October 22, 2005

UN office doctored report on murder of Hariri
The UN is not only untruthful, they are digitally clueless. And they want to run the Internet?

October 11, 2005

Clayton has a drink with a FEMA blue shirt
“She told us about the trick questions on the FEMA application, designed to automatically disqualify people if answered wrong”

September 30, 2005

Were the flood walls on the 17th St. levee defective from Day One?
“A 1998 ruling by an administrative judge ... shows that the contractor ... told the Corps that the soil and the foundation for the walls were ‘not of sufficient strength, rigidity and stability’ to build on.”

September 26, 2005

“The Contents Of My Mom’s Life”
“It all fits on a small coffee table.” From the quite moving blog, Operation Eden

September 22, 2005

Dear Mother Nature
“let’s face the real issue here, sister — we all know you’re a bit of a diva”

September 21, 2005

Design Shortcomings Seen in New Orleans Flood Walls
As I mentioned the other day, it wasn’t levees that failed, it was flood walls. And the design may have expected too much of them.

September 17, 2005

NOPD officer who worked Convention Center describes the days after Katrina
“the people got together as a group and disseminated it amongst themselves, without any riots, any fights, anything. And then these people put together a box of food and water and brought it to us.”

September 16, 2005

After Blocking the Bridge, Gretna Circles the Wagons
Their mayor says “This wasn’t just one man’s decision. The whole community backs it.”
Leaving New Orleans
Hundreds of evacuees have landed in Atlanta. Three share their stories.

September 15, 2005

‘It Was as if All of Us Were Already Pronounced Dead’
Reporters are beginning to piece together details of the horror stories from the Convention Center in New Orleans

September 11, 2005

The Steady Buildup to a City’s Chaos
An extensive look at a long trail of failures at all levels
Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy
Another extensive look at a long trail of failures at all levels

September 09, 2005

How Reliable Is Brown’s Resume?
I was once pre-med, so I think I’ll pad and massage my resume so I can get a job as a doctor. So what if I’m not qualified and people die?

September 08, 2005

“They began firing their weapons over our heads”
Imagine if on 9/11 the people trying to evacuate on foot over the Brooklyn Bridge had been turned back by police gunfire. It happened last week in New Orleans.
“I just got back from a FEMA Detainment Camp”
It’s a whacko site, but the text appears to be some pretty incriminating first hand reporting from a church-going family in a “red” state. Complete with really bad photos (plus there’s this from Colorado)
CBS Poll: Blame All Around
“Americans fault governments at all levels ... More than two-thirds of Americans say the Federal government did a poor job ... State and local governments fare just as poorly.”

September 07, 2005

I now despise the federal government more than I despise Wal-Mart
“I want us to respond in a way appropriate to our size and the impact we can have.” It’s a pity FEMA didn’t have the same attitude and sense of urgency.

September 06, 2005

“I’m going to pray for you”
“photographer Rick Wilking arrived in New Orleans two days before Hurricane Katrina hit and stayed in the greater New Orleans area for six days. The following is his personal account” (and more here on the people he evacuated when he left)
Chertoff’s Reading Habits
Chertoff: “I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, ‘New Orleans Dodged The Bullet.’” Wonkette: “We’re wondering what papers the Chertoff household gets, because these are the headlines that greeted most people Tuesday morning...”
New Orleans’s Hurricane Evacuation “Plan”
The “get out of town or you’re on your own” message was going to be delivered to the poor ... on a DVD! By September!

September 05, 2005

Time is running out for thousands of people awaiting rescue six days after Hurricane Katrina
“Officials say they do not have the manpower, the resources or enough time to save everyone.”
Katrina medical help held up by red tape
“There are entire hospitals that are contacting me, saying, ‘We need to take on patients,’ but they can’t get through the bureaucracy. The crime of this story is, you’ve got millions of dollars in assets and it’s not deployed. We mount a better response in a Third World country.”

September 03, 2005

Who to Blame?
“Opinions are divided as to the cause of the crisis in New Orleans. Though regrettably incomplete, this handy guide might help those who aren’t yet sure who or what to blame”

August 26, 2005


July 12, 2005

Drivers on cell phones four times more likely to crash
You are as impaired as you would be swigging a fifth of Jack Daniels

June 29, 2005

Sharks get the headlines, but Bambi is the real killer
“Shark attacks killed 11 in the United States in 1990-2004, while car-deer collisions kill an average of 130 a year, the database says.”

June 05, 2005

No Right to Disappear in America
“Although Stahr committed no crime in her disappearance, investigators spent a lot of money and time looking for her, Malinak said.” She got mad at her family, and disappeared. Worked using her real name and her real SS number. Boy, is she in trouble now!

May 17, 2005

U.S. Long Had Memo on Handling of Koran
“The three-page memorandum, dated Jan. 19, 2003, says that only Muslim chaplains and Muslim interpreters can handle the holy book, and only after putting on clean gloves in full view of detainees.”

April 25, 2005

“George W. Bush walks hand-in-hand through Texas bluebonnet wildflowers with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah”
I might have captioned it “Bush props up leader of Saudi regime,” but the straight facts top that (cached: Reuters/Jason Reed)

January 31, 2005

“If you don’t take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits”
Germany’s legalization of prostitution and their unemployment policies bump uglies

January 28, 2005

Dick Cheney at Auschwitz
“The vice president, however, was dressed in the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower.”

January 06, 2005

Operation Gives’ “Fill the Plane” campaign
Operation Give is leveraging its relationship with FedEx to enable you to send more than just money towards tsunami relief
“Today, I was ‘Unprofessional’”
“I wasn’t laughing, and neither was my Hindi friend sitting next to me, who has lost family in the disaster”

December 14, 2004

“We had no knowledge that this was a famous pair of birds”
How sad is it that our Fish and Wildlife Service was unaware they were approving the eviction of Pale Male and Lola?

November 24, 2004

After making nuke deal, Iran reportedly wants an exception
Well, that “agreement” lasted, what, 48 hours?

November 19, 2004

UN staff to make historic vote of no confidence in Annan
When your own staff aligns against you, it’s time to face facts: the UN is dysfunctionally corrupt, and merely stonewalling Annan’s eventual demise

September 26, 2004

If you want to protect the sanctity of marriage, leave gays alone and stop Britney Spears, serial marriage abuser
“blessed union would not be legally valid until the pair later finalized details of Federline’s dowry”

September 14, 2004

Nature’s Revenge: Hurricane Risk to New Orleans
If Ivan hits New Orleans, it’s ‘KYAGB - kiss your ass good bye’

August 13, 2004


August 03, 2004

Holocaust Museum Calls Crisis in Sudan ‘Genocide Emergency’
A sad variation on the childhood expression, ‘it takes one to know one’

June 04, 2004

Sex, drugs and UN peacekeeping
“Three United Nations fieldworkers are publishing details of sex, drugs and corruption inside UN missions despite an attempt to block their book”

June 01, 2004

G-8 ‘sherpas’ will be ultimate insiders (reg. req’d)
The G-8 leaders meet alone, each with one ‘sherpa’

May 20, 2004

Satellite Photo: North Korean fires
Forest fires? Then why are South Korea and China clear of them?

May 15, 2004

“How about a cursory look at the UN’s record?”
“Kofi, you have some ‘splainin’ to do!’”

May 07, 2004

A third letter from the UN attempting to intimidate witnesses
“This letter has chilled his willingness to cooperate with the congressional investigation. This individual also appears to be genuinely frightened by the implications inherent in the letter”

April 13, 2004

Pakistan’s Dr. Khan claims he saw three North Korean nukes five years ago
“Pakistani officials are not permitting American intelligence agencies to interrogate Dr. Khan directly”

April 12, 2004

12 Month Charting of Atlanta Gas Prices
Not as bad as the national average, but the ugly trends are clear ... by August could be $2.00

March 25, 2004

Ukrainian nukes go AWOL
“We are currently looking for several hundred missiles. They were decommissioned, but we can’t find them”
Photo (a bad one): Two World Leaders in front of the World’s Worst Wallpaper
I’m developing a wallpaper phobia, and this doesn’t help (Later: it appears this may have been a tent, not wallpaper ... but that’s no excuse for such a visual assault)


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