Rumsfeld on Looting: Apr. 12, 2003

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‘¦”Freedom’™s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things,” Rumsfeld said. “They’™re also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that’™s what’™s going to happen here.”

Looting, he added, was not uncommon for countries that experience significant social upheaval. “Stuff happens,” Rumsfeld said.

Now, here’™s a [...]

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‘¦”Freedom’™s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things,” Rumsfeld said. “They’™re also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that’™s what’™s going to happen here.”


Looting, he added, was not uncommon for countries that experience significant social upheaval. “Stuff happens,” Rumsfeld said.

Now, here’™s a mad plan. Put yourself in the position of one of the 25,000 New Orleans residents who have now been cooped up in the Superdome for three days. And try to move them, en masse, a hundred or more miles west. To another indoor football stadium.

Michelle Malkin gets her internment camp.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide 475 buses for the transfer, and the Astrodome’™s schedule has been cleared through December for housing evacuees, said Kathy Walt, a spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry’¦

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Civil Liberties

An Offer Bush Can Refuse?

Oh, the humanity. How does Bush respond to this offer? Is it even his to respond to, or would that be the governor’™s option?

CARACAS (AFP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered to send food and fuel to the United States after the powerful Hurricane Katrina pummeled the US south, ravaging US [...]

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Oh, the humanity. How does Bush respond to this offer? Is it even his to respond to, or would that be the governor’™s option?

CARACAS (AFP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered to send food and fuel to the United States after the powerful Hurricane Katrina pummeled the US south, ravaging US crude production.

The leftist leader, a frequent critic of the United States and a target himself of US disapproval, said Venezuela could send aid workers with drinking water, food and fuel to US communities hit by the hurricane.

‘œWe place at the disposition of the people of the United States in the event of shortages ‘” we have drinking water, food, we can provide fuel,’ Chavez told reporters’¦

And would the Bush administration be as magnanimous to Chavez and the people of Venezuela? Especially with all of the water that’™s flowed under that particular bridge, so to speak’¦

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |

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Hundreds dead in Baghdad stampede

More than 600 people have been killed in a stampede of Shia pilgrims in northern Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.

The incident happened on a bridge over the Tigris River as about one million Shias marched to a shrine for an annual religious festival.

Witnesses said panic spread because of rumours that suicide bombers [...]

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Hundreds dead in Baghdad stampede

More than 600 people have been killed in a stampede of Shia pilgrims in northern Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.

The incident happened on a bridge over the Tigris River as about one million Shias marched to a shrine for an annual religious festival.

Witnesses said panic spread because of rumours that suicide bombers were in the crowd. Many victims were crushed to death or fell in the river and drowned.

Earlier, mortar rounds had been fired into the crowd, killing 16 people’¦

Developing’¦

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

Brother Can You Spare A Dime?

Red Cross requests donations be made to its Disaster Relief Fund

HERKIMER – After the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, concerned people are planning to donate items such as food and clothing to Katrina’™s victims. However, the American Red Cross would prefer donations to the Red Cross’™s Disaster Relief Fund.

‘œWhile we appreciate the kind intentions,’ said [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

Red Cross requests donations be made to its Disaster Relief Fund

HERKIMER – After the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, concerned people are planning to donate items such as food and clothing to Katrina’™s victims. However, the American Red Cross would prefer donations to the Red Cross’™s Disaster Relief Fund.

‘œWhile we appreciate the kind intentions,’ said Kelly Brown of the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, ‘œthe logistics of organizing and moving such items under these conditions are not viable.’

Because the infrastructure of the affected area was damaged, it makes it difficult to reach victims. The Red Cross currently is sets up outside of the damaged areas as some of those areas are still flooded.

Contributions to the Red Cross’™s Disaster Relief Fund can be made online at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW.

Here’™s the AP’™s partial list of Katrina Relief information and numbers.

Information Week has additional information and links to donate money or supplies to help the victims of hurricane Katrina.

The California Yankee and The Naked Truth are also compiling a list of agencies that are taking donations to help Katrina’™s victims.

Local news coverage of the fallout from Katrina in New Orleans’¦

ALL RESIDENTS ON THE EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN THE METRO AREA ARE BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE AS EFFORTS TO SANDBAG THE LEVEE BREAK HAVE ENDED. THE PUMPS IN THAT AREA ARE EXPECTED TO FAIL SOON AND 9 FEET OF WATER IS EXPECTED IN THE ENTIRE EAST BANK. WITHIN THE NEXT 12-15 HOURS

WWL-TV blog with updates as they come in.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

Our Latest Disaster

I usually don’™t get that absorbed in this kind of thing, but I’™ve been glued to my TV watching hurricane coverage. Mainly my thoughts are along the lines of wondering how much worse things are than they need to be because so many first responders, along with much needed specialized equipment, are in Iraq. [...]

Commentary By: somegirl

I usually don’™t get that absorbed in this kind of thing, but I’™ve been glued to my TV watching hurricane coverage. Mainly my thoughts are along the lines of wondering how much worse things are than they need to be because so many first responders, along with much needed specialized equipment, are in Iraq.

But anyway’¦I just wanted to alert you to today’™s Progress Report from the Center for American Progress because it does a great job of putting a whole bunch of issues related to the hurricane.

It’™s going to be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few weeks. People with resources will be uncomfortable but will come out okay. But how will the haves treat the thousands and thousands of displaced poor? Already the talking heads are tsk-tsking about looting, but would they prefer the newly homeless go without food and pampers? I’™m afraid that Katrina will show us exactly where we are at with class warfare in the country, and if the microcosm of the Superdome is any indication, we are in bigger trouble than even I imagined.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

A Light Posting Week…

Doc’™s moving, and I have a lot of schtuff on my plate right now, so it’™s likely to be a very light posting week at ASZ. Right after Labor Day, Camp Casey goes mobile, congress is back in session, and the commander-in-chief is back in the people’™s house (finally!!), so there will most certainly [...]

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Doc’™s moving, and I have a lot of schtuff on my plate right now, so it’™s likely to be a very light posting week at ASZ. Right after Labor Day, Camp Casey goes mobile, congress is back in session, and the commander-in-chief is back in the people’™s house (finally!!), so there will most certainly be a lot to discuss.

Actually, there hasn’™t been a lack of things to write about ‘” but my muse has deserted me in recent days. Hopefully, she finds her way back home soon’¦

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Admin,Permalink

Luis Posada Carriles Update

For those of you who haven’™t been paying attention, the Bush administration’™s favorite terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, is in the middle of an immigration hearing this week. He’™s claiming asylum, on the basis if he’™s returned to his place of birth (Cuba) or his nationalized home (Venezuela) for trial on his involvement in the [...]

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For those of you who haven’™t been paying attention, the Bush administration’™s favorite terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, is in the middle of an immigration hearing this week. He’™s claiming asylum, on the basis if he’™s returned to his place of birth (Cuba) or his nationalized home (Venezuela) for trial on his involvement in the bombing of a Cuban airliner, he’™ll be subject to torture.

First, it’™s kind of humorous that the Bush administration would be concerned about anyone being subjected to torture. Second, if it was another country dealing with a naturalized U.S. citizen in similar circumstances, the State Department would be screaming bloody murder to have the person extradited and returned for trial. A couple of years back, the State Department had conniptions with the French government regarding a single person (Ira Einhorn) involved in a single murder being extradited to the U.S. for trial. We’™re not even talking about a person with documented terrorist bonafides such as Posada Carriles.

What’™s interesting is that there are signals that the U.S. is willing to cooperate and send Posada Carriles to Venezuela if his petition is denied. That alone is a bit of a change of heart over the past few months.

It’™ll come down to pressure from the old-guard Cuban ex-pat community in Florida. How much of a stink can they raise through backchannels (read: Jeb) to have a terrorist sprung, and given asylum in the U.S.?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Terrorism

Blinq Highlights Operation Yellow Elephant

I guess my post over at Operation Yellow Elephant started something. Blinq’™s got a few responses highlighted on his site, and I especially like this one from The City Troll (Man, they are rathioning logic around those Young Republicans, aren’™t they?):

‘œI find it amusing that the so called free thinking Liberals are starting a [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I guess my post over at Operation Yellow Elephant started something. Blinq’™s got a few responses highlighted on his site, and I especially like this one from The City Troll (Man, they are rathioning logic around those Young Republicans, aren’™t they?):

‘œI find it amusing that the so called free thinking Liberals are starting a public campaign to harass people who have a different point of view than yourselves. The same old stupid cries over and over. If your going to support the countries military actions you can’™t speak about it unless you serve. Do you know how pathetic and silly that makes you all sound? The so called supporters of free speech and minority rights have created a campaign to attack others that don’™t think as they do.Your actions are the same as giving prizes to people for putting up posters to harass Blacks, Gays, Women, etc.. The only difference is that your replacing one of those groups with conservatives. What would your reaction be if a campaign that plastered posters ostracizing any whites for supporting Civil Rights? and prizes would be given to the best poster.’

Does the poor troll feel attacked, or what? Now he’™s hiding metaphorically behind African Americans and gays? Last I heard, the descrimination against those groups was because of who they are, not because of their opinions. Who they are did not cause a war where tens of thousands of people died, and the existence of African Americans and gays and women did not support and perpetuate such war.

Yes, you are a troll. I just wish you weren’™t in my city. And an ignorant troll at that, given the title of your rant:

The left is using HATE SPEACH TACTICS to haras College Conseratives

Monday, August 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

They Don’t Want their Children Left Behind

Unfortunately, their curriculum isn’™t up to the higher education standards of the University of California system. No, creationism isn’™t sicience, according to the University of California, so they’™re being sued.

From LeanLeft:

Under a policy implemented with little fanfare a year ago, UC admissions authorities have refused to certify high school science courses that use [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Unfortunately, their curriculum isn’™t up to the higher education standards of the University of California system. No, creationism isn’™t sicience, according to the University of California, so they’™re being sued.

From LeanLeft:

Under a policy implemented with little fanfare a year ago, UC admissions authorities have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwinï–¿–½s theory of evolution, the suit says.


Other courses rejected by UC officials include ï–¿–½Christianityï–¿–½s Influence in American History,ï–¿–½ ï–¿–½Christianity and Morality in American Literatureï–¿–½ and ï–¿–½Special Providence: American Government.ï–¿–½

The 10-campus UC system requires applicants to complete a variety of courses, including science, mathematics, history, literature and the arts. But in letters to Calvary Chapel, university officials said some of the schoolï–¿–½s Christian-oriented courses were too narrow to be acceptable.

According to the lawsuit, UCï–¿–½s board of admissions also advised the school that it would not approve biology and science courses that relied primarily on textbooks published by Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Books, two Christian publishers.

Instead, the board instructed the schools to ï–¿–½submit for UC approval a secular science curriculum with a text and course outline that addresses course content/knowledge generally accepted in the scientific community.ï–¿–½

ï–¿–½It appears that the UC system is attempting to secularize Christian schools and prevent them from teaching from a world Christian view,ï–¿–½ said Patrick H. Tyler, a lawyer with Advocates for Faith and Freedom, which is assisting the plaintiffs.

Of course, the first reaction from these anti-science Christian folks is that they are being descriminated against. These are the same folks who whine when political correctness is in employed in the workplace or in academia. Now when they don’™t get their way and get included with their pet ‘œtheories’ they whine the other way.

Jesus didn’™t whine.

Monday, August 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

Bunnatine Greenhouse Demoted

Evidently retaliation against whistleblowers is now Bush Administration policy. The New York Times reports about the last impediment to HAlliburton’™s war profiteering.

Did anyone notice if they formally changed the law protecting whistleblowers?

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Evidently retaliation against whistleblowers is now Bush Administration policy. The New York Times reports about the last impediment to HAlliburton’™s war profiteering.

Did anyone notice if they formally changed the law protecting whistleblowers?

Monday, August 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
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