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Saturday, September 24, 2005

After 2 weeks

Michael Yon is back Clicky. He's out of Iraq and in Qatar. Re-equiping and going back!?!

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A Great Idea Going Nowhere

Here is the link My comments are in italics Let Wal-Mart Take Over Emergency Management The New York Times Sep. 21, 2005 by John Tierney SLIDELL, La. - I don't think Washington needs any more czars. But if President Bush feels compelled to put someone in charge of rebuilding the Gulf Coast, let me suggest a name: Lee Scott. Scott is the chief executive of Wal-Mart, one of the few institutions to improve its image here after Katrina sent a 15-foot wave across the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. If you mention the Red Cross or FEMA to people in Slidell, you hear rants about help that didn't arrive and phone lines that are always busy. If you mention state or national politicians, you hear obscenities. And this is true outside of the effected areas, too. I have more to say about this... <#jumpto> But if you visit the Wal-Mart and the Sam's Club stores here, you hear shoppers who have been without power for weeks marveling that there are still generators in stock (and priced at $304.04). You hear about the trucks that rolled in right after the hurricane and the stuff the stores gave away: chain saws and boots for rescue workers, sheets and clothes for shelters, water and ice for the public. Ahh yes, the EEEVILE corporation trying to gain a dependent class of people... "This was the only place we could find water those first days," said Rashan Smith, who was shopping with her three children at Wal-Mart on Saturday. "I still haven't managed to get through to FEMA. It's hard to say, but you get more justice at Wal-Mart." That's the same assessment you hear from public officials in Louisiana, and there's even been talk of letting Wal-Mart take over FEMA's job. The company already has its own emergency operations center, where dozens of people began preparing for the hurricane the week before it hit by moving supplies and trucks into position. PPP- Proper Prior Planning I realize that Scott would not be a popular choice with Democrats. They concede that Wal-Mart and other private companies were far better prepared for Katrina than FEMA was, but they say FEMA would work fine if it were under the control of a virtuous, compassionate public servant - someone, as Bill Clinton suggested, like himself. WHAT!?! break out the cigars and interns, We gonna have a PARTY! Clinton looks back on the 1990s as FEMA's Age of Pericles. "I think we did a good job of disaster management," he said on ABC's "This Week." While criticizing the Bush administration for leaving poor people stranded in New Orleans, he said that he and his FEMA director, James Lee Witt, had been especially sensitive to the needs of poor people because of their own backgrounds. We never DID get to see those background checks, now did we? I wonder how many of that crowd could buy a gun? But if they cared so much, why didn't New Orleans ever work out a feasible way to evacuate poor people? FEMA had a golden opportunity to plan it during the 1990s. The threat of nuclear war had receded and terrorism wasn't yet a priority, so the agency's biggest concerns should have been an earthquake in California and a flood in New Orleans. There is a plan. IN PRINT. Both a city plan, and a State plan. They just didn't use it. Or read it. But it was too busy dealing with the record number of other "disasters" that Clinton declared - an average of one a week, which meant FEMA was mailing out checks for every flash flood within range of a major media market. Upstate New Yorkers suddenly became incapable of coping with the cost of snow removal. In 1997, Congress gave FEMA $500,000 and ordered it to develop a comprehensive plan to evacuate New Orleans. The agency passed on the money to Louisiana, which used it instead to study building a new bridge. As Rita Beamish of The Associated Press reported on Sunday, FEMA didn't bother making sure a plan was drawn up - an aide to Witt said its job had just been to pass on the money. How often do you suppose someone at Wal-Mart headquarters dispenses $500,000 and doesn't bother keeping track of it? It's legendary for tracking every transaction and pinching every penny. When Scott, the chief executive officer, travels with the chief financial officer, they cut costs by sharing a hotel room. That's the kind of leader we need to oversee the tens of billions that Washington will be spending on the Gulf Coast. Scott could cut costs while still leaving the area as well prepared for the next disaster as Wal-Mart was for Katrina. David Vitter, the Republican senator from Louisiana, was so impressed with the rapid response of Wal-Mart and other companies that he promised to introduce a bill to abolish FEMA and contract its job out to the private sector. I'm afraid the Wal-Mart Emergency Management Agency will be a tough sell on Capitol Hill. But I'd vote for WEMA. Me too. But this would never happen. 2 reasons. 1: It makes sense. 2: It would remove power from power hungry bureauratscrats. Ahh, to dream...

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Back again.

Well, this is looking more like a diary than a journal... I just looked at my site meterstats, and I count three people have looked at this for more than 5 seconds... Iwon't appologise for the lack of posting, as there has been a major crisis among 2amd bloggers. Kim du Toit has closed his site. So did his "The Mrs." The Nation of Riflemen Forum was down for a while, but it is back up under the management of Chris Byrn and other souls (possibly) Kim had one hell of a decission to make. Put food on his table, or run a popular blog. The Blog is gone, and he made the correct choice, because when it is all said and done, FAMILY COMES FIRST, NO MATER WHAT. I have faced similar choices, but not to that degree. Prioretising time, is all. And like Kim and Connie, I chose to set the blogging aside until now, that time allows. I would like to take this opportunity to PUBLICLY (hollow laugh)thank Jed and Owen, proprietors of the Boots and Sabers Forum that they set up in record time as a refuge of sanity for all the NoR people when NoR went down. I personaly will most likely spend moretime at B&S than NoR, simply because it seems a little more relaxed. Thanks Guys, for the hand of welcome. Just remember, no good deed goes unpunished.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Back

Been gone 5 days. A looong 5 days. My neighbor owns a truck. We loaded 25000 liters of water and took it down to Gulfport. Man, that area is dessemated. We thought of taking it to N.O., but we couldnt figure how to get the water to those people who were NOT looting jewlry and big screen Tv's I have more to say about this... The ones who have receipts for the stuff in their homes and businesses. The ones the New Orleans police are now arresting, while the hoodlums run free... Running free. The gangstas, and drug dealers that terrorize their own neighborhoods every day and stayed behind after the evac order for the EXPRESS PURPOSE of pillaging, and looting are still running around that town. They should be shot. They should be hung from light poles. Kill them, and New Orleanswould be a better place. ESPECIALY THOSE COPS THAT WERE SEEN LOOTING ON NATIONAL TV! What a disgrace! How disgusting. Brings real respect for law enforcement, right? The mayor did his bangup job of bashing Bush, while ignoring the fact that he never issued a Phaze II mandatory evac order, per his cities Emergency action plan... Maybe he attended local public schools and can't read. I'vebeenlistening for the last 4days, "Why didn't the president do something?" "Where were the Feds?" Etc.Ad Nauseum. Personaly, Iam GLAD the 'Feds' didn'tcome crashing in uninvited. That'sthe way it is supposed to work. Says so right in both the State of Louisiana, and City of New Orleans emergency plans. Order of response: 1) Local government. 2) State Government. And last, 3) Federal Government. Mayor of Miami never rants on national TV about "Where are the Feds?" He knkows they will be there in 5 days or so. Fla sees alot more hurricanes than La. Ah, FUgedaboudit. God flushed the cess pool, but we still have some a lot of sh1t floating around...

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Welcome SCAGGSVILLE

To the relms of reality. I borrow from you the following:

Lessons from Katrina, Pt. 1 There is some seriously fucked stuff going on in the United States of America right now. An AMERICAN city closely resembling some crappy third world hole in the ground is only the beginning of it. There are so many rants going on in my head right now I can barely contain them all. Instead of yelling and screaming at my computer and TV, I think it’s best to break them down into the lessons I am learning from this tragedy.
Denial phase over, now to plan of action. My awakening came durring the rodney king riots.
Arm myself. That’s the lesson for today. I’ve always had access to guns. Owned a few, though I don’t have any right now. Never really thought much about it, I could borrow guns if I wanted them, though not necessarily immediately. I’ve always been a big supporter of the Second Amendment (odd that the Bill of Rights even needs to be defended). Always told people THEY should own a firearm. Always knew I'd get a couple eventually. For the last couple of years I’ve been putting off buying some new guns because the ones I want are more expensive than the funds I normally have available to me ( DSA-58, Sig p220, Ithica 37 M). Figured, maybe the next side job. Maybe the next paycheck. No more excuses. No more waiting. Arming myself to protect my family, friends and possessions is now my new paramount concern.
Halelujia, my son, You are saved! While the guns you name are nice, I think a good SKS fits the IMMEDIATE NEED. #2 a pump shotgun, #3 pistol. Ammo. more ammo. No such thing as too much ammo... Did I mention ammo?
will not be an unarmed victim. This is the second time I’ve seen in 10 years (LA early 90’s) Americans, devoid of direct police authority, behaving in a manner unbefitting of members of a western civilization. Liberal excuses of years of repression, poverty and other so-called injustices do not give anyone the right to loot or rob from others
Yep. Last year, (or was it 2 years ago?) when the lights went out for a few days over most of the state of Ohio, Pa. parts of canada, and points east, we in my little neck of N.E. Ohio had only one instance of attempted looting. Boys ran away with the fear of god in them. (Or at least the fear of sam colt.) What's yours is YOURS, and no government agent is going to protect you, your family, or your property. (In fact, they'll probably be the ones looting 'under color of law asseen in N.O.La.) You learned late, but you learned. that's a good thing. P.S. Did I mention get lots of ammo? And practice.

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Can't let this one go by...

The nursing home lost its bus after the driver surrendered it to carjackers. Groups of people then drove by the center, shouting to residents, "Get out!" On Wednesday, 80 residents, most of them in wheelchairs, were evacuated to other nursing homes in the state. "We had excellent plans. We had enough food for 10 days," said Peggy Hoffman, the home's executive director. "Now we'll have to equip our department heads with guns and teach them how to shoot."Emph. mine Looters around New Orleans spent another day Wednesday threatening survivors and ransacking stores. Some were desperate for food — others just wanted beer and TVs.
ARE YOU SH**ING ME!?! Ms. Hoffman you have got to be one of the STUPIDEST people I have ever had the mis-fortune to have reada quote from. Think. (I know it's hard, but try) Gun safety and handling training takes time. Time you no longer have. It is not good enough to say "The bullets go here, then you pull on this thingey." The training you are talking about should be (as it once was) an elementary school subject. That's when it wasn't being taught by fathers. (Oh, I forgot) I am sorry. P.C. The training you are talking about should havebeen required for your employees YEARS ago. With monthly if not weekly shooting matches just to keep skills up. But, no way would you go for that. and that sucks. as I saw elsewhere, "Embrace the suck." This is what 40+ years of welfare/great society/ entitlement mindset gets you. EDIT: Tip o' the Tam to The Smallest Minority

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A LOOONG week.

Too many 12 hour days at work. But I've had my nap, so I'm OK.

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