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Price Gouging – Their Own Eyes Out

September 20th, 2005 - 1:52 pm

Is the recording industry still run by shortsighted, self-defeating and stupid executives? You make the call:

“Greedy” record companies are pushing for an increase in the price of music downloads, Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs has said.

Mr Jobs vowed to resist such pressure, after revealing that music firms were pushing for higher prices on Apple’s iTunes internet music store.

He said companies already made a bigger profit through iTunes than in CD sales.

I got myself an iPod earlier this year, and I love the thing. A 30gig model, mine is a little more than half-full, with about 3,000 songs. Not my entire playlist, but enough variety to suit me, my bride, and any party in need of appropriate music. I’m not much for wearing headphones, but I have iPod hookups everywhere. There’s one in each of our cars, one on each stereo, and Bose’s sweet little iPod speaker system in the master bathroom. And for the road, battery-powered speakers perfect for camping trips or hotel rooms. Where I go, the iPod goes.

Two months ago, I finally set up an account at the Apple’s iTunes store. I was leery of joining, mostly because Apple’s copy protection keeps you from burning any purchased song onto more than seven CDs. But with my iPod being so portable, and with the ability to plug it in anywhere

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Required Reading

September 20th, 2005 - 9:17 am

Frederick Turner:

The suicide bomb, with the mass terrorism it epitomizes, is the weapon of choice against the velvet revolution. The target is not, as well-meaning critics of terrorism say, indiscriminate: it is exact and precise. The target is any population that might organize a velvet revolution, the potential sovereigns of a democratic state. It is people who are not ideological, who are willing to let others believe what they want, who want to make a living and be independent, and who want a say in their government. Even in Israel, where it was the citizens of an already-established democratic state that were being attacked, the true target, as we are now coming to understand after the death of Arafat, was the nascent democracy of Palestine. By killing Jews, Arafat could continue to oppress and defraud Palestinians.

Read the whole thing.

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Dealing with Decline

September 18th, 2005 - 9:45 pm

I’ve tried to get worked up about Germany’s recent electoral confusion, but nothing came of it. Couldn’t even muster any good ol’ Teutonic schadenfreude over our old friends’ troubles. My one brief thought on the issue wasn’t even worth blogging by lonesome: “Certainly a Germany with no leader is preferable to a Germany with a strong one.” Pretty lame stuff.

Before Germany’s weekend election, of course, French President Jacque Chirac checked into the hospital, instigating a mad scramble for power. Imagine 50 Frenchmen of a certain age in really nice suits, all shouting and waving like Arnold Horshack trying to get a little attention from Mr. Kotter. Or in this case, from that tiny fraction of the French electorate that really decides things.

What was shocking though was what I read on the blogs about France and Germany: Damn near nothing.

Chirac, America’s best back-stabbing friend, is having health problems, and the blogosphere practically ignores him? Germany rejects much-needed economic reforms, and warbloggers aren’t giddy with I-told-you-so-itis? What’s going on here?

I think I might know.

Individually, any blogger is just as prone to error and bias as anyone else. Collectively, the blogosphere has wisdom and tenacity enough to bring down Dan Rather, Howell Raines, and Trent Lott

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September 18th, 2005 - 9:31 pm

Here in Colorado’s 5th District, we’re getting at least $8,000,000 in pork from the recent transportation bill. That’s how much money is earmarked for improvements to Woodman Road and Powers Boulevard.

Yes, those are Colorado Springs city streets. Yes, taxpayers in California, Alabama, and even Louisiana are helping pay for them.

Thanks, fellas!

Technorati tag: porkbusters.

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Good Grief

September 14th, 2005 - 5:57 am

The Blogfaddah linked this ABC story about a Louisiana congressman requisitioning a National Guard truck and several soldiers to check out his house in New Orleans last week:

The water reached to the third step of Jefferson’s house, a military source familiar with the incident told ABC News, and the vehicle pulled up onto Jefferson’s front lawn so he wouldn’t have to walk in the water. Jefferson went into the house alone, the source says, while the soldiers waited on the porch for about an hour.

Finally, according to the source, Jefferson emerged with a laptop computer, three suitcases, and a box about the size of a small refrigerator, which the enlisted men loaded up into the truck.

Okay bad enough, but at a human level, I guess it’s understandable to be concerned about one’s home, even though grabbing a Guard unit during an emergency for your own use is entirely inappropriate for a congressman. But it gets worse:

The Louisiana National Guard tells ABC News the truck became stuck as it waited for Jefferson to retrieve his belongings.

Two weeks later, the vehicle’s tire tracks were still visible on the lawn.

The soldiers signaled to helicopters in the air for aid. Military sources say a Coast Guard helicopter pilot saw the signal and flew to Jefferson’s home. The chopper was already carrying four rescued New Orleans residents at the time.

A rescue diver descended from the helicopter, but the congressman decided against going up in the helicopter, sources say. The pilot sent the diver down again, but Jefferson again declined to go up the helicopter.

After spending approximately 45 minutes with Jefferson, the helicopter went on to rescue three additional New Orleans residents before it ran low on fuel and was forced to end its mission.

… “I can’t comment on why the congressman decided not to go in the aircraft,” [Coast Guard Commander] McPherson said. “Did it take a little more time to send the rescue swimmer back a second time? Yes

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September 13th, 2005 - 11:21 pm

No promises, but I’ll try to make time to liveblog the Hitchens/Galloway debate at 5pm Eastern.

UPDATE: Oops. That’s 5pm Mountain. (Thanks, Sarah.)

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Not Getting It Department

September 13th, 2005 - 11:17 pm

Drudge teased this NYT story for half a day before finally delivering the link. Read:

Experts say the biggest problem in the newspaper industry is capturing readers between 18 and 34 years old, and now The Associated Press is looking to tackle that problem head on.

On Monday, the 157-year-old wire service is to start its “younger audience service,” offering articles and “experiences” in multimedia formats, with audio, video, blogs and wireless text aimed at reaching readers between 18 and 34 years old. The service, one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by The A.P., is called asap, pronounced letter by letter, meant to evoke the wire service’s legendary speed.

The pilot project for asap was approved by The A.P.’s board of directors in April. Tom Curley, president of the wire service, said at the time, “As the audience turns to new platforms and adopts new habits, the news must follow.”

Only someone well over and above the 18-34 demo could think the AP’s cute little “asap” service is a good idea.

Look. By the time someone has reached the age of 18, studies show they’ve been exposed to an average of 18 kazillion minutes of advertising. By the time they’re 34, they have TiVo and don’t see any ads at all. The 18-34 demographic is just as immune to “hip” ads as a Norwegian is to sickle-cell anemia.

I’ll go on record right now and say that the AP’s attempt at hipness will prove just as misguided and sadly humorous as that long ago summer I spent wearing my blue jeans pegged. 18-34 year-olds define what’s hip, and their immunity to advertisements

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Required Listening

September 13th, 2005 - 8:17 am

Christopher Hitchens will debate George Galloway in New York tomorrow.

You’ll be able to listen to the webcast here.

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From the Front

September 13th, 2005 - 8:14 am

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina isn’t the only news:

The city of Tal Afar near the Syrian border had become a terrorist refuge. Foreign fanatics wanted to turn it into a new Fallujah. But they repeated a mistake they’ve increasingly made: They alienated the local population.

Tal Afar needed a clean-up. But it had to be done cleverly. Fallujah was a fortress. Tal Afar was a city held hostage. Firepower had to be used wisely. Leveling Tal Afar wasn’t the answer.

Enter our 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Teaming up with the 3rd Iraqi Division, the 3rd ACR faced the mission of defeating the terrorists without destroying the city.

In addition to the finest soldiers in the world

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See Ya

September 13th, 2005 - 8:07 am

Aussie blogger Arthur Chrenkoff says goodbye – with style.

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Saved, After All

September 13th, 2005 - 4:35 am

Here’s some good news:

Auburn freshman defensive end Alonzo Horton’s prayers have been answered.

A week after being informed that his two younger brothers had died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in addition to his aunt Hattie Wimberley, Horton learned that 8-year-old Jerry Taylor, Jr., 6-year-old Delorean Taylor and his father Jerry Taylor, Sr. have been found alive and well in Houston.

“I found last night that my brothers and daddy are safe in Houston, Texas,” said a relieved Horton Monday night in Auburn. “It was a sigh of relief. I can’t really explain how I felt that they are alright.”

Early last week Horton found out that Wimberley had drowned in New Orleans. Days later, he was told by a cousin that he had also lost his two younger brothers. The two boys were allegedly lost when water surged into the Abramson High School gym, which was being used as a shelter, and presumed dead.

I bet there are a lot of stories like this being played out right now. I sure hope so.

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There They Go Again

September 12th, 2005 - 10:37 pm

Whomever knows, I’m no huge fan of President Bush. I giggled – actually giggled, like a schoolgirl – when Instapundit described Bush as “adequate.” Talk about killing with kindness.

And yet, Bush Derangement Syndrome gives me a belly laugh, every time it manifests itself – it’s like Tourette’s Syndrome for muddleheads.

Anyway, for a recent example of BDS, click here.

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The Absent-Minded Linker

September 12th, 2005 - 10:36 pm

Here’s a site I read most days, but keep forgetting to pimp.

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A Damn Shame

September 12th, 2005 - 10:24 pm

Even if Angela Merkel becomes Germany’s new Chancellor, Anatole Kaletsky doesn’t think much will change:

But even if the conservatives do win convincingly, they will have to overcome a much more serious problem: Frau Merkel

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The Times They Are a-Changin’

September 12th, 2005 - 9:36 pm

The Internet Age has led to a strange, new measure of success.

Congrats, Robert. Keep at it!

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Required Reading

September 11th, 2005 - 10:55 pm

Later tonight, I’ll finish reading New Glory, the latest from the indispensable Ralph Peters.

New Glory is the one book to read, if you have any interest at all in this new war we’re in.

Peters has given me an increased respect for our armed forces (if such a thing is even possible) and a new disdain for the Pentagon, military contractors (one of which employs my bride), Donald Rumsfeld (even though I still love watching his press conferences), and the 1648 Peace of Westphalia.

Buy yourself a copy, and read it with all due seriousness.

NOTE: I linked to Amazon.com, only because that’s where I bought my copy. I am in no way being compensated by Amazon.com. Or by Ralph Peters, for that matter. Although if I ever meet the guy, the drinks are on me.

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Tales From The Crescent City Connection

September 10th, 2005 - 8:04 pm

Regarding the story about the Gretna, Louisiana police chief closing the Crescent City Connection bridge out of New Orleans last week, I have a data point to add.

A good friend of mine rode out the storm in Uptown New Orleans. She and her husband hadn’t heard about the levee breach, and he took off for his job Tuesday morning, thinking like most people that the city had survived a near miss. After he’d left, my friend found out about the flooding and the looting, and drove out of town on Tchoupitoulas Street, which runs next to the Mississippi River levee on the south side. She went right past the Tchoupitoulas Wal-Mart as it was being looted (with New Orleans cops joining in), and made it out on the Crescent City Connection into Gretna. I don’t know whether she was stopped at the bridge or not.

Here’s an interesting addition: after she’d made it out of town, my friend realized that she’d brought along all the emergency supplies–when her husband could well need to go back to their house before leaving himself (she was never able to reach him during all this time, but they’d arranged for a meeting place with relatives out of town, just in case). So she drove back over the bridge to her house, dropped off the supplies, grabbed as many of her valuables as she could quickly pack, and left the city again, once more crossing the Crescent City Connection to Gretna. Her husband eventually made it out as well, they’re both fine now.

She’s white, if it matters–and maybe it did.

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Random Thought

September 9th, 2005 - 12:17 am

There are many moments from 9/11 none of us will ever forget. I won’t recount them now, because I already did two years ago – and once was enough.

Except for one particular moment.

Around 8pm Mountain on 9/11, some talking head on CNN or FNC or MSNBC said they feared as many as 20,000 people might have been killed. I remember that moment quite clearly because I ran directly to the bathroom and threw up.

When I read last week that 25,000 people might have died in Louisiana and Mississippi, I didn’t even get queasy. It’s not that I care less for people in the South than I do people in the Northeast. Far from it. It’s because I learned a valuable lesson on 9/11: The human animal can be a remarkably tough creature to kill. Whatever the initial prediction is, divide by ten for a worst-case estimate.

Barely ten days after Katrina did her damnedest to ruin a great American city, we’re finding that maybe the damage wasn’t as bad as we were first told, and that maybe far fewer people died that we first feared.

Of course, many many thousands of people still lost everything they owned. Others were killed, not by the hurricane or her aftermath, but by human predators hunting in her wake. There are sons and daughters and mothers and fathers to bury – too many, no matter what the final tally is.

But as of right now, it seems our worst fears haven’t been realized. And for that, all of us can be thankful.

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Required Reading

September 8th, 2005 - 11:55 pm

Jeff Goldstein… uh, just read it already.

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A Rant

September 8th, 2005 - 9:37 pm

Each time I complain about official Republican policy on stem cells, someone comments or emails to tell me that “the President only wants to limit government funding of stem cell research.” And each time I read one of those comments, I sighed and thought, “We’ll see.”

Well, here’s what I see tonight:

Leon Kass, chairman of the President’s Bioethics Council, is stepping down and will be replaced by Georgetown University bioethicist Edmund Pellegrino.


Pellegrino has been active in the national political debate over various biotech developments. For example, he participated in a press conference sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) in 1999 opposing all human embryonic stem cell research. At the press conference, Pellegrino urged that a congressional ban “should be extended permanently to include privately supported as well as federally supported research involving the production and destruction of living human embryos.” [emphasis added]

And with that, I think we know where President Bush really stands on stem cell research. Some of you will be delighted by that news, and others like myself will be disgusted.

I understand why pro-life people are so upset by fetal stem cell research, but let’s get something straight here. If there’s a woman out there considering an abortion, her decision will not be based on the promise of medical research. The fact that some fetuses can (or rather, could) be used, is perhaps the only positive thing to come out of a very bad situation. But anyone who thinks there’s an army of women getting themselves impregnated then gleefully having abortions for The Cause

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Myths Busted

September 8th, 2005 - 3:13 pm

I had a long post just about composed here, but luckily for you folks, I lost it to a mysterious system glitch. So here’s the abbreviated version:

Two of the most explosive post-Katrina charges were debunked over the last 24 hours. One of them, that the eeeevil Bush Administration has starved the Army Corps of Engineers for money to maintain and repair New Orleans’ levee system, was demolished in that noted redoubt of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, the Washington Post:

In Katrina’s wake, Louisiana politicians and other critics have complained about paltry funding for the Army Corps in general and Louisiana projects in particular. But over the five years of President Bush’s administration, Louisiana has received far more money for Corps civil works projects than any other state, about $1.9 billion; California was a distant second with less than $1.4 billion, even though its population is more than seven times as large.

Much of that Louisiana money was spent to try to keep low-lying New Orleans dry. But hundreds of millions of dollars have gone to unrelated water projects demanded by the state’s congressional delegation and approved by the Corps, often after economic analyses that turned out to be inaccurate. Despite a series of independent investigations criticizing Army Corps construction projects as wasteful pork-barrel spending, Louisiana’s representatives have kept bringing home the bacon.

For example, after a $194 million deepening project for the Port of Iberia flunked a Corps cost-benefit analysis, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) tucked language into an emergency Iraq spending bill ordering the agency to redo its calculations. The Corps also spends tens of millions of dollars a year dredging little-used waterways such as the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, the Atchafalaya River and the Red River — now known as the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway, in honor of the project’s congressional godfather — for barge traffic that is less than forecast.

The Industrial Canal lock is one of the agency’s most controversial projects, sued by residents of a New Orleans low-income black neighborhood and cited by an alliance of environmentalists and taxpayer advocates as the fifth-worst current Corps boondoggle. In 1998, the Corps justified its plan to build a new lock — rather than fix the old lock for a tiny fraction of the cost — by predicting huge increases in use by barges traveling between the Port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River.

In fact, barge traffic on the canal had been plummeting since 1994, but the Corps left that data out of its study.

Landrieu was quoted over the weekend threatening to “punch in the mouth” anybody who criticized the local officials in Louisiana over their response to the hurricane. I doubt she’s rethinking that threat in light of this Fox News report from yesterday, but after I first saw it, I definitely thought a few mouth-punches were in order:

[Brit] Hume: [The Red Cross was] Standing by, ready. Why didn’t FEMA send The Red Cross into New Orleans when we had all of the people there on that bridge overpass and elsewhere. Why not?

[Major] Garrett: First of all, no jurisdiction. FEMA works with The Red Cross, The Salvation Army and other organizations but it has no control to order them to go one place or the other. Secondarily, The Red Cross was ready. I got off the phone with one of their officials. They had a vanguard, Brit, of trucks with water, food, hygiene equipment, all sorts of things ready to go where? To the Superdome and convention center. Why weren’t they there? The Louisiana Department of Homeland Security told them they could not go.

Hume: This is isn’t the Louisiana branch of the federal Homeland Security? This is –

Garrett: The state’s own agency devoted to the state’s homeland security. They told them you cannot go there. Why? The Red Cross tells me that state agency in Louisiana said, look, we do not want to create a magnet for more people to come to the Superdome or convention center, we want to get them out. So at the same time local officials were screaming where is the food, where is the water? The Red Cross was standing by ready, the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security said you can’t go.

Hume: FEMA does, presumably at some point, have some jurisdiction over some military forces. Of course, the first responders there are the National Guard. Why didn’t FEMA send the National Guard in? You heard that cry from many people.

Garrett: FEMA does not have jurisdictional control over any state’s National Guard, only the governor does. The governor in this case, Kathleen Blanco, A democrat, did use the Louisiana National Guard for some purposes, did not deploy them in massive numbers initially and they were not used to move any of these relief organizations in and they could have been for the very same reason I talked about earlier, the state decided they didn’t want the relief organizations where the people needed it most because they wanted those people to get out.

Hume: But even today we know that Governor Blanco has now decided that a mandatory evacuation may not be necessarily after all. But we can go into that later. What about the use by her of the National Guard to impose law and order during the early looting and all of that?

Garrett: She had a choice, as I am told. She could have taken up the offer from FEMA to federalize all of the activities in Louisiana, meaning that FEMA would be in control of everything. Not only law enforcement, but everything else. She declined to give them that authority. So essentially FEMA was trapped between two bureaucracies. One the Department Of Homeland Security where many of its decisions have to be reviewed and in some cases approved, and a recalcitrant state bureaucracy that wasn’t going to give them the authority they needed to make things happen, among them, the National Guard.

Blogger John from Wuzzadem independently confirmed Garrett’s story–which, for some strange reason, has not been picked up by any major news outlet other than Fox:

Here’s the Red Cross FAQ entry (entitled “Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?”) that liberal web sites (and irresponsible politicians) are using to indict FEMA and the USDHS:

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.

Yesterday I called the National Affairs office of the Red Cross (202-303-5551) and talked with Red Cross spokesperson Lesly Simmons, who told me that the shipment was not turned away by the US Dept of Homeland Security, but by this agency:

The Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LHLS & EP); formally the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP), was created by the Civil Act of 1950 and is under the Louisiana Military Department.

Ms. Simmons also told me that the Red Cross has never mentioned any involvement in this incident by FEMA, because FEMA wasn’t involved.

Note to the MSM: this is called reporting. I think it might be in some of your job descriptions, but I’d be happy to post a correction if I’m wrong about that.

So here we have the governor of Louisiana, acting out of God-knows-what motivation–probably nothing more malign than bureaucratic cowardice, but that was plenty destructive enough–refusing to send nearby food and water to all those people who were trapped in downtown New Orleans, at the mercy of both the natural elements, and an unleashed criminal element in their midst. And she also refused to give authority to her own National Guard to enter the city in force and end the violence

Again, this has not been reported elsewhere. Can you imagine–can you even conceive of the reaction if George Bush had told the Red Cross to stay away from the Superdome?

But hey, if you’re the MSM, there’s a simple answer: Doesn’t matter. It was all Bush’s fault.

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Late Night Rambling

September 7th, 2005 - 9:56 pm

Today’s Anne Applebaum column got me to thinking:

In New Orleans, as we now know, the numbers who didn’t evacuate were multiplied dramatically by the city’s unusual immobility: Some 57,000 households in Orleans Parish did not own a car. A University of New Orleans study published in July noted that only 48 percent of the inhabitants of Orleans Parish had a definite evacuation plan. Susan Howell, one of the study’s authors, says emergency managers knew of this immobile population and had discussed them, inconclusively: “There was no comprehensive plan to get them out.” The city made no provision either for the people who wouldn’t leave or for the people who couldn’t. On the day before the storm, the “mandatory evacuation” was announced over the radio — but there were no officials delivering a personal message, let alone distributing toe tags. The interstates out of New Orleans were turned into one-way roads — but there were no buses, trains or ships for those who couldn’t drive. The city initially won praise for evacuating some 80 percent of 1.4 million area residents, but no provision — in the form of rations, water bottles, security — was made for the 25,000 people who showed up, predictably, at the Superdome, the city’s designated “shelter of last resort.”

What Applebaum made me think about was San Francisco, a city I called home for a couple years.

Like many New Orleans residents, I didn’t own a car while I lived in San Francisco. OK, I technically did own a 1984 Mazda B-2000, which sometimes could be coaxed into running. But in a disaster, even if it was running, I might as well have not owned a car. Parking it in the city was too expensive. So, I kept it illegally parked in a residential neighborhood next door to the Daly City BART station. Once every week or two, when I actually had to drive somewhere, I’d take the BART down to Daly and pick up my truck.

Most of my city friends didn’t own cars, either. Or if they did, they had some arrangement like mine. We were young, we weren’t making too much money, and between the BART, the Muni, and the Metro, there wasn’t anywhere we in town we couldn’t get to in 20 minutes.

But what if disaster had struck?

San Francisco crowds 750,000 people into less than 50 square miles at the tip of a long, skinny peninsula. There are only five ways out of town. You can take the Golden Gate Bridge north into Marin, the Bay Bridge east into Oakland, I-280 or the 101 south into the peninsula, or the BART.

After a major earthquake, something bigger than the 7.1 back in ’89, and you can bet that both bridges and the BART would be closed for business. All anyone would have left is the highways.

And traffic on those roads sucks, even on lazy, sunny afternoon.

Picture three quarters of a million people, trying to go south on two underbuilt highways. Now imagine that the 2 million more people south of them are all trying to do the same thing.

Then remember that they’ll all be dodging and weaving a couple hundred thousand people like I was: pedestrians.

And, oh yeah, some bridges might have collapsed.


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September 5th, 2005 - 11:51 pm

Busy with a couple meetings and a couple house projects we need to finish before the weather turns. But I did find this:

In 1960, a Republican senator named Barry Goldwater published a little book called The Conscience of a Conservative. The first printing of 10,000 copies led to a second of the same size, then a third of 50,000, until ultimately it sold more than 3 million copies. Goldwater’s presidential candidacy crashed in 1964, but his ideas did not: For decades, Goldwater’s hostility to Big Government ruled the American Right. Until, approximately, now.

Read the whole thing.

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“What is to be done?”

September 5th, 2005 - 11:34 pm

A city planner writes about what’s needed to fix New Orleans.

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Required Reading

September 5th, 2005 - 11:16 pm

Here’s the blog of a man who took time off from his job to help the victims of Katrina.

Check back often.

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September 5th, 2005 - 11:02 pm

The Gay Patriot turned a year old already. In Internet time, that’s damn near 52 weeks or something.

Seriously, check him out. I’m a straight guy, but I check Bruce out at least once a week.

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The James Cameron Solution

September 5th, 2005 - 10:56 pm

This just in:

Fighters loyal to militant leader Abu Musab Zarqawi asserted control over the key Iraqi border town of Qaim on Monday, killing U.S. collaborators and enforcing strict Islamic law, according to tribal members, officials, residents and others in the town and nearby villages.

Residents said the foreign-led fighters controlled by Zarqawi, a Jordanian, apparently had been exerting authority in the town, within two miles of the Syrian border, since at least the start of the weekend. A sign posted at an entrance to the town declared, “Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Qaim.”

I can’t be the only one here thinking of that line from “Aliens.” You know the one:

I say we nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

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September 5th, 2005 - 10:53 pm

What do we do with New Orleans? Here’s an idea: Turn it over to the people who took it over.

People do stupid things, and we encourage them. Farmers build homes on flood plains, because those are the places with the best soil. Businesses follow the farmers, and the suburbs follow the businesses. Next thing you know, some giant flood comes along and wipes out everybody.

Getting flooded out wasn’t the farmers’ fault

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September 5th, 2005 - 10:16 am

It’s been a busy few days and, frankly, events in New Orleans were horrific enough to keep me off the blog. But you know what it means when I take a break like this: I come back swinging.

Look for the results sometime before midnight, Mountain.

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You Haff My Gwatitude

September 2nd, 2005 - 4:25 pm

According to TruthLaidBear’s rankings, VodkaPundit’s Thursday fundraiser brought in at least $600 in donations to Mennonite Disaster Services. Thanks, folks, and if you made a donation but haven’t logged it in a TLB, please do so.

I’d love to beat that conniving bitch Catalano.

UPDATE: Total is now $2,175. If I were the gloating type, I’d say, “In your face, Michele!”

But since I’m a kind, caring and compassionate sort of guy, I’ll just link to her Kids of Katrina post, instead.

Oh, and if you haven’t made a donation yet, hey, it’s still Thursday somewhere. Or something. Here’s the giant list-o-charities, just for your convenience.

UPDATE UPDATE: Wow. Over $4,000 in reported contributions now (Monday afternoon). Y’all rock.

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