Archive for September, 2005

Comment Spam

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Hmm..looking at the comment accumulator here, it appears that the tribal blogs are getting hit pretty hard.

The best way to stop it that I’ve found, and at the very least, not displaying the links and thus depriving the spammer of their motivation, is to set comments with links to be moderated unless they have had a previously approved comment.

To enable this feature, go into your admin panel, then options. Select “discussion” and enable “Comment author must fill out name and email”, and “Comment author must have previously approved comment.” Then in the Comment Moderation section, set the threshold link value to one.

God I hate spammers.

K@ and Taylor - you have some comment deleting to do. If you care. :)

Ouch

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

It’s a sad day to be a Republican.

Imagine…you’re watching Sean Hannity like a good Republican. You begin to parrot the party talking points, about how it’s the local governments fault despite both FEMA and Bush himself stating prior to the hurricane that they would do everything in their power, without getting bogged down by bureaucracy, to help the people of the gulf coast region. You selectively forget that though, and parrot on and on about how the media is blaming the president when really it’s that black mayor and female governor’s fault.

Then yesterday, you have Bush come out and take responsibility for government failures in response to the hurricane. OUCH! It really must feel like the RNC was lying to you, as well as everyone else. You! Their faithful parrot! Imagine that. It’s gotta hurt. And then, when they realized they weren’t going to be able to spin their way out of this one, surprise! They admit for once that they are wrong….really wrong. And they didn’t warn you to shut your mouth.

I mean, I spent a substantial portion of yesterday arguing with people that Bush was in fact responsible for the utterly inept response in many, many ways. Imagine my suprise, when mid-flame-war, Bush came out and won it for me! It’s like the first time ever that I felt like Bush was on my side.

Then today, the Non-Partisan Congressional Research Service Report on Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina is released stating that in fact the governor of LA acted in a timely and legal manner to secure federal relief, and that the federal government for some reason simply didn’t react for several days.

You’ve been caught with your pants down guys. You finally managed to bungle something so fucking badly that people woke up a little, and won’t accept your spin. For once. The report states “Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco requested by letter dated August 27, 2005…that the President declare an emergency for the State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina for the time period from August 26, 2005 and continuing pursuant to (applicable Federal statute)” and “Governor Blanco’s August 27, 2005 request for an emergency declaration also included her determination…that ‘the incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of disaster.

Now, of course Bush is only saying he is accepting responsibility as a form of damage control. It is one thing to *say* one accepts responsibility, and another thing entirely to actually *take* some responsibility. Mike Brown, the inept, utterly unqualified director of FEMA that Bush appointed, took some responsibility. He realized he was in WAY over his head, that he was called out, and he resigned.

As Bill Maher said on air to Bush the other night, “On your watch, we’ve lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two Trade Centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans…Maybe you’re just not lucky!” He forgot to add the swelling number of lives lost in Iraq, but his point is still valid.

Take responsibility Mr. President, you’re bad at your job. You’re in way over your head.

Follow the example of Mike Brown, RESIGN NOW!

Katrina

Monday, September 5th, 2005

I haven’t posted anything about the hurricane yet, as I’ve really been just too dumbfounded and shocked to have anything to say about it. It’s a travesty, a huge travesty….

I agree with the Mayor of New Orleans when he said questions will have to be asked during the clean up. Essentially he says he believes the poor response in New Orleans will likely have led to more deaths than the actual hurricane itself. And if and when the numbers are tallied and that conjecture is proven true, hard questions will have to be asked.

Broussard: “We have been abandoned by our own country.” Listen to the three examples he gives of the terrible mismanagement by FEMA, right before he bursts into tears. The examples really make it sound like FEMA is attempting to kill more people.

“THIS IS PERSPECTIVE!” Among other things, we learn that in this evactuation, you aren’t allowed to leave. Hannity, is a douchebag as alway. Geraldo cries. It’s pretty amazing the amount of candid moments we’re getting on the news. This event seems to have finally broken through the “all spin, all the time” filter the “news” has been suffering from for quite some time.

A phenomenal rant from Steve Gilliard.

The handling of this situation is despicable. The Republicons are already contorting to blame the victims, and absolve the absolutely limp federal government of any responsibility. It’s hard to say where the responsibility lies at this point, and judging by the history of this administration, we’ll never really know. I can only hope it doesn’t go that way this time, as someone needs to pay. Slashing taxes and FEMA funding, while simultaneously appointing an ineffectual and inexperienced buddy as FEMA director is deserving of, at the very least, wrist slapping. I can’t remember where I read it, but I read someone else’s idea…which I think is much more fitting. Go to Washington, round up the politicians, chain-gang them…and march them down to New Orleans and put them to work rebuilding the levees. Use the libertarians, neocons, warmongs and assholes far and wide as the filler for the sandbags. It should be apparent to all the conservative nuts and libertarians now that clearly sometimes there are functions that the government really should handle…the “market” didn’t jump in and help anyone out here. In fact, lack of funding, due tax cuts for some and increased burden for others has led directly to massive amounts of death. They estimate that 20% of the population of remained behind in New Orleans. Incidentally, 27% of N.O. residents do not own vehicles.

Good job FEMA.

Yes Mr. Rove, it is indeed the states fault. Not the federal government at all…they’ve done just fine so far.

The more I read of the right wing spin…the sicker I become. What the fuck do they think FEMA stands for? What do they really think it is supposed to do? If an organization called the “Federal Emergency Management Agency” is not responsible for dealing with situations like this in a timely and effective manner, what are they supposed to do?

60 Minutes interview with Mayor Ray Nagin.

Dennis, it’s called tact you fucking asshole. The best part is that Hastert didn’t even go to the vote for the aid to the hurricane damaged region. Why? He was out at a fund-raising event for a colleague, and followed it up by a car auction. Now of course, he says the money he made at the auction will go to Katrina relief…spin spin spin…

“George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” No Kanye, I can’t say he does. I do however have to say that you are now responsible for the best moment I’ve ever seen on national television. You can just feel some network executives bowels release in “shock and awe.” Check out the look on Mike Meyers face.

“I’m 62 and I remember the riots in Watts, I remember the earth Quake in San Francisco, I remember a lot of things. I have never, ever seen anything as badly bungled and poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans. Where the hell is the water for these people. Why can’t sandwiches be dropped to those people that are in that Super Dome down there…This is Thursday…This storm happened five days ago. It’s a disgrace and don’t think the world isn’t watching…”

“President Bush shouldn’t be the president no more.”

I’m just beside myself people. I’ve done nothing the last week other than stare at this train wreck. I just can’t believe this can happen in America. I knew it was bad…but Lord are we ever fucked. I really hope this serves as a wake up call to people. When you vote for “morality” over your own interests, you end up with people that respect neither.

Astrovan Dumbfuck

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

I know…what you see here is not a Chevy Astrovan. It is in fact a Nissan Quest. The titling of this post is not meant to imply the story, other than a short sidebar, is about an actual Astrovan. It’s more about an actual dumbfuck that works at my office. I just titled it Astrovan Dumbfuck because it’s a band name that Endub and I came up with driving around Bend.

No the dumbfuck is the woman in my office who owns a blue Nissan Quest much like the one above, with the obviously difference being the color. There could be another big difference though, although I can’t tell from the picture. The one at my office has the world loudest, most sensitive car alarm. A very slight breeze sets it off….over, and over, and over, and over again. All day long.

Each time it goes off (so far today it seems to be about twice an hour), it will blare for about 5 minutes right outside my office window…then the Dumbfuck waddles her ass out there, disarms it, and then re-arms it, and then waddles back inside. The sheer repetition alone should trigger something in any primate that perhaps something here is totally inefficient, but I could be, and apparently am, wrong.

I don’t want to imply that today is the first day this has occurred. I live right by my office. In fact, my office shares the parking lot with my apartment. (This sucks, but is a story for a different day.) Dumbfuck comes to work at 6:00am. I usually get up at 7:45am. Sometimes though, I get up at 6:00. Can anyone guess why?

To add to her already astounding idiocy, directly across the street from our office, is the Police Department! It’s not a real high car theft area. I am quite certain that wandering groups of thugs do not roam the area, waiting until they see a hot Nissan Quest minivan parked right across from the police station, before they decide to pounce and go for a little joyride. So there is really no reason for a car alarm in this case….not that there really ever is, since they are so fucking frequently set off by their owners that when I hear one, I don’t even look anymore. If I do happen to glance and see someone near the car, I assume it’s the owner, being a dumbfuck.

Wouldn’t you be embarrassed if your car alarm was going off 20 or 30 times a day, and drawing attention to your poorly maintained Nissan Quest? I know when I drive cars with alarms (even nice brand new Volvo’s) it embarrasses the shit out of me when the alarm goes off. I just don’t get it.

Anyway…there really isn’t a point to this whole story other than to comment on how passionately I hate the owner of this particular shit-box for her incessant irritation of me. If anyone ever does steal her car, I guarantee it’s going to be someone that works here, or lives in my apartment building, simply to get the fucking thing to shut up…violently, and permanently.

Oh….there it goes again! I started writing this about 10 minutes ago, right after she disarmed it last time…and it’s currently going off again! Darwin, please come work you magic on this bitch…please. There is no way this is the only realm she’s well below the fittest in.