October 9th, 2009
Much as the Coelacanth was thought to be extinct before a fisherman caught one off the coast of South Africa in 1938, word of portal site called Humid Beings has been whispered around campfires for several years; most thought it to be legend. But lo! It lives, brought to you by Blake Haney and the Canary Collective.
Jeff Crouere knows what black folk need, and he’s not afraid to tell them what they need are more wingnuts, but — and here’s the O. Henry twist — NEGRO wingnuts!
John “Squealer” Lombardi continues to make friends and influence nobody. I mean, it ain’t like John “Snowball” Kennedy is a threat to anything, but he could push through that board consolidation, which would further erode Lombardi’s BMOC satus, already hurt by accusations of producing book-learned mopes when wrench-totin men are needed, and being a bad sharer.
Mark Meaux points us to an MSNBD documentary about the death of Holly Beach.
NOLA police under investigation for crimes up to and including murder. These stories always mention who people “don’t want to open old wounds”, and how they want to “move on”:
Many residents are skeptical of efforts to re-examine the actions of anyone who responded to the anarchy of the flood, much as they have been to the questioning of doctors who may have played a role in the deaths of at least 17 patients at Memorial Medical Center here.
The circumstances were traumatic, skeptics say, and the city faces too many grave problems — a crowded crime blotter, a lack of medical facilities, thousands of blighted houses — to focus on the first responders, especially those who stayed to help, in the days after the storm.
“I don’t sense a lot of enthusiasm down here,” Peter Scharf, a criminologist at Tulane University in New Orleans, said of the investigation into the Danziger Bridge shooting. “What’s the endpoint of all this? Is this the best use of prosecutorial resources?”
Mr. Scharf pointed out that on a recent weekend, 13 people had been shot in a 12-hour period. While he supported investigations into corruption, he said there were legitimate doubts about scrutinizing “decision making in an extremely complex, chaotic environment.”
In fact, that’s exactly where decision-making should be scrutinized, because that’s where a failure in the process is most dangerous.
Are conservatives even American any more?
And have liberal Democrats found their voice in the Honorable Mr. Grayson?
“Madame Speaker, I have words for Democrats and Republicans tonight.”
“Let’s start with the Democrats”
“We as a party have spent the last six months, the greatest minds in our party, dwelling on the question, the unbelievably consuming question of how to get Olympia Snowe to vote on health care reform. I want to remind us all that Olympia Snowe was not elected President last year. Olympia Snowe has no veto power in the Senate. Olympia Snowe represents a state with one half of one percent of America’s population.”
“What America wants is health care reform. America doesn’t care if it gets 51 votes in the Senate or 60 votes in the Senate or 83 votes in the Senate, in fact America doesn’t even care about that, it doesn’t care about that at all. What America cares about is this; there are over 1 million Americans who go broke every single year trying to pay their health care bills. America cares a lot about that. America cares about the fact that there are 44,780 Americans who die every single year on account of not having health care, that’s 122 every day. America sure cares a lot about that. America cares about the fact that if you have a pre-existing condition, even if you have health insurance, it’s not covered. America cares about that a lot. America cares about the fact that you can get all the health care you need as long as you don’t need any. America cares about that a lot. But America does not care about procedures, processes, personalities, America doesn’t care about that at all.”
“So we have to remember that as Democrats, we have to remember that what’s at stake here is life and death, enormous amounts of money, and people are counting upon us to move ahead. America understands what’s good for America. America cares about health care, America cares about jobs, America cares about education, about energy independance, America does not care about processes politicians or personalities or anything like that.”
“And I have a few words for my Republican friends tonight as well. I guess I do have some Republican friends.”
“Let me say this; last week I held up this report here and I pointed out that in America there are 44,789 Americans that die every year according to this Harvard report published in this peer reviewed journal because they have no health insurance. That’s an extra 44,789 Americans who die who’s lives could be saved, and their response was to ask me for an apology.”
“To ask me for an apology?”
“That’s right. To ask ME for an apology!”
“Well, I’m telling you this; I will not apologize. I will not apologize. I will not apologize for a simple reason; America doesn’t care about your feelings. I violated no rules by pulling this report to America’s attention, I think a lot of people didn’t know about it beforehand. But America DOES care about health care in America.”
“And if you’re against it, then get out of the way. Just get out of the way. You can lead, you can follow or you can get out of the way. And I’m telling you now to get out of the way.”
“America understands that there is one party in this country that is in favor of health care reform and one party that is against it, and they know why.”
“They understand that if Barack Obama were somehow able to cure hunger in the world the Republicans would blame him for overpopulation”
“They understand that if Barack Obama could somehow bring about world peace they would blame him for destroying the defense industry.”
“In fact, they understand that if Barack Obama has a BLT sandwich tommorrow for lunch, they will try to ban bacon.”
“But that’s not what America wants, America wants solutions to its problems and that begins with health care, and that’s what I’m speaking for tonight.”
Via Maitri, Barbara Forrest examines Louisiana creationists.
Karen Gadbois and Matt McBride, among others, have a new blog that will be worth your time.
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