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Hurricane Katrina

The “Reverse Fisk” of Stuck on Stupid

September 22, 2005 | By | One Comment


From Waco Kid!

We’re all General Honore fans now. But, honestly, the “Stuck on Stupid” press conference was an almost brutally aggressive presentation.

So yesterday I asked Jack: “Why did that work so well?”

The answer is really interesting and up over at his site: it’s a “Reverse Fisk.”

19 Sep



When Will Republicans Learn: BushClinton Hurricane Relief?

September 19, 2005 | By | 2 Comments


Clinton on “This Week”

Watching Monday night football. (Come ON ‘Skins!) For real entertainment value, I should let the Dude live-blog this (What? What? C’mon challenge that call!)

But me, I’ve gotta go for the political angle.

And I’m really irritated. The ad flashes across the screen: BushClinton Hurricane Relief. . .

What? What?

Did they come up with this one while Karl Rove was in the hospital too? I’ve got to challenge that call.

Seriously. When will Republicans learn?

Bush gives Clinton serious political real-estate with the BushClinton byline. And what does Clinton do?

He covers the Sunday talk shows yesterday with criticism of the Bush Administration. “Well, in my administration. . . ”

Former President Bill Clinton, asked by President Bush to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, offered harsh criticism of the administration’s disaster-relief effort on Sunday, saying “you can’t have an emergency plan that works if it only affects middle-class people up.”

Mr. Clinton’s comments in an interview on the ABC News program “This Week” could prove awkward for the White House, given President Bush’s eagerness to involve his Democratic predecessor in a high-profile role to raise money for the hurricane’s victims.

I’m surprised Bill didn’t rip open his dress shirt to display his “Hillary 2008” undershirt.

When will Republicans learn?

UPDATE: No way. Now they are interviewing President Clinton about the hurricane relief effort at halftime.

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Three cheers for Holly Aho guest-blogging at Mudville — check out Open Post.

Hey Basil’s Covered Dish goes well with Monday Night Football!

The Anchoress with an essay on Clinton’s “Captive Heart.”

Lorie Byrd says he’s shameless. . .and a “no-class slime!”

CONTEST: Salary Comparisons

September 17, 2005 | By | 17 Comments

We’re having a contest: How much do these heads of two prominent charities make in annual salaries?


Todd Bassett

National Commander

Salvation Army

We’ve got the honor system in play here — no fair looking up the answer before you play! Leave a comment with your best estimate of how much money Commander Bassett and Ms. Evans make each year.


Marsha Evans

President and CEO

The Red Cross

The answers — with the salaries of the leaders of the United Way, Goodwill and Catholic Charities as well — are over at Jack’s blog.

The winner is the one who comes the closest to getting both right. And what’s the prize for our winner?? One of Jollyblogger’s “I Think, Therefore I Blog” T-shirts!


A salute to Mudville Gazette for Open Post.

And complete your Weekend Assigned Reading for My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

And have a seat at Jo’s Cafe and enjoy the specials.

And step out to Basil’s Blog for the Saturday Picnic.

09 Sep



Planned Parenthood to the Rescue!!

September 9, 2005 | By | 2 Comments

Go Beth:


Disaster Mongers

Why don’t you click my Amazon Honor System or PayPal tip jar, so I can continue to serve readers in the hurricane-devastated areas with my writing, OK? They’re so needy, and I want to be able to continue blogging FOR THEM. Oh yeah, the rest of you, too, but especially for them. I won’t give that money to the hurricane victims or buy anything with it for them, but I want you to donate to me BECAUSE there ARE hurricane victims who read me. And I have server/bandwidth charges associated with serving them, y’know.

My headline gives it away: yes, we’re talking about Planned Parenthood. They are raising money for hurricane relief. . .but, oh by the way, the money actually goes to their clinics. Beth just skewers them.

So typical of Planned Parenthood. Craven hypocrites.

Beth has the whole story. She got it from Deborah Grilli at Choose Life who says:

I still maintain that they are an anti-child, anti-woman organization. [Yes! Exactly.] And please don’t tell me the women in the shelters need birth control because they’re being raped . . . I think we all know birth control is not the kind of protection they need.

Well said.

You know sending Beth money for her bandwidth (and Deborah too), not such a bad idea. . .

06 Sep



Logistics, Logistics, Logistics. . .

September 6, 2005 | By | 3 Comments


I say again: logistics. And Teflon at Molten Thought knows from logistics. A former Air Force logistics officer, he gives us a 12-point assessment of underappreciated issues involved in the Katrina relief efforts.

My favorite is #4:

4. We do not yet have teleporter nor replicator technology like you saw on “Star Trek” in college between hookah hits and waiting to pick up your worthless communications degree while the grownups actually engaged in the recovery effort today were studying engineering.

Funny. But most of it is serious. Dead serious. Like #10:

10. No amount of yelling, crying, and mustering of moral indignation will change any of the facts above. Facts are facts. Opinion is cheap.

I found Teflon via John Cole, who caught my attention when he pungently expressed something I’ve been thinking: “What part of disaster these [deleted] people don’t understand. . .”

Exactly. When reading some of the criticism coming from the Left, it really does sound as if they think a “disaster” can come in neat packages, tied up prettily with a bow.

It wouldn’t be a disaster if everyone were back sipping cappucino and eating beignets already, much though we wish they were. . .

05 Sep



The Timeline: Story of a Cat 5 Hurricane

September 5, 2005 | By | 2 Comments

This is an incredible piece of work. Rick Moran of RightWing NutHouse has compiled an exhaustive, detailed, meticulously sourced timeline of the events leading up to the moment Katrina struck New Orleans, and the rescue efforts following.

Essential. Reality doesn’t much resemble the invective hurled from the Left that we’ve seen relayed in the MSM.

(Via Powerline.)

05 Sep



Building the Political Perfect Storm

September 5, 2005 | By | 6 Comments

Wow. This is cold-blooded.

KosKids strategizing on how best to capitalize politically on the New Orleans crisis. . . via LGF.

Disease Threatens in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

September 5, 2005 | By | One Comment

Analysis of threat from infectious disease in wake of Katrina — could malaria and cholera revisit the United States:

America’s commitment to mosquito control has been declining steadily since we eradicated malaria, and even fear of West Nile Virus didn’t spawn a massive re-commitment to funding mosquito abatement programs. Worse, to my knowledge nobody has ever had much success in clearing mosquitoes from the sort of massive water-soaked ecology that now is New Orleans, nor the scale of water-pooling debris found along the Gulf tri-state area.

Watch for the rebirth of the DDT debate . . . I hope we don’t start hearing about the “mosquito net for every person” mantra that we heard from liberals before the G-8 . . .

Thank you to Basil’s Blog for the Covered Lunch.

03 Sep



Blogs, Facts and Argument

September 3, 2005 | By | 2 Comments


Stroll over to . . then tell me again about how blogs are all about argument and short on facts? Great graph, Will!

Lowdown on the Levees

September 3, 2005 | By | One Comment

John Cole on the levee debate.