Saturday, September 03, 2005


The above cartoon was stolen from J.Marquis of "Are We There Yet?" Please check out his righteous weblog at !

Forgive me if I leave logic to the wind during the following rant. I can't stand to see people suffer, and what I'm seeing is just too much. The amount of suffering, much of it unneccesary, is pissing me off.

The images coming out of New Orleans look like something from a third world country. While the relief that has been provided there is much more than a third world nation could provide in such an emergency, it took too long to start the relief... When I look at the pictures, I have to think about how we have third world living conditions here, right here in the richest country in the world.

Not only do we not have a national health care system, we also have emergency contingency plans that apparently don't include those who lack the money to escape disasters, and which possibly don't include those who don't have white skin. If you're living in poverty and if your skin isn't the right color, you might just as well be up shit creek without a paddle when it comes to getting rescued from a flood.

Aren't all Americans created equal? Our national health care policy is something like "don't get sick". Is the general policy for disaster relief "provide for those who have the means to get out?"
I hope Condoleeza Rice enjoyed her vacation while all this was happening. I'm sure she needed new shoes and needed to see "Spamalot!" instead of helping with the disaster.

I hope the POTUS enjoyed his extra day or two of vacation, too. After all, being president is a lot of "hard work", and sometimes it takes a while to decide to do something.

I agree with the comments by performer Kanye West, and the comments of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. NBC silenced West, but his remarks are getting media time anyway. Nagin's rant is already the stuff of legends.

What we are seeing illustrates the living conditions of not just low-income people in New Orleans, but simply that we have these types of conditions all across the country.

We all need to pitch in and help however we can. We also need to get good and mad. The country doesn't have its priorities straight. And we all know what can be done about that in 2006 and 2008, so let's get busy.


Blogger J. Marquis said...

Yeah, I was thinking today about what the rescue efforts would be like if Beverly Hills got creamed by an earthquake.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Actually, we are not the richest country in the world anymore.

At least, according to this website my ex sent me, the GDP per capita is higher in the British Virgin Islands, Luxembourg, and Norway.

Now that is if you go by overall wealth divided by overall population. However, if you went by the actual spread of wealth, then we really fall into deep doo doo because wealth is extremely polarized in this country.

I tend to believe that Japan and Switzerland are probably the wealthiest insofar as life expectancy is longer in those countries. Cause we could be able to afford lots of things, but if we are work slaves to do it, then that is not wealth.

I know that is getting away from your original point, but I do think that the US is being turned into a third world sewer by this administration. Governments make choices, and they have been making the wrong ones, and it's starting to catch up with us. :-(

2:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

This whole mess is totally inexcusable. I know everyone's jumping on the bandwagon and blaming Bush. But the fact remains, if the government hadn't tried to pinch pennies on funding for the levies, and if we weren't stretched to the breaking point in Iraq, the response to the New Orleans tragedy would have been much faster and more efficient.

10:55 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

There are plenty of excuses for this situation.
None of them acceptable.

3:48 PM  
Blogger GTX said...

That's the cause of every bad thing in this world, believe me.
Speculating about the advance of a socialist ideal or communist. Only because people want more for themselves, just a little more than basics.
Speculating about the advance of some religions not so well sight seeing (?).
(Gosh! I almost seem like communist propaganda).
Speculation in foreign politics. Lets see if they help or not, fast or slow?
Speculating about economical budget. There must be not acknowledging that the GDP his a little bit adjusted to the pretended figures. (Enrom)
Speculation is so necessary like breathing but, if it is too much, it becomes as danger as hyperventilating.

(why the damn verification word never goes at first time, and some times four and five?)

6:29 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

GTX, maybe people do make predictions and get complacent, thinking humans are infallible and able to control nature. Heh! And I don't always get the word right the first time, either. Sometimes my brain farts and I type a "g" instead of a "q", or some of the letters kinda run together. It can't be a need for new glasses... can it? I just got those in February!

9:53 AM  
Blogger The Bird Poop said...

It is tragic thing that has happened in New Orleans. It is also a sad that Fidel Castro offered 1,200 doctors and 30 tons of medical supplies while the best our piss ant of a President could do is decide to cut his vacation short, emphasis how "Looting will not be tolerated", and delay immediate Federal assistance.

His delays certainly led to even more deaths and misery for the people of New Orleans.

Sounds like an open and shut case for involuntary manslaughter to me.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

My wifes entire family on her dads side is from New Orleans. They all survived as they had money to move to higher ground in NO. Her uncle worked on David Vitters(R) campaign and is very close to his family. I can you that there were no kind words coming from him regarding Bush and his administration...the same goes for the rest of her family. Most of the city of NO is standing by their mayor which I find funny Bush is doing the complete opposite.

7:58 PM  
Blogger GTX said...

I think when I failed the four times that I wrote the WV word wrongly, wasn't really glasses that I needed...Ah!

9:38 AM  

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