 2 years ago?

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Save Cindy Sheehan from herself

I thought DrudgeReport was linking from The Onion, but I was wrong! From lgf:

I don’t care if a human being is black, brown, white, yellow or pink. I don’t care if a human being is Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, or pagan. I don’t care what flag a person salutes: if a human being is hungry, then it is up to another human being to feed him/her. George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self from power. The only way America will become more secure is if we have a new administration that cares about Americans even if they don’t fall into the top two percent of the wealthiest.

(Find the entire rant either at Michael Moore or Huffington Post)

Yes, friends, that is the Belle of the Ball herself, Mrs. Cindy Sheehan. I thought she was unhinged, and had even considered her 'around the bend', but now I am calling on her true friends and/or family (if she's still speaking to them) and ask that they intervene on her behalf. That she would think the military is wrong to be helping in New Orleans is beyond rational thinking.

I welcome anyone to defend her actions.

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The future

President Bush addressed the nation last night, and while this was in no way equivalent to the now famous 'bull-horn' speech after September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, for all its might and damage, was no comparison to that atrocity. His speech will be seen as another hallmark of his presidency. And it just ticks off the Left to no end.

He read off a list of federal programs designed to help those whose lives were shattered by Katrina, and those who are aiding the victims, such as states who provide shelter for the masses. He is proposing Enterprise zones, where tax breaks and other incentives will get hammers swinging faster, and homes rebuilt.

Critics lambast him for suspending the David-Bacon Act, but that criticism is purely partisan.


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No one remembers the effects of such a suspension after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in California. Removing the red tape, and in effect cutting no less than 10 days from the start of rebuilding efforts. That's important. John Fund sums it up succinctly, and includes a real-world example of the suspensions effects (emphasis by yours, truly):

A natural disaster like Katrina is also an opportunity to cut through red tape and streamline procedures for getting work done. In 1994, the Northridge earthquake knocked down two sections of the Santa Monica Freeway in Los Angeles, the world's busiest thoroughfare. Governor Pete Wilson promptly offered an extra $200,000 a day for every day the repair work was completed ahead of schedule. The contractor finished the project 74 days ahead of schedule, less than three months after the damage had been done. The director of Caltrans, the state's transportation agency, estimated that without the accelerated effort, the project would probably have taken two years to complete. Similar urgency measures should be applied to restore key bridges like the one connecting New Orleans with Slidell across Lake Pontchartrain.
Critics complain that lower wages are the LAST thing people in that region need now. I beg to differ. Suppose you are building a home, and you have a budget to meet (as if anyone doesn't have a budget!). If you have to pay a laborer $12/hour to swing a hammer, you will do the job with 4 workers (if that's inside your budget).

If you can pay laborers $6/hour, you'll hire 8 workers. Which is more beneficial in this arrangement? And if incentives are offered, like the ones offered by Mayor Wilson above, what Contractor wouldn't hired 4 extra laborers? Even if there aren't time-incentives built in, the sooner one job is done, the sooner the next job can be started. There is no incentive for any contractor NOT to finish a job well and fast. So the more workers, the better.

OK, so a few people won't get $12/hr wage, but a few more will get $6/hr ... isn't that better?? And once the job is finished, they'll be more work to go around. Months, years from now, the salaries will escalate for more experienced workers. Like any area of employment, the better salaries will go to those with greater experience. In some cases, people who were working in unskilled jobs CAN get useful experience to better themselves.

The simple fact is the critics of the President have nothing else to criticize him; they've tried the Iraq War, and the service men and women asked the media why they don't report the good news. They've tried with John Bolton at the UN, and yet the towering building on 1st Avenue in Manhattan still stands (it is a nice piece of real estate; I used to work inside it). They've tried to turn Katrina into a mantra for Global Warming (Sen. Joseph Biden echoed that just this morning on Imus in the Morning), and then we find out the Environmental Lobby killed a 1965 effort to protect New Orleans.

As sad as it sounds, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast will do more for President Bush's legacy then anyone can imagine. That the Left can't invent any way to make this look bad for the President is what angers them the most.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Blanco, Nagin admit their mistakes

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin finally grew a backbone and admitted their part in the failures concerning Hurricane Katrina (both pre- and post-storm).

Instead of owning up to their errors early on, they now seem like also rans compared to the President taking responsibility. In his comments, he stated:

"Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government," Bush said at a joint White House news conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

"And to the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility. I want to know what went right and what went wrong," said Bush.

As Sister Toldja wrote at Blogs For Bush:
So now we've come full circle. The "big three" have accepted some of the blame for the pre- and post-Katrina responses. The issue remaining on the blame front is to how much each should shoulder. The usual suspects assert that it's all Bush's fault. The truly informed on this issue know otherwise.
Don't forget that the President will be addressing the nation tonight at 9EDT from Louisiana.

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Up in Heaven, Harry must be smiling

It was just after 2 when the truck started down
the hill that leads into Hammondville, Alabama
Carrying 39 thousand pounds of Kansas quarters.

Yes there was 39 thousand pounds (sing it Big John) of quarters.
With apologies to Harry Chapin (see the photo that inspired the above reference).

MDM links to the story of some 39,000 pounds of state quarters that spilled out of the truck hauling them to Kansas.

I wonder how many were recovered... and wonder still how many were actually turned in??

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Long morning

Long morning. And it started early.

At about 4:50 AM, as I was leaving the house, my much-better-half asks me:


About that message you took from Adrianne last week. Did she say the appointment today was at 12:30 or 1:30?
Bear in mind, at 4:50 AM, I can’t remember last night, much less last week.

Me: It may have been 1:30 … I can’t recall for sure.
She: Why should you? You only took the message.
Me: And I wrote it down and gave you the note… find the note and you’ll know.
She: Whatever

Great… ‘whatever’ is not the kind of ‘good bye’ I was expecting, but so be it. (Note to self: keep carbon copies of notes you give her.) To be fair, she has a busy schedule – a lot busier than mine – so 12:30 or 1:30 is a pretty big deal. But at that hour of the morning, I can’t be sure of much.

So I pulled my ’92 Blazer to the top of the driveway; I had to remove the bungie cords from the trash pails I put out last night. The cords are used to help deter the huge raccoon I’ve ranted about earlier. I dread dressing for work and putting trash pails out, so the compromise I made is to put the trash out at night, and remove the cords before work (else, the cords would be lost when the guys snap ‘em off before dumping the pails).

As I approach the pails, which are on the passenger side of my driveway, I hear it: a snarl and a gallop. Read More...
My neighbor across the street has a black lab, and he isn’t a friendly pup, make no mistake. In our parts, leash laws are non-existent, and had I crossed the street and even stepped one foot on the driveway, I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear the dog approach. I didn’t know the dog to be violent – the neighbor has an 11 year old daughter – but it is a big hound. And in the pre-dawn hours it sounded like he wanted a piece of me.

But I was on the other side of the street, in my driveway. he driveway slopes into my property, and meets the road at 20° angle, so the headlights are now pointing up and away from the neighbors’ drive – I can see nothing across the street, except his porch-light, some 200’ away. I was on the passenger side of the Blazer: virtual no-man’s land… too far to get back to the driver’s side, and the passenger door would mean I’d have to take the extra step past it in order to open it. Even the Rubbermaid pails stood a few steps out of my reach.

I did the first thing that came to mind. I turned to a fighting stance, the kind I’ve used in Tae Kwon Do for the last 2 years, waiting to ram my foot into the dog. And I snarled.

Yep, I snarled louder than the dog had been at me. In TKD, there are kiyops, the guttural yell you’re supposed to make at the point of impact. This snarl was in no way anything like a kiyop. I’m still not sure why I did it.


In that dim light I had hoped to kick the dog once, maybe in the chops, just enough to push him back. And then I was planning to leap on the hood... that's about as far as I had time to figure.

I didn’t see the dog. But I heard his paws sliding to a stop in the gravel at the edge of his driveway. His snarling stopped, the gallop was noticeably lesser, and a moment later I saw his shadow reach his owners doorstep.

Let’s see how the rest of the day goes…

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Cleared of abusing prisoners, Guantanamo Bay soldier re-enlists

Saw this on a local Northeast PA television news... but can't find the link anywhere.

Lisa Girman, a 37 year old State Trooper from Wilkes-Barre, PA, was cleared of all charges of abuse involving the Guantanamo Bay prisoners they were guarding (photo of her here, along with links to the story).

Last night, there was a party held in her honor in WB, PA. She was late to arrive, but no one complained: she was tardy because she was busy re-enlisting.

After being dragged through the mud by the media, and all the left-wing blogs out there, after earning an honorable discharge, MSGT Girman wants to re-up.

Somehow, my saying 'hats off to her' just doesn't seem to be enough.

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If it was a boxing match, they would have called it

If it had been a [boxing] fight, they would have called it.

Sen. Lindsey Graham on the Sean Hannity Radio Show, regarding how foolish Senators Biden and Kennedy portrayed themselves during the hearings on the nomination of John Roberts to Chief Justice of the United States.

They don't get it; their rhetoric is not winning elections. They are not inspiring voters in elections, whether Presidential, Congressional, or State and Local. They are losing, and they don't know how to keep from drowning.

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Monday, September 12, 2005

Fact over fiction

Lefty calls anyone who doesn't blame President Bush for the disaster that was New Orleans outright liars. Or morans (sic) (Side-note: I keep coming back to a central question: which political affiliation is the mean-spirited one?? -- See update below).

Well, Lefty is entitled to that opinion, however few people in the country share it.

Now that Newsweek's Evan Thomas has weighed in with his decidedly partisan report, it is time for some facts. Read More...


  • Largess in Louisiana
    Money Flowed to Questionable Projects
    State Leads in Army Corps Spending, but Millions Had Nothing to Do With Floods - Washington Post
    In Katrina's wake, Louisiana politicians and other critics have complained about paltry funding for the Army Corps in general and Louisiana projects in particular. But over the five years of President Bush's administration, Louisiana has received far more money for Corps civil works projects than any other state, about $1.9 billion; California was a distant second with less than $1.4 billion, even though its population is more than seven times as large.
    {snip}

    The Bush administration's funding requests for the key New Orleans
    flood-control projects for the past five years were slightly higher than the Clinton administration's for its past five years.

  • Red Cross blocked from helping... by the State: <http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7000060641>

  • "In New Orleans, those in peril and those in power have pointed the finger squarely at the federal government for the delayed relief effort. But experts say when natural disasters strike, it is the primary responsibility of state and local governments - not the federal government - to respond." (Dan Harris, "Who's to Blame for Delayed Response to Katrina?" ABC News, 9/6/2005)

    WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE BUSES AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EFFORT?

    FACT: Available Buses Were Not Used To Evacuate Before The Hurricane: "Some 200 New Orleans school buses sit underwater in a parking lot, unused. That's enough to have evacuated at least 13,000 people. Why weren't those buses sent street by street to pick up people before the storm? A draft emergency plan, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and obtained by NBC News, calls for "400 buses to ... evacuate victims." Yet those 200 buses were left in Katrina's path." (Lisa Myers, "What Went Wrong In Katrina's Wake?" MSNBC, 9/6/2005)

    "New Orleans' own comprehensive emergency plan raises the specter of 'having large numbers of people ...stranded' and promises 'the city ... will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas.'" (Dan Harris, "Who's to Blame for Delayed Response to Katrina?" ABC News, 9/6/2005) Well, all but the buses I suppose!

    "The city's evacuation plan states: 'The city of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas.' But even though the city has enough school and transit buses to evacuate 12,000 citizens per fleet run, the mayor did not use them. To compound the problem, the buses were not moved to high ground and were flooded.

    FACT: Additional Personnel Was Not Recruited To Move The Disabled: "The plan also states that 'special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves or who require specific lifesaving assistance. Additional personnel will be recruited to assist in evacuation procedures as needed.' This was not done."

    FACT: Lessons From Past Failures Were Not Addressed Or Were Repeated: "A year ago, as Hurricane Ivan approached, New Orleans ordered an evacuation but did not use city or school buses to help people evacuate. As a result many of the poorest citizens were unable to evacuate."

    "Fortunately, the hurricane changed course and did not hit New Orleans, but both Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin acknowledged the need for a better evacuation plan. again, they did not take corrective actions." (Bob Williams, Op-Ed, "Blame Amid The Tragedy," The Wall Street Journal, 9/6/05)

    WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO USE THE SUPERDOME?

    FACT:
    Mayor Nagin Ordered The Superdome To Be Used As Shelter: "Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation for the city's 485,000 residents and opened the Superdome as a shelter of last resort, bluntly warning those who stayed that they would be at the mercy of Katrina's high winds, 28-foot storm surge and 15 inches of rain that threatened to overwhelm the city's protective levees." (Brett Martel, "New Orleans Flees, Braces, Prays As Monstrous Hurricane Katrina Bears Down," The Associated Press, 8/29/05)

    "Instead of evacuating the people, the Mayor ordered the refugees to the superdome and convention center without adequate security and no provisions for food, water and sanitary conditions." (Bob Williams, Op-Ed, "Blame Amid The Tragedy," The Wall Street Journal, 9/6/05)

    "Plenty of missteps at the local level contributed to last week's disaster too, from a failure to take basic steps to protect the telecom infrastructure to inadequate food and water at the superdome. New Orleans may be able to stage events such as Mardi Gras and Jazzfest and provide parking, crowd control and adequate toilets for millions of visitors, but its hurricane plan was more rudimentary."

    “Get people to higher ground and have the feds and the state airlift supplies to them - that was the plan, man,' Mayor Ray Nagin said in an interview ..." (Robert Block, Amy Schatz, Gary Fields and Christopher Cooper, "Power Failure" The Wall Street Journal, 9/6/05)

    FACT:
    Lessons From Past Failures Were Not Addressed Or Were Repeated: "In 1998, during a threat by Hurricane George, 14,000 people were sent to the superdome and theft and vandalism were rampant due to inadequate security. Again, these problems were not corrected." (Bob Williams, Op-Ed, "Blame Amid The Tragedy," The Wall Street Journal, 9/6/05)
  • POLLS AGREE: A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 609 adults taken September 5-6 shows:Blame Game -- 13% said George W. Bush is "most responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane"; 18% said "federal agencies"; 25% said "state and local officials"; 38% said "no one is to blame"; 6% had no opinion. -- 29% said that "top officials in the federal agencies responsible for handling emergencies should be fired"; 63% said they should not; 8% had no opinion. That 13% would probably claim President Bush was on the Grassy Knoll the day JFK was shot!
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D - LA):

LANDRIEU: We know the president said quote, "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." Everybody anticipated the breach of the levees, Mr. President, including computer stimulations in which this administration participated. Even the clay figurine Mr. Bill from Saturday Night Live anticipated the breach. His creator, a friend of mine, has used him in public service announcements for over two years, public service announcements, saying this will be the effect if this happened. How can it be that Mr. Bill was better informed that Mr. Bush?

Senator, I'd simply like to ask you, where is the legislation that you sponsored to upgrade the levees from category three to category five? Where is it? Is Bush supposed to have done that, too? Yeah, everybody's reading all these articles written years ago about the dangers of what could happen, and, yeah, they look awfully prophetic. Well, you could have read them, too. The mayor could have read them. That governor down there could have read them.

And you all could have demanded that something be done about the levees, lifting their capabilities from cat three to cat five, but I don't see anybody producing legislation saying, "See? We asked for it, and we didn't get it." I see you getting more than any other state gets on these types of projects, but I don't know how, senator, you can go from where you are to blaming President Bush for this, and somehow portray yourself as an innocent bystander. You're a member of the US Senate. You did nothing.
RushLimbaugh.com





Fact over fiction; it always leads to the truth.


UPDATE: When I am wrong, I admit it. Thanks to Lefty, I realize that his use of 'Morans' was because some radical Right winger used the misspelling in a poster that was photographed. He was merely using that spelling in the same satirical manner as when I use the rhetoric of the radical Left (most recently, here); I can't argue with him for using a good example of ignorance.

Lest there be any doubt, click here for some of my chronicling of the Left's frequent use of mean-spirited rhetoric, mostly by Democrats who hold office. I welcome the opportunity to read of those on the Right who are in positions of power who use similar mean-spirited words. I'll criticize them as I criticize those on the Left; I am nothing if not fair.

I also welcome any one who can compare Evan Thomas' hit piece to the facts above, and still justify their lambasting of the Bush Administration's overall handling of Katrina.


H/T Blogs For Bush for media quotes above.

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Monday funny

Saw this at Michele's ASV... had to share it

Tom Cruise vs. Oprah

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

A reminder


Lest we forget why we fight....

Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.

Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us, because we stand in their way.

We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions -- by abandoning every value except the will to power -- they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.

Americans are asking: How will we fight and win this war? We will direct every resource at our command -- every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war -- to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror network.

This war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.

President George W. Bush
Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People
19,September, 2001 www.whitehouse.gov
United States Capitol
Washington, D.C.

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NEVER FORGET




A list of the fallen of September 11, 2001 is provided here.

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Satellite Radio

While a proper subscription to satellite radio is still out of budget for this year, I am happily enjoying the next-best-thing. Last month I mentioned AOL Radio began to beta test XM Radio stations.

The BETA seems done, and the number of stations have increased quite a bit! 20 for anyone (all you need is AIM account), 50 if you're an AOL paying member.

I'm sure I am still missing a wealth of XM features, but for now I'm satisfied. Now what would be nice... XM to offer its paid subscibers to get their full-features online. I know people buy the portable units to take to the office and such, but if the IT group at your office doesn't mind the bandwidth use, that would be a perfect combination.

What are your favorite radio stations, streaming or otherwise?

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

School is in, cleanliness is out

Heard about this on Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update, and found it at Blogging Baby.

Parents were disgusted to find filthy bathrooms at Detroit’s Rosa L. Parks Middle School for the first day of school.

Delores Toney, a parent said, ”....just the stench in the building alone is enough to take anybody out of here.” [snip]

Some parents took their kids, especially those with asthma, home for the rest of the day. One mother brought her daughter a can of Lysol to spray down the bathroom before using it. Gross.

Shades of the experience I had last year! But if you think that is the worst part of the story, heh, it gets even more disgusting.


Parents who bought toilet paper and cleaning supplies were allowed to bring it into the East Side school. Since custodial crews at the school are supposed to handle cleaning they were not allowed to clean up the mess themselves.
So let's see now... here we have parents taking an active role, but they are denied, because the union custodians who were SUPPOSED to do the job won't let the parents take the initiative. And this happened on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. What the hell were the custodians doing all summer??

The fact that the Teachers Unions won't protest what their fellow laborers have failed to do demonstrates the corruptive force that labor unions have become in 2005.

Certainly, were this in Beverly Hills, this would never had happened. I mean, after all, the Unions obviously don't care about inner-city black youth, right? Or perhaps the teachers and the custodians are all incompetent.

What? You're shocked that I said that? Were you shocked when the likes of Kanye West said 'George Bush doesn't care about black people'? Were you shocked when Rev. Jesse Jackson invoked racism and called President Bush incompetent in regards to the Federal Government-Katrina flood response?

And if you're first response is to say, 'Oh, but that's different...' be prepared to back up that sentiment with some facts in COMMENTS.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

10 days too late

This just in... Mayor of New Orleans orders Police to aid in mandatory evacuation of the city.

Gee, where was this proclamation back on Aug-28? Who knows how many people would have been saved had some of these been used to evacuate people:



Oh wait, that's not fair of me... the popular idea is to blame President Bush.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

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Of ATMs and FeedReaders

I’ve seemed to hit a plateau of sorts.  The idea of FeedReaders was to neatly organize your online reading life.  Like ATMs to banking.

Back in the day, I worked in a bank that was perpetually crowded.  We were open Mon-Fri, 9AM to 8PM, and Saturdays 9-3.  Incredible hours for a bank.  We had 16 Teller Windows, and more often than not we had no less that 12 tellers open at any given time.  We brought in extra staff on the 3rd of the months (Social Security check day) and at the quarterly interest period.   We’re talking back in the days before statement savings became the defacto standard…  late 1980s.    Oh sure, Citibank had created their ‘balance inquiry’ terminals more than a decade earlier, and they lead the pack with ATMs; now smaller banks were starting to get them, and the bigger ones were joining networks: Plus, NYCE, etc.  

We were a small bank; we had three branches at the time (some years after I moved on, they acquired 8 other former S&Ls and expanded quite a bit indeed!).  So while we weren’t the last bank to get ATMs, we were far from the first.   So we got them, and we promised all of our customers that once they got their ATM card, their days of standing in line would be over.

Well… sort of.   Go to most any bank lobby, mall or WaWa at any given time, and tell me you’re not standing behind someone who is getting cash.   I get cash at all whacky times of the day, from 5AM to just before midnight.  It’s a surprise when there isn’t at least one person in front of me.  There just always seems to be a line to get cash.

Well, FeedReading to me is like an ATM.  In the beginning, it simplified my reading, by giving me just what I wanted, when I wanted, at my finger-tips.   But like the idea of reading various columnists online, FeedReading has morphed into something untenable for me.

Presently, I have 141 feeds with over 1200 unread items… I can’t do them justice at all.  I try to faithfully check in with my daily-favs, but even now I realize I haven’t seen most in over a week.    And Lord knows, Nobody asked me, but…. I have a lot to say about the Supreme Court, the Katrina clean up, and a number of other topics, but I haven’t the chance to develop them into anything.

I think I may export all of my feeds, review the now 50 or so I have called ‘daily must reads’ and decide if they’re still warranting such praise, and then see what I miss and what I don’t miss.  I intend to keep a broad view of things, but still follow my own tune on matters of policy and politics.

And now that I think of it, I’m all out of cash.  Might as well grab a coffee at WaWa…

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Summer ends as it began


We ended the summer, not with a blow out of a barbeque, but with a movie.  Another drive-in flick.   I am so grateful to live so close to no less than two drive-ins, I only wish Hollywood would produce some fam-friendly flicks.   I realize the bigger payoffs are outside of the kidlet demographic, but that’s an area that is too often overlooked entirely.

We saw March of the Penguins, something that both kids enjoyed.   Anything with penguins is sure to be a hit with kids.   It was a little tiring for the 9 year old, but hey! it is a documentary.  If we could have worked a Monster Truck or a laser gun into it, he would have given it 5 stars, no doubt.

The local drive-in added a second screen this season.  Well, sort of.  Imagine three containers (the trailer of 18 wheelers, sans the wheels) stacked up, with an appropriately sized screen attached.   The owner told me in the spring that her plans were to set up this temporary screen and see how well it did.  This weekend she told me that not only will she build a permanent structure over the winter, but that she will also build an additional snack-bar.  Don’t tell me drive-ins are dead!!

On Thursday night, our Tae Kwon Do class did our annual demonstration at the local Fair.  To a surprisingly large crowd, we spent an hour showing exercise, sparring and self-defense.  My highlight involved three women, ages 13, 30-ish and 40-ish, have a lug (that would be me) come at them and alternately throw a punch or choke-hold-from-behind.  In each instance, the gal deftly decked me, either with a leg-sweep or a throw.  

Yes, it was staged in that each gal knew I was coming at her and grabbing/throwing a punch, and yes I knew I was going to go down.  But the punches were real: had any of their blocks missed I would have definitely landed a hit – a glancing blow, but a hit nonetheless – to her face.   Their groin-shots to me made contact (but nothing that changed the pitch of my voice), and my feet left the ground shortly before I hit the mats, so their moves were real as well.  Each gal met 3 other lugs, who were attacking in different fashions, so there was plenty of variety.    I did notice that each time I went down, the crowd cheered… that’s entertainment!

On Sunday our Cub Scout Pack did a Car Wash fundraiser for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief.  The wash went from 8:30 to 3:30, and while we were only able to attend from 10:00 to 1:00, the Pack had collected just over $500 in that time.  Some cars honked and dropped bills into our bucket, having no time to wait for their wash.  I saw no fewer than 8 $20 bill dropped like that.  People are indeed generous.    

One Hummer owner (an H2) was laughing when I grabbed a ladder to wash the roof of his truck.
“In the 10 months I’ve owned it, I never saw the roof.  What color is it, anyway?”

Some of the parents asked if he regretted owning it, with gas prices being what they are.  He replied he didn’t, and that he wasn’t worried about gas prices.   Like I’ve said, he knows the spike since Katrina is a temporary one, but the days of less-than-a-dollar-a-gallon are gone unless we can meet the demand.    So nice to hear someone else echo what I’ve said.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Questions about Katrina

 
The big questions on my mind this week have been the following:
 

  • Why did so many people stay behind in New Orleans (NO), when the evacuation orders were given so early on?

  • Why weren't buses mobilized to transport people out of the area on Sunday?

  • If the SuperDome was intended on being a place of refuge, why wasn't it properly stocked or manned?

  • Why wasn't the Navy put on alert sooner?
 
Now for some, that last point means I am bashing President Bush.  I am not, and while some nay-sayers will call me a toady/lackey/sycophant, they've obviously not read my criticisms of the Bush Admin for the last 2 years.
 
President Bush declared the region a disaster area before the storm hit. Let me repeat that: President Bush declared the region a disaster area before the storm hit.  That means Federal support was available before the need was there. Support such as FEMA, money, and military resources.  All that was required to turn on the Federal support was the governor to request it.
 
'Why?' some are yelling.  The need was so clear!
 
The reason is equally clear. Posse Comitatus prevents our military from rolling into town without consent of the government.  And in the case of the several states, that means they must be invited.  Clearly, the response we see today -- National Guard, Navy, Army all making progress -- should have been the scene on Tuesday (Wednesday, the latest).  Had that happened, the suffering would have been greatly reduced (as would the insurgency).
 
In one clear criticism I would give the Bush Administration, specifically DoD and/or Pentagon:  the Navy vessels that pulled out of Virginia ports on Wednesday should have been off the coast of Miami Sunday night.  We knew this was a CAT-5 hurricane, they could have waited a sufficient distance from the storm and yet be poised to move in afterwards.  Sure, posse comitatus means they couldn't 'act' until invited, but going on "maneuvers"  and hanging out just outside the Gulf is a no-brainer.  For that fault, the blame is clear.
 
Now then... what about my other questions?  The blame falls squarely on State and Local officials, who have obviously dropped the ball big time.   We'll see what the fall out of this foolishness at the next election.
 
 

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The horror


The horror of anarchy has surpassed that of the flood, itself. For this nation has had floods and complete destruction before where entire cities were devastated (undeniably, not as widespread as today). The country has faced floods before. We've faced earthquakes before, like in California. Disaster is not anything new.

The point is that were never any such barbarism as seen on the Gulf Coast today.

Looters, however despicable they are, are a part of the equation. They ought to be a small part, but these people who would loot for profit (that is, not for food but for iPods), are a criminal element that lives in nearly all communities. That they have no morals or common dignity to know not to take what isn't their own is a root cause the problem, but one that pales in comparison to others.

That we would have stories of attackers brandishing guns on a children's hospital is beneath despicable. That the evacuation of the SuperDome (now a real-life example of what Orwell described in 1984) was halted because someone was sniping the victims and the aid workers. That rapes and other violence could happen inside the SuperDome itself is practically unthinkable, given the circumstances.

Even petty fiefdoms, set up in local towns in a sort of Lord of the Flies mentality would be understandable, so long as they were accountable to the authorities.

What we have here is what the media seems frightened to admit: when there are those who would shoot at rescue helicopters, when there are those snipe at aid workers, there is only one name reserved for them: insurgents.

And those very same insurgents ought to be dealt with in the same manner as we do in Afghanistan and Iraq. They should be put down with extreme prejudice.

Now.


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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina Looters

My friend Sue pinged me this morning via IM:

Sue: I am surprised that you have not put anything on your blog about the looting in New Orleans
Sue: Please explain to me why if you are in desperate situations without food and clean water... why you need to steal a 32" TV ?

(Obviously, that’s not her real IM name, by the way.)

So here I am, commenting.  I am repulsed by it.  Not by the people taking food, diapers, and other necessities, but the thugs stealing TVs and other intangibles for survival.  This reminds me of youthful days in New York City, during the 1977 black-out, where looters went on a rampage.

My father was in wholesale imported foods, and heard horror stories of his fellow businessmen, who witnessed thugs breaking into the warehouses, grabbing 100 lb bags of flour, ripping them open and dumping them on the street.   What in Hell’s bathroom is any good in that act?  It’s simple barbarism.   The business men would have at least had some satisfaction if those ruffians took the flour home for baking purposes, but to dump it all was inconceivable.

Martial Law should rule the day.  If a looter is taking what little food is left, so be it.  It’ll spoil anyways.   If they’re in a department store or other such outlet, the rule should be simple:  two shots in the air.  If they don’t cease and desist, shoot the thieves.

There were reports that a Children’s Hospital was under fire from looters.  Other reports state the relocation of refugees has been halted for fear the buses will be hijacked.  Amazing: we have men and women fighting terrorists in Iraq, and yet here at home we have people who would stoop to such levels.

We have no time for petty issues such as rounding up thieves.  We need law and order now.

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