Saturday, September 03, 2005

This One Is About America

I will try to keep up with information that will let you know how Americans can help other Americans in our time of need.

The local Red Cross office : 2002 S. Main.

The Blood Center at #3 Grand Avenue Plaza to donate blood. They are hoping to send 300 units of blood from the area.

Information Resources:
National Hurricane Center: Weather Service: Information Center (river flooding): Emergency Management Agency: Homeland Security: of New Orleans: Governor's Office:

Relief Organizations:

Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW or https:// Relief & Development: 1-800-334-7626 or Methodist Committee on Relief: 1-800-554-8583 or http://gbgm- Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY or Charities: 1-800-919-9338 or Charity tips:

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: Society for the Prevention of

Cruelty to Animals:

Hurricane Katrina Blogs: has a blog available here.BBC News Reporters' Log: Hurricane Katrina.

I'm sure there will be more as we go along. This is going to be a long process folks. God bless you all for all your caring, prayers and help.

It's Time For Real America To Act

First of all let me say I am sooo happy to see progress FINALLY being made on this. As the mayor of New Orleans said they final got a General in there that would kick ass. Somebody that could actually lead. God bless him. I think he will turn out to be the eventual savior of this whole enterprise. The entire world is in awe at our total lack of ability to care for our own. Once again our reputation is deeply tarnished. Unfortunately I must say, rightly so. It's time for Real Americans to kick a little ass of their own over this debacle. Here is the difference between the comfortable, wealthy apologists trying to turn the issue into something else and the usually comfortable, wealthy on the ground with the FACTS and the TRUTH. Their will be an investigation headed by Senators Susan Collins(R) and Joe Lieberman(D) into all this. Strangely I feel more comfortable that I will get more of the truth from Ms. Collins.
The American people are reaching out and many people are doing much to show the true American spirit. Let's keep a continuous drum beat of praise for those doing the good work and a relentless pounding of the apologists and ones that defend the status quo. You can be sure all of that will be my mission. America as a people is better than this and we need to kick some ass and prove it!

Friday, September 02, 2005

They Speak For Themselves

No additional words from me are needed on these pieces.

It took less than a day for members of the GOP-controlled Congress to cut short their vacations and rush back to the capitol to “rescue” Terri Schiavo from those who wanted her to be allowed to die in peace. It took about four times longer to get them back into town to deal with the worst natural disaster in American history. Perhaps their attention was focused on more important things. On Thursday, as the death toll escalated, Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican Party, unveiled a campaign urging citizens to unite against…the death tax. “Today our economic outlook is bright,” he wrote in an e-mail to GOP supporters, three days after the disaster, urging citizens to call GOP holdout Sen. George Voinovich to lobby in favor of axing the tax. Nice to know they have their priorities straight. Calls to Mehlman’s office were not returned. (Adam Morgan)

ABC News Special ReportDiane Sawyer in a rare interview with President George W. Bush

SAWYER: And in fact, Mr. President, this morning, as we speak, as you say, there are people with signs saying, “Help, come get me.”


SAWYER: People still in the attic, waving. Nurses are phoning in saying the situation in hospitals is getting ever more dire.

BUSH: Yeah.

SAWYER: That the nurses are getting sick now because of no clean water. And some of the things they have asked our correspondents to ask you is, they expected, they say to us, that the day after this hurricane that there would be a massive and visible armada of federal support. There would be boats coming in, there would be food, there would be water, and it would be there within hours.

BUSH: Yeah.

SAWYER: They wondered, What’s taking so long? But given the fact that everyone anticipated a hurricane five, a possible hurricane five hitting shore, are you satisfied with the pace at which this is arriving and which it was planned to arrive?

BUSH: Well, I fully understand people wanting things to have happened yesterday. I mean, I…I understand the anxiety of people on the ground. I can—I just can’t imagine what it’s like to be waving a sign that said, “Come and get me now.” So, there is…there…there is frustration, but I want people to know there’s a lot of help coming.

SAWYER: National security, another problem, and security in the region. We’ve seen the looting before. National Guard troops, as we have said, are now up to 22,000, I think, by tomorrow, coming in. But people have worried that the National Guard is stretched too thin. So many overseas.
BUSH: Yeah.

SAWYER: And the governors themselves, bipartisan numbers of governors, have worried out loud that with so many National Guard deployed in so many places, they don’t have the full quadrant it may take.

SAWYER: Some people, Democratic critics…have begun to say that they were surprised that you didn’t come back to the White House on Tuesday and start to organize this—

BUSH: Yeah.

SAWYER: —this cabinet meeting that you did yesterday. Was—

BUSH: —You mean the one I organized on Wednesday? Well, I…I…I…I started organizing Tuesday when we realized the extent of the storm and I said, “Look, when I get back to Washington on Wednesday afternoon I want to have a report on my…on my desk and a cabinet meeting for you to tell me exactly what your departments are going to do to help alleviate the situation.”


BUSH: By the way, I…I don’t…I…I hope people don’t, you know, point political, you know, play politics during this period of time.

SAWYER: I’m struck by the fact that the picture that we saw of you sitting and looking outside the plane at this disaster and the picture of 9/11 were so similar…

BUSH: Yeah.

Let's not be political......Yeah

Thursday, September 01, 2005

They Stole My Country


I am mad as hell!! This is no longer the bright ,inventive, capable country that I once lived in. Actually it is but the wrong people are in charge. Mostly on both sides. Damn it we had at least 36 hours to prepare for what everyone was warning was going to be huge. We knew this ahead of time so don't even try the 20/20 hindsight bullshit with me you sickening apologists. Don't even try to defend the leader in incompetence. Call it playing politics if you want. I don't care. I am throughly fed up. Our entire government was on vacation. Any body who supports these idiots at this point has to be in need of therapy. I've been listening to the apologists on the right. Anal butt cyst Limbaugh, Medved, Hannity etc. and I just don't understand why they hate Americans so much!! I just would like to meet them on the street and have a good old fashioned fistfight with these guys. I am a calm, passive non violent person by nature. This is the last straw. I am losing my mind listening to the asshole apologists. So Game and Joe etc. Best just keep your apologist mouths shut on this one. People...American people...OUR people have died purely because these bumbling fools are grossly incompetent. How much ingenuity does it take to load an airplane with some sandwiches and water and milk and drop it near a convention center or the superdome? They could do it in Afganistan thousands of miles away. They can spend 186 million dollars a day "careing" for the Iraqi people. Why do they hate Americans!? To listen to Haley Barbour say..hey what do you want me to to, I told people to leave. Like everybody had the ablility to do that. Freakin Idiot! These people can't even get close to grasping what it's like to be poor. Oh ya, they are only poor cuz they are lazy right? God I hate these people! It's time for the revolution. It's pitchforks and torches time. This country won't survive another three years of non leadership. If you can abide by this last 5 years of disaster you aren't worthy to call yourself an American in my book. Since 60 percent of the public agrees maybe the apologists should be the ones to leave if they don't like what we are saying!!!!!! Screw you guys. You stole my country.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

2 Days At Camp Casey

How it was from the perspective of one of our own Roswellians.

Two Days at Camp Casey
and a journey from being an apolitical housewife to an anti-war activist
by Lonna Gooden VanHorn

“This war is clearly illegal as well as immoral. But what hurts worse is that it was unnecessary.” Gary at Camp Casey
Jim Hightower, in his delightfully irreverent book “Thieves in High Places” said anyone who considered taking a vacation in Crawford, Texas, in August needed to be taken forthwith to the nearest mental institution.He was right!! Crawford in August is HOT!! And HUMID!! I arrived in Crawford late Saturday night, August 13th. Believing, silly me, that in a town of less than 800 people it would be a cinch to find the Peace House or Camp Casey.

The sidewalks were entirely rolled up. There was no 24 hour gas station. There was no traffic anywhere. No one to ask directions from even if I had been brave enough to ask the natives (people I knew were mostly fervent Bush supporters) for directions. I had no idea where the Peace House or the camp were. After parking under a tree in a church parking lot and trying valiantly to sleep until the gallons of sweat rolling off my body nearly drowned me. I finally gave up and took myself out of town, traveling up the George W. Bush Parkway to a hotel in Waco that missed being a 4-star motel by about 5 stars.
The next morning back in Crawford, the Peace House was easy to find, even without directions. A little background:
I am just a housewife and mother. Apolitical all my life, it was apparent to me early on that the agenda of George Bush and those who shared power with him was different than that of any other administration I had seen in my lifetime. His government was clearly of, by, and for corporations and the very rich. He had no interest whatever in the “common good.” In fact, his intent toward the people and their environment appeared to be malevolent. And, has proven to be so.
Even so I did nothing. When we bombed Afghanistan, I did nothing.However, when Bush began clamoring for war with Iraq, and the press failed to examine their words or logic, I began writing out of my frustration over the media’s failure to do its job, which is to question those in the seats of power and hold them accountable for their words and actions. I did not understand why we should blindly believe the words of oil men who in two short years had proven themselves to be arrogant, unethical, dishonest, and staggeringly incompetent. They had already taken us from surpluses to deficits for the benefit of themselves and their class, already failed us by ignoring dozens of warnings indicating bin Laden was up to something. They were also men who stood to benefit personally either politically and/or financially from war with Iraq.
I am no longer apolitical. My vote in 2006 will be based almost entirely on how strongly the candidate supported this most incompetent and dishonest of all presidents. I would vote for people as ideologically diverse as Dennis Kucinich, liberal Democrat, a real hero who was against the war, voted against Cafta, and always votes for the people, and Ron Paul, conservative Republican, who also voted against the war, against Cafta, and is an American statesman.
I began collecting information that most people did not know but should know. I made summaries in large print and taped them to my 1994 Toyota pick-up, because, as Walter Cronkite said the media, especially the broadcast media, no longer provides the people with the information we need to make informed decisions (that is on my truck) so, as Ed Asner said, it is “up to us.” My “book on wheels" gradually came into being. At a stop light, people behind my truck or alongside it have no choice but to read what is on parts of my truck. It contains sections on the environment, the economy, what real war heroes (Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Butler, Zinni, McGovern, etc.) and other sages (Twain, Einstein, Vonnegut) have said, /submit_0061.htm Iraq war veterans, the Baghdad girl blogger, “the Iraq war the Big Lie,” 9/11, Christianity and morality, the War Profiteers, etc. To make it more palatable for Republicans, most of what is on it was said by Republicans. Months ago I wrote to Cindy Sheehan to ask if she would mind if I included her daughter's poem "A Nation Rocked to Sleep" on my truck. So, when I came home from my nephew's wedding in Iowa Friday afternoon, went to my information websites and read that Cindy was camping outside of Bush's ranch in Texas, even though I hate to travel and had just gotten back from a 2500 mile road trip, I accepted that my truck and I belonged at Crawford with Cindy.I left on Saturday, August 13th. The two days I spent there are among the most memorable days of my life. The people I met were fascinating. Sunday morning I signed in at the Peace House. I immediately began retaping the information sheets that had been on my truck since March, but that I had ripped off three days earlier when my husband had driven my truck to a job interview (even I did not think driving a vehicle with nearly 90 sheets of controversial information taped on it stem to stern to a job interview would be prudent if a person seriously wanted to get the job). An obliging gentleman helped me tape, and the task was soon accomplished. People began taking pictures of my truck immediately. Cindy came out and gave me a hug. Later, I took a picture of her standing by her daughter’s poem which is taped among the pages on the hood of my truck. At lunch on Sunday, Cindy spoke a few words. She said she did not have thick skin. The media tearing her life apart really hurt her. She said if the media had examined what Bush/Cheney had said before the war with the same kind of thoroughness they used on her, their lies would have been exposed, we would never have gone to war, and her son and all the other people who have died would still be alive. Knowing she would be attacked like she has been would she do it again? “Absolutely,” she said...

To read the entire article go here:

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Searching For Leadership

Seems I'm not alone in looking for someone to actually stand up, make some noise and oppose the obviously unpopular. From The Light Of Reason:

Spiraling gas prices and continuing bloodshed in Iraq continue to take their toll on President Bush, whose standing with the public has sunk to an all-time low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll..... The survey also provided bad news for Democratic leaders, who are judged as offering Bush only tepid opposition. Slightly more than half of those surveyed expressed dissatisfaction with the failure of congressional Democrats to oppose Bush more aggressively.
Self-identified Democrats were particularly impatient, with more than two in three saying congressional Democrats have not gone far enough to oppose Bush on Iraq or on administration policies in general. “Somebody needs to speak up,” said Michelle Burgess, 41, a home health aide in St. Louis. “Enough is enough. "

Monday, August 29, 2005

It's Time For Us To Go

James Walcott is always a great read and insight into the reality based world.

Nearly everyone debating the war (or, more precisely, how bad a shape the war effort is in) views it solely as a matter of what We do. It isn't about US anymore, it's never been all about US. Whatever minty new words are put into Bush's mouth aren't going to make a fig of difference to the insurgents, and refinding our "resolve" isn't going to create enough soldiers out of thin air to change the reality on the ground. .......A blithe, play-acting President on a bicycle on the ranch, under siege from a growing camp of aggrieved Americans while the finest, middle class youth of the nation is bled white thousands of miles away in the midst of a religious civil war triggered by the United States - with no hope of victory, no hope of Jeffersonian democracy, no hope for honor. Yes, this does sound like 1968 - minus the bicycle, and with lower approval ratings and a more mainstream opposition.
"Yet, of course, the toothless, political cowardice of the Democrats must not slip away into the night of history. Particularly in this Congress, lockstep support for national security in the "time of war" has given the Administration the social checkbook it needs to write the bills for this war. Far too many Democrats went along for the ride, bought too easily into the argument that everything is different after 9-11. They missed the fact that one thing didn't change, despite the panic of the President and his little yelping terriers: we still have some national character in this country, we can't be sold a bill of goods forever, we know when to hold 'em and to fold 'em.
"And folks, it's time to fold 'em. When the argument for continuing war is to merely to honor the dead that have gone before with more dead, with more wounded, with more destruction, you know the jig is up, that the military maneuver is merely in the form of a forlorn hope, destined to die for nothing. The Iraqi civil war will rage until there is no Iraq. There never was an Iraq, except as the construct of an empire and a dictator; we had no business in the squabbles of religious tribes........."There is nothing to this but to admit failure, and save American lives. Perhaps that is not honorable. Perhaps it leaves a vaccuum in the east, into which the hard-core religionists can step. To bad: it is done. And we need to be done."

Admitedly this is a sad thing to say. The neo cons will no doubt sqawk(pardon the sick unintended pun) bloody murder. The good news is we can then get on with phase 2 of the real war on terror and maybe get back to truly advancing our goals and rebuilding relationships around the world.

You can read the full post here.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Time To Reshape The Party

The Democrats really are spineless.

When the war's die-hard cheerleaders attacked the Middle East policy of a mother from Vacaville, Calif., instead of defending the president's policy in Iraq, it was definitive proof that there is little cogent defense left to be made. When the Democrats offered no alternative to either Mr. Bush's policy or Ms. Sheehan's plea for an immediate withdrawal, it was proof that they have no standing in the debate.......Instead, two conservative Republicans - actually talking about Iraq instead of Ms. Sheehan, unlike the rest of their breed - stepped up to fill this enormous vacuum: Chuck Hagel and Henry Kissinger. Both pointedly invoked Vietnam......For his part, Mr. Hagel backed up his assertion that we are bogged down in a new Vietnam with an irrefutable litany of failure: "more dead, more wounded, less electricity in Iraq, less oil being pumped in Iraq, more insurgency attacks, more insurgents coming across the border, more corruption in the government." .......Among Washington's Democrats, the only one with a clue seems to be Russell Feingold, the Wisconsin senator who this month proposed setting a "target date" (as opposed to a deadline) for getting out. Mr. Feingold also made the crucial observation that "the president has presented us with a false choice": either "stay the course" or "cut and run." ......But don't expect any of Mr. Feingold's peers to join him or Mr. Hagel in fashioning an exit strategy that might work...........As another politician from the Vietnam era, Gary Hart, observed last week, the Democrats are too cowardly to admit they made a mistake three years ago, when fear of midterm elections drove them to surrender to the administration's rushed and manipulative Iraq-war sales pitch. So now they are compounding the original error as the same hucksters frantically try to repackage the old damaged goods. IN the new pitch there are no mushroom clouds. Instead we get McCarthyesque rhetoric accusing critics of being soft on the war on terrorism, which the Iraq adventure has itself undermined.......The marketing campaign will crescendo in two weeks, on the anniversary of 9/11, when a Defense Department "Freedom Walk" will trek from the site of the Pentagon attack through Arlington National Cemetery to a country music concert on the Mall. There the false linkage of Iraq to 9/11 will be hammered in once more, this time with a beat: Clint Black will sing "I Raq and Roll," a ditty whose lyrics focus on Saddam, not the Islamic radicals who actually attacked America.

Hillary, Joe Biden, Evan Bayh et al are not the party I want to be a member of. I'll go to Russ Feingolds /Wes Clarks party anyday. Stand up for the grassroots party and screw the Corporate Repub. lite wannabees. They are political chickenhawks that won't even stand up for their own constituency.

Who Will Say "No More"?

Who Will Say "No More"?
By Gary Hart
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Washington Post

"Waist deep in the Big Muddy and the big fool said to push on," warned an anti-Vietnam war song those many years ago. The McGovern presidential campaign, in those days, which I know something about, is widely viewed as a cause for the decline of the Democratic Party, a gateway through which a new conservative era entered.
Like the cat that jumped on a hot stove and thereafter wouldn't jump on any stove, hot or cold, today's Democratic leaders didn't want to make that mistake again. Many supported the Iraq war resolution and -- as the Big Muddy is rising yet again -- now find themselves tongue-tied or trying to trump a war president by calling for deployment of more troops. Thus does good money follow bad and bad politics get even worse.
History will deal with George W. Bush and the neoconservatives who misled a mighty nation into a flawed war that is draining the finest military in the world, diverting Guard and reserve forces that should be on the front line of homeland defense, shredding international alliances that prevailed in two world wars and the Cold War, accumulating staggering deficits, misdirecting revenue from education to rebuilding Iraqi buildings we've blown up, and weakening America's national security.
But what will history say about an opposition party that stands silent while all this goes on? My generation of Democrats jumped on the hot stove of Vietnam and now, with its members in positions of responsibility, it is afraid of jumping on any political stove. In their leaders, the American people look for strength, determination and self-confidence, but they also look for courage, wisdom, judgment and, in times of moral crisis, the willingness to say: "I was wrong."
To stay silent during such a crisis, and particularly to harbor the thought that the administration's misfortune is the Democrats' fortune, is cowardly. In 2008 I want a leader who is willing now to say: "I made a mistake, and for my mistake I am going to Iraq and accompanying the next planeload of flag-draped coffins back to Dover Air Force Base. And I am going to ask forgiveness for my mistake from every parent who will talk to me."
Further, this leader should say: "I am now going to give a series of speeches across the country documenting how the administration did not tell the American people the truth, why this war is making our country more vulnerable and less secure, how we can drive a wedge between Iraqi insurgents and outside jihadists and leave Iraq for the Iraqis to govern, how we can repair the damage done to our military, what we and our allies can do to dry up the jihadists' swamp, and what dramatic steps we must take to become energy-secure and prevent Gulf Wars III, IV and so on."
At stake is not just the leadership of the Democratic Party and the nation but our nation's honor, our nobility and our principles. Franklin D. Roosevelt established a national community based on social justice. Harry Truman created international networks that repaired the damage of World War II and defeated communism. John F. Kennedy recaptured the ideal of the republic and the sense of civic duty. To expect to enter this pantheon, the next Democratic leader must now undertake all three tasks.
But this cannot be done while the water is rising in the Big Muddy of the Middle East. No Democrat, especially one now silent, should expect election by default. The public trust must be earned, and speaking clearly, candidly and forcefully now about the mess in Iraq is the place to begin.
The real defeatists today are not those protesting the war. The real defeatists are those in power and their silent supporters in the opposition party who are reduced to repeating "Stay the course" even when the course, whatever it now is, is light years away from the one originally undertaken. The truth is we're way off course. We've stumbled into a hornet's nest. We've weakened ourselves at home and in the world. We are less secure today than before this war began
Who now has the courage to say this?

Reading Room

Sorry folks but this is overkill from the health nazis.

More of those "Godly folk" that are blaming Americans for the death of our soldiers. Seems to me with actions like this he is doing more to divide Americans from God. I certainly would not want to be associated with these types.

The "honorable" KKKarl Rove. Role Model

Katrina is coming. My question, how about the homeless and poor who can't drive away?

Confusing the terrorists?

This is coming from the woman who ran from a cream pie!

Congratulations PNAC, you have created something quite acceptable to the "axis of evil" Iranians. When will Repubs quit "my president right or wrong" and enter the world of reality?

The useful idiots have pulled out all the old favorites.

"What is important is that Iraqis are now addressing these issues through debate and discussion -- not at the barrel of a gun," Bush said. - Oh really? Coulda fooled me! Iraqis killing other Iraqis..sounds more like civil war to me.