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…From My Cold, Dead Hands.

They’ve sued the tobacco industry and are starting to sue the fast food industry. Now the Vice Squad stirs to life to comment on what’s probably the next big health panic. Caffeinated drinks.

No Surprise

Everybody else is showing me theirs, so i’ll show you mine. From The Politics Test: You are a Social Liberal (80% permissive) and an… Economic Conservative (78% permissive) You are best described as a: Libertarian Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating No surprises there. Right smack in the middle of libertarian land. […]

Gus Powell

When I say “street photography,” here’s an example of what I’m talking about by Gus Powell.

Fear of Photographs

I only got really interested in photography a little less than a year ago. I’ve taken more pictures since then, almost 9000, than in the previous 40 years. I’m especially fascinated by street photography—just wandering the streets of the city taking pictures of people and streets and buildings and how they all fit together. Apparently, […]

SimCity: New Orleans

Someone has a little too much time on their hands: Screenshot (Safe for work, but it plays music.) (Hat Tip: Pete Guither)

Commandress in Chief

I keep seeing ads like this: This Fall A Woman Will Be President Commander In Chief It’s a TV series on ABC. That’s all I know about it. I don’t know who’s in it or who made it, and I don’t want to know. I guess it’s about a woman president. How does that make […]

Sportif Importer Ltd

Photo Archive Google Earth Ever since the Supreme Court decided against private property owners in Kelo v. City of New London, local governments all over the United States have returned to the task of taking properties from their current owners and giving them to developers and corporations, under the supposed justification that the new owners […]

One of Those Weeks…

I haven’t been posting anything because I’ve been having a rough week. My car’s oil light lit up on Saturday just as I pulled up at a friend’s house. There was plenty of oil according to the dipstick, so I decided to leave the car there until Monday then have it towed to the shop. […]

Get Yourself Killed

Got a few dollars to spare? Here’s one way to spend it.

The Police Nab a Looter

Public defense blogger David Feige notes that the police did manage to catch one looter: That’s Merlene Maten, who’s 73 years old. My immediate thought was that the police must have picked her up because she was easier to catch than all the younger looters. Apparently, that’s what everyone else thinks, too: Family and eyewitnesses […]

Not Soon Enough

“I’m turning in my resignation today…I think it’s in the best interest of the agency and the best interest of the president to do that and get the media focused on the good things that are going on, instead of me.” That’s Mike Brown resigning as the Director of FEMA. Man, I’ll bet he’d like […]

Fourth Anniversary

Reason magazine has an open comment thread for 9/11 thoughts. Here’s mine: I remember watching the towers burn in real time as it was happening, and I remember wrestling with the fact that it was too late. No matter how rich and powerful and capable we are, we could never bring back all the people […]

Helping MADD Help MADD

I thought I’d try to get away from Katrina blogging for a while, so I visited the MADD web site to see what those paternalistic weanies are up to. I turns out they’re trying to cash in on the hurricane: Contribute to MADD‘s Katrina Fund and provide aid to MADD volunteers and staff whose lives […]

Mike Brown

According to an AP wire story by Ted Bridis, former horse-show manager and current FEMA director Mike Brown… Wait a minute! What was that? The FEMA web site gives Mike Brown’s history as follows: Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Brown practiced law in Colorado and Oklahoma, where he served as a bar examiner on ethics […]

Inattention at FEMA

So far, I’ve been willing to give FEMA the benefit of the doubt. The rescue effort is a gigantic operation, and I’m not surprised that it took a while. However, I’m beginning to have my doubts. Via Brendan Loy’s excellant hurricane coverage, comes a link to a quote by FEMA Director Mike Brown: “Saturday and […]

As If Those Poor People Haven’t Suffered Enough…

Geraldo Rivera has arrived in New Orleans.

205 School Buses

I’m getting pretty tired of hearing the Mayor of New Orleans whining about the rescue effort: The mayor of New Orleans made an impassioned plea for help on Friday as tens of thousands of people remained stranded in the flooded city. Ray Nagin, in a radio interview, said: “I need reinforcements. I need troops, man. […]

Making Up For Lost Catblogging

I must apologize for the apalling lack of Friday Catblogging. My wife is not at all pleased. I’ll try to do better. Here’s a shot of buffy asleep on the pillow on my wife’s worktable: And here’s a photo of Dozer hanging out near the window in our bedroom:

The Pace of Relief

A lot of people are starting to complain about the pace of the hurricane relief effort. I don’t know enough about disaster relief to be sure (and I don’t want to make excuses for any screw-ups) but I suspect that the agonizingly slow pace is nevertheless incredibly fast, given the scale of the operation. Here’s […]