September 04, 2005

Got Soul?

Now that we've all been saturated with news out of New Orleans and outrage is the new black, some prominent people must be wondering how to act like they give a shit after living in a political and media climate which held Henry Kissinger up as a shining example of moral sensibility. Here are a few examples ...

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic Leader, has asked Speaker Hastert to set up a bipartisan Hurricane Task Force to concentrate congressional expertise on helping displaced citizens, which may number over a million.

Rep. John Conyers and some of his colleagues have written to ask the FTC to investigate price gouging by filling stations and proposed an amendment to the bankruptcy code that would prevent the new, harsher provisions of the recent bankruptcy legislation from hurting the storm victims.

The head of the National Council of Democratic Mayors has asked all his colleagues to pull together whatever aid they can to help the victims and integrate them into the communities they now find themselves in.

Colleges across the country are opening their enrollment lists to displaced students so that they can start classes on time, in many cases waiving fall tuition.

Maybe you could even take a pointer from Celine Dion:

... Yes, we gave $1 million but what we expect, what I want to look like the rest of the world, I open the television there's people still there waiting to be rescued and for me it's not acceptable. I know there's reasons for it. I'm sorry to say I'm being rude but I don't want to hear those reasons.

You know, some people are stealing and they're making a big deal out of it. Oh, they're stealing 20 pair of jeans or they're stealing television sets. Who cares? They're not going to go too far with it. Maybe those people are so poor, some of the people who do that they're so poor they've never touched anything in their lives. Let them touch those things for once.

The main thing right now it's not the people who are stealing. It's the people who are left there and they're watching helicopters flying over their heads and they're praying. How come it's so easy to send planes in another country to kill everyone in a second, to destroy lives?

... There's kids being raped at night. They hear gunshots, big guns, what's that? Those people are praying. They're walking. They're like this, hello, do you see us? We're still alive but we're dying. It's terrible.

... I understand it. I understand it's very important because eventually they will need that money but it's just very frustrating that Franco and (INAUDIBLE) and me oh $1 million. This is one thing.

In three months, in six months they will need that money. Right now they're praying for water so we need to send them the water. They don't care about my check. ...

And here's how to demonstrate that you're a soulless, greedy freak unfit in every way for human company ...

Sen. Bill Frist is going to go ahead and call a vote on permanently repealing the estate tax, which is widely supported by the public, in this time of severe national crisis. As for these whiny bastards, if they're still so concerned about the high cost of estate planning, they can kiss my neighbor's dog's ass.

Alternately, you could just declare yourself satisfied with a federal response that's responsible for possibly thousands of unecessary deaths as Pres. Bush and Sen. Trent Lott have done.

Posted by natasha at September 4, 2005 02:55 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |

Habitat for Humanity has gotten $200 from me for Katrina Hurricane rebuilding.

Posted by: Darryl Pearce at September 4, 2005 10:48 AM

I'm a retired residential general contractor and I have tried unsuccessfully to find a Habitat for Humanity project that was not sponsored by a fundamentalist/Christian church group. I would gladly give both my services and money to a lay group who is sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity project. Does anyone know of such a group - in Northern California for my skills or anywhere for a donation?

Posted by: Tom at September 4, 2005 11:01 AM

I am a very active member of Habitat and believe me when I say I am not a Christian and loath the politic of the right wing Christians of today.

The affiliates I work with have a large Christian membership but not the hateful politics of the fundamentalists. I am not required to be religious nor are any volunteers or family partners. I almost let the Christian thing stop me from getting involved but I am glad I didnít. Check it out and get involved.

Posted by: Chinton at September 4, 2005 01:41 PM

I also have volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and found everyone helpful and not overbearing in the least.

...and I'm a secular, humanistic, free-thinking liberal.

They do good work.

Posted by: Darryl Pearce at September 4, 2005 05:55 PM