Archive for the 'Hurricane Katrina' Category

DYSTOPIA COMES TO AMERICA…

December 3rd, 2012

In America, tragedy doesn’t count unless it happens to rich New Yorkers. Think Oklahoma City vs. New York, think Kiribati, the Maldives and Seychelles vs. New York, think New Orleans vs. New York, think Port-Au-Prince vs. New York, think Detroit vs. New York; are you as sick of whining rich New Yorkers as I am? […]

MOVE OR BUILD DIKES…

November 5th, 2012

A Jewish view of hurricanes

HANGING THE GULF OUT TO DRY…?

August 22nd, 2010

From Ralph Solonitz… Previously…

WHAT THEY SAID…

May 16th, 2008

Stephen J. Dubner wrote: Americans gave nearly three times as much money after Hurricane Katrina as they did after the Asian tsunami, even though the tsunami killed many, many more people. But this makes sense, right? Katrina was an American disaster. Then along comes a terrible earthquake in Pakistan, killing 73,000 people, and U.S. contributions […]

SHOCKING… JUST SHOCKING…

September 29th, 2007

Video of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine… I always knew Milton Friedman was evil…

FROM MY DAD…

July 17th, 2007

I could never bring myself to forward all the email jokes, cartoons and other Internet comedy that land in my inbox. But then I started posting the ones my dad sends me. Judging from my comments and emails, my dad has become one of my greatest blogging assets. So for your morning blog pause I […]

RUBBING HER NOSE IN IT…

January 21st, 2007

Vengeance is a dish that should be eaten cold and former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown appears to be sitting down to a hearty meal. Yesterday the New Orleans Times Picayune reported on a talk Brown gave to a group of Metropolitan College of New York graduate students in which he said: “Unbeknownst […]

THE RICH ARE DIFFERENT…

March 25th, 2006

Do you get to deduct your children’s allowance when you file your federal income taxes? No? Well you’re doing it all wrong, as Barabara Bush so adroitly demonstrates. The first mother generously donated funds to help out the victims of Hurricane Katrina but she earmarked part of the funds to go to her son’s comapany: […]

DAMN THOSE PEOPLE PEACEABLY ASSEMBLING…

March 6th, 2006

Well a spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn’t quite put it that way, but the message was there when FEMA had Geroge Barisich arrested for giving away a t-shirt that said: Flooded by Katrina! Forgotten by FEMA! What’s Next, Mr. Bush? The spokesman’s response was what I would expect. Just for those of […]

A BIT OF GENIUS…

January 11th, 2006

I’d like to see someone do this in a print.

IF YOU EVER NEEDED PROOF…

December 5th, 2005

…that regardless of what a corporation might say, it is all about the money, you have to look no further than the despicable actions of BellSouth this weekend. When faced with a government action that threatens a profit center in New Orleans, the Ma Bell wannabe decided to take its bat and ball and go […]

THIS IS YOUR FATHER’S GOP…

October 22nd, 2005

On 8 November 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote a letter to his brother, Edgar Newton Eisenhower. In it, the Republican president took special notice of certain business interests in Texas and singled out Texas Oil millionaire (back when a million was worth something) H.L. Hunt for his brother’s attention. The president wrote: Now it […]

HE’S STILL DRAWING A PAYCHECK…!

October 21st, 2005

Nearly a month after I pondered why the fired and disgraced former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was still drawing a paycheck, comes the news from the Los Angeles Times that Michael Brown’s 30-day consultancy has been extended a further 30 dys and he’s still sucking at the public teat. How much debriefing […]

LET THE MISSISSIPPI HAVE WHAT IS ITS…

October 19th, 2005

The scenario might go something like this. In the depth of winter, when all but the far center of Lake Erie is frozen solid to a depth of several feet, construction crews spread out on the ice along the water front of Cleveland. In a flurry of welding, hammering and caulking, magnificent upscale condominiums rise […]

RECOVERY 2.0: THE REPORT…

October 9th, 2005

Following my experience working with Bill Callahan and others in the Emergency Community Computer Center at the Cleveland Covention Center, I’ve been very interested in what would come out of Recovery 2.0 this weekend. Jeff Jarvis has been blogging the hell out of the concept and posts a wrap-up this evening about what was done. […]

BRRRRRR…

October 2nd, 2005

Remember the ice that FEMA sent to Maine? Well, here’s an look at FEMA planning from today’s Washington Post: Ninety-one thousand tons of ice cubes… intended to cool food, medicine and sweltering victims of the storm. It would cost taxpayers more than $100 million, and most of it would never be delivered.

STILL ON THE PAYROLL…

September 28th, 2005

Why is the former, and disgraced head of the Federal Emergency Management Association still drawing a tax-payer-funded paycheck? That this whinning, poor excuse for a public servant is still sucking at the public teat is yet another example of President George Bush’s failure to stand up and lead. Russ Knocke, a flack for the Department […]

UNCLE DUKE AND HONEY MOVIN’ OUT…

September 26th, 2005

Where ever there is strife in the world; where ever human souls cry out for relief; where ever there is a buck to be made: there you’ll find Gonzo journalist and diplomat extrondinare Uncle Duke and his Chinese love-slave Honey. Uncle Duke sees the writing on the wall. The money gusher in Iraq is running […]

TO THE BARRICADES…

September 26th, 2005

I wonder some times if the talking-point robots have any shame. Then I read a week or so ago about this special conference call that they all get each morning. It’s all so ’30s. I have this image of them all huddled on their toilets with the doors locked like Ralphie Parker with his Little […]

GIVEAWAYS UH, GIVE AWAY MONEY…

September 23rd, 2005

If there is one theme that Roldo Bartimole has repeated again and again during my more than 20 years in Cleveland, it is that tax breaks to business are essentially free money to the wealthy disguised as economic incentives intended to promote growth. In commenting today on President George Bush’s GO Zone plan, the Washington […]

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