Friday, September 02, 2005

Here I am. Rock you like a hurricane!

Flippant title notwithstanding, there's a seriously unnerving situation going on amongst the hurricane survivors in the Crescent City. Deliberate or not, the picture I get from the media is that some parts of the city are literally tearing themselves apart. Hell, some fucksticks are actually shooting at rescue helos.

Some people outside the disaster areas are also coming unhinged as well... like this self-righteous asshole so wrapped up in his haterd for conservatives that he won't contribute to relief efforts.

There's some good news out there too, of course. My favorite are the tales of several responsible citizens proving the necessity of the second amendment, and shredding gun-control arguments into navel-gazing nonsense. Isn't it amazing how crime rates plummet when looters have shotguns pointed at them...

If you'd like to contribute (not to assume that you already haven't, of course) the Katrina Relief Blog has literally dozens of potential avenues for your time or money.

Update: Count Kanye West in with the self-righteous assholes. If you live on the west coast, (or Rocky Mountains) then you'll have missed his "black people are victims" whining during what was supposed to be a benefit concert. How arrogant do you have to be to complain that nobody is helping people during an event specifically designed to help people?
Apparently, you just have to be Kanye West. Mr. West would do well to keep in mind that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

By the by, the photo captioning controversy he mentioned, showing white people described as "finding" food and dark-skinned people described as "looters" is covered on Snopes. If there's anything to blame, it's that tiny detail called "libel."

Update II: Dan Riehl of Riehl World View has the video here.

Jesus, Mike Myers looks like he's about to slap some sense into Kanye West at a couple of points. Even though NBC had the F-Bomb patrol watching over the seven second delay, I'm surprised they let it go on as long as they did. Maybe it was because West's delivery sounds like he's reading everything off a cue card... by the time he blurts out "George Bush hates black people" someone finally clued in.
Still, it's good to see that Kanye stuck to form, and even in the midst of showing us all how far he could shove his head up his ass, didn't forget to mention how fucking cool he was.


Anonymous Rachel from the land of Oz said...

dude, now you're phenomenal!

I can't believe that fuckwit not donating. It was only a freaking dollar that the girl asked for. No one judged the people of the tsunami affected countries when making a donation because of their corrupt governments, thus it should not matter if you are pro or anti Bush, there are fellow human beings suffering who need our help, and not helping because you don't like the government. I do believe the situation was handled badly (more evacuations prior to the hurricane for example) but that doesn't mean we should prolong the suffering of the hurricane victims. This is not a time for politics, it is a time for pragmatic action.

What a c*nt, I mean really. His argument is basically "the government didn't care and fucked up, so I am going to make you pay for that". Whoever this person is, is a freaking hypocrite and a total asshole.

I make a monthly direct debit donation to Oxfam, which has projects in countries to whose governments I am staunchly opposed. Does that mean I am going to cease donating? No.

1:28 PM, September 02, 2005  
Blogger coffee and cigarettes said...

I usually hate using nerdy rhetoric, but I just noticed that it is your one year blog-o-versary! (I just made up that word, hopefully it makes sense)

Big hug, Rachel from the land of Oz...

btw., check out the new blog some friends and I have started. Just follow the link on coffee and cigarettes.

1:33 PM, September 02, 2005  
Blogger Stewed Hamm said...

You can tell it's a phenominal blog, because I get phenominal blogspam... Regardless, after seeing pictures from the chemical plant explosion and hearing about NOPD officers running like little girls at the first sign of trouble, all I could think was "How long until the boulder kills Piggy?"

Most esitmates have New Orleans under water for at least 3 months, and without electricity for another 5 on top of that. Who's for building a wall around the city and writing it off as an "Escape From New York" style prison?

I like "blogoversary." I believe I'll co-opt it in two weeks, when mine rolls around.

6:17 PM, September 02, 2005  
Blogger Stewed Hamm said...

Incidentally, you guys should check out This story. It's one of those heartwarming tales like "Homeward Bound" or "Incredible Journey" or something...

6:24 PM, September 02, 2005  
Anonymous Rachel from the land of Oz said...

Now I've got the Simon and Garfunkel song stuck in my head, which is definitely a good thing. It's nice to read some good news for once.some of the stories Australian survivors have been telling are horrific, the tales from the Superdome, the anarchy in the streets etc I can't believe it happened on this scale considering all the prior warning the government had. No freaking contingency plans WTF?

9:03 PM, September 03, 2005  
Blogger Stewed Hamm said...

Thanks to Otak for alerting me that I misspelled Mr. West's name. It has since been corrected... though it doesn't change the fact that Kanye's still an anus bracelet.

10:01 PM, September 06, 2005  
Blogger Di said...

Regarding the prior warning/contingency planning: New Orleans DID have an evacuation plan. Remember the unused buses that are now leaking diesel fuel into the already toxic sludge that is the floodwaters? Remember, the levees didn't fail until Tuesday mid-morning. They thought all along that "some" water would seep over the top of the levees, not breach the levees altogether. They had a plan. They were caught off-guard by the secondary disaster. Hindsight is 20/20.

4:38 PM, September 08, 2005  
Blogger Stewed Hamm said...

The roads were clear for a majority of the city's buses, even after the flood hit. see here.
The State intentionally didn't stock food at the superdome, and in fact turned Red Cross shipments away before the storm hit.

The Governor and Mayor caused this problem, then sat on their asses whining about Bush when the inevitable happened.

11:18 AM, September 09, 2005  

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