Saturday, September 10, 2005

A Matter of Timing...

Just saw another ad on ABC for their Invasion series. I wonder if there's any editing of the first episode going on. The ads tonight haven't shown it, but earlier ones did - the aliens, or whatever they are, apparently arrive during a hurricane. The previous ads showed wrecked homes, people being pulled from the Everglades, and other stuff that's probably hitting raw nerves.

If Quizilla Says So...

From a post at The Anchoress, I hopped over and took a "Which saint are you?" says I'm Joan of Arc...

You are Joan of Arc! You don't really want to hurt
anyone, but if they attack your friends or your
country and no-one else will stand up to fight
them, you head into the battle. Beware though,
conviction tends to get you killed.

Which Saint Are You?
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Never mind I'm a guy (the quiz doesn't ask about gender, so how was it to know).

Monday, September 05, 2005


From the Chicago Tribune (registration required):

With this gravely wounded city now emptied of tens of thousands of the most desperate storm victims, the hidden tragedies of Hurricane Katrina began surfacing Sunday as officials prepared the public for a ghastly body count and the stories of some elderly victims who died forgotten in nursing homes began to be told.
Forgotten? By whom? Aren't hospital patients and nursing home residents the people that a good evacuation plan should cover before any others? Can't school buses be used for stuff like this? Oh, yeah, they can, as long as you don't have a fuckwit mayor and a useless governor.

On What Planet? is a goldmine. I just need to figure out where to get the original AP stories they're excerpting. Here's a good one, from a press conference given by Police Chief Compass (I saw part of this on TV, but missed this bit - good thing, too):

4:32 P.M. - Compass: This mayor will go down in history as the greatest mayor in
the history of New Orleans. If we didn’t have Ray Nagin, a lot more people would
have been killed.

WHAT THE F? Greatest mayor? What about Mark Morial? In what city on what planet could Nagin possibly be the greatest mayor in history? Nero fiddled while Rome burned. What was Nagin doing while New Orleans drowned?

Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Long Arm of the Blog

Hello to Medea, author of, reading from Kyushu, Japan. It's amazing the data one finds when one looks in one's Site Meter log. She's battening down the hatches in preparation for
Typhoon Nabi.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

So, How Was Your Summer?

W's just got even more interesting - Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist has died. (Saw the story on MSNBC while flipping past The Weather Channel, and got the link from Instapundit.)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Oh, Woe Is Us, Gloom and Doom, Etc.

I wasn't trying to play Pollyanna with last night's post (see below). I was, however, a little perturbed by Shepard Smith's reporting last night on Fox News. Maybe he was on some heavy downers, I don't know, but he was making it sound like New Orleans is down forever. I disagree. (At least one pundit, however, reads Shep's performance thus far differently. I do agree he was doing well early on, like Monday - maybe the stress is getting to him, and he is on-location and I'm not.)

I think the mayor's "thousands dead" estimate is way high, but it's very much in keeping with his demeanor so far. I saw a headline that read "New Orleans mayor stays cool in crisis" - frozen is more like it. Between Mayor Comatose and Governor Blubberin' Blanco it's no surprise the looters have free reign - there's no freakin' adult supervision (and I'm not the only one critical of Blanco's performance). The cops should've started shooting the looters at the get-go (and whoever's shooting at the choppers getting folks away from the Superdome needs to die, now!), and sportsmen with boats should've been recruited (hell, they're volunteering - organize 'em, dammit!) to do the rescue work. Mayor, Governor - you have a city to save - it's time to square your shoulders, get a stiff upper lip, put down the crying towel, and get your butts on the line and your hands in the work and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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