Comments:

Jen - 2005-08-31 07:01:05
So sad...
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Lorac - 2005-08-31 07:07:33
You've done it now Bawby...I can't see anything through my tears. It's all quite unimaginable, but quite easy to imagine at the same time.
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Cosmic - 2005-08-31 07:18:35
I can't imagine it. I am sick for those people. How do you start over when you can't even go home because home isn't there? And there is no end in sight for many of them. I can't imagine. I hope I never can.
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Cosmic - 2005-08-31 07:24:44
BTW, thank you for posting. You are now one more person I can take off my list of those I'm worried about. Glad you are safe.
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Fortunate - 2005-08-31 07:28:57
That post was heartbreaking. I live in South Louisiana and my town was spared any major damage, however, I have a few friends that are homeless now. It's a devastating time for us here and I don't know what's going to happen in the days ahead. What I do know is this: we need support. Make donations to the Red Cross, and keep New Orleaneans in your prayers. Every little bit helps, and you never know where you can help if you don't even try. Thank you.
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Amy - 2005-08-31 08:04:10
Thank UB for posting. I hope you and your family are getting through this OK. I read where there are prisoners who have taken hostages in hopes of trading them for freedom. My question is once free, where do they go? The police can't even arrest looters because they have no place to put them. Not only is it man against nature, now it's become man against man. I plan on sending a contribution to the Salvation Army and Operation Blessing.
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Aim - 2005-08-31 08:41:39
It's so sad, no idea what to say about it. By the way, the prisoner hostage story turned out to be a false rumor, thank goodness. But it does seem to be going from bad to worse there.
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Chunk - 2005-08-31 09:05:50
You forgot: "Imagine all the Playstations and Xboxes you can rip off in the next week". While that might seem uncaring, I was with you untill you crapped on about being too hot. Did you know two thirds of the world population dont have Air conditioning...perhaps if the citizens of the USA weren't so fat, they could do without it too...
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Andy - 2005-08-31 09:13:51
Imagine being too stupid to leave your home despite days of warnings, and begging by officals to leave. What goes through your mind as you sit on top of you roof and The US Coast Guard risks thier own lives to pluck you off your shack?

Imagine trampling a young girl as you loot the local stores.

That town needed an enema.
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Northstar - 2005-08-31 09:19:29
I don't get it... why don't you make fun of this one like the tsunami last year? What's the difference?
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Amy H - 2005-08-31 09:26:33
My heart goes out to every single person who endured Katrina. I'm from Florida, and we received help beyond measure and countless donations after last year's devastating hurricane season. It was truly amazing the way the entire country rallied around us after Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne each destroyed a different part of our state. And to think Katrina was worse than all four of those combined ... I hope that everyone is as kind and generous with their donations this time around. Just a warning - after our hurricanes, lots of "charities" started popping up all over the place, and many turned out to be scams. Make sure you donate to a legitimate, reputable charity. I'm so sorry for everyone up there ... the people of Louisiana and the other affected areas are very much in my thoughts and prayers.
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Tenshi - 2005-08-31 09:30:14
Andy: O_O ((my eyes go wide at your anal commentry.))
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geo again - 2005-08-31 09:33:21
I say again what makes people live below sea level? Is it a "It would never happen to me" attitude???
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Barb - 2005-08-31 09:33:49
I woke up in the night wondering just the same thing... how do these people sitting in the road outside the Superbowl with a couple of hungry kids decide what to do? Where to go? If they do have a plan, how do they get there? It's very very sad.
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D - 2005-08-31 09:41:22
Knowing that it's stupid to argue on the internet, I say: Lots of people who didn't evacuate COULDN'T. Elderly who couldn't drive. People who didn't own cars. People who didn't have gas money. Don't get mad at people just because driving 200 miles (and 10-12 hours of idling in traffic) was beyond their resources. Anyways. Good to know you're alive, UB. Stay safe.
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awittykitty - 2005-08-31 09:43:30
Imagine George Bush having to cut short his vacation....Sorry I had to put that in there. Anyways my heart does go out to the folks in the path of Hurricane Katrina. My sister got hit with the first part of Katrina when it went over Florida. It knocked over 7 telephone poles onto 7 trailers in her trailer park. Nobody was hurt though. Kinda weird how random stuff happens.
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Robin - 2005-08-31 09:43:55
Please send money to redcross.com And give blood if you can.
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Disgusted at your attitude - 2005-08-31 10:02:55
Chunk and Andy I hope these disaters NEVER happen to you. I have been through TWO hurricanes last year and know how quickly people get desperate when there is no food/water/meds/electricity etc. For some people evacuation is NOT an option as they simply DO NOT have the resources to get out. Sorry to tell you that not everyone is as rich and fortunate as you! Katrina 11 people died in South Florida due to Katrina. Everyone treated it as no big deal because it was a Cat 1 storm. Never ever underestimate these storms!!
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Andy - 2005-08-31 10:30:13
Disgusted:

Regarding my point: You missed it.
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Dea - 2005-08-31 10:39:09
UB I'm glad that you are ok, and my thoughts and wishes go to everyone affected. I'll do all I can, and I hope that everyone else here will too, use their bickering energy to help.
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Fi - 2005-08-31 10:41:06
Imagine waking up in the morning and being in the third world. A disaster for us but an everyday reality for millions round the world. Mother nature is a great leveller.
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Lorac - 2005-08-31 11:42:56
an email i sent my friend earlier. everybody STFU and be thankful for what you have. as for the smart ones, be thankful you heeded the warnings and got out when they told you to. We whine about cold showers and warm Cokes and long lines at the grocery store or in traffic. But at least your cold shower water was not laden with dead bodies and sewage. I'm sorry, I just get sick about how spoiled we (Amurkins) are and how so few of us could really survive without all our creature comforts when disaster strikes. Speaking of which, now that the kids have gone to school, I'm going to crawl back under my 300 thread count (and that ain't high enough) sheets in my air conditioned bedroom and try to get some sleep. :-) have a good day, talk to you later...
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radiogurl - 2005-08-31 11:46:37
Imagine you live across the country and you don't know if your family in is alive or dead; if they're holed up in an attic and unable to know that the water is going to keep rising.
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Martha - 2005-08-31 13:06:27
Thanks UB for putting this all in perspective. Living 3000 miles away it seemed surreal but after reading your entry today I prayed that all those poor people find hope somewhere.....
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Truth Deluxe - 2005-08-31 13:09:27
Yeah, where's the jokes about the puffed up bloated bodies like those damn "Indoe-nee-shuns". Things look different from this side don't they!
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Blue Meany - 2005-08-31 13:12:19
Thanks for making me all sad and stuff.

But we could look at the bright side -- at least their homes aren't getting BOMBED.
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Dreamies - 2005-08-31 13:17:51
Thank you for posting this..I have friends that have checked in to say they're okay. While my other friend hasn't heard anything from her family yet. Her mom is hysterical. And reading all this is numbing. Really makes you appreciate everything you have, cause one day you can wake up and it all be gone.
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Sasha - 2005-08-31 13:25:37
I've been thinking about you and your family for days. Please let us know how you guys are doing.
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Amanda - 2005-08-31 15:14:27
I'm crying, and have been crying for days. I imagine this is what hell is like for those people. And the thing is, I found myself guilty last night for wanting a snack, when those people are barely getting one meal a day. Thanks for this beautiful post.
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Amanda - 2005-08-31 15:33:26
Imagine being one the Louisiana, Alabama, or Mississippi's National Guard members that are deployed right now in Iraq fighting some else's war, and you just heard about what's going on. Then on top of fighting the war and trying to stay alive over there, that all you want is to come home soon, and now you have to deal with the fact that you may not have a home to go back to, and your loved ones may be gone........so for all the smart asses that are commenting here and making snide comments about this situation, get over yourselves, and for all the others making concerned comments, thank God there are still some decent people out there!
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J - 2005-08-31 15:43:27
Noahs-Wish.org -- Helping animals in disasters.
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stop the maddness - 2005-08-31 16:35:54
ok ok everyone got the warning or did a few not get told (yeah right) everyone could have left and yes this is sad. I have a harder time dealing with people who chose to stay, what the hell?
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Amanda - 2005-08-31 17:01:05
I guess you are forgetting the people that that live in poverty, are disabled, have no money, no car, and could NOT get out. Think outside the box, please.
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Chad - 2005-08-31 17:01:09
Bob, you said it. Here in Houston, we're seeing thousands upon thousands of Louisiana refugees who have no homes to go home to. Stop by my page for info on a benefit event in Houston. If you are in the area, please do come by.
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The Other J - 2005-08-31 17:36:55
Imagine this is what life is like for thousands of people in other countries. Imagine, this is what happens to thousands more during and after a war. (courtesy the Bush Administration)
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erin - 2005-08-31 17:45:56
While it's true that this devastation may be somewhat the norm in third world countries, should that make anyone care any less? I urge everyone to donate money to the red cross and other organizations. They will need all the help they can get.
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Raven - 2005-08-31 20:42:52
this made me cry.
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Kim - 2005-08-31 20:44:16
I tried my hardest not to comment. But I had to come back and do so. Please realize that UB is in the middle of this, as are most people who are in the South. I applaud UB for putting it into perspective for the people who aren't exposed to it every few minutes. Please, if you can, donate.
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doodlebug - 2005-08-31 20:48:21
This IS life, this goes on WEEKLY in different spots of the world, the difference it's in your face video LIVE "42" inch Wide Screen T.V. in ameriKKKan technicolor. Here's Bush's escape from his responsibility for Iraq. Woe is the Citizen (You and I) to not be protected by out leaders in overpopulated times like these. This tragedy in a direct relult of the ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.
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MissMarm - 2005-08-31 21:25:13
In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war.
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Deja - 2005-09-01 02:16:42
That description would've worked for Irag immediately after "shock and awe". Well, except for the alligators.
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Jen - 2005-09-01 02:56:15
Please. Can't we take this time to come together and help each other? There is enough pain, enough suffering, enough hatred and fear right now. Take your energy and reach out to someone who is scared, alone, hungry and thirsty. There but for 100 miles would I be sitting.
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erin - 2005-09-01 03:21:46
someone, remember this entry of bob's and nominate it for a diarist.net award when the time comes.
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Tenshi - 2005-09-01 07:01:02
http://media.putfile.com/Badparents
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grizmom - 2005-09-01 09:40:33
Nebraska is intact, safe and sound. All my family is accounted for. My job is the same, my friends are the same, my little world appears the same. I can't imagine the state of shock, the state of disbelief, the state of hopelessness. I just can't begin to wrap my thoughts around any of it. I'm here, and if there's anything I can do for anyone, I'm here. I need to do something, but from here, what? I don't know...
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easy - 2005-09-01 11:38:32
go donate blood, time and money to your red cross. I mean if you are really serious.
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Judes - 2005-09-01 11:47:16
To doodlebug, TheOtherJ, et al: Can you pull your heads out of your well-intentioned asses long enough to realize that this disaster is LOCAL and has nothing to do with daily conditions in third world countries and/or the war in Iraq? Christ, people....these are some of the same people who PROTEST the war, belong to the f'n Peace Corps and other groups that try to improve conditions in those third world countries - only they happen to have lived in an area that was just WIPED OUT. Which, by the way, has jack shit to do with your beliefs/perceptions/single-minded pigheadedness about "Americans" and how they live. They are you, and vice versa, so reroute some of that compassion back home to the U.S. where it also rightly belongs right now. There's no moral law that says because you live in a country governed by morons that you don't deserve compassion and aid in time of need. Sweet Jesus, SHUT UP and do something instead. I'm outta here - we're collecting emergency cell phone chargers to send into the areas with no electricity. And don't start in about how they "don't even HAVE cell phones in third world countries" or "why aren't you sending those to the bombed out Iraqis?" because I am completely out of patience with you fucktards right now and will resume my third world improvement efforts and antiwar efforts in a few days AFTER I've helped out those in my backyard that are in need, because, hello, there's enough compassion for everybody.
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judes___ read this - 2005-09-01 11:53:49
You sound angry about going to get those cell phone chargers if you dont want to do it then dont, but no need to be all hostile to the rest. big deal you are going to spend a few hours helping out, try not to say the word fucktard while doing it, it takes away from you good doings. cell phone chargers??? hell I could think of something better than that.
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Kim - 2005-09-01 12:09:15
FOR ANDY: Here's a thought. It might cross your mind, at some point in the next few days, to write something about how "stupid" the people trapped in the disaster zones have been, or how "lazy" they must be to not have escaped sooner, or how they "deserved what they got" for choosing to live somewhere on the Gulf Coast, within direct reach of hurricanes. My suggestion is this-- sit on your fucking hands. Sit on them until those sentiments no longer make your typing fingers itch. Not my own words, the rest here -- http://www.livejournal.com/users/scott_lynch/148437.html?nc=11&style=mine
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to the uncompassionate - 2005-09-01 12:10:08
Hatred does not eradicate hatred. Only by loving-kindness is hatred dissolved. This law is ancient and eternal. The Dhammapada
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Judes - 2005-09-01 12:20:34
Collecting cell phone chargers isn't all we are doing. I'll refrain from using the word fucktard if you'll refrain from misinterpreting - I'm not angry about doing it at all. I am interested in what you can think of that is better than the phone chargers - our understanding is that they are needed in areas where electricity isn't available to charge phones for communication. What are your other ideas and maybe we can use them?
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Judes not in a hurry - 2005-09-01 12:36:35
get out there why you wasting time on the computer lol I knew it you people all talk the do gooder talk . ps I am going to save the world but first I need to update my files lol lol
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Andy - 2005-09-01 12:44:29
For Kim: Don't preach to me you self rightous bimbo. And don't put words in my mouth you moron. The folks looting are scum. There are some who shouldn't be there and now others are risking thier lifes to save them. Honestly. STFU.
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dear andy - 2005-09-01 12:50:26
resorting to "bimbo, moron and stfu" shows me she got to you. Defeat sucks so bad yes???
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Andy - 2005-09-01 12:55:41
For Kim: Don't preach to me you self rightous bimbo. And don't put words in my mouth either. The folks looting are scum. There are folks there they don't belong there that should have gotten out. My comment had nothing to do with the people suffering, but aimed at the pieces of feces (hence the enema ref) that are looting, causing mayhem and are unnecesarly tying up limited resources.

My point: you missed it. But thats ok, you were too busy whining.
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Andy - 2005-09-01 12:57:36
Yes she did. The ignorant rattle my cage. Sorry for the double post. Feel free to trash me at my site and not pollute UBs place. Appologies to UB.
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Peace - 2005-09-01 13:32:55
Miss Judes, you are mentally unbalanced. I hope you get the help you need. Your inability to see that Dubya's administration is directly responsible for much of this tragedy. By cutting spending on New Orleans flood control by over 40% to fight an unjust war in Iraq, Dubya sealed the fate of the citizens of New Orleans. The pathetic response to this tradgedy by the federal government exposes what he rest of us know. The waters and winds reveal the truth stripping the veneer away. They're mostly poor and Black anyway, who cares!
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Northstar - 2005-09-01 13:33:59
Kim, you "applaud" UB for putting this into perspective? That's crap. Where were you when UB was throwing out crap jokes about people killed in the 2005 tsunami? As much as I love this diary, Bob has made himself out to be the typical American jackass who only devotes a bit of himself to something when it's staring him in the face. And that disappoints me.
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Rachel - 2005-09-01 13:46:47
Originally posted by Amanda: "I guess you are forgetting the people that that live in poverty, are disabled, have no money, no car, and could NOT get out. Think outside the box, please." This is God's way of natural selection my dear. If you were to old, poor or disabled to leave, well by God (literally!) it was probably your time!! Everything that happens, happens for a reason and that is true with thi as well. I'm not heartless, just a realist. I do pray that everyone who is meant to be spared, be so and without pain.
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So? - 2005-09-01 13:48:49
They should just let all the people just rot there in New Orleans. The city has been needing to be cleaned up for a long time. They didn't leave for the evacuation (I don't care the reason); and now they think the city owes them something. I can just see them them planning a big lawsuit now against the state for not taking care of them. Let them rot there, it will just save the state some money on food stamps anyway.
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Squeakzilla - 2005-09-01 13:49:14
God help us.
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drug dealers of new orleans - 2005-09-01 13:54:50
gone lol. that is 1 good thing and 2 EVERYONE had the opportunity to leave, if they needed help in evacuating it was offered. Those guys on the roof waving their arms didnt look disabled or feeble to me. in my opinion.
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Six 6 Sicks - 2005-09-01 14:08:23
Rachel, your post is proof that people who believe in god are idiots
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Jamie - 2005-09-01 14:09:14
Oh gee, thanks. Make me cry. And comments suggesting that people deserve to die in this situation make me wonder whether or not the savages that UB mentioned are so different from the rest of us.
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POGO - 2005-09-01 14:11:16
we have met the enemy and he is us!
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Love - 2005-09-01 14:18:08
"New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered police to drop rescue operations to fight looting and other crime that gripped the city." Oh yeah, lets forget about the sick and dying we got a goddamn Rite-Aid and Wall mart to save!
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check e-bay - 2005-09-01 14:22:09
for your lost possssions. unreal the whole thing is so unreal.
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So? - 2005-09-01 14:23:32
I'm really Dubya Bush, coulda tell by my comment heh heh, lol.
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Andy - 2005-09-01 14:29:15
You guys are sick. UB's lifeless bloated carcus could be floating down some al-fuckin-bama backroad only to be found by redneck hobos who decide to take any spare change from his pockets and analy rape him, yet all you can do is argue amongst eachother? for shame.
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OMG - 2005-09-01 14:40:31
Love, it's because people were shooting at the rescue copters. Do you get it yet?
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Love - 2005-09-01 14:50:15
OMG, So take care of those shooting at the rescue copters, (two shots reported btw) don't abandon rescuing HUMANS all over the rest of the city to save private property, and that IS what is happening! Will you EVER get it?
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OMFG - 2005-09-01 14:59:23
Love. off the top of my head I recall a cop getting shot at yesterday, fires burning in front of the Superdome. Read the reports, there are mobs or armed people roaming around with semi auto weapons, knives, axes, hammers. It's not about saving a walmart, it's about our soilders and rescure workers not getting killed.
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Love - 2005-09-01 15:01:22
NOPE, YOU"LL NEVER GET IT!
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MissMarm - 2005-09-01 15:03:03
Katrina was obviously a REPUBLICAN!
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LMAOOMFG - 2005-09-01 15:03:29
Then explain it to me. Use small words, cause I guess I am not as smart as you. The floor is yours....
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westburian - 2005-09-01 15:29:50
List of U.S. Aid Recipients Offering | Disaster Relief | | Posted by Plaut's Complaint @ | Thursday 1 September 2005, 1:58 am | | Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has piped in | with his endorsement of the view, | discussed yesterday here, that Bush | and the neocons are responsible for | Hurricane Katrina because they caused | global warming. He wrote inter alia: | "As Hurricane Katrina dismantles | Mississippirs Gulf Coast, itrs worth | recalling the central role that | Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour | played in derailing the Kyoto | Protocol and kiboshing President | Bushrs iron-clad campaign promise to | regulate CO2." See also this. | | Meanwhile, we thought we'd bring you | the list of countries from around the | world (and overseas Red Cross | offices) that in the past received | natural disaster aid from the US who | have volunteered aid and assistance | to New Orleans and Gulfport. Here is | the list: | | . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..that's it, folks....
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POGO - 2005-09-01 16:23:29
"Meanwhile, we thought we'd bring you | the list of countries from around the | world (and overseas Red Cross | offices) that in the past received | natural disaster aid from the US who | have volunteered aid and assistance | to New Orleans and Gulfport. Here is | the list: | | . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. that's it, folks...." Help with what? with money? americans have plundered it already. Money is NOT the issue. It's the distribution of money thats the issue and Dubya has alread earmarked our national resources to protect his elitist friends oil interests, not those poor black people way down there, besides they voted Democratic, who needs 'em!
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Love - 2005-09-01 16:48:11
Many of the town's well-off heeded authorities' warnings to flee north, joining thousands of others who traveled from the Gulf Coast into northern Mississippi and Alabama, Georgia and other nearby states. Hotels along the interstates and other main roads were packed with these temporary refugees. Gas stations and convenience stores -- at least those that were open -- sold out of water, ice and other supplies within hours. But others could not afford to join them, either because they didn't own a car or couldn't raise funds for even the cheapest motel. "No way we could do that," said Willie Rhetta, a bus driver, who remained in his home to await Katrina. Resentment at being left behind in the path of one of the fiercest hurricanes on record may have contributed to some of the looting that occurred in Biloxi and other coastal communities. A number of private residences, including some in upscale neighborhoods, were targeted, residents said. Class divisions, which often fall along racial lines in this once-segregated southern state, are not new to Mississippi. It traditionally is one of the poorest states in the United States. In 2004, Mississippi had the second lowest median household income and the highest percentage of people -- 21.6 percent -- living in poverty, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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well - 2005-09-01 17:19:11
my first thought was :he won't be posting a bloated corpse on this one. hit close to home bob? make you hug your little boy tighter? i hope so.
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vitamin c - 2005-09-01 18:59:43
Wow. UB, you thought the pregnant girl smoking would start the fighting...
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ScoopBrady - 2005-09-01 20:47:46
UB...thanks for the post. Eloquent and prolific. I wish you'd try to get that published in a national newspaper, like the Times.
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MrsSquidley - 2005-09-01 23:03:44
Calm down. Getting upset over small things is what is setting off folks in the disaster area. Face it. There were people who couldn't afford to evacuate, who weren't able to because of health reasons, and lets face it some were stuburn just like some of you in these comments and standed their ground and didn't leave. And lets face this... not everyone is boyscout trained to survive anything past a light bulb going out in the fridge! That's just how it is. It's up to those of us who can do things to help out.
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MS fixit - 2005-09-02 00:49:16
would it be ok if the pregnant woman had a cigarette while waiting to be rescued by a helicopter being fired at by your neighbors on a nearbye roof top? perspective.
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kawkole - 2005-09-02 01:21:41
Why did people stay? That blows my fragile little mind. National Weather System: Cat 5 Hurricane coming your way. Lots of people: Psh, whatever. Smart people: PEACE, I'm outtie! Seriously...find a way out before that happens. The sick and elderly, they would have trouble...why didn't anyone help them?! However, tons of able bodied persons (aka idiots) are being rescued.
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Chunk - 2005-09-02 06:17:36
Simple fact folks. Only about 1 in 100 of the people needing help are white. looks like poor dumb niggras are too stupid to help themselves...then happy to blame everyone else when the shit hits. And please. Before the P.C. cunts get into me. Why am I seeing images of looters stealing Nikes, ciggarettes and Plasmas and not basic foodstuffs? Can you float on a plasma? Can you eat a Nike? Can you make a nappy out of Ciggies?.
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Lorac - 2005-09-02 07:38:34
OK, Chunk, that was unnecessary. While I agree with you about people looting plasmas and people who blame the system, I just saw a WHITE man on Fox News who has finally just heard from his family. They ended up somewhere in Mississippi, after CHOOSING to stay in their New Orleans home for "sentimental" reasons. They had the means, but they didn't get out before the storm. Presumably, his family is also WHITE. Not all stupid people are non-whites (I refuse to use your word, and you're obviously not even smart enough to spell it).
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Chunk - 2005-09-02 08:51:02
Dear Lorac, Actually I spelled it that way to avoid the google bots. I can also spell it niqqers, niggas, n!ggers etc etc. You didn't actually provide a good argument about my racist leanings...ie you didn't mention which member of the white family got shopped for looting/raping/shooting at rescue choppers. Or perhaps they didn't. Are you going to do a follow up on that family? ie did they buy water/bread/milk or fried chicken and beer before the storm hit?
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Old Words - 2005-09-02 09:00:43
Lorac - not to excuse Chunk, but his use of that word was actually a regionally archaic form of the vernacular, and would be considered proper if he were a 115 year old man.
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Squeakzilla - 2005-09-02 09:42:35
Has anyone considered that the images we are being bombarded with are carefully chosen by the media for shock value? I must have seen that guy carrying that big screen TV at least 40 times yesterday. Fortunately, I am not retarded enough (yet!) to think 40 different people were looting 40 different TV's. Anywhere there are criminals, you can bet there will be crime. Some of the victims are criminals, ergo, they will behave as such. Catastrophe can happen ANYWHERE to ANYONE at ANYTIME. Forewarned or not, it doesn't matter. The only thing that separates us from other animals is our compassion and ability to communicate abstract ideas. Sadly, some of you here have demonstrated that you may not be any different than animals for lack of either or both of those abilities. ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS...
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Disgusted - 2005-09-02 09:54:55
All this does not matter. What matters is we all pull together and help each other. Criminy! Floridians has been bashed for many things, but at least we all took care of each other in the days after each hurricane last year.
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Sharon - 2005-09-02 11:06:57
Is it really helping anyone at this point to sit around and talk about what people are doing wrong or how stupid everyone who stayed is? THEY NEED YOUR HELP. Don't forget there could be a time in your life where circumstances beyond your control and your less than stellar decision making skills could land you in the same predicament. Let's stop blaming and start helping.
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Lorac - 2005-09-02 11:59:52
OK, so I may not be completely educated on these and many other matters. My heart swells with pride, however, as I watch them unload the first busloads of people here in San Antonio (and I am ordinarily NOT a bleeding heart liberal type). I'm going to write a check too. Everybody peace out.
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Northstar - 2005-09-02 13:14:46
Sharon, I may have less than stellar decision making skills from time to time, but if I'm being told to get the hell out of dodge because the shithole's about to become Atlantis, you can bet that I'll be gone the next morning.
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Robyn - 2005-09-02 13:22:21
Who cares if they "got out" or not? They are all still in need. All those people that evacuated...can't live in hotels forever...can't keep moving forever...ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT HOMES! Christ, some of these comments I've read make me sick!
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Rachel - 2005-09-02 13:34:13
Six 6 Sicks sucks ass. Well, I may be an idiot, but atleast I'm not going to hell. And you may want to be careful stereotyping the way you did, what I wrote was my opinion.
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Northstar - 2005-09-02 15:48:55
Rachel-- at least you're not going to Hell? What a joke. Go back to the dark ages, moron.
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Rachel - 2005-09-02 21:50:54
I'm not. I'm rubber,you're glue.
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Rachel - 2005-09-02 22:09:47
I retract my earlier statements. I mainly made them because I felt that others were saying some idiotic things. I do feel bad for what is happening in the south and am doing what I can to help. I apologize for being juvenile.
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Six 6 Sicks - 2005-09-03 02:38:21
Sorry Rachel I apologize also. I think I was so pissed at the Presidents (can't speak his evil name) response to this tragedy i just lashed out.
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sweetpea - 2005-09-03 03:16:56
how 'bout instead of bickering amongst yourselves you donate? or shut up?
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one-oh-one - 2005-09-03 10:41:29
one hunred and one. woohoo!
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one-oh-one - 2005-09-03 10:44:06
one hundred and one. woohoo!
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HEEEE!!! - 2005-09-03 11:10:02
Thanks, one-oh-one, I needed that!
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Acorn - 2005-09-03 12:12:30
Thanks for summing it up like that. It's just horrible. Gee, I hope W's friend gets his porch fixed soon, so they can both kick back and have a cold one...
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Lorac - 2005-09-03 12:27:14
Uncle Bob, how and where are you guys? Please let us know that you guys are OK and STOP THE MADNESS that is this comment section....
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Lesley - 2005-09-03 15:54:44
Imagine thinking you had a President and Homeland Security - because that's where most of your taxes have gone to - and finding out that neither could get off their asses to do anything for four fucking days. Bush is going to have kiss a lot of Louisiana ass big time. These people have lost faith in their country...how do you recover that?
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one-oh-seven - 2005-09-03 20:38:01
you're welcome HEEEE!!! it didn't quite turn out the way i had wished, but maybe it will give everyone something else to critcize for a while.
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108 - 2005-09-04 00:20:57
I think everyone is is disgusted with the length of time it has took to help these people. Lost so much faith.
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Brittany - 2005-09-04 00:55:33
Imagine it? I lived it! After 5 days of worry, sweat, fights, cleaning, suffering, dehydration, and holding my nose on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I'm at a very comfortable, Comfort Inn, in Florida, thanks to a very kind employer - Barnes & Noble.
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Tenshi - 2005-09-04 08:54:23
Wow, Brit, I used to work for them. Awesome people. :) I'm happy to hear they did that for you.
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Tenshi - 2005-09-04 09:47:39
Sorry for the doublepost. Maybe this will clear a few things up for some people: http://ghostofgor.diaryland.com/ (Please see the entry about LA, might be the first entry that comes up, but if they update it'll be one entry back.)
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I hate assholes - 2005-09-04 19:20:40
Tenshi, if you ever find yourself in poverty and in harm's way at the same time we'll read that diary entry of yours back at ya so you can feel rest assured we won't be giving a rat's ass about your welfare. Tenshi, you're another uninformed ignorant wuss, the scourge of humanity. Like the rapists, murderers and looters of walmart televisions, you should be shot on sight.
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karenpuppy - 2005-09-05 00:52:38
All this AND I find out that my cousin's national guard unit is shipping out to Iraq. God bless america, cuz we sure as shit need it.
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Pete - 2005-09-05 08:21:09
Bob! Where are you? I'm a recent reader of your diary and now you've stopped posting. I hope that you and your family are not involved in Katrina a and that you will return soon. I'm sure you're mature enought to ignore the idiots who post stupid comments. We all (worldwide) know that people are just people, some are good, some are bad but most just want to get on with their life. You'll always have looters and worse in a situation like that, but when it's all over, there will be many more tales of heroism and bravery - (not that the media will mention too many of those). It looks like your governments (Town, State and National)has let down their people badly this time. the thoughts and prayers (for those who believe) of most of the world's peopleas are with those who have suffered.
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POGO - 2005-09-05 13:24:01
Anen.
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POGO - 2005-09-05 13:24:20
Amen!
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Boop - 2005-09-05 21:10:17
The New Orleans mayor is starting to sound like a moron. He said that they need to start getting the dead bodies out, because the mosquitoes are going to start biting them and spreading disease. Since when did mosquitoes bite DEAD people?
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DRYinIDAHO - 2005-09-06 06:52:32
Wow UB, you really need to move somewhere where the power doesn't go out as much. Try Idaho! No hurricanes up here.
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Tenshi - 2005-09-06 07:34:51
<3 Nameless, faceless accusators. And that's not my entry... good game.
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Niggers suck cock! - 2005-09-06 08:13:36
C'mon slightly brown UB. Take a breath and lets us know how bad your 'riding mower' is doing on 3.35 a gallon you fat fucking seppo cunt.
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tophermo - 2005-09-06 08:49:11
Hey UB your site is hilarious. These comments are some of the funniest I have ever read.
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Dea - 2005-09-06 11:04:08
UB I hope you are ok.
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warcrygirl - 2005-09-06 11:10:06
Mayor Nagin is a raving fucktard. He could have had a more organized evacuation route targeting the people who couldn't get out on their own. How many years have we known that the levees wouldn't withstand a Category 5 hurricane? I read somewhere that rather than try to evacuate the prisoners in their local jails he instead released them; does anyone know if there's any truth to that?

But of course it's ALL Bush's fault.
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The Boy - 2005-09-06 12:46:20
Wow .. all this hate and it's wasted air on a single post. hold out for UB's next entry you fools!!
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Grampa Goomba - 2005-09-06 13:32:29
Now see what ya'll hate mongers did. Uncle Bob don't like us no more and probably wont update this site ever again! For shame!!!!
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luvsLAnotsomuch - 2005-09-06 16:25:49
*clap* *clap* *clap* Nagin is a raving fucktard. However, the local prisoners were not released to fend for themselves. Judging how the animals acted at the Superdome, I can understand how that rumor started.
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sympathy - 2005-09-06 17:21:11
uncle Bob loves the attention. He wants everyone to worry and fret. Please! After reading his stuff for many months he is a very self centered, egotistical, breast fed, baby. He will come back you all, he just loves that people worry about him. It has to do with his birth order. Lets focus on the REAL victums here.
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So sad - 2005-09-06 21:02:36
I was wondering why UB made fun of and had a very sick joke and pic of the Tsunami but it is "different" when it is at home. That is all
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Sad ex reader who had to see this - 2005-09-06 21:04:51
Does anyone not remember his entry about the Tsunami? The picture? What has changed his tune? Oh, it is because it is CLOSER TO HOME?!?! That is just wrong.
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Humungus - 2005-09-07 03:04:59
Uncle Bob; I donít give a rats pink backside what all the rest of these folks think or say; I miss YOU! I like your diary and have followed it for a long time. As a writer I find you entertaining, insightful, funny, thought-provoking, disgusting, irreverent, angry, sarcastic, self-depreciating, rude, endearing, and maybe a touch arrogant at times. I like it all, and I hope that you and yours have fared well. I pray that God will be with all of those that have suffered things I cannot imagine, especially while sitting here on my cushy ass in front of a computer. Instead using this as a forum to spew crap about stuff I don't know the facts on, I just want you to know that I look forward to your return.
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Canadian Steph - 2005-09-07 07:32:17
Hey bob - just post a comment - thats all. Okay maybe that's not all. As a Canadian I am glad we are sending aid in the form of firefighters and police and ships with supplies. My question is this: what the hell is Bush doing down there. Sweet f**k all as far as I can tell. If the people from New Orleans had fairer complexions and the national guard wasn't busy in Iraq things would have gone much smoother. I really feel for those poor bastards that are going through this huge mess - and am glad our government is considering taking some of them in to help resettle. This is the worst thing that has happened in North America in our lifetimes.........
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Squeakzilla - 2005-09-07 08:05:18
UB is the Mad Magazine of online diaries. He writes whatever comes to his mind at the time and has the ballz to leave it where the rest of the world can read it. The fact that we find entertainment value here is secondary to his purpose. With each of his posts there are some people who agree and others that don't. What tickles me is the people who are so offended they SAY they will NEVER read his diary again. As if UB charges a subscription fee or something. Plus... we all know they are still reading they just won't comment or they change their name when they do. And the "runaway" Comments Section (like this one) is a bonus feature that takes on a life of its own. It is at least as much fun as reading UB itself and sometimes exceeds the originating post. IMHO.
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fifi - 2005-09-07 09:55:00
I beg to differ with one of the commenters above. I think UB was bottle-fed. I was, admittedly, surprised by his lack of taste in posting the Tsunami entry back then, and yet I have continued to read UB. As have others who professed their disgust. If I stopped reading someone's diary because I disliked/disagreed with something on it, pretty soon I'd have a smallish number of pretty anodyne blogs to read.... Most commenters, if we met in the real world, would think (or say)"asshole!" and move on. The fun of the internet, or part of the fun, is the ability to interact with others who, in the normal run of things, you'd possibly avoid! Of course, some are perfectly lovely people , too. You know who you are!
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talking about me - 2005-09-07 10:08:51
thank you fifi lol.
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stella - 2005-09-07 10:30:36
135! Woo hoo. Hey UB, hope all is well.
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The Boy - 2005-09-07 12:10:36
Can-eh-dain Steph -- you=fail on politics again. It's not like there's a shortage of National Guardsmen to help along the Gulf Coast because "they're all in IRAQ", this is red-herring failure on your part (Just say that you don't like what's going on in Iraq don't spout lame-words). that's a false speculation that is justnot true, we've got more people on the scene from all branches that are helping and the issue is environmental (flooded toxic wasteland), not manpower related. Second, to suggest that it's a black thing is more ignorant than Kanye West on CNBC, put down the kool-aid and check yourself. This disaster didn't care what the color someone's skin was, it came to kickass... once it blew thru, the reports got out that shit hit the fan and then the logistics of getting all the help down there went to work. There's not a "white's Only" hotline for FEMA and the Red Cross... so shove that crap. The area has a lot of black people... so what. If this happened in Vermont, it'd look the same with white faces, and still there's be asshats like Pelosi and company to say that the aid isn't fast enough.... you know what... IT'S NEVER FAST ENOUGH !! NO ONE CAN GET HELP TO THE PEOPLE IN TIME... EVER, that's why it's called a disaster relief, and not a "pick me up bouquet".... there's a blast for you straight from Alabama.
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The Man - 2005-09-07 13:02:12
The Boy is not informed, ignorant or just a liar. Fully a third of the National guard of Louisiana is deployed in Iraq. The two thirds left were disorganized, unreachable, and just plain under-utilized. The Guards equipment necessary to save these people was (is) in Iraq. These people were victims of poverty before the Hurricane. Federal troops were NOT available due to Iraq. Bushs brain was NEVER available and brainless idiots like "the boy" (in a nutshell, undeveloped, white, uneducated, reactionary) will always be apologists for fascists regimes like the Dubyas.
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elayne - 2005-09-07 14:07:04
Whoo! You da MAN!

The various Bushes just seem to keep making it worse.. and worse.. and worse.. with their unbelievably poorly thought out comments. Hey! Kinda like us here in the UB comments section!

I kinda doubt UB'll be coming back any time soon - he'd been talking about quitting before now, and wouldn't this be the perfect dramatic post to go out on? I think UB's as much of a drama queen as I am.

And I too was disappointed and offended by the fact that he seems to be taking this disaster so much more seriously than the tsunami victims - but, to paraphrase someone else: We all know that people live in horrific conditions every day in other parts of the world. And yes, we ARE angry and sad about that - but the truth is, it's a more intellectual anger; a rational, reasoned response. New Orleans, just like 9/11, is the anger that comes from a sudden punch in the gut.
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Speaking of 9/11 - 2005-09-07 16:24:20
New Yorker's are the BEST! EVERYONE helped and no one whined!
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new yorkers suck - 2005-09-07 16:49:52
they are known for being rude, it took 911 to finally make you all nice to each other. God punishes mean people remember that!
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Garnath Vale - 2005-09-07 17:30:28
Who the hell would want to come back to THIS?! Some of y'all seem nasty for no reason.
I'd think that far far more of UB's true fans skip the comments part of his blog because, to tell the truth, most of it seems like finger-bourne diarrhea.
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The Boy's New Girl - 2005-09-07 20:05:15
I agree wholeheartedly with The Boy. In fact, I think I could fall in love with him.
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judy - 2005-09-07 20:24:59
Oh, my God...may he help us...Please.. I cannot imagine having that kind of strength...yet, I continue to read everything about this disaster I can daily. I'm helping, as well, but money seems so little compared to a presence. A little part of us all dies daily reading Katrina's tales.
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Lorac - the boy's real new girl - 2005-09-07 21:00:07
To: "The Boy's New Girl": Oh girlfriend, I think you're gonna have to fight me for him!
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The Boy & Lorac's Girl - 2005-09-07 21:55:22
I would normally just suggest a threesome, but that would be too boring and agreeable in this drama filled comments section. It's on biatch.
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Jessica - 2005-09-08 03:31:48
Dang...Now I want to read his Tsunami entry. I must have missed it.
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