Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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09/08/2005: Today's WTF? Moment:

From Bryan at Why Now?:

The original Federal Disaster Declaration issued on August 27th included every parish in Louisiana except those likely to be struck. It does not include New Orleans or the surrounding area.

A second Disaster Declaration that included New Orleans was not issued until August 29th.

These are from the White House site. They screwed up. The tip of Louisiana was the last area to receive a disaster declaration.

Nothing was being sent to New Orleans until after the storm because there was no authorization.
[Emphasis supplied. --LRC]
Go to Bryan's site and look at the awesome map, which makes it very clear which parishes were included in the initial declaration, and which were included in the followup declaration.

An awe inspiring illustration of a brain spasm so monumental, it raises the question, "Were these guys born stupid, or did they have to go to school for it?" And it explains why the GOP is making sure that it can control the "investigation" (read: "whitewash") of the Federal non-response to Katrina.


HONORABLE MENTION: From Talking Points Memo, we learn that GOP übermensch Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Charlie Winburn, Republican candidate for the office of mayor of Cincinnati. This is of interest to me because Winburn is on record as believing that only born-again Christians should hold political office:
"Politics is dirty because the true believers are not really involved in it," Winburn wrote in his 1989 book, "Ruling and Reigning in the '90s." "We Christians must clean up politics. It is our job to elect only born-again believers to public office. If office holders aren't Christian and refuse to obey the laws of God, we must work hard, under the law, to unseat them."
Occasionally I get criticized (at least implicitly) by another professed atheist for being so "hardcore" and seemingly intolerant of religion. Hey, I'd be willing to be tolerant, if I really had reason to believe that the religious right wingnuts were as tolerant of me as they think I ought to be of them.

[For the record, I'm not really that intolerant of religion, however, I do agree with H.L. Mencken's oft-expressed sentiment: There is nothing in religious ideas, as a class, to lift them above other ideas. On the contrary, they are always dubious and often quite silly, and I'm not afraid to point out when I think religious ideas and beliefs are, IMHO, silly.]

Len on 09.08.05 @ 11:39 AM CST

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