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Gustav and Donations



I kind of assume everyone knows this by now, but there's a massive hurricane that right now looks like it's taken direct aim on the city of New Orleans.

I have loved ones there (though I hope they're the fuck out of NO already like Brutha Ray and his family are).

But i think it's time now to remind people - donate to the red cross.

They're the people who were there when Katrina tried to wipe NO off the map, and they're the ones who will be there when Gustav tries to finish what Katrina started. They're the ones who will be there when Hanna hits the east coast, and when the next and the next hit wherever they hit.

Donate now. Don't wait til after shit come down. If Gustav listens to all our anti-hurricane mojo and turns aside, there are still disasters that need help.

Can't Bomb The World into Peace



It's re-posting other people's links day. This one's more serious though.

My brutha-man Ray posted about a video that Gordon Soderberg made about Iraq Veterans Against War and the rebuilding effort in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

It's pretty compelling, and the intro set to Can't Bomb The World into Peace by Michael Franti alone has a huge impact.

Gordon's page on the video is here.

Legendary K.O.: The video

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From Guerilla News Network via Mikey via Ray:

George Bush Don't Like Black People, the video.

Wow. Just -- wow.

Meant to be underwater?



I'm not really a fatalist. I don't really think very many things were meant to happen.

Ok, there are a few people - very, very few - who walked into my life and I felt, this had to be, this person needed to be here, and the universe would have brought us together somehow. People who changed me, changed my life.

But as a rule, I don't think there are things fated, or meant to be.

And then I look at pictures of the ninth ward vanishing under water again and I think, maybe some primitive thing, something that was here before europeans walked this continent, has chosen to take it's land back. And maybe we need to just give it back.


I'm afraid to look at any more news. I'm afraid to look at the pictures tomorrow morning when Rita hits ground.

Stupid Rubber Bracelet for New Orleans



If your kids, like mine, are all batshit for the stupid rubber bracelets, here's one they should be the first ones in school to have.

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Click the image. They're yours for a donation to the Renew New Orleans Foundation.

Y'know, I've spent five bones for a lot worse things, and my kids will love these bracelets...




From BoingBoing:

Q: What's George Bush's position on Roe v. Wade?

A: He really doesn't care how people get out of New Orleans.

What they should be saying



Robert S. Rivkin on what BushCO should be saying right now:

In his weekly radio address to the nation Saturday, President George W. Bush attempted to sanitize the blistering criticism from virtually all shades of the political spectrum that his administration had received for its handling of the tragic (and partly avoidable) Hurricane Katrina calamity. Words like "death," "chaos," "anarchy," "squalor," "incompetence" and "national disgrace" -- among the most descriptive and emotive ones uttered last week by thousands of people -- were omitted from the president's speech. So, I am offering here a straightforward address to the nation that President Bush could give next Saturday. This speech might restore his credibility as a leader:

My fellow Americans: First, I want to apologize to you, and particularly to the citizens of Mississippi and Louisiana, for my administration's failure to prepare for Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. I apologize for our excruciating slowness in getting life-supporting essentials -- food, clean water and medicine -- to the flood victims in New Orleans. Sadly, I realize that the federal government's inexcusable delay of at least two days in providing these essential items caused many unnecessary deaths, and unnecessarily prolonged the agony for thousands of mostly poor, black citizens of the United States, who were barely surviving in disgusting conditions. For that I am truly sorry.

I want a probe into who I can blame

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WASHINGTON : Buffeted by criticism over the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, President Bush said Tuesday he will oversee an investigation into what went wrong and why — in part to be sure the country could withstand more storms or attack.

Or to put that another way, he's calling for a probe to see who he can blame for his incompetence.

Hey, you people who voted for him? I hope you each like the taste of blame that comes with the votes you cast. Because you put him there. When you look at the body count go up, remember those are notches on your belts, not just his.

We told you so



You know, way back in the days of a newsgroup called alt.showbiz.gossip, I used to get in regular fights with this guy. He gives quality rant, but had a tendency to get on the wrong side of a fight and keep fighting hard when he was clearly beaten.

He's come a ways since then; his rants are better, and in this case, he fuckin' nails it hard.

Read Steve Gilliard's rant - We Told You So

Choice quotes:

(use of the N word is Steve's, not mine)

You say this isn't about politics? Fuck you, this IS politics, real time, real life politics, where the insanity of all your ideas are exposed to the world for the fraud that they are. Tax cuts kill. Ask the relatives of the dead of the Gulf Coast.

Well, motherfuckers, the alligators are feasting on dead nigger and there isn't an Iraqi in sight. And Bush is trying to gladhand his way through a mess which has stunned FOX reporters. I mean, Shepard Smith is calling Fox's talking heads liars ON THE AIR.

CNN rips Bush in print and online after nearly five years of sleep.


Bush, the man your fever dreams built into the next Winston Churchill when he is really the live action Chauncey Gardiner, has failed to everyone, in plain sight, without question. Rick Perry is trying to save his ass, but it ain't working. NOLA looks like ANGOLA and that ain't flying.

Say 9/11 changed everything now, motherfuckers. Ooops, 9/11, 9/11. 9/11. Doesn't work anymore? Gee, maybe the sea of alligator MRE's once known as the citizens of New Orleans has something to do with that. Now you can shut the fuck up about 9/11. Bush just proved what would happen with another 9/11. Dead Americans as far as the nose can smell.

And my favorite:

The most dangerous thing to average Americans is not some mullah in Iraq, not even Osama Bin Laden, but George Bush. If he doesn't get you killed in Iraq, he'll fuck up saving your city so it turns into Escape from New Orleans. Armed junkies roaming the streets, looking for a fix, robbing and looting like Serb paramilitaries and about as sober.

George Bush's ineptitude has killed far more Americans than Osama could have dreamed of.

Keep it on, Steve. Truth.

...sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round



If he was from Venus, would he feed us with a spoon?
If he was from Mars, wouldn't that be cool?
Standing right on campus, would he stamp us in a file?
Hangin' down in Memphis all the while.

Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round
They sing I'm in love. What's that song?
I'm in love with that song.
Cerebral rape and pillage in a village of his choice.
Invisible man who can sing in a visible voice.
Feeling like a hundred bucks, exchanging good lucks face to face.
Checkin' his stash by the trash at St. Mark's place.

Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round
They sing I'm in love. What's that song?
I'm in love with that song.

I never travel far, without a little Big Star

Runnin' 'round the house, Mickey Mouse and the Tarot cards.
Falling asleep with a flop pop video on.
If he was from Venus, would he meet us on the moon?
If he died in Memphis, then that'd be cool, babe.

--The Replacements, 'Alex Chilton'

From Looka:

"Alex Chilton, who lived in the 9th Ward and refused to leave, hasn't been heard from, and there are many people who are worried about him."

God dammit. For some reason this one gets to me.

Ray Nagin interview

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Brutha Ray has a link - N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin gives an absolutely blistering interview with local news guy Garland Robinette.

Taped last night, Thursday Sept 1.

Listen. Just fucking listen.

I want to post quotes from this thing but there are too many. This is an angry, righteously indignant man, asking the simple question, where the hell is the help from my government?

Go listen to it. I have tears in my eyes at the end of it, both men reduced to speechless, tearful frustration and sorrow.


Here's a transcript of the interview. But it's better listened to.

What can I do to help?



The question is always this when there's a disaster on the scale of a huricane katrina; what can those of us far away do to help?

In many ways, the answre is not fucking much.

But there are a couple ways we can help out - money, and time.

I'm no expert on this. So I'll point to someone who is - go read Doxy's entry on helping 101. (EDIT - that's a new link, she just updated)

These are the people who're gonna be there, with time and bodies and money, helping those who lost everything, sheltering them, feeding them, getting them clean water to drink and medical attention.

So what do you do, where do you go?

You can start with, though that server is being hit hard. You can call - 1-800-HELP-NOW.

You can also give time, if you have some. It's all volunteers, taking calls, processing donations, shipping supplies to the disaster zone, or out there slogging through the mud helping the cleanup.

You can even give blood. As always, blood supplies are short.

It's something, for those of us too far to do anything useful to help all these poor bastards.

Katrina Watch

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You wanna know about the hurricane, go talk to Ray. He's pretty much got the Katrina Watch nailed.

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