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Neal on Katrina

Neal Boortz has some great post-hurricane points this morning. Among the topics he covers: Looters, the Oppression Excuse that is being used to explain away looters, the European Left blaming Bush for the hurricane (it's all because of global warming, you know), the government edict that forced casinos to float, and a good defense against a news story claiming that a Louisiana woman now has “nothing”.

Check out the column if you have the time.


Nature\'s Fury

I'm a bit of a weather-phile, and I've rarely read language like this from a National Weather Service message. Keep the people of the central Gulf Coast states in your thoughts tonight.

HURRICANE KATRINA

A MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED STRENGTH...RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.


Build It with Public Funds, and They Will Come

From the Associated Press:

Progress has been made under Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe. Since 2001, the city has refurbished 1,000 buildings deemed unsanitary, bought more than 27 budget hotels to serve as low-income lodging and built 15,000 public-housing units.

But the demand is enormous. France is the world's leading destination for asylum seekers, with some 65,600 requests in 2004, according to the government.


Need Some Good News?

Here's a story to start your weekend with:

A 59-year-old Los Angeles woman exercised her Second Amendment rights on a punk wielding a tire iron this week.


Gas Caps

And the price controls begin in HI...

Hawaii will begin enforcing a cap on the wholesale price of gasoline next week, hoping to curb the sting of the nation's highest gas costs.

The limit would be the first time a state has capped the price of gasoline — a move critics warn could lead to supply shortages.

But many Hawaii residents are just looking for some relief from soaring costs.


GOP\'s Dog Days of Summer

August hasn't been the kindest of times to Bush & Co. Read more »


Bush Channeling Adam Smith?

Columnist Thomas Bray of the Detroit News states that GWB has been far more Smithian than Keynesian, and 'tis the reason for the continual, gradual economic growth of the past couple years.


Walken-4-Prez a Hoax

Following up on the chatter regarding a website announcing Christopher Walken's plan to run for President in '08, the L.A. Times reported that it's a hoax today.

In fact, Mr. Walken is a rare Hollywood bird in that he seems quite apolitical: Read more »


Passing the Litmus Test

Islamic extremists set off bombs in Bangladesh. This comes less than a month after a similar terrorist attack in the Philippines.

Not entirely surprising, media coverage of these events has been relatively scant compared to similar attacks that have occurred in London, Madrid, and at a tourist resort frequented by Australians in Bali. Read more »


Randy Canadian

Marc Emery, who got himself in a bit of trouble with the US government for engaging in the business of selling marijuana seeds from Canada (a “crime” generally shrugged at north of the border, but receives long prison sentences here in the US), credits Ayn Rand for his journey from the Left to libertarianism. Read more »


Hot for Teacher - Epilogue

Following up on the story involving Pamela Turner, the 28-year-old teacher who had sex with one of her 13-year-old male students: She was just sentenced to 9-months jail and 8-years probation.

More photos of the teacher that lucky little punk got here.


NIMBY vs. Big Box

Today’s Detroit News gives an account of a grassroots organization (Citizens for Orderly Growth) in the Michigan town of Independence Township who are begging – yes, begging – the local government to tax the whole town in order to 'protect' them against "sprawl", "big-box stores" and what has apparently become Satan to the anti-business Left – Wal-Mart. Read more »


Arrtist Hoo Kan Spel – Revisited

Maria Alquilar, the bitter and unrepentant Miami artist who delivered a rash of misspellings in the mural she designed for a public library last year, finally returned to fix up her mistakes yesterday (for an additional $6,000 fee on top of the $40,000 she already received to do the initial bad job, that is).


Relativism and the Bomb


Ye Olde Cryme Beat

In the faire land of Michigan:

ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- Officers used a stun gun to take a Royal Oak man into custody after he attempted to fight them off with medieval weaponry, according to police.

Before ye know it, the Sword-Chain-Gauntlet Control peple will becuman upset.


A Mountain of Trouble

And now, deep thoughts by Iranian President-Elect Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad...

Is there art that is more beautiful, more divine, and more eternal than the art of martyrdom?

[...]

The message of the (Islamic) Revolution is global, and is not restricted to a specific place or time. It is a human message, and it will move forward.


Slant or No Slant?

You be the judge. From Reuters

The blast, which highlighted the effectiveness of makeshift bombs against the most powerful military in the world, was the second major attack against Marines in the Haditha area in the past three days.

(bold mine)

Wow, the Little Insurgency That Could!

I'm not sure, but there does seem to be a certain snide/sarcastic element that oozes from the piece. Of course, Reuters' reporters may just be trying to dole out praise in order to avoid any dire fates. Read more »


Addressing Aid and Self-Reliance

Out of Africa:

"When aid money keeps coming, all our policy-makers do is strategize on how to get more," said the Kenya-based director of the Inter Region Economic Network, an African think tank.

"They forget about getting their own people working to solve these very basic problems. In Africa, we look to outsiders to solve our problems, making the victim not take responsibility to change."


No Excuses

Mona Eltahawy has lost her patience with the jihadists and wishy-washy clerics.


Cinema Comeback?

After Hollywood's lackluster first half of 2005, at both the box office and in the quality department, there seems to be a spurt of good releases out there. Though I haven't seen Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and War of the Worlds as of yet, they are on the list. And both have received positive reviews (and fresh tomatoes). Read more »