Sep. 3, 2005

Blacks "Loot", Whites "Find"

Seems there is a bit of a controversy over a pair of photo's taken of people wading through the water with "goods" in tow. The caption in one photo claims the white people found the stuff they had whereas the black people "looted" what they had. The photographer attempted to explain away the discrepancy by saying that the white people found there's just "floating by" and as such, he would have done the same. All fine and good of course, except for the fact that full bottles of Coke don't float. Anyhow, here's my response over on the message board:

The photographer says the white people, quote: "picked up bread and cokes that were floating in the water. They would have floated away anyhow." Full bottles of Coke don't "float by". They sink. Period. So they must have got them off the shelf. Period. So what we have here is BS posing as journalism.
The Great Deceiver

Halliburton Already In the Money In NO

And of course, if you're a really well connected group like Halliburton, you don't need to go around with your hand out. You simply ask the Prez to give you the tax-payers money. Hey. Come to think of it, this will be the first honest dollar they've made in years. Surely they couldn't have played a part in creating this disaster.....could they? Mycos ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CONSTRUCTION Halliburton hired for storm cleanup The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina."

Cashing In On MIsery, Minutemen, RightMarch, etc

So far, I've noticed the most disgusting betrayal of Americans seems to be coming from those very groups who claim to care sop much about it. This is the clearest and best evidence that they care about nothing but their own agenda. That is of course to reshapes America in a way that forces the rest of us to behave in a manner which they see as respectable by their own standards, a concept that is entirely unAmerican , but one that continues to escape them completely. RightMarch has chimed in, blasting the RED CROSS, saying that no money should go to them but to their little group instead. :

The Red Cross even has a "Chief Diversity Officer" who saw to it that Hartman was FIRED when he politely, but firmly, objected to "celebrating" this "diversity." What the heck is a "Chief Diversity Officer"??? Is this the type of organization you want to give YOUR hard- earned dollars to? I won't -- especially when there are other groups that are desperate for our help, who are there on the ground giving relief AND God's love to all who need it. I know, there are a number of excellent Christian groups out there who are worthy of our support, and if you already have one in mind, PLEASE GIVE. My money is going to the Air Land Emergency Resource Team (ALERT). If the Lord is leading you to support ALERT's efforts, click below to make your donation now:
The Minutemen have done the same.
Due to the mounting crisis, U.S. Border Patrol officers are being shifted away from their posts guarding the US-Mexico border to aid in the Hurricane Katrina disaster, leaving our country vulnerable to increased trafficking by illegal aliens and terrorists attempting to enter the U.S. Our nation needs our help now more than ever, and we are prepared to serve honorably during a time of crisis. WILL YOU HELP? While we certainly encourage donations to worthy relief organizations, NOW is the time when we need help in order to "pick up the slack" as more than 100 U.S. Border Patrol Agents have been reassigned from Arizona and New Mexico to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Sep. 1, 2005

Anarchy, death and relief for some in New Orleans

Last Updated Thu, 01 Sep 2005 21:42:32 EDT CBC News Rotting bodies littered the flooded streets of New Orleans Thursday and escalating violence threatened all-out anarchy as thousands of survivors of Hurricane Katrina pleaded to be evacuated, or even just fed. Outside Convention Center in New Orleans (AP Photo/Eric Gay The historic Louisiana city has seen armed looters roam the water-filled streets since Katrina tore through and it now resembles a third-world trouble spot in a refugee crisis."

Condi Rice Continues to Shop Up a Storm and Other condoleezza rice Stories : Gawker

And to prove Armegeddon is upon us,the following from....well... "Somewhere, over the rainbow....." Condi Rice Continues to Shop Up a Storm and Other condoleezza rice Stories : Gawker: "According to Drudge, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has recently enjoyed a little Broadway entertainment. And Page Six reports that she’s also working on her backhand with Monica Seles. So the Gulf Coast has gone all Mad Max, women are being raped in the Superdome, and Rice is enjoying a brief vacation in New York. We wish we were surprised. What does surprise us: Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we’ve confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo’s Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, “How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!” Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman. Angry Lady, whoever you are, we love you. You are a true American, and we’ll go shoe shopping with you anytime."

"No One Can Say they Didn't See it Coming"

"No One Can Say they Didn't See it Coming" By Sidney Blumenthal 09/01/05 'Der Spiegel' -- -- In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war. "

Aug. 31, 2005

Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen?

On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: 'It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.'"

Bush backtracks on U.S. commitment

Psychopaths, psychopaths. Everywhere I see psychopaths....... Mycos ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bush backtracks on U.S. commitment "They think we’ve forgotten the promises" Fran Quigley Leaked documents disclosed last week in both the U.S and United Kingdom press show that President Bush’s controversial new ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, is trying to block a reaffirmation of the U.S. commitment to lessen global poverty. The commitment, based on a 2000 pledge of wealthier nations to increase the amount of their contributions to fight disease and hunger in developing nations, seemingly was confirmed by the Bush Administration as recently as the G8 meeting at Gleneagles, Scotland, in July. The apparent Bush-Bolton backtrack on the U.S. promise has inspired passionate international criticism, and censure from local activists as well. “It’s not that surprising to see this administration say one thing and do another,” says Nick Arena, the Indianapolis-based grass-roots manager for RESULTS, a global anti-poverty organization. “What’s quite disturbing, is that over 17,000 people many just children are dying each day from three diseases, HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, that cost just a few dollars to cure or prevent. Heck, if they [the Bush Administration] would have spent the $9 billion that they cannot account for in Iraq on HIV/AIDS, TB and other global health problems, we would have saved millions of lives.”"

Croation Journalist On Hunger Strike NOW

CROATIAN JOURNALIST HUNGER STRIKE-DAY 6 Dear Friends, I am indicted by The Hague International Tribunal for war Crimes, because of the contempt of Court, as a Croatian journalist and publicist. In last several months I warned the Croatian Government and other relevant institutions that I don’t have financial resources to finance my defence at The Hague Tribunal, but they ignored that information. As I wrote, I don't have financial resources to finance my defence and in Croatia the political situation is not good for the journalists which are indicted in The Hague, so I cannot get any place to work, to write, and to earn my pay check every month. I am on the so called BLACK LIST OF JOURNALISTS. So I don't have even financial resources for my every day life. Now The Haague Tribunal refused to register my attorney Zeljko Dumancic from Zagreb, for unknown reasons. So now I am left without any legal assistance as the indicted journalist at The Haague. I demand from the Government of Croatia, as ex deputy Primeminister dr. Andrija Hebrang said that the Government secretly finance some of the indicted persons at the Haague, but the others don't have that privilege, so I demand that the Government of Croatia equally finance my defence. At this moment my rights are in danger, right to justice at the Tribunal, right to defence and legal help. They are breaking the rules of the Haague Tribunal Statute, the Government put me on the list of those indicted persons at The Haague which they are not to finance, for their own secret reasons. On Friday 26.8.2005., I started a hunger strike until the end. The Government is not respecting our human and citizen rights by strange and non-transparent financing of some indicted persons and not financing the others. I am put in an unequal position at the Tribunal and in the legal sense. Please ontact all Your friends, political persons, jorunalists, organizations and inform them about my appeal for help, about Croatian Government leaving me to hunger strike. I urge You again to help us, the indicted Croatian journalists at The Haague tribunal. Domagoj Margetic Journalist

Emergency Messages From New Orleans Hospital

Forwarding from J.B.Gerald. Second of two. Please forward if you know of any way to help. Thank you for your patience. Bart ----- Original Message ----- From: To: Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 11:52 PM Subject: Bill and Debbie Quigley Need Help: one thing to do Dear Friends, I just talked to Debbie and Bill, who are on the third floor of the Tenet Memorial Hospital in New Orleans. Some patients have been medivacked out, but according to Bill, there is no plan to get family members and hospital staff out. If the water keeps rising, they won't have any power. Please give Bill's numbers to any media people you know, since he can recieve calls at least tonight. Susan and all at Jonah House 9:30 cdt There are well over a 1200 people still in the Tenet Memorial Hospital on Napoleon in New Orleans. Predictions are that flood waters will continue to rise to another 9 feet tonight. Latest info is that they have started helicoptering out people, but very small numbers, less than 100 since 1 pm. Giving you this update because we may have no electricity before long. Our phone numbers are 504.897.4531 and 504.897.4530, we cannot call out. Feel free to call us or give numbers to media to call us. They are estimating that it may take several days to evacuate these people - water electricity food security all will be gone by then. Please help by notifying the press and the government. People are hoping that friends around the country can help out. Thanks for giving people hope. Peace, Bill Quigley Dear Friends: Bill Quigley, who is a professor of Law at Loyola University, is with his wife, Debbie, who is an oncology nurse, at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans right now. Bill has been at the hospital volunteering his time since the storm hit. He writes from the hospital the following email. Please get the word out, and see how help can be gotten to these people. In all the work and confusion, they should not be forgotten. Thanks, all of us at Jonah House. Dear Friends: There are about 1300 people here who need help. I would appreciate it if you could forward this information to federal and state authorities and press in the US and in Louisiana to make sure these sick people are cared for. Some had transplant surgery this AM! I am in Memorial Hospital in New Orleans. We have nearly 200 very sick people, hundreds of staff and hundreds more families. The hospital has some basic electricity but many rooms have no electricity and many stairwells have no electricity/ There is no a/c and no external windows. We cannot phone out and can receive few incoming calls. The water is rising and the hospital is already surrounded by water. Once the water hits the first floor, the computers, the email, all intercoms, and all internal communication inside the hospital will cease. Our phones do not work so this is the only way I can reach out. This is not official but what I have been able to find out from listening to many, many people here. The City of New Orleans is completely overwhelmed. No electricity. Incredible wind damage and now a broken levee that is flooding the city even further. Please make sure that someone is working to make sure these sick people and their families are helped. They need care. For hours they have been announcing that patients are going to be medivaced (is this a word?) to other hospitals and shelters. But little real action so far. I know there is much, much to do out there, but these sick people need attention asap. Please reach out in whatever way you can to make sure these folks are cared for. Peace and love, Bill Quigley

Aug. 30, 2005

The Bolton-izing of Human Rights at the United Nations

In an effort that speaks volumes about what John Bolton sees his job at the United Nations to be, we witness his attempt to restrict the UN's efforts to see that no body or no group can get away with violating the rights of civilians anywhere for any reason. One would think that such would be a just and noble goal to strive for. Apparently the USA feels differently........ Mycos ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Daily Times - Site Edition: "Washington insists on inserting the words “by terrorists” in a paragraph that reads “We affirm that the targeting and deliberate killing of civilians and non-combatants cannot be justified or legitimized by any cause or grievance.” “We consider these changes of critical importance to ensure that the scope of this paragraph is limited to terrorist actions, and does not address military activities that are appropriately governed by international humanitarian law,” the Bolton letter said. "

Bush's War Responsible For Levee Breaks

While the right-wing tries to use the diversion created by the disaster in the south to shift focus away from Iraq, others of us have begun to ask why the dikes that were to protect the area have been left unconstructed year after year after year, despite the many warnings of impending disaster. This possibility of this disaster was increased dramatically by the general warming trend of the worlds oceans combined with Bush's obstinate refusal to acknowlegdge that "business as usual" is killing us all. To that end, here's a reminder of just who is killing who. Mycos ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~` Excerpts "It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us." -- Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004. New Orleans had long known it was highly vulnerable to flooding and a direct hit from a hurricane. In fact, the federal government has been working with state and local officials in the region since the late 1960s on major hurricane and flood relief efforts. When flooding from a massive rainstorm in May 1995 killed six people, Congress authorized the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, or SELA. Over the next 10 years, the Army Corps of Engineers, tasked with carrying out SELA, spent $430 million on shoring up levees and building pumping stations, with $50 million in local aid. But at least $250 million in crucial projects remained, even as hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin increased dramatically and the levees surrounding New Orleans continued to subside. Yet after 2003, the flow of federal dollars toward SELA dropped to a trickle. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars. One project that a contractor had been racing to finish this summer was a bridge and levee job right at the 17th Street Canal, site of the main breach. The president told us that we needed to fight in Iraq to save lives here at home, and yet -- after moving billions of domestic dollars to the Persian Gulf -- there are bodies floating through the streets of Louisana. What does George W. Bush have to say for himself now?

Aug. 29, 2005

What If Christ Were to Re-Appear Today?

For those of us who have wondered what might happen to Christ were he to return during these troubled times, we have this dark vision by Jerry Ghinelli . "The Crucifixion of Christ, American Style"

Aug. 28, 2005

Vets Aren't Buying Bush's B.S.

George W. Bush should realize he is trouble when veterans wear bullshit protectors to avoid hearing his attempts to justify his war in Iraq. Bill Moyer, 73, wears a “B.S. Protector” flap while President Bush addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars at their 106th convention Monday in Salt Lake City. Moyer served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Veterans wearing "B.S. Protector" ear flaps sat silently in the audience of the 106th convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Monday in Salt Lake City while Bush tired to compare his failed war in Iraq to both world wars and other great conflicts of the 20th century. cont........

The dodgy underbelly of India's war on terror :Siddharth Varadarajan:

Half a world away and yet we see the very same problems taking place in India as we see with the police forces here in Canada.

Below is a very timely article and one that I hope will be widely read and deeply considered by the authorities here. I have watched with ever-increasing anxiety their efforts to set up similar forces here...ones who are able to act under a very similar legal framework. Their goals, although unstated as such, are beginning to remind me very much of the US "Patriot" laws, laws which I consider to have less to do with catching and convicting terrorists than they do with stifling dissent among law-abiding citizens. I also expect that these new laws, as well as those groups responsible for their execution, will be just as ineffective at catching terrorists as the Indian's are. Ironically, I have little doubt that they will be entirely effective at stifling our freedoms --- just as the US Patriot laws have done. Instead, we get "secondary" and petty behaviour such as we see with the Marc Emery arrest and indictment.

The dodgy underbelly of India's war on terror In their search for quick results, the police have allowed the real conspirators behind the terrorist attack on Parliament to get away. "