31 Flavors of Crazy
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 ~ 10:50 a.m.

Why did Katrina happen? Here's what they say:

Christards – God hates gays and gamblers

Pat Robertson – God hates legalized abortion

Neo-Nazis – God hates the blacks

Muslim Nutters – God hates the Americans for what they did to Iraq

Jewish Nutters – God hates the Americans for supporting the Israeli pullout from Gaza

Dalai Lama – Bad karma

Scott Stevens – Because the Soviet Union developed a device that uses electromagnetic waves to control natural phenomena like hurricanes and earthquakes, and now Japansese renegades are operating this weapon under KGB supervision

*sings* One of these things is not like the others...

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Blah, blah, blah
Thursday, September 22, 2005 ~ 09:48 a.m.

I haven't posted much lately, because there really hasn't been much to talk about. Work's been busy, although I've been kind of bored with it lately. Todd and I are helping out ASCE this year as advisors, so we've been spending a lot of time meeting with the new officers. Todd's been training for the Century ride he's doing on October 1st. We've been spending our weekends on road. Nothing big or exciting. Nothing really blog-worthy.

Yesterday my knee inexplicably decided it wanted to stop working, so I've been limping around like a crip. I have no idea what's wrong with the thing, so I'm considering amputation if it doesn't stop hurting by tomorrow.

I'm really looking forward to Big Spring Jam, especially Sister Hazel and Better Than Ezra. Sadly, the organizers have cleverly arranged it so that of the four bands I actually want to see, one is on Friday, two are on Saturday at the same time, and one is on Sunday. So Todd and I are forced to pay for weekend passes, just to see three bands. Feh.

See, I told you there wasn't anything going on worth posting about.

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Dear Diary
Monday, September 19, 2005 ~ 03:12 p.m.

"Today we were kidnapped by hill folk, never to be seen again. It was the best day ever."

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My Nephew
Monday, September 12, 2005 ~ 08:30 a.m.

Daniel Benjamin
Born September 9, 2005 at 4:11 PM
Weight: 7 lbs 14 oz
Length: 20 inches

More Pictures

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To Birmingham or not to Birmingham...
Thursday, September 8, 2005 ~ 04:20 p.m.

So I was going to Birmingham on Monday. Then I found out on my way into work this morning that I was going today. Then I they said I'm going tomorrow. Now they're saying that I'm not going to Birmingham at all. I feel like a freakin' yo-yo!

All I know is that come Saturday morning, I will be in Cookeville, Tennessee to meet my nephew for the very first time. I have to say that I'm just a teensy bit excited. :-)

On a totally unrelated note, here are two articles that interested me. One outlines the reasons NOT to rebuild New Orleans and the other is about an anti-rape condom that latches onto the penis with metal barbs. Happy reading.

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Thursday, September 8, 2005 ~ 02:16 p.m.

1,400 firefighters from throughout America volunteered to go to Louisiana to aid in search and rescue. They are search-and-rescue certified, haz-mat certified, and they're trained as paramedics. They brought backpacks, sleeping bags, first-aid kits, and MREs. Some even lugged along their fire gear.

And in keeping with the theme of this entire Katrina saga, instead of being sent to aid rescue operations, "they have learned they are going to be community-relations officers for FEMA, shuffled throughout the Gulf Coast region to disseminate fliers and a phone number: 1-800-621-FEMA."

Hours of search and rescue training, and they're going to hand out phone numbers...to people that don't have phone access.

"We're sitting in here having a sexual-harassment class while there are still [victims] in Louisiana who haven't been contacted yet."

Oh, but 50 of the firefighters finally got to travel to the devastated areas of Louisiana......to stand beside President Bush for his photo op.

You just can't make this stuff up, people.

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*laughing too hard to make up a title*
Wednesday, September 7, 2005 ~ 05:01 p.m.

From Drink at Work:

Why the House Canceled Hearings on Katrina Response

* Too busy building army of 7000 terra cotta warriors to protect Chief Justice William Rehnquist in the afterlife.

* Believes U.S. House hearing is the responsibility of local officials, not the federal government.

* Congress currently short-staffed because many members are still on tour of duty in Iraq War rallies.

* Only two more months until Election Day and frankly, floaters ain't voters.

* Still upset that the media referred to the displaced as "refugees" rather than "rumors."

* Many congressmen presently protecting their homes, believing that if "looters" will steal bread and milk then surely Titleist golf balls and oil paintings of fox hunts are next.

* According to the House, there's a time to assign blame--and a Republican presidency isn't it.

* Trent Lott's antebellum room isn't going to fix itself.

* Hearing would unfortunately detract from tremendous progress already made in rebuilding case against energy conservation.

* When it comes right down to it, thousands may be dead and millions may be homeless, but it's not like someone got blown.

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Just announced over the intercom
Wednesday, September 7, 2005 ~ 09:31 a.m.

"Attention everyone. We will be having a client in the office in about ten minutes, so you all need to behave. No burping, farting, or swearing. Thank you."

Some days, I really have to wonder about my coworkers.

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Only 30 more minutes to Firefly goodness!
Tuesday, September 6, 2005 ~ 04:58 p.m.

Thanks to Jessica and Jared, I am now completely addicted to Firefly. I don't know how I missed it when it first came out, but Jessica and I have been watching a couple episodes every Tuesday night for a couple weeks now. Must...have..more..Firefly....

In other news, can a single day go by without me wanting to whack someone in the head with a whiffle bat? Apparently not. Jesse Jackson is now saying that it's racist to call refugees "refugees". I would dismiss it as isolated crazy, had I not been rebuked this past weekend by someone at one of the shelters here in Huntsville for using the term. Funny - when I looked up the word refugee, it didn't say BLACK PEOPLE.

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Friday, September 2, 2005 ~ 02:35 p.m.

Officials keep blathering on about shipping food into the Superdome, when there are 2,000 people, 12 blocks away, at the convention center with no food and water. These people can't go to the Superdome, so they're stuck, waiting for aid that by all accounts isn't coming. Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, actually had the nerve to suggest yesterday on NPR that those people don't even exist, that they were just a rumor.

Now that we all know all the survivors exist (since there's actual camera footage of the “rumor”), officials are STILL making excuses. My question is, if they can bring reporters to the convention center to cover the story, why the hell can't they bring in food and water???

Now, I haven't seen the news today - I've been out in the field all morning. So maybe the people at the convention center have finally received some form of relief. But still, why did it take so long when every news station in the country had a reporter there videotaping? If CNN can get someone in, I would think that the National Guard or the Red Cross would be able to take at least a truck or two of supplies along.

I know it's easy for me to criticize. I'm not the one struggling to organize a massive relief effort in the face of human and environmental opposition. But it still seems like those people have been royally screwed.

Also, this article really struck a nerve: World stunned as US struggles with Katrina . I hadn't really thought about how this looks to the rest of the world.

"Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the U.S. we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is."

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