Thursday, September 29, 2005

New 'New Deal'

"So far, Congress has sped through bills providing $62.3 billion for Katrina relief - and made it clear these are just first installments.
'That's a good start, but victims need more,' Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said..."
(from here)

Some stats on previous natural disaster spending:
$15.5 billion - total spent from all levels of government on the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake
$14 billion - total spent on last year's Florida hurricanes
$10.8 billion - spent on Hurricane Andrew in 1992

So Katrina is already seeing five times the gov't. money as the LA earthquake, and that's just the beginning. I don't want to downplay a tragedy here, but these things happen all the time and those homeless families don't get this kind of money thrown at them. As John Hammer, editor of the Rhino Times, pointed out last week,
"It is a tragedy that people are homeless, but they are no more or less homeless than those people who were flooded out by the Mississippi River during the Clinton administration. Nor are they any more homeless that the people of Princeville, or other towns in eastern North Carolina who were flooded out by Hurricane Floyd."

Could all this money-throwing perhaps have something to do with Bush's latest approval ratings???

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Only in New York

Woman gets ticketed for sitting on a park bench without a child...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Some Humor for a Boring Tuesday

Donald Rumsfeld is giving George Bush his daily briefing, and he
tells Bush, "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed in Iraq."

"Oh, no!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"

His staff sits, stunned at this sudden display of emotion, nervously
watching as the President sits, head in hands.

Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"

Friday, September 16, 2005

Disarming New Orleans

"No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons."
-Deputy Police Chief Warren Riley

The NY Times reported several days ago that NO police and the National Guard were being ordered to confiscate the guns of all remaining New Orleans citizens. But apparently this does NOT apply to the private security forces hired to protect expensive industry and businesses. First of all, how dare they take guns from any law-abiding citizen! Secondly, why do the industries have the right to protect their property while the citizens do not? There were many ordinary folks that sat up nights with a loaded firearm and managed to protect their only property from looters. And I thought that the Fed's involvement with Katrina couldn't sink any lower....

Full NY Times story (if you aren't registered to view their precious website, I suggest you visit BugMeNot)

If you're not mad yet, watch the video on the site of the citizens being handcuffed in their own home while their firearms are taken away by thugs in camo.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Victory Over Federal Budget Fat... huh?

From the Washington Times on Wednesday: "DeLay declares 'victory' in war on budget fat"

Excerpt: "House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget. " (emphasis mine)

So you ask, "are you serious?". Yep, it's for real.... or maybe the word is surreal.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 friendly towards libertarians?

yay! one of's recently featured articles was the one on Anarcho-capitalism. Let's hear it for self-ownership!

I've also seen libertarianism, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian Party be featured articles on wikipedia in the very recent past...

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Citizens Can Indeed Be Detained Indefinitely

It's been upheld in court - Bush doesn't need to charge Jose Padilla or let him out of prison. i guess they figure he can just rot in jail until we've all forgotten about him.

[Houston Chronicle story]