Friday, September 30, 2005

In Florida, we Stand Our Ground!

Yeehaw. Thieves, Crooks, Robbers & Rapists, beware! As of tomorrow, we in Florida now have the right to use deadly force in public, whether on the streets, at work, or in our cars - in addition to protecting our home. Just on the outset, sounds a bit Wild West, doesn't it?

At least, that's what the MSM would have you believe! And they're doing a great job promoting their message. More than one of my friends has made comments to me to the effect of "Well, I sure hope this law doesn't get abused". As if. I mean, does anyone really believe that just because the law has changed that those of us who own guns and are law abiding are going to suddenly start shooting at anyone who slightly annoys us? If so, then our families might be in trouble!

I hate hearing those types of comments because they just add to the idiocy that is gun control. My family has always had guns. My dad was never a hunter, nor is my husband. They enjoy "plinking" at a target more than anything else, but the primary reason that we own guns is for self-protection. I was taught to handle a .357 when I was about 12. We lived in a rural area, and on the rare occasion that my folks went out for an evening and had to leave me at home, my dad would always leave with the admonishment "you know where your equalizer is". I never once pulled it out back in my adolescent days as I hadn't a need for it - but he always reminded me, just in case anything happened to spook me or I had any concerns - I was not without protection.

As an adult, about 16 years ago, I came home to find that someone had broken in to my home while I was at work. It took me a few seconds to register why my answering machine was gone and my bedroom was in disarray. I couldn't believe how violated I felt. I immediately located my gun which thankfully had not been found, and with it in hand I searched under every bed and closet before I called the sheriff's department and my fiance (now husband). My fiance was first to arrive, and he had to convince me to put my gun away before the deputy arrived, LOL. For years afterward, I kept my gun locked, loaded, and with me.

Now, as an "at home" mom we have our guns put away, but they're not far out of reach. Again, living in a rural area, I like knowing that they're there. I've never felt the need to pull one out for self-defense, but wouldn't hesitate for an instant if I felt threatened. It's about time for us to begin putting our daughters into the target practice rotation. Actually, they have both fired air pistols and bb guns, but never anything larger. That's not to say they've not had any training - they've actually been taught a respect for guns since they were tiny tots - they knew that if a rifle was standing in a corner of a room that they were not to touch it. We've taught them what guns are for and that they are dangerous in the wrong hands and so they have a healthy respect.

At any rate, I for one am happy about the new law taking effect here tomorrow. Not because I'm trigger happy, but because maybe, just maybe, more of these can be avoided.

Update: Ogre weighs in . . .

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I'm back . . . more blogging to come . . .

Hehehehe! Had a wonderful weekend with family (my sis lives about 4 hours away) and am just trying to get back into the swing of things. As a side note, my sister and I each have a birthday in November (along with my youngest daughter) so we usually celebrate it together at Thanksgiving time. This year, she surprised me. A few weeks ago, while we were discussing my oldest daughters birthday, she asked me whether I preferred anticipation or surprises. I answered that I think anticipation is half the fun. I never thought about the conversation again - and this weekend she gave me both. She's planned a weekend for the two of us to celebrate our birthdays together - in NYC! We'll be staying in the heart of Manhattan and going to see Fiddler on the Roof (I did a little theater production of Fiddler 20+ years ago). I've never been to NY, but am soooo looking forward to it! At any rate, I get the best of both worlds - a total surprise this weekend, and now I have a month to anticipate the trip.

Meantime, I still have the realm of the mundane to deal with to keep me grounded . . . dentist appointment for #1 daughter and myself this morning, and editing some of my photography from the last couple weekends before I can get back to the business of "real" blogging. Just wanted to say "I'll be back".

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Good News from Iraq . . .

Alrighty, first up - just to show that there is something other than war going on in Iraq - people in some areas are living their lives in relative peace and enjoying culture.

Dadmanly talks about the Iraqi Army and the some of the new ways that our soldiers are finding to interact - it's an interesting read and the commentary on the Iraqi culture from an American perspective is telling - there is much we could learn from their past mistakes about the horrors of governmental dependence.

And finally, a nice flash presentation by Bill Roggio.

And with this, I sign off for a few days - it's my daughter's birthday tomorrow and we're away for a visit with family 'til Monday eve - hope you all have a good weekend, and may God watch over and protect those in the path of Rita.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Don't Get Stuck on Stupid Tee

Well, I had this ready to go earlier today and then my computer crashed - inspiring me to take a break, LOL. But now, after signing on to find some gentle prodding in the form of a trackback from the Unrepentant Individual I figured I might as well get with it! So here's what the layout looks like from my Cafe Press shop. You'll see several different options for tees, and if there is something else you'd like to see this on, let me know - I take requests!

Stuck on Stupid regarding Katrina

This was a great comment from General Russel Honore to a reporter who was stuck on the blame game:

Male reporter: General, a little bit more about why that's happening this time, though, and did not have that last time...

Honore: You are stuck on stupid. I'm not going to answer that question. We are going to deal with Rita. This is public information that people are depending on the government to put out. This is the way we've got to do it. So please. I apologize to you, but let's talk about the future. Rita is happening. And right now, we need to get good, clean information out to the people that they can use. And we can have a conversation on the side about the past, in a couple of months.

H/T to Radio Blogger.

Monday, September 19, 2005

This Week in History . . .

History highlights for the week include the birth of the Old Grey Lady and CBS, infamous murderers, traitors, explorers, and internet milestones. Some very interesting things have happened this week in history - check it out!

September 18

1851 - The New-York Daily Times, which will become The New York Times, begins publishing.

1873 - The Panic of 1873 began on September 18 with the failure of the Philadelphia investment house of Jay Cooke. Cooke had played a large role in financing the Union war effort by marketing federal bonds to farmers and workers.

1927 - Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air.

1932 - Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide by jumping from the H in the Hollywood sign, forever turning the sign into a symbol for the paradox of the American film industry.

1975 - Patty Hearst is arrested after a year on the FBI Most Wanted List. I was 14 when Patty Hearst was arrested. I remember reading everything I could find during the time she was missing and after her arrest. My own opinion at the time was that she was telling the truth about her experiences, and I felt sorry for her. I'm a little less idealistic at 43, but she now seems to be living an exemplary life.

1998 - ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is formed.

September 19

1692 - Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials.

1796 - George Washington makes his farewell address. George Washington was not a fan of the political party system - he believed that "It serves to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration....agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one....against opens the door to foreign influence and corruption...thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another." Imagine that!

1959 - Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland.

1982 - Scott Fahlman posts the first recorded instance of the emoticon :-) to an online bulletin board

September 20

1737 - Runner Edward Marshall completes his journey in the Walking Purchase forcing the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km²) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.

1954 - First program compiled from FORTRAN runs (FORmula TRANSlator/TRANSlation)

1984 - Suicide bomber in a car attacks the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing twelve people

September 21

1780 - Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point

1897 - The Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus letter is published in the New York Sun.

1937 - J. R. R. Tolkien publishes The Hobbit. If you haven't read Tolkien, you haven't lived! Just for fun, check out your Hobbit name! Mine is Lila Sandybanks of Frogmorton

1942 - B-29 Superfortress makes its debut. Most famous was the Enola Gay - check out the restoration site!

September 22

1776 - Nathan Hale is hanged by British General William Howe for spying during American Revolution.

1862 - A preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation is released.

1893 - The first American-built automobile, built by the Duryea Brothers, is displayed.

1961 - Peace Corps is formed.

1985 - The Plaza Accord devaluing the US dollar was signed in New York City.

September 23

1642 - First commencement exercises occur at Harvard University. Colonial Era Graduates

1780 - British Major John Andre arrested as a spy by American soldiers exposing Benedict Arnold's treason

1806 - Lewis and Clark return, after exploring the Pacific Northwest. Interesting factoid - Meriwether Lewis father died when he was five. By age eight, it was not uncommon for him to explore the forests and caves in the Albemarle County, VA area alone; sometimes camping overnight.

1875 - William Bonney ("Billy the Kid") is arrested for the first time.

1962 - The Jetsons aired for the first time.

1981 - Jack Henry Abbott, best-selling author, is arrested for murder. Of course, the reason Jack Abbott became a best selling author was that Norman Mailer helped Abbott, who was in jail for armed robbery and killing another inmate, win parole in 1981. Abbott landed back in prison six weeks later for murder, and in 2002 hung himself in his cell.

September 24

1493 - Christopher Columbus departs on his second expedition to the New World

1869 - "Black Friday". Gold prices plummet as stock manipulators Jay Gould and James Fisk plotted to control the market.

1908 - The first Ford Model T is built

1957 - President Dwight Eisenhower sends United States National Guard troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce desegregation.

1962 - United States court of appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith. Interesting to note that James Meredith distanced himself from the Civil Rights movement in the late 60's, became a stockbroker, joined the republican party and made several attempts to be elected to congress. In 1988, he accused "liberal whites" of being the greatest enemy of African Americans.

1993 - Broderbund releases the computer game Myst.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Happy Constitution Day!

Ogre over at Ogre's Views and Politics is spending the day really looking at the constitution. If you haven't done so yourself in a while, check it out! And if you're wondering what else happened this day in history, you haven't checked out a post I made earlier this week.

New Orleans Slideshow is Back Up!

Okay, for those who've been asking and looking for the link, Silvia Morales (Alvaro's sister) contacted me (and I imagine others) with this new link for Five Days with Katrina. Go. See. Share.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Good News from Iraq . . .

Some of my readers may or may not realize that the Bloggers 4 Freedom aggregator that I have linked on my sidebar is a site that my sister and I debuted in May of last year (2004) to try to spread the good word from our troops. While our mission has been moderately successful, with the retiring this week of Arthur Chrenkoff, I think it would be helpful to begin passing along a few more of the positive and uplifting stories that we read. Not that there aren't some disheartening ones, but frankly, the MSM has those more than adequately covered. At any rate, I'm going to try to cover several of these each week as I run across them.

First off we have The Roadblock from Thunder 6/365 and a Wake Up.

A few minutes after they finished their labors my patrol turned onto their road, and finding it blocked we set up a security position. Had they done nothing our patrol would have been gutted. Instead we were able to screech to a halt out of the kill zone.

An hour later as I watched the EOD robot defuse the giant IED I felt a cold shudder run down my spine. Brave soldiers, myself among them, had almost lost their lives on this empty stretch of road. The only reason we didn’t was because equally brave Iraqi citizens refused to bear witness to our destruction. Thank God.

Read it all here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

This Week in History . . .

In my "spare" time, I am a history buff. Not a history buff in the "I know everything there is to be known about any particular era" sense, but more a history buff in the "I enjoy reading, studying, and learning from history in general" sense.

With that thought in mind, I have determined to begin a weekly (or perhaps bi-monthly or monthly) posting (depending on the time I find) which I will call "This week in history".

I'm going to narrow the focus to US history, and only those things which are particularly intriguing to me - otherwise it would take me a month to get through a weeks worth of research, and I just don't have that kind of time. So, here we go - perhaps you'll find something new and interesting that you didn't know about before either!

September 11, 1789 - Alexander Hamilton becomes the first Secretary of the Treasury.

September 11, 1857 - Mountain Meadows Massacre between 120-150 men, women, and children pioneers are massacred by Paiute Indians and a Mormon Militia lead by John D. Lee.

September 11, 200l - Never Forget!

September 12, 1609 - Henry Hudson discovers the river that would later bear his name.

September 12, 1814 - Battle of North Point wherein American Militia held off the British army so that defensive entrenchments around the city of Baltimore could be completed. Directly contributed to the ending of the war of 1812.

September 12, 1940 - Hercules Munitions Plant in Kenvil, NJ explodes, killing 55.

September 12, 1957 - North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) begins Operations at Ent, Colorado. May 12, 1958, a formal agreement is signed between the US and Canada. Until the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, NORAD's focus was almost exclusively fixed on threats coming toward the Canadian and American borders, not terrorism in our domestic airspace. Because of that day, NORAD's focus has increased to include domestic airspace. NORAD's mission is truly global.

September 12, 2001 - Article V invoked for the first time ever in response to the September 11 attacks.

September 13, 1847 - Battle of Chapultepec Mexican American war - General Winfield Scott ordered the hanging of deserters to coincide with the raising of the Stars and Stripes over the captured citadel.

September 13, 1899 - Henry Bliss becomes first person in the US to die in a car accident. He stepped off a streetcar into the path of an automobile. Wonder if this is where we got the expression "ignorance is Bliss"?

September 13, 1970 - First running of the New York City Marathon.

September 14, 1814 - Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner

September 14, 1901 - President William McKinley dies of an assassination attempt eight days earlier (guess you'd have to call it more than an attempt, eh?) and Theodore Roosevelt becomes the 26th President.

September 15, 1831
- Locomotive John Bull takes its maiden journey in New Jersey.

September 15, 1967 - Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

September 16, 1776
- Battle of Harlem Heights proved to the American Militia's that they could win in battle against the British.

September 16, 1942 - USS Wasp torpedoed in Guadalcanal.

September 16, 1956 - Play Doh is introduced to the world!

September 17, 1630
- Boston, Massachusetts founded by John Winthrop.

September 17, 1787 - Text of the U. S. Constitution agreed upon in Philadelphia.

September 17, 1859 - Joshua A. Norton declares himself the Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

September 17, 1908 - Lt. Thomas Selfridge crashes a Wright Brothers plane becoming the first airplane fatality

September 17, 1976 - First Space Shuttle "Enterprise" unveiled.

Hope you enjoyed this tour through the week of September 11-17. Tune in again next week . . .

Monday, September 12, 2005

Slideshow is no longer . . . Comment Woes

Update: as of 9/12/05 the Katrina slideshow is no longer available - don't know if Alvaro pulled it, if Kodak decided they were getting too many hits, or what happened. When I last looked yesterday afternoon, there were about 250 comments - a few dissenting and nasty voices, but by and large comments were appreciative and encouraging. Sorry if you missed it - we can only hope that Alvaro decided to take the advice of so many of the commenters and self-publish his wonderful slideshow! I'll keep my eyes and ears open - if anyone hears what happened, let me know.

Also, for any readers who had posted comments on my posts, I must apologize - I "upgraded" my comments to Haloscan so that I could take advantage of their trackback program, and unfortunately, lost all my comments. I mis-read their site - thought that the comments would transfer . . . but alas, they're gone. C'est la vie.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Never Forget . . .

This, like Pearl Harbor for my Grandparents generation, was a day we should NEVER forget.

I still tear up when listening to "Where were you when the world stopped turning, that September day" or "Have you forgotten". And I do my best to keep it in the minds of my daughters who were small. They're not traumatized as the media would have us believe they would be, but they are mentally committed to the cause of protecting our country. I think this is what it takes to raise responsible, independent young adults.

Haunting pictures from 9/11 here.

And check out Cox and Forkum for more links.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Lets Help a Young Man Get a Job!

If you have taken a look at the link to the slideshow in my previous posting, you know that Alvaro Villa is an excellent photographer. If you haven't checked it out, you need to - it takes time, but the photos and commentary are well worth the read. (Update - as of 9/12/05 the slideshow is no longer available - don't know if Alvaro pulled it, if Kodak decided they were getting too many hits, or what happened. When I last looked yesterday afternoon, there were about 250 comments - a few dissenting and nasty voices, but by and large comments were appreciative and encouraging.)

Hidden among the comments that (at this point 97) people have left praising his work, I found this comment:

"I am Alvaro's sister, and I need to tell everyone reading this photojournal that Alvaro has made NO MONEY out of this story, even though I have insisted that this is his chance, his window of opportunity to get a job doing what he loves best, and that is taking pictures. Considering that he HAS NO JOB at the moment, no car, no MONEY, I suggest that ANYONE with connections to publishing or interested in his story, speaks up right now! For all he wants to get out of this story is a job!-Silvia Morales, Managua, Nicaragua
Silvia, 9/9/05"

While I can't personally verify the validity, I tend to believe that this is truly a comment left by Alvaro's sister. There are quite a number of people who have left comments asking if Alvaro intends to make a book or DVD available of his slideshow - but as his sister's comment says, a job would be the best thing.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Amazing Photojournalism - New Orleans

Just taking a moment to share this link to a slideshow/photo gallery put together by Alvaro R. Morales Villa who evacuated New Orleans under his own power last week - 4 days after hurricane Katrina struck. Alvaro has put together a compelling documentation of the city of New Orleans before, during, and after Katrina's wrath.

A courageous young man who exemplifies a libertarian spirit if there ever was one, and his photos and commentary are wonderful.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

I've been Inarticulate . . .

Talking with my sister last week over some of the issues surrounding hurricane Katrina, I found myself unable to articulate intelligently how I was feeling - we both attributed that to the utter feelings of helplessness at watching what was going on as presented by the media.

I told her, that while I wasn't wishing it on us, I couldn't help but feel that we'd have done better. And a part of me felt ashamed for feeling that way - for judging what others are going through, and being snide enough to assume that I am better equipped to handle such a disaster.

But the truth of the matter is, I am and have been better equipped - by virtue of the fact that I was not raised in a family where I expected to have things done for me. I was nurtured to be independent and stand tall. What has helped me to see this and become, once again, articulate, was this posting first by Ogre's Politics and Views particularly this excerpt:

I had been wondering for days why reports kept coming in about people in places "waiting for help." It confused me because if it were me, I wouldn't sit there waiting. I don't care if I had nothing, sitting still waiting wouldn't get me anything. I'd leave, if nothing else, and go find a public water fountain in Florida.

Then, this morning, (H/T to Eric's Grumbles Before the Grave) I found the link to this article on Tribes by Bill Whittle @ Eject, Eject, Eject. This article, while long, is a VERY worthwhile read in my opinion. The author apologizes up front for some "R" rated language, but you can trust me here - it's not used in the vein of "thug rap" and it has a purpose. He could white-wash it but chose not to at this point. For my purposes, as I prefer to not use some language, I've edited two words in this excerpt:

Only a few minutes ago, I had the delightful opportunity to read the comment of a fellow who said he wished that white, middle-class, racist, conservative *********** like myself could have been herded into the Superdome Concentration Camp to see how much we like it. Absent, of course, was the fundamental truth of what he plainly does not have the eyes or the imagination to see, namely, that if the Superdome had been filled with white, middle-class, racist, conservative *********** like myself, it would not have been a refinery of horror, but rather a citadel of hope and order and restraint and compassion.

That has nothing to do with me being white. If the blacks and Hispanics and Jews and gays that I work with and associate with were there with me, it would have been that much better. That’s because the people I associate with – my Tribe – consists not of blacks and whites and gays and Hispanics and Asians, but of individuals who do not rape, murder, or steal. My Tribe consists of people who know that sometimes bad things happen, and that these are an opportunity to show ourselves what we are made of. My people go into burning buildings. My Tribe consists of organizers and self-starters, proud and self-reliant people who do not need to be told what to do in a crisis. My Tribe is not fearless; they are something better. They are courageous. My Tribe is honorable, and decent, and kind, and inventive. My Tribe knows how to give orders, and how to follow them. My Tribe knows enough about how the world works to figure out ways to boil water, ration food, repair structures, build and maintain makeshift latrines, and care for the wounded and the dead with respect and compassion.
(Emphasis mine)

Whittle goes on to break tribes down into two colors - Pink and Gray:

Now, for the rest of you, let’s get past Republican and Democrat, Red and Blue, too. Let’s talk about these two Tribes: Pink, the color of bunny ears, and Grey, the color of a mechanical pencil lead.

I can identify to some degree with the "Pink" tribe as described, but all in all, in my heart of hearts, I know that I am a member of the Gray Tribe. Go read it for yourself - chances are, if you're reading my blog, you'll find you're a member of the gray tribe as well.

It's truly wonderful to have the gift of articulation - thanks, Ogre & Bill Whittle for giving that back to me!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Katharine Hepburn . . . and a Rolodex?

Okay, so I'm a bit behind with this one - I've been holding off for a few days though as I wasn't in the mood for such levity - but I think it's time for just a bit. H/T to Ogre's Politics & Views.

You are the fabulously quirky and independent woman of character. You go your own way, follow your own drummer, take your own lead. You stand head and shoulders next to your partner, but you are perfectly willing and able to stand alone. Others might be more classically beautiful or conventionally woman-like, but you possess a more fundamental common sense and off-kilter charm, making interesting men fall at your feet. You can pick them up or leave them there as you see fit. You share the screen with the likes of Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, thinking men who like strong women.

Find out what kind of classic leading man you'd make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.

Katharine Hepburn
You scored 16% grit, 23% wit, 42% flair, and 21% class!

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 0% on grit
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You scored higher than 0% on wit
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 50% on flair
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on class

Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating

I am:
a rolodex
Somehow this perennial data organizing device never quite succumbs to the digital age.

Which office supply are you?

The Cavalry Convoy is in NO

Check out this site for a blow-by-blow, including some pix from NO:

The Interdictor

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Sickening . . . Just Sickening.

Each day that goes by, the situation in the storm eviscerated area becomes worse and worse. And the hype gets worse and worse. I heard a quote by a refugee last night saying that "she had been in the Superdome for 7 days without a bath". Now, by my calculations, seven days prior was Thursday, August 25 - and that was the day that little hurricane Katrina hit South Florida. At that time, New Orleans didn't have a clue the storm was headed their way. I've also heard reporters refering to 3 days as a week. Get a clue, folks, don't make it even more dramatic than it is.

We're hearing all around that the government hasn't/isn't reacting quickly enough. Well, I'm here to tell you that when the area under federal disaster declaration is 90,000 square miles large, it ain't easy to cover that much ground. And, despite what the media and the refugees in N'yawlins would like us to think, they're not the only ones undergoing pain and suffering. Sadly, while there are many, many, innocent and good people who whether due to age, health issues, or poverty had to rely on shelters such as the Super Dome, I'm afraid there is a disproportionately large percentage of - dare I say it - downright low-lifes who are inhabiting the shelters. These are folks who strolled in with a pillow, a pack of cigarettes, a bag of chips and a coke - fully expecting that the government would take care of them. This despite being told that if they entered a shelter, they needed to have food supplies to take care of themselves for 72 hours. Video clips of the bathrooms in the Super Dome give a glimpse of the kinds of people being sheltered there. Rather than trying to keep trash together, the sinks and toilets were overflowing - not with human waste, but with actual trash. Did NO ONE have the thoughts of taking care of their own garbage? Has the Super Dome run out of cleaning supplies? Basic care of your surroundings, no matter what and where, is a hallmark of a civilized society - and I'm sorry, but I have to conclude that MOST - not all - but MOST of what have been housed in the Super Dome are the uncivilized dregs of society.

A shelter is not an stranger of an idea to me - my family and I went to a shelter here in Florida during one of our hurricanes last year. Granted, it was a much smaller affair, but we did spend two nights and three days in the shelter. We carried with us drinks and non-perishable foods to sustain more than our family of four for the time period, and we cleaned up after ourselves. We made sure to use provided facilities for trash, but we also used some of the plastic grocery type bags we had to take care of our own trash. When we left the shelter, aside from light vacuuming, the auditorium where we slept with about 30 other families was clean and picked up - my husband and I, along with our children tried to be sure of it. Why make a bad situation worse?

I'm closing here with a link to a posting by an active duty USAF Pilot who works in the Pentagon. This is on the message board at Hurricane City and the last seven paragraphs he goes into great detail as to why a relief effort in this situation is taking several days to coordinate.

Update: The link posted above has been removed, and the author, unfortunately, did not keep a copy of his writings. But a quick summarization is that things were in place before the storm, but you cannot move ships into harms way in the gulf where there is a hurricane (which at one time had winds of 175mph). Also, many planes, helicopters, etc. had to be moved away from the area initially to protect them from damaging winds. But supplies were actually moved into staging areas before impact. Once the hurricane had passed, emphasis had to be on saving lives first. Food/water drops were not practical, because while they can be pinpointed fairly well, they might very well end up landing a mile away from those who needed them and with so much area under water, then you'd have more people exposing themselves to disease, drowning, and critters trying to get to them. Also, as people were sniping at helicopters, what would they have done on the ground where there was an unsecured food drop? If they had been able to get to it, you'd have probably had rioting and murder.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Idiotic Gas Panic and Blaming Jerks

I've been getting more and more irritated today by the MSM coverage of the "gas shortage" which has lead to wide-spread panic and idiotic behavior. People are actually hoarding gas - because of the MSM induced fear that they might wake up tomorrow and not be able to get gas. All that is required is that those of us who do not need to go anywhere, keep our butts at home, and those of us who must have gas buy what we need - at the point we need it, not hoarding it for future use. This would also help to keep gas prices from going higher so quickly - remember the laws of "supply and demand"?

I'm also very annoyed at all the jerks out there blaming damage caused by hurricane Katrina on the current administration. I have not, and do not, agree with the way our President has handled every issue, but the city of New Orleans has known the weaknesses inherent in their levee system for many many more years than the current administration has been in office.

Rather than carry on with my ranting, though, I'll turn this over to Individ who says just what I've been feeling (albeit with a ten-pound sledgehammer as one of his commenters points out).

Finding Katrina Victims . . .

First and foremost, don't forget - today is Hurricane Katrina Blog Relief day - donate if you can.

Next, if you are missing friends or family, or if you have heard from friends or family, check out the Katrina Survivor-Connector List and add comments or names appropriately.

I've also had a thought - and I'm not sure how to coordinate it, but I'm sure there are lots of folks in the shelters who have only the clothes on their backs, and no access to cell phones. Perhaps we could come up with a way to coordinate shipments of used cell phones that could be converted to prepaid services and prepaid cell phone cards. It might at least help victims to be able to get in touch with family members that they haven't been able to reach. Too little too late? Thoughts?