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Greed and Corruption – A way of life in N.O.

Posted by zaphriel on September 23, 2005

This just makes my heartache, the corruption, and the opportunists. I know, or at least I think I know, this is not the majority, but more and more all we are seeing on the news are the people who would take advantage of the situations that arise. People looting, Cops looting, Federal Monies missing, unaccounted for, not for survival, but out of greed.

GREED and CORRUPTION. I am sick of it.


During the past week I read story after story about how so many of New Orleans’
middle and upper income residents were able to flee the city as Katrina
approached, but the poor were left to fend for themselves. The difference
here wasn’t money. The difference here was attitude. It was the
self-sufficient vs. the dependent. The evil rich and middle-income residents
fled New Orleans because they are used to accepting the responsibility for
their own welfare and safety. The poor stayed behind because they’re mired
in the sludge of generation after generation of dependency on government.
The accomplished class knows that they bear the responsibility for meeting
their own needs and providing for their safety. The poor by-and-large bear
no such responsibility.
To them, it’s the government’s job. Instead of taking responsibility for their
own safety — they just sat there, waiting for government to come and save


Now here’s something you probably didn’t know about Louisiana and Hurricane
Katrina. At the very time Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans, there were
several top-level officials in the very department of Louisiana government that
prepares for emergencies such as Katrina sitting around and waiting for their
trial. Trial, you say? Trial for what? Let’s try corruption and throw in a
bit of fraud.

It seems that these Louisiana officials either misspent or misplaced or …
worse …
about 60 million federal taxpayer bucks. Here are some details …

In March of this year — that’s about five months before Katrina — FEMA was
asking for the return of $30.4 million that the federal government had sent
to Louisiana for emergency planning and preparedness. Most of this money was
sent to some state office called the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security
and Emergency Preparedness. Wait .. it gets worse. According to the Los
Angeles Times, much of that money was sent to Louisiana under some federal
program called the Click here: Hazard Mitigation Grant program. That is a
program that is, in part, supposed to help states improve flood control
facilities. Flood? Did someone say flood?

Hazard mitigation would have been a great idea in New Orleans, don’t you think? Especially that “improve flood control facilities” part, but nobody seems to know where the money went! OK … let’s follow the trail of $15.4 million
dollars that was spent by the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and
Emergency Preparedness. The $15.4 million was part of a $40.5 million grant of
your money that was sent to Louisiana for the Hazard Mitigation Program. You
know … flood control and all that. Oops! Hold on a second here. My bad.
It seems we can’t follow that $15.4 million.. You see, the Louisiana officials
say that they awarded that money to subcontractors for 19 major hazard
mitigation programs, but they just can’t seem to find any receipts to
account of 97% of the funds. Ninety-seven percent of $15.4 million, my
friends. No receipts. That’s $14.94 million .. gone, and nobody can trace

Do any of you think that something good might have been done with
some of this money? Lives saved? Flooding prevented? If you’re thinking
that, remember … we’re talking Hurricane Katrina here, and we all know
that every bad thing that happened in Hurricane Katrina was —

All together now —- Bush’s Fault!source

Corruption, being part of the atmosphere down there, paired with the Take Care of ME attitude,was and continues to be a recipe for disaster. A disaster that was preventable, and now we are all going to bear the cost as we rebuild New Orleans. Why? Because they never took care of themselves, nor ever took personal responsibility for what they did. The powerful got rich, the poor stayed poor, mostly by their own choice, and when disaster struck, gangs from outside the city took advantage and robbed jewelry stores, cause that made sense. Instead of pulling together and scraping your way out.


We should all Try being dependant on ourselves for once.

Cross Posted at the Gun Toting Liberal and Conservative Angst
thanks be toOutside the Beltway, Basil’s delicious breakfast, Mudville Gazette, BRight and Early, Euphoric Reality, Cafe Oregano,The Political Teen, Jo’s Cafe, Cao’s Blog and Stop The ACLU

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Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!ista

Posted by Mark on September 23, 2005

Great book review. (ht to The Cannuckistan Chronicles) I haven’t purchased the book yet, but plan to in the next few days. I can’t wait to read it to my fourth grader,and then put it on his reading log! Maybe I’ll buy a couple of copies for the school library…heh heh heh.

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Fun Friday – Even More Military Humor

Posted by zaphriel on September 23, 2005

Combat for Dummies

Advice and instructions taken from actual military sources. Some of these guys must have had a sense of humor

“Aim towards the enemy.”
–Instruction printed on U.S. Rocket Launcher

“When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.”
–U.S. Marine Corps

“Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground.”
–USAF Ammo Troop

“If the enemy is in range, so are you.”
–Infantry Journal

“A slipping gear could let your m203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what’s left of your unit.”
–Army’s magazine of prevention maintenance

“It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.”
–U.S. Air Force manual

“Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo.”
–Infantry Journal

“Tracers work both ways.”
–U.S. Army Ordnance

“Five-second fuses only last three seconds.”
–Infantry Journal

“Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.”
–David Hackworth

“If your attack is going too well, you’re walking into an ambush.”
–Infantry Journal

“No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection.”
–Joe Gay

“Any ship can be a minesweeper….once.”

“Never tell the platoon sergeant you have nothing to do.”
–Unknown Marine Recruit

“Don’t draw fire; it irritates the people around you.”
–Infantry Journal

“If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.”
–USAF Ammo Troop

Aviation Funnies
Funny but true accounts from real aviators.

While taxiing at London’s Gatwick Airport, the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727.

An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming:

“US Air 2771, where the hell are you going?! I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it’s difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!”

Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: “God! Now you’ve screwed everything up! It’ll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don’t move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?”

“Yes, ma’am,” the humbled crew responded.

Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high.

Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone,

asking: “Wasn’t I married to you once?”


I read a story a long time ago about a pilot who would say to the tower in Biloxi “Guess who?” After this happened a few times, someone turned off the runway lights and said “Biloxi; guess where?”


Chicago control tower: Lufthansa 727, you are cleared to take off please take off.

Captain of Lufthansa 727: My manifest does not agree with my passenger count; I will not depart until it does.

Another pilot from an American airline: Have you checked your ovens?

Lufthansa pilot: I refuse to take off until I receive an apology from the person who just called in.

Another airline pilot: This is Captain Smith from American Smith Airlines – I apologize.

The German pilot took off.


Departure Control ..”Freighter 808, Traffic your 2 o’clock passing to your 9, a thousand below, He’s a Shorts 300
Freighter 808 ….”Yeah we got your Shorts out here”


Before NAS Dallas was closed, the following occurred after several jet fighters had flown past the tower after receiving permission to “boom” the tower. The pilot of an Army single engine trainer (a Cessna) decided he wanted to play and called the tower:

Army trainer: Dallas tower, Army Tango three fife niner, request permission to boom the tower.

Dallas tower (somewhat incredulous): Army Tango three fife niner, if you can boom the tower, permission granted.

Curious, the tower crew watched as the Army trainer slowly approached the tower. Finally, the Army Cessna was abeam the tower and the pilot picked up his microphone.

Army trainer: BOOM! BOOM!


An F-15 pulled up alongside a C-141 up in the flight levels and managed to contact the cargo plane on the radio. After chatting a while, the fighter pilot said, “Hey, watch this!”, and proceeded to do a barrel roll around the C-141.

The C-141 pilot was duly impressed, and called back, “That’s nothing. Watch this…”

After two minutes of stright and level flight, the fighter pilot couldn’t stand it, and said, “OK, what did you do?”.

The C-141 pilot said, “I just got up, walked back to the restroom and took a piss, stretched my legs for a while, then got a cup of coffee.”


I have a friend that used to fly out of PDK near Atlanta in the “olden days”.

He knew the tower contoller personally, and one night he called him up on approach and said, “Charlie, this is N_____. Clear the field, I’m coming in on one engine.”

On final approach, the tower said, “Damn you Clarence, you’ve only got one engine!”.

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Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!ista

Posted by Mark on September 23, 2005

Great book review. (ht to The Cannuckistan Chronicles) I haven’t purchased the book yet, but plan to in the next few days. I can’t wait to read it to my fourth grader,and then put it on his reading log! Maybe I’ll buy a couple of copies for the school library…heh heh heh.

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