Friday, September 09, 2005

 

Ibae Baye T'orun

Mourn for the bayou
And the flowers withered
Mourn for the bayou

Mourn for the bayou
And the cemeteries drowned
Mourn for the bayou

Ajuba, all you hurt
Ajuba, all you wandering
Ajuba, all you gone
And gone away

Mourn for the bayou
And the Orishas fair
Mourn for the bayou

Mourn for the bayou
And Mama Marie
Three red crosses
Mourn for the bayou

Ashe
Ashe
Ashe

Ajuba, all you Eggun

Mourn for the bayou

(a pitiful attempt by me at a poem expressing sorrow at what has happened to New Orleans...)

copyright 2005 by Salena Moffat

I would love to hear from anyone who either liked or disliked my poem, or who would like to share their own thoughts and sorrows. Please e-mail me at ladypriory@yahoo.com if you'd like.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

 

It may sound like a horror movie, but it's real

PITTSBURGH - Dozens of women who had abortions or miscarried have contacted the coroner's office to see if their fetuses were among 300 discovered in the garage of a home where a suspended funeral director once lived.

The fetuses were found last week in cardboard boxes, plastic bags and Tupperware-like containers inside the padlocked garage of the home of Robert B. Winston Jr.'s ex-wife.

Winston and his former funeral home, Newman-Winston Memorial Chapel, had a contract with Magee-Womens Hospital from 1999 to 2002 to dispose of fetuses by having them cremated, authorities said.

The fetuses — which range in gestational age from 16 weeks to full-term — were marked with labels identifying them variously as "medical waste," "fetuses" and "autopsy cases for Winston Funeral Home."

read the entire disturbing article at Coroner Trying to Link 300 Fetal Remains - Yahoo! News

 

This explains a few things

The Mudville Gazette posted the following on their website, a quote from an original post of theirs from November 2003:

In a bold and potentially risky move, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin crossed party lines Monday to endorse Republican Bobby Jindal, who is locked in a tight governor's race with Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the Democratic standard bearer in the Nov. 15 runoff.

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In recent days, Nagin said he faced considerable pressure from the state Democratic power structure to go with Blanco, citing U.S. Sens. John Breaux and Mary Landrieu in particular.

Without naming names, Nagin said Blanco supporters attached words like "risk" and "consequences" and "repercussions" to the prospect of his backing Jindal.

"They talked about this not being in the best interests of the city of New Orleans and that they would let people know that," Nagin said.

Using what he described as the "hip hop vernacular" favored by his teenage sons, Nagin hinted that Blanco's backers issued threats, indicating that "if we get in we're going to basically ice you out."


This is followed up by this post from September 5, 2005:

Nagin singled out Gov. Kathleen Blanco for criticism, saying that the governor had asked for 24 hours to think over a decision when time was a luxury that no one, especially refugees, had.

“When the president and the governor got here, I said, 'Mr. President, Madame Governor, you two have to get in synch. If you don't, more people are going to die.” Blanco and Bush met privately at his insistence, Nagin said, after which Bush came out and told Nagin that he had given Blanco two options, and she requested a full day to decide.

“It would have been great if we could have walked off Air Force One and told the world we had it all worked out,” Nagin said. “It didn't happen, and more people died.”


Again, make of it what you will...

 

Yet more home truths

Seems Hugh Hewitt has something interesting to say:

The Fox News Channel's Major Garrett was just on my show extending the story he had just reported on Brit Hume's show: The Red Cross is confirming to Garrett that it had prepositioned water, food, blankets and hygiene products for delivery to the Superdome and the Convention Center in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, but were blocked from delivering those supplies by orders of the Louisiana state government, which did not want to attract people to the Superdome and/or Convention Center. [emphasis mine]

The transcript for the above-cited interview can be found at Radio Blogger.

And then, of course, there's this from the Red Cross' own f.a.q. page:

Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?

Access to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.

The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.

Make of it what you will...

 

Some people give liberals a bad name

I run a few groups at Yahoo, and last night I ran into a situation that was just...well, bizarre. One of the members of a group I own went pretty much postal on another member, and I ended up having to ban the member who went on the tirade.

Said raging member is a liberal. A hard-core liberal. What they were spewing was vile to the highest degree. Words came from their fingertips at the speed of lightning, every single syllable carefully designed to wound the poor Republican on the receiving end of their poison.

Some choice morsels from this liberal's postings (and this liberal will, of course, forever remain absolutely anonymous. If they find this blog and choose to expose who they are, that's their problem, not mine) :

George Bush did not care about those dying old people or babies.

Bush is a genocidal murderer. He is also the shame of our nation.

This country has lost perhaps 10 thousand of its citizens and you can just bitch about your teeth?....I can pretty much tell from that post that you are indeed a Republican. Probably a good "pro-life" Christian too!

You have every right to be a Republican. And to say that you are. But if you are going to announce it, then I have every right to post that I think they are a party of immoral, hypocritcal idiots who have killed their own people and made us the laughingstock of terrorists and the world at large.


I'm not sure why I understand why you say people are always calling you racist. When I hear people have voted for Bush that's not the first thing I thought of. Before Katrina anyway.

I think that racism can exist both ways. I also tend to think the mayor has an element of racist in him. He's awfully light. [I have no idea in the world what this is supposed to mean, actually, I only posted it here as an example of this person's way of thinking. If you have light skin, you're a racist, apparently, even if you're an African-American man like Mayor Nagin...]

What did the Republican do to deserve this, you might ask? They admitted they were Republican. They stood up for the President, and they dared to criticize Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco. Oh, and they had the temerity to mention some health issues they're having. That's it.

And the liberal's response? They called Bush a "genocidal murderer" (with, of course, not a shred of evidence for the supposed attrocities committed by this man), they made fun of Christians who are pro-life, they ranted that one shouldn't give a darn about one's own health issues when people are dying in Louisiana (and then, of course, mentioned how they themselves hadn't brought up their own courageous health battles).

I sent this enraged member an instant message (which, of course, I copied, pasted, and e-mailed to myself--I like to have back-up evidence) asking them to please calm down, to not ruin a friendship of some two years' standing. They told me to remove them immediately from the group. Fine. No problem there.

Upon their removal, I received another e-mail (calling me by the wrong name) screaming that I was "the member with POWER [their capitalization]" who had just wanted to remove them from the group. First of all, it's my group, I started it, I own it. Yes, I am the member with the power. If this member has such a problem with Republicans using any power they may have, then perhaps they should start their own group. Then they can have the "POWER" that so upsets them in others.

The e-mail went on to say some other nasty things about me:

The more I process this today I can't help but think that this may be something to do with my defense of the Blacks. I'm trying really hard not to think this. But when you go to bat so hard for a kid who says people are "always" calling her racist, something is very wrong. [And therefore I must be a racist? What's the point here? Can any other liberals enlighten me on this one?]

Another e-mail earlier last evening stated that (all spelling errors, and they were legion, have been corrected here, as well as in all of the other posts copied above; I've left the odd grammar as is) : If [name removed to protect the innocent] does not want to have harsh words directed at her, perhaps she should not start stuff.

Here is the entire post that apparently was the equivalent of starting stuff: I SO feel like the only Republican in the entire universe over here.

Not once did anyone--especially me--say or even think anything even remotely racist, nor did anyone else in the group attack this person for their views on how Katrina was handled (this was their "defense of blacks," you see, that Bush didn't do enough quickly enough and was therefore racist in the extreme). The entire post that set this person off on a rant of biblical proportions is posted above. That's it. The whole thing. Oh, of course there was also the Republican's post about the state of her health.

Some people give liberals a bad name...

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

 

Some fascinating home truths--City of New Orleans

I've been watching the blame game with interest. It seems to me that the liberals are eager to scream at the President and FEMA, and yet, when someone asks "but what about the mayor/governor?" they instantly decry "well, there's plenty of blame to go around. Let's move on." They don't want to hear it, and they especially don't want the public to hear it. (As a side note here, God bless Elisabeth Hasselbeck for trying to hold her own against the liberal crows on The View. Keep your chin up, Elisabeth...)

I kept thinking of Mayor Rudy Giuliani running into the terrorist attack on 9-11. Toward the buildings that were literally collapsing even as he arrived. He was so close to the Towers that he described what happened to the people who hit the pavement beside him, calling it a "pink mist." Contrast this with Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans, bravely and courageously leading his city from Baton Rouge. He ran and hid. If he'd been a man, and not a coward, he'd have been in the middle of New Orleans, dragging people to safety, instead of yelling at the Federal Government from the safety (and dryness) of Baton Rouge. Of course, Nagin's a Democrat, and Giuliani's a Republican, so that may explain things.

So I went and looked up the City of New Orleans' official plans for Emergency Preparedness, and I found some interesting tidbits. I'll post a few here, but I really would encourage everyone to click the link above and read the entire document for themselves.

Let's begin with this choice morsel: The City of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas. Those evacuated will be directed to temporary sheltering and feeding facilities as needed. When specific routes of progress are required, evacuees will be directed to those routes. Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves or who require specific life saving assistance. Additional personnel will be recruited to assist in evacuation procedures as needed.

"Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves or who require specific life saving assistance." Let's just digest that one for a moment, shall we? Mayor Nagin should have and could have lined up buses and seen to it that the poverty stricken citizens of his city reached safety. It isn't as if Katrina snuck up on him, is it? According to the paragraph above, he should have done everything in his power to see to it that those who couldn't even afford bus fare were nonetheless bused to safety. And haven't we seen dozens of cases of ill people, diabetics, people with heart conditions, the aged? Haven't we seen them literally dying in their wheelchairs because nobody evacuated them? Aren't those people the exact same ones who might "require specific life saving assistance" mentioned in the above paragraph?

As for Katrina sneaking up on Mayor Nagin (D., New Orleans), the website has this to say: Slow developing weather conditions (primarily hurricane) will create increased readiness culminating in an evacuation order 24 hours (12 daylight hours) prior to predicted landfall.

Now, let's move on a bit to whether or not the wonderful, brave Nagin (D., New Orleans or maybe by now D., Baton Rouge) could have expected hundreds of thousands of people to become stranded. If we check the official website, we find that--gasp!--he not only could have expected it, but it was predicted: Certain hazards, such as a hurricane, provide some lead time for coordinating an evacuation. However, this can not be considered a certainty. Plus, the sheer size of an evacuation in response to an approaching hurricane creates the need for the use of community-wide warning resources, which cannot be limited to our City's geographical boundaries. Evacuation of major portions of our population, either in response to localized or citywide disasters, can only be accomplished if the citizens and visitors are kept informed of approaching threats on a timely schedule, and if they are notified of the need to evacuate in a timely and organized manner. If an evacuation order is issued without the mechanisms needed to disseminate the information to the affected persons, then we face the possibility of having large numbers of people either stranded and left to the mercy of a storm, or left in an area impacted by toxic materials.

And isn't that the very thing we're watching today on our televisions?

Mayor Nagin (D., New Orleans), you were the first line of defense, and you blew it. Big time. But your career is no doubt safe, because you will have managed to convince the poverty stricken and dying that you did not abandon them in their time of need (hey, running away to Baton Rouge was part of the official plan, wasn't it? Only, I've read the official plan, and I can't find any mention of anyone in the city government of New Orleans hightailing it to Baton Rouge...). You've managed to convince them that you were helping, that it was the President who should have saved them, not you. You're innocent. No blood on your hands, nope, no sirree...

Um, hey, Nagin, what's that dripping from your fingers? It looks awfully red to me. Maybe they have a doctor in Baton Rouge who can clear that up for you.

 

Helpful info for Catholics affected by Katrina

Catholic Online has set up an amazing website for Catholics affected by Katrina. It's absolutely loaded with information, as well as links to donate money. Please click here.

In addition, Catholic Online has an in-depth article with information about blogs set up specifically to help Katrina's victims, and to spread information. The article is too long to post here, but I will post the first paragraph:

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- To help hurricane-displaced Catholic students and teachers, the National Catholic Educational Association has set up Web logs -- in essence, Internet hot lines -- to help displaced families find openings in Catholic schools, link displaced Catholic teachers with possible jobs elsewhere and inform families when schools closed because of Hurricane Katrina will reopen.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

 

Two more links for Katrina help

How to Apply for Federal Aid
· DisasterHelp.gov
· National Flood Insurance

 

Of nutty outfits, and the Levy family

First, Katie Couric. Anyone watching the Today Show this a.m. cannot have failed to see a truly ludicrous and bizarre sight--Katie Couric in gigantic rubber waders up to her waist. Katie, honey, the water was barely up to your ankles--you looked insane. Truly insane.

But then again, as Rush Limbaugh always says, let the liberals keep talking, let them keep looking absolutely hysterical in waist-high waders. The world can see them for what they are.

Katie is the only--the only--news anchor to don waders, even when the water was deep enough to demand them. I personally cannot stand most national news anchors, but you've gotta hand it to them--they went into the water just like the people they were interviewing. But not Katie. Oh, no, not dear little Katie...

And now, for some sense amid the nonsense. The Levy family were interviewed on this morning's Early Show, an African-American family who are a striking contrast to the violent looters we all saw. They cannot wait to get Louisiana behind them. Angelique, the mother, said that once she reached soil other than Louisiana's, she was going to "kiss the ground." They know who to blame--they blame the State of Louisiana. And one of the charming sons, on finding his keyboard and various keyboard accessories intact in the family apartment, expressed shock that nobody had stolen them. This isn't some white chick (me) saying this stuff--this is a poor African-American family who cannot wait to put Louisiana as far behind them as they possibly can.

 

Downhill slide into darkness

Dutch "doctors" are murdering babies. This is not news. The Netherlands legalized the slaughter of newborns in 2003. Babies can be murdered, legally, the moment they're born, if the "doctor" deems that the infant is suffering or in pain or has an incurable disease (which of course can be determined with preciseness the moment one is born). And now they're doing it regularly and forcibly to other infants and children. In a recent study of 64 "mercy killings," 42 involved the actual hastening of death.

I was going to copy and paste a large chunk of the relevant Yahoo article, but I can't. It disgusts me. You have to read it for yourself: Doctors May Be Helping Sick Kids Die - Yahoo! News

I wil post the final paragraph of that article, however: "Once you've transformed euthanasia into a medical treatment, there's no logical way you can say that it should not be available to children," said Rita Marker, executive director of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. "People who support euthanasia should do so with their eyes open. It will eventually be available to everyone."

Available. Like aspirin or Pepsi. Available. Like an optional plastic surgery procedure. A "medical treatment," available to all. Never mind that newborn infants don't demand this "treatment." Never mind that Terri Schindler didn't demand this "treatment."

We are descending into darkness...

Monday, September 05, 2005

 

Bush/Clinton Katrina Fund

This is the official link for the Bush/Clinton Katrina Fund, set up by former Presidents Bush and Clinton: Welcome to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund Official Web Site. Please consider giving generously through this link.

 

Katrina's littlest victims

Katrina has left behind families torn apart by their refugee status. Children have become separated from their parents, and some of these children aren't even old enough to talk yet. Of those who can talk, some don't know what town they're from. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has set up a missing children link on their website for those searching for children separated from them in the hurricane. Please visit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

 

Racism?

Hey, Kanye, for the record, if African-Americans don't want to be shown on television looting stores, maybe they should stop looting stores. Just an idea, and a radical one at that, I realize. I wonder what they needed those televisions and DVD players for? I mean, you can, technically, eat a television, but then there's the whole digestion bit...

Bush didn't cause Katrina, he doesn't want all black people to die, and he doesn't control the media. In the name of God, liberals, what are you so freaking paranoid about? Don't you have better things to do with your time?

And Mayor Whateveryournameis of New Orleans--why did you run to Baton Rouge? Why were you not in the very middle of the disaster helping your people? I'm reminded of Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R.) running toward the Twin Towers, and being sprayed with the "pink mist" of people falling from the buildings on 9-11. Did you even get your feet damp, Mayor Whoever (D.) of New Orleans? Didn't think so...

 

Vatican sending aid

Cor Unum, an organization of the Vatican, is sending relief to the Gulf Coast hurricane victims. Cor Unum, which is Latin for "one heart," is a separate organization from national Catholic churches. The U.S. Catholic Church will be doing its part as well. To donate to Catholic Relief Services, please click here.

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