The gays did it

 Posted by at 18:54  General
Aug 312005
 

An evangelical Christian group that regularly demonstrates at LGBT events is blaming gays for hurricane Katrina.

Repent America says that God “destroyed” New Orleans because of Southern Decadence, the gay festival that was to have taken place in the city over the Labor Day weekend.

“Southern Decadence” has a history of filling the French Quarters section of the city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and bars” Repent America director Michael Marcavage said in a statement Wednesday.

“Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city.” Marcavage said. “From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence’, New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same.” [link]

Hat tip: AmericaBlog.

What?! No mention of Mardi Gras? God likes Mardi Gras?

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Compassion?

 Posted by at 16:49  Politics
Aug 312005
 

I laugh every time I hear the term “compassionate conservative.” I do not believe such a thing exists. It may have at one time, but it has become extinct as the radical right-wingers have taken charge of the Republican party.

Perfect example (unedited):

Let me explain something: life if full of choices.

Take what happened in New Orleans for example: People had plenty of forewarning that a monster hurricane was headed there way. They could have left town. They didn’t. They could have gone to the Super Dome. They didn’t. They could have prepared properly for the storm by stocking up on bottled water, food, and other necessities. They didn’t.

So the storm hits and suddenly they they realize — duh — I have no food, I have no water, and I’m in trouble. So then, if instead of looking for help or trying to move to a place where they’ll have easier access to help, they kick in a door and start stealing whatever they want, I have very little sympathy for them — even if they’re taking food, water, and baby food.

These people didn’t prepare and if they turn to crime because of it, they deserve to be treated like exactly what they are: scumbag criminals…

Just to be clear: Am I saying the police should force to keep people out of grocery stores? Absolutely. Should people be prosecuted and sent to jail for looting whenever possible? Absolutely. Should the police, national giard, and military be willing to gun people down to keep them from looting? Absolutely.

This is not downtown Baghdad after Saddam fell, it’s not the Sudan, and it’s not “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome”. This is United States of America and we should not tolerate this ridiculous, lawless, behavior in this country.

My dictionary defines compassion as deep sympathy or pity. Doesn’t seem to be much of either there. Not at all.

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Presidential priorities

 Posted by at 14:57  Politics
Aug 312005
 

President Bush, left, plays a guitar presented to him by Country singer Mark Wills, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Bush visited the base to deliver remarks on V-J Commemoration Day. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais):

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Nice guitar… presidential seal and everything.

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005.

Today, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, the AP reports:

The president decided he should be in the nation’s capital given the magnitude of destruction and death caused by Katrina, one of the most severe storms to ever hit the United States.

Mighty nice of him to reach this decision more than two days after the fact!

Meanwhile…

Mayor: Katrina May Have Killed Thousands

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The mayor said Wednesday that Katrina probably killed thousands of people in New Orleans – an estimate that, if accurate, would make the storm by far the nation’s deadliest hurricane in more than a century.

“We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water,” and other people dead in attics, Mayor Ray Nagin said. Asked how many, he said: “Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands.”

The frightening estimate came as Army engineers struggled to plug New Orleans’ breached levees with giant sandbags and concrete barriers, while authorities drew up plans to clear out the tens of thousands of people left in the Big Easy and all but abandon the flooded-out city.

There will be a “total evacuation of the city. We have to. The city will not be functional for two or three months,” Nagin said.

But George got his guitar… that’s the important thing.

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Living it

 Posted by at 11:37  General
Aug 312005
 

From USA Today

Gov. orders city abandoned, Navy ships enroute

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Army engineers struggled without success to plug New Orleans’ breached levees with sandbags, and the governor said Wednesday the situation is worsening and there was no choice but to abandon the flooded city.

“We’ve sent buses in. We will be either loading them by boat, helicopter, anything that is necessary,” Gov. Kathleen Blanco said.

Army engineers struggled without success to plug New Orleans’ breached levees with sandbags, and Blanco said Wednesday the situation was worsening, leaving no choice but to evacuate…

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said hundreds, if not thousands, of people may still be stuck on roofs and in attics, and so rescue boats were bypassing the dead.

“We’re not even dealing with dead bodies,” Nagin said. “They’re just pushing them on the side.”

The flooding in New Orleans grew worse by the minute, prompting the evacuation of hotels and hospitals and an audacious plan to drop huge sandbags from helicopters to close up one of the breached levees. At the same time, looting broke out in some neighborhoods, the sweltering city of 480,000 had no drinkable water, and the electricity could be out for weeks.

Perhaps Paul says it best… unless you’re living it, it is difficult to understand it.

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Questionable content

 Posted by at 23:00  Weblogging
Aug 302005
 

The following comment was left on this website. I’m guessing it was posted because I referred to a posting on that site here.

Len is an idiot.

Hey, Lenny: Fred Phelps is a Democrat. Amd he likes Saddam and Fidel just like you do! 🙂

Posted by: The Valiant Elephant at August 30, 2005 02:29 PM

I seldom post comments on right-wing weblogs. It usually is not worth the effort. However, I thought the above comment might warrant a reply. My intelligence was questioned, after all.

I attempted to post the following:

That’s funny, Valiant Elephant, because I have nothing but respect for you.

My comment failed to post. Here is the reason I was presented:

Your comment was denied for questionable content. If you feel this was in error, please contact the site administrators.

Can somebody enlighten me as to the “questionable content” in the comment I attempted to post?

(I mention this strictly for the humor involved. I am not offended in any way. Valiant Elephant definitely has the right to think that I am an idiot, and the owners of the website in question definitely have the right to post or decline to post whatever comments they wish.)

Sickening

 Posted by at 22:47  Politics
Aug 302005
 

It’s enough to make you sick…

Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen?

I’ve been reading in some of the right-wing blogs how they’ve been expecting the left to blame George W. Bush for this disaster.

Maybe it’s time somebody did.

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Do a little research

 Posted by at 08:37  Politics
Aug 302005
 

Remember that commercial for Geico Insurance where the guy takes the two cavemen to dinner to apologize for a commercial stating that Geico.com is so simple that even a caveman can use it? The Geico guy says that they did not even know that cavemen were still around. One of the cavemen says “Next time, do a little research.”

Matt Margolis posted this article under the heading “Is This What The Antiwar Left Consider Supporting The Troops?” Well, he posted part of the article. This part…

Emotions ran high for an army soldier’s funeral in Martinsville Sunday.

Sgt. Jeremy Doyle’s sacrifice, brought many out to honor him but also sparked a standoff on a city street.

People arriving to say goodbye to a hometown hero, met an altogether different scene in Martinsville. Demonstrators dragging American flags on the ground and holding signs opposing U. S. troops.

“The thing that got us here is that Sgt. Doyle died for us to give us our freedom and then you have people like this to come and it’s ridiculous. It’s absurd,” one funeral attendee told News 8.

He closed his post with “The left don’t respect or support our troops. How can they even pretend that they do?”

Where to start? Perhaps with the closing sentence of the news article, which Matt failed to quote…

The protesters are headquartered in Kansas. They travel across the country to demonstrate against U.S. involvement in the war.

Granted, that does not give you much of a hint as to the identification of these protestors, but if Matt and Channel 8 in Indianalopis had done a little research, they would have found that they were from the Westboro Baptist Church (the operators of this website). These people are hardly representative of what Matt calls “the anti-war left.”

Next time, do a little research.

In closing, I will say again that it is entirely possible to support our troops without supporting the liar who sent them into a useless and unnecessary war.

Update: Also see “The World According to Righties.”

Category 5

 Posted by at 21:36  General
Aug 282005
 

From the National Weather Service… here’s hoping it doesn’t come true.

Extremely dangerous hurricane Katrina continues to approach the Mississippi River Delta

Devastating Damage Expected

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Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks… perhaps longer. At least one half of well constructed homes will have roof and wall failure. All gabled roofs will fail… leaving those homes severely damaged or destroyed.

The majority of industrial buildings will become nonfunctional. Partial to complete wall and roof failure is expected. All wood framed low rising apartment buildings will be destroyed. Concredt block low rise apartments will sustain major damage… including some wall and roof failure.

High rise office and apartment buildings will sway dangeroulsy… A few to the point of total collapse. All windows will blow out.

Airborne debris will be widespread… and may include heavy items such as household appliances and even light vehicles. Sport utility vehicles and light trucks will be moved. The blown debris will creat additional destruction. Persons… pets… and livestock exposed to the winds will face certain death if struck.

Power outages will last for weeks… as most power poles will be down and transformers destroyed. Water shortages will make human suffering incredible by modern standards.

The vast majority of native trees will be snapped or uprooted. Only the heartiest will remain standing… but be totally defoliated. Few crops will remain. Livestock left exposed to the winds will be killed.

Wow. Doesn’t sound too good. I hope if you’re in the path of this monster that you have left by now.

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We shall never forget

 Posted by at 15:18  Politics
Aug 272005
 

Dean Esmay:

I was talking to a friend last night who told me he got into it with some kid at work who tried to claim the Bush administration had said that Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction were an “imminent threat.” My buddy told the kid the President never said that, and the kid immediately promised to find him the exact quote.

Of course the kid couldn’t, because that is the precise opposite of what the President said. It’s also the precise opposite of what the other supporters of the war effort said back then.

George W. Bush, January 28, 2003. State of the Union address.

Our nation and the world must learn the lessons of the Korean Peninsula and not allow an even greater threat to rise up in Iraq. A brutal dictator, with a history of reckless aggression, with ties to terrorism, with great potential wealth, will not be permitted to dominate a vital region and threaten the United States. (Applause.)

Twelve years ago, Saddam Hussein faced the prospect of being the last casualty in a war he had started and lost. To spare himself, he agreed to disarm of all weapons of mass destruction. For the next 12 years, he systematically violated that agreement. He pursued chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, even while inspectors were in his country. Nothing to date has restrained him from his pursuit of these weapons — not economic sanctions, not isolation from the civilized world, not even cruise missile strikes on his military facilities.

Almost three months ago, the United Nations Security Council gave Saddam Hussein his final chance to disarm. He has shown instead utter contempt for the United Nations, and for the opinion of the world. The 108 U.N. inspectors were sent to conduct — were not sent to conduct a scavenger hunt for hidden materials across a country the size of California. The job of the inspectors is to verify that Iraq’s regime is disarming. It is up to Iraq to show exactly where it is hiding its banned weapons, lay those weapons out for the world to see, and destroy them as directed. Nothing like this has happened.

The United Nations concluded in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had biological weapons sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax — enough doses to kill several million people. He hasn’t accounted for that material. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed it.

The United Nations concluded that Saddam Hussein had materials sufficient to produce more than 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin — enough to subject millions of people to death by respiratory failure. He hadn’t accounted for that material. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed it.

Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. In such quantities, these chemical agents could also kill untold thousands. He’s not accounted for these materials. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents. Inspectors recently turned up 16 of them — despite Iraq’s recent declaration denying their existence. Saddam Hussein has not accounted for the remaining 29,984 of these prohibited munitions. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

From three Iraqi defectors we know that Iraq, in the late 1990s, had several mobile biological weapons labs. These are designed to produce germ warfare agents, and can be moved from place to a place to evade inspectors. Saddam Hussein has not disclosed these facilities. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, had a design for a nuclear weapon and was working on five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb. The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production. Saddam Hussein has not credibly explained these activities. He clearly has much to hide.

The dictator of Iraq is not disarming. To the contrary; he is deceiving. From intelligence sources we know, for instance, that thousands of Iraqi security personnel are at work hiding documents and materials from the U.N. inspectors, sanitizing inspection sites and monitoring the inspectors themselves. Iraqi officials accompany the inspectors in order to intimidate witnesses.

Iraq is blocking U-2 surveillance flights requested by the United Nations. Iraqi intelligence officers are posing as the scientists inspectors are supposed to interview. Real scientists have been coached by Iraqi officials on what to say. Intelligence sources indicate that Saddam Hussein has ordered that scientists who cooperate with U.N. inspectors in disarming Iraq will be killed, along with their families.

Year after year, Saddam Hussein has gone to elaborate lengths, spent enormous sums, taken great risks to build and keep weapons of mass destruction. But why? The only possible explanation, the only possible use he could have for those weapons, is to dominate, intimidate, or attack.

With nuclear arms or a full arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, Saddam Hussein could resume his ambitions of conquest in the Middle East and create deadly havoc in that region. And this Congress and the America people must recognize another threat. Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al Qaeda. Secretly, and without fingerprints, he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop their own.

Before September the 11th, many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be contained. But chemical agents, lethal viruses and shadowy terrorist networks are not easily contained. Imagine those 19 hijackers with other weapons and other plans — this time armed by Saddam Hussein. It would take one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known. We will do everything in our power to make sure that that day never comes. (Applause.)

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Liar. We shall never forget… or forgive.

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