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Politics and Law-Related News / Moderates v. Liberals
« on: January 25, 2006, 04:35:51 PM »
Something funny I keep reading on LSD is people who consider themselves "moderate" because they are economically conservative and socially liberal.  But in todays political arena, being "economically conservative" would throw you under the democrat/liberal umbrella.

Therefore, in reality, you would not be moderate, but liberal.

General Off-Topic Board / Adam Morrison = The Next Larry Bird
« on: January 24, 2006, 10:43:42 PM »
Just thought you should all know.  ;)

General Off-Topic Board / A quick unimportant question about post #s
« on: January 23, 2006, 08:25:29 PM »
Ok, so the last time I posted on LSD was back in Oct.  My post count at the time was over 500.  Today, when I finally posted again, my count was at 200.  Do post #'s diminish as a result of non-use or something? 

Just curious.

Politics and Law-Related News / Not really news
« on: November 03, 2005, 09:00:52 PM »
Just wanted to let you all know my three day return (or was it four?) to LSD must end. (not that I think you care, but just to those who might expect me to reply to any posts)

Finals loom in the horizon.

Perhaps I will peek back in after finals.

Ciao!  :-*

General Off-Topic Board / The Timeline of Incompetance
« on: September 07, 2005, 07:58:37 PM »
I came across this timeline today.  Pretty infuriating to think that so many unnecessary deaths took place when they did not have to.   :( :( :(

Before landfall

August 23 - The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) issues a statement saying that Tropical Depression Twelve had formed over the southeastern Bahamas.
August 24 morning - The storm system is upgraded to Tropical Storm Katrina.
August 25 - The storm is upgraded to become the fourth hurricane of the 2005 season.

First landfall
August 25 6:30PM - Katrina makes its first landfall in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane. At least 11 deaths in Florida are attributed to the storm.
August 26 - Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco declares state of emergency.
August 27 - Katrina is upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane.
August 27 - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin calls for a voluntary evacuation of the city.
August 27 - President Bush declares a state of emergency in Louisiana
August 28 12:40AM CDT - Katrina becomes a Category 4 hurricane.
August 28 10AM CDT - National Weather Service issues a bulletin predicting "devastating" damage.[1]
August 28 10AM CDT - Mandatory evacuation is ordered for New Orleans City.
August 28 1PM CDT - Katrina becomes a Category 5 hurricane with a highest sustained wind speed of 175 mph and gusts up to 215 mph.

Second landfall
August 29 6:10AM CDT - Katrina makes second landfall near Grand Isle, Louisiana as a Category 4 Hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph
August 29 - Katrina makes third landfall near Louisiana/Mississippi border.
August 29 - AP: "FEMA director] Brown also urged local fire and rescue departments outside Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi not to send trucks or emergency workers into disaster areas without an explicit request for help from state or local governments." [2]

Immediate aftermath
August 30 1:30AM CDT - CNN reports that a levee on the 17th Street Canal, which connects into Lake Pontchartrain, suffered a two city-block wide breach. It is later reported that a total of three levees are breached.
August 30 10PM CDT - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin announces that the planned sandbagging of the 17th Street levee breach has failed.
August 30 - 80 percent of New Orleans is underwater.
August 30 - Many instances of looting reported in the city of New Orleans.
August 30 - FEMA refuses to allow volunteer firefighters into New Orleans. [
August 31 - The U.S. military starts to move ships and helicopters to the region at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
August 31 - President Bush heads back to Washington from vacationing in Crawford, TX. Though he does not stop in Louisiana, Air Force One flies over the Gulf Coast so that he can view the devastation. [3]
August 31 - The U.S. military starts to move ships and helicopters to the region at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
August 31 - President Bush declares Gulf Coast a Public Health Emergency. [4]
August 31 - Governor Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana orders that all of New Orleans, including the Superdome, be evacuated.
August 31 - New Orleans's 1,500 member police force is ordered to abandon search and rescue missions and turn their attention toward controlling the widespread looting and a curfew is placed in effect. Mayor Ray Nagin calls for increased federal assistance
August 31 11PM EDT - U.S. government weather officials announce that the center of the remnant low of what was Katrina has been completely absorbed by a frontal boundary in southeastern Canada, with no discernible circulation.
September 1 - President Bush President tells ABC's Diane Sawyer: "I fully understand people wanting things to have happened yesterday" (ABC)
September 1 - Governor Blanco says that the death toll may be "in the thousands".
September 1 - The shelter in Houston's Astrodome is ruled full and could not accept any more people.
September 1 - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announces that 4,200 National Guard troops trained as military police will be deployed to New Orleans over the next three days. Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco requests the mobilization of 40,000 National Guard troops.
September 1 - California swift water rescue crew units each rescue hundreds in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. [5]
September 1 - FEMA halts California swift water rescue crews from conducting further rescues. [6]
September 3 - Ted Koppel on ABC News Nightline interviews FEMA Director Brown who declares that FEMA only became aware of crisis at the superdome on this date. Koppel questions how FEMA could not have known that 1,000s were without food, water, or toilets for days.
September 4 - The Superdome is completely evacuated.

Second week aftermath
September 5 - The 17th Street Canal levee breach is plugged with 3,000 pound sandbags and truckloads of rock.
September 6 - Forced evacuation of New Orleans ordered by mayor.
September 6 - "Hundreds of firefighters who volunteered to help rescue victims have instead been playing cards, taking classes on the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and lounging at an Atlanta airport hotel for days while they await orders." Some had been waiting for four days. [7] [8]
September 6 - Some firefighters handed their first assignment: "to stand beside President Bush as he tours devastated areas." [9]

General Off-Topic Board / Umm, Its Your Failure Too, Mr Bush
« on: September 06, 2005, 04:25:02 PM »
By Eugene Robinson
Tuesday, September 6, 2005; A25

BATON ROUGE -- After a tragically incompetent beginning, the effort to give urgent care to the multitudes from New Orleans whose homes and livelihoods have been obliterated is finally in high gear. The problem now is that nobody knows where it's headed.

At the top, things are still hopeless. Federal, local and state officials who perform for the cameras here at the Louisiana State Police complex, headquarters for the relief effort, still spend an unconscionable amount of time debating who's in charge. Is the president the ultimate authority, or is it Blanco, Nagin, Chertoff, Brown or the generals? The answer seems to vary from hour to hour, depending on who's holding court in the hot, stuffy briefing room or outside on the portico, where visiting luminaries get mobbed by microphones.

Fortunately, the finger-pointing follies don't matter much on the ground and in the water. Military, police and civilian relief units did what had to be done and emptied the New Orleans basin of Hurricane Katrina's bereft survivors. They are being fed, sheltered and clothed. They can't be described as alive and well, but they're alive.

Now what?

Hundreds of thousands of evacuees are scattered around Louisiana and neighboring states in a sudden diaspora, and no one seems to have any idea what to do with them next. The evacuees bristle at the word "refugees," which makes them sound as if they don't belong in this country. But whatever you call them, they won't be able to go back home -- and won't have a home to go back to -- for months or even years.

Baton Rouge, perhaps the best example, has swollen like the Mississippi River in an epic flood. The people here have been generous and good-natured to a fault. Down by the river, at the convention center, the Red Cross is housing about 5,000 evacuees; another big shelter is being opened across town, and smaller shelters are being organized every day, many by local churches. It's impossible to count the families who have opened their homes to relatives, friends or needy strangers.

Every city and town in Louisiana that wasn't blasted by the hurricane is full of evacuees. Then there are the tens of thousands in Texas and the multitudes scattered across neighboring states. Their host communities have the best of intentions, but many won't be able to stand the added drain on resources indefinitely. Where will these people go? Why wasn't there a plan?

That's when I start my finger-pointing, because a few days in and around this ground zero have convinced me that there are two things the federal government failed to do, and that for these failures there's ultimately no one to blame but the president.

First, an administration that since Sept. 11, 2001, has told us a major terrorist strike is inevitable should have had in place a well-elaborated plan for evacuating a major American city. Even if there wasn't a specific plan for New Orleans -- although it was clear that a breach of the city's levees was one of the likeliest natural catastrophes -- there should have been a generic plan. George W. Bush told us time and again that our cities were threatened. Shouldn't he have ordered up a plan to get people out?

Second, someone should have thought about what to do with hundreds of thousands of evacuees, both in the days after a disaster and in the long term. As people flooded out of New Orleans, it was officials at the state and local level who rose to the challenge, making it up as they went along. Bring a bunch of people to the Astrodome. We have a vacant hotel that we can use. Send a hundred or so down to our church and we'll do the best we can.

Tent cities aren't a happy option, but neither is haphazard improvisation. Is the problem the Bush administration's ideological fervor for small government? Does the White House really believe that primary responsibility should fall on volunteers, church groups and individuals? Or is it just stunning incompetence and lack of foresight?

At the big shelter here in Baton Rouge on Sunday, some student volunteers from Louisiana State University took a group of children outside to get some air. The kids were using sheets of cardboard as sleds and surfboards, zooming down the grassy levee next to the Mississippi River and then scampering back uphill for another ride. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the scene warmed your heart. But those college students are going to have to go back to their classes, and then how will those kids from New Orleans spend their days?

 >:( >:( >:(

General Off-Topic Board / The L Word
« on: September 05, 2005, 12:33:19 PM »
Just bought season 1 last night, and watched the first 4 episodes.  Very funny, very sexy.  I recommend it to everyone.

General Off-Topic Board / Say What?
« on: September 01, 2005, 09:03:11 PM »
Um, has the President seen what is goin on in NO?!

"Putting an optimistic face on the situation, Bush tried to reassure the nation. "In our judgment, we view this storm as a temporary disruption that is being addressed by the government and by the private sector," he said.

General Off-Topic Board / War with Paradise?
« on: August 26, 2005, 04:36:31 PM »
"We have imagined ourselves invulnerable and have been consumed by the pursuit of health, wealth, material pleasures and sexuality.  Terrorism is happening because God Almighty is lifting his protection from us."
-- Pat Robertson

Heaven has just been added to the Axis of Evil.

General Off-Topic Board / Dear Red States
« on: July 05, 2005, 08:37:43 PM »
Dear Red States:

We're ticked off at the way you've treated California and we've
decided we're leaving.

We intend to form our own country and we're taking the other Blue
States with us.  In case you aren't aware that includes Hawaii,
Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all
the Northeast.

We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially
to the people of the new country of New California.
To sum up briefly:

You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.

We get stem cell research and the best beaches.
We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand.
We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.
We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.

We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs.
You get Alabama.

We get two-thirds of the tax revenue.
You get to make the red states pay their fair share.
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the
Christian Coalition's we get a bunch of happy families. You get a
bunch of single moms.
Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro choice and anti-war
and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If
you need people to fight ask your evangelicals. They have kids
they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose and
they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's
caskets coming home.

We wish you success in Iraq and hope that the WMDs turn up but we're
not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the
country's fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce,
92% of the nation's fresh fruit, 95% of America's quality wines (you
can serve French wines at state dinners) 90% of all cheese, 90
percent of the high tech industry, most of the US low sulfur coal,
all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven
Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese
Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US
mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99%
of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush
Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of

We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed
by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the
death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory,
53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards
believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.
We're taking the good pot too. You can have that dirt weed they grow
in Mexico.


Author Unknown in New California.

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