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Friday, September 02, 2005
And this is helping, how?
I’m sorry this post is all over the map. I’m agog and aghast at the darkened hearts of so many people who have let politics become their god. These are people who hate blindly and completely - they are consumed with bile, and reading their thoughts makes me feel dirty and hopeless. All that to say…
I can tell you honestly that if I saw a woman and child stranded on the roadside, started to pull up, then saw an “Impeach Bush” bumper sticker or some such filth, I would still help them - even though the mom might be a moonbat. A moonbat in need is a moonbat indeed, right?
But check out this filth:
I was on my home and was on the ramp getting off the highway. I saw a mini-van on the side of the road. There was a lady standing next to the van and in her arms she held her child. I can only assume her mini-van had broken down. I don’t know, perhaps with so many gad stations being out of gas, she had also run out. I slowed down and started to pull over to offer her a ride. At the very last second I noticed a “W” sticker on the back of her vehicle and I sped up and drove off.
After writing that she felt bad for not helping, she equivocates further:
I thought that if she loves [Bush] so much, maybe he would come along and help her the same way he is rescuing all of those poor people in the weather stricken part of our country. Let’s see what her hero can do for her.
Most of the posters on the cesspool that is the Democratic Underground, where this post is located, either sympathized with the poster or gave her a pass. To be fair, though, some of them stayed true to their principles, which gives me some hope:
Of course, make the children pay for their parents’ choices
Don’t look to me to say it was the right thing to do. Don’t look to me to ease the guilt YOU SHOULD feel for making a child pay this price.
Take your guilt and leave it on your shoulders. You deserve it.
To which the original poster responds:
I actually wondered if I should post this story because I thought perhaps I was doing so to punish myself for what I did. I thought about people flaming me and how much I deserved it. I decided that because I felt the way I did, I would share whether people flamed me or not and that I would not take ridicule as a way to punish myself but rather as a way to accept the truth. I agree, I do deserve guilt. I totally agree.
OK- so it’s not as bad as we think, right?
If you read my first reply to the first poster, I did say I will be helping everyone no matter what in the future. The person that did that today is not who I am. They are the ones that leave people out in the cold, not me.
But we’re NOT the ones who leave people in the “cold.” But YOU are, evidently.
I can’t fathom the absolute hatred of President Bush and Republicans. On the Democratic Underground, it’s taken as gospel that the entire disaster is the President’s fault. I just don’t get these people.
I can honestly say that, while I disliked President Clinton’s behavior and policies, I didn’t hate the man - I certainly don’t hate people who voted for him or Mr. Kerry. I don’t wish ill on anyone who disagrees with me politically. The hatred on that side is so virulent, so vitriolic, it’s beyond words.
So if you have a strong stomach, read some more for yourself on Cam’s blog. I’d recommend against it, though.
Angi just got back from the Red Cross OKC offices where she’s been processing evacuees. (She tells me they don’t like the term “refugees.”)
The Red Cross has arranged for free apartments in Midwest City and is giving them small allowances for food and household items. I’m not sure how, but we’re going to give more to the Red Cross. You should too. Use Amazon’s form, because the Red Cross’s isn’t really handling the load. You can also go into any Western Union and give with no surcharge.
If you’re in Houston, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Tulsa, Little Rock, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, DFW, Beaumont, or anywhere evacuees are likely to land, the Red Cross most likely needs your help. Call them and ask them. Angi will write more later.
Angi has been working at the Red Cross Headquarters all day processing displaced persons from New Orleans.
She just called me and told me that she’s about to start “casework.” So I’m about to bring her some dinner.
What an amazing woman my wife is.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Should we abandon New Orleans?
No, we shouldn’t, but we should rethink the rebuild. It makes no sense to rebuild generic houses, fungible apartment blocks, gas stations and strip malls below the gulf, below Lake Ponchartrain, and below the freaking Mississippi River.
Build three Cat 5 levees around unique or high value real estate, push the Mississippi back from the French Quarter, and rebuild everything else on higher ground. If we’re going to spend 20 - 30 billion dollars on New Orleans, let’s make sure we don’t have to do it again after the next Cat 5.
No, I don’t want to be on the committee that decides what gets abandoned.
Elijah and I are going to meet his Mother’s Day Out teacher this morning. (The program starts next week.) Every time I say that we are going to meet her next week/this week/tomorrow/in a few hours he spews out the same string of toddler-speak:
“Bah woo WE glah Ah.”
My Magic Mommy Brain is not working on this one.
Any guesses as to the brilliant words he is uttering?
I have been truly incredulous at those who somehow find a way to blame this hurricane on the President. There’s Monday morning quarterbacking, junk science, and plain old, run of the mill moonbattery.
As he often does, Lileks said it best:
Sometimes you just tire of spin, the endless carping, the incessant pissy miserabilism, to quote the Pet Shop Boys. It’s as if there’s a superior breed of humanity, uncorrupt and all-knowing, waiting in the wings to solve all our problems if only we’d let them have the reins of power and speak the honeyed words. Listen to them and human failings will be erased, nature turned aside like a man who enters a French restaurant in tennis shoes.
Let’s get the city secure and the people safe before we start throwing stones.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
It’s time for some brutal, decisive action on gratuitous looting in New Orleans and Southern Mississippi. (Not taking food or shoes out of stores where there are no clerks - I’m talking about looting strictly for greed’s sake)
I wonder if the cruel and stupid young people who are doing the looting know the power they have to damage their country. I wonder, if they knew, if they’d stop it.
No, they wouldn’t.
The ones who are armed should be shot dead. The ones that are unarmed should be put in prison for an inordinate and unreasonably long time.
What do those geniuses think they’re going to do with their flat-screen TVs and electronics anyway? Take them to their flooded homes where they’ll be looted by another depraved person or ruined by the weater?
They’re certainly not going to be allowed to evacuate with them.