Friday, September 23, 2005

1,912

US soldiers as of right now, have died for Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L).

money well spent, take II

As of right now, since Katrina has hit New Orleans, the War Against Iraqis Who Did Nothing To America And Who Had No Weapons of Mass Destruction (WAIWDNTAAWHNWMD) has cost 4.7 Billion Dollars.

Just saying.

rita <3 texas

So Rita is headed to Texas. Not that I'm cynical or anything, but its interesting to note the difference in preparations when a hurricane is headed to Texas vs. Lousiana.

It makes a difference.

john roberts




When all the dust has settled, the Bush administration will forever be known for having appointed the first gay Supreme Court Justice in history. You heard it here first.

kate moss <3 coke

So Kate Moss does blow. Does anyone give a flying fuck ?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

irony

is getting this in your Inbox.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bur, Uden
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 2:52 PM
To: orlando
Subject: Internet and Email

To All Hands,

Sprint has informed us that internet and email services have been restored.

Thanks,

Uden.

Monday, September 19, 2005

aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrr

Don't forget, today is international Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Avast, ye scurvy swabs, arrrrrrrrrrrr.

Monday, September 05, 2005

FEMA <3 NO



We have been abandoned by our own country. Hurricane Katrina will go down in history as one of the worst storms ever to hit an American coast, but the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will go down as one of the worst abandonments of Americans on American soil ever in U.S. history.

...

Let me give you just three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water, trailer trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn't need them. This was a week ago. FEMA--we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. The Coast Guard said, "Come get the fuel right away." When we got there with our trucks, they got a word. "FEMA says don't give you the fuel." Yesterday--yesterday--FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, "No one is getting near these lines." Sheriff Harry Lee said that if America--American government would have responded like Wal-Mart has responded, we wouldn't be in this crisis. - Aaron Broussard, President of Jefferson Parish, on Meet The Press


Video at crooksandliars.com, transcript at msn.com.

mike brown



In case you were wondering what sort of eployment history is necessary to land the top job of FEMA, wonder no more. All you have to do is be the commissioner of judges for the International Arabial Horse Association for about ten years or so, get asked to resign for incompetence, have a buddy from college who is friendly from the administration, and then you too can be in charge of FEMA.

To paraphrase Rumsfeld - as you know, you have plan a disaster recovery with the FEMA director you have, not the FEMA director you want.

linky

media vultures

From a Salon article:

Geraldo Rivera arrives in a Fox News truck. An old woman with blond hair grips his elbow. She's wearing thick dark glasses and a pink shirt. He carries her small white dog in his arms. He's wearing thigh-high waders unzipped to below his knees. We shake hands. "Her relative called one of our stations," Geraldo tells me, explaining how that call went to another station, and then another, and finally to him.

The woman had been stranded in her home for six days. Geraldo picked up the woman and her dog up and brought them here. The woman looks frail on his arm, though not as bad perhaps as a lady collapsed on a chair nearby, unable to move. Or a woman in a wheelchair being lifted from the truck, carrying her prosthetic leg on her lap.

"That's the second time he brought her here," one of the doctors tells me, nodding toward Geraldo.

"What?"

"They did two takes. Geraldo made that poor woman walk from the Fox News Van to the heliport twice. Both times carrying her dog."

"Are you serious?" I ask. He says he is.


It's not like we didn't see this one coming.

linky

Saturday, September 03, 2005

you are grounded

In St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, just south of New Orleans, victims of the hurricane are still waiting for food and water and for buses to escape the floodwaters, Melancon said. And for the entire time Bush was in the state, the congressman said, a ban on helicopter flights further stalled the delivery of food and supplies.


Un. Fucking. Believeable.


linky

Friday, September 02, 2005

halliburton <3 Katrina

So guess which company won the contract to repair Naval facilities destroyed by Katrina? If you guessed Halliburton, you'd be right.

These people truly have no shame.

linky

gasoline

I've read that gas is now nearing the $4 mark in some places, and that gas stations are limiting purchases to $30 or $50, depending on location.

violence in NOLA

So I got an interesting email from a friend of mine, and I thought I'd post my answer.

I just can't believe what's going on... Can you believe that they've been raping women and children? What kind of animals are they?!?!


Say that someone sets off an biological or chemical weapon in the middle of New York city. This is a scenario which has been predicted, and which the government has allegedly spent considerable time and money preparing for.

If such an attack were to occur, people will need to be evacuated, fed, watered, housed, and order will need to be restored. Looting, arson and violent crime will need to be controlled. Relief forces will need to be coordinated. Communications will be a mess. Food and fuel supplies were be quickly exhausted. Special consideration will need to be given to those that are physically infirm, hospitalized, bedridden, imprisoned, or otherwise unable to move themselves.

By sheer coincidence, this is exactly what is happening in New Orleans as of right now. To date, the actions of the government have been catastrophic failures, through a combination of a total lack of planning, general stupidity, incompetence at a national level, and the fact that a large portion of the National Guard, whose very reason for existence is to mitigate disasters such as these, is currently stationed in Iraq.

Let's not forget that they had days to plan, its not like they didn't know that a hurricane of epic proportions was coming. Bear in mind also that New Orleans is relatively small, with a population of half a million, as opposed to cities such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago, which have populations numbering in the tens of millions.

Surely you don't really think that rape, pedophelia and other violent crime were non-existent in New Orleans before Katrina? The only thing that has changed is that the police forces which are supposed to maintain order and protect have collapsed under the weight of anarchy. Portraying the people there as savage animals makes it easier to to stop thinking of them as being victims of government failure.

It is my opinion that by overreporting incidences of these crimes, the media is taking an active role in diverting attention away from the utter lack of preparation at a national level for this kind of disaster.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

it makes a difference



If you're black or white. White people find food, but black people loot.

louisiana

A few facts.


  • A city of half a million people has been brought to its knees
  • At least half a million people have overnight lost their homes, their jobs, have nowhere to go and nothing to eat
  • Louisiana supplies 25% of US natural gas
  • 25% of US exports go through Louisiana's ports
  • Louisiana is among the top ten states in the production of sugar cane (2nd), sweet potatoes (2nd), rice (3rd), cotton (5th) and pecans (5th).
  • Louisiana is America's third largest producer of petroleum and the third leading state in petroleum refining.
  • Louisiana produces 25 percent of the nation's petrochemicals
  • Louisiana's commercial fishing industry produces 25 percent of all the seafood in America
  • Over 100,000 people embark or disembark from a cruise through the Port of New Orleans each year
  • Louisiana is the nation's largest handler of grain for export to world markets. More than 40 percent of the U.S. grain exports move through Louisiana ports. This additionally means that 40% of US global food relief exports have now ground to a halt, making the impact of Katrinia worldwide


I hate to say it, but this is the biggest disaster to hit the US. Ever.

gas in orlando

So last night every gas station had lines stretching well into the street. Apparently there will be no shipments of gasoline into Orange county until Friday, and when it comes back it is expected to hit $4.00/ga, if not more. Its only a matter of time before "two man enter, one man leave"

money well spent

As of right now, the war in Iraq has cost $744 million dollars since Katrina struck. I'm sure the residents of New Orleans must be really happy that almost a billion dollars that could have been spent on disaster relief has gone to securing Halliburton's profits.