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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Jesus of Methamphetamine


Held captive and then released becasue of Jesus - Jesus of Methamphetamine


Hostage Gave Meth to Atlanta Fugitive
ATLANTA - Ashley Smith, the woman who says she persuaded suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols to release her by talking about her faith, discloses in a new book that she gave him methamphetamine during the hostage ordeal.

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During the ordeal, Smith says, she pulled out Rick Warren's book "The Purpose-Driven Life" and read to Nichols a chapter called "Using What God Gave Me" to gain his trust.

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after Nichols had snorted some of Smith's meth — she tried to win Nichols' trust by talking about her faith in God and relating to him her personal stories.


"Using What God Gave Me"... ? ... God has a Meth Lab ?

(Hat Tip to the Liberal Avenger)

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Ribbons...















More about Ribbons at the Liberal Avenger.

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Ya gotta laugh either way...


At the bottom of today's White House Briefing by Dan Froomkin


Desperately Seeking Bianca

Lloyd Grove writes in the New York Daily News: "President Bush treated White House reporters to a decidedly goofy moment yesterday, when he kept demanding the whereabouts of the junior Bloomberg News correspondent during a mini-press conference at the Pentagon. 'Bianca?' Bush inquired, looking down at a list of White House press poolers (notably Bloomberg reporter Bianca Davie). 'Nobody named Bianca? Well, sorry Bianca's not here. I'll be glad to answer her question.' While Vice President Cheney and other high officials smiled supportively, Bush explained: 'Just trying to spread around the joy of asking a question.' More official smiles. The President wouldn't give up. 'Are you Bianca?' he asked another young woman. 'No, I'm not,' the woman answered. 'Anita - Fox News.' Bush responded with determination: 'Okay. I was looking for Bianca. I'm sorry.'"

Blogger Wonkette writes: "Sources inform us that Bianca was at the Pentagon for the President's remarks, but she was sitting in the back, and she's in radio so she had headphones on. After the conference, someone said: "Who's Bianca?' She said sheepishly: 'I am.' Someone asked, 'Didn't you hear him?' She said: 'I didn't have a question.'"


Ya gotta wonder why did he need Bianca?
Maybe it was Binaca he wanted....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Relative Absolutism...


I've been meaning to post this link for sometime now. It's a book review of "Truth: A Guide" by Simon Blackburn.

Beneath all the divisions of contemporary society -- between, say, the religious and secular worldviews, red-state conservatives and blue-state liberals, the bicoastal "cultural elite" and the heartland "moral values" set -- philosopher Simon Blackburn sees something deeper. These are all distorted manifestations, he thinks, of a "war of ideas and attitudes" that underpins the way contemporary human beings view their world. This is a war over what we know, or think we know, and how we know it. It's a war over the nature of truth.

All human societies -- and all individuals, Blackburn argues -- must confront the problem of truth. Although common-sense reasoning is a useful part of our armature (unlike some philosophers, Blackburn defends it), it isn't entirely sufficient. Can we say with certainty that things we think are true really are? Is the earth really a sphere 93 million miles -- or 150 million kilometers, if you prefer European truth -- from the sun? Is democracy a superior form of government, and capitalism its necessary corollary? Are slavery and female genital mutilation morally wrong? Did the Red Sox really win the World Series?

Or are these and all other so-called truths merely cultural and political constructs, more or less useful fictions we blind and feeble animals create as we stumble through an unknowable universe? To quote the great American philosopher William James (as Blackburn does often), "Objective evidence and certitude are doubtless very fine ideals to play with, but where on this moonlit and dream-visited planet are they found?" To quote your stoned sophomore-year roommate, "How do we know any of this is real, man?"

By now you may be nodding sagely, or you may be flinging your half-decaf latte across the room in a white-hot rage. But whichever side you're on, and even if your impulse is to stake out some kind of pseudo-agnostic middle ground, Blackburn's lively new book "Truth: A Guide" will challenge and surprise you. Furthermore, Blackburn wants to turn your political assumptions about this dispute upside down. He is clearly a leftist and an opponent of the Iraq war, who uses any opportunity to take gratuitous digs at George W. Bush and Tony Blair. But he believes the left has damaged itself irreparably because of its postmodern refusal to talk about truth and its avoidance of the open disagreement such claims inevitably bring. Meanwhile, the right wing has waged crusade after crusade while wrapped in the mantle of absolute truth, despite the fact (he argues) that its notion of truth is a slippery, cynical one.


You go read the rest of the review here

I'm going out to buy the book.




Saturday, September 10, 2005

Bush hates parking


On the Gulf Coast concert tonight, Chris Rock just muttered:

''George Bush hates midgets,"


Want proof?


Air Force One midget parking patrol.


UPDATE - Chris Rock on BET relief concert
''George Bush hates albinos,"

He must loathe albino midgets.
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Heartless


We all know that Cheney has had several heart operations, what I didn't know was that they removed his heart during one of them.

Today the Dick said:

"I think we are in fact on our way to getting on top of the whole Katrina exercise. We've got a lot of work ahead of us,"

exercise? exercise? EXERCISE !!!

He's got to be kidding right?
An exercise is a training run or a "task, problem, or other effort performed to develop or maintain fitness or increase skill"

Read that?
Performed to develop, maintain or increase skill - in other words, to practice so you get better.

Hey Dick - this isn't a drill, it's the real deal you stupid fuck....

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Your City, Your Disaster


If I've learned anything this past week I've learned that the Federal Govt. can't or won't ensure my security during a major crisis.

I'm on my own and most likely you (if you are not stinking rich) are on your own too.

So how would your City fare with the flood in New Orleans?

condobuzz.com has a map of the flood that superimposes over your particular city.


And to prepare yourself-yourself take a look at

Fafblog Presents: The Do-It-Yourself Emergency Management Guide!

Full Emergency Management preparation with - Make-And-Bake Clay Levee! How to Make a Paper Helicopter and
Do-It-Yourself National Guard!


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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Wake Up Silent Majority


True Sounds of Liberty

"Abolish Government/Silent Majority"
released 1981

Abolish Government
Its nothing to me
Forget about god
He's not here to see
We live by a system
A perfect mold
People perfect people
Who are poor and old
Lives were spent on the ladder of success
Working for nothing in this
In this worthless mess
Presidents a name
Presidents a label
Highest man on the government table.

America
Land of the free
Free to the power of the people in uniform

People are so blind they just can't see
Send your son to bootcamp
Send him off to war
If he comes back he'll be dead and nothing more
Struggle for a land, for a country, for a freedom
All you mindless people looking for someone to lead them

Wake up to the same old shit
Live your life to suit their fit
Some people they don't like your hair
Policemen they just don't care

Snipers that want to be
Rifle sites are aimed at me

Wake up silent majority

The government they don't want us here
You folks can't feel that fear
You can walk the streets today
You can walk in your own way

People think that I'm crazy
These people just can't see

Wake up silent majority

Live your life
Day by day
Doing everything
That they say

Silent majority

Promote freedom
Let it be heard
Don't forget that its only a word

Silent Majority
When you gunna wake up?




Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Preznidiot


David Corn notes the thing that had me shaking my head when trying to sit through Bush's latest Gulf Coast Photo-op...

When he went back to Louisiana on Monday, he said that he and Laura had returned "to let the good people of the region know there's a lot of work to be done." That was a real newsflash. Most people probably already had an inkling that there was much to do and did not need to be reminded by Bush.
So disconnected from reality is Dear Leader. -

But the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."
Barbara Bush regarding displaced Americans in the astrodome.
The Bushian compassion runs in the family - arrgg!




Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Under the bus


Calls are mounting for the President to fire FEMA Director Michael D. Brown.

I can see the headline now.

Bush decides to throw FEMA Director Brown under bus.
Bus to arrive in 3 to 5 days.



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Overheard in New York


Something I ran across at apostropher.

A conversation overheard in New York:


But It's Jewish with a Big Hole in It

Chick #1: What did you do with that bagel I gave you?
Chick #2: I threw it away. I'm fasting today.
Chick #1: You can't throw away bread!
Chick #2: Why not?
Chick #1: It's the body of Christ!
Chick #2: It can't be the body of Christ; it's a bagel!

--Office, 53rd & Madison

Overheard by: greek goddess


hehe




Monday, September 05, 2005

Various


Doctor C has telling images

Olbermann has something he wants to say - [video]

It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water.


For the "what about Clinton" crowd - comments over at Hullabaloo

Hey, remember the first time the Clinton administration presided over the death of thousands of Americans because it had its head up its arse? Remember the second time? Remember the third? No, me neither, but it must have happened because the American media were giving him a harder time than they're giving Bush right now after 3,000+1,900+[watch this space] American deaths.

Crazy country.
derek | 09.04.05 - 5:31 pm |>


And let's not forget this -




George's "hard work"


Ok... we've all been told that being Preznit is "hard work". But has anyone ever asked Bush what that "hard work" is?

What is Commander Codpiece working on right now?

Are Bush and his administration so involved in the relief efforts, the clean up and the futures of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost everything that BushCo could care less about political opportunity and image?

Or is the image of Dear Leader of such importance that top aides would be on a different type cleanup?

What's Bad Dog Karl been roving around?

NY Times: White House Enacts a Plan to Ease Political Damage


Published: September 5, 2005

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 - Under the command of President Bush's two senior political advisers, the White House rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.

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The effort is being directed by Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, and his communications director, Dan Bartlett. It began late last week after Congressional Republicans called White House officials to register alarm about what they saw as a feeble response by Mr. Bush to the hurricane, according to Republican Congressional aides.
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In many ways, the unfolding public relations campaign reflects the style Mr. Rove has brought to the political campaigns he has run for Mr. Bush. For example, administration officials who went on television on Sunday were instructed to avoid getting drawn into exchanges about the problems of the past week, and to turn the discussion to what the government is doing now.
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One Republican with knowledge of the effort said that Mr. Rove had told administration officials not to respond to Democratic attacks on Mr. Bush's handling of the hurricane in the belief that the president was in a weak moment and that the administration should not appear to be seen now as being blatantly political. As with others in the party, this Republican would discuss the deliberations only on condition of anonymity because of keen White House sensitivity about how the administration and its strategy would be perceived.

In a reflection of what has long been a hallmark of Mr. Rove's tough political style, the administration is also working to shift the blame away from the White House and toward officials of New Orleans and Louisiana who, as it happens, are Democrats.

But they can't blame the Local officials or the State officials

Dated August 27th (via the White House web site)
We have this

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina beginning on August 26, 2005, and continuing.

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The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe ... Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

So who's fault was it that people weren't evacuated beforehand? The above makes it crystal clear that the Federal Govt. was responsible --- And who is in charge of the Federal Govt?

That would be BUSH!




Sunday, September 04, 2005

It didn't have to be this way...


"The life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short".

Thomas Hobbes
, "The Leviathan"
English political philosopher (1588 - 1679)







Saturday, September 03, 2005

Squirrel gets it


Even a Squirrel gets it!

Foamy the Squirrel reports on the reporters.

"HURRICANE KATRINA SPECIAL REPORT"

... what's pissing me off is these fucking newsreporters who are wringing their hands in glee at the shear destruction caused in the wake of the storm ... these people are slime - what's worse are the jerkoffs actually on location covering the story - Fuck the story - go out and help some people off their roofs you fucking retarded assholes ...

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And I find it fucking sad that a cartoon squirrel has more sympathy for the human beings affected here than the asshole people reporting it …


(HT: Mark from ireland)




Friday, September 02, 2005

Did anything really change?


BushCo is oh so fond of saying "911 changed everything". But did it really change anything at all?

EarlG gets it right. - via Democratic Underground

911 Changed Nothing

Let's pretend for a moment that this catastrophe was caused not by a hurricane, but by terrorists who planted bombs which blew up the levees. The situation would have been somewhat different, yet the result would have been essentially the same.

The differences: there would have been no hurricane damage. Nobody would have been evacuated beforehand. This would have left hundreds of thousands more people stranded in the city.

The similarities: the entire city of New Orleans would have been devastated by flooding. Thousands would have died.

But it is now crystal clear that there would have been no difference in the emergency response. What we are seeing is the Bush administration's handling of a massive terrorist attack, without the terrorists. Since 9/11 we have been told that national security is our number one priority, but we are now finding out exactly what would have happened if terrorists had attacked us again.

The Bush administration's facade has been torn down and we are learning just how unprepared they were to protect this country, despite years of assurances that "9/11 changed everything." How much money has been diverted to FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security since 9/11? Where has it gone? Where is the planning, the infrastructure, the resources?
Nothing changed - BushCo was as, if not more, unprepared for Katrina as they were for 911.

Dog help us all...




Under Qualified - Par for the course


Via War and Peace

"My lord, the guy heading FEMA has no qualifications
What was he doing before getting pulled into FEMA by the Bush administration in 2003? He was an estate planning lawyer in Colorado and of counsel for the International Arabian Horse Association Legal Department. And yes, it is the same Michael D. Brown."
Lovely, the guy in charge has no experience.

Now why doesn't that surprise me...

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Under Prepared - Chaos begins


The disaster is much larger and more ominous than most might want to think about. The human toll alone is enormous - incredibly hard to fathom. Even in the main shelter death and destruction surrounds all. Desperation is the norm. Fear grows and chaos creeps in. Sadly this is just the beginning for America's new refugees.

      LA TIMES: Trapped in an Arena of Suffering
By Wednesday, it had degenerated into horror. A few hundred people were evacuated from the arena Wednesday, and buses will take away the vast majority of refugees today.

"We pee on the floor. We are like animals," said Taffany Smith, 25, as she cradled her 3-week-old son, Terry. In her right hand she carried a half-full bottle of formula provided by rescuers. Baby supplies are running low; one mother said she was given two diapers and told to scrape them off when they got dirty and use them again.

At least two people, including a child, have been raped. At least three people have died, including one man who jumped 50 feet to his death, saying he had nothing left to live for.

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One man tried to escape Wednesday by leaping a barricade and racing toward the streets. The man was desperate, National Guard Sgt. Caleb Wells said. Everything he was able to bring to the Superdome had been stolen. His house had probably been destroyed, his relatives killed.

"We had to chase him down," Wells said. "He said he just wanted to get out, to go somewhere. We took him to the terrace and said: 'Look.' "

Below, floodwaters were continuing to rise, submerging cars.

"He didn't realize how bad things are out there," Wells said. "He just broke down. He started bawling. We took him back inside."

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There is a local legend that sports teams that have called the Superdome home have fared poorly because the facility, which broke ground in 1971, was built atop a cemetery. Perhaps, some said Wednesday, the curse is real.

Inside, a man coughed up blood and his shoulders quaked as he was wheeled through the halls. Thousands clutched their meager belongings, sitting in seats normally used for football games or lying on the artificial turf, its end zones painted with the word "Saints."

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"People started shooting last night," said Stacey Bodden, 11.

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Her uncle David Rodriguez, 28, said he heard at least seven shots Tuesday night and saw one man running past him with a gun. "Don't shoot," he told the man, who didn't.

"This is a nuthouse," said April Thomas, 42, who fled to the Superdome with her 11 children. She has enlisted the older boys to take turns walking patrols at night as the rest of the family sleeps.

"You have to fend people off constantly," she said. "You have to fight for your life. I wake up in the morning and the first thing I say is: Where are my babies? Is everyone here?"

There's a thriving black market; the most popular items are cigarettes, which sell for $10 a pack, and anti-diuretics, which allow people to avoid using the bathroom for as long as possible.

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One man was lying partway on a cot, his legs flopped off the side, a forgotten blood pressure monitor attached to his right arm. Some people had wrapped plastic bags on their feet to escape the urine and wastewater seeping from piles of trash. Others, fearing the onset of disease, had surgical masks over their mouths. An alarm had been going off for more than 24 hours and no one knew how to turn it off.

Suddenly, incongruously, the first notes of Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G minor," the Adagio, pierced the desperation.

Samuel Thompson, 34, is trying to make it as a professional violinist. He had grabbed his instrument — made in 1996 by a Boston woman — as he fled the youth hostel Sunday where he had been staying in New Orleans for the last two months.

"It's the most important thing I own," he said.

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"These people have nothing," he said. "I have a violin. And I should play for them. They should have something."


Did we really have a plan?
Why were we so clearly under-prepared?
Where is the HELP now?

Will a Real Leader step up?