Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Truth or Consequences

This post on AMERICAblog says it all. Be sure to check out this link as well.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Laughter Amid The Tears

I know he was just trying to help, but this article about Sean Penn's rescue efforts made me laugh out loud:
Movie star and political activist Penn, 45, was in the collapsing city to aid stranded victims of flooding sparked by Hurricane Katrina, but the small boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak.

The outspoken actor had planned to rescue children waylaid by the deadly waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.

When the boat's motor failed to start, those aboard were forced to use paddles to propel themselves down the flooded New Orleans street.

Asked what he had hoped to achieve in the waterlogged city, the actor replied: "Whatever I can do to help."

But with the boat loaded with members of the Oscar-winner's entourage, including his personal photographer, one bystander taunted: "How are you going to get any people in that thing?"

So I should sleep better tonight, right? I might have, if I hadn't seen this interview with Barbara Bush and heard these words come out of her imperial mouth:

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this -- this [she chuckles slightly] is working very well for them."

Yep, these people are so much better off now. Pity we couldn't flood their homes, starve and dehydrate them, and then move them helter skelter all over the country before now. The parents and children who were separated are all getting a big kick out of it all.

God help us all.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Me, Getting Angrier

President Bush gives a speech telling Amercians not to buy gas if they don't have need it and to conserve energy. Okay, some of us have been doing that for a while now, but his point is well taken. 'E' for effort.

So why are he and Mrs. Bush flying to Louisiana? He already did the aerial tour thing on his way home from his month-long vacation. And how is it that they can get there today, but security and sustenance can't get there for days yet? Wouldn't it make more sense to pack Airforce One with supplies and soldiers and send them down there instead? The Bushes can go later, after the people have had their basic human needs seen to.

Oh, and look what Bush did while we were watching CNN and Congress was attempting to reconvene to pass relief legislation. At least the Bush Administration didn't have to manufacture the smoke and mirrors this time. Nature handed them the opportunity.

On the bright side, Congress approved over $10 billion in relief funding. That's a good start.