Archives: September 2005

Delay scandal widening; fissures in GOP party are starting to show

Quote from CBSNews.com, with internal links to wikipedia for more information on the players in the wide-scale GOP corruption: The indictment sent a shock wave through the GOP establishment, which is already reeling from a swath of criminal and ethics investigations. Three individuals, eight corporations and two political action committees connected to DeLay have been

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Arnold vetos gay marriage bill

From Reuters: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would allow gay marriage in the state of California. Now, I’m confused. First the right-wing tells us that the “activist judges” aren’t allowed to rule on gay marriage laws, saying the laws have to be written by congress, the body elected to represent the will of

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Troops still buying their own body armor

This scandal has never been resolved, even though the GOP would try to lead you to believe it was: troops are still have to buy their own body armor to ensure their protection in Iraq, and the military is refusing to reimburse them for necessary, life-saving equipment. Supporting our soldiers, indeed.

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commonplacebook.com nominated for a journalism award

On November 5th, 2005, Nuvolab XII will announce the top two Journalism Award winners. The best independent blogs will be awarded for promotion of equality, political insight, creativity, and presentation. Award winners will receive custom award images to display on their site, as well as permanent recognition here on Nuvolab. Third, fourth, and fifth place

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The Tom Delay Corruption Scandal

Salon Magazine writes a very readable, informative article on how wide-spread the corruption scandal really is. It’s pretty amazing to read, because you start to understand how many GOPers and how much money is involved, and how much campaign finance laws have been flattened by the government machine; enough that had it not been for

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Woo hoo! Indictments for all the GOP!

Not only did Tom Delay get indicted for criminal conspiracy and had to step down as Majority Leader, but Bill Frist is officially under investigation by the SEC for insider trading. And you’ll feel something akin to the electric thrill I once enjoyed when Gilmore, Pat Conway, The Great Creatore, W.C. Handy and John Philip

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Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week. Go check out a challenged or banned book from your local library and celebrate freedom from censorship. Also be sure to stand up against book banning. The American Library Association has a list of other great things you can do this week.

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Job Posting: Executive Director, Indiana Youth Group, Inc.

If you know anyone qualified for this position, please pass this along. Indiana Youth Group is a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender youth agency with a 15 year history in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Executive Director (ED) is a member of a two-person management team directly responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission. The ED and the Operations Director

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You conserve gas so the president doesn’t have to

A current Associated Press story: “WASHINGTON (Sept. 26) – President George W. Bush urged Americans to cut back on unnecessary travel to make up for fuel shortages caused by Hurricane Rita as he prepared to take his seventh trip to the Gulf Coast.” Then a few paragraphs later: “The president returned Sunday from a three-day

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Weather Icons

This guy compiles and compares the weather icons used by all the major news reporting sites.

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Rory Gilmore Sex Boat

Googling the above doesn’t get you a marketing page from the show, much to my sadness. They shouldn’t tease us like that.

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More prisoner abuse by the U.S. military

Time Magazine reports: The U.S. Army has launched a criminal investigation into new allegations of serious prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan made by a decorated former Captain in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, an Army spokesman has confirmed to TIME. Meanwhile, Americablog is bringing to light a story about U. S. soldiers trading digital

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Bill Frist Stock Scandal

Senate leader Bill Frist is in some trouble regarding stock sales. He and other insiders apparently sold off stock in a company that he partially owns, just before the stock price went down, ala Martha Stewart. The Associated Press has the basic story. And ABC News exposes Frist’s lies that he didn’t know anything about

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100+ Funny British Place Names

April 26, 2013 update from Steph: Updated this page to add links to as many of the towns and streets as I could find in google maps. I originally added this list to my site on September 26, 2005, but I never verified whether the names were real places or not, until someone asked in

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Reports of anarchy at Superdome overstated

All those ultra-conservatives who sent around e-mails decrying the “chaos and break-down of society” in the wake of Katrina (the fault of poor people and liberals, of course) — full of crap, reports the the Seattle Times: Following days of internationally reported murders, rapes and gang violence inside the stadium, the doctor from FEMA —

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How to tie popular knots

A scouting troop reference guide to tying “popular” knots. I guess the unpopular knots don’t get asked to prom. Stephanie and I were trying to tie down stuff to my truck the other day, and I was very frustrated because I couldn’t figure out how my dad ties knots; he has some sort of slipknot

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Geek Bling Bag

This guy’s got the same idea I do, only he puts together an inexpensive version of the geek bling bag that he could potentially lose if something happened. I thought it was funny that he chose an army navy surplus bag to carry his stuff, too. This guy’s got the same thing, too!! I’m obviously

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PledgeBank

PledgeBank is a site where you can sign up to pledge to do something — but only if other people will do it. You can either make your own pledge, or find a pledge that someone else has proposed and add yourself to their list, thust providing support for each other.

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Lori points out the best car magnet ever!

Courtesy of my friend Lori, a pointer to the best car magnet ever on northern sun’s site… the “support our pants” magnet. I currently have two magnets on my car — a rainbow one, which I bought, and a Women’s heart health one I got free from Clarian for spending $43,000 of my insurance company’s

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Falling George

First my friend Jen sent me this, which was creepy: Falling Girl You can click and drag the falling girl around. Then Bilerico posted this other one, which is way more fun!! Falling George I currently have him stuck in the middle of several bubbles where I can bonk his head back and forth. Cheered

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Howdy, Mumbai!

I upgraded my google vistors map to include the last 100 visitors to my site. Yea! Australia, Australia, Australia, we love you, amen! Crack two! Hey, whomever it is in Hong Kong — e-mail me. I want a pen pal from Hong Kong. Antartica, however, is sadly not represented.

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Indiana Peace Rally this Saturday, Sept. 24th

Indiana Peace Rally Date: Saturday, September 24, 2005 at noon Time: All Day Location: Monument Circle In concert with the peace rally taking place in Washington D.C., join millions across the nation, from many walks of life, for many different reasons, on Sept. 24th to rally for peace… www.indianapeacerally.org what they are saying: * End

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Ian William’s list of emergency items

A bit on the tinfoil hat side, and from a guy who’s downright sensible and well-written otherwise, this is a list of emergency items that one would need to be self-sufficient for a year.

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Sterling Silver Monkey Straw

From tiffany’s: a sterling silver straw with a small monkey climbing up it. For $155. How completely ridiculous and useless. But pretty.

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Giant Pink Bunny in Italy

Lori pointed out this strange and sorta creepy big thing: A giant pink bunny constructed by artists on a mountainside in northern Italy.

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Propaganda Posters – Remixed

Worth1000.com put together a great photoshopping contest of old WWII propaganda posters. Along the same lines, only with a political purpose, The Propaganda Remix Project has numerous reworked posters, including some for sale. Seems like I’ve seen another link like this someplace, but I don’t seem to have it bookmarked. UPDATE: I found the link;

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10 things to do during nesting month

This is an awesome list of stuff to do around the house before winter hits. I have a good portion of this stuff done already, with more lined up. I have to ad winterizing the house (plastic over windows, adding insulation) to my list.

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Library of Congress: Women of Protest

The Library of Congrss Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party The National Woman’s Party, representing the militant wing of the suffrage movement, utilized open public demonstrations to gain popular attention for the right of women to vote in the United States. Their picketing, pageants, parades, and demonstrations–as well as their subsequent arrests,

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Ten Stupidest Utopias

From Strange Horizons. yep, stupid is a good assessment. I know I shouldn’t say this out loud, but I will: you could add several of the all-female, feminist dystopias from popular lesbian sci-fi novels into the list of “stupidest,” like Daughters of a Coral Dawn, and the one I read recently, Ammonite. As annoying as

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Indianapolis City Council figures it out

When an amendment to the city’s Human Rights Ordinance was proposed to the city council last year which would introduce protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, the council was bombarded with e-mail from the religious right — most of it from outside of Indianapolis, and some of it from even outside the state of

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The Normality of Gay Marriages

A New York Times opinion piece: There’s nothing like a touch of real-world experience to inject some reason into the inflammatory national debate over gay marriages. Take Massachusetts, where the state’s highest court held in late 2003 that under the State Constitution, same-sex couples have a right to marry. The State Legislature moved to undo

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The Bilderberg Group

Back in 1997, when I was visiting my friend Cate in Germany, we took a trip down the Rhine River. We started in Cologne , and traveled on a tourist boat to Drachenfels Castle at Konigswinter, where we took a trip up the mountain on the Drachenfelsbahn to see the castle, then walked back down.

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Your invitation: Dance Dance Revolution

Stephanie and I are planning to have a Dance Dance Revolution get together sometime soon; a small gathering, not a big one, where people can play in the comfort of my living room. We’ll probably wait until Dan and Doug get back from Europe, because they want to play too. If you want to come,

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There were not 2,000 school buses

Conservative pundits have been hammering the idea that there were “2000 school buses” that New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin could have commandeered to get the poor people of the city evacuated. According to Media Matters, this falsehood has been repeated over and over again. In fact, the city of New Orleans has 364 school buses,

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Indiana Rep. Mike Pence plans looting of New Orleans by Big Business

According to the Wall Street Journal: Congressional Republicans, backed by the White House, say they are using relief measures for the hurricane-ravaged Gulf coast to achieve a broad range of conservative economic and social policies, both in the storm zone and beyond. Some new measures are already taking shape. In the past week, the Bush

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Smoking Monkey

My friend Lori sent me this movie someone made of a smoking monkey — People have the weirdest things in their heads sometimes.

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On eBay: Soviet Space Monkey’s Flight Pants

Listed on eBay: It’s offered to your attention the “space pants” for macaque small monkey to wear it during the experimental space flight. This pants has been used for animals (monkeys) experiments in 1950-s – 1960-s in the USSR Institute of Biomedical Problems (IMBP, Moscow). The monkey’s “space pants” are designed with many clasps to

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If Goths Ruled

Fun photoshop contest on what the world would look like if Goths were in charge.

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Condi, I need a potty break

Yep, it’s a real photo from Reuters, of President Bush writing a note to Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the UN on September 14th. World leaders are exploring ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday. In case you can’t see it, the note says “I think I may

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Pipelines more important than hospitals to Dick Cheney

According to the Hattiesburg America, a small Mississippi newspaper, Dick Cheney’s office called the South Mississippi Electric Power Association and ordered them to prioritize restoring power to Colonial Pipeline Co. before restoring power to two rural hospitals. “I considered it a presidential directive to get those pipelines operating,” said Jim Compton, general manager of the

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Fox’s “Katrina Timeline” Omits Key Facts

Courtesy of Media Matters, Fox News tries to spin the devastating timeline that illustrates the total imcompetence of the Bush Administration by leaving off some key facts. Too bad the internet exists and we can find accurate timelines ourselves… The September 12 edition of Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes included a deceptive on-screen Hurricane Katrina

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Dodging Bullets

First Secretary Michael Chertoff said it: I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, ‘New Orleans Dodged The Bullet.’” Then Gen. Richard Myers said it: The headline, of course, in most of the papers on Tuesday — “New Orleans Dodged a Bullet,” or words to that effect. At that time, when

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Bush Eats Baby, Republicans Defend President

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans across the nation are scrambling to defend President George W. Bush after he ate a baby during a visit to the White House kitchen early last evening. Eye witnesses report that the president left the White House residence at around 8:05 p.m. eastern time wearing what appeared to be a crudely

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Say that again? ‘Things are going relatively well’

From the Chicago Sun-Times, Say that again? ‘Things are going relatively well’ is Richard Roeper’s hall-of-shame article on the worst quotes from famous people, especially government officials, regarding the Katrina disaster. It would be very funny if it weren’t so desperately sad.

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Overheard remarks

Wow. I’m not the only one that’s horrified by the reactions of the people around them to the hurricane. For those of you scolding me for getting upset at my friend’s racist emails… Read this L. A. Weekly piece by Tim Wise talking about the people sitting at a table near him in a restaurant.

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“How Bush Blew It”

The Newsweek article: The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until Thursday night. Some White House staffers were watching the evening news and thought the president needed to see the horrific reports coming out of New Orleans. Counselor Bartlett

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DeLay to evacuees: ‘Is this kind of fun?’

From Houston Chronicle blog: U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s visit to Reliant Park this morning offered him a glimpse of what it’s like to be living in shelter. While on the tour with top administration officials from Washington, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, DeLay

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Gore airlifts victims from New Orleans

According to CNN: Al Gore helped airlift some 270 Katrina evacuees on two private charters from New Orleans, acting at the urging of a doctor who saved the life of the former vice president’s son. Gore… refused to be interviewed about the mercy missions he financed and flew on September 3 and 4. Dr. David

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Vacation Update

Over the weekend, Stephanie and I bagged up six large bags of clothes to take to North Meadow Circle of Friends, who are putting them on a truck to New Orleans. I took pictures of all the t-shirts I donated so I could finish up my t-shirt project before I shipped them off. I put

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Jesus Christ

The “friend” that sent me the two e-mails below, the ones I found really upsetting because of their subtle and overt racism, just sent me an angry e-mail. She’s upset because I objected, through e-mail, to getting evil shit like this in my inbox. Here’s what she said: Look lets stop this RIGHT NOW. we

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Real “man-made” contributions to the Katrina tragedy

Two things that human beings did contributed to the enormity of the New Orleans tragedy: The erosion of the wetlands due to casino and resort building Unnaturally warm ocean water in the gulf increased the strength of the hurricane, caused by global warming Both of these man-made contributions to the Katrina disaster come to you

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Unbelievably Racist E-mail

03/12/2022 Update: I had to edit this today to fix the broken links to the 35(!) images that came with this email. I took them out rather than trying to replace the images; too much work for something this malevolent. Also, why is this person still in my friend list? This is the other racist

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A Completely Racist Diatribe

A friend forwarded the following diatribe to me. She sent me another one earlier in the week that was equally bad and which originated with the KKK. This is apparently the kind of crap that’s getting passed around by right-wing nut jobs though e-mail. I know I keep saying this, but it needs to be

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Download This!: George Bush Don’t Care About Black People

This remix of Kanye West’s Gold Digger is GREAT. Remixed by The Legendary K.O, Words by Big Mon and Damien a/k/a Dem Knock-Out Boyz. Five days in this motherfucking attic I can’t use the cellphone I keep getting static Dying ’cause they lying instead of telling us the truth (…) Screwed ’cause they say they’re

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Dumbledore is Not Dead

Some good news: Dumbledore is not dead, according to this site. Read their analysis of the clues hidden in the books to find out why they believe this. It’s been my belief all along, mainly because of Fawkes, the Phoenix, but I didn’t reason it out the way these guys did. Their explanations make a

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Bush eliminates prevailing wage for Katrina rebuilding workers

Check out the very last paragraph of this Reuters article: Bush also issued an executive order on Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of the hurricane to pay below the prevailing wage, drawing rebukes from two congressional Democrats who said stricken families need good wages to rebuild their lives. Here’s the executive order

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How popular is your name?

Check it out on the Baby Name Wizard. Mine was on the ascent in the late 60’s when I got it, and it peaked in the late 80’s.

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Good Night, And Good Luck

The trailer for ‘Good Night, And Good Luck.’ George Clooney directs and co-stars in this story of legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. I will definitely be seeing this movie in the theater.

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Onion Headlines

They underwent a redesign recently, too. God Outdoes Terrorists Yet Again Officials Uncertain Whether To Save Or Shoot Victims Nation’s Politicians Applaud Great Job They’re Doing Area Man Drives Food There His Goddamned Self Bush: ‘It Has Been Brought To My Attention That There Was Recently A Bad Storm’ Louisiana National Guard Offers Help By

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“Freedom” — Bush Style

In case you hadn’t heard, Bush is throwing a 9/11 party in Washington D.C. on Sunday, to celebrate the tragedy that brought him the political capital to play toy soldier in the middle east. But he’s taking some pretty extraordinary steps to make sure that no one gets to crash his celebration, according to the

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

For those of you who want to heed Bill O’Reilly’s advice that the government can’t protect you, and you should fend for yourself, read up on Fafblog’s plan for emergency disaster relief, including: Make-And-Bake Clay Levee! How to Make a Paper Helicopter Do-It-Yourself National Guard!

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Revisited: Things I have to do on Vacation

In revisiting my list, I’m running into a small snag. One of the items is the key problem: Work on a logo for Bil and Jerame Go for a Crown Hill walk with Lori Mail my sister’s birthday present Take clothes to a donation point Take garage sale stuff to my mom’s house Help my

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I’m more qualified to run FEMA than Michael Brown

Newsday and Time magazine are both doing investigations into FEMA (Fucking Everything More than it is Already) Director Michael Brown’s background, and discovering a bit of resume padding. To put it lightly. They’re checking each bullet point on his FEMA bio and contacting the businesses, universities and associations he claimed to work for and asking

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More Pet Help

More info courtesy of Scott: Best Friends Pet Motel (near 82nd and Bash) is taking a shipment of items down to Louisiana to help with the rescue/recovery/fostering and adoption of pets that were left behind after the hurricane. If you have any items that you’d like to donate, I believe they’re accepting donations through this

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Because of Katrina, Bush Wants to Privatize Social Security

From the Mother Jones blog: It’s an old business myth that the Chinese character for “crisis” combines the characters for “danger” and “opportunity.” It doesn’t. But I’m not sure anyone’s told the Bush administration, judging from this little tidbit in CongressDaily today: “[White House spokesman Trent] Duffy asserted that the vast spending that would be

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MacGuffin

Wikipedia definition of the Alfred Hitchcock concept of a MacGuffin. In fiction, a MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin) is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation. The MacGuffin’s importance to the plot is not the object itself, but rather

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Katrina Help Wiki

Katrina help Info Where to get information on missing people, enter data to let people know you’re okay.

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It’s about a nuclear terrorist attack, stupid.

Forget about who did or didn’t fix the levees, how long we knew about Katrina coming, people who refused to evacuate, building below sea level; forget all of that — because it’s just noise from the Republican spin machine. In the event of a nuclear terrorist attack, your President and Republican-run federal government would do

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Schwarzenegger will veto equal marriage rights bill

Apparently, the will of the people won’t prevail after all. Governor Schwarzenegger is promising to veto the equal marriage rights bill that was just passed in the California legislature. So let me get this straight… we can’t take our civil rights issues to court, because when the courts make a ruling, they’re called “activist judges”

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8 great lies the Bush Administration is telling

Media Matters examines the facts surrounding each of these bogus Republican claims. 1. Bush: “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees” 2. Chertoff strained credulity in defense of Bush, claimed levee breaks and massive flooding came as a surprise — more than 12 hours after local media reported them 3. Brown: “We’ve

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More Media Censorship

Brian Williams of MSNBC talks about the military threatening reporters and restricting what they can and can’t put on the news. The lie they’re telling now is that they don’t want people to see their dead relatives on the news. I’d rather see my relative on the news than never find out what happened to

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When people don’t want to play the blame game, they’re to blame

To quote one of today’s great minds, Jon Stewart. The press hammers Scott McClellan for the second day in a row. As I pointed out, I can volunteer, donate and hold people’s feet to the fire all at once. I don’t need to “wait until the crisis is over” to identify who is responsible, and

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Paramedics give their account of being stranded in New Orleans

From Metamute comes this story; please read it… by Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky Two paramedics stranded in New Orleans in the wake of hurricane Katrina give their account of self-organisation and abandonment in the disaster zone From a woman with a battery powered radio we learned that the media was talking about us.

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A first-person account of the New Orleans convention center

This is a story being passed along through e-mail. I don’t have any information on whether it’s true or not, but it rings true. It’s the account of a woman trapped at the convention center and what really happened there. From her account, the people “looting” and running around with guns were helping people and

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More Media Censorship: rape, murder in the Astrodome

Boing Boing is updating regularly on techie Jacob Appelbaum doing homebrewed media reports from inside the Astrodome, and their struggles to stay in the dome despite threats from authorities. They are documenting reports from evacuees of rapes, beatings and murders inside the ASTRODOME not the superdome. Another evacuee: “Over 20 rapes per night happening inside

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Wish You Were Here

From Kazamatsuri via Boing Boing: Two photos taken on the same day last week — one of a grieving New Orleans survivor, the other of President Bush in flagrante photo opp in San Diego. See also A tale of Two Photos for some other photos taken within hours of one another.

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Which Asshole Conservative Response Is Your Favorite?

Pandagon lists all the typical Conservative responses. Here are just a couple: Religious Conservative: God hates faggots and the rich white unmarried college kids who travel down to the French Quarter every year to drink, carouse, and deposit various genital secretions on or in each other. Thus, he killed a bunch of straight black people

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NEWSFLASH TO BUSH: You already FAILED

Nancy Peloski on a conversation she had with President Bush: She related that she had urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Michael Brown. ” ‘He said ‘Why would I do that?”’ Pelosi said. ”’I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn’t go right last week.’ And he

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Media being banned from New Orleans

According to Reuters: The U.S. government agency leading the rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina said on Tuesday it does not want the news media to take photographs of the dead as they are recovered from the flooded New Orleans area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, heavily criticized for its slow response to the devastation caused

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The Katrina Timeline

I’ve attempted to do some timeline drawing on my site, but this page is the complete detailed picture of what happened and when, and it’s damning for President Bush. It’s just damning. It’s so clear that the problem started at the top. The more I read through this, the angrier I get. PLEASE, PLEASE e-mail

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California Legislature Passes Same-Sex Marriage

From the San Francisco Gate: Sacramento — The state Assembly, in a stunning victory for the gay rights movement, approved a landmark bill allowing same-sex marriage Tuesday night and sent it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The measure, which passed with no votes to spare, marks the first time that a legislative body in the United

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Things I have to do on vacation next week

I’m on vacation next week from the 12th through the 16th. Here’s what I’ll be doing: Work on a logo for Bil and Jerame Go for a Crown Hill walk with Lori Mail my sister’s birthday present Take clothes to a donation point Take garage sale stuff to my mom’s house Help my mom clean

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Mitch “The Blade” Daniels and the New Orleans Disaster

I put this story in the middle of several others yesterday, but I realize now that it needs special attention on it’s own: Mitch “The Blade” Daniels and the New Orleans Disaster: Mike Parker, the former head of the Army Corps of Engineers, was forced to resign in 2002 over budget disagreements with the White

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Donating Clothes

One of my friends passed along this information: My church, St. Monica, is accepting clothing donations through Friday (Sep 9). Details can be found here. The address is 6131 N. Michigan Rd. Radio stations are also putting together food and clothing drives, as are local fire stations. Check radio station websites for details, and ask

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40,000 expected dead

From a funeral director deployed to handle bodies in New Orleans: “DMort is telling us to expect up to 40,000 bodies,” Dan Buckner said, quoting officials with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a volunteer arm of Homeland Security. His partner, Dan Hicks, of Paducah, Ky., was deployed Monday. Buckner, of Dickson, is on standby.

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Coast Guard has “Missing Person Submission Request” for New Orleans

If you need to locate someone in New Orleans and have not heard from them, you can submit a report requesting they search for someone. George Bush on Friday: We’ve got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we’re going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we’re going to help these communities

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Helicopters

All last week and again this morning, there have been numerous helicopters over downtown Indianapolis. Normally there are some; the news helicopters fly over in the morning doing traffic reports, and the lifeline helicopter takes off and lands on the roof of Methodist Hospital. We’re used to hearing helicopters. This is beyond that, though. They’re

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Washington Post and Newsweek print correction over Bush Lies

The Washington Post printed their correction first, then Newsweek printed theirs. Both had incorrectly stated that as of Saturday, Louisiana Gov. Blanco still hadn’t gotten around to declaring a state of emergency, and this was the reason why federal response was so slow. In fact, Blanco issued a state of emergency on Friday, August 26th,

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FEMA and Homeland Security were briefed BEFORE the storm

From Editor and Publisher: Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, told the Times-Picayune Sunday afternoon that officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, including FEMA Director Mike Brown and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, listened in on electronic briefings given by his staff in advance of Hurricane

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People not even safe yet, but Bush team has plan to Cover Their Asses

New York Times Article: “White House Enacts a Plan to Ease Political Damage” 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. It orchestrated visits by cabinet members to the region, leading up

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Sen. Landrieu Threatens to ‘Punch’ President

From Editor and Publisher: Sen. Landrieu Threatens to ‘Punch’ President if He Keeps Hitting Local Response to Katrina Senator Mary Landrieu, the Democrat of Louisiana (whose father was a mayor of New Orleans), appears to have finally found her voice after offering only cautious criticism of the federal relief effort in the hurricane catastrophe earlier

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How to help, and current reading

I might have a lead on where to take clothes: I’m emailing with a guy from one of the local churches who is providing aid. If I get more information, I’ll post it here ASAP. Of course, donate money to the Red Cross if you haven’t already. Helpful info from people’s comments to this site:

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Watch this video

On Meet the Press – Aaron Brousard, President of Jackson Parrish, Louisiana. At the end of the video, when he starts talking about city employees who have worked hard to repair the levees and provide emergency services, he begins talking about the man who is keeping the building he’s in running. The man’s mother was

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Bush Fakes levee fixes for photo op

from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., yesterday afternoon: “I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant numbers of victims – far more efficiently than buses – FEMA again

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T-shirt Challenge Revisited

A while back I decided, since I have way too many t-shirts (over 100), I would wear all of them without repeating, and photograph each one. I didn’t get too far into the project before photographing all of them became too much to keep up with. I’ve still be cycling through them, and I have

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I was forced to watch Faux News

Turns out the only 24-hour “news” channel at Stephanie’s house on basic cable is Fox. (She hardly watches TV, so she doesn’t have a full package). No wonder so many lower-income people who can only afford basic cable have such a skewed idea of what’s going on in the world. While we were watching the

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Evil Republicans are blaming the Governor and Mayor

Before the hurricane struck, the Mayor and Governor were begging for federal help to put sandbags at the levees and to get rescue trucks in to evacuate people; they weren’t just asking people to leave, they were asking for federal help to get people who didn’t have transportation out. See the letter asking for help

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CNN trashes Bush for photo op

You can tell the people at CNN are taking their reporter’s situations very personally. Just now on CNN: Daryn Kagen: I gotta say that was rather an odd thing to be watching. The president finally making it to the gulf coast after five days, and then spending a big chunk of time, when he could

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Bush tries to justify playing guitar while people died

It’s not about politics, it’s about the fact that people are dying because you’re a dumbfuck. From the New York Times on the “politics.” White House officials, already sensitive that Mr. Bush is suffering the lowest approval ratings of his presidency and under pressure to manage a catastrophe of what they called biblical proportions, reacted

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New Bush Talking Point: Blame Dem. Governor

Americablog notes that Fox News is pushing a new talking point, in the quote by FEMA director Michael Brown: Brown of FEMA: We work closely with the state government. The federal government didn not just come in here and tell the state governor how or what to do. We came in here and said, ‘What

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Bush Budget Cuts delayed flood control work in New Orleans

From Reuters: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bush administration funding cuts forced federal engineers to delay improvements on the levees, floodgates and pumping stations that failed to protect New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters, agency documents showed on Thursday. The former head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency that handles the infrastructure of the

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Why the hell is he going down there to “survey the damage”?

Because you know all the security that they’ll provide to him will take away from the relief efforts while he’s checking out what he could be viewing on video from the White House. Dumbass! Send the helicopters down their WITHOUT YOU IN THEM to help people out. Take over all the major passenger bus lines

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White House to Refugees: Just Die

Today from the White House 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? Scott McClellan: I think you heard from the president earlier

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New Bush Talking Point: New Orleans Deserved It

Among several similar quotes from different Bush Administration officials is this one from FEMA director Michael Brown today: “…to help those who are stranded, who chose not to evacuate, who chose not to leave the city…” They’re POOR. They didn’t “choose not to leave the city.” They have no cars, no money, and no way

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Dead grandmothers in wheelchairs, while Condi shops for shoes

From 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

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An article from 2001 predicting this disaster

The Houston Chronicle had an article about what would happen in New Orleans if a major hurricane should hit — back in December of 2001. Amazing that the White House intended to cut funding for for the Army Corp. of Engineers, given that it was well known what the problems were.

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