Hey, I don't eat ANYTHING that's been soaked in toxic waste!
Reports of cannibalism are irresponsible. (I am a bit peckish, though.)
Sorry, it just reminded me of some Monty Python sketches, for some reason.
Strutting and fretting in an insane world.
Reports of cannibalism are irresponsible. (I am a bit peckish, though.)
Rootin' Tootin' Lootin' Shootin':
John Carolan was sitting on his porch in the thick, humid darkness just before midnight Tuesday when three or four young men, one with a knife and another with a machete, stopped in front of his fence and pointed to the generator humming in the front yard, he said.
One said, "We want that generator," he recalled.
"I fired a couple of rounds over their heads with a .357 Magnum," Mr. Carolan recounted Wednesday. "They scattered."
He smiled and added, "You've heard of law west of the Pecos. This is law west of Canal Street."
. . .
With no officers in sight, people carried empty bags, shopping carts and backpacks through the door of the Rite Aid on Wednesday and left with them full. The forklift was still in the doorway. As they came and went, the looters nodded companionably to one another.
Paul Cosma, 47, who owns a nearby auto shop, stood outside it along with a reporter and photographer he was taking around the neighborhood. He had pistols on both hips.
Suddenly, he stepped forward toward a trio of young men and grabbed a pair of rusty bolt cutters out of the hands of one of them. The young man pulled back, glaring.
Mr. Cosma, never claiming any official status, eventually jerked the bolt cutters away, saying, "You don't need these."
The young man and his friends left, continuing the glare. A few minutes later, they returned and mouthed quiet oaths at Mr. Cosma, and his friend Art DePodesta, an Army veteran, who was carrying a shotgun and a pistol.
Mr. Cosma stared back, saying nothing. Between the two sides, a steady trickle of looters came and went, barely giving any of them a look.
(HT: Riding Sun)
How to cover a disaster:
Now if we can implicate Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
If your name is George Bush, that is. The press and Democrats seem to have adopted that line. Otherwise sane people are claiming that Katrina was caused by global warming (and that adopting the Kyoto protocols would have prevented it), are being promoted by reporters and environmentalists. Last night, I heard Charles Ostman speculate that "weather manipulation may have been used to steer the direction of Hurricane Katrina into America's oil facilities, as a 'geopolitical attack.'". (scroll down to right sidebar with head "Katrina Coverage") Then there are the downright deceitful.
For the record, I'm NOT delinking Instapundit.
Bill Bennett thinks we've lost our post-9/11 anger. Perhaps, but I don't think of it as anger--more as a kind of deep recognition that this is a dangerous world, and that we can't hide here in isolation and ignore things like terrorism, like we did all through the 1990s; and a determination to face up to that reality and defend ourselves. We take it for granted that our prosperity will continue, our lives will be better and better, without being called upon to sacrifice as previous generations did. My mother told me often about how she and her sister would walk along the railroad tracks when she was a girl picking up pieces of coal to take home in a gunny sack. Her mother was a widow with eight children during the Depression. One of her older brothers was killed in the South Pacific in WWII and another was captured at Corregidor in the Phillipines and held at Cabanatuan until the end of the war. I was born in 1948.
An Egyptian writer argues that terrorism is counterproductive and that the way to avenge the wrongs done to the Arab world is by out-competing the West with its own technologies and methods, following the approach adopted by the Chinese. I guess as a rhetorical position this works, but, as Carlos Alberto Montaner points out, it misstates history. Islam was not a victim, he argues, since it expanded its empire at the expense of existing Christian societies. Arabs understand their own history only partially, because they only see that part of it after the West began to drive them back and made colonies of their countries.
Trying to find in the past a justification to commit violence today is a colossal stupidity. When the jihadists invoke the expulsion of the Moors from Spain in the 16th century as a reason to set off bombs in Madrid (an outrageous claim they have actually made), it's as if the Spaniards were to attempt to avenge with contemporary bombs set off in Morocco the atrocities committed in Spain by the Almoravides, the Arab dynasty that ruled Southern Spain during the Middle Ages.No matter how you look at it, the likelihood that countries with no industrial base, who import all their armament, are unlikely to conquer anybody. Even if they withheld oil, what good would that do? That would mean no income. They're going to conquer the world by attacking their customers?
There is no power on Earth that hasn't in the past been the victim of another, stronger entity. The British, who subjugated the Chinese in the 19th century, were themselves subjugated by the Normans in the 11th century. The sensible thing to do, therefore, is to disengage radically from the past and to look only toward the future -- and that's where the Arab people have a major problem. They are prisoners of a sectarian way of understanding history, and that usually leads them to commit worse crimes.
The personal charm of Bill Clinton still works, apparently. It's always baffled me how people just melt when he turns it on, but maybe you have to be there.
Apparently Eleanor Clift thinks so. If they're doing it for the money, they're not making a whole lot. There are better ways to make a living, as many of our National Guard troops know.
John Tierney writes about the feeling of superiority one has when driving a hybrid car and why allowing them to use the carpool lanes may not be wise. There is a lot of self-righteousness among those who drive small cars, and real hatred for SUV owners. Funny how highways bring out the worst in people: rivalry, recklessness, arrogance, envy, pride, spite, anger, even violence.
Michael Young discusses the ramifications of the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by a special investigator sent by the U.N. Security Council. I think most people, including the Lebanese, just assumed Syria was behind it.
What many Lebanese fear is that Mehlis might also implicate Hizbullah. There is nothing implying the party played a role in the Hariri assassination (though press reports mentioned that the UN team had asked for detailed maps of areas around the Palestinian camps in Beirut's southern suburbs, where Hizbullah holds sway). Some analysts hint the finger pointing may be manipulation, perhaps by the fearful Lahoud camp, to derail full disclosure in the inquiry, since involvement of the Shiite Hizbullah in the death of a Sunni politician raises the prospect of communal conflict. But few are especially sanguine.There were almost certainly Lebanese officials involved as well.
It is ever more obvious that Lebanon's courts, given the country's political divisions and weaknesses, do not have the means to bring anyone to justice; nor its security agencies the wherewithal to protect witnesses, particularly if Syrian involvement is confirmed. This has led to growing speculation, buttressed by statements from Lebanon's prime minister, Fouad al-Siniora, that a special international tribunal might become necessary to act against the guilty. This would deeply alarm the Syrian regime (again, if Mehlis does find a Syrian connection), as it means Syria would become even more of an international pariah than it already is. That Assad could politically survive such pressure is doubtful.
In the coming weeks, we will know whether the Mehlis inquiry produces the "earthquake" that many have predicted it will. For the moment, the Lebanese are holding their breath fearing the Syrian backlash, but also hoping that Hizbullah is innocent, so that Sunni-Shiite tension can be averted. Everyone is anxiously aware that the truth may be painful.
Wikipedia for what it's worth, reports that New Orleans is now a "toxic soup.":
Ivor van Heerden, Deputy Director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center and director of the Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes, is warning that floodwaters resulting from Hurricane Katrina could carry toxic waste from the "Industrial Canal" area in New Orleans - the site of many chemical plants. Van Heerden has, for four years, studied computer models about the impact of a powerful hurricane.No mention of other hazards one might imagine, such as alligators and rats. I have no idea what diseases could be unleashed. I suppose that there are more tropical diseases than you can count which could move in after days or weeks.
"These chemical plants [could] start flying apart, just as the other buildings do, so we have the potential for release of benzene, hydrochloric acid, chlorine and so on." said van Heerden; "we're looking at a bowl full of highly contaminated water with contaminated air flowing around and, literally, very few places for anybody to go where they'll be safe."
Van Heerden itemized problems people returning to the city would find: "no sewage [treatment], no drinking water, contamination, threat of rapid increase in mosquitoes, roads are impassible, downed power lines everywhere, trees, debris from houses in the roads, no way to go shopping, no gas." The water has also released fire ants and thousands of snakes, many being venomous, from their normal habitats. [My italics]
JPL has posted an animation showing the topography around Lake Ponchartrain which would be affect by varying levels of storm surge up to 9 meters. The highest level of storm surge didn't occur, but after the storm passed, the drainage system began to back up and the levee on the Mississippi broke and flooded New Orleans.
A caller to the Hugh Hewitt show says he has invented floating house that will save people in a flood. I have suggested putting the city on pontoons, but it might be a possibility. I imagine that a lot of ideas like this will pop up in the next week or two.
The photos on the WaPo are awesome, and the drawings showing the elevations and layout of the city are very helpful. We need this reminder of how vulnerable we are. If you have a dry house to live in, get on your knees and say thanks, and then send money. This is like the tsunami, if not worse. You can't send supplies, better to give cash.
Glenn Reynolds has some excellent observations about emergency preparedness. I say a first step would be to either lower the river or raise the city above sea level, or put it on pontoons. I know that they aren't the only ones who have relied on levees, but it is a reason to guard against complacency.
Iraq is not the scene of battle it is constantly being portraryed to be in our media. It's a big country, with a lot of people, and one or two incidents, bombing or attacks a week is not even like the riots this country saw during the 1960s. We seem to think of it as being the way it was when our troops moved in back in 2003. The media don't give us a broad overview of what life is like there for ordinary Iraqis. This should be obvious, but we need to be reminded. That's why Arthur Chrenkoff's columns are important.
I wasn't quite sure what Meghan O'Rourke's point was, at first. I misread her first line. Or maybe it was the incongruence of her subject with the ad for Thumbsucker above the column. The problem seems to be that some men who watch the birth process no longer feel sexually attracted to their wives. She's right. They are jerks. It should be a transcendent experience, where one understands what it's really all about. I've always thought women are more beautiful when they're pregnant and my appreciation of my wife for the gifts she has given me was really born with my children. The loss of this understanding is tragic.
Hugh Hewitt played his interview with Timothy Rutten of the LATimes. I had a terrible time finding his column on the LATimes website, which is so cranky that I seldom go there. It seems that every time I try, it doesn't recognize my cookies and goes to a page telling me about why registering with their site will enhance my life. As if.
While the political talk-show hosts and right-wing bloggers claim to have a quarrel with mainstream media's alleged bias, their real gripe is that the news media's traditional values stand between them and what they'd like to accomplish, which is the total politicization of all reporting and analysis. Combine this with the messianic confidence that new media — mainly talk radio and the Internet — inevitably will undermine and destroy the economic health of mainstream media — especially newspapers — and you've pretty much got what Yeats had in mind when he wrote:That last line is priceless. Here's the flashy journalist, flaunting his education and superior wisdom, describing someone else as "narcissistic," oblivious to the irony.
If Folly link with Elegance
No man knows which is which
. . .
Political talk-show hosts see everything through the prism of their partisan politics and insist, as an article of faith, that everyone else is always doing the same. In this sense, their approach to current affairs is less a conservative one and more a creature of that most powerful of American vices: narcissism.
It's pretty predictable that the NYTimes would jump on a chance to both bash Bush and condemn open-mindedness in one swat. Scientists are always denouncing intelligent design as not being real science. In other words, real science doesn't allow for any explanation that implies a creator, designer or supreme being. Science does accept intelligent design whenever antropologists find stone tools, apparent campsites and middens. They don't think these things just happened, because they don't have a fossil record.
More reporters have been killed in Iraq than during the Vietnam war. What that is supposed to tell us, I'm not sure. The toll is 63, the next highest was during the civil war in Algeria, from 1993 to 1996. Maybe it has to do with the fact that Arab guerillas don't care about killing reporters.
Maybe I've been watching too much Science and History Channel shows, but I've been getting the impression that everybody but Americans are fixated on bigness. The Germans have the biggest excavator on earth. The Canadians use the largest dump trucks on earth, (albeit manufactured by Caterpillar). The Koreans have the biggest shipyard on the planet. And Airbus makes the biggest airliner.
The New York Times quotes a Sunni member of the Iraqi constitutional drafting committee:
A Sunni member of the constitutional drafting committee, Mahmoud al-Mashadani, said he favored approving the document. But he added that he feared he could become a target of more militant Sunnis if he were to speak out about it, particularly if the Muslim Scholars Association, an influential Sunni group, were to denounce the charter.I hope the radicals don't read the Times, or Mahmoud is toast.
"Who is going to protect me when I'm walking in the streets after that?" he said, adding that he had just heard a Sunni imam denouncing those who supported the constitution as infidels.
Other Sunnis have expressed similar fears, especially after two Sunnis involved in drafting the constitution were assassinated last month.
Starbucks has a new line of coffee mugs with quotes from people of many different viewpoints, one of them was from Armistead Maupin. Accordingly, some national Christian women`s organization has criticized the new mugs as promoting the homosexual agenda. The quotes also include submissions by Michael Medved, his wife, Diane, and Jonah Goldberg.
The 30 foot storm surges didn't reach New Orleans, which is about 30 to 40 miles inland. I guess we should have known that it would lose power as it moved over land. They always do.
Glenn Reynolds has worked for, and will probably again work for, the ACLU. I can see why he would, given a particular case that he agrees with.
That seems kind of paltry, considering what a part of our lives Ron Popeil has been over the years. He's moved a lot of merchandise, but the business is basically dependent on his talents and personality. Will it work with someone new, like that BILLY MAYS WHO SHOUTS EVERYTHING like he was hard of hearing?
Ever wondered why the left keeps insisting that the U.S. has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. This might be a clue. The Bushies have a lot of catching up to do. We'll probably learn too late how many people have been murdered in Darfur. Will it match Rwanda?
It would be interesting to know how much money Camp Casey has cost the groups funding it. Shouldn't that be public information?
Her employer wants Judy Miller set free. Now.
Last week a Paris-based journalists' organization called Reporters Without Borders sent around an impressive petition in support of Ms. Miller. It was signed by prominent European writers, journalists and thinkers including Günter Grass, Bernard-Henri Lévy, the French philosopher, and Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish filmmaker.If that doesn't prove she's above the law, what will?
Michael Barone seems to thing Giuliani will be the Republican pick in 2008. If it were him or McCain, I'd support him, but I'll believe that when I see it.
Not content with Pat Robertson getting all the negative publicity, Jesse Jackson is offering legal advice to Hugo Chavez. This must have been reported before Katrina.
In today's topper of both Technorati and Memeorandum, David Brooks touts a new strategy for Iraq.Instead of trying to kill insurgents, Krepinevich argues, it's more important to protect civilians. You set up safe havens where you can establish good security. Because you don't have enough manpower to do this everywhere at once, you select a few key cities and take control. Then you slowly expand the size of your safe havens, like an oil spot spreading across the pavement.. . .
But the strategy has one virtue. It might work.At least, he didn't compare it to a blood spot. The main difference between this and what we're doing is that it would require a lot more troops and would look a lot more like an occupation, like the Russians in Afghanistan.
Today, public opinion is turning against the war not because people have given up on the goal of advancing freedom, but because they are not sure this war is winnable. Why should we sacrifice more American lives to a lost cause?
After two years, Washington has made little progress in defeating the insurgency or providing security for Iraqis, even as it has overextended the U.S. Army and eroded support for the war among the American public.If this is true, why not just pull out and withdraw from the world stage? Surely sending in more troops for a strategy named "oil spot" would be a dream scenario for the people who hate George Bush and want to see him fail. I don't think we can do something like this without doing major damage to our morale and the confidence the people of Iraq have in us. What do we try if the "oil spots" don't grow fast enough for Cindy Sheehan? How about a "checkerboard" strategy?
Cindy Sheehan, after being asked, "What would you say to the Iraqis who want us to stay?"
I would say to them that we don't need our military presence there; that we can work this out without a military presence in Iraq. And I would tell them that we have already harmed their country enough and we need to get our soldiers out. Thank you.[cutting off other questions]This is the new spokesperson of the people who think George W. Bush is dumb.