Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Rueters Manifesto

Reuters is once again trying to stoke the burning embers of class warfare in the United States. In this shameless piece, Reuters is journatorializing (and I claim a copyright on that word if no one has claimed it already!) that the poor (er, financially-challenged?) residents of coastal Mississippi were left to die by their wealthier neighbors who fled the approach of Hurricane Katrina.

Says Reuters:
"Many of [Biloxi's] well-off heeded authorities' warnings to flee north, joining thousands of others who traveled from the Gulf Coast into northern Mississippi and Alabama, Georgia and other nearby states. *** But others could not afford to join them, either because they didn't own a car or couldn't raise funds for even the cheapest motel. 'No way we could do that," said Willie Rhetta, a bus driver, who remained in his home to await Katrina.'"
Now I certainly don't want to sound insensitive, but I find it hard to believe that gainfully employed individuals, like Mr. Rhetta, are unable to afford a bus ticket from Biloxi to Jackson, Memphis or Nashville, even if they could not afford accomodations (which I also find incredible). When a Category 5 hurricane is bearing down on you, you can't be too fussy about where you are going to be staying when you leave town; you just get out. Moreover, weren't there shelters inland for those who had no where else to go? This is, of course, not the first hurricane to hit Mississippi.

Reuters just loves these little opportunities to jab its biggest enemy -- the United States.
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Roundup of Katrina related efforts

Michelle Malkin's got a good roundup of Katrina blog and general internet related relief efforts. Scroll ALL the way!

Hello, Hello....Anyone there?

I seem to recall that there was a tsunami somewhere in the world late last year. Which nation was it that responded from half a world away and provided the assistance no other nation could even begin to hope to furnish? The Great Satan, ahem, I mean the United States, of course! As a result of our compassionate efforts, the loss of life from disease in the aftermath of the Indonesian Tsunami was dramatically reduced.

I think by now it is relatively safe to assume that Hurricane Katrina is going to go down as one of the United States' worst natural disasters, right up there with the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Where, then, is the rest of the world? I have heard of no airlifts of aid, or of sailors, airmen and troops rushing to our assistance. What's worse is that Germany's environment minister, Jurgen Trittin, stated that the whole thing was really the United States' fault for failing to ratify the Kyoto Treaty(fortunately, at least one of Herr Trittin's fellow Germans have taken him to task for his outrageous statement).

All of this brings to mind a speech given by a Canadian broadcaster some thirty years ago in reaction to all the liberal-left America bashing then taking place during the Viet Nam War. Gordon Sinclair, who was fed up with all of the snarkiness of the liberal elite journalists, had the following to say:


This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States. When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped. The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans. I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States Dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar, or the Douglas DC-10? If so,why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon — not once, but several times — and safely home again. You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right
in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not
pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they
are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home
to spend here. When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the American who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania
Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose.
Both are still broke. I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the
help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else
raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even
during the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm
one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will
come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled
to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles.
I hope Canada is not one of those. (Ed. note: That's a forlorn hope, as it turns out)


Well, the world has changed a lot in the three decades since Gordon Sinclair gave that little speech, but one thing has remained constant -- the United States of America still gives and gives and gives, asks nothing in return, and, for its efforts, still gets kicked in the mouth.

That's ok. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Katirna Update (8-29-05 @11 am)

This is the 11 am update from the National Hurricane Center. You have to like the last sentence (really!)

“The eye of Hurricane Katrina is making its second northern Gulf Coast landfall...near the Louisiana-Mississippi border. WSR-88Dradar data show that the northern eyewall is very intense and Doppler velocities are near 120 kt at an altitude of about 5000 ft over extreme southern Mississippi. This...along with observations from Air Force Reserve unit hurricane hunter aircraft...supports the current intensity estimate of 110 kt. Steady weakening will occur as the center moves over land. However Katrina has such alarge and powerful circulation that it will probably retain hurricane intensity for about 12 hours...bringing damaging winds well inland. The potential loss of life due to falling trees is a major concern...as is freshwater flooding. The forward speed has increased slightly and initial motion is now360/14.

The track forecast reasoning is basically unchanged. Katrina should accelerate north-northeastward in the flow between a cyclone north of the Great Lakes and an anticyclone near the southeastern United States coast over the next few days. Katrina s expected to lose tropical characteristics...and its identity...later in the forecast period as it merges with a mid-latitude cyclone. Special thanks are extended to the United States Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter crews stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi...who have been flying continuous missions through Katrina even as their families and homes are being seriously impacted by this hurricane.”

Our prayers go out to the Hurricane Hunters, their families and all those affected by this tremendous natural calamity.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Katrina

This is a good Katrina blog. This is a VERY scary hurricane and will likely result in tremendous damage and loss of life (most of which will be needless).

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Go Blue at Quarterback U!

So, the University of Michigan is being touted as the new “Quarterback U”.  I think we all knew that already.

Pat Robertson

This is certainly an interesting story alleging that Pat Roberstson is advocating the assassination of Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan Castroesque dictator. One has to wonder what the context was here and whether Robertson is being quoted accurately.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Web News Mapping -- Yawn!

This falls in the category of "Did we really need a new web-based tool to tell us this?":
"A news mapping service introduced on Thursday by Akamai Technologies Inc. promises to give unprecedented insight into the relative hunger that millions of Internet users have to learn of breaking events minute-by-minute.

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"In two-and-a-half months of testing before the index introduction, Akamai found the biggest Internet news events were the London bombings on July 7, Hurricane Emily July 15, the combined effects of the Space Shuttle launch and monsoon in India on July 26. The fourth most popular recent Web news event was the June 13 Michael Jackson verdict, Akamai data showed."
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Monday, August 08, 2005

March of the Penguins

I thoroughly enjoyed March of the Penguins. If you like animals (or are at least mildly fond of them), you will be amazed by the seemingly impossible feats accomplished by these birds.

My kids, however, were somewhat dismayed that it was a documentary and the lack of a "plot".
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More On Peter Jennings' Passing

I wholeheartedly agree with the GWhizKids... I too mourn Peter Jennings' passing this morning at the all-too young age of 67.

Peter Jennings, along with Frank Reynolds, were the faces of the news for me growing up.

Frank, the joe-lunchbucket anchor who was wrongly overshadowed by his competitors at CBS and NBC, was never afraid to allow us to share his emotions at the news events of the day. I will never forget Frank exhorting the shuttle Columbia to lift up to the heavens at the maiden liftoff of America's shuttle program. Nor will I ever forget Frank sternly chastising his staff while on the air to get their facts straight as rumors filtered about that President Reagan had been mortally wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt. Frank humanized the news, becoming one with his viewers as the great events of the days unfurled before our eyes.

Peter, on the other hand, was the dashing and urbane news anchor who was able to calm us during our darkest days. Yes, he was prone to partisanship, but he was also a professional who, for the most part, was able to lure in a staunch conservative such as myself. Perhaps it was the Canadian in him but I think Peter Jennings of all the big names in media was able to bridge the political gap among his viewers.

I miss Peter and Frank.

The Death of Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings died on Sunday in New York. Although I frequently disagreed with Mr. Jennings and the way he injected his political views into his broadcasts, nevertheless I mourn his passing. He was one of the last of the breed of superanchors, who felt as though they were almost part of the family. Each night at 7 p.m. (in Detroit), Mr. Jennings entered our home and told us what was going on in the world. Day in, day out he was there.

As I mentioned, I (and my family) frequently disagreed with him, but we watched because, in those days (the earlier part of the 80s, primarily), people could still disagree about politics without being disagreeable (the Bork confirmation changed all of that, I am afraid).

Much as I am cheered by the ascendancy of the Fox News Channel, I still miss the days when we were not assaulted by 24 hour a day, 7 day a week news-blaring. Thus, I remember fondly the days when I relied on a newspaper (for those of you who are unfamiliar with that medium: in its classic form, a daily publication with detailed news reporting and a separate editorial page; now, a publication of editorial comments, posing as news, reflecting the primarily left-wing views of the "journalists") and the nightly newscast. Mr. Jennings was that newscast and I am , therefore, saddened by his passing.
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Friday, August 05, 2005

Blair cracks down on Islamist radicals

"Saying the landscape had changed since last month's London bombings,[Tony Blair] announced plans to ban two Islamist groups and bring in new powers to expel or exclude foreign nationals who incite violence or glorify terrorism."

Bravo for Prime Minister Blair. He actually gets it. We can stand on our rights, but all of the rights in the world are meaningless to those who are killed in the name of Islamo-fascism.
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Monday, August 01, 2005

Oldest former major leaguer dies at 100 in Texas

"HOUSTON (Reuters): - Raymond Cunningham, believed to be the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, has died aged 100, a newspaper reported Monday."
Doesn't this mean he is no longer the "oldest living former Major League Baseball player"?

Can't Reuters get anything right?
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McDonald's Worker Accused Of Spitting In Officer's Pop (That's soda for us East Coasters)

Yuck!

The accused certainly is a nominee for Stupid Criminal of the Year!
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