Replacing Senator Larry Craig (R-estroom) is Lieutenant Governor Jim Risch, who had this nugget of wisdom to offer about New Orleans:

Here in Idaho, we couldn’t understand how people [in Louisiana] could sit around on the kerbs waiting for the federal government to come and do something. We had a dam break in 1976, but we didn’t whine about it. We got out our backhoes and we rebuilt the roads and replanted the fields and got on with our lives. That’s the culture here. Not waiting for the federal government to bring you drinking water. In Idaho there would have been entrepreneurs selling the drinking water.

Reality check:

Hundreds of millions of tax dollars went to build the dam, and $850 million in reparations went to 15,000 Idahoans who lost property when the dam burst (11 people died). Then, hundreds of millions in tax dollars went to fix all of those federally built irrigation systems for those hardy, self-sufficient Westerners who can't even supply their own water.

Sorry, Idaho, but this may not be an upgrade.
This morning, crows. Dozens if not hundreds. Cawwing. Neighbor: "It's like Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds -- is this normal for Kansas?" Ma'am, you're assuming there is a normal for Kansas. Our daily weather patterns are straight out of a D20 roleplaying random weather generator table, our people range the gamut from the mindbogglingly brilliant to the most cretinous mouthbreathers who schlorped their way from the primordial soup -- there is no normal here.

I love how, amid the Katrina calamity, the N'Awlins Saints could've become the new "America's Team," but despite the newfound goodwill toward the team, the owner seems hell-bent on moving them to San Antonio (managing to stay quiet to avoid breaking league rules that forbid discussing moving a team mid-season) and also has taken to beating up the media. Just die.

New SCOTUS nominee. This one's actually a judge. Already a quantum leap.

Yes, I rooted for the Bolts, to keep them in the running, and yes, I felt a little guilty. Get better, Priest. The Vikings need you.

Dude, Brett Favre is a class act, even -- no, especially in defeat. You are not. Die.

Hallomeme third most popular blog link yesterday, behind Technocrati and How Much is Your Blog Worth? At one point yesterday 26,265 people had taken it. This is me agog. =:O Storage space: 187.04 MB used, 112.96 free. Traffic: 1433 MB used, 8567.08 MB free. Looks like I just might make it after all....

Edit: One of the instructors stopped by and talked to me for a second, and after talking to me immediately afterwards charged into her classroom and announced "I think the quote of the day is 'I'd feel better if I had more cough syrup,'" to which one of the girls in the class announced enthusiastically "I would!"
sigma7: Sims (dammit)
( Sep. 27th, 2005 08:15 am)
A congressional panel on Tuesday is expected to scrutinize the decision to keep ousted Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown on the federal payroll.

Brown told congressional investigators Monday that he is being paid as a consultant to help FEMA assess what went wrong in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to a senior official familiar with the meeting.

...But of course, it isn't a Good Ol' Boys network or anything like that. *headdesk ad infinitum* You know, a decent civilization would at least try to avoid the appearance of impropriety and maintain the illusion of competence.
Dolphin assassins menace Gulf of Mexico | The Register

Heavily-armed, frightened, and confused. No, we don't mean the Bush Administration, but a group of killer dolphins trained by the US Navy and lately washed into the Gulf of Mexico by Hurricane Katrina, if The Guardian is to be believed.

I know it's late, but it merits mentioning, perhaps even several times, if only for the subhed: Rogue cetacean death squad may be armed. Yes, a made-for-Sci-Fi-channel movie plays itself out in real life. And once more, the Onion has seen it coming.
Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina - Stupidest Hurricane Katrina Quotes: Yeah, I know, just 25?

5) "Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well." —FEMA Director Michael Brown, Sept. 1, 2005
U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarian Terry Conger said Tuesday that Snowball, a small white dog taken by police Thursday from a sobbing little boy as he boarded a bus at the Superdome, has been located at the Gonzalez shelter and will be reunited with his owner.

"This is one of the heartwarming stories," Conger said.

The dog is among about 3,000 animals brought into the shelter system, Conger said. Photos of unidentified animals will be posted on

But a smack on the nose to Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher on people empathizing with pets in the stricken area: Beats me. But then again, I cannot fathom why all these folks who stayed behind to take care of their pets would risk their lives for an animal that they could easily replace at any pet store. Asshat.

Also on the brighter side of cataclysm: Snopes on The Price is Right's N'Awlins/speedboat prize package. I'm sorry, maybe I'm becoming insensitive or jaded or something, but I still find this downright hysterical.

Ten minutes until the weekend and I haven't been fired yet. Charmed existence, I tells ya.
U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's visit to Reliant Park this morning offered him a glimpse of what it's like to be living in shelter.

While on the tour with top administration officials from Washington, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, DeLay stopped to chat with three young boys resting on cots.

The congressman likened their stay to being at camp and asked, "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"

They nodded yes, but looked perplexed.
The Washington Post reported on Friday that five of eight top FEMA officials had come to their jobs with virtually no experience in handling disasters. The agency's top three leaders, including Brown, had ties to Bush's 2000 presidential campaign or the White House advance operation.

You know, I can't even act surprised anymore. Obviously I was applying in all the wrong places.

Also, a call to arms for photobloggers from Andrew Sullivan (!).

'[O]n Tuesday, FEMA refused to take reporters and photographers along on boats seeking victims in flooded areas, saying they would take up valuable space need in the recovery effort and asked them not to take pictures of the dead. In an e-mail explaining the decision, a FEMA spokeswoman wrote: "The recovery of victims is being treated with dignity and the utmost respect and we have requested that no photographs of the deceased by made by the media."'

The press should ignore those requests, get boats themselves and show the world what has actually happened. (Hey, much of the media was ahead of FEMA during the worst of it. Why not again now?) That goes for any intrepid bloggers with camera-phones or anyone else who can slip through the censorship net. If necessary, faces can be blurred to protect the dignity of the dead. But it matters that we see the full consequences of government delinquency. That's what the press is for. Ignore FEMA. Photobloggers, here's an opportunity for important and necessary work.

Also NBC's Brian Williams on Wednesday: While we were attempting to take pictures of the National Guard (a unit from Oklahoma) taking up positions outside a Brooks Brothers on the edge of the Quarter, the sergeant ordered us to the other side of the boulevard. The short version is: there won't be any pictures of this particular group of Guard soldiers on our newscast tonight. Rules (or I suspect in this case an order on a whim) like those do not HELP the palpable feeling that this area is somehow separate from the United States.

Also also wik: a purported first-hand account of the relief efforts. Yeesh.

Unrelated but still relevant: Campbell Brown is my new hero.
sigma7: Sims (broken)
( Sep. 8th, 2005 12:10 pm)
Via Fark: The Showcase prize package on today's The Price is Right included a trip to New Orleans and a speedboat.
sigma7: Sims (ranch tooth)
( Sep. 7th, 2005 08:18 pm)
I think maybe I've had too much Benadryl, but this nugget from Wonkette is my favorite joke of the week: "I have a rehnquist joke for you - he's actually been dead for 4 days but fema just found him."
sigma7: Sims (FSM)
( Sep. 7th, 2005 03:30 pm)
Astrodome - a photoset on Flickr

Pictures from Technology for All's installation of computers in the Astrodome. Wow.

Edit: IM transcript from a blogger hiding out in the dome. Warning: unsubstantiated rumors, allegations and pretty depressing stuff herein. Sorry, [ profile] missmiah.
Steve Dahl serves up recipe with foul taste

"To that end, I have sent away for five pounds of Chocolate Babies to act as 'floaters' in the new drink I'll be inventing this week: The Floating Corpse. ... I'm thinking Creme de Cacao, Kahlua, some rum, maybe a little cream and a floating Chocolate Baby."

Thousands of people died. He wasn't one of them. That's sad.
sigma7: Sims (coathanger)
( Sep. 7th, 2005 08:12 am)
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said it all, starting his news briefing Saturday afternoon: "Louisiana is a city that is largely underwater..."

Well there's your problem right there.

If ever a slip-of-the-tongue defined a government's response to a crisis, this was it....

He goes on, and it's worth reading, but no more details for those on the edge of burnout. Aren't we all?

Oh, and FEMA says don't take pictures of the bodies. Nice for them to finally be in a position to request such, unlikef last week....
I know I keep doing this, but after last week, I couldn't help but wonder how America's Finest News Source would tackle the hurricane's effects. It did not let me down: God Outdoes Terrorists Yet Again, with such gems:

  • Officials Uncertain Whether To Save Or Shoot Victims

  • Nation's Politicians Applaud Great Job They're Doing

  • Area Man Drives Food There His Goddamned Self

  • Bush: 'It Has Been Brought To My Attention That There Was Recently A Bad Storm'

  • Louisiana National Guard Offers Help By Phone From Iraq

  • Government Relief Workers Mosey In To Help

  • Refugees Moved From Sewage-Contaminated Superdome To Hellhole Of Houston

  • White Foragers Report Threat Of Black Looters

  • Another Saints Season Ruined Before It Begins ("I'd say this is even worse than when Mike Ditka traded away all our draft picks to get Ricky Williams," said Saints vice president of pro-personnel operations Bill Kuharich.)

  • Shrimp Joint Now Shrimp Habitat

  • Bush Urges Victims To Gnaw On Bootstraps For Sustenance

The rest of the issue is oddly enchanting, as well. Go now.

Also coming through big is Google (of course), specifically Google Maps, with high-res satellite (I assume) images of N'awlins taken last week. Compare the Superdome before and after.

Addendum moodswing: RIP ESPN's Adrian Karsten.
Via [ profile] mightygodking, Barbara Bush the Elder channels Marie Antoinette, referring to evacuees now living in the Astrodome:

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Defending the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff argued Saturday that government planners did not predict such a disaster ever could occur.

But in fact, government officials, scientists and journalists have warned of such a scenario for years.

*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* Shades of Gerald Ford. Good to know the man most wildly ignorant of the situation is in one of the positions of highest authority....
Xeni notes: An article on the Army Times web page is referring to American citizens in New Orleans as "the insurgency". Does this mean the United States is now in an undeclared state of civil war?


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