September 5, 2005

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I'll be out much of the day. Here's an invitation to send a trackback to your own stuff, or post links to breaking news items in the comments.


Update - I see you folks outdid yourselves. There are some very good items in the comments.

Also, this via Nealenews;

CNN's Soledad O'Brien interviewing New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin this morning (Sept.5);

Nagin>> I got promises too.  I can't stand any more promises. I don't want to hear any more promises. I want to see stuff done. That's why I'm so happy the president came down here because I think they were feeding him a line of bull also. They were telling him things weren't as bad as it was, he came down and saw it and he put a general on the field. His name is general Honore. When he hit the field, we started to see action. What the state was doing, I don't friggin' know but I tell you, I am pissed. It wasn't adequate. The president and the governor sat down. Air force one, I said, Mr. President, Madam governor, you two have to get in sync. If you don't get in sync, more people are going to die.

O'Brien>> What date was this?

N>> I don't know.

O>> When did you say that?

N>> Whenever air force one was here.

O>> Okay.

N>> And this is after I called him on the telephone two days earlier. And I said, Mr. President, madam governor, you two need to get together on the same page because the lack of coordination people are dying in my city.

That's two days ago? Easement I don't know the exact date. They both shook their head, said yeah. I said great. I said everybody in this room is getting ready to leave. There was senators and his cabinet people, you name it, they were there. Generals. I said everybody right now, we're leaving. These two people need to sit in a room together and make a doggone decision right now.

O>> Was that done?

N>> The president looked at me. I think he was a little surprised. He said, no, you guys stay here. We're going to another section of the plane and we're going to make a decision. He called me in that office after that and he said, Mr. Mayor, I offered two options to the governor. I said -- I don't remember exactly what -- two options. I was ready to move today. The governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision.

O>> You told me the president told you the governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision?

N>> Yes.

O>> Regarding what? Bringing troops?

N>> Whatever they had discussed. As far as what the -- I was advocating a clear chain of command. So that we could get resources flowing in the right places.

O>> The governor said no?

N>> She said she needed 24 hours to make a decision. It would have been great if we could of left air force one, walked outside, and told the world that we had this all worked out. It didn't happen. And more people died.

It was an early morning and a long day, so I'm going to take it easy this evening. See you tomrrow.

Posted by Kate at September 5, 2005 8:50 AM

Sneaking in through the back door from A North American Patriot
Quite naturally, the worlds focus has been on the crisis occurring in the wake of Katrina. However, while most of us are concerned with finding a way to help, some of the more nefarious elements of the international community may [Read More]

Tracked on September 5, 2005 10:32 AM

Free Idea for the Liberals from The Urban Refugee
If someone is reading this blog who just happens to be chummy with Paul Martin, could you please ask him a question for me? Instead of doing something completely useless like buying carbon credits from the Chinese to meet our Kyoto obligations (which... [Read More]

Tracked on September 5, 2005 11:00 AM

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Tracked on November 25, 2005 11:35 PM


"A left wing women's group"? Hockey games? no, sharia games: Muslim males subjection of women.
Down with sharia. Left wing women's groups opposing sharia law... Multiculturalism is at the heart of this struggle... Down with multiculturalism>>>>>>>

Cat n' Dog

Flying almost under the radar in news dominated by Hurricane Katrina are efforts by left-wing women's groups to prevent sharia from becoming part of family law in Canada. CNS News reports:

Protesters will take to the streets this week in cities from Amsterdam to Victoria, all because of a bureaucratic proposal that would allow Islamic law to be used in Ontario family arbitration cases. ... Almost 100 organizations have banded together under the banner of the International Campaign against Shariah Court in Canada. On Thursday, they'll march in six European cities and at least five in Canada.

The Christian Science Monitor reported on the genesis of the Canadian sharia controversy in August 2004. It highlighted the fundamental dilemma facing Canadian politicians: whether to uphold multiculturalism and logically endorse sharia or to reject sharia and logically weaken the multiculturalist principle. In an article entitled Can tolerant Canada tolerate sharia?, author Susan Bourette wrote:>>> more

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2005 10:36 AM

Quick everybody. Form a healing circle.

Aboriginal officials get house arrest for stealing $2.8 million
From the Leader Post (subscriber only)...

A former chief and two other officials with the Saulteaux First Nation were sentenced Friday to two years of house arrest for plundering $1 million of their own band funds.
The trio also signed cheques for another $1.8 million to friends and relatives in excessive of their legitimate wages.
"I'm very sorry, but I only have my Grade 8 and I didn't understand what I did was wrong. Now I know there are some things I should not do," [Archie Moccasin, former band trustee] said.

Oh yeah, I forgot. Basic morality isn't taught until Grade 9.

Posted by: TimR at September 5, 2005 11:02 AM

Headlines from stories we are following today at Anonalogue:

-Pakistani Rapists Sentenced To Red Chili Bunghole Stuffing, Beaten, Paraded Through Village On Donkey:

"After the victim raised an alarm, the people of the area reached the scene and overpowered the men. The next day they were brought before the jirga, which found them guilty and ordered the 'chilli punishment'".

-Japanese Invent SpyPanties With GPS, Heart Monitor:

"These "panties" can trace the exact location of your woman and send the information, via satellite, to your cell phone, PDA, and PC simultaneously! Use our patented mapping system, pantyMap®, to find the exact location of your loved one 24 hours a day.

The technology is embedded into a piece of fabric so seamlessly she will never know it's there!"

-"Gimme Shelter" Lyrics Eerily Prescient:

See the fire sweepin' out very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet, mad bull lost its way

War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away

Rape! Murder! It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
Rape! Murder! It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away

The floods is threat'ning my very life today.
Gimme, gimme shelter or I'm gonna fade away

Posted by: Anonalogue at September 5, 2005 11:32 AM

UN chief braces for potentially embarrassing report on oil-for-food scandal
Asharq Al Awsat. ^ | 9/5/05

Posted on 09/05/2005 9:01:19 AM PDT by Valin

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The most detailed report on the corruption-sullied UN oil-for-food program for Iraq was due for release Wednesday in what could prove an embarrassment for UN chief Kofi Annan one week before he is to host a world summit here. The lengthy report by an independent panel led by former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker will be the fourth so far on the scandal, which has tarnished the United Nations.

The release could not have come at a worse time for the secretary general, who is to host world leaders at a September 14-16 summit aimed at endorsing far-reaching reforms of the world body on its 60th anniversary. "We had hoped the report would come earlier," he said last month, adding: "I hope that report would be comprehensive and put things in perspective." Annan, who was to return here late Tuesday after attending a two-day AIDS donors' conference in London, huddled with panel investigators Thursday but there was no word on what was discussed.

Wednesday's report is expected to shed some light on "serious questions" previously raised by the Volcker panel about Annan's son, Kojo, who was once employed by the Swiss firm Cotecna, which got a large contract under the now-defunct oil-for-food program. Volcker said last month that a recently discovered e-mail "raises a further question about the secretary general's knowledge of" his son's dealings with Cotecna and "appears authentic.>>>>>>> more:

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2005 12:14 PM

Another picture of the city buses and how far they were from the Superdome.

Posted by: qwerty at September 5, 2005 2:15 PM

What did Bush do? Well, here are a few answers to that question being bandied about by the leftist screeds:

When the storm reached Cat-5 status in the Gulf of Mexico, what did George Bush do?

He declared the entire Gulf coast an emergency area and mobilized FEMA (48 hours before landfall). Until it actually made landfall, however, he could not pinpoint the assets. Even at the last moment, the brunt of the storm hit Gulfport, not New Orleans. The levee failure came later, on Tuesday, and until then the damage to New Orleans was major, not catastrophic.

Even so, the existence of the storm off the coast of Louisiana should have prompted governments on all levels to act.

What happened? The city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana asked people to evacuate, but made no preparations to assist people in that endeavor. By Friday the outbound roads clogged with people in cars looking to escape, which all did.

However, an entire fleet of school buses -- hundreds of them -- sat in their parking lots, gathering dust.

Until George Bush called Governor Blanco personally and pleaded with her to make the evacuation order mandatory on Saturday, neither Mayor Nagin nor Blanco told people they had to leave. Apparently, that order only went out over the TV and radio from their press conference; no attempt was made to direct people out of their homes and onto the road.

After the levees broke on Tuesday, the situation broke down rapidly, a drearily predictable result. The two main refugee centers, the official one at the Superdome and the ad-hoc site at the Convention Center, should have been evacuated at that point.

However, even two days after landfall, New Orleans had not moved its buses to high ground to keep them ready for use in case the levees broke.

Lousiana's governor had not called out her National Guard units, only 25% of which have deployed to Iraq. With I-10 from the east completely unusable for vehicular traffic and the New Orleans PD completely absorbed by search-and-rescue functions, looting ran wild and order completely broke down. Nagin only ordered the PD to take on looting as a high priority on Thursday.

What did George Bush do?

He had a wide area of devastation to manage. Mississippi has also sustained catastrophic damage, with entire towns destroyed, flooded, and unable to fend for themselves. He does not have the authority to call out anyone's National Guard until he federalizes the units, a move usually reserved for use when governors prove recalcitrant in mobilization. Yet within three days of the levee burst and the drowning of New Orleans, Bush had 40,000 troops entering the city to take over the management from Nagin and Blanco, delivering the aid that had waited for lines of communication to get established and the order that the NOPD and Louisiana could not maintain.

We work within a federal system, where cities and states control the allocation of resources used within their borders. We do this because we recognize that, for the most part, federalism works. Local decisions about resource allocation usually create better results than top-down bureaucratic management. The main requirement for that to work is local leadership. Blaming George Bush because he delivered results within three days of the major catastrophic event while following these rules is as silly as blaming Congress for taking five days to pass an aid bill.

The main failure in New Orleans came when the local and state governments refused to recognize that the storm had a high chance to cause catastrophic damage and use its assets to get the poor and infirm out of its way. They had plenty of resources (in vehicles) with which to do that, but left them right where the floods would destroy them. All the rest of the damage would have been mere property destruction, difficult to rebuild but nonetheless easier to accept than the unbelievable hardship we've seen this week.

Posted by: Eskimo at September 5, 2005 2:17 PM

Last night Mayor Nagin was trying to fly his police officers and firefighters to Las Vegas for some R & R. Maybe they'll join the bus drivers and other city officials who are probably already there.

Posted by: rebarbarian at September 5, 2005 2:34 PM

Miss England Pageant: Muslim beauty wins title (OF COURSE there are pictures!)
The Sun (U.K.) ^ | Septemb4er 5, 2005 | GUY PATRICK

Posted on 09/05/2005 11:32:44 AM PDT by Stoat

Muslim beauty wins title

What a jewel ... the new Miss England, Hammasa Kohistani


STUNNING Hammasa Kohistani hit back at critics after becoming the first Muslim to be crowned Miss England.

The Uzbekistan-born beauty overcame a storm of controversy to win the title.

Islamic leaders argued her participation was “unlawful”.

Some said all four Muslim entrants — including Iraq-born Sarah Mendly, 23, — should withdraw as it was against the teachings of the Koran to show flesh.

Student Hammasa, 18, wore a sarong over her white bikini as she beat 40 other girls on Saturday.

She said: “I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong. I have the utmost respects for the strong beliefs of the religious leaders and they have the right to express opinions. I hope they will respect my decisions too... more & pics!!!

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2005 2:59 PM

Re: Muslim beauty wins title: Miss Englad.

Notice tiara: cross in the centre.

Muslim murderers will be inflamed. No doubt, she will vilified by them as an heretic. What will be the consequences for her?

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2005 3:08 PM

Stuff I just posted:

-Nagin Sending NO Cops, City Workers On Free Vegas Trip - Right Now?

"A day after two police suicides and the abrupt resignations or desertions of up to 200 police officers, defiant city officials on Sunday began offering five-day vacations - and even trips to Las Vegas - to the police, firefighters and city emergency workers and their families."

-The Interdictor Guy has what what appears to be the most complete photographic account of New Orleans at

-Reuters: Africans Feel Sorry For USA. My favourite quote from the article: "In Rwanda, where an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus died in a 1994 genocide, university lecturer Emmanuel Kamasa saw racism behind the slow response to Katrina."

-9 Year Old Girl Shames Politicians, Western Civilization, Lemonade Stand raises $1K

"Courtney Dollar opened a small lemonade stand near her parents' Temple Terrace house, hoping to raise $500 this weekend for victims of Hurricane Katrina. With the help of parents and friends, by late Sunday afternoon she'd amassed $987.
``It really makes me feel good about our community,'' Dollar said. ``A lot of people have pulled up to us and said, `Good job' or `Thank you for your hard work.'"

-Sonic "Lasers" Head to Flood Zone, "Magma" To Follow:

"We are donating the use of one of our most powerful prototypes, LTPMS-2, for use in Mississippi as soon as possible, because the governor of that state said that the biggest problem they have right now is the fact that they have no communications infrastructure to get information or instructions out to people," he said. "They can very easily put this on a truck and send sound out for a minimum of at least a mile in either direction."


"Simply stated, the president and his top advisers chose vacation over action.

While the media has done a good job in portraying the overall deadly failure of leadership, it has not focused enough on this deadly dereliction of duty."

Posted by: Anonalogue at September 5, 2005 3:26 PM

Power to the bloggers/commenters> Internet amazes/transforms the people of the world: are you part of the revolution?>>> Blog on!>>>>>

A 'Weather Nerd' in Indiana Sent a Warning to the Mayor

One of the earliest and perhaps clearest alarms about Hurricane Katrina's potential threat to New Orleans was sounded not by the Weather Channel or a government agency but by a self-described weather nerd sitting on a couch in Indiana with a laptop computer and a remote control.

"At the risk of being alarmist, we could be 3-4 days away from an unprecedented cataclysm that could kill as many as 100,000 people in New Orleans," Brendan Loy, who is 23 and has no formal meteorological training, wrote on Aug. 26 in his blog, "If I were in New Orleans, I would seriously consider getting the hell out of Dodge right now, just in case."

Mr. Loy's posting that Friday afternoon came three days before the hurricane struck and two days before the mayor of New Orleans, Ray C. Nagin, issued an evacuation order. Posts over the next several days, in aggregate, seem now like an eerie rewriting of the tale of Chicken Little, in which the sky does in fact fall. >>>>
Link from

"I really am going to take that "day off" I keep talking about, but first, a brief note to any new visitors who are coming here after reading this morning's article in the New York Times (or CNET News or the Long Beach Press-Telegram).

First of all, welcome to my blog! :)

Second of all, understand this: my early dire warnings that Katrina could destroy New Orleans do not suggest some sort of amazing predictive ability on my part, nor am I some hack who had a hunch and made a guess that just happened to come true. This was no fluke. I was basing my statements on solid, publicly available information -- National Hurricane Center advisories, computer models, etc. -- combined with a long-standing, well-justified apprehension about hurricane threats to New Orleans. I say "well-justified" because the catastrophic potential of a major hurricane striking the Big Easy had been widely known for many years. So when I saw Katrina turn southwestward last Thursday, I was immediately concerned, and when I saw the computer model predictions shift westward on Friday morning, I was downright alarmed. When the official National Hurricane Center track caught up with the computer models at 10:00 PM Friday, and the NHC declared the new, New Orleans-centered track a high-confidence forecast, I knew this was the gravest threat to New Orleans in my lifetime, and it was time to start seriously thinking about evacuations. This was Friday night, and what's extraordinary isn't that I saw the gravity of the threat, it's that so many others seemingly didn't."

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2005 3:37 PM

Eskimo, Not only do I enjoy your humour,
[earlier comments], but you are filling in some missing info too. Very good about Bush above.

Maz2, you said,
*Flying almost under the radar in news dominated by Hurricane Katrina are efforts by left-wing women's groups to prevent sharia from becoming part of family law in Canada. CNS News reports:*,

and there are lots of other things flying hidden beneath the radar. Not the least of which are stealthy moves by the busy and clever Libranos to hold on to power.

We hope for the sake of Muslim gals everywhere that Sharia law is either modified to a civil standard or prohibited alltogether.

The Que. Bloc is getting together early and are planning for upcoming [political war], fireworks.

Also, there is a dynomite factual accounting
from the Auditor General and the CBC that virtually hangs the Liberal Party out to dry..... = =

To avoid copyright problems, I have rewritten it in a tighter manner somewhat.

You, Maz2 and Eskimo and everyone, are
welcome to copy and paste it to your own blogsites. Don't bother to credit me. I just want more Canadians to see the real meat of things.

I only expect the numbers to stay the same. [ I'm pretty sure they are all correct, but if you spot errors, I'll fix promptly.]

If it's easier for you, I can paste it to your comments.

Most Canadians can not possibly be aware of the $BILLIONS$ of our wealth the Libranos have squandered or Liberal polls would be much lower.

This is just the beginning. tRadar indicates things are going to get rough in times ahead. '3s TG

Posted by: TonyGuitar at September 5, 2005 5:15 PM

PS, No mistake, I empathize with all the poor souls who have suffered Katrina.

There is however, more than one story in the news and we have a big mess to clean up here in Canada as well '3s TG

Posted by: TonyGuitar at September 5, 2005 5:18 PM

It looks like there doing polls now to see how popular NEP2 would be...

Posted by: Dave at September 5, 2005 5:21 PM

Left-wing women's groups protesting sharia law?

Has the penny finally dropped for the left?

Have they actually realized the "contradictions inherent" in left-wing support to Islamists?

Wonders will never cease.

Posted by: JJM at September 5, 2005 5:31 PM

Well, JJM, maybe the Elders of Leftism have rewritten their Protocols or something, and naturally their syncophantic slaves act accordingly. That's, after all, how it seems to work. Do and think only as they're told. Never think for themselves. At least the Elders seem to be smartening up just a touch.

Posted by: Stephen McAllister at September 5, 2005 5:51 PM

More stuff I just posted:

-Pavel Datsyuk is reported to have signed in Russia. Of course, this means they might as well just give the 2005-06 Art Ross Trophy to Jason Spezza.

-Katrina could prompt new black "great migration"

"If refugees end up building new lives away from New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina may prompt the largest U.S. black resettlement since the 20th century's Great Migration lured southern blacks to the North in a search for jobs and better lives."


"Dozens of Asian fisherman and their three vessels are being held hostage in Somalia by pirates who have demanded a $1.5 million ransom, officials said.

A ship carrying international food aid to Somali tsunami victims has been held by gunmen since late June."

-Wal-Mart steps up, big time. You know it's bad when freaking corporations are doing a better job of taking care of Americans than the gub'mint.

-250,000 Brand new Houstonians:

"Latest estimates suggest there are now 250,000 people here in Houston from Louisiana. The authorities are struggling to cope with such an influx but local people and churches have been doing what they can, providing food and clothing, and taking survivors into their homes."

Posted by: Anonalogue at September 5, 2005 6:26 PM

Dear Albertans:

It was nice having you guys in Confederation; too bad The Statists messed it up. Excerpt from the CBC:


Poll: almost half of Canadians want oil industry nationalized

The Canadian Press said Monday a Leger poll suggested 49 per cent of respondents want petroleum resources nationalized while 43 per cent said they would like to see the same fate for gas companies.

Quebecers were the strongest supporters of resource nationalization at 67 per cent, followed by residents of the Atlantic provinces at 53 per cent, Ontarians at 45 per cent and British Columbians at 42 per cent.

Quebec led in support for nationalization of oil companies, with 61 per cent in favour, followed by the Atlantic provinces at 46 per cent.

Interestingly, 63 per cent of respondents said pre-Katrina gas price hikes had not affected their fuel consumption, while 25 per cent said they were using less gas.

Posted by: Anonalogue at September 5, 2005 7:27 PM

And on top of it, the poll was done by the separatist outfit of Leger!!!

This is almost as bad as getting slapped in the face by a frenchman.

Posted by: Maple stump at September 5, 2005 7:39 PM

maz2, if you think that weatherman in Indiana is good, check this out...

The National Geographic CALLED IT last year.

Also, check out paragraph 7.

Posted by: Maple stump at September 5, 2005 8:35 PM

O'Brien>> What date was this?

N>> I don't know.

O>> When did you say that?

N>> Whenever air force one was here.

O>> Okay.
O'Brien and Nagin live??????????
What time is it?
Ya mean right now? Let's try again:
Who's on first? (A&C)

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2005 9:41 PM

Anaonalogue, It's as though Quebec seems unable to sense that setting too much Albertan blood to boiling point may deprive them of any oily golden eggs at all.

You think they would have the sense to ease up on Nationalizing, and NEP-2 talk.

Foresight / Hindsight
This is a snippet of Gordon Gibson’s take on Jean Chretien: Nat. Post June 03/2002

*On the international stage, the man is an embarrassment, earning none of the respect accorded the very different types of Pearson, Trudeau and Mulroney. And when clout is required, as in softwood lumber, there is none.

Domestically, we need briefly note only four things. He almost lost the country in 1995 and has pitted region against region since. Our standard of living has declined to 70% that of the Americans, when we ought to be the most prosperous country in the world. Our dollar has gone into the tank. And Mr. Chrétien has brought the necessary art of politics into further disrepute.

He is not yet as unpopular as Brian Mulroney at his nadir, but Mr. Mulroney left a great legacy of policy, for which he is now being recognized. Mr. Chrétien leaves nothing of importance.

In the end, this has been a little man in a big job. It has cost us dearly. We will have another prime minister soon enough, whomever and whenever that may be. But the real job for Canada now is democratic reform, and to fix the system of four-year dictatorships that required us to helplessly watch a failed decade of governance.*

Gibson runs hot and cold, but his foresight seems to be fairly accurate here.
Guess Gordon was not fully aware of the craft and stealth of Martin’s army.
Martin’s weaves and bobs, just in time to retain power are a surprise to many an experienced pundit , no doubt.

Would our living standard have dropped 30% if the fortified Whistle Blower Protection Bill C-11, was in place to save the losses listed at ?

or at ? The list is compact enough to print off and hand to a Liberal. The expressions you will see as it is read, can be amusing.
73s TG

Posted by: TonyGuitar at September 5, 2005 9:49 PM


(Folks, there's R-rated language throughout this thing. Normally I can edit it out; this time, not so much. I may do so later, but now I want to leave it as I wrote it.)

I’m generally an optimist, and it’s been my pleasure to be able to write mostly about the good and the noble things in our lives. But the events in the Gulf – of Mexico – have brought to a head a summer and a year that has been getting progressively uglier and more painful to watch.

Who can not see the way the country has changed, not since 9/11, but before that – since the 2000 election? Who cannot feel the split, the division, that rips like a shredding sail on a broken mast, canvas tearing like the sound of musketry, as the rigging falls to the deck?

This breaks my heart. It just breaks my heart into little pieces. I have said less and less as I see more and more, because deep in my core I still don’t want to believe that some Americans could willfully and consistently do such destructive things out of such petty and base motivations, things which in time will make the horrors of New Orleans look like a flea circus in a small tent, with the much larger carnival raging unseen in the background.

I’ve taken sides in these essays, obviously – that’s what I do. But I have never, until now, felt the need to take the gloves off and really let fly. I always feared I would regret it, later. I still do. Only now, I fear I will regret it worse if I do not.

So now we must look at Tribes.>>>>>

...Now, with that said – have we all heard that loud and clear? – there are light-years of difference in how various Tribes will behave.

Only a few minutes ago, I had the delightful opportunity to read the comment of a fellow who said he wished that white, middle-class, racist, conservative cocksuckers like myself could have been herded into the Superdome Concentration Camp to see how much we like it. Absent, of course, was the fundamental truth of what he plainly does not have the eyes or the imagination to see, namely, that if the Superdome had been filled with white, middle-class, racist, conservative cocksuckers like myself, it would not have been a refinery of horror, but rather a citadel of hope and order and restraint and compassion.

That has nothing to do with me being white. If the blacks and Hispanics and Jews and gays that I work with and associate with were there with me, it would have been that much better. That’s because the people I associate with – my Tribe – consists not of blacks and whites and gays and Hispanics and Asians, but of individuals who do not rape, murder, or steal. My Tribe consists of people who know that sometimes bad things happen, and that these are an opportunity to show ourselves what we are made of. My people go into burning buildings. My Tribe consists of organizers and self-starters, proud and self-reliant people who do not need to be told what to do in a crisis. My Tribe is not fearless; they are something better. They are courageous. My Tribe is honorable, and decent, and kind, and inventive. My Tribe knows how to give orders, and how to follow them. My Tribe knows enough about how the world works to figure out ways to boil water, ration food, repair structures, build and maintain makeshift latrines, and care for the wounded and the dead with respect and compassion. >>> more>>>

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2005 11:00 PM

My theory is that the mayor of NOLA, Naggin' Ray is a Canuck! Here is the proof: before becoming mayor, he was in television, sorta, (he was some big at Cox Cable), he is black, he coulda became the GG or mayor of NOLA. Now for the tie-breaker...he started out as a Republican, but just before filing intent to run as mayor, became a Democrat! How Canadian is that? We have quite of list of pols that have changed horses when it suited them. This was in a staunchly Democrat state and city.

When the present governor (a Democrat) was running for election, Ray backed the REPUBLICAN candidate running against her! Right away we have the ideal relationship between two pols trying to cope with a disaster.

The Superdome was not equipped with enough bathrooms, water, emergency supplies, peace officers, medical personnel. The buses that could have been spiriting the evacuees are still sitting in flood water. (Too bad they're yellow and SO visible, Ray.)

Turns out President Bush pleaded with the governor to evacuate, but somehow the people were not informed. Out of a 1500 man police force, about 500 are still left. General Honore is the only one making any sense. (Reminds me of Rick Hillier and Lew MacKenzie.)

But wait...there's more. Sean Penn, that zany Hollywood statesman went on a less-than-Swift boat mission with some bottled water, a personal photographer! and a lefty magazine writer. He did don his bulletproof vest, but left the drain plug out of the boat, and the motor wouldn't mote. Remember, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Good thing the "lads" didn't catch him. Sean, can you squeal like a pig?

Kate, please come back, please!

Posted by: DoubtingThomas at September 5, 2005 11:21 PM

I can't believe Sean Penn did that. Well actually, I can believe it, given his past.

What a clown.
Toronto Tory

Posted by: Toronto Tory at September 5, 2005 11:37 PM

Maz2 I'm confused, are you for or against implementation of Sharia law in Ontario?
I'm not left,right,centre, up, down or right angle but I'm against Sharia law in Ontario, having been a practicing Salafist Muslim at one time.

This post was sent to the Hamilton Spectator, who didn't end up contributing it to their editorial section because it's just too large a rebuttal

And for all those Ontarians who've attempted to make a complaint to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario this link is for you. Please add other links to similar stories in the comments, svp

Posted by: habamusrodentum at September 6, 2005 12:41 AM

Also, sharia law is not about 'multi-culturalism' its about imposing Islamic law which is also political philosophy (Islam = law) onto Ontarians who want to see that Charter rights have limits.

see this post (the original is at the bottom under all the updates)

As for 'lefties' opposing sharia law, Joe Comartin, NDP MP, a 'leftie' wants sharia law, has discriminated and dismissed Muslims womens concerns publicly in his last all candidates meeting b4 the last election - not keeping with s.28 and s.15 and s.26 of the Charter, the Ontario Human Rights Code or his obligations to follow the rules of professional conduct of a lawyer registered with the Law Society of Upper Canada - ie - publicly degrading women for standing up for their human rights, Charter rights.

Has nothing to do with the left

Posted by: habamusrodentum at September 6, 2005 12:49 AM

Visible minority workers face most obstacles in fed offices in Halifax: study

OTTAWA (CP) - Federal government offices in Halifax treat their visible minority workers the worst, suggests a study that looked at workplace prejudice in six major cities across Canada.

The draft study, commissioned by a federal agency, was based on focus-group sessions with dozens of visible minority workers employed in the federal public service...

..."Participants in Halifax were the most vocal about the slow acceptance - or even lack of acceptance - by employers in the region of visible minority employees based on skills-credentials."

...The $56,000 study also drew on comments from parallel focus groups in each city, also made up of visible minority workers but who were not employed by the federal government. Here, too, Halifax was singled out...

...Other studies are under way to provide baseline information that will be used to develop policies and strategies for making federal workplaces inclusive and welcoming, Marquis said...

...The Nova Scotia capital has come under national scrutiny in recent years after critics complained of institutional prejudice against blacks...

Posted by: JM at September 6, 2005 10:50 AM

The Canadian Press, aka the Liberal party, is lying to the public: There is no "Alliance" party in Canada. CP is using a deliberate smear against Stephen Harper and the Conservative party. Down with Canadian Press; liars they are.>>>

"Alliance caucus prepares to meet
OTTAWA (CP) - The summer barbecue season is behind him, but Opposition Leader Stephen Harper is still being raked over the coals as he readies for the fall session of Parliament..." blah blah blah

Posted by: maz2 at September 6, 2005 11:22 AM

Nothing ever happens in isolation and the disaster in New Orleans is not just an isolated problem without a trigger. Check out this link.

Posted by: Glen at September 6, 2005 2:22 PM

Nationalizing Canadian oil would be INSANE.

And that's what worries me.

It's just the sort of dozy thing our politicos might contemplate.

Posted by: JJM at September 6, 2005 2:40 PM

Don’t worry about your mortgage interest rate going up by much. Also, use this to get a 6.2% pay raise from your boss.

Usually, interest rates talk is a big yawn. There are a few twists of interest here though. They touch on an 85 cent dollar, wage hikes in Saudie Arabia and more social spending in Norway.

More importantly though, it looks as if Katrina and a spike in gas prices do not force up interest rates unduely. Not for a while, anyway.

From today’s National Post============================

But Avery Shenfeld, senior economist at CIBC World Markets, figures David Dodge, the bank governor, will stick to the carefully written script he laid out in July and hike in both September and October. Those two rate hikes, however, will keep the loonie at a lofty US85 cents.

"If, as we expect, the drag from high gasoline prices puts the Fed on hold after September, further rate hikes in Canada would threaten a currency overshoot that would put central Canada's manufacturing sector in jeopardy," Mr. Shenfeld said in his weekly wrap. "Disappointing growth and low core inflation should allow Dodge to put away his pistols after reaching only a 3% call loan rate."

The Canadian economy, however, is percolating quite nicely, a high dollar notwithstanding. A report on second-quarter growth released last week showed an annual rate of 3.2%, up from 2.1% in the first quarter.

It is the outlook for inflation that is the mystery.
The financial world has switched from viewing an energy price spike as inflationary to a drag on consumer and economic growth. But is that true for Canada, a net exporter of oil?

Still, there is some price pressure coming from one place the Bank of Canada fears most: wages. Last week's second-quarter report showed wages and salaries up an annualized 6.2%, no doubt boosted by the feverish search for talent in the energy sector.
Indeed, the heady surge in oil prices is fanning the inflationary embers in other oilpatches around the world.

Saudi Arabia has hiked wages for all civil servants and the military by 15% -- the first across-the-board rise in more than 20 years -- and, in Norway, opposition parties are screaming for a hike in welfare spending, ahead of a September election.

Canada is no Saudi Arabia but there is an awful lot of money and investment swilling around Alberta these days, offsetting the dampening effect of higher gasoline prices.

The question is whether higher gasoline prices will also start to fan inflation expectations outside the oilpatch, Mr. Wolf said.
======================================= The story is in The National Post today Sept.9/05 Google *National Post* and click *Central Bank in quandary again* 73s TG

Posted by: TonyGuitar at September 6, 2005 2:43 PM

Correction from CP???? Refer to comment above @11:22 AM where "Alliance" was used. Headline now says "Tory" caucus. Hmmmmmm?? Go all the way, CP, change it to "Conservative" caucus.
Why the change? Another commenter, ET, said recently that the Liberal cartel reads blogs. Why?

Tory caucus prepares to meet
OTTAWA (CP) - The summer barbecue season is behind him, but Opposition Leader Stephen Harper is still being raked over the coals as he readies for the fall session of Parliament.

Posted by: maz2 at September 6, 2005 3:06 PM

Maz2.....oooh you hit a nerve there. You said ET made referenece to the Liberal Cartel, and that they read blogs.. then Why?.. and I'm hanging.....

What is the answer to why Liberals read blogs?

Is it because they are worthy opponents and posess the intelligence to understand that we, who exchange information across blogsites, are easily their most severe threat?

Is Liberal leadership so astute as to suggest that libsoldiers are to check blosites carefully in order to discover plots and be forewarned and ready to squash them?

I wish I knew what ET was getting at. I am certain that the Libranos have and continue to watch us closely.

Just look how they de-nutted Andrew's site and with direct threats of legal action tried to shut down the Halifax based E-paper *The Dominion*.

There seems to be something wrong with E-mail exchange at the *Grassroots* paper.

In any case Maz, it's so simple to flatten an anti-liberal blogsite using the Libranos method, it looks as though they hold an advantage.

The Libranos are a stealthy and cunning force who wrongly hold on to power in spite of heavy odds against them. 73s TG

Posted by: TonyGuitar at September 6, 2005 4:06 PM


Bet if Legier asked about nationalizing Oil AND Hydroelectric power there would be a different answer.

Posted by: DrWright at September 6, 2005 4:35 PM

Sharia law OK says McGuinty, leader/liar of the Ontario Liberal/Muslim government. Sharia law is the wedge for the Islamists to subvert the laws of Ontario/Canada. Down with sharia law, the abomination of Islam. How many promises has McGuinty made/broken during his tenure as premier?
Liar McGuinty is telling the sheep to say, in unison: baaaah & go back grazing while the knives are being sharpened for their slaughter. Women: you are being conned. Fight back/protest this calumny being made in your name. Send a protest to McGuinty: protests are being held; go.>>>>>

Sharia wouldn't harm women's rights: McGuinty
National Post - 7 hours ago
TORONTO -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty promises the rights of women will not be compromised if the province allows Muslims to use Sharia law to settle civil and marital disputes. A report by former NDP ...

Posted by: maz2 at September 6, 2005 8:29 PM

Intellectually drafted article. seems to grab attention at once.The writer has a good knowledge of the subject and makes reading interesting.

Posted by: Nick at September 7, 2005 1:13 AM


Posted by: maz2 at September 7, 2005 3:55 PM

In Ontario:

..."Sharia wouldn't harm women's rights: McGuinty"...

Meanwhile in Pakistan:

The Supreme Court annuls Islamic law
by Qaiser Felix
Archbishop of Lahore: “A great decision, the law went against personal freedom”. A Muslim lawyer told AsiaNews: “It was a wrong law, promulgated to make fundamentalists heads of the province”...

Posted by: JM at September 7, 2005 4:07 PM