Monday, September 11, 2006

Reactivating in Honor of 9/11

This blog has been inactive way too long... It has been my own wussiness. I have been actively avoiding politics because I didnt want the stress... but now on the 5 year anniversary of 9/11... It is finally time for me to quit hiding from my responsibilities, however small.

Let us all remember, that for at least one day, perhaps a week or month, Americans forgot their political, racial and all other differences and came together as ONE people, not only in support of each other in grief and sorrow, but also in determination to fight our common enemy.

I, for one, believe that we will, unfortunately, once again, face a crisis that will bring that resolve to the forefront... because even though we Americans get wrapped up in our political differences and bickering, our enemy does not. Our enemy is united and resoved in its determination to destroy us. So I say and will continue to say... Remembering 9/11 is not enough... We Must NEVER forget, not ever.

Therefore, I am making a commitment to myself to quit hiding from the stress of political contentiousness and stop refusing to use my God given talents. As a start, I am putting, on this blog, the words from our president, the same one that held us together through those horrible days five years ago:

Five years ago, this date _ September the 11th _ was seared into America/s memory. Nineteen men attacked us with a barbarity unequaled in our history. They murdered people of all colors, creeds, and nationalities _ and made war upon the entire free world. Since that day, America and her allies have taken the offensive in a war unlike any we have fought before.

Today, we are safer, but we are not yet safe. On this solemn night, I have asked for some of your time to discuss the nature of the threat still before us, what we are doing to protect our nation ... and the building of a more hopeful Middle East that holds the key to peace for America and the world.

We also honor those who toil day and night to keep our homeland safe _ and we are giving them the tools they need to protect our people. We have created the Department of Homeland Security. We have torn down the wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence from sharing information ... we have tightened security at our airports, seaports, and borders ... and we have created new programs to monitor enemy bank records and phone calls. Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement and intelligence professionals, we have broken up terrorist cells in our midst and saved American lives.

Five years after 9/11, our enemies have not succeeded in launching another attack on our soil _ but they have not been idle. Al-Qaida and those inspired by its hateful ideology have carried out terrorist attacks in more than two dozen nations. And just last month, they were foiled in a plot to blow up passenger planes headed for the United States. They remain determined to attack America and kill our citizens _ and we are determined to stop them. We will continue to give the men and women who protect us every resource and legal authority they need to do their jobs.

In the first days after the 9/11 attacks, I promised to use every element of national power to fight the terrorists wherever we find them. One of the strongest weapons in our arsenal is the power of freedom. The terrorists fear freedom as much as they do our firepower. They are thrown into panic at the sight of an old man pulling the election lever, of girls enrolling in school or families worshipping God in their own traditions.

They know that given a choice, people will choose freedom over their extremist ideology. So their answer is to deny people this choice by raging against the forces of freedom and moderation. This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization. We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations. And we are fighting for the possibility that good and decent people across the Middle East can raise up societies based on freedom, and tolerance, and personal dignity.

We are now in the early hours of this struggle between tyranny and freedom. Amid the violence, some question whether the people of the Middle East want their freedom _ and whether the forces of moderation can prevail. For 60 years, these doubts guided our policies in the Middle East. And then, on a bright September morning, it became clear that the calm we saw in the Middle East was only a mirage. Years of pursuing stability to promote peace had left us with neither.

So we changed our policies, and committed America's influence in the world to advancing freedom and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism.
With our help, the people of the Middle East are now stepping forward to claim their freedom. From Kabul to Baghdad to Beirut, there are brave men and women risking their lives each day for the same freedoms that we enjoy.


And they have one question for us: Do we have the confidence to do in the Middle East what our fathers and grandfathers accomplished in Europe and Asia? By standing with democratic leaders and reformers, by giving voice to the hopes of decent men and women, we are offering a path away from radicalism. And we are enlisting the most powerful force for peace and moderation in the Middle East: the desire of millions to be free.

Across the broader Middle East, the extremists are fighting to prevent such a future. Yet America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it _ sometimes at the cost of thousands of good men in a single battle. When Franklin Roosevelt vowed to defeat two enemies across two oceans, he could not have foreseen D-Day and Iwo Jima _ but he would not have been surprised at the outcome.

When Harry Truman promised American support for free peoples resisting Soviet aggression, he could not have foreseen the rise of the Berlin Wall _ but he would not have been surprised to see it brought down. Throughout our history, America has seen liberty challenged _ and every time, we have seen liberty triumph with sacrifice and determination.

At the start of this young century, America looks to the day when the people of the Middle East leave the desert of despotism for the fertile gardens of liberty _ and resume their rightful place in a world of peace and prosperity.

We look to the day when the nations of that region recognize that their greatest resource is not the oil in the ground _ but the talent and creativity of their people. We look to the day when moms and dads throughout the Middle East see a future of hope and opportunity for their children. And when that good day comes, the clouds of war will part the appeal of radicalism will decline ... and we will leave our children with a better and safer world.

On this solemn anniversary, we rededicate ourselves to this cause. Our nation has endured trials _ and we face a difficult road ahead. Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. And we must put aside our differences, and work together to meet the test that history has given us. We will defeat our enemies we will protect our people ... and we will lead the 21st century into a shining age of human liberty.

Earlier this year, I traveled to the United States Military Academy. I was there to deliver the commencement address to the first class to arrive at West Point after the attacks of September the 11th. That day I met a proud mom named RoseEllen Dowdell. She was there to watch her son Patrick accept his commission in the finest Army the world has ever known. A few weeks earlier, RoseEllen had watched her other son, James, graduate from the Fire Academy in New York City.

On both these days, her thoughts turned to someone who was not there to share the moment: her husband, Kevin Dowdell. Kevin was one of the 343 firefighters who rushed to the burning towers of the World Trade Center on September the 11th _ and never came home. His sons lost their father that day _ but not the passion for service he instilled in them. Here is what RoseEllen says about her boys, "As a mother, I cross my fingers and pray all the time for their safety _ but as worried as I am, I am also proud _ and I know their dad would be too."

Our nation is blessed to have young Americans like these _ and we will need them. Dangerous enemies have declared their intention to destroy our way of life. They are not the first to try _ and their fate will be the same as those who tried before _

9/11 showed us why. The attacks were meant to bring us to our knees, and they did _ but not in the way the terrorists intended. Americans united in prayer ... came to the aid of neighbors in need ... and resolved that our enemies would not have the last word. The spirit of our people is the source of America's strength. And we go forward with trust in that spirit, confidence in our purpose _ and faith in a loving God who made us to be free.

Thank you, and may God bless you.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

JACTA EST

To cheer or not to cheer,
That is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the main to suffer
Slings and arrows of trashing the Richland clan
And raise up arms in hailing well placed hits of White Sox wallops,
Or lie, to lull these erstwhile future Houston kin
Thus end the shocks before they come
While Bayou City lays its seige to Lakeside Town.
Tis consumation devoutly to be wished.
To lie, perchance to sleep
While battles rage on bloodless diamond,
For in that sleep all strife may die
Till Astros shuffle off to Houston town.
It gives me pause while choice eludes,
Forestalls calamity to come
Should Loriland do raise her wrath to shake the gods
From their Houstonian peaks.
For who would not bear the cracks,
Both wise and ill, the scorns of feasts to come,
Proud Randolph's contumely,
Whilst vengeful Universe, biding time till hurling 'pon
My bowed head bolts envied by Hephestus' forge
But that the dread of storm
After last pitch doth pass the plate called home,
The undiscovered country from whose exile
This 'lorn traveller, would-be Texan,
Evermore shall be exiled, puzzling the Fates
That spun and measured, then quick cut,
His Yea to Guillen's flag unfurled, the Sox of White,
And not the Bayou Terrors laying siege
To walls of land they call Chitown.
Tis conscience or mayhaps the fool,
This ego that makes us cowards, one and all,
And thus this Chitown fool
Doth gird his feckless loins in such wise guise
For love of Loriland, his Queen,
Forswearing fealty to Sox of White.
These enterprises of great pith and moment
This Series men call World.
A traitor to my Liege Lord Guillen,
Blessed still, yes, fortunate,
Nay willfully I scorn the fate
That doth bestow 'pon kings their state
For none can claim where I do stand,
For I lay claim, nay boast my fate,
Most happy slave to Loriland.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

GO ASTROS!
Wash the Socks!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

BUSH HATES MIDGETS

Most of Chris Rock's comments, on last nights fund-raising concert, were designed to inspire support for the hurricane victims despite any public perception that some of the victims were in part responsible for their plight, his opening remark was a sarcastic dig at the Blame Bush crowd and had me in tears with laughter.

See the video here at POLITICAL TEEN:

Monday, September 05, 2005

BLAME BUSH POLITICS BLIND THE DEMWITS TO REALITY

The Blame Bush policy of the liberal-left-DNC is certainly not new, we have been witnessing it ad nauseum since he first became president. However, the idiocy of this mania has never been more evident than in the aftermath of Katrina. Other idiotic mind-sets have become painfully exposed during this tragedy as well, but we will deal with those in a different post.

But for this post, let me once again state my favorite quote and siggy... "You have a right to your own opinions, you DO NOT have a right to your own facts."

The following is an interesting accounting of the onset of Katrina by a Brenden Loy as it happened:

July 8, 2005: Brendan Loy on Hurricane Dennis: "A direct hit on New Orleans by a major hurricane would, as we've discussed before, be very, very, very bad. Like 100,000 deaths bad. Like the complete destruction of an entire city bad."

August 25-26, 2005: Katrina hits South Florida.

August 26, 2005, 5:23 p.m.: Meteorologist Jeff Masters: "Threat threat of a strike on New Orleans by Katrina as a major hurricane has grown... It would be no surprise if later advisories shift the forecast track even further west and put Katrina over New Orleans."

August 26, 2005, 11:25 a.m.: Masters: "I'm surprised they haven't ordered an evacuation of the city yet. While the odds of a catastrophic hit that would completely flood the city of New Orleans are probably 10%, that is way too high in my opinion to justify leaving the people in the city. If I lived in the city, I would evacuate NOW! There is a very good reason that the Coroner's office in New Orleans keeps 10,000 body bags on hand. ... New Orleans needs a full 72 hours to evacuate, and landfall is already less than 72 hours away."

August 26, 2005, 1:57 p.m.: Brendan Loy: "At the risk of being alarmist, we could be 3-4 days away from an unprecedented cataclysm that could kill as many as 100,000 people in New Orleans.

August 26, 2005, 9:44 p.m.: Governor declares state of emergency.

August 26, 2005, 11:22 p.m.: Loy: "[I]f I lived in New Orleans, I would definitely leave at this point. Tonight. Barring a major change in forecast, I expect the evacuation orders to come tomorrow." The order would not come for another 24 hours.

August 27, 2005, afternoon: Mayor Nagin says "this is not a test," "batten down the hatches" – but evacuation is still voluntary.

August 27, 2005, 7:34 p.m. Loy: "I can't emphasize enough what a bad decision I think it is for New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to delay the mandatory evacuation until tomorrow morning... Will Ray Nagin go down in history as the mayor who fiddled while New Orleans drowned? Could be."

August 27, 2005, evening: Governor Blanco interrupts Mayor Nagin at dinner Update [2005-9-2 18:54:36 byMachiavellil]: after President Bush appeals for a mandatory evacuation of the city, telling him to call the National Hurricane Center. He subsequently orders a mandatory evacuation for Sunday, 24 hours before landfall.

August 27, 2005, 9:16 p.m.: Masters: "New Orleans finally got serious and ordered an evacuation, but far too late. There is no way everyone will be able to get out of the city in time..." He places New Orleans' chances of being destroyed at 20 percent.

August 28, 2005, 4:31 p.m.: Loy says it may be too late for those who waited for the Mayor's order to evacuate.

August 28, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CDT: National Weather Service dispatch: "MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS... PERHAPS LONGER... AT LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL FAILURE... WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS."

August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall.

August 30, 2005: New Orleans levees fail, flooding the city.

What did mean something is that the Mayor could have ordered a mandatory evacuation 36 hours before one actually took effect. The Governor could have mobilized the National Guard to go house-to-house, Gaza-like, and forcibly gotten people out. People too helpless to get out? No transportation? What about this? This was not a storm one could ride out in the bedroom closet ; staying behind, even in the remote chance of a "worst-case scenario" meant certain-death, not just the dazed look upon awakening to see one's home destroyed. All the studies predicted this, and the government entities charged with disaster preparedness should have known. Did they think they could skate by like any other city?

Criticizing Nagin and Blanco for their failure to recognize the uniqueness of the threat could be seen as hindsight; what came next is unforgivable dismissing the lawlessness sweeping the city as secondary. As we have since discovered in a near-perfect validation the "broken windows" theory, first you had the "victimless" looting of plasma TVs and jewelry. And next you have rape and murder and snipers picking off evacuees. And the best the Governor can do is pout.
Had New Orleans been placed under Louisiana National Guard control on Saturday and Sunday, when the city was dry, thousands would not have died.


Had a leader with half the stones of Rudy Giuliani been there instead of this dim pair of Chamberlains, hundreds, maybe thousands would not have died. Had the Mayor listened to bloggers and evacuated, yes, bloggers! hundreds, maybe thousands would not have died.

Had a "shoot to kill" order for looting been announced prominently early on and a couple of egregious violators been made an example of it would have gone a long way toward eradicating this anarchy.

And by the way, should a few unwelcome guests dismiss this as a raving anti-Democrat rant, let me just state that Louisiana would be in much better hands with Senator Landrieu in charge. She's at least shown courage and resilience in her public statements. A couple of times she's mentioned her brother, the Lieutenant Governor, saving people using a boat in New Orleans and its suburbs. I'm this close to suggesting Governor Blanco step aside.

Strength, courage, and more than a little ruthlessness is what Louisiana needs now. My namesake is rolling in his grave

Let me add a few of my own recollections:

On Saturday, August 27: President Bush declares the Gulf Coast a federal disaster area in anticipation of the onslaught of Katrina. Certain talking heads made statements, implying criticism that the President was overstepping his bounds, considering that the locals must request federal assistance.

"Such early deployment of relief is unusual in disaster-aid work. But damage projections had been so severe - and New Orleans deemed so vulnerable in its dependence on a network of levees, canals, and pumps to keep dry - that President Bush on Saturday went ahead and declared an emergency in the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to mobilize ahead of the storm."

"I want the folks there on our Gulf Coast to know that the federal government is prepared to help you when the storm passes," Bush said during a speech in Arizona, urging people to "pray for the health and the safety of all our citizens."

More than 5,000 National Guard troops were activated in four states to assist with recovery operations along the Gulf Coast.

Sunday, August 27: NEW ORLEANS (AP) In the face of a catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, a mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for New Orleans by Mayor Ray Nagin. Acknowledging that large numbers of people, many of them stranded tourists, would be unable to leave, the city set up 10 places of last resort for people to go, including the Superdome.

The mayor called the order unprecedented and said anyone who could leave the city should. He exempted hotels from the evacuation order because airlines had already cancelled all flights.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

SO WHAT HAPPENED? Could these buses unused by the Mayor of New Orleans before Katrina hit be a clue?

HURRICANE OF HATRED

The pithy, pertinent phrase, Hurricane of Hatred, was not coined by me (although I wish it had been.) I saw it first on PATRICK RUFFINI who said he got it from STEPHEN SPRUIELL, but it is well worth adoption since it so accurately describes what is going on in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

As Patrick Ruffini puts it: While center-right blogs have pretty much given over their entire sites to Hurricane relief, an unremitting torrent of venom has today been unleashed on the left. Outrageous examples have been spotlighted here and there (RFK Jr.), but it's bigger than that now: From last night to tonight, Blame-Bush-for-Katrina has moved from the fringes to the heart of the Democratic Party, including at the DNC.

FROM A WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING

Reporter: Regarding the president's zero tolerance for insurance fraud, looting, price gouging. Does he make any allowance for people who have yet to receive aid who are taking things like water or food or shoes to walk among the debris?

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan: I think you heard from the president earlier today about his zero tolerance. We understand the need for food and water and supplies of that nature. That's why we have a massive effort underway to continue getting food and water and ice to those who are in need. There are ways for them to get that help. Looting is not the way for them to do it

The DNC RESPONSE to Scott McClellan's statement: This isn't about criticizing the relief efforts. There are thousands of people working as hard as they can to get those people the help they need. It's about the gall of Scott McClellan and others to blame the victims for trying to survive. It's just disgusting. Atrios has more.

The DNC also refers readers to ATRIOS who has this to say: Bush to Victims: Just Die

One does not need to look hard to find examples of liberal blowhard blather ; POLITBURO DIKTAT gives a great rundown comparing what the bloggers on the left are posting compared to those on the right.
HIGHLIGHTS OF HATRED
(I am not going to link these because I don't want to give them extra traffic, but you easily look them up if you wish to see it for yourself)

BRAD BLOG: I contemplated the idea of turning it into a crusade: No-one in the blue states (where the money is) should give one dime of aid to the victims of this hurricane, which devastated Bush-friendly regions. Why did I flirt with such a callous attitude? Because it should be obvious to all that this tragedy was not just an act of God. Dubya and his deity conspired to transform mere disaster into an unprecedented mega-catastrophe.

Wonkette: We're naming it Lake George, cause it's his fault.
Kos: George Bush - The Disaster President
Atrios: Bush to Victims - Just Die
Tas (at ISOU): Bush is to Blame
Patridiots: Bush is most amazingly stupid, head in the sand, dumbass
Steve Gilliard: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes - next to photo of N.O. baby
Dembloggers: A President that is not ready
Liberal Oasis: Take Responsibility, Mr. Bush
TBogg: Bush Vacation Death Count
Randi Rhodes says that Bush wants to use Katrina to kill Democrats.
Green Party member JÃrgen Trittin blames the disaster on our failure to ratify the Kyoto Protocols.

The list goes on and on, but you can find a sampling at CHRENKOFF

Aside from BLAMING BUSH, you will find many great examples of the hatred liberals have for the Red States in general and the Southern Red States specifically. (As a matter of personal principle and preference, I am not linking to demwits except for certain exceptions)

BLUNDERFORD AT BLOGCRITICS: You 60 million losers who voted for this loser open YOUR wallets. This president declared war on the poor long ago, and while some of us cared enough to vote for someone who gave a damn, you buried your heads in the sand, babbled about abortion and family values, and voted for the doofus.

And now you want to act all high and mighty and come asking me for a buck or two to help these poor people? Sorry, Charlie. Take an extra buck or two out of the fund you set aside to buy seventeen Support Our Troops magnets to stick all over your car to show how patriotic you are. You want disaster relief? Impeach George W. Bush.

Joseph Cannon at BradBlog: ...they voted for Bush. These ninnies obviously wanted these policies, and they deserve to live with the consequences of their votes. A large part of me still believes that many of these W-worshipping numbskulls deserve to suffer and to die. They brought it on themselves. Let them look to Jayzuss for aid: It's time they stopped leeching off the more productive blue staters...

SUSPENDING HIGHER GROUND: On September 11, 2001, The Vacationing and un-elected President of this country was tooling around on his holiday and even making time to fit in a little PR in Florida too.

Democratic National Committee blog attacks Condoleezza Rice for shopping while the people of New Orleans are suffering. Another post criticizes White House spokesman Scott McClellan for categorically denouncing looting.

Rev. Jesse Jackson accused the Bush administration on Friday of not acting faster to rescue New Orleans' beleaguered flood victims because they were largely black, poor and Democrat. Of course the reverend also wants to see the President publically blame God for the disaster: "When he tours the Gulf region today, I hope he will stand on a pile of rubble. And he will look up to the heavens and say to God, "You're responsible for this. And soon you will hear from us.
"What we're looking at is an extraordinarily slow response, from someone who prides themselves in their overwhelming Christian response. The Christian thing to do? To feed the hungry. To clothe the naked. To liberate the captive. To get these displaced persons to some sense of normalcy as quickly as possible. And that requires real national leadership. We're not looking Qaieda. God is responsible for this."


Leading House Democrat Charlie Rangel, said Bush should have recognized the flood danger to New Orleans. "I assume the president's going to say he got bad intelligence," Rangel said sarcastically.

While the left is stooping low to exploit this tragedy, Sidney Blumenthal is positively hugging the ground, if not actually wallowing in the gutter. What the hell do condom shortages in Uganda have to do with homeless people in New Orleans? If you worship at the altar of Bush hatred, you already know the answer.

BUT WAIT: Dudes, don't forget he lied about WMD, he went to war for oil, and he stole the election! Twice!!

AmIaPunditNow may have the best thing to say:

Thursday, September 01, 2005

HELP FOR KATRINA SUFFERERS

Houston and other Texas cities have opened their border and hearts to those left homeless by Katrina. I will try to restrict my ranting to my rant post and avoid expounding on it here.

Donations await those being transferred from the hell of the Superdome to the haven of the Astrodome. I figure some won't be anymore grateful than the reporters that are already making irksome remarks- but then charity isn't done for gratitude. Having done to others as I would have wished done unto me, as a Houstonian, I don't appreciate New Orleans gangbangers coming here and setting up their temporary territories inside my dome, as it appears they are doing according to certain news reports. In spite of the gun fire at the Astrodome, complaints are still being raised , even encouraged by certain MSM agitating reporters ,that access to the Astrodome is being restricted to those coming from the Superdome, in some attempt to control the influx of thugs, hopefully.

The state of Texas has set up a special refugee phone line (dial 211) for those currently in motels or finding their way to Texas on their own. All the refugee centers and redcross locations and other headquarters set up to help them find help will be listed on a recording

There is a drive for food, water, clothing, money, bedding, toys and other activities specifically for the Dome refugees. SBC has set up a bank of some 200 phones for their use. There is a move to set up television. The football stadium, as well as some of the theater and other venues around town, are offering free attendance for the refugees. There will be a free medical clinic. Even as the press was grousing about them having to continue camping out on a 20 yard line, albeit air-conditioned, nurseries for the children are being set up as well as cots and other amenities to improve their comfort, such as hot showers, cafeteria style kitchen, special accommodations for the elderly and frail.

I hear the cruise lines are considering offering their vessels to evacuate people from New Orleans. I admire them even considering it, because I don't think I would be charitable enough to risk having gangs of looters running loose on my luxury ships. And since I did bring it up, although I didn't intend to here... let me point out again that widescale looting and shooting and whining in general is NOT going on in Mississippi or Alabama. New Orleans never has been like the rest of the south in many regards... their rampant disregard for common decency being one of them.

The Southern Baptist Disaster Ministeries has sent out semi-trucks that are outfitted as kitchens and are dishing up food for folks in Mississippi. I have not heard of them in New Orleans and don't know if that is because they aren't letting anyone in yet or if the news just doesn't want to show them because they are going for the refugees- suffering -and -not -getting- relief angle.

There are many blogs and sites with listings for the various charities which are helping in this disaster, I will list those rather than relist all the charities.

http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=18473

http://instapundit.com/archives/025235.php


CRAIGSLIST for New Orleans has listings for help and temporary housing (some free or greatly reduced) all over the US for those homeless. Be sure to refresh the page in case of updates.

Bloggers are joining together in a fundraising effort. http://truthlaidbear.com/katrinarelief.php

There is a website http://www.gulfcoastnews.com/ that is giving good information and is also establishing an online list for those seeking family. They are also requesting assistance with server capacity to maintain the list since their resources are low at the moment. They also need help from people to get and post names of those in shelters and otherwise without power or access to the net.

Michele Malkin is providing much information on the charity drives and pertinent, pithy commentary as well.

Pointe Coupee Parish - The Pointe Coupee Relief Fund account has been set up at Guaranty Bank to purchase medicine and special needs supplies for the evacuees in the parish. The account number is 08-1563-2. (225) 638-3192 and (225) 978-8367.

People with boats - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants potential volunteers offering to use their personal watercraft to call the department before going to the rescue area. They must be able to transport and operate their boats, have provisions for three days including fuel, food, water and bedding and be able-bodied and capable of lifting 100 pounds. The telephone numbers are 225-765-2706 or 1-800-256-2749, ext. 0. Those lines will be answered from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.

Telephone numbers - Patty Rives, coordinator of community outreach for the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, said residents can call 211 from telephone land lines to get information on shelters or to volunteer. From cell phones, calls should be made to (800) 749-2673. That line will be manned from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Women's Hope Center - The Women's Hope Center in Denham Springs needs diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, juice, car seats, baby bedding, new baby bottles, baby clothing. Anything a mother and baby/toddler can use. Drop off at 222 Veteran's Blvd. Suite C off Range Ave. today, Friday and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (225) 665-0214 or (225) 665-0246. Monetary donations can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1240, Walker, La. 70785.

Ascension Parish - Ascension Credit Union, 2430 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales, is accepting donations for Hurricane Katrina victims at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Monetary contributions also can be made to Operation Good Neighbor, United Community Bank, Account No. 1500651, P.O. Box 1565, Gonzales, La., 70707. A donation information line will be activated Friday. The number will be (225) 647-GIVE. Those wanting to volunteer should call 211. Blankets, pillows, toiletries, clothing, baby diapers, toys, bottles and other necessities also are needed. Call (225) 621-2800 or visit trey@ascensioncu.org.

Lafourche Parish - Kajuns for Katrina, spearheaded by state Rep. Karen St. Germain, D-Pierre Part, and the Pierre Part Knights of Columbus Council 5352, is preparing meals and collecting truckloads of relief items for New Orleans area refugees sheltered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

Residents may drop off clothing and bedding at Pierre Part Middle School, hygiene items and nonperishable food products at Toos Seafood and Steak House and monetary donations made to the Kajuns for Katrina fund at any Hibernia National Bank branch. (985) 252-0100.

Registered nurses - Baton Rouge General Medical Center needs registered nurses. These are paid nursing assignments. (225) 381-6464 or visit www.brnurse.com or www.brgeneral.org.
United Blood Services - Donors who are at least 17 years old can donate blood from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Baton Rouge center, 8234 One Calais, off Essen Lane near I-10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Saturday at the Mall of Louisiana and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the mall. Bring photo identification. (225) 769-7233.

LifeShare Blood Centers - Donors who are at least 17 years old can donate blood from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid City, 3600 Florida Blvd. and from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the General's Bluebonnet campus, 8585 Picardy Ave. (225) 383-7728. There are also centers in Alexandria, Bossier City, Monroe, Shreveport, Lake Charles and Beaumont, Texas.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation - Tax deductible donations to the Hurricane Katrina Displaced Residents Fund and the Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund are being accepted online at www.brac.org. Donations by check should be made out to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and mailed or delivered to 402 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge, La., 70802. (225) 387-6126.

Operation Blessing - Tax deductible contributions can be made to Operation Blessing�s Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1 (800) 730-2537. This organization is a Salvation Army partner. Credit card donations can be made by visiting www.ob.org

Volunteers at LSU - Health-care volunteers are needed at the Baton Rouge campus. Shoes and mens clothing also are needed. New Orleans area evacuees are expected to be at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and the Carl Maddox Field House for several days.

HOUSTON CALLS FOR DONATIONS COMING UP SOON

KATRINA RANT

THERE SHOULD BE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR MANY MSM REPORTERS: I am furious at some of the reporters on network news who are using a great deal of their airtime to criticise the federal government and President Bush. One reporter on CNN, Miles something, I think, was interviewing the governor of Mississippi. He was asking the governor if he was upset at the inadequate response of the feds. The governor (whom I have taken a great liking to from his interviews since Monday) said that he was not in the least upset and did not think the response was inadequate or slow. He was explaining how the troops and resources had to be positioned outside the threat areas in order to keep from being blown away by the hurricane and that they are mobilizing now as quickly as they can.

The journalist proceeded to argue with the governor to the point that he was talking over the governor's remarks. The governor then responded rather testily that if the reporter wanted an argument he wasn't going to oblige. If he was interested in what the governor thought he would be glad to share it, but he wasn't going to agree because the MSM nincompoop was wrong (I think he bit his tongue about here to keep from saying the reporter was full of it.)

THERE SHOULD BE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL NEXT TO THE REPORTERS FOR THE WHINERS THEY ARE INTERVIEWING: While all the police, firemen, national and coast guard men are out there risking their lives to save the people that were too STUPID to evacuate in front of a Category 5 Hurricane, the biggest, most damaging, if not the most powerful storm in US history, the survivors stand there in front of the camera complaining, loudly and bitterly,that no one took the time to tell them where to go...

MEMO to all the IDIOTS: Everyone from the governor down to your Parish dogcatcher DID tell you where to go! They BEGGED you to get the hell outta Dodge. On Saturday the Louisiana governor begged on TV (I heard her) and I QUOTE (loosely) "Get your family and pets and haul ass OUT of Louisiana if you can or into designated shelters if you can't!" You thought you were smarter than they were... well guess what... you were STUPID! So SUCK IT UP and suffer. Many of the guys and gals putting their lives on the line right now to save you and your fellow cretins lost everything too!

Some people are just TOO STUPID TO LIVE! There I've said it, and I'm NOT SORRY! (Left Wingers who mock creationism take note: this is GODLESS DARWINISM at work, survival of the fittest.)
THERE SHOULD BE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR LOOTERS AND ALL THE THUGS THEY ARE CURRENTLY SHIPPING INTO HOUSTON: I would like to point out once again that you are NOT seeing this wide-scale looting and disrespect for law and order in Mississsippi!

I will be adding more rants when I must, to keep from exploding.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

BLOGGER'S BLOCK

I have been avoiding posting to the blog for several days now. I was attributing my 'Blogger's Block' to a form of mental exhaustion or burn-out I call 'Writer's Fatigue.' I also thought it might perhaps be an early onset of the 'Dog Days Syndrome' that occurs when a Houstonian's brain gets over-cooked from the seemingly never-ending, oppressive heat and humidity we endure during the months of August and September.

If you think I am exaggerating, just take a look at the weather forecast for Houston during August and September. It never changes, unless there is a tropical disturbance or hurricane in the gulf... "hot, humid and 20-30% chance of afternoon thundershowers."

However, when I finally forced myself to get proactive about getting something posted, I realized that my real problem could be better described as the 'Cindy Sheehan Syndrome.' I have been so reluctant to make a post concerning the grieving anti-war mother, and yet I could not force myself to just bypass the subject. Therefore, I am going to state my observations, without too much elaboration in the hopes that it will be enough to cure my Blogger's Block.

1. I found Cindy Sheehan's statement asking President Bush if he had encouraged his daughters to join the military comparable to and about as credible as something that Michael Moore might say. My question to Mrs. Sheehan would be... When and in what way did President Bush personally encourage your son to sign up for the military?

2. My second question to Mrs. Sheehan would be: What or who changed from the time you did meet with President Bush and you found him sincere and caring to the time you decided to become a 'cause celebre' of the anti-war, anti-Bush movement?

3. My third question: Considering that this is an all-volunteer military, one can assume that your son chose from his own free-will to join, and also assuming that he quite likely felt he was serving his country along side his brothers-in-arms... how do you think he would feel about you trashing his service and sacrifice and the service and sacrifice made by his fellow soldiers?

UPDATE: I went and read Cindy Sheehan's own words... I take back all my original resistance and sympathy... this is NO grieving mother... this a mother that is using the dead corpse of her American hero son as fodder for media attention and to serve her own warped anti-America agenda. If you have any doubts about this... go read her own words: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/convention05/sheehan_transcript.htm

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!