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Day: September 7, 2005

nola: obama gets it!

Leave it to Sen. Obama (D-IL) to hammer home one of the key problems with BushCo and its approach to disaster preparedness:

“There’s been much attention in the press about the fact that those who were left behind in New Orleans were disproportionately poor and African American. I’ve said publicly that I do not subscribe to the notion that the painfully slow response of FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security was racially-based. The ineptitude was colorblind.

“But what must be said is that whoever was in charge of planning and preparing for the worst case scenario appeared to assume that every American has the capacity to load up their family in an SUV, fill it up with $100 worth of gasoline, stick some bottled water in the trunk, and use a credit card to check in to a hotel on safe ground. I see no evidence of active malice, but I see a continuation of passive indifference on the part of our government towards the least of these.”

      – September 6, 2005

This is exactly what John Edwards spoke of in his abortive presidential campaign last year: there are two Americas, and the current administration is driving a wedge between the haves and have-nots that is only making things worse and setting us up for true domestic disaster. NOLA could be, in many ways, the tip of the iceberg.

dems awakening: bush by the numbers

Sen. Dorgan (D-ND) has published, via the Democratic Policy Committee, a by-the-numbers assessment of the Bush administration. It’s a great, if sobering, read.

Weekly National Security Index

sports illustrated is myopic

Okay, so it’s not really a surprise for me to say that Sports Illustrated is myopic, given its paltry coverage of any sport other than football, baseball, basketball, hockey or golf.

But I scratched my head in wonder when I read their online piece, “The Hardest Working Athletes In Sports.” In this gallery you see ten athletes, including three each from football and baseball, two basketball players, and two golfers. Only one of these athletes is a woman (Annika Sorenstam, LPGA golfer).

Nary an appearance from athletes in sports that are on a much more world-heavy stage. Where’s Lance Armstrong? Where’s Levi Leipheimer? Where are Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves? Where is Julia Mancuso? Where are the Williams sisters? Where is Lindsay Davenport? Where are the US men’s and women’s soccer teams? Where is Misti May? These athletes bust their hump from year to year on a stage that features competitors from all over the world, involving tens of thousands of travel miles and schedules that are anything but easy. If you had to force Kobe Bryant to live away from his home continent for most of the season, living from game to game in tiny, alpine hotels with lumpy beds and no room service, my guess is he’d fold under the pressure.

I’m not saying that football, baseball and basketball players are lazy, or that golfers don’t belong. But I do think that SI is doing its readers a disservice by not showing off that, in the grand scheme of things, there are other athletes who need to be in better shape for a longer period of time than those in the made-for-TV sports.

But I guess that SI assumes that its readership is dumb, lazy, and likes their sports sanitized for commercial TV. That’s gotta be it….

mac/nola: fema hates mac os

Want to file a damage claim with FEMA? Don’t plan on using a Mac to do it.

According to myriad reports from Katrina victims, the FEMA online claim service only supports Internet Explorer 6 for Windows, essentially forcing Mac users out into the void. Yes, there are ways around it – namely changing your browsers “user-agent” ID to IE6, something that Opera 8 and Safari (with some help from TinkerTool) can pull off.

But most users will be forced into either finding a Windows PC (apparently many rescue workers have had to pay for Windows licenses out-of-pocket due to FEMA’s malfeasance), or requesting the claim-by-mail form. Of course, this latter method will send the form to a USPS mailing address – and the USPS isn’t yet delivering mail to many hurricane-ravaged areas.

Am I alone in believing that homeland security is even worse than it was in 2001?

mac: it’s all about the sexy

Some Mac-oriented fun for this morning: Sexy “Free” Mac OS X Apps.

nola: the c&j hall-of-shame

Possibly one of the greatest one-stops for all of the abhorrent quotes that have come from BushCo, the SCLM, etc.

Click here to read it – and feel free to add your own if you’re a Daily Kos member.

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