The Truth Slowly Comes Out:
As a result of the glare on Louisiana and the ignored warnings, many localities are looking at their own preparedness for a local emergency.
And they aren’t liking what they are finding.
Here’s an update. There is ANOTHER hurricane looming in the Gulf of Mexico. Her name is Rita. It is expected that Rita will become a Cat 3 or stronger and as of this writing on 9/20/05 in this year of our Lord, is it scheduled to hit Houston this coming Saturday 9/24/05.
A lot of the evacuees from New Orleans were moved to Houston.
We’ll see how Houston handles the storm.
Texas has spent more than $1.4 billion in homeland security money on an effort that was supposed to make people safer, but the program has devolved into a massive spending spree undertaken with inadequate planning, coordination or accountability.
The result: cities and counties remain exposed in crucial areas. For example, the state has spent $41 million on communications gear, yet many communities still can't radio one another in an emergency.
Also, as a result of the new hurricane threat, Mayor Nagin of New Orleans has issued ANOTHER mandatory evacuation order. This time to the people he urged to come back that he may keep his power and status. A city with no people does not need a mayor, right?
Governor Blanco’s Only Decision During Chaos of Katrina
Pitiful Louisiana Governor, Blanco, couldn’t make a decision during the chaos leading up to, and after, the hurricane.
She told the President of the United States that she needed 24 hours to “think about it”.
What she COULD do is call up Clinton’s FEMA head, James Lee Witt, and hire him as a consultant.
Forget the National Guard, forget the poor people in the Superdome with no food, water or protection, forget those dangerous and weakening levees.
What Louisiana REALLY needed during Hurricane Katrina was a Democratic operative to help with the spin. And so Governor Blanco hired one.
It’s ugly, Kaitlyn. What those nepotistic Democrats did to that state is a sin in the Eyes of God.
Washington Post Reveals Blanco’s New Employee.
Should New Orleans Be Rebuilt?
I don’t know if there will be a city called New Orleans when you grow up, Kaitlyn. Though I suspect there will be. I also suspect it will be basically a tourist type of affair. The famous Mardi Gras will likely continue.
Beyond that, no one’s going to rebuild ghettos. Which comprised almost 25% of the city. Remember this, Kaitlyn. Because in your day New Orleans will be a tourist area and not much more.
Read your grandmother’s words and know that the city once was a bustling port but also a cesspool of poverty. Citizens were kept in poverty that they may be bused once every four years to the polls to vote for the latest and greatest Democratic hypocrites.
Oh yea, did I tell you? Seems Senator Landreau was able to bus over 160,000 people to the polls during her senatorial campaign.
Yet they let the buses sit, unused and destroyed, rather than use them to evacuate.
Below is a link to an article that needs to be read in its entirety. It’s the best analysis of where the drowned city should go after Katrina.
GOOD ARTICLE ON NEW ORLEANS-WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN
Blogger Maintains Katrina Timeline
Providing a link only in that a Blogger has created and is maintaining a timeline of all Katrina activities.
Lest your history books tell you different, Kaitlyn Mae.
Blogger Maintains Katrina Timeline
First Katrina/Kaitlyn post-the Beginning-9/6/05
9/7/05-H urricane Folklore/Wisdom and Nastiness
9/12/05-Hillary's "Katrina Kommission" and the Debacle of the Debit cards
9/14/05-FEMA Email; Dumb, blond Louisiana Senators
9/15/05-Ophelia and Grandmother
9/16/05-Katrina and the Helpless Pets
Stop Blaming FEMA-a pictorial explanation
Made This Pic Myself
It has nothing to due with Katrina and nothing to do with Roberts.
Still, what with all the Bush bashing going on lately, I thought it worth a look back in time to remember our former President.
More pics of week HERE
From May 30, 2005
Copied exactly as posted on that date.
Hammid Karzai, that dashing man in the brocade cape, paid a visit to the US this week. Poppies, of all things, were greatly discussed during this visit.
Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine, also paid a visit to America this week. President Bush announced one thing about Israel while Mr. Abbas came out with a
whole nother story.
The Democrats promised not to filibuster but on the following day?
They filibustered John Bolton!
Why did the Supreme Court get involved with fashion?
And the Supremes will soon be deciding how we handle our children’s health.
Jay Leno testifies in the Michael Jackson case.
The Defense Rests in the Michael Jackson Case.
Man Comes Up With Odd Way to Elude Police
Runaway Bride Indicted.
Summary of Idaho Murders.
Update on Idaho Murders.
Police Believe Children Alive.
POLITICAL CARTOON OF THE WEEK
American Idol 2005-Final Notes, Thoughts and Opinions
And so, after weeks of hype, the 2005 competition for the new American Idol is a fait accompli.
The competition has been ongoing for a few years now and I am reminded of my thoughts the year of the series’ premiere.
We are living in a world that gets fair-ER every year.
Only some people simply can’t handle a fair world.
This is not to say that there are never shenanigans with the voting or, say, a female judge gets it on with a male contestant.
Only the judges on American Idol don’t decide the winner. A factoid that has eluded rival networks. One such rival network wasting an hour’s time on a horrific revelation that AI Judge Paula Abdul had a romantic affair with a former contestant. What was the point? Paula doesn’t decide the winner and both participants in the love interlude were of adult age.
It took no time for the whole seamy revelation to become a subject of ridicule, what with Paula’s kiss-and-tell former amour having a new CD in the works and the network airing the expose standing to benefit from attacking a rival.
Technology, via the Internet, cell phones, satellites and all manner of modern froufrou have made it easier for instant communication and broadcast of opinions. Any idiot can have a Blog and any idiot can spout an opinion. Just like the idiot moi is doing right now.
So who says that there are only a certain subset of people who can succeed in certain genres? Such as singing, just throwing it out there.
I am reminded of Liza Minelli, an ugly has-been, daughter of a superstar, bride of questionable males. Does Liza sing better than, say, Carrie Underwood?
Yet some, those who can’t handle complete fairness, eschew American Idol as mindless hype and the winners naught but amateurs, unworthy of their “questionable” fame.
For sure the American Idol series is a fine example of hype gone wild. Fox certainly has honed on promoting this contest to include even showcasing their horrible entrants.
This is bad because …?
The channel on the TV set allows the discontent to flip on by. The browser on the computer goes backwards and forwards. No one is forced to participate in this new freedom of choice.
Still they grouse.
Around my house it is husband’s job to be curmudgeon of all things pop culture. And he does a fine job of it. By his logic, would-be singer superstars should have to suffer for their craft. Only those who tool around with songs and music their entire life should succeed in the business. American Idol bypasses that whole aspect and curmudgeon husband disdains the entire process.
The contestants who make their way up on this series suffer for their craft. They are born with a wonderful voice, a God-given talent we cannot control. Still and so, they must find the place for tryouts, they must sweat and beg, they must stand in long lines. The worst are winnowed out. Those with talent who hung in there move on.
The jealous cry “UNFAIR”. There was no such opportunity for musicians of yore. Thus there should never be such opportunities for singers today.
Under the old system we got Liza Minelli.
The 2005 American Idol series produced two very fine singers. Husband harrumphed that they were no better than karaoke singers. Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood had star presence and wonderful voices. They took advantage of an opportunity available and the American public made the choice.
Pretty Carrie Underwood won the final title but the top twelve are not done and forgotten. They all had a chance of exposure that talented singers before them never had. They took advantage of it and suffered through to the top.
They too suffered for their craft is what I’m saying here.
Myself, a Blogger who would logically think this way, thinks American Idol is an amazing concept and yes, I know many people vote for their favorite contestant four of five thousand times. In the end, this year and all years before for the series, the best really did win. Notice the many new “fair” contests that have sprung from the concept.
The Apprentice comes to mind. There are others, The Contender, Survivor ordeals, The Bachelor. They’ll come and they’ll go but get used to it. God Bless America for the marketplace will ALWAYS win.
No more will your parentage, connections, or wealth insure ascent of the talentless to a fame and fortune they do not deserve.
It’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Says this Blogger, who, I must add, can write as well as most pundits now gracing the pages of the editorials.
I too choose to “compete” in a fair-er forum.
FIRST AI ENTRY HERE
FINAL TEN HERE
EARLY ON AI HERE
AI UPDATE HERE
EIGHT LEFT HERE
MID APRIL UPDATE HERE
LATE APRIL UPDATE HERE
FIVE LEFT HERE
FOUR LEFT HERE
FINAL THREE HERE
5/2/05 UPDATE HERE
5/9/05 UPDATE HERE
5/16/05 UPDATE HERE
AI-FINAL TWO HERE