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Thursday, August 31

D O U C H E B A G S of liberty

Last night, in response to my -- Hey, no fair! -- post, Liz commented:

I was watching CNN in the hotel room earlier and by golly, all they were talking about was fascism. They are redefining it! Those bastards.

They must have found out that the liberals have been using the word to describe them, so now they have decided to take over the word.. and a complicit corporate media makes it possible.
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I declare that we call them douchebags from now on and let them try to redefine that.


I totally agree Liz. NOW -- WHICH DEFINITION shall we use for DOUCHEBAG -- There are 38 to choose from. I had to stop at #15 -- I couldn't take it anymore!!!

You will see what I mean.....

Oh... and while I was over at urbandictionary, I noticed they have a new entry -- BONUS BEER*:

*Beer which one "discovers" having not known that it was there. Typically this occurs after a party or family gathering/event and may often involve a secondary fridge or forgotten cooler. Discovery of said beer is usually followed by feelings of joy and well being, similar to finding unexpected money in a jacket one has not worn in some time.
I'll just clean out the fridge, haven't done that in a while... wait a sec what's this? BONUS BEER! Righteous!


UPDATE

I changed the title of the post (just a little) to reflect my personal favorite for the definition of douchebag. #14!! by Jon Stewart --(probably because he's my favorite man). The other ones were pretty spot on too.

"The Rocky Trailer Picture Show"

Jon Stewart IS THE MASTER!

On this one year anniversary of Katrina, I have read about (thanks to Annti) and been made aware of, so much that I never knew. Nothing could have stopped this monster's landfall, but we certainly are capable of preserving life and home in anticipation of such a storm. After reading the latest about how so many warnings from experts were ignored, it has become obvious to me that the entire bush regime chose NOT to take this seriously. Now, we see what happens when we don't pay attention to what our "elected" politicians are/are not doing. They are a bunch of morons and we need to send them and their side show on an extended tour.

This video of Jon Stewart's reaction to the Rocky "trailer episode" says is all. Rocky -- "A Hurricane Katrina victim proves to be the anti-Cindy Sheehan."

Wednesday, August 30

HEY - no fair! They stole OUR word for THEM......(Fascists)

DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT

Check out this story from CNN -- The new GOP buzzword: Fascism


Another fine example of "those that scream the loudest"

Do they really think we are that stupid? Can they possibly spin this to really make themselves out as the father's of freedom and not the true fascists that they are



*********UPDATE*******

Hat tip to Citizen Spot for sending this in: "Keith Olberman delivers one hell of a commentary on rumsfeld" via crooksandliars.

"The economic agenda for the next president couldn’t be clearer."

Quoted from a NYTimes editorial titled Downward Mobility. The Census Bureau numbers are out for 2005. The economy is NOT as good as we are told it is.

"The Census findings are yet another indication that growth alone is not the answer to the economic and social ills of poverty, income inequality and lack of insurance. Economic growth was strong in 2005, and productivity growth was impressive. What have been missing are government policies that help to ensure that the benefits of growth are broadly shared — like strong support for public education, a progressive income tax, affordable health care, a higher minimum wage and other labor protections."

I have read about The idea of a progressive income tax over at James Kroeger's Nontrivial pursuits

I believe that today, it is the only way to go. I hope candidates jump all over this (and honestly support it's theory) because it is something the middle and lower classes need in order to have a chance at a halfway decent life. I should re-phrase that to one class actually -- the Common Class.

"Instead of seeking to enrich themselves the 'Easy Way', through foolish collectivist political schemes, rich people do have the option of improving their financial status The Old-Fashioned Way---i.e., by earning it in the marketplace."


Time for a change -- The great wealth divide is far too wide....

"The real wars will be over water, not oil."

You know how I LOVE a conspiracy theory -- check this one out!

Conspiracy theorists fear the United States is secretly taking control of South America's largest underground reservoir of fresh water.


Oh Boy!

Oh brother



“I know you love New Orleans, and New Orleans needs you. She needs people coming home. She needs people — she needs those saints to come marching back, is what she needs.” (NY times)

Meanwhile, have a gander at some stupid post-Katrina quotes from the Bushistas.

Young and Dead and No One Remembers Why

Since the MSM is having such a field day parading out young, beautiful dead girls, I thought I'd bring this up to any readers who may have missed this on KoS.

Some of them were as young as 18; just out of high school and they never had a chance. Some of them had young children and families that loved them dearly. They are still dead. Why? Because they were knowingly sent into harm's way, because they felt a need to protect their country men. Because they believed the lies that were told to them.

How many Americans have found the silence of the grave due to this administration their incompetence and their lies?

9/11 - I believe the current number is around 2,752 (even if they did not actively cause 9/11 their refusal to listen to their own experts makes them liable for this)

Iraq - over 2,600 troops dead, over 19,000 injured (since we're only talking about Americans today we'll just glaze over the 40,000+ Iraqi deaths)

Afghanistan - 329 at last count

NOLA - well that number varies greatly depending on who is doing the counting and it always seems to digress into Race vs Social vs FEMA vs Bush. But for the sake of argument, I'll go with the conservative estimate of 1,100

So, just taking these 4 events we see:
2,752 + 2,600 + 329 + 1,100 = 6,781 Americans are dead
Their deaths are directly related to either the incompetence or premediation of the current administration. They keep claiming 'they' are the only ones who can keep us safe. How only 'their' war on terror is stoping the brown skinned, strange god worshipping, hating our freedoms, wanna blow myself and everyone else up terrorists from our shores. Is there ANYONE out there who still believes these lies? Is there anyone who doesn't see that this administration and their neo-con, fundie backers are the main cause behind the religious and political terrorism? Oh, and this little war? Its costing us $185,185.19 per minute.

I am sure there will be someone who will insist that 'we didn't start this' or that since we were attacked 'we had to do something'. Short answers - ya, we DID start this, and no, we didn't have to do 'something' as stupid as invade a country. We COULD have done 'something' like catching Osama Bin Ladden and tracking down his network of terrorists and, more importantly, his financial backers.

But what did we get? We got sound bites from a dry drunk, wannabe cowboy. We got stolen elections. We've got the cold, lifeless bodies of our children being shipped in the cargo holds of planes under the cover of darkness so that no one has to see or bear witness to the human cost of this war. We have people more concerned over who will be the next American Idol than they are over the freedoms the Patriot Act has taken away from us.

We have an administration that is currently re-writing laws to grandfather in their illegal activities so that they cannot be brought to trial, ignoring laws he feels infringes upon his 'powers' as president, and do I even need to link to the illegal wiretapping, the harsh bankruptcy laws, the tax breaks to the wealthy, outing of secret agents, etc. And it is pointless of me to point out that the country was in more of an uproar over Clinton getting a blow job (during an economic boom, when America was at least attempting to be a good neighbour and during which no one was killed, although I'm sure Bill was holding his breath when Hillary found out) than they seem to be about over 6 thousand deaths, the lowest SAT scores in 30+ years, the errosion of the middle class, an increase in STDs and the general dumbing down and fattening up of their country.

Maybe its just me, maybe its because I wasn't born here. Maybe its because I grew up understanding that life is not guarenteed but it should be cherished. Maybe its because I have had to stand there while a mother identifies the bomb ravaged body of her husband and son; or a young mother sits silent, rocking her dying child because there isn't enough medicine or food to keep him alive that I see things a bit differently. I've been through this before, it isn't going to be pretty and the government, PARTICULARY THIS GOVERNMENT isn't going to help any of us.

We have to be the ones to do it, my friends. I had pointed out several months ago when my area was flooded how well the towns people worked together to save and protect one another. If you look back on 9/11 you'll see it was the PEOPLE, not the govn't that took control and jumped into the fray to save whomever they could. We STILL celebrate them and think of their heroic and selfless actions . We had individual citizens lining the streets; feeding, clothing, and opening their homes to first responders and victims. Business owners foregoing profits to donate time, merchandise and money to the cause. The citzens of NYC rolled up their sleeves, pausing only to wipe away their tears and flip the bird before getting down to the business at hand.

What did the adminstration do? Bush was reading a book and staring blankly for an extended period of time before being whisked off into a jet and flown around the country. Condi was shopping for shoes as NOLA drowned, Cheney was shooting old men in the face while our children die for their war.

So what is the point of this rather long and meandering post? Accountability, memories, sorrow and hope. Don't allow the administration to continue to do this, don't sit quietly by while your neighbour spouts baseless lies that they parrot from Faux News. Open up your mouths, correct them with the facts, remind them of how far this country has fallen in the last 5 years.

Stop forgetting the lies, stop forgiving the liars.

Tuesday, August 29

Poetic Justice? You decide

Remember the Naked Gun when Frank Drebin/Leslie Neilsen had his mic on while he was in the bathroom? How about CNN's Kyra Phillip's having her mic on in the ladies room while bush is speaking? Finally. Something good to listen to.

Watch it here!

More

For those of us who live on EARTH



Never-before-seen pictures, loaned to me by a longtime friend, from Katrina and the aftermath. No, it's not over. I don't care who wants to put their fingers in their ears and sing "La-La-LAAA!", I don't care how Brian Williams (NBC) or the red cross (TLC) want to rewrite the "narrative," I don't give a fuck about the people who can't hang with the "scary"/"downer" parts of reality.

I LIVE HERE. I may never get back to New Orleans, but I will never abandon her. So, y'know, since it's been a WHOLE FUCKING YEAR and THIS SHIT STILL AIN'T RIGHT YET, I'm not going to just "poof!" away when somebody wants to be a child and push the "scary" thoughts away.

There will be more pictures. There will be more words. THIS SHIT IS NOT OVER.

Dumbsfeld On Iraq and America

“As our forces strive to protect civilians, the enemy uses civilians as shields. As our troops strive to obey the laws of warfare, the enemy uses those laws against us. As our troops are held to a standard of near perfection, the enemy is held to no standard at all. And while some argue for tossing in the towel, the enemy is waiting and hoping for us to do just that.” (Story)

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“The great story of America is instead one of grit, of determination and victory. And that story is still unfolding. Americans didn't cross oceans and settle a wilderness and build history's greatest democracy, only to run away from murderers and extremists who try to kill everyone they cannot convert and try to tear down what they could never build.” (Story)

To be a Journalist today.......

Check this story out over at Wayne Madsen

Aug. 28, 2006 -- SPECIAL REPORT FROM EUROPE

Information visas (I-Visa) -- a Bush administration method for controlling the foreign media's coverage of the United States.

Monday, August 28

Star Trek Meets Monty Python

Two of the campiest shows combined into one loverly cheeseball of humor, so take a minute and a half out of your life and laugh. We all need it, badly

Refresh My Memory

What news stories were they trying to suppress when they arrested Mark Karr in Thailand for killing JonBenet Ramsey, because he is not being charged with murder because his DNA doesn't match? And wasn't that an awfully fast DNA test?

Breaking news on Katrina "impostor"

CNN doesn't have it online yet, but they're calling a guy an "impostor" making a "sick, cruel joke" for impersonating a HUD official at the "summit" in NOLA today.

He's not just any impostor, he's one of the guys who did the "presentations" about the World Trade Organization, FTAA, NAFTA and "globalization" and captured their exploits in an interesting documentary. No, I don't know the name of the film yet (searching now) or what the guy's name is, but he's not just any impostor. I hope that somebody got his stunt on tape, because I'd wager that he said something that embarrassed the FUCK out of HANO & HUD.

In other words, he's not just "some guy" and it's not a "joke" --- it's called a PROTEST.

I'll have the facts up here as soon as I can find them online, if I'm not puking too much blood from watching Dumbya in Biloxi, talking about the "pristine beaches" and a "Mississippi renaissance" (I bet they wrote it in phonetics for him).

Personally, I think that the protestors blew their wad too soon --- he's not due in NOLA until this evening, and it would've made a bigger dent if they'd done it in Dumbya's FACE.

UPDATE: It's The Yes Men!!! I knew it!!! 'Bout time! IMDB wouldn't let me copy the picture, but it's the guy in the gold lame' unitard. If you haven't seen "The Yes Men," it'd take way too long to explain. Suffice it to say that The Yes Men have been the protagonists behind some of the most imaginative and subversive protests in the past ten years, all over the globe.

Hell, if I'da known they was comin', I'da baked a cake!

(And as to Dumbya in Mississippi, he can't even finish a sentence or use a microphone properly --- I think that the confusion is setting in for him because he's actually BREAKING A SWEAT.)

Where to now?



Wikipedia says that only (approx.) 22,000 were left in New Orleans during Katrina. They estimate that over a million people escaped the metro and had the means to reach safety.

Somehow, I don't quite believe that. One can look at the pictures of nice, clean-cut, well-groomed, calm people who were evacuated by Army and Air Force planes that FEMA posts on Wikimedia, and one might think that it was well-organized, carried out with efficiency and consideration, and that anyone who couldn't or wouldn't get out was obviously suicidal or simply stupid.

Isn't that nice? How they're rewriting history? Like Rockey, that douchebag from Meraux who went up to D.C. with his fake "FEMA" trailer to lick Dumbya's scrotum on-camera --- if you ask him, all the people who MATTER are doin' JUST FINE, YAH SUH! Meaning, the wealthy white people who were allowed to return to New Orleans before anybody else, THEY'RE doing fine, THEY didn't have any problems with insurance or FEMA or HUD, no, no, certainly not, and well, about those folks in the PROJECTS --- well, hell, they didn't OWN anything anyway, so who cares?!?!

A few badly-staged photo ops (like the one where Dumbya, the National Guard, and about 20 pieces of heavy equipment showed up to make it LOOK like they were DOING something, and then as soon as the press left, the backhoes, bulldozers, excavators, etc. were loaded BACK up onto their trailers and hauled away, with nary a lick of work done) and a few hastily-bribed step-n-fetchits do not a reconstruction make.

And yes, it's smelling just like a step-by-step remake of the ORIGINAL Reconstruction, wherein the Yankee carpetbaggers come down here, make a KILLING off of the natural resources and cheap labor (80% of the "crime" stats in NOLA right now are from all of the "guest workers" that have been imported from Mexico & Central America), and then BAIL OUT just in time to help foment another economic collapse. The Great Depression wasn't JUST because of the Stock Market and the Dust Bowl, kids.

And when they've made all of the money that can be made from raping New Orleans, they'll run again, and they'll leave no infrastructure behind, just like Homeland Security did to the centuries-old planning that New Orleans and Louisiana have ALWAYS had, but THEY came in here to destroy.

You can bitch about that batshit-crazy republicunt PUPPET Ray Nagin all day long, I'm not going to disagree. Even Kathleen lost her shit more than once during the mayhem.

But there have been hurricane survival plans down-pat in Louisiana and New Orleans from time immemorial.
When the Department Homeland Security was created, those arrogant assholes came into NOLA with shitty attitudes of MISSIONARY carpetbaggers, and did away with CENTURIES of planning and survival, in favor of their "official" way of doing things.

But the second before Katrina touched land, those pussies were GONE. Private planes, no waiting, no lines, no fighting thousands of others for the privilege. Homeland Security flat out fucking BAILED.

After they'd destroyed the infrastructure that had always taken care of the locals (especially the POOR locals) they left the municipal and state agencies with NO authority or resources to cover the giant hole that Homeland Security LEFT in all hurricane preparations.

And all of this comes after Dumbya's been slashing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers budget since THE DAY THAT HE HIT OFFICE. Y'know why? 'Cause nobody who can AFFORD to escape a hurricane's wrath NEEDS to care about the levees. Anybody who NEEDS those levees to save their homes and lives, well fuck, those POOR people don't care, now do they?
So, when the shit hit the fan, was New Orleans prepared? Was Louisiana prepared? Fuck no. Because we're ignorant and illiterate? Fuck no.

BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY MADE IT THIS WAY.
They waltzed in here and dismembered every bit of planning, every safety measure, every preparation, and said that THEY knew what to do and how to handle it and everybody else, who'd been doing this shit ALL OF THEIR LIVES could just shut the fuck up and go home.

So, while I generally eschew conspiracy theories, it seems to me that the lack of planning and expertise on the part of Homeland Security could be viewed as having been VERY WELL PLANNED.

What class of people do the republicunts loathe the most?

Any who are not like them or of them.

Meaning, po' folks, folks of color, folks who don't kowtow to the despotic way that they've destroyed our Constitution and our country.

Working-class Democrats who don't cotton to carpetbaggers.

And that's who died. That's who was left in the lurch.

By a token "chocolate" republicunt who RAN for mayor as a "Democrat" because he could never have won as himself --- a REPUBLICUNT PUPPET OF THE RICH WHITES.

By a Texan-in-name-only son of privilege and dry-erase DUI records, a "president" who calls the richest one percent in this country his "BASE."

By a "department" that has no more secured the "homeland" than they have caught Osama bin Laden.

Believe that it's all "accidental" if you must. But don't kid yourself.
This shit was no accident.
And it won't be the last time.

If we allow these cocksuckers to get away with this genocide, then we'll NEVER stop them from committing it again and again as long as they can, towards their ethnic cleansing of the planet.

Hitler, to these guys, THOUGHT SMALL.

Liz sent me this link about how the Corps of Engineers says that the levees are "ready," even if they're not RIGHT. It's a classic example of bureaucratic pass-the-buck, cover-YOUR-ass politics.

Everybody's got an excuse as to why this shit isn't fixed yet.

And then we've got Karl Rove, to distract us with digging up JonBenet's corpse, with gay-bashing, the run-up to invading Iran, and bending us over the gimp barrel at the gas pumps.

Himmeler must be very very jealous.

The depths to which these bigots, these recidivists, these country-club THUGS will sink never cease to amaze me. It's easy to become numbed to this shit, when you see it EVERY FUCKING DAY.

I would never compare news shock to PTSD, but sometimes, it seems very similar.

How many lives do these trust-fund fuckwads have to WASTE before the revolution comes? How many CRIMES do they have to commit before we say, "ENOUGH!"?
How much longer can we wait?

How many more Katrinas will there be?

I think that Liz was the one who sent me the ThinkProgress Katrina Timeline, but then, so did everybody else. Here's the link if you need it.

Oh, and btw, in case you haven't seen "Katrina-dot-com," it ain't whatcha think that it is…

She probably means well, but bragging about the number of hits, and then posting your own ersatz "resume" on the same site with all of that cutesy "gawd" shit and the portraits of the storm's devastation --- opportunism gets more fucked-up every day.

The only small hope that I have for New Orleans at this point is knowing that the locals are not letting this shit go by without protest…

But how much they can change the corruption and graft that the Bush regime encourages has yet to be determined. And it's a very different thing to have outsiders come in and piss taxpayers' money away, when they're supposed to be protecting LIVES, (not their own pocketbooks) and apparentlly are completely unwilling to learn a damned thing about this city or how it actually functions. What will it take to bust these fuckers, once and for all? What will it take to free what's left of New Orleans from republicunt slavery and greed?

Is this why they let him get away?

It's funny that I had my family check the FBI's most wanted list yesterday afternoon after we watched "On Native Soil", to show them that bin Laden is not wanted for 9/11. Just found this in today's WaPo:
Bin Laden, Most Wanted For Embassy Bombings?

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a longtime and prominent member of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list, which notes his role as the suspected mastermind of the deadly U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa on Aug. 7, 1998.

But another more infamous date -- Sept. 11, 2001 -- is nowhere to be found on the same FBI notice.

The curious omission underscores the Justice Department's decision, so far, to not seek formal criminal charges against bin Laden for approving al-Qaeda's most notorious and successful terrorist attack. The notice says bin Laden is "a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world" but does not provide details. (read on for why this is so.)

Review: On Native Soil

Court TV's documentary, "On Native Soil: The Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report" aired again yesterday and I highly recommend it. Not only that, I recommend that you make sure that people who still support Bush and Cheney take a look at it and take off their blinders.

It's not loaded with conspiracy theories. The facts speak for themselves and paint a picture of total incompetance by everyone, and I mean everyone. I defy anyone to watch it without crying. It includes a great deal of testimony from the 9/11 Commission, which as you remember was fought against by this administration. When you watch the documentary, you will see why.

Of course, the documentary mentions more than a few times that the last 2 administrations were responsible for the attacks and that's ok by me except I would have said the last 4 administrations had a lot to do with it. This is not the definitive 9/11 documentary, yet it is pretty fair. It's also available on DVD. You will not feel safe after watching it. Our government on all levels is more dangerous than any terrorists.

It will be aired again on
Friday, September 1 @ 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Sunday, September 10 @ 6:00 p.m. ET/PT

There is some interesting stuff about the documentary and the education guide here.

The last thing we need is another disaster


SEPT. 19, 2001
"I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, D.C., that their air is safe to breathe and their water is safe to drink." - Christie Whitman, U.S. EPA administrator

Oh I am so sick of reporting that rescue workers and New Yorkers are still sick and dying from breathing the air in the city after 9/11. But the situation is still raging on and again is in the Newsday. "...a U.S. Geological Survey study, which found that the dust was as caustic as drain cleaner. That study was not disclosed to the public until February 2002." Downtown workers in many cases did not wear respirators and OSHA rules were not enforced. The city knew that there would be trouble and had the risk assessed, knowing the shit would hit the fan and asked FEMA to cover the costs of claims that insurance wouldn't cover. Fat chance.

Back in April, according to this NY Times story, the debate was still raging about the fatal air in the city when a detective died most likely due to the air at the WTC after the attack. I blogged about it and linked to several other blog posts concerning the air quality and the coverup. A year ago in New York Magazine, when referring to Whitman's assurances that the air was safe in NYC after 9/11/01, said "the EPA still hadn’t completed testing for mercury, cadmium, lead, dioxin, PAHs, or PCBs," when the statement was issued. From the New York article:
Here, today, is what we know about the dust and air at ground zero: It contained glass shards, pulverized concrete, and many carcinogens, including hundreds of thousands of pounds of asbestos, tens of thousands of pounds of lead, mercury, cadmium, dioxins, PCBs, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. It also contained benzene. According to a study done by the U.S. Geological Survey, the dust was so caustic in places that its pH exceeded that of ammonia. Thomas Cahill, a scientist who analyzed the plumes from a rooftop one mile away, says that the levels of acids, insoluble particles, high-temperature organic materials, and metals were in most cases higher in very fine particles (which can slip deep into the lungs) than anyplace ever recorded on earth, including the oil fires of Kuwait.
With the air quality debate still raging on five years later, it's very likely that the levee issue in New Orleans will go on and on and on. Federal agencies, local agencies, state agencies... still all messed up. The Army Corps of Engineers are worried about the levees while FEMA says that the levees are storm ready. With all the money that was wasted by FEMA, they could have completely rebuilt the levees. It's no wonder that Iraq and Afghanistan are in chaos. Our government agencies don't know their asses from their elbows. God help us.

It's the INFRASTRUCTURE... stupid

Say THAT 10 times fast!


O.K. -- I have 2 stories here, maybe related, maybe not -- Help me decide if they are. I just read this story over at crooksandliars (via rawstory)
Experts warn U.S. is coming apart at the seams

"The American Society of Civil Engineers last year graded the nation "D" for its overall infrastructure conditions, estimating that it would take $1.6 trillion over five years to fix the problem."

"I thought [Hurricane] Katrina was a hell of a wake-up call, but people are missing the alarm," said Casey Dinges, the society's managing director of external affairs."

President Bush, asked about the problem during a public question-and-answer session in an April visit to Irvine, Calif., cited last year's enactment of a comprehensive law reauthorizing highway, transit and road-safety programs.
"Infrastructure is always a difficult issue," Bush acknowledged. "It's a federal responsibility and a state and local responsibility. And I, frankly, feel like we've upheld our responsibility at the federal level with the highway bill."

"In 2005, the Bush administration passed through Congress a $286.4 billion transportation bill, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users. The purpose of the legislation was supposedly to provide funding for federal highways and transit programs."

So -- Now it's up to the state and local folks to take their responsibility. In essence -- here's the money, now you go fix it, right? So, on the state level, I guess the governor would apply for the funds needed for INFRASTRUCTURE in their respective state. Then, I suppose you would hire someone (in the private sector) to fix it.

What do you think about this accusation from a whistleblower regarding the way a certain governor is updating their state's INFRASTRUCTURE?

A $491 million public-financing deal promoted by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a boon to commuters actually paves the way for shipping more cheap goods from China to the North American marketplace, charges a whistleblower.


Sounds NAFTAish to me, doesn't it?

You know my interest in trying to figure out if NAFTA is a good thing or a bad thing. Well, I'm beginning to think it might be one of the biggest scams going!

An Ex-CSX Transportation employee is the whistleblower here.



"CSXT is positioned to receive millions in the deal. The deal in Florida amounts to providing CSXT with a public subsidy. Money from the public purse will position the railroad company as a major freight carrier throughout Florida, transporting cargo containers filled with cheap goods coming into the NAFTA marketplace from China."


This wistleblower believes this bill was being used to provide a public subsidy for upgrading freight railroads such as CSXT on taxpayer dollars.

"What the federal government plans to do is to buy up unused and aging rail lines all across the country and to use taxpayer dollars to pay for upgrading the infrastructure. What is left unsaid is that the railroad freight companies CSX will get priority over mass transit for the use of the new rail lines."

...and he also claims that "CSXT plans to over-charge the government for upgrading and maintaining rail lines".


What's your take on this? I have a feeling we are going to be bombarded (distracted) with the word INFRASTRUCTURE for a long time to come.....


Oh, BTW --

"Even today, Nelson's allegations remain emotionally charged. His allegations concerning CSXT overcharges involve the management of CSXT while John Snow, former U.S. secretary of treasury, was still the CEO of CSXT. Nelson maintained to WND that John Snow was nominated and sworn-in as secretary of the treasury "while he was still under investigation for the allegations I have been making ever since 1993 of what I believe are CSXT overcharges and fraud continuing even today."


I FORGOT SOMETHING

If anyone is still following me (cause I'm having a hard time following me) I need some help with Executive Order 12803 It has to do with Privatization and INFRASTRUCTURE

AND IF YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE IT TO THE OUTERLIMITS --

Check out This article
Timeline to Global Governance: Guess who will rule the One World Government?

"And just in case you have any doubts about the validity of Executive Order 12803, consider the following:

Strapped States Try New Route, Lease Toll Roads to Foreign Firms

FEDS PAVE THE WAY TO TOLL AND PRIVATIZE THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS AS PART OF AMERICAN UNION
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b..
The list goes on - but the important thing to know is that the real agenda, in every case is hidden beneath the surface. It's only obvious once you start looking for it."

Sunday, August 27

Where's Charley?

"Described by the D.C. Examiner as "one of the most aggressive marketers of radio frequency identification chips," Florida-based VeriChip is lobbying the Pentagon to implant microchip IDs under the skin of 1.4 million US troops.

"The subcutaneous microchips known as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips would ostensibly allow the Pentagon to track every soldier, althought the reason given is to store a person's ID and medical history, replacing the metal "dog tag" IDs and reminding students of history of the Roman era "tesserae," which "marked" slaves during the Roman Empire.

"Christians, of course, are reminded of the so-called "Mark of the Beast," which has been touted as another road marker in the march towards a One World Dictatorship.

"Verichip is "in discussions” with the Pentagon, according to the DC Examiner."


Read more about our "Brave New World" at Verichip Wants Pentagon to Implant Chips in Troops and thanks to The Dark Wraith for the tip.

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain --Notebook, 1894

Remember a few days ago when we watched

this unbelievable video of our POTUS,
and we all thought he was on drugs?

Well after reading this story at kos,Why Bush Can't Talk: It's not the drugs, and it's not senility,

I think this author may be correct:

"Bush isn't senile, or drug addled. He's a lying asshole. And it's hard work. Only truly gifted and intelligent sociopaths like Rove and Cheney can rattle it off. Bush can't."

Here are more Mark Twain Quotes on the subject of TRUTH.

Saturday, August 26

a welcome distraction

No, babysitting isn't my favorite thing to do, but when the kid's this one, I make exceptions.

The Katrina stuff is tearing me up. There's so much to post about, there's still SO much yet to be done, that may never get done, or done properly. But for today, all I had to do was play.

Not trying to justify anything, just trying to remember that ALL of life isn't as evil and horrific as the mass murders that happened last year.

For a minute, anyway.

And Stinkeye sent me a very good, if not surprising, link --- State Farm is now doing to Mississippi what they did to Louisiana for DECADES (before they pulled out of the state re: homeowner's insurance ALTOGETHER, and stuck it to me and about a hundred thousand OTHER homeowners, back in '99), and I hope to hell that they bust these motherfuckers but GOOD.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/082506T.shtml

(I don't REALLY look old enough to be a GREAT-aunt, do I?)

I'll be back to the "anniversary" soon enough, believe you me, kids. It's the only way to keep this shit from making my head explode --- getting it out before it CLAWS its way out.

How much soda do you drink?

Back in April I put up this post, by nameless cynic, He said:

"You see, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has acknowledged that benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, has been found in soft drinks at levels that far exceed the amount considered safe for drinking water."

Today, I came across another Benzene/Soda article at rawstory
Coca-Cola Co. was sued Friday as part of an effort to force soft drink makers to eliminate ingredients in their products that can form cancer-causing benzene.

Were you following the ban on coke and pepsi in India this past month?

And, it seems that students are protesting against this in the UK also

And whattayaknow Coca-cola has bought its way onto the good side of the Bush administration

What IS in that "Secret Recipie" which is locked away somewhere in a vault that only 3 people know about?

Friday, August 25

and what century is this?

Point: Don't Marry Career Women
Counterpoint: Don't Marry An Asshole.

By Michael Noer, Forbes Magazine: not reprinted here with permission.

How do women, careers and marriage mix? Not well, say social scientists.

By Jaye Ramsey Sutter, J.D. BlondeSense
How do women, careers, and helpless men mix? Not well, says this little black duck
.

Guys: A word of advice. Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don't marry a woman with a career.

Gals: A word of advice. Marry handsome men or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blonds or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don't marry a man with no sense of shared responsibilities.


Why? Because if many social scientists are to be believed, you run a higher risk of having a rocky marriage. While everyone knows that marriage can be stressful, recent studies have found professional women are more likely to get divorced, more likely to cheat, less likely to have children, and, if they do have kids, they are more likely to be unhappy about it. A recent study in Social Forces, a research journal, found that women--even those with a "feminist" outlook--are happier when their husband is the primary breadwinner.

Why? Because he just doesn't get it. If he doesn't get it and get to counseling, then get the hell out. You didn't marry him so you would have to clean up after him, you didn't marry him to compete about who has the higher salary. You didn't marry him because you needed to marry him. You married him for the same reasons you stay married to him, because you found someone who is your partner and who wants you to excel at being yourself. Why be married to someone who isn't willing to cook, clean, and raise the kids? Why is his job more important?

Not a happy conclusion, especially given that many men, particularly successful men, are attracted to women with similar goals and aspirations. And why not? After all, your typical career girl is well-educated, ambitious, informed and engaged. All seemingly good things, right? Sure…at least until you get married. Then, to put it bluntly, the more successful she is the more likely she is to grow dissatisfied with you. Sound familiar?

Or is it that if she is as successful as you or more so you grow dissatisfied with her. Is she kicking your ass because you won't get off of it? Can't compete? Her happiness and well being got you down?

Many factors contribute to a stable marriage, including the marital status of your spouse's parents (folks with divorced parents are significantly more likely to get divorced themselves), age at first marriage, race, religious beliefs and socio-economic status. And, of course, many working women are indeed happily and fruitfully married--it's just that they are less likely to be so than non-working women. And that, statistically speaking, is the rub.

Who gives a shit about everybody else? If you stopped growing you are boring. If you can't share the responsibilities of raising children and keeping house, then why stay married to you?

To be clear, we're not talking about a high-school dropout minding a cash register. For our purposes, a "career girl" has a university-level (or higher) education, works more than 35 hours a week outside the home and makes more than $30,000 a year.

To be really clear, you either want to be married to an undereducated woman who makes her own clothes out of potato sacks, is barefoot, pregnant, or you want to be married to a blow up doll.

If a host of studies are to be believed, marrying these women is asking for trouble. If they quit their jobs and stay home with the kids, they will be unhappy (Journal of Marriage and Family, 2003). They will be unhappy if they make more money than you do (Social Forces, 2006). You will be unhappy if they make more money than you do (Journal of Marriage and Family, 2001). You will be more likely to fall ill (American Journal of Sociology). Even your house will be dirtier (Institute for Social Research).

Marrying a man like you would be trouble. Why don't you quit your job and stay home with the kids if it is so important. May be it is so important that it looks like a job for a man if we follow your reasoning. Yeah, making more money than you would mean that you are not only not living up to your full potential but you are not carrying your own weight. Yes, I would get sick if I lived with someone like you and yes, the house would be dirtier if you didn't pick up after yourself and mop, and vacuum, and cook, and clean the kitchen, the bath, the closets, mow the yard, wash the cars and keep them running. Ya, think?

Why? Well, despite the fact that the link between work, women and divorce rates is complex and controversial, much of the reasoning is based on a lot of economic theory and a bit of common sense. In classic economics, a marriage is, at least in part, an exercise in labor specialization. Traditionally men have tended to do "market" or paid work outside the home and women have tended to do "non-market" or household work, including raising children. All of the work must get done by somebody, and this pairing, regardless of who is in the home and who is outside the home, accomplishes that goal. Nobel laureate Gary S. Becker argued that when the labor specialization in a marriage decreases--if, for example, both spouses have careers--the overall value of the marriage is lower for both partners because less of the total needed work is getting done, making life harder for both partners and divorce more likely. And, indeed, empirical studies have concluded just that.

In other words, she doesn't need to be the only person in the house to wash your dishes. She could wash fewer dishes if she left you. If you want to be married in a traditional marriage, get a mail order bride and make sure that like slaves in the ol' south, you don't teach her how to read.

In 2004, John H. Johnson examined data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation and concluded that gender has a significant influence on the relationship between work hours and increases in the probability of divorce. Women's work hours consistently increase divorce, whereas increases in men's work hours often have no statistical effect. "I also find that the incidence in divorce is far higher in couples where both spouses are working than in couples where only one spouse is employed," Johnson says. A few other studies, which have focused on employment (as opposed to working hours) have concluded that working outside the home actually increases marital stability, at least when the marriage is a happy one. But even in these studies, wives' employment does correlate positively to divorce rates, when the
marriage is of "low marital quality."

You are making this harder than it is. When he makes more money, they hire help. When she works and he makes less, contributes less financially and domestically, women say, "Shit. I can make it on my own."

The other reason a career can hurt a marriage will be obvious to anyone who has seen their mate run off with a co-worker: When your spouse works outside the home, chances increase they'll meet someone they like more than you. "The work environment provides a host of potential partners," researcher Adrian J. Blow reported in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, "and individuals frequently find themselves spending a great deal of time with these individuals."

Could it be that a wife might leave home with the milkman, the mailman, the repairman, her doctor, her lawyer, her lawn man? May be if you leave her locked up in the house all day with her children and don't see that she is slowly losing her mind or that she and her women friends are leading a rebellion against the tyranny of traditional men you don't deserve to be married to anyone but a blow up doll tied to a vacuum cleaner.

There's more: According to a wide-ranging review of the published literature, highly educated people are more likely to have had extra-marital sex (those with graduate degrees are 1.75 more likely to have cheated than those with high school diplomas.) Additionally, individuals who earn more than $30,000 a year are more likely to cheat.

So you are giving up your job to stay home with the kids and clean the house for the sake of the marriage?

And if the cheating leads to divorce, you're really in trouble. Divorce has been positively correlated with higher rates of alcoholism, clinical depression and suicide. Other studies have associated divorce with increased rates of cancer, stroke, and sexually-transmitted disease. Plus divorce is financially devastating. According to one recent study on "Marriage and Divorce's Impact on Wealth," published in The Journal of Sociology, divorced people see their overall net worth drop an average of 77%.

No, men see their disposable income increase, unless they are of course buying new breasts and cars for their secretaries who see more of your husband than you do because after you work all day, cart the kids to this practice or that game, clean up the house, workout that plan for world domination, it is really difficult to put on that merry widow underwear and turn him on. Women after divorce are more likely to lose income, live with children in poverty, experience more violence and crime, live in worse housing, have no health insurance, and take men to court to pay to support their children. Women love the freedom that divorce gives them. More time to go to the spa and eat out every night.

So why not just stay single? Because, academically speaking, a solid marriage has a host of benefits beyond just individual "happiness." There are broader social and health implications as well. According to a 2004 paper entitled "What Do Social Scientists Know About the Benefits of Marriage?" marriage is positively associated with "better outcomes for children under most circumstances," higher earnings for adult men, and "being married and being in a satisfying marriage are positively associated with health and negatively associated with mortality." In other words, a good marriage is associated with a higher income, a longer, healthier life and better-adjusted kids.

A word of caution, though: As with any social scientific study, it's important not to confuse correlation with causation. In other words, just because married folks are healthier than single people, it doesn't mean that marriage is causing the health gains. It could just be that healthier people are more likely to be married.

Or it could be that I will miss the minutes it took me to flush your writing down the toilet for the rest of my life wondering how I could have possibly given a shit about what you and Forbes, the new marriage counselor and simpatico of the working woman. Fuck you and those shitty studies you have been reading. Look up from your reading and pick up your underwear and make dinner. May be you will find an adult woman to actually talk when you are doing the dishes and she is drying them.

Behaviour detection squads

I just finished reading 1984, I mean I just finished reading this article about ‘Spot’ teams spying on airline passengers -- it just FELT like a chapter right out of 1984.

I don't fly often because I really do not want to; OK, OK -- I'm afraid to fly. I will do it if I absolutely have to, but I usually need a Xanax or two, a couple of bloody Mary's and someone to peel me off of the airport floor and pour me into my seat.
At least I don't look anxious or nervous. Now, if I were to board a plane without those confidence boosters, I would be hauled off in a second for questioning.

"In particular, officers are trained to recognise concealed emotion, such as fear or anxiety. These so-called “micro-facial expressions” appear on a person’s face for 1/25th of a second. “They are so fast, that unless you’ve been trained you don’t see them,”

Next time you fly, beware of those facial expressions -- you never know.

Felix, You're An Embarrasment to Virginia

Dear Senator Allen:

I am appalled at the comments you made recently to young Mr. Siddarth while campaigning in the southern part of the state. I suppose you thought your comments, referring to him as a monkey, were funny. However, it strikes me as more than a little odd that you would have made the instantaneous assumption, merely because Mr. Siddarth is a person of color, he must not be American. As I am sure you know by now, indeed Mr. Siddarth is not only American, but he was born and raised in Virginia. Which, I believe, is more than you can claim, having been born and raised in California.

While I am pleased that you have (finally) seen fit to reach out to Mr. Siddarth and apologize in person, in my view it is too little, too late. When you said those hateful things to Mr. Siddarth, you showed what was truly in your heart. And it ain't a pretty picture.

Very Truly Yours,
Red State Blues

Look Who's Taking A Vacation

As you know, Bush is not really a Texan, let alone a cowboy (doesn't ride horses) or a rancher (doesn't own livestock). He's really a New Englander, but his preference for bad manners makes him unsuitable for the upper crust in the northeast. He opted for a faux cowboy meets Texas oilman persona thus insulting the intelligence of two Texas traditions in one. But hey, that's Texas' problem if folks there actually buy his 'down home bubba' act (although I think most people have caught on).

Dubya prefers to prepare for the climate in the afterlife in the extreme heat of his faux ranch in Crawford. His family enjoys the compound by the sea at Kennebunkport, Maine. This weekend Dubya and Jenna will be making a rare appearance in Maine for a fishing trip with Bush I on the ironically named boat, Fidelity III. Where is Laura? We haven't heard very much from Daddy Bush since his son screwed up the entire world and set America back 500 years by being the contrary son. I am secretly hoping that Dubya gets a good kick in the pants from his father.

Read this piece on Family Time in Maine for more

UPDATE: We don't know if Bush I kicked Bush II's arse, but a war widow did when she met with Dubya yesterday. Read about it.

UPDATE SAT: 700 protesters came within a half mile of the Bush compound in Kennebunkport. A Bush spokesperson said, "As the president has said, Americans are free to protest."

"REAL Women of Canada" are putting up a fight

If anyone is interested in what women are fighting about in Canada, check out the latest battle going on in the blogosphere up north.

A group called
REAL Women of Canada and similar pro-Conservative Internet blogs, have signed onto a campaign to eliminate
Status of Women, Canada which is a "Trudeau-era federal agency that promotes women's equality and advancement".

Here is the message that is being widely discussed and supported among some in the Conservative Internet community:

“Like typical radical feminists, they have decided that they speak for all women, and they only consult those groups and women that agree with their agenda,” says an entry on the Big Blue Wave blog from Suzanne, who does not give her last name.

"So it's a bunch of radical feminist bureaucrats consulting radical feminists to hear what they want to hear to promote more radical feminism on my dime.”

Says blogger Steven Janke of Angry in the Great White North: “Any women's group that does not subscribe to a ‘woman as the victim' view is likely to leave empty-handed if it were to ask for funding.”

"REAL Women of Canada's objectives include promoting equality. The organization, which has not received federal funding for several years, is also against abortion and same-sex marriage. It advocates a “Judeo-Christian” understanding of marriage and family life."

Here is a comment from the Real Women website:

"In order to offset this national feminist effort to protect feminist control in Canada, it would be appreciated if you would write immediately to the Prime Minister, relevant Members of his Cabinet (list below), and your MP and the opposition leaders who are all being inundated with letters to support feminist policies and funding of the Status of Women."

The group also has a problem with the letters that support of Status of Women: "letters pouring in to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet and individual MPs from across the country expressing concerns about the disbandment of the Status of Women."

They are upset with the theme of these letters:

"shelters for abused women and children protect them from the violence." (No mention of the studies which indicate that half of domestic violence is instigated by the women.)


OK STOP RIGHT HERE PLEASE

I have to ask: what does the term 'radical feminist' mean?

If it means a woman that would despise a group like REAL women, then I guess I am a radical feminist. Would you call those of us that hang out at Blondesense, radical feminists? Just curious....

Here is the link to the rest of the globeandmail article.

Obligatory Friday Sex Post

Sex Edumacation

Honk if Pluto is still a planet

There is a fierce backlash among astronomers over the demotion of Pluto as a planet.

Thursday, August 24

1,000 Words

DON'T FORGET. This is NOT over yet.




Special thanks to Jesus' General. (I don't remember where I found the Chertoff toon, and the rotten-refrigerator "Free Food" pic is mine from Halloween of '05. And yes, I tried to fill-in the spray-paint text where the flash washed it out, and look how well I did that.)

A LOTTO TROUBLE

How stupid is this woman? How did she get to be a bookkeeper?
She stole $2.3M from her employers over 3 years to pay for her $6,000/day lottery addiction.
She has nothing to show for it.

Grow Up America

• The Morning After Pill, or Plan B will now be available without a prescription to women over 18. Naturally different groups have all sorts of objections and "what if's". The important thing is that adult women can make their own decisions and it's no business of the government who is doing what. Now we will wait and see if the abortion rate goes down. I hope so.

• A school in Canton, Ohio realized that their abstinence only sex education classes were a flop when 13% (65 students) of one high school's female students were pregnant last year. Not only that, 104 of the 586 babies born to Canton residents in Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center had mothers between the ages of 11 and 19.

• Not sure how accurate this story is, but the US' insistence that abstinence education be a part of the spending to fight HIV/AIDS in African countries is highly criticized. Last year there were 2.7 million new infections.

• Liberals aren't having enough babies say Syracuse University professor Arthur Brooks. The conservatives are having more babies and that is why we are losing elections.

• There is a new method devised to extract a stem cell from an embryo without harming it. This does not solve the debate however as a whole new can of worms is opened.
Ironically the President and the Vatican have declared that "the promise of stem cells should not be realized at the expense of human life, even in its most nascent stages." There is more here.

An Interesting Item Wherein My Divorce Is Finally Explained

It was NOT the fact that the ex-husband was a slug who hasn't made a decent financial decision in his life. It was NOT the fact that he kept me perpetually in debt. It was NOT the fact that he followed his little soldier wherever it led him. It was NOT the fact that he couldn't finish anything he started, whether it was college, or the military, or building a house.

No, no, actually it was the fact that he married a career woman that doomed our marriage to failure. He shoulda married himself a simpering little fool who said "yes, dear, whatever you say," or "no, dear, I don't think so either." Then, apparently, our marriage would have survived.

I just don't even know what to say that a magazine like Forbes would publish an article like this. Apparently it was published first as a stand alone piece, although Forbes has since paired the article with a response from another of its columnists as a counterpoint. We've come a long way, ladies, umm hmm.

Hat Tip to Shakespeare's Sister for this one. You should go read her most excellent thoughts on the article.

SAVE THE DATE: Aug. 28th -- The Nat'l Geographic Channel

"Despite the best efforts of the Pentagon to keep the lid on, the story of Able Danger -- the controversial secret military intelligence program that purportedly identified five active al-Qaeda cells and four of the 9/11 hijackers more than a year before the worst terror attacks ever on American soil -- continues to make news

The latest wrinkle is a nasty public spat between the National Geographic Channel, which plans to broadcast "Triple Cross: Bin Laden's Spy in America" on Aug. 28, and author Peter Lance, whose new book forms the basis of the documentary."

"Lance further states that his book also contains evidence that Patrick Fitzgerald (of later Scooter Libby/Valerie Plame fame) covered up key al-Qaeda intelligence in 1996, when he was then an assistant U.S. attorney in New York. To Lance, Fitzgerald was "one of the....."


(what HAS Mr. Fitzgerald been doing lately?)


Here's the story from alternet

Blogwhoring Thursday

Last week, our dear friend The Fat Lady Sings reached her one year blog anniversary. Please show her some love, belated though it might be. And for those of you who haven't been to her site or don't read her regularly, I recommend her blog highly. She's got one powerful voice.

Now THAT'S a funeral!!

China acts on funeral strippers

Chinese villages are being told to end the practice --
Five people have been detained in China for running striptease send-offs at funerals, state media say.


"Striptease used to be a common practice at funerals in Donghai's rural areas to allure viewers," Xinhua agency said.

"Local villagers believe that the more people who attend the funeral, the more the dead person is honoured."

It seems officials want to put an end to this, so now "funeral plans have to be submitted in advance"

AND

officials have also said residents can report "funeral misdeeds" on a hotline, earning a reward for information.

WELL NOW! -- I guess they mean business

In Other "Flat Earth" News

The US government has eliminated Evolutionary Biology as an acceptable college major, at least if you're poor and need government backed loans and grants. Oh sure, the Department of Education says the omission was "inadvertant" and a "clerical error". (I guess, technically, if the major was deleted because of pressure from the fundies, you really could call it a "clerical" error.)

If you believe the deletion was a mistake, I have a bridge to sell you.

Random Spewings

Well, I'm in a bit of a funk this morning.

I'm rather amused that if Jesus exists and did return to our present time he would immediately be hit with racial/terrorist profiling and either imprisoned in Gitmo or shot.

I'm extremely upset that Marines who have already served 2, 3 and 4 tours of duty are being forcibly recalled. And we all know that the next step would have to be a draft. And my brother STILL cannot get out as he was stop-gapped after his last enlistment ended (he's been in 20 years now, right out of school and into the Army).

I am amazed that only 25% of the population realizes that the USA is in more danger now than it was prior to 9/11. Which brings me to my next rather irksome realization:

I come from an extremely mixed family (socially, religiously, nationality) Many of my parents generation are/were extraordinarily religious (ie. mennonite, missionary, etc). I've noticed that my generation have, as a rule, broken that chain and tend to be more 'open-minded' about a lot of things. This is especially true in politics. Almost without fail every member of my parents generation (most of whom were conscientious objectors during Vietnam and Korea) are in favour of the war, stating that 'something had to be done'.

When my generation countered that 'fine, do something but why not to Osama instead of another nation that had nothing to do with 9/11' some of them gave blank stares, some insisted that (yes STILL) Saddam was the one behind 9/11. (Oddy enough the more fundamental their religious beliefs, the more they insisted this lie was the truth, despite our explaining the facts to them). When asked about Katrina and its aftermath most fell quite (the reunion was in North Carolina, lots of friends and family in that area) and most had NO IDEA that major infrastructures, homes and huge swaths of land remained in the same condition as a week after the waters receded. Many didn't even realize that the evacuees had not and probably never would be able to return to homes that not only were no longer there, but that the govn had 'reclaimed' that land as it was now considered 'unliveable'.

Yes, my family reunions are heaps of fun, /sarcasm. Luckily the children were outside playing while most of this was going on, although my 11 yo came in with her 4 yo niece to get some watermelon and joined in the convo for a few minutes. She floored her grandparents and the older generation with her knowledge of world events as seen through the eyes of a child, and luckily her language is a lot 'cleaner' than mine would have been.

Wednesday, August 23

Traitor/Maggot Du Jour

This is Rocky Vaccarella. (Found video online, but no stills yet.) You can even read his "blog" of his "mission" to road-trip to D.C. and see him meet Dumbya (and then fellate him on-camera) and tell Dumbya et al that they're doing a "heckuva job," just don't "forget" about us in South Louisiana.

While he stabs the state of Louisiana in the back and blames THEM for the FEMA money not showing up yet.

From what I've seen, despite the fact that Rocky claims to have lost his home and job, he still seems pretty financially flush to me. He bought his OWN "FEMA-style" (actually, it's twice the size of a FEMA trailer) fifth-wheel camper and drove up to D.C. Some sources cited on Google say that it IS the FEMA trailer that Rocky's family was issued (and yet THOUSANDS of black people STILL haven't received trailers or been allow to inhabit the hundreds of trailers that are going unused), but that can't be true, seeing as how FEMA's been posting fliers all over the state, especially in "'hood" areas and other low-income areas, stating that "YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU! DO NOT MOVE YOUR FEMA TRAILER ANYWHERE ELSE OR SELL IT! THIS TRAILER BELONGS TO THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND CANNOT BE MOVED BY ANYONE OTHER THAN FEMA/U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS." Oh, and as I already said, it's TWICE AS BIG as the standard FEMA trailer in Louisiana. How did Rocky get special dispensation from FEMA, if it's THEIR trailer?

And of course, this "conveniently"-timed little passion play comes just at the anniversary of Katrina, so that the white people in this country can go back to their apathy and their reality shows, believing this cajun-wannabe motherfucker that "everything's goin' GREAT!" and that nobody in Louisiana needs or deserves any more help. Same for the entire Gulf South.

I'm sure that somebody will accuse me of wearing a tinfoil hat because I smell a huge load of steaming horseshit smeared ALLLLLLL over this little chest-thumping, drum-banging hypocritical PUBLICITY STUNT. Lemme tell you about St. Bernard Parish, from whence Rocky hails...

In a strip mall in Chalmette, the St. Bernard Parish Republicunt Party headquarters are just DIRECTLY UPSTAIRS of the local chapter of the KU KLUX KLAN. Coincidence?

I worked many a week with mentally and physically disabled clients of a "job-training" program in and around St. Bernard, Orleans, St. James, St. John and Jefferson Parishes the last year that I was in New Orleans. The racism and cleaving to catholic-church-approved ignorance there in St. Bernard is thicker than the Vatican itself. Even when the black person being harrassed is mentally disabled, the outright bigots don't care, they see that as an example of "inferior genetics." As if they could SPELL genetics.

Now, I've met quite a few decent people in St. Bernard Parish, too. I've met Shriners who bent over backwards for poor and disabled children of all colors. I've met cops and firefighters there who did their jobs with no exceptions whatsoever for race, religion, or any other arbitrary discrimination.

But I also know an assload of people like Rocky. They might have lost every material possession in Katrina and Rita. But they had plenty upon which they could fall back in times of crisis, and because of that, have NO SYMPATHY WHATSOFUCKINGEVER for anybody who DIDN'T. They figure, if somebody is a "welfare queen" or "retard," or some other "drain on the system," or "parasite on the gubmint" --- then they DESERVE to die, starve, and suffer, because they're too "lazy" to provide for themselves. These people sound exactly like my Psycho Sister, who hates my guts because I'm on Social Security Disability & SSI. They figure that anybody who can't "pull their weight" should either live & die with their families (who should have to provide for them) or just CEASE TO EXIST. Y'know who else thought like that? You know. With the ugly little moustache and the fear of semites, gypsies and gays.

Now, I don't know enough about this Rocky to swear in court that he's a flaming bigot republicunt who MOCKS THE DEATHS AND SUFFERING OF EVERY PERSON OF COLOR in Orleans, Jefferson & St. Bernard Parishes. But I can smell the horseshit from here. Rocky's a tool. He thinks that fellating Dumbya as a self-appointed "representative" of Katrina survivors makes him a "PATRIOT." He actually said, on camera, that he wishes that Dumbya could have FOUR MORE YEARS.

I'll tellya why Rocky's there. I'll tellya why this was a "news item."

It's so that everybody will forget about the dead, dying, suffering and stranded BLACK PEOPLE of Katrina. It's to reassure the heartless cunts who wave flags and ignore genocide that it's perfectly okay to forget ALLLLLLLLL about Katrina & Rita and just go back to their fucking NASCAR and American Idol as if their beloved gubmint didn't commit an ATROCITY OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS. Rocky was welcomed into the warm arms of the "president" who loves a man with a beautiful face, because he is THE PERFECT STOOGE TO MAKE IT ALL OKAY AGAIN FOR A PRESIDENT WHO HAS FAILED IN EVERYTHING HE'S EVER DONE.

Rocky went up there to tell Dumbya that he's doing "okay," but to remind America that the white victims of Katrina are "WORKING THEIR WAY OUT OF IT." In other words, "DON'T WORRY ABOUT THOSE WELFARE QUEENS, SUH --- WE'S IS AH'IGHT, DEY DON'T MATTAH!" There was even a study released today, (it was on ABC's World News Tonight today, but I can't find any reference to it on their website) by some university that I've never heard of that says if the government STOPS ALL AID to the disaster zone, then PRIVATE BIDNESS AND PRIVATE CHARITIES WILL PICK UP THE SLACK AND MAKE PEOPLE ALL BETTER FASTER.

TRICKLE-DOWN DISASTER RELIEF.

Y'all think that would work?

Me neither.

Nothing that happens in this country is coincidental or accidental. Not anymore. Thank Rupert Murdoch. Thank Dick Cheney. Even someone who survives the worst natural disaster in our nation's history can turn around and reinforce their racisim by LYING TO THE WORLD for Dumbya's behalf. We're past the rabbit hole, kids. We're living in Bizarro World.

I've seen & heard Dumbya do a lot of racist bullshit, but I've never seen him so effectively (if awkwardly & disingeniously) use a PUPPET to spread that shit before. At least not since Scotty Mac left the White House.

I've got a message for Rocky:

Rocky, I'm glad that you came out of Katrina with enough resources to go on your little road-trip-of-the-damned-and-damned-stupid. I'm glad that your family survived. I'm sorry that St. Bernard Parish basically got wiped off of the fucking map. I'm sorry that the majority of the media never even MENTION St. Bernard, unless they need to put some white people into the montage.

But Rocky, you are a traitor of the worst order. You are a traitor to humanity, you are a traitor to your state and your ancestors, and you are a traitor to your country. You serve the same purpose as "reality" shows, Rocky. You're just a bullshit billboard that's supposed to cover up the real horrors and the true crimes. You're a tool, Rocky, and you and your buddies think that that makes you a hero.

You're not a hero, Rocky, you're an accessory to murder. And I hope that when you go home, if you pass through Orleans, that instead of repeating The White American's Mantra of "Well, if those n*****s weren't so fucking lazy, then they'd have gotten this shit FIXED by now!", that you'll finally realize whom you have betrayed with your little moment in the spotlight. I hope that somehow, someday, it all comes home to you that you are a coward, a thief, and a killer. And I sure as hell hope that it happens soon.

But I'm not holding my breath.

UPDATE: Mentis Fugit and all of the other wonderful commenters have vindicated my initial gut feeling about ol' Rockey. He ain't just a "Katrina Survivor." He's one of the douchebags who occupy that Republicunt Headquarters office above the Klan shop.

http://www.attytood.com/archives/003647.html

Behind the scenes

On Tuesday, August 22, a health care facility in Bradford County, Pennsylvania received a commercial mass-mailing envelope that contained a small quantity of powder. In an abundance of caution, two persons at the facility were decontaminated.

Two other Bradford County sites also reported receiving envelopes containing similar powder. An EIA rapid test conducted by a local lab on the first envelope was weakly positive for botulinum toxin. Samples were sent to the Laboratory Response Network (LRN), the State Health Dept Lab at Lionville, PA, where an initial test for botulinum was "indeterminate."

Final confirmatory tests using a mouse bioassay are in progress. Very early results from the mouse bioassay (at three hours) are negative. Despite the initial lab results, all data suggest this is NOT a terrorist incident. No one exposed to the powder has become ill. The FBI reports no terror threats have been received.

The mailing was part of a promotion by Positive Promotions in NY, sent to health care providers, hospices, home health organizations, and hospitals. The company has instructed individuals to discard these envelopes without opening them, to avoid further confusion.

It didn't mention what SORT of healthcare facilities they were (ie, women's clinics, family practice, nursing homes, etc) but still, keep this in mind when you go the the hospital and the RN is a bit bitchy.

Oh and this was sent out as a Health Alert, which conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention. So in other words, the powder MIGHT be cornstarch or it MIGHT be botulism (Botulinum toxin is the most poisonous substance known.6-7 A single gram of crystalline toxin, evenly dispersed and inhaled, would kill more than 1 million people) but lets not panic just yet.

Actually, I'm surprised the Homeland Security trolls haven't picked up on this just to up the fear factor in the general population. Luckily healthcare workers are notoriously hard to rattle.

Maybe it's John Lennon?


Why does every guy with a long hair and a beard who appears in curtains, on ultrasounds, in food, in rocks, on walls, etc have to be Jesus?

UPDATE From Jesus General:
Is that Jesus or Jim Morrison on a man's shrimp dinner?
Is that an Abu Ghraib prisoner or Jesus in a woman's MRI?
Is that Richard M Nixon giving the V sign or Jesus giving praise to god on a tomato?

Another attack?

CNN reports today that a recent poll shows that 3/4's of respondents believe that bin Laden is planning another attack on the United States. The fear mongering by the administration seems to be working, but it also shows something else- People are not informed.

One of the reasons for the 9/11 attack were the US military bases in Saudi Arabia. Since the US doesn't have troops based there anymore and bin Laden was allowed to escape in Tora Bora and forever more it seems, what reason would he use to attack this time? Let's face it, the Bushistas gave al Qaida everything they wanted.

"Survivor" hopes to divide teams according to race

Just when I thought I had heard it all. I don't watch survivor, but I know millions do, and it is one of the most popular "reality" shows on TV. Wasn't it the first reality show?

This is unbelievable. It may just be a rumor, but it will be interesting to follow the story today.

Here is the site that google led me to. I am sure there will be more references to this story as the day unfolds.

What IS this world coming to....

CONGRESS has the power TO IMPEACH....So what are they waiting for?

Maybe they're waiting for our phone calls. As David Lindorff comments:

"The courts have spoken: this president is a criminal on multiple counts. Now the process moves to our elected representatives in Washington. No member of Congress who is unwilling to hold Bush and his accomplices to account and initiate impeachment proceedings against him for his crimes and violations of the Constitution should be returned to office in November.

Some critics have argued that impeachment is an unnecessary diversion from the task of government, since Bush will be gone in 2008 anyway. These people miss the point that leaving this president's crimes and constitutional affronts unchallenged and unpunished would enshrine his transgressions in the mantle of precedent, allowing the next president and her or his successors to pick up wherever Bush leaves off.

To do that would be to sign the death warrant for American democracy."



GET ON THE PHONE

I don't know what else we can do....

What I remember


I appreciate the fact that y'all are indulging my Katrina-related online mourning. And it's not over yet.

I can't stop thinking about how the Red Cross came out of this shit UNSCATHED, and people are STILL sending them money that's SUPPOSED to go to Katrina survivors.

And I can't forget that the fucking Red Cross waited SIX MOTHERFUCKING DAYS to go into Jefferson, Orleans & St. Bernard Parishes, because THEY DIDN'T WANT TO PISS OFF DUMBYA, who hadn't returned from his FUCKING VACATION YET. SIX GAWDDAMNED DAYS!!! The Salvation Army was in there THE NEXT FUCKING DAY. The day after Katrina hit, the Salvation Army had mobilized their forces, before the State Troopers and U.S. Army and National Guard had locked-down the interstates and Highway 61 to all southeast-bound traffic. The Salvation Army was putting food into people's hands even as the floodwaters surged.

And the fucking Red Cross holed-up in hotels and "rode out the storm." People died while the Red Cross daintily stepped back, for fear of offending the republicunts who sang and danced and ate birthday cake while our Rome burned.

Don't ever forget that.

I'll never forget the shock, of seeing almost every neighborhood that I'd ever lived in, overcome with polluted flood water. I'll never forget the anguish and rage because I didn't get on the road in time and wouldn't even get to the Bonne Carre spillway before I'd have been sent back. I was online through that whole first couple of days, and I didn't do shit. And I can never forget that, either. I should've been in the 8th & 9th wards. And I was sitting here, in the comfort of my little apartment, never once comprehending how bad it would become until it was too late to get down there and do something about it. I wanted to go down there and pull people out, at least get them to Baton Rouge, get them out of that hell. And I didn't.

If Liz & Archie hadn't started the ball rolling, I probably wouldn't have had a clue of what to do, because nobody at the state OR federal levels wanted anybody going into New Orleans to help, surely THEY would have everything covered. At least, that's what they SAID. All I could do was scramble to find someplace where I could be of help. And it still doesn't feel like I did enough. It probably never will. Because every time I see that footage of bodies floating down Claiborne or Rampart, every time that they show the needless carnage and despair at the Convention Center, every time I wonder where my old friends are, the rage, the anguish, the frustration is all right back. Right there. And I don't go searching for them online because I don't want to find out what I probably would. I already lost Barry Cowsill. I can't take another one. I'm too weak for this kind of massive shit.

If this had happened anywhere else in this country, it wouldn't still be in such a state of neglect and incompetence. If this had happened to anyone else in this country, there would have been a plan in place, and there would not have been over a thousand deaths. There wouldn't be an almost unanimous consensus (amongst republicunts, mainly) that "those people" deserved what they got, for not having the money or the means to get out. There wouldn't be mainstream media who dig up the corpses to wave around for ratings, but conveniently forget where George W. Bush was, the whole time that the whole fucking shithouse was exploding.

It still hurts. It probably always will. And this is all, for now, that I can do about it. To try and keep whatever small part of the world that I can reach from forgetting.

New Orleans is not the only place that I've ever lived, or even for the longest span. But it was the first place on this earth where I ever felt at home. And it will always be home to me. Those 12 years changed my DNA. I am a New Orleanian, no matter what redneck shithole I was born in, or what redneck shithole in which I currently reside. And no matter how long it takes, I will get home. That is the only hope that I have at this point, especially considering the rate and the degree at which things are NOT happening.

No-bid contracts all around, but how many people have gone home? 45,000? Not even. Over half a million people left Orleans that week. And close to another million in Jefferson and St. Bernard. And yes, a great many of those were in public housing. Those are the ones that they don't want to come back. Don't let the P.R. fool you, don't believe anything that you're told by any government or any corporation.

This was an ethnic cleansing, and it will forever change the face of this country. At least it damned well better. Because if all the people who cared about New Orleanians then don't care anymore, then what in the hell is the point? If they can forget the crimes committed by our "president," by our government, then what will they fall for next? Who will they forget next? And how many more will die, and then be conveniently allocated to "oh, well" history?

Don't let them forget.

And don't ever stop being pissed about this.

No matter how much the despair and depression push you down, DON'T STOP BEING PISSED.

And never let those fuckers off of the hook.

Don't ever forget.

Tuesday, August 22

God's Pajamas?

Ok, I just have to blogwhore this, I cannot possibly outdo this entry:


will say, that fears, doubts and uncertainties at night are a problem, but really more as you hit 40 or so. I'll admit to some late-night panic attacks recently.
So if they sold these in adult size, I would buy them.

And then have sex in them.

GAY sex.

I'm not even gay, but I'd feel obligated.

This, do in rememberance of me.


They held a memorial to the pets lost in New Orleans on Sunday, marching through the Quarter from the episcopal church. I'm at a loss for words. All I can say is that I'm grateful that my cats weren't there when Katrina hit. And all I can think of these days is those fevered weeks afterward, and how, no matter how much we did, it still wasn't enough.

Some of you may remember Andrea, my old friend in New Orleans whose backyard turned into an animal refuge. If you get a chance, visit her site. She's got the low-down on what's really going on in New Orleans and how hard they're fighting to keep New Orleans, even as tropical storms loom almost as precipitously as the Bechtel, Halliburton & Shaw Group "future projects" with their no-bid contracts.

The images from the rescued animals, and those who were lost, are plentiful on the web. What is not so easy to come by is a way to overcome the feelings of loss, confusion, and pain that these images dredge up. Our animals look to us to protect them as they protect and help us. Our animals trust us to always do the right thing for them. And when you see... something like this, you can't get over the feeling that no matter how hard we tried, we have still failed them.

PBS' Nature has a photo gallery of the animals and their rescuers, as well. Heart-wrenching doesn't even touch the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If only Dumbya & Dick had stopped hunting, drinking, and pretending to play the guitar long enough to treat the humans of New Orleans with at least the consideration and concern that the animal rescuers gave to their charges.