31 May 2011

Drill, Idiot, Drill

Ready to drill in the increasingly less frigid North? Heard about the Ontario oil spill? I thought not.

This is what is FUNDAMENTALly wrong with nut-case right-wingers: they rely on code words (see Fundamental) and sound bites; they ignore science and facts. Even stupid politicos slowly see through the bullshit--witness the reaction of our astonishingly inept LA Congress to Jindal.

Nice job, boys, but we still need a Charity System, and we still need Public Education, so you have a long way to go.

15 May 2011

The End of the World, Again

Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, has used "Bible Math" to calculate that the Rapture will occur on the 21st of May 2011, and that mean ole god will destroy earth 5 months later, 21 Octobre. Why the delay? It must be to allow us "Unraptured" to repent; that or else to give us time to have a great party with all the stuff the Raptured leave behind. I'm betting there won't be much alcohol or good music, so BYOB. Also, if you are expecting to pick up a good car, don't expect to find any hybrids or Smart Cars.

Now the flooding Mississippi gives fresh perspective to this 'End of Days" crap, for it is surely not unlike the end of the world for 30,000 or so folks who live in path of the flooding Atchafalaya River. It might be a good time to read--or reread--John McPhee's great article about the subject, Atchafalaya, published by The New Yorker in February 1987. He is a brilliant stylist and a man who thoroughly researches his material.

We should all be thinking of how we can help our brothers and sisters displaced by this calamity.

You can bet Sugar Ray Nagin is cogitating mightily to turn this to his advantage. Maybe the Rapture is his Get Out Of Jail Free Card.

14 May 2011

Nagin's Impending Book and Trial

Anyone can write a book and get it published and that is what C. Ray Nagin has done. His real talent was to get amazon.com to sell it--we'll see how that goes. He released an excerpt that gives a good indiction of what a worthy tome this book will be, but the real question is: who is the publisher?

I'll wager a sack of berled crawfish from KJean's that it is a vanity press job, for even the smallest publisher would be parading this book all over town.

And how could the timing be better? The trial of Mark St Pierre is in full, lurid swing (read American Zombie's account of a day in the trial, it is a thing of beauty) as Meffert spills his guts (as per his agreement with the Feds), and you can't buy that kind of publicity. Nearly every witness implicates Ray-boy in all sorts of illegal activity and he is sure to be featured in own trial soon, and won't that sell books? With all that free publicity, it must be self-published.

But maybe Nagin will be saved yet because he has pull with the Big Boy upstairs (read that excerpt above). If Divine Intervention saved the National Guard from being overwhelmed by the Gangs in the Super Dome in the days following the Federal Flood, why wouldn't it happen again for Ray?