Saturday, September 03, 2005

Hey, I beat Atrios to the punchline! 

Michael "Horse Whisperer" Brown, early Presidential Medal of Freedom frontrunner, did not request food drops into New Orleans.

(Yesterday I mentioned the Medal of Freedom crack-- along with a thousand others, no doubt.)
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Friday, September 02, 2005

"Birthplace of American Music" 

Norbizness has your Friday non-random playlist.

He also has this to say:
I propose never giving the time of day to anyone who hands me the "they should have left" line, or whose first inclination is to talk about looters instead of the federal, institutional failures that have reduced an American city in 2005 to Lord of the Flies territory.
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Blaming the Victims 

FEMA chief Michael Brown:

Well, I think the death toll may go into the thousands. And unfortunately, that's going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the evacuation warnings. And I don't make judgments about why people choose not to evacuate.

Unlike Mr. Brown, I am not afraid to make such judgments. For example, I direct your attention to this AP photo of an alleged "victim":

You'd think that an 84-year old like
Milvertha Hendricks would make smarter "choices".



I mean, jeezm, what's next? Will Grace Slick advise us that cities built on rock'n roll are less flood-prone than ones built on jazz?!


More on Brown's "qualifications" at Kos. It's about as bad as I suspected. Oh gosh, more here. The way this guy is running things, I'll expect him to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom in short order.

Another "don't miss" Kos post.

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WWL interview with Mayor Nagin 

WWL: What do you need right now to get control of this situation?

NAGIN: I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses, man. We ain't talking about -- you know, one of the briefings we had, they were talking about getting public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out here.

I'm like, "You got to be kidding me. This is a national disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans."

That's -- they're thinking small, man. And this is a major, major, major deal. And I can't emphasize it enough, man. This is crazy.

I've got 15,000 to 20,000 people over at the convention center. It's bursting at the seams. The poor people in Plaquemines Parish. ... We don't have anything, and we're sharing with our brothers in Plaquemines Parish.

It's awful down here, man.

WWL: Do you believe that the president is seeing this, holding a news conference on it but can't do anything until [Louisiana Gov.] Kathleen Blanco requested him to do it? And do you know whether or not she has made that request?

NAGIN: I have no idea what they're doing. But I will tell you this: You know, God is looking down on all this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price. Because every day that we delay, people are dying and they're dying by the hundreds, I'm willing to bet you.

Read or listen to the whole thing.
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What you can do for me 

To all my friends out there wondering if they can do anything for Lovely, Pearlgirl, or oyster: first, thank you for your kind offers. Second, I'll just say: please, give the maximum you can to the hurricane relief charity of your choice.

We're fine. We were able to evacuate, and move in with my folks in Florida. We are tremendously blessed to have a great support network of friends and relatives. We probably lost everything in our house, but we are insured and will manage to rebuild and get on with our lives. It's tough, but the escalating desperation and death in our town quickly puts all material concerns into their proper perspective.

In short, you can help us most by contributing to the organizations who are providing relief to New Orleans and the rest of the GulfSouth. They are the ones who need money, and we dearly appreciate anything you can do to help out.
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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Blake has a way that you can contribute to the preservation of New Orleans' music (100% of proceeds go to N.O. musicians).

Here's why (please ignore the last sentence of the Fox story which is totally false and stupid).

My friend Special K thought that mardis gras-colored bracelets (purple, gold, green) would be appropos for disaster fundraising purposes-- and don't forget the ribbons, too!

Perhaps all the various accoutrements could be readied for the upcoming NBC All Star telethon tomorrow night. Leonardo DiCaprio (who once played a drowning victim) will be among the celebrities. The Dave Matthews Band (who are sensitive to the dangers of polluted water) are also scheduled to perform. No word yet on whether Paul Anka will tributize the Crescent City in his own special way.
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The Anti-New Orleans Caucus 

Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is a filthy canine vulva:
Hastert said that he supports an emergency bailout [for New Orleans], but raised questions about a long-term rebuilding effort. As the most powerful voice in the Republican-controlled House, Hastert is in a position to block any legislation that he opposes.

"We help replace, we help relieve disaster," Hastert said. "But I think federal insurance and everything that goes along with it... we ought to take a second look at that."

I've no doubt that Hastert voiced similar sentiments in 1993 when many towns in Southern and Western Illinois flooded.

So, just to be clear: my tax dollars go to Iraq to destroy and rebuild cities like Fallujah in a half-trillion dollar war. Then, when a catastrophe visits my town, GOP legislators want to take a "second look" at honoring my flood insurance premiums.

Could we take a poll of the overseas troops from the New Orleans area, and ask them whether they think it's "worth it" to rebuild the homeland they are protecting? Should we ask whether Kabul and Mosul should be rebuilt, and not New Orleans? Why should we invest billions in Iraqi nation-building, if we're simply going to abandon stricken American cities rather than restore them?


I can't believe this. Hastert, who is only two heartbeats away from the presidency, is even more anti-Louisiana than Bush is!!

Mister Speaker, you are twice as dirty as the watery sewage which has flooded my home.

Thanks to Michael from 2millionth, I learned that Hastert's spokesman clarified the Speaker's comments and said they didn't mean what they seemed to indicate.
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"A study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now." 

For readers who may have missed this post from June, concerning "the largest single-year funding loss ever for the New Orleans district [Army Corps of Engineers]."

A tale of heroism during the Great Flood of 1927.

Jeffrey and JBoo are disaster-blogging like maniacs.

Daisy, thank goodness, is safe. As are Greg, Kelly and newborn Adelaide. Lovely, Pearlgirl and Oyster are in Daytona Beach for the forseeable future. Thanks to everyone for expressing their kind thoughts.
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