Americans Aiding Americans

Hurricane Katrina Relief

Chuck Simmins has a very very green page up detailing the donations by American citizens and corporations for Katrina assistance, much like he did for the “Stingy List” of Tsunami donations this past spring. Most of the entries have links to the news story about that particular donation. Keep an eye on it.

Fineman’s sure hoping so, anyway

A political hurricane is gathering force

Nope. No bias here. Just the facts.

As we approach the fourth anniversary of 9/11, Americans are facing a different anguish from a different, but no less iconic city. New Yorkers, on behalf of the rest of us, absorbed Al Qaeda’s attack and came back stronger than ever. We begin the fifth year of a “war against terror” that has brought some gains, but has cost 2,000 lives and half a trillion dollars — and there is no end in sight.


This is, literally, an invasion of the homeland, and it will require a war-like response from a nation and a military already stretched thin. National Guard officials insist that they have enough men and women on hand to do the job, but common sense tells you that they could use the others stationed abroad. The U.S. Navy is dispatching supply ships to the region, but battling the waters that cover the region will require many more resources.

Andy Jackson won the Battle of New Orleans. Will George Bush?

Please, Katrina! Save us from ‘W’!

And I don’t think “literally” means what he thinks it means.

I’m not sure if the hurricane made the 9/11 anniversary and the war worse, or if the 9/11 anniversary and the war made the hurricane worse.

Plus don’t forget the Roberts nomination. Somehow the hurricane’s destruction is magnified by Bush’s selection to fill O’Connor’s vacancy. Or the controversy over Roberts will increase in the aftermath of the hurricane. Or something.

Expect the Democrats to drop their caution and go after him with all they’ve got.

As far as I can tell, the problem isn’t that they’ve been cautious about Roberts, it’s that “all they’ve got” is squat.

But Fineman figures that Katrina will save the day.

It’s really pathetic.

More on the doctor who called his patient obese

In last Friday’s Linkzookery I noted that a patient claimed that her doctor was “hurtful, not helpful” when he told her she was obese. As is often the case, there is more to it than that:

Doctor accused of racial remark to fat patient

Seems to me that it would have been nice if the initial news reports would have included anything about what the patient was actually complaining about, but that’s just me. I’m an amateur, so what do I know about real journalism?

Anyway, I guess it’s going to come down to what can be proven, though the patient’s complaint, an earlier complaint against him, and his remarks regarding the earlier incident make him sound like a bit of a jerk.

No doubt some will gleefully point out that I’ve now contradicted my earlier position.

I hadn’t heard of this dispute at all

Disputed 9-11 Pentagon Flag Destroyed

Loudon, VA:

An American flag that purportedly flew over the Pentagon on Sept. 11 was burned by a man who said he wanted to end questions of authenticity over the banner he bought for $25,000.

John A. Andrews II, a general contractor and developer, successfully bid for the flag on eBay and planned to fly it over the new Newton-Lee Elementary School in Ashburn, named for two passengers on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.

But amid continuing questions, Andrews burned the nylon flag Wednesday.

“Since the purchase of this flag, the controversy over its legitimacy has continued,” said Andrews, Loudoun’s school board chairman. “For the victims’ families and the community as a whole, it’s a small price to pay to put the issue to rest.”

A man with cancer got the flag from a construction-worker friend who told him it had been flying atop a crane at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. He sold it on eBay to raise money for his medical treatments.

Again…I wish we were even one-tenth as powerful as people claim

Back in January, I noted that Aljazeera was an early adopter of the “the U.S. knew about the tsunami ahead of time” but that’s nothing:

Germany’s Environmental Minister Blames Bush For Hurricane Katrina

David Kaspar writes:

Consider this a job application on the part of Mr. Trittin. He will be kicked out of office as a result of the German election on September 18 and desperatedly looks for a new employer.

While New Orleans has been devastated and many people have lost their lives, it’s good to see that the predictions of disaster of “biblical proportions” overshot by a fair amount. I’d caution, though, that the next couple of weeks are going to be terrible.

All because of George Bush.

When is the French aircraft carrier and military relief effort going to arrive?

And: Show me the kronors!

Been on the road

Sorry for the lack of posting. I’ve been traveling on business. Regular posting to resume tomorrow.

“Hang on, I wanna try something!”

Russian paratrooper saves falling friend

Is this for real?

A Russian paratrooper will be decorated for valour after he caught hold of a comrade whose chute failed to open and steered him to the ground by his straps, the military said on Monday.

The incident happened when the soldiers became entangled in their parachute lines while jumping from a plane during joint exercises with Chinese forces that ended last last week.

One managed to deploy his emergency parachute and held on to the other until they touched down.

“Both guys showed the best qualities of Russian airborne troops – skill, native wit and courage,” said the deputy commander of the Russian ground forces, Colonel-General Vladimir Moltenskoi.

How did he manage to hold on when deploying the reserve?

And joint Russian-Chinese paratrooper exercises gotta make everyone feel real good…(via FR)

Watch Michael Yon

Gates of Fire

I think everyone has already pointed this out, but if you haven’t listened to them, listen to me. Go read.

Although the situation in Mosul is better, our troops still fight here every day. This may not be the war some folks had in mind a few years ago. But once the shooting starts, a plan is just a guess in a party dress.

And keep reading the site. He’s doing a man’s work over there.

Now he’s even stealing the oil from THIS country

Bush weighs tapping strategic oil reserve

I didn’t really think too much of this until I tried to get to the SPR’s web page. It currently seems to be offline. Is something sinister going on?

I had missed that the reserve was finally filled to its 700 million barrel capacity just over a week ago.


9/11 seen as sparking Arab economic boom

AP/Washington Times:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are increasingly viewed in the oil-rich Arab countries of the Persian Gulf as the catalyst for an economic boom when Arabs divested from America and reinvested at home.

Arab investors pulled tens of billions of dollars out of the United States. They were angered by perceived American hostility toward Arabs. They worried their assets would be frozen by U.S. counter-terrorism measures. And U.S. markets happened to be plummeting while economies in the Persian Gulf were on the upswing, buoyed by rising oil prices.

The results have been spectacular.

Since late 2001, economies in the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries — Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia — have soared, with stock markets up a collective 400 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 24 percent over that period.

This isn’t exactly the sort of reaction we will benefit from.