Friday, September 30, 2005
Good NewsWhat a great way to start the day! Actually I ended my night last night with the news that little Rhma is on her way to being well! I've blogged about her before, and you have probably read about her at Michael Yon's site. I got an e-mail from him last night alerting me to his newest post [you can sign-up for such alerts at his site], and was thrilled when I read; "I received a message this morning from Major Brown—the Deuce Four surgeon—that Rhma is finally on her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Once there, Rhma will have a home to stay in, and doctors waiting to treat her heart condition. The Deuce Four soldiers who started this mission with Rhma, and who organized the organizers, and who brought her case to my attention when they had problems in Jordan, have, in a sense, completed their final mission. “Operation Rhma” is a success. "Like Michael, I'm hoping that a responsible journalist will alert the people of Albuquerque & all of New Mexico of Rhma's presence, and what the deuce-four did to bring her to America.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Dear Mr. PresidentToday you swore into office the youngest Chief Justice in 200+ years. Thank you, Sir. He seems to be a supremely competent man. But, President Bush, there is still a seat outstanding, so I am coming to you now with a plea: Please, Sir, nominate Janice Rogers Brown.The recent hurricanes in Louisiana seemed to point out the nascent revelation of the soft racism of the Democrats that you've gently alluded to, during your years in office. I think it is about time for Republicans to show the black population that the Democrats have not changed since the time that LBJ was a senator voting down civil rights. They seem to have forgotten that since the Republicans forced him into signing the Civil Rights Bill. They haven't changed since they defeated the first civil rights laws proposed by Republicans way back in 1888. They haven't changed since the time of the racists like George Wallace (Democrat), Bull Connors (Democrat), or Robert Byrd (former KKK & Democrat). Though they like to vilify Strom Thurmond, a separatist who believed that the blacks could have a separate but equal society back in the 40's, they conveniently forget Robert Byrd's connections. Therefore, Mr. President, I beseech you, please propose Janice Rogers Brown to succeed Justice O'Connor. She's female, an honest to goodness conservative, and she is black. The fact that the Congress has already approved her for an appellate position will weaken their argument that she is "unqualified". Add that to the fact that the left is literally laying in wait for the next appointee, and voila! Since they approved her, she's not had any controversial judicial decisions, has she?Please Sir, tell the Democrats "go ahead....try to castigate this good woman from share cropper stock...", and let them "OUT" themselves. Let them show the black community the truth of who they are, Sir. Once and for all, Mr. Bush, allow America to see the Democrats for what they truly are...hypocritical racists!Gratefully,Me
Derailing The Media Machine From all of the alphabet channels & from the Communist News Network, the screams of "corrupt GOP" rings out. All of their smiling faces are due to the Tom Delay bogus indictment. The glee is apparent on every face of every leftwing moonbat with a microphone! That's it, they're thinking! We got the GOP THIS time! They already have us losing House seats! I think it is time to inject a bit of perspective. As shown in my last post, the Tom Delay indictment is empty and hollow, and nothing in the indictment shows any wrong doing whatever. This means zip, zero, zilch to the liberal media, a.k.a., MSM. It doesn't matter that their "first black president" was the most corrupt PRESIDENT in history! MSM does not like it when we in the NEW media bring up their hero, Slick Willie Clinton, in a less than glowing light. But for the sake of perspective, let's look at the Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton:* CRIME STATS
- Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47 - Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33 - Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61 - Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122That is just one tiny segment of the Progressive Review's report linked above. Let's have a look at more of these Clinton Legacy facts:"PUBLIC OFFICIALSMIGUEL RODRIGUEZ was a prosecutor on the staff of Kenneth Starr. His attempts to uncover the truth in the Vincent Foster death case were repeatedly foiled and he was the subject of planted stories undermining his credibility and implying that he was unstable. Rodriguez eventually resigned.JEAN DUFFEY: Head of a joint federal-county drug task force in Arkansas. Her first instructions from her boss: "Jean, you are not to use the drug task force to investigate any public official." Duffey's work, however, led deep into the heart of the Dixie Mafia, including members of the Clinton machine and the investigation of the so-called "train deaths." Ambrose Evans-Pritchard reports that when she produced a star witness who could testify to Clinton's involvement with cocaine, the local prosecuting attorney, Dan Harmon issued a subpoena for all the task force records, including "the incriminating files on his own activities. If Duffey had complied it would have exposed 30 witnesses and her confidential informants to violent retributions. She refused." Harmon issued a warrant for her arrest and friendly cops told her that there was a $50,000 price on her head. She eventually fled to Texas. The once-untouchable Harmon was later convicted of racketeering, extortion and drug dealing.BILL DUNCAN: An IRS investigator in Arkansas who drafted some 30 federal indictments of Arkansas figures on money laundering and other charges. Clinton biographer Roger Morris quotes a source who reviewed the evidence: "Those indictments were a real slam dunk if there ever was one." The cases were suppressed, many in the name of "national security." Duncan was never called to testify. Other IRS agents and state police disavowed Duncan and turned on him. Said one source, "Somebody outside ordered it shut down and the walls went up."As Cindy Sheehan recently learned, you don't mess with the Clintons! "In an interview after her speech, Sheehan told the Voice she was “so frustrated” by leading Democrats like Clinton “who should be leaders on this issue, but are not.” Already, she has set up a future meeting with New York’s junior senator this weekend. And she plans to sit down with the state’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, too. “It’s time for them to step up and be the opposition party,” she said. “This war is not going to end unless the Democrats are on board with us.” That was a really BAD thing to do, Cindy. This is the wrong woman to mess with! "Do the words Fort Marcy Park mean anything to you?"For those of you in the mainstream media trying to make hay with this ridiculous attempt to get the one Republican who has kept the GOP concentrated on President Bush's agenda, I say, "Nice try, but you don't have a monopoly anymore!"
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
His Name Is Ronnie Earle
And boy does he have a history. Seems this district attorney spends our Texas tax dollars going after political enemies.
"These charges have no basis in the facts or the law. This is just another example of Ronnie Earle misusing his office for partisan vendettas. Despite the clearly political agenda of this prosecutor, Congressman DeLay has cooperated with officials throughout the entire process. Even in the last two weeks, Ronnie Earle himself had acknowledged publicly that Mr. DeLay was not a target of his investigation. However, as with many of Ronnie Earle's previous partisan investigations, Ronnie Earle refused to let the facts or the law get in the way of his partisan desire to indict a political foe.
This purely political investigation has been marked by illegal grand jury leaks, a fundraising speech by Ronnie Earle for Texas Democrats that inappropriately focused on the investigation, misuse of his office for partisan purposes, and extortion of money for Earle's pet projects from corporations in exchange for dismissing indictments he brought against them. Ronnie Earle's previous misuse of his office has resulted in failed prosecutions and we trust his partisan grandstanding will strike out again, as it should.
Ronnie Earle's 1994 indictment against Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was quickly dismissed and his charges in the 1980s against former Attorney General Jim Mattox-another political foe of Earle-fell apart at trial.
We regret the people of Texas will once again have their taxpayer dollars wasted on Ronnie Earle's pursuit of headlines and political paybacks. Ronnie Earle began this investigation in 2002, after the Democrat Party lost the Texas state legislature to Republicans. For three years and through numerous grand juries, Ronnie Earle has tried to manufacture charges against Republicans involved in winning those elections using arcane statutes never before utilized in a case in the state. This indictment is nothing more than prosecutorial retribution by a partisan Democrat."
This is one Texan who believes this out-of-control DA needs to go back to the private sector! We're tired of his misuse of our tax dollars to go after anyone in the GOP who had anything to do with turning our Texas Congress Republican. Like liberal Democrats across our nation, they just hate to admit they lost fair and square. This is the SIXTH time he's impaneled a grand jury to "get DeLay"!
There is little doubt that Tom DeLay will beat this trumped up rap, but it will cost him more than just money to do that. The politics of personal destruction is being aided and abetted by the liberal media (MSM), and the unmistakeable stench of "wrong doing" will hang on him for some time to come. In the meantime, read this flimsy indictment. Can you find any facts, actual allegations, evidence? I couldn't. That aside, Powerpundit points out that the Texas Donks have done the exact same thing! "What you won't hear in the press is that A) This is a perfectly legal move, and B) the Democrats did the exact same thing. An Institute on Money in State Politics study reveals that on Oct. 31, 2002, the Texas Democratic Party did the same thing when it sent $75,000 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and received $75,000 back from the DNC the very same day."
Ronnie Earle won't come out smelling like a rose either, though. As flimsy as the 3 page indictment is, it won't take long for him to lose the case. You didn't think I was joking with "aiding and abetting"? The collusion of the left-leaning media with left leaning politicians is again apparent
"The documents reveal that Mr. Earle and one of his employees were asked to review several drafts of a journalist’s column before it went to press. Dave McNeely with the Austin American Statesman repeatedly asked Mr. Earle to provide input on the drafts, and told him to "keep your fingers crossed" as newspaper editors finalized the articles for publication. No Republicans were given the same opportunity.
The revelation that Mr. Earle is so closely coordinating the publication of negative newspaper articles about Republicans only reinforces the belief that the primary purpose of his investigation is to unfairly hang Republicans in the media.
Additional documents show that an Austin television journalist apparently has been aiding the DA’s partisan witch hunt."
Aren't we surprised [yawn]!!!
Texas Dems Finally "Got Him"It's true. Tom DeLay has been indicted in Austin for "conspiracy". The Texas donks have been after Congressman DeLay for years. Why? He is effective. "House majority leader's position in jeopardy. Charges stem from misuse of corporate cash in 2002 election"Which is more than I can say for Senator Frist. I really wish I were as upset about this as I am about DeLay."Frist directed his trust manager to sell all of his and his immediate family's HCA stock, valued somewhere between $10 million to $30 million, at the beginning of June just as the market value of HCA stock was peaking. The stock fell precipitously on July 13 after the announcement of poor quarterly earnings that failed to meet expectations."Given the close relationship between Senator Frist and Thomas Frist, it is imperative that their communications concerning the sale of Senator Frist's HCA stock be investigated fully, including use of your subpoena power to acquire phone and financial records, board meeting minutes, and other pertinent records to verify the veracity of the assertions by the subjects of the investigation," wrote FTCR to the SEC's Director of Enforcement." All this means is that the donkeys are full into their 2006 election mode. Too bad it hasn't registered with the Republicans in Congress. Frist and the rest of the GOP posse have been behaving like the big-spending dumcraps, and somehow, some way, they think this is going to endear them to voters. Who was the brain trust who told them this was a winning strategy? Excuse me, folks. We didn't elect you because we thought you were big spending liberals. We elected you because we thought you were CONSERVATIVES! Instead you give us this!"Buried in the House bill is a $1 million "earmark" — congressional jargon for money set aside for a specific project — that would create a new entrance from Route 20 with access lanes to better handle traffic. "For no other reason than safety, you have to do that," says tour guide Bill Sage.To fiscal watchdog groups in Washington, though, this is a prime example of "pork barrel" spending by members of Congress bent on re-election. "These are supposed to be quote-unquote 'high-priority projects,' " says Erich Zimmermann of Taxpayers for Common Sense, which counts 4,128 such high priorities, totaling more than $12 billion, in the House bill."Hey folks, this is OUR money you are spending! What in heaven's name makes y'all think we will be HAPPY about this?
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
UPDATED: More Reasons Why We Can't Trust MSMWe were listening today to the testimony of Mike Brown, in front of an all GOP panel questioning him on what went wrong in New Orleans. He was asked why FEMA did not take water and food into the Superdome? [It's bad enough city officials refused to allow the Red Cross inside!] His response, paraphrased, was that FEMA is NOT a department which is armed. So, because of the reports from MSM, he could not justify sending his unarmed volunteers into harm's way. And yet, we now learn that those reports were pure, unadulterated hype!"His assessment is one of several in recent days to conclude that newspapers and television exaggerated criminal behavior in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, particularly at the overcrowded Superdome and Convention Center.The New Orleans Times-Picayune on Monday described inflated body counts, unverified "rapes," and unconfirmed sniper attacks as among examples of "scores of myths about the dome and Convention Center treated as fact by evacuees, the media and even some of New Orleans' top officials.Indeed, Mayor C. Ray Nagin told a national television audience on "Oprah" three weeks ago of people "in that frickin' Superdome for five days watching dead bodies, watching hooligans killing people, raping people."The fact that the Donks chose to sit this panel out is another interesting question. That Mr. Brown was open and honest about his pleas to the Governor of Louisiana, as well as Mayor Nagin to issue evacuation orders, and they both refused, may have had something to do with the dumocraps' reticence. Perhaps they didn't want to hear how their last remaining southern state is a hot bed of corruption had something some bearing? I did see one dumocrap questioning Mr. Brown. William Jefferson, Louisiana Congessmanasked Mr. Brown about reports about FEMA's "failures". As you will see from these stories, there are enough questions about this guy to make my corruption point for me. [Yep, he's under FBI investigation for corruption! Go figure!]Not only should media outlets ( Oprah included!) be ashamed of themselves for faulty reporting, they should apologize for the deaths that did happen due to dehydration. Like the dumocraps who are also at fault, we should not hold our breath that either MSM or the donks in charge of Louisiana, will ever take responsibility. All they know is to blame whatever it is on Bush &/or the GOP.
Class Reunion I just returned from my 2nd trip to Southern California in a month, and I am more hopeful this trip than the last. The last trip, I was in firm conservative territory, i.e., Orange County. This trip was closer to where I grew up, an area known as the South Bay Area. Specifically for the purposes of the hotel venue, San Pedro, the heart of dock worker's union & Dumocrap central. Or is it? I saw W-'04 bumper stickers, but not one sKerry/whats-his-name sticker....hmmmmm. My former classmates have scattered all over the United States, and what I noticed with the many I chatted with, we are predominantly conservatives! Even those who still live near where we grew up are conservative and/or moderate Republicans! Yet to watch TV (and CNN was all they had in the hotel!) you would swear most of America was on the side of this dippy broad. The media did not show the huge turnout [hat tip: Alenda Lux] that was a counter to the so-called peace protests this weekend. It has become a running joke with so many people, "What are they blaming on the President today?" Global warming, and hurricanes are currently running at the head of the pack, laughter all around, and on to the next subject! MSM has become the brunt of many of America's joke, yet they still take themselves seriously! The GOOD NEWS is that the new media is cutting through the bunk that the old media is still trying to spew! What a breath of fresh air for America!
Saturday, September 24, 2005
From time to time, I like to share e-mails worth sharing. Today I got one from a friend whose family lives in Louisiana, with some in New Orleans. She wanted to share this with me:
"An Eyewitness Account of Katrina's Aftermath
WHAT I HAVE SEEN SINCE KATRINA
The poor and the wealthy hurt by the storm.Black, White, Hispanic, Oriental and Indian all hurt by the storm.
Christian people giving, giving, giving.
Churches [Note from me: Synagogues helped too] going all out to minister in Jesus' name.Neighbors going door to door helping one another.
Thugs and hoodlums going door to door looking for someone vulnerable.
Ice and water being fought over as police tried to keep the peace.
People coming up from New Orleans taking over empty houses because shelters are full.
Out of town volunteers coming with food and staying for now a week still serving it.
The Churches all over this part of the country doing what Christians do in a crisis.
The Red Cross doing a great job in the shelters.
The Salvation Army doing a great job in the community.
Four Hundred crewmen from everywhere bringing back the power to our homes, churches and businesses.
Lines at service stations a block to a mile long.National Guardsman patrolling the streets of McComb along with Kentucky policemen protecting us from the hoodlums and thugs of McComb, Pike County and New Orleans (the most dangerous city in the world before Katrina.)
Drug dealers working outside shelters.
Doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel working tirelessly, even sleeping in the hospital to do the job God called them to do.
WHAT I HAVE NOT SEEN:
The ACLU setting up a feeding line.People for the American Way helping in the shelters.
The NAACP doing any work whatsoever.
The American Atheist organization serving meals in the shelters.
Jesse Jackson directing traffic at the gas stations.
Al Sharpton cooking meals for the workers.
I could go on, but you get my message.
It's the Christian people with love and compassion who do the work. The gripers in Congress should come on down and get in line to pass out the water and ice.
Are you listening Hillary, Chuck, Teddy and all the sorry loafers we call Senators and Congressmen? They don't have a clue as to what this life is all about here on the Gulf Coast.
Boy, I feel better now."
As Rita turns more and more toward New Orleans, I have to wonder if God hasn't decided it is time to clean up that city? I'll be gone for a couple of days, as Rita is not going to hit San Antonio after all, so I'll leave you with the above to ponder.
Friday, September 23, 2005
I Told Ya So!Remember a while back when I made the case that bureaucratic efficiency is an oxymoron? Here is another example, and this time it could have tragic consequences;"...I wanted to give this update, along with an explanation about the fate of a very sick little Iraqi girl named Rhma, who is mentioned in Battle for Mosul III. As much as I would like to say that this little girl’s case has met a happy ending, so far that has not happened. After incredible amounts of work from soldiers in the Deuce Four, who had the assistance of civilians back home, our surgeon, Major David Brown, helped arrange for Rhma to get treatment in the United States. This was the best news I had heard in a long time. Few people will ever know the terrific efforts that went into saving this little girl’s life. Sadly, due to a snag in paperwork with US Immigration, a very sick child is stuck in Jordan. Her well being, possibly her life, is on hold over some trivial forms. It was as if she had been found and lifted by angels, only to be stopped and left to sit outside the gates while nameless guards check her ID card against the roster. The only thing certain is that without treatment Rhma will die."Thank you, to Michael Yon for this head's up! Anyone out there know someone at the State Department who can kick some fannies into gear so we can get this little girl the help she needs? I want to be able to assure the soldiers of the deuce-four that their efforts did not go in vain. If you haven't contributed to Michael's efforts, please head to his site and read the entire post, so you will know what he is doing with the contributions his readers have provided thus far. Michael is providing the only reliable coverage of Iraq, so be sure to read his archives if it's your first trip to his site.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Notice To Wanna-be Looters In TexasWant to be a looter in Houston or Galveston? Let me give you advanced notice. Texans are armed. Texans have the legal right to shoot intruders, looters, or anyone who would do them harm. Texans also have the right to protect their neighborhood, if the police are busy elsewhere.Don't say you were not warned, New Orleans looters who have relocated to Texas. We don't put up with that behavior here! A great big thank you to the Red Cross & FEMA for making computers available to these folks. Some will use them to look for jobs, but the dregs might just run across this warning.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Here Comes RitaRita is about to sock it to the Texas coast, and is said to "eclipse any other hurricane to hit Texas". She is close to a Cat 5 hurricane, and will be the first in 22 years to hit us. Already folks from Mustang Island (our 2nd home), Corpus Christi, and other places in South Texas are streaming into San Antonio. We are set up and ready for them, with mandatory evacuations which were issued yesterday. Galveston will be the worst hit city, according to local and federal experts, with the eye set to hit landfall between Houston & Galveston. Like Florida, our state has prepared for this evacuation; we know how long to the minute it will take to evacuate Corpus Christi; 33 hours. Hwy. 37 will be set up for both north and southbound lanes handling only northbound traffic. Fortunately, our home is mobile, and is now sitting in our San Antonio driveway. I hurt for all of our friends on the island. The new buildings that have been going up over the past year or two will be gone if we get a direct hit. But we Texans are a tough lot. We've been blessed for many years, I guess it's our turn. NOTE: Hurricane Rita is now a Cat FIVE!I have mentioned several times on this blog that we seem to manage to be elsewhere whenever severe weather hits San Antonio. During the first flood to hit, right after we moved here, we watched on TV in Finley Lake, New York, houses floating down the Guadalupe River. It flows 10 miles north of the house we had just moved into the month before. We felt helpless, not knowing how our home was faring. According to neighbors, we only had about 12 inches, so we were fine. We just didn't know it at that time. The next flood, we were in Washington state. When the hail storm hit us, with 7" of hail on the ground, we were at our place on the island. This time, we are scheduled to fly to California for my class reunion...Saturday morning. Right. If the planes are flying! We may have used all of our luck.The organization and leadership I see in our Texas leadership is a stark contrast to the laissez faire attitude we witnessed in Louisiana as Katrina approached. While the damage in Mississippi & Alabama was far more severe, New Orleans was all we heard about...but for those of us who are conservatives, this is a good thing. Mississippi & Alabama are GOP governerships, as is Texas. I believe that Louisiana is putting a few remaining nails in the Democrap coffin. It is an example of why liberalism and Democrat rule, which has reigned in Louisiana for 60+ years, does not work. The imposed socialist attitude, is largely composed of soft racism and has caused the most shoddy, corrupt and decayed condition in a city that should be a jewel in America's crown. Louisiana has a rich history of equality, which had a prosperous free black population while slavery was still the law of the land in the rest of America. It had turned, pre-Katrina, into what John Edwards could actually claim as his "two Americas". It is disgraceful what liberalism has done to their black population. Thousands of those who evacuated, belatedly, came to San Antonio. In an e-mail sent to my fellow San Antonio blogger, Chester show the type of people many cities in Texas have taken in, and in some cases, it's a nightmare. Here is an exerpt of that e-mail: [read the rest at his site]"Horrible problems with the older kids completely unsupervised and beating the crap out of the little ones, parents taking off and leaving the children for 12 hours or more and stumbling in drunk at 1am and us still sitting there with the poor little things, child protective services taking away another two children from a Mom who was really messed up and then her coming after the volunteers and threatening us-one way to lose good volunteers!"Why would we ever want these people to be in charge of anything! I wouldn't trust them to be an adequate dog catcher!
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Lest We ForgetWith all of the charitable contributions going out to Katrina victims, and with the advent of Hurricane Rita, I'm concerned that we're forgetting our heroes overseas. I want to spotlight Soldiers' Angels & Wounded Warriors. It's got to be excruciating for these deployed troops to not be able to be with their family members affected by these storms. With all the devastation, these are people trained to respond. They're busy enough keeping us safe, and though we must do what we can to aid their families, please don't forget to come to their aid as well. Carter & EthiopiaHow many times have you heard about Jimmy Carter's involvement in Africa, and how caring and compassionate he is to those needy people. They must adore this loving caring man....or do they?"For more than 14 years, that’s what Mr. Carter has been telling Ethiopians. YOu could do worse than Meles. So what if he bashes us up occasionally? “He gave you elections, didn’t he? Now clean up the blood and let’s not provoke him into killing you.” To this day, my father and uncle get a flash of fury in their eyes whenever they recall Mr. Carter’s role in Ethiopian politics in the 70s. "For more interesting information, read Ethiopundit. As long as countries and their citizens remember THEIR history, the left will not be able to completely rewrite OUR history with their revisionism.ITM Says....Zarqawi has had 2nd thoughts about alienting 60% of Iraqis, according to our friend Omar. "Al-Arabiya TV reported that Al-Qaeda in Iraq-through the same website they used to declare war on Sheat-has excluded a few Sheat groups from the hit list and this-in my opinion- proves that Al-Qaeda's war is political in nature and not religious at all. This war is targeting anyone and anything that can move the democratic process forward as we said in a previous post."On the downside, Muqtada "Monkey Boy" al Sadr is NOT on his hit list! The elimination of this fool can only serve to help Iraq in the long term! I sure can't understand why the new Iraqi government has not yet taken care of this idiot. His "followers" are mostly the riff-raff that Saddam let out of jail just prior to his fall.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Who Ya Gonna Believe?The military and lawyers seem to have a bit of a disagreement. The lawyers for detainees at G'itmo are saying their clients are on hunger strikes...saving us tax money for their diets, IMHO. "London attorney Clive Stafford Smith, who represents about 40 detainees, says 210 prisoners were on hunger strikes Aug. 15, when he last visited the camp. Stafford Smith saysthe detainees want to be charged or released. He says they also are protesting the quality of food and water, alleged beatings and the military's alleged mishandling of the Quran.
"The military wants to downplay this," he says. "The truth is, these guys are going to die."There's just one problem with that assessment, Solicitor Smith. "Of the hunger strikers, 21 are at the infirmary and are receiving nutrition through feeding tubes in their noses or mouths. The military defines a hunger striker as a detainee who has missed nine consecutive meals."Our military will not let it happen, Sir. You seem to have us mixed up with al Qaeda. But then you're a British lawyer, so watching the BBC may have influenced you unduly, right Tony?"Tony Blair -- perhaps I shouldn't repeat this conversation -- told me yesterday that he was in Delhi last week. And he turned on the BBC world service to see what was happening in New Orleans," Murdoch was quoted as saying in a transcript posted on the Clinton Global Initiative website."And he said it was just full of hate of America and gloating about our troubles. And that was his government. Well, his government-owned thing," he said of the publicly owned broadcaster."This Makes Me Very NervousNuclear expert, Allison Graham, has some very unpleasant predictions in this article. Let's hope and pray that Rummie and our military are on top of this, because what Iran's newly elected president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N., he plans to share his country's nuclear expertise with other ME countries....with the exception, I'm sure, of Iraq. In fact, he told the U.N. thugs that was his plan during his visit to their headquarters last week. Every day I wake up praying to hear of a "mysterious" explosion at the Iranian nuclear facility. On A More Positive Note Afghanis voting yesterday exceeded 50% of their population of eligible voters, in spite of the Taliban's promise to kill anyone who did. "We're building our country, we're making our parliament," said Mohammed Twahir, 36, after voting in the southern city of Kandahar, once a bastion of support for the Taleban."Before there was no democracy, now we have democracy. Democracy means freedom. That enthusiasm was echoed by many other voters."God bless those brave people, and their new country!
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Elections In Afghanistan, and Successes In IraqWith 1.5 million more registered to vote in Afghanistan, the fact that their ballot sounds nearly impossible to navigate is irrelevant. Can you take a look at those photos, and argue that President Bush will go down in more history books than just those in America, as being a visionary?In Iraq, Telafar to be precise, the much needed intel is starting to show up, and pay off;"We had some very heavy fighting on the 5th and 6th of September, during which we killed many of the enemy, who engaged us from their forward defensive positions. And it was at that point that the enemy shifted their approach again to essentially running away from the area. They gave the word to retreat. They did everything they could to blend in with the civilians who were evacuating from this dense urban area to protect them, and we caught them. We were integrated with the population. The people were pointing out who the enemy was. We had Iraqi army who was very good at sensing something isn't quite right when this man is walking down the street with children, and the children look very nervous. This one man in particular was a beheader who had beheaded over 20 people. And we were able to capture him as the children fled, as we came up to talk to this individual, and the children related to us this man said that they had to walk with him or he would kill them.
We captured five of the enemy dressed as women, trying desperately to get out of the area. Just yesterday we captured 104 of the enemy in these outlying areas."Patton & FDR are probably chatting up there, and asking why they didn't have this much success this fast!
Saturday, September 17, 2005
RecoveryAs some business owners enter the devastated New Orleans, the mayor is anxiously pushing to get tax revenues flowing again. Commercial flights are already flying back in New Orleans. With talk that the recovery could cost as much as 200 billion dollars, and congress allocating 60 billion already, I can't help but wonder who is already rubbing their hands together greedily. "Mayor C. Ray Nagin announced plans Thursday to reopen some of New Orleans' most vibrant and least flood-ravaged neighborhoods over the next week and a half, including the French Quarter. The move could bring back more than 180,000 of the city's half-million inhabitants.
"The city of New Orleans ... will start to breathe again," Nagin said. "We will have life. We will have commerce. We will have people getting into their normal modes of operations and the normal rhythm of the city." So let's see, who should be put in charge of the tax dollars flowing into the city? Not Nagin, I would hope. That the city went broke in two weeks, & the mayor buying a house in Dallas during the same time period, is reason enough for me!Someone should be in charge who can cut through red tape, and watch out for fraud. The American people have been extremely generous, and the government needs to take that into account when they are allocating OUR tax dollars!On another New Orleans note, I heard about this yesterday on the radio, and actually went to Michael Mooreon's site and read the blathering for myself. I decided I didn't want to give this fluff brained Sheehan woman anymore print space than she already got. But then Drudge posted it on his site, so I decided to link to him, rather than Mooreon. My only point in posting it here, is to remark that I believe the real culprit she blames in taking her son, in her grief-shriveled brain, is the United States military. Why else would she make the ridiculous statement that our military was "occupying" New Orleans?Bureaucratic Efficiency" Is An OxymoronWhen you read that aid meant for Katrina was redirected, and truckloads are now sitting, unneeded, in Maryland, you realize the truth of that statement."Initially sent to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, the trucks were redirected hundreds of miles to South Carolina and finally to a Federal Emergency Management Agency staging area in Cumberland, Md., where they awaited Hurricane Ophelia. Ophelia came and went, doing little damage. And the truckers waited, all paid handsomely: $600 a day, plus mileage, according to one of them. Those familiar with the situation said it was emblematic of FEMA’s stumbling response to Katrina’s aftermath, compounded by the agency’s fear that another hurricane could sock the mid-Atlantic coast. "Doesn't anyone at FEMA watch the weather reports? One trucker called it "gross negligence". As I have posted in the past, this can be laid at the feet of unions. "Good performance" is just not done, in the union world. Your job is protected, no matter what kind of a dunce you are! As long as the federal, state, & city bureaucracies are unionized, they will continue to produce poor performances. As I like to ask my brother, the union guy, "How do you like it when someone who is not working as hard as you, gets the same pay?" I rest my case.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
New Orleans Bankrupt?I seem to keep stumbling over items that make my point, during this past week, that New Orleans seems to be less a victim of Katrina, than a victim of political corruption. First thing this morning my husband was watching Fox News, and I hear from the other room that Mayor Nagin had announced that New Orleans was broke and could not make payroll for city employees! I walked into the bedroom, and asked, "How can two weeks of storm and flooding, where few people could even work, cause a city the size of New Orleans to go broke?" Like a good husband, he said, "Good question, I hadn't thought of that." Can someone please explain that to me? In terms of economics, of basic accounting, how can a city the size and magnitude of New Orleans go broke in 15 days? Something stinks, and it's not just a flooded city smell!Then Rush Limbaugh breaks this story...and it makes one wonder just how deep this corruption goes! "On Sept. 2 — five days after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast — Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., who represents New Orleans and is a senior member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, was allowed through the military blockades set up around the city to reach the Superdome, where thousands of evacuees had been taken."Kudos! A politician wanting to get a first hand look at the devastation, right? But wait:"Lt. Col. Pete Schneider of the Louisiana National Guard tells ABC News that during the tour, Jefferson asked that the truck take him to his home on Marengo Street, in the affluent uptown neighborhood in his congressional district. According to Schneider, this was not part of Jefferson's initial request."Well, of course the poor man wanted to see how his house and neighbors were faring, right? Or could it be something else?"Abubakar's office said the raid on the house in the affluent Potomac district outside Washington D.C. on August 3 followed a visit by U.S. congressman William Jefferson to discuss a telecoms deal in Nigeria.At the time of Mr. Jefferson's visit, the vice president and his family were unaware that the congressman was under investigation by the FBI," said a statement signed by Abubakar's deputy press secretary Mohammed Yakub."Mr. Jefferson, what did you take out of your house? Had the FBI searched that home yet, Sir? I wonder how close he is to Sandy "Burglar" Berger? Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO, wrote a wonderful piece in WSJ's Opinion Journal. [hat tip: Laura Ingraham] He lays out point by point the 5 steps of crisis management, and the changes it makes whether it is corporate or governmental. The important part, as it relates to Louisiana politics, IMHO, is this:"History shows us that crises almost always seem to give way to something better. Maybe that's because crises reveal how and where the system is broken in ways that make denial no longer feasible. They have a way of forcing real solutions to happen.
Hurricane Katrina has the potential to do that in New Orleans--to compel leaders in government and business to find ways to break the city's cycle of poverty and corruption. The opportunities are huge because the losses were. There is a blank slate for change to begin, and it most likely will."For the people of Louisiana, and New Orleans in particular, I pray that Katrina has flushed out the rats in all the sewers of corruption, so they can be exterminated and the light of a new day shines on this historic city. As Jack Welch says, "Crises like Katrina have a way of galvanizing people toward a better future. That's the fifth and final part of the pattern--the best part."
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Americans' Are Special People
We're irascible, we're stubborn, we're opinionated, we're naive, and we're the most generous people in the world. Not only do we rescue other countries from despots, but when someone needs help, we're right there to help them. Craig's List has needs I had never heard of, or would not have occured to me to offer! Cat sitting? Conservatives and liberals don't agree on much, but when it comes to helping hands, we all understand our fellow Americans need help. Even the ones we seem to love to hate get in the act! The IRS is allowing us to donate our vacation time, and corporations are getting into the act in any number of ways, with both cash and goods! As I was surfing about the web this afternoon, I found kudos about Americans from an unlikely source. An Arab newspaper in London wrote an article which is posted at American Thinker, entitled "The United States: a good and honorable country". "The United States managed to free many states from the clutches of communists, and with a few exceptions, rid the world of communism. In recent years it freed the state of Kuwait, handing it back to its own people and rulers. The same applies to Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. The United States had no designs on the riches of these countries. Indeed, if the United States was after the Kuwaiti oil, it would have not left it untouched as it did, furthermore it would have accepted Saddam Hussein’s tempting offer of oil privileges in return for non-interference in Kuwait."[Note: If Arabs understand this, why can't the American left? Things that make me go "hmmmmmm?" about libs!] Back on topic, I am prouder than ever to be an American, I just wish it didn't take a storm of biblical proportions to bring us back together! Oh, wait. I didn't count the congressional hearings on Judge Roberts, did I?
George Soros Is At It Again!The Center For Individual Freedom wants me to donate money to stop George Soros' attempt to defeat John Roberts. Excuse me, folks, but I don't give a rat's rear end how George Soros wants to waste his money. The sooner he goes broke hating President Bush and conservatives in general, the better all of America will be! "Never mind that Judge Roberts is one of the nation’s most brilliant attorneys and well-respected judges. Never mind that he has the premier legal credentials and balanced judicial temperament that Americans expect in a Chief Justice. Never mind that the liberal American Bar Association rated Judge Roberts “unanimously well-qualified,” its highest rating.The cabal of liberal special interests is pulling out all the stops -- spending tens of millions of dollars -- to smear Judge Roberts’ name and obstruct his confirmation.The Supreme Court is too important for us to sit on the sidelines and allow them to get away with it. "Take a deep breath, CFIF folks. John Roberts is a shoe-in. It's the next candidate we are going to have a tussle over...and with any luck, it will be Janice Rogers Brown. Let them try to take her down again, after having just tried it when she was appointed to the appellate court, and they will have outed themselves thoroughly! It should guarantee the GOP another 8-10% of the black vote. I say let them show their true colors, and stop wasting money on them.
Monday, September 12, 2005
What Happened To New Orleans?I've already discussed the wide ranging corruption in Louisiana, so when I received this from a friend, via e-mail, from LA. I had little doubt of its veracity, but I checked the various points, and found nothing that disputed it, and plenty to verify it, so I decided to share it here. It is currently making the rounds in Louisiana, and deserves to be read: "On Friday night before the storm hit Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane Center took the unprecedented action of calling Nagin and Blanco personally to plead with them to begin MANDATORY evacuation of NOand they said they'd take it under consideration. This was after theNOAA buoy 240 miles south had recorded 68' waves before it was destroyed. President Bush spent Friday afternoon and evening in meetings with his advisors and administrators drafting all of the paperwork required for astate to request federal assistance (and not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act or having to enact the Insurgency Act). Just before midnight Friday evening the President called Governor Blanco and pleaded with her to sign the request papers so the federal government and the military could legally begin mobilization and call up. He was told that they didn't think it necessary for the federal government to be involved yet. After the President's final call to the governor she held meetings with her staff to discuss the political ramifications of bringing federal forces. It was decided that if they allowed federal assistance it would make it look as if they had failed so it was agreed upon that the feds would not be invited in. Saturday before the storm hit the President again called Blanco and Nagin requesting they please sign the papers requesting federal assistance, that they declare the state an emergency area, and begin mandatory evacuation. After a personal plea from the President, Nagin agreed to order an evacuation, but it would not be a full mandatory evacuation, and the governor still refused to sign the papers requesting and authorizing federal action. In frustration the President declared the area a national disaster area before the state of Louisiana did so he could legally begin some advanced preparations. Rumor has it that the President's legal advisers were looking into the ramifications of using the Insurgency Act to bypass the Constitutional requirement that a state request federal aid before the federal government can move into state with troops - but that had not been done since 1906 and the Constitutionality of it was called into question to use before the disaster. Throw in that over half the federal aid of the past decade to NO for levee construction, maintenance, and repair was diverted to fund a marina and support the gambling ships. Toss in the investigation that will look into why the emergency preparedness plan submitted to the federal government for funding and published on the city's website was never implemented and in fact may have been bogus for the purpose of gaining additional federal funding as we now learn that the organizations identified in the plan were never contacted or coordinating into any planning - though the document implies that they were. The suffering people of NO need to be asking some hard questions as do we all, but they better start with why Blanco refused to even sign the multi-state mutual aid pack activation documents until Wednesday which further delayed the legal deployment of National Guard from adjoining states. Or maybe ask why Nagin keeps harping that the President should have commandeered 500 Greyhound busses to help him when according to his own emergency plan and documents he claimed to have over 500 busses at his disposal to use between the local school busses and the city transportation busses - but he never raised a finger to prepare them or activate them. Also, FEMA does not actually have manpower that delivers food, water and supplies. They merely coordinate those agencies (like the RedCross and Salvation Army) that have the manpower. When the Director of FEMA (Michael Brown) contacted the governor's office of Homeland Security tocoordinate food and water delivery into New Orleans, the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security refused their request to take food and water in to the people who needed it, because they said that they didn't want to create a magnet to the Superdome or Convention Center, since they wanted to get the people out of those buildings. Hopefully, some of the U.S. Congress men and women will slow down and take a breath and start checking the facts, before holding more press conferences to complain about FEMA and President Bush. An investigation will bring these and other facts to light: that show how very unprepared the city and state were to handle this disaster and how many times they refused help from the Federal government."As I said in yesterday's post, I grow more and more convinced that the people of New Orleans were less victims of Katrina, than victims of the degenerates running their state and local government. As this story gets around, I hope the people of LA will demand the resignation of their governor and the mayor of New Orleans.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Proud of Texans, Appalled at New Orleans PoliticsYesterday started with a friend coming by to pick up some things we were donating to a couple of families we'd befriended who are evacuees from New Orleans. She'd already picked up goods from several other friends, and was on her way to the familys' new apartment, provided by Grumpy. As the day progressed, and I went about my errands, I noted how many "Katrina Victim Funds" had sprung up across the whole San Antonio area. High school kids were washing cars, fire fighters were holding out their boots and buckets at intersections, and golf/softball/soccar tounaments were being organized to benefit evacuees from Katrina's wrath. Every store, every cafe, has a glass jar on the counter to collect donations. To say it is heartwarming is to understate my feelings. I realize there are those "scam artists" out there, but in Texas you see more hearts on sleeves than any place I've ever lived!Meanwhile, the more I learn about New Orleans, the more I think that the once great city, "The Big Easy", is less a victim of Katrina and more a victim of decades of ingrained corruption. It erupted into the light of day with the first leak in the levees."Throughout the store and parking lot, looters pushed carts and loaded trucks and vans alongside officers. One man said police directed him to Wal-Mart from Robert's Grocery, where a similar scene was taking place. A crowd in the electronics section said one officer broke the glass DVD case so people wouldn't cut themselves. "The police got all the best stuff. They're crookeder than us," one man said."You've all heard that the levees were built to withstand a category 3 hurricane, right? Check this out. Not only did Katrina miss New Orleans by 35 miles to the east, it was not even a category 5 when it hit! "KATRINA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 16 MPH...AND THIS GENERALMOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY AND TONIGHT. ON THIS TRACKTHE CENTER WILL MOVE OVER SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI TODAY AND INTOCENTRAL MISSISSIPPI THIS EVENING. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 125 MPH...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. KATRINA IS NOW A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSONSCALE. "The levees were overseen by commission boards responsible for maintaining them, yet they seem to have fallen into the same pattern as the rest of Louisiana politics; corruption! Not only did New Orleans miss a direct hit, but the hit was not even the predicted Category Five!To illustrate my corruption point, I offer this, this, this and this. And if you want to see how accustomed New Orleans is to corruption, I offer this! If you Google "New Orleans corruption", or "LA corruption" you'll get over a million hits! When you name a team "New Orleans Corruption", it would seem to indicate that it's not only expected, but strangely accepted! It's also apparently historic!"New Orleans in the 1920s is a city of many faces THe gaiety of Mardi Gras is juxtaposed with the rampant corruption that earned New Orleans the nickname "The City That Care Forgot." Dating back to Governor Huey Long, the state has had more than its share of corruption. Louisiana is the last remaining outpost of the old time Southern Democrat stronghold. Governor Blanco is just following his lead, though more ineptly. [hat tip: PoliPundit.com via Lance in Iraq]"In six days in NOLA I have seen ignorance, paralysis and blatant/shameless corruption, ALL at the “local” level of government. Should the Congress pursue an “investigation” or appoint a Commission, I would pray that the members are not current/former Louisiana politicians or family members. The military term FUBAR is an apt description of the “emergency management plan execution” by the NOLA Mayor, the NOLA Police Department, the LA Governor and all of their emergency management appointees. "Socialism, whether it is in Russia or an American city/state, invites corruption. Socialism as practiced by the Democrats of today is a breeding grounds of anti-social behavior, with those who benefit from it proclaiming they have been "held down" by some unseen hand, when in truth it is their lack of personal self-worth that holds them down, and produces the kind of mentality who would shoot at rescuers, loot TV's when there is no electricity to power them, and invade hospitals to rape nurses and plunder drugs. I wish I could put it as eloquently as this. I'm proud to be a member of his tribe!
As It HappenedFox News has had 9/11/01 showing this morning, while awaiting the memorial festivities to begin at ground zero....As it happened. What a heart wrenching refresher course.We shall never forget.
Friday, September 09, 2005
In Case You Missed This!
This is a must-read for every American at this hour of tragedy from Katrina & the subsequent beauracratic bungling that is striking us.
"“On behalf of myself and all the People of Tadji Military Base; I would like to console the American People and Government for getting this horrible disaster. So we would like to donate 1.000.000 Iraqi Dinars to help the government and the People also I would like to console all the ASTs who helped us rebuilding our country and our Army. We appreciate the American's help and support. Thank you"."
In American dollars, it means little in terms of "need". In terms of sentiment, of heartfelt gratitude, and downright generosity, it means more than can be expressed sufficiently by me! I wish I were the crafter of words who could do justice to this expression of comaraderie from our Iraqi brothers. What a wonderful tribute to our troops who have built this bridge between the Iraqi people and Americans....pardon me while I grab the tissue box.
Getting the Record Straight!Here is something that folks need to know:A friend of mine in Louisiana sent me this:
In case you aren't familiar with how our government is SUPPOSED to work:
The chain of responsibility for the protection of the citizens in New Orleans is:
1. The Mayor
2. The New Orleans director of Homeland Security (a political appointee of
the Governor who reports to the Governor)
3. The Governor
4. The Head of Homeland Security
5. The President
What did each do?
1. The mayor, with 5 days advance, waited until 2 days before he announced
a mandatory evacuation (at the behest of the President). The he failed to
provide transportation for those without transport even though he had
hundreds of buses at his disposal.
2. The New Orleans director of Homeland Security failed to have any plan
for a contingency that has been talked about for 50 years. Then he blames
the Feds for not doing what he should have done. (So much for political
3. The Governor, despite a declaration of disaster by the President 2 DAYS
BEFORE the storm hit, failed to take advantage of the offer of Federal
troops and aid. Until 2 DAYS AFTER the storm hit.
4. The Director of Homeland Security positioned assets in the area to be
ready when the Governor called for them
5. The President urged a mandatory evacuation, and even declared a
disaster State of Emergency, freeing up millions of dollars of federal
assistance, should the Governor decide to use it.
Oh and by the way, the levees that broke were the responsibility of the
local landowners and the local levee board to maintain, NOT THE FEDERAL
The disaster in New Orleans is what you get after decades of corrupt
(democrat) government going all the way back to Huey Long.
Funds for disaster protection and relief have been flowing into this city
for decades, and where has it gone, but into the pockets of the politicos
and their friends.
Decades of socialist government in New Orleans has sapped all self
reliance from the community, and made them dependent upon government for every little thing. Political correctness and a lack of will to fight crime have created the single most corrupt police force in the country, and has permitted gang violence to flourish.
The sad thing is that there are many poor folks who have suffered and died
needlessly because those that they voted into office failed them.
For those who missed item 5 (where the President's level of accountability
is discussed), it is made more clear in a New Orleans Times-Picayune
article dated August 28:
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In the face of a catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, a
mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for New Orleans by Mayor Ray
Nagin.Acknowledging that large numbers of people, many of them stranded
tourists, would be unable to leave, the city set up 10 places of last
resort for people to go, including the Superdome.The mayor called the order unprecedented and said anyone who could leave
the city should. He exempted hotels from the evacuation order because
airlines had already cancelled all flights.Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said
President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation
for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding. (emphasis mine)
The ball was placed in Mayor Nagin's court to carry out the evacuation
order. With a 5-day heads-up, he had the authority to use any and all
services to evacuate all residents from the city, as documented in a city
emergency preparedness plan. By waiting until the last minute, and failing
to make full use of resources available within city limits, Nagin and his
administration f**ked up.Mayor Nagin and his emergency sidekick Terry Ebbert have displayed lethal,
mind boggling incompetence before, during and after Katrina.As for Mayor Nagin, he and his profile in pathetic leadership police chief
should resign as well. That city's government is incompetent from one end
to the other. The people of New Orleans deserve better than this crowd of
clowns is capable of giving them.If you're keeping track, these boobs let 569 buses that could have carried
33,350 people out of New Orleans-in one trip-get ruined in the floods.
Whatever plan these guys had, it was a dud. Or it probably would have been
if they'd bothered to follow it.As for all the race-baiting rhetoric and Bush-bashing coming from
prominent blacks on the left, don't expect Ray Nagin to be called out on
the carpet for falling short. You want to know why? Here's why:
It's more convenient to blame a white president for what went wrong than
to hold a black mayor and his administration accountable for gross
negligence and failing to fully carry out an established emergency
preparedness plan.To hold Nagin and his administration accountable for dropping the ball
amounts to letting loose the shouts and cries of "Racism!". It's sad, it's
wrong, but it's standard operating procedure for the media and left-wing
black leadership.Mark my words: you will not hear a word of criticism from Jesse Jackson
Sr., Randall Robinson, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, or Kanye
West being directed toward Clarence Ray Nagin Jr. Why? Because he is just
another black politician instead of a responsible elected official who
happens to be black. In the mindset of more-blacker-than-thou blacks,
black politicians who are on their side can do no wrong."Lots of folks have asked why the President did not take over. Here's where PC strikes again! He wanted to take over, because the Governor and Mayor were doing nothing and people were dying! The problem? He would have had to declare Louisiana as being an insurgency. That's the law. His legal minds told him not to do it, since it was a female Democrat and a black Democrat involved! My friend the Lib tried to make excuses for why the Mayor did not use the 500 buses to evacuate the poor who had no transportation. "Who would he get to drive it? Where would the money come from to pay for it?" My answer: 1) That should have been a part of the preparation plan. How about Volunteers. It's no big deal to drive a bus. 2) The President had already provided federal funding to help pay whatever was needed TWO DAYS before the hurricane hit. If y'all are as tired as I am listening to Pelosi & Reid complain about the President...to name only two of the MSM chorus, pass this around! It is not feeding, housing, or helping anyone to play the "I hate Bush, therefore he's at fault" game! My advice, if you want to help someone dispossessed by Katrina, go find them, and help them yourself. And pass the news about others doing it, as I did in my last post.
A Local HeroI mentioned our local hero, Grumpy, in my last post. In this post, I want to let you know why he's a hero. Grumpy owns a modest Mexican cafe in our little town northeast of San Antonio. It is apparent when you go into his restaurant, that he has many loyal patrons. The walls are covered with memorabilia, pictures, & momentos folks have made for him, along with the requisite "Spurs" posters. Whenever the community needs anything, we know we can count on Grumpy to help. Every Thanksgiving he feeds hundreds of homeless and elderly people, so his recent heroism is just a part of who he is. He and his wife went driving last weekend, through local motel parking lots to see if they could see any Louisiana license plates. What they saw was a parking lot full of them! In their quest to help those they could help, Grumpy and his wife adopted three families. He has rented two apartments for two of the families, and is hunting for another apartment for the third family. He has bought gift certificates from Wal-Mart so they can buy groceries and household needs. His wife has taken the teenage children of one family to Old Navy to shop for school clothes. Yesterday, one of Grumpy's employees spotted two men washing their clothes in the park of a nearby town. She brought the two men to the restaurant where Grumpy fed them. He filled their car with gas and sent them on their way. Yesterday my women's club board voted to help Grumpy. We gave him a check for $1000 to assist his efforts, which he accepted tearfully. We are individually helping as well, but his efforts put us all to shame. I wanted to share this heartwarming story, because it represents only one of the many stories out there that are not being told.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
What a fun trip...however...I am usually able to get away from watching or hearing much news when we go to my sister-in-law's lake cottage in upstate New York. Not this time. Katrina was close to the front of everyones' minds. We had all heard bits and pieces of what was going on in an area of our country about the size of Great Britain. The severity of the catastrophe was difficult for us all to relate to, but the seriousness of it didn't miss anyone attending the wedding. The last time my husband and I paid any attention to the news, while staying at the cottage, was during the San Antonio floods. At that time, we didn't know if we'd have a home to return to. This time was not as personal, but was of equal concern to us.
By the time I got home, the usual suspects were blaming President Bush. For days while we were gone, I kept saying that the federal system's slow response was easy to explain, IMHO. Now it appears that I may have been correct in my estimation. The bureaucratic higher echelon, many of them movers and shakers in federal employees' unions, wanted President Bush to look bad. These perennial federal employees who run everything behind the scenes, despite the political appointee who is "in charge", tied up every piece of red tape they could find into untieable knots. They wanted to hold up the progress. Senator Shrillary said this weekend that FEMA wasn't working like it did during the Clinton administration. Ms. Rodham, it has nothing to do with the political appointees running it, it has to do with who is in the White House.
Let's not forget that President Bush called all the governors of the affected states 2 days prior to Katrina's frontal attack on them. He asked them to issue mandatory evacuation....but did they? Not in the case of Louisiana, they didn't. Why did they wait so long? Why did they wait until 20 hours before the storm arrived? Why are they just now making the evacuation mandatory? Could it be that they were not going to listen to a GOP President? hmmmmm......? That such hatred of our president could cause that sort of endangerment of our fellow citizens is not something I want to even think about. Yet the delay is what happened. No prompt reaction took place. Even though the President declared the states hardest hit ultimately, disaster areas even before Katrina reached landfall!! For now, we have families in our community who have escaped Katrina's wrath. Three such families have been adopted by Grumpy's (a local cafe), and our women's club will be helping them get back on their feet with donations of household items and money as well. The important thing to remember right now is that there are people who need our help. It's time to stop blaming, and start getting these fellow Americans some help to get their lives back. There, but for the Grace of God, as they say.