Friday, September 30, 2005

Friday Cat Blogging: Milo and Pernod


Pernod: 12 weeks




Milo: 12 weeks

Thursday, September 29, 2005

We're melting

Dorothy has thrown water on Wicked Witch of the West. And we're melting.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?

One night, George W. Bush is tossing restlessly in his White House bed. He awakens to see George Washington standing by him. Bush asks him, "George, what's the best thing I can do to help the country?"

"Set an honest and honorable example, just as I did," Washington advises, and then fades away.

The next night, Bush is astir again, and sees the ghost of Thomas Jefferson moving through the darkened bedroom. Bush calls out, "Tom, please! What is the best thing I can do to help the country?"

"Respect the Constitution, as I did." Jefferson advises, and dims from sight.

The third night sleep is still not in the cards for Bush. He awakens to see the ghost of FDR hovering over his bed. Bush whispers, "Franklin, what is the best thing I can do to help the country?"

"Help the less fortunate, just as I did," FDR replies and fades into the mist.

Bush isn't sleeping well the fourth night when he sees another figure moving in the shadows. It is the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. Bush pleads, "Abe, what is the best thing I can do right now to help the country?"

Lincoln replies, "Go see a play."

(via SLR International News)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Zen Comix is starting a new comic book



Head over to Zen Comix and see what's up with Beer and Loafing and Los Huevos.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Dalai Lama: War is so...yesterday

The Dalai Lama said in a speech to thousands yesterday, ""This whole planet is just us. Therefore, destruction of another area essentially is destruction of yourself."

A hundred thousand or so people said the same thing to George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of the Republican chickenhawks in DC this past weekend. Our friends Matt and Albert were there. They have pictures.

Make the pie higher: The poetic genius of George Bush

Because George Bush's poetic genius is timeless (and I'm in a poetic mood today - more Kerouac than Plath), here's Make the Pie Higher once again:

MAKE THE PIE HIGHER!
I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
is our children learning?
Will the highways of the internet
become more few?

How many hands have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I'm a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.

I know that the human being
and the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope.
Where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher!

Eating pork with a spork

I'm the modern version of The Lazy Blogger, so I'll just say that cutting pork from the Federal budget is possible. ChicagoBoyz has the details.

I do not like pork
Not with a spork
Not with a dork
Not on a bridge
Not with Tom Ridge

I do not like pork
No I don't
Waste federal money
No I won't


With apologies to Dr. Seuss. I'm trying to overcome Lazy Bloggeritis.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Exodus from Hurricane Rita



I was struck by the irony in this picture on the cover of USA Today of Houstonians fleeing Hurricane Rita. I wonder if all those people in their SUVs are thinking about global warming and why the third largest hurricane in history is bearing down on them.

And words of Bob Marley's Exodus ring in my head:
Open your eyes and look within:
Are you satisfied with the life you're living?
We know where we're going;
We know where we're from.
We're leaving Babylon, y'all!
We're going to our Father's land.

Exodus, all right! Movement of Jah people!
Exodus: movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!

Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move!

I ran from Iraq

Over 55 percent of Americans think there's no winning the war in Iraq and say "Get out!" The other 45 percent say, "What war in Iraq?"

Thursday, September 22, 2005

George Bush Sings "Shelter from the Storm"


From our friends at Zen Comix.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Where General Honore's "You're stuck on stupid" comment originated


Where You're Stuck on Stupid Got Its Start
What did General Honore think when George Bush pulled the Super Glue fraternity prank on him? You're stuck on stupid.

Everybody, sing along...
I am stuck on stupid
Cause stupid's stuck on me
I am stuck on stupid
Cause stupid's stuck on me...

You are stuck on stupid, and stupid's stuck on me (sung to the Band-Aid theme)



With the whole "You are stuck on stupid" quote from General Honore making its way around Rightie blogs today as a rallying cry, I thought this Old American Century poster was the perfect accompaniment for it. Righties can wear this one with pride.

George Bush Whitewashes the War in Iraq


Remember that war in Iraq? George I'm-Not-Going-to-Play-the-Blame-Game Bush is down on his knees thanking CheezWhiz for Katrina and her sister, Rita (I'm sure there's a story in there somewhere about Bush's debauched past, a line of cocaine, and a couple of sisters) because that messy war in Iraq is just getting so damned...messy. I've been letting the Cost of War counter run for over a year on iFlipFlop and remember well the day it went over $100 million. And now it's going to flip over to $200 million pretty soon - which is the entire estimated cost to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. For what? One has to wonder. Maybe George Bush will find out on September 24. In his diary that day: Rien.

Today is World Alzheimer's Day

Over 18 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's. Today is World Alzheimer's Day. Over 1-in-5 of us will know someone who's affected by dementia. Click on over to see what you can do to make a difference.

"What's the deal with Fredo?" Michael said.

I learned about this meme from Howard. Mine is from The Godfather Returns. (I really have liked it...almost at the end.)

Scary news at the NYT organization

75 news staff at Inky and 25 at The Daily News to be let go. Profits cited.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Bushenstein and the Bride of Bushenstein

Funny how an excellent work of literature, such as Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, still have applicability 174 years after its publication. Only now, the monster is of our own making - we are the Frankenstein, and this is the monster who wreaks havoc on our world - war, poverty, debt, fear. Here's a passage from Frankenstein that seems appropriate, when the scientist went out in search of his creation: (photos of Bushenstein and Bride of Bushenstein courtesy of the VIN International News Service)
It was nearly noon when I arrived at the top of the ascent. For some time I sat upon the rock that overlooks the sea of ice. A mist covered both that and the surrounding mountains. Presently a breeze dissipated the cloud, and I descended upon the glacier. The surface is very uneven, rising like the waves of a troubled sea, descending low, and interspersed by rifts that sink deep. The field of ice is almost a league in width, but I spent nearly two hours in crossing it. The opposite mountain is a bare perpendicular rock. From the side where I now stood Montanvert was exactly opposite, at the distance of a league; and above it rose Mont Blanc, in awful majesty. I remained in a recess of the rock, gazing on this wonderful and stupendous scene. The sea, or rather the vast river of ice, wound among its dependent mountains, whose aerial summits hung over its recesses. Their icy and glittering peaks shone in the sunlight over the clouds. My heart, which was before sorrowful, now swelled with something like joy; I exclaimed,

Wandering spirits, if indeed ye wander, and do not rest in your narrow beds, allow me this faint happiness, or take me, as your companion, away from the joys of life.

As I said this I suddenly beheld the figure of a man, at some distance, advancing towards me with superhuman speed. He bounded over the crevices in the ice, among which I had walked with caution; his stature, also, as he approached, seemed to exceed that of man. I was troubled; a mist came over my eyes, and I felt a faintness seize me; but I was quickly restored by the cold gale of the mountains. I perceived, as the shape came nearer (sight tremendous and abhorred!) that it was the wretch whom I had created. I trembled with rage and horror, resolving to wait his approach and then close with him in mortal combat. He approached; his countenance bespoke bitter anguish, combined with disdain and malignity, while its unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes. But I scarcely observed this; rage and hatred had at first deprived me of utterance, and I recovered only to overwhelm him with words expressive of furious detestation and contempt.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Aarrrh, me matey Blankbaby, the one-eyed, peg-legged, hook-for-a-hand computer navigator, steered usk to Talk Like a Pirate Day. Polly wanna flip-flop?

Make levees. Not war.

Mark at The Long Cut has a photo of a woman wearing a Make levees. Not war. t-shirt at the Cindy Sheehan rally last Friday. Powerful stuff. Take a look at Mark's full set of pictures and the accompanying story.

Porkbusters: Stop Wasting, Start Helping Katrina Victims


I know, it's shocking, great ideas coming from Rightie blogs. But yes, maybe Katrina changed things and opened a line of dialog that can be beneficial for all. Here's a very powerful idea from The Truth Laid Bear called Porkbusters. It's a repository of wasteful spending broken down by state. TTLB (and others) propose stopping wasteful spending to help fund Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

A little closer to my political leanings, Fareed Zakaria says, "Whatever his other accomplishments, Bush will go down in history as the most fiscally irresponsible chief executive in American history." In his article in Newsweek called Leaders Who Won't Choose, Zakaria outlines just how the American cupboards became bare. "Since 2001, government spending has gone up from $1.86 trillion to $2.48 trillion, a 33 percent rise in four years! Defense and Homeland Security are not the only culprits. Domestic spending is actually up 36 percent in the same period."

There's pork to be cut. Katrina victims don't like pork. Pork, it's the other white (man's) meat.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

President Bill Clinton Bitch Slaps George Bush Into Next Week

I'm The Lazy Blogger tonight, but you can read about Bill Clinton taking George Bush to task for Katrina failures, the war in Iraq, and the federal deficit.

Friday, September 16, 2005

What is President Bush's position on Roe vs. Wade?

Q: What is President Bush's position on Roe vs. Wade?

A: He doesn't really care how people get out of New Orleans.

(via SLR International News Service)

Karl Rove in charge of New Orleans reconstruction. Cites the 'successes' of post-Reconstruction as his inspiration



Karl Rove, a political hack for George Bush, has been put in charge of reconstruction in New Orleans. "I'm using post-Reconstuction as my model of success for this effort," said Rove. "Plessy v. Ferguson has been my inspiration for years. Now I can bring us back to that greater glory, since I'm in charge at the White House. Emphasis on the adjective."

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Little Georgie Porgie Needs to Use the Lavatory

Matt has the details about The. Most. Embarrassing. President. Ever.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Remember those Diebold election machines that helped George Bush win the election?

Pretty Generic reminds us on Metafilter that the Diebold election machines are still in use. And still hackable. Hmmm. Maybe it's time to do something.

Monday, September 12, 2005

I Can't Afford My Gasoline

Via VIN International comes this Flash movie called I can't afford my gasoline. Gasoline rhymes with Vaseline, which makes me laugh. But I wasn't laughing the other day when it cost over $50 to fill my Jeep. Ugh. Glad my other car is public transportation.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

George Bush is Wrecking the Country: The Weekend Edition



Hurricane George
Brilliant! This screen capture of George Bush with the subtitle, Bush: one of the worst disasters to hit the U.S. is true. Snopes.

George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People
Here's the soundtrack to a revolution. Matt says, "Blast it from the rooftops." I have. Albert spent some time doing some lyrics scraping. This is bigtime.

Go F**K Yourself Mr. Cheney
"Are you getting a lot of that, Mr. Cheney?" asks the reporter. Here's the video, sent over the wire by VIN International.

George Bush Cronies Get NOLA Contracts
Speaking of capitalizing on tragedy, George Bush has a hammerlock on that approach.

Bill Maher Says "It's Time for You to Go, Mr. Bush"
Said like only Maher can say it, Bill says we should be thinking about a recall election a la California's, "complete with Gary Coleman and a former porn star." Video here.

Michael Moore's Letter on 9/11/05 to Those Who Voted for George Bush
Do you feel safer? is Michael Moore's question.

Friday, September 09, 2005

New Orleans is saved






(via the BH International News Service)

Louisiana 1927

I just downloaded Randy Newman's Louisiana 1927 from iTunes. Whew. Amen.

An incredible New Orleans photo gallery

It's Lazy Blogger Friday. I found this New Orleans photoblog and essay that tells the story in riveting detail via "benzo8" on Metafilter. Take a look at the 197 pictures from start to finish if you have time.

Um, if I were really applying The Lazy Blogger work ethic I would have just written "Oooh" and linked to it. Then again, I'm not quite the modern version of the threadbot.

How to get a job as FEMA director - lie like a dog


Michael Brown, the incompetent failure of a FEMA director, got his job the old fashioned way - he earned it. No, wait, that's a commercial tagline. Brown got his job the way many Bush cronies did - by being a political hack. And now even his resume as a hack is in question. In fact, Time Magazine's review of Brown's resume shows that he made up more fibs than the John Lovitz "Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket" character on SNL. To wit:
Before joining FEMA, his only previous stint in emergency management, according to his bio posted on FEMA's website, was "serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight." The White House press release from 2001 stated that Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 "overseeing the emergency services division." In fact, according to Claudia Deakins, head of public relations for the city of Edmond, Brown was an "assistant to the city manager" from 1977 to 1980, not a manager himself, and had no authority over other employees. "The assistant is more like an intern," she told TIME. "Department heads did not report to him." Brown did do a good job at his humble position, however, according to his boss. "Yes. Mike Brown worked for me. He was my administrative assistant. He was a student at Central State University," recalls former city manager Bill Dashner. "Mike used to handle a lot of details. Every now and again I'd ask him to write me a speech. He was very loyal. He was always on time. He always had on a suit and a starched white shirt."

Thursday, September 08, 2005

A little about iFlipFlop

Howard hits this description of iFlipFlop (at least its intention) right on the head. I feel genuinely honored.

Pas de photo

Pas de photo is what officials say at The Louvre when people try to take a picture of the Mona Lisa. No photos is what FEMA says in New Orleans. FEMA is demanding that no photos be taken of the thousands of dead. Hmmm...kind of like how the Bush Administration prohibited pictures of flag-draped coffins of American soldiers killed in IRAQ.

Note to GeorgeBushCo: PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN didn't even work in The Wizard of Oz, you mokes.

US Airways is perfect

US Airways achieved airlines perfection with Flight 1619: The flight from Philadelphia to Atlanta was late 100 percent of the time. It shares the honor with Jet Blue Flight 35, which flies between New York and Florida. Note to US Airways - taking away peanuts isn't going to help you out of bankruptcy, but being on-time might.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

How Brownie Points Are Scored


From our friend at Zen Comix comes this one. Michael Brown's qualifications before becoming head of FEMA? Raising Arabian horses. I'm glad George Bush didn't get more confused and elevate Mike Brown to head of U.S. forces in Iraq - because the majority of Iraqis are Arabs and Mike's horses were Arabs.

Hey, using George Bush logic: I visited New Orleans this month, maybe the president could give me a job as chief architect of the reconstruction.

New Orleans News

From the BH International News Services and The Onion comes these stories from New Orleans:
Louisiana National Guard Offers Help By Phone From Iraq

BAGHDAD—The 4,000 Louisiana National Guardsmen stationed in Iraq, representing over a third of the state's troops, called home this week to find out what, if any, help they could offer Katrina survivors from overseas. "The soldiers wanted to know if they could call 911 for anyone, or perhaps send some water via FedEx," said Louisiana National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Pete Schneider. The Guardsmen also "would love to send generators, rations, and Black Hawk helicopters for rescue missions," but, said Schneider, "we desperately need these in Iraq to stay alive." Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld praised the phone support, but noted that it would take months to transfer any equipment from Iraq to New Orleans, saying, "You fight a national disaster with the equipment you have."

FEMA representatives call out to survivors, "Show us your tits for emergency rations!"


Government Relief Workers Mosey In To Help

NEW ORLEANS—Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown, leading a detachment of 7,500 relief workers, moseyed on down to New Orleans Monday afternoon. "Well, I do declare, it's my job to see if any of these poor folks need any old thing," Brown said from his command rocker on the command post porch, adding, "Mighty hot day, ain't it?" Follow-up teams of emergency relief workers are expected to begin ambling into the Gulf Coast region as early as this weekend. "They should be getting the trucks good and warmed up anytime now, and they'll be cruising into town just as soon as all the reservists stroll in," said Brown, who is currently at his desk awaiting offers of food, water, and evacuation buses to roll in from "somewhere or other."


Refugees Moved From Sewage-Contaminated Superdome To Hellhole Of Houston

HOUSTON—Evacuees from the overheated, filth-encrusted wreckage of the New Orleans Superdome were bussed to the humid, 110-degree August heat and polluted air of Houston last week, in a move that many are resisting. "Please, God, not Houston. Anyplace but Houston," said one woman, taking shelter under an overpass. "The food there is awful, and the weather is miserable. And the traffic—it's like some engineer was making a sick joke." Authorities apologized for transporting survivors to a city "barely better in any respect," but said the blistering-hot, oil-soaked Texas city was in fact slightly better, and that casualties due to gunfire would be no worse.


White Foragers Report Threat Of Black Looters

NEW ORLEANS—Throughout the Gulf Coast, Caucasian suburbanites attempting to gather food and drink in the shattered wreckage of shopping districts have reported seeing African-­Americans "looting snacks and beer from damaged businesses." "I was in the abandoned Wal-Mart gathering an air mattress so I could float out the potato chips, beef jerky, and Budweiser I'd managed to find," said white survivor Lars Wrightson, who had carefully selected foodstuffs whose salt and alcohol content provide protection against contamination. "Then I look up, and I see a whole family of [African-Americans] going straight for the booze. Hell, you could see they had already looted a fortune in diapers." Radio stations still in operation are advising store owners and white people in the affected areas to locate firearms in sporting-goods stores in order to protect themselves against marauding blacks looting gun shops.


Another Saints Season Ruined Before It Begins

NEW ORLEANS—Front-office executives of the New Orleans Saints football team provided a much-needed dose of normalcy Monday when they announced that, for the 23rd year running, the Saints season had been ruined before it began. "I'd say this is even worse than when Mike Ditka traded away all our draft picks to get Ricky Williams," said Saints vice president of pro-personnel operations Bill Kuharich. "But there's one thing we Saints can always rely on: our chances for a winning season being shitcanned before we play a single down. We're proud to have carried on with this tradition despite everything." The National Football League has declined the Saints' "mercy rule" request to be allowed to forfeit all their home games, saying the team must set an example for its home city by being blown out in every contest.


Shrimp Joint Now Shrimp Habitat

NEW ORLEANS—Big Etienne's, a popular stop for New Orleans-style jambalaya, shrimp po' boys, and gumbo, has become a near-perfect habitat for Penaeus setiferus, the ubiquitous white shrimp used in jambalaya, shrimp po' boys, and gumbo. "It's far too early to call this a bright side, but the restaurant's location on the Delta, combined with its rickety, shabby-chic fisherman's décor, have combined to create a serviceable ecosystem for this particular species of marine life," said Juanita Colon of the Federal Department of Fisheries. Colon said if floodwaters recede significantly, many New Orleans parking lots would be suitable locations for the cultivation of dirty rice.


Bush Urges Victims To Gnaw On Bootstraps For Sustenance

WASHINGTON, DC—In an emergency White House address Sunday, President Bush urged all people dying from several days without food and water in New Orleans to "tap into the American entrepreneurial spirit" and gnaw on their own bootstraps for sustenance. "Government handouts are not the answer," Bush said. "I believe in smaller government, which is why I have drastically cut welfare and levee upkeep. I encourage you poor folks to fill yourself up on your own bootstraps. Buckle down, and tear at them like a starving animal." Responding to reports that many Katrina survivors have lost everything in the disaster, Bush said, "Only when you work hard and chew desperately on your own footwear can you live the American dream."

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Message to George Bush: Sell the Ranch

Blankbaby has the details about the move to help George Bush help people in need: Sell the Ranch.

FEMA Rap


This FEMA Rap is just too good to be true. This isn't the only rap the agency has.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Missing Monday: Jaylan Tobias Simmons


Jaylan Tobias Simmons has been missing for over a month. Have you seen this little boy, who was abducted in Sioux City, Iowa on July 26, 2005?
ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)
Sioux City Police Department (Iowa) 1-712-279-6960
Today is missing Monday Monday. Bloggers across the globe are using their webspace to promote names and photos of missing persons regionally...and across the globe. More are listed here.

Lance Armstrong Scandal Issue

Lance Armstrong's record setting seventh Tour de France victory, along with his entire Tour de France legacy, may be tarnished by what could turn out to be one of the greatest sports scandals of all time. Armstrong is being quizzed by French police after three banned substances were found in his South France hotel room while on vacation after winning the 2005 Tour de France.

The three substances found were toothpaste, deodorant, and soap, which have been banned by French authorities for over 75 years. Armstrong's girlfriend and American rocker Sheryl Crow is quoted as saying, "We use them every day in America, so we naturally thought they'd be okay throughout Europe."

Along with these three banned substances, French authorities also physically searched Armstrong himself and found several other interesting items that they have never seen before, including a backbone and a testicle.

(via Bill)

Friday, September 02, 2005

Coins for Caring: French Communication Institute's Aids Hurricane Katrina Victims

On my way to work today I walked past a group of young people who were collecting money for Hurricane Katrina victims. I gave them some money, went and grabbed my camera at the office, and returned to take some pictures of what real action means for Hurricane Katrina victims.


This group of students is from the French Communication Institute, Camp Voyages 2005. Their pamphlet reads: "On Friday, September 2, campers from the French Communications Institute's Camp Voyages will be spending their last day at camp collecting money to help the people devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Their campaign is called 'Coins for Caring.' All funds will be given to The American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina Relief."


Jasmine and Rashiid are going to be on the corner of 19th and Chestnut Streets today from 10:30 - 3:30 along with their group from the institute. Stop by and donate if you can.


People are donating to Coins for Caring. Campers will be at 1906 Rittenhouse Square, CVS at 19th and Chestnut, and the S.E. corner of 19th and Market from 10:30 - 3:30 today.


Adam U Ali, an artist in Philadelphia, stopped to donate to Coins for Caring. He says he's seen the New Orleans-style of devastation first-hand at refugee camps in Liberia, Chad, and Sudan. Mr. Ali says, "It's time to stop talking and take action." He says the lessons from Sudan are key - get people in groups so they can get aid. "If water can't reach them, it's disease and death."


Who could say no to this little one, who's spending her last day of camp out collecting Coins for Caring? Mr. Lee Corley organized the event for the French Communication Institute. Vive la fraternite, Mr. Corley and campers.

George Bush Plays Air Guitar While New Orleans Sinks


Vince sent me this one of George Bush playing the air guitar at a VJ celebration on Tuesday (sure he plays guitar...while Karl Rove plays his flute). Funny little thing...hundreds of thousands of people are in mortal danger in New Orleans.

*******

And my buddy, Bill, sent me this open letter to George Bush from Michael Moore. Fitting, considering the Nero-like leadership shown by Chicken George.

*******
Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Yours,

Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
www.MichaelMoore.com

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

How to help Hurricane Katrina victims


Sometimes simplicity is the most elegant. The Smedley Log has shown some real beauty in this post. Please donate if you can.

Donate to hurricane relief

Chris at MyDD is leading an effort to get liberal bloggers to spread the word about hurricane relief. Please click the button on the upper right to see what you can do.