Saturday, September 24, 2005

Tag or Die

Hmmm, I've apparently been tagged by the C.G.P. This means I must now post 5 songs I like and, in turn, tag 5 other individuals to do the same. If I tag you, my most sincere apologies for the inconvenience, but it appears that this "tagging" ritual carries with it some sort of curse that inflicts great pain on he who fails to heed it's rules.

What are those rules you ask?

THE RULES: List five songs that you are currently loving. It doesn't matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions, the artists, and the songs in your blog. Then tag five other friends to see what they're listening to.

Yes, so here we go.

"A Favor" by Okkervil River
"The Pretender" by Dr. Dog
"Manhattan" by Head of Femur
"Uh-Oh, It's Morning Time Again" by Mount Eerie
"I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon to Your Star" by The Boy Least Likely To

Well I guess that pretty much wraps that up, excepting the fact that I need to tag five other unsuspecting individuals, which I'll get to momentarily. First, you'll notice I made all those songs up there click-able, so you can click them. Go ahead now, put your little mousy right over one of them and click it. That'll give you the opportunity to download any one of them and enjoy it for yourself. Now, if'n you do so, please be so kind as to let me know what you think. Danke.

Since I'm in such a musical mood (and because I haven't done it in forever) I've decided to put up a new song in the Songs to Love section at the right. Enjoy it, it's Animal Collective, they're bizarre.

Right, so on to tagging. Hmmm, well of course I'll have to reach out and touch Crystal. So four more... let's go with Drew, Kim, Mike Moore, and as a peace offering, Brandon.

Good. So have at it then.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


For those of you who were wondering why Duncan Avenue was shut down yesterday...

Body found along bike path
DUNDEE TOWNSHIP — Several passersby discovered a dead man along the Fox River Trail Monday afternoon, prompting closure of section of the bike path and nearby Duncan Avenue just north of Elgin's Trout Park.

The man was a probable murder victim, police said. Officials did not disclose the man's identity as of 8:45 p.m. pending notification of family members, police said.

Police were dispatched to the spot where the body was found around 2 p.m. and quickly cordoned off a small, wooded area just east of the Fox River between Covey Street to the north and the Interstate 90 overpass to the south in unincorporated Kane County. The location was yards away from the border between Elgin and Dundee Township, and fell within the Kane County Sheriff's jurisdiction.

Police widened the closed-off area to Trout Park Boulevard.

The people who found the body, two men and one woman, remained on the scene. The Polish speakers did not communicate in English.

This is about a mile from my house. I was actually fishing right were this happened last week. On the way home today a noticed a Latino family putting a large cross up on the side of the road. My guess is the crime occurred elsewhere and the body was dropped off here. However, that is just speculation.



Sunday, September 04, 2005

Setting the record straight

It has come to my attention that since I did not blame George Bush for the tragedy that is Katrina's rescue effort, I am a "spewing partisan rhetorical mis-information." Since I am not a Republican this is really disturbing to me. So in an effort to distance myself from the Bush administration I will use this post to point out some obvious truths about the man, George Bush:

George Bush actually caused hurricane Katrina. Well, not so much caused it but at least empowered it by planting underwater heaters beneath the Gulf of Mexico to make sure any hurricane that was there would definitely become a cat5 storm that would hit New Orleans.

Why would George Bush be against New Orleans?

Obviously because New Orleans voted 77% for Kerry. For sure he'd be mad at them and want to spite them. He could have, for instance, NOT put billions of dollars into the war with Iraq, and instead built a super flood protection center for the poor. Then they would be safe. But no, because George Bush hates poor people and everyone knows that poor people vote for Democrats. So Bush had to destroy them.

He's also a dirty capitalist who supports businesses who are in the business of greenhouse gas production. Because only greedy corporations create greenhouse gasses. Certainly not volcanoes or even super rich liberal movie stars and greedy musicians like the Bono who only use giant SUV's and planes with ozone friendly exhausts.

On second thought I probably shouldn't blame the underwater heaters on Bush because I read somewhere that was Karl Rove's idea. Of course Karl is Bush's right hand man so he's probably just as guilty. Hmmmm.

It's just too bad John Kerry isn't president because there is just no way he would have let the hurricane happen, let alone destroy New Orleans. Because Jon Kerry loves the black people!

Also, thanks to a tip from my ultra-liberal (and therefore intelligent) Mother, I now have information that proves that George Bush assassinated William Rehnquist so that he could appoint one of his own evil neo-con judges of doom! OF DOOM I TELL YOU!

Now to complete my anti-republican post I will post the mandatory liberal pictures of George Bush.







Friday, September 02, 2005


A particularly offensive article was posted on CNN tonite.

If it's alright with you I'll quote the parts that I find particularly disgusting.

Black lawmakers angry about federal response to Katrina

At a news conference Friday, black members of Congress were critical of the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Black members of Congress expressed anger Friday at what they said was a slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

"It looks dysfunctional to me right now," said Rep. Diane Watson, D-California.

She and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, along with members of the Black Leadership Forum, National Conference of State Legislators, National Urban League and the NAACP, held a news conference and charged that the response was slow because those most affected are poor.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Illinois, said too much focus has been placed on the looting, taking away from what should be the priority: getting food, water and stability to the tens of thousands of displaced victims.

It's hard to know where to start.

It's pretty apparent at this point that the man responsible for most of the terrible things you have seen in the past few days is going to go unpunished. In fact, it appears that this man will go on to appear a victim in this tragedy. I've read countless blogs, some blaming the President for lack of concern, some blaming FEMA for lack of response, many blaming the rich for not caring for the poor. However, I've yet to see a single blog or media story call out the man who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians.

That man is NOT George Bush.

That man IS Ray Nagin.

A cat5 storm hit his town and Ray Nagin did nothing. Looters began taking food that was not theirs to take, and Ray Nagin did nothing. Looters began stealing guns, and Ray Nagin did nothing. Looters began breaking into medical facilities and pharmacies to steal narcotics and Ray Nagin did nothing. Looters turned to assailants, attacking rescuers attempting to airlift stranded individuals and Ray Nagin did nothing. Assailants turned to sexual predators as men attacked, raped, and murdered women and children and Ray Nagin did nothing. One particularly disturbing account of such activities reads as such:

Sitting with her daughter and other relatives, Trolkyn Joseph, 37, said men had wandered the cavernous convention center in recent nights raping and murdering children.

She said she found a dead 14-year old girl at 5 a.m. on Friday morning, four hours after the young girl went missing from her parents inside the convention center.

"She was raped for four hours until she was dead," Joseph said through tears. "Another child, a seven-year old boy was found raped and murdered in the kitchen freezer last night."

What could Ray Nagin have done? Well the easy answer to that is, of course, something. He could have properly planned and trained his local law enforcement to handle a catastrophe such as this. He could have, once the hurricane hit and passed seized and secured the local grocery stores and used the food and supplies to feed the survivors. He could have seized and secured the local gun retailers to prevent them from falling into the hands of looters. He could have seized and secured the local pharmacies and hospitals so that they could be used to treat the wounded and sick. He could have taken serious steps to stop looting at the first signs to send a message to others that it would not be tolerated.

He could have preserved order.

Instead he promoted lawlessness and disorder. He sent thousands of refugees to the local convention center and did NOT alert FEMA. In fact, FEMA officials learned of this decision from watching CNN's coverage. The result was thousands of people packed into a small space with nobody in charge. No authority whatsoever. That's why you have men raping children to death in public. That's why people are starving to death.

And this man has the nerve to get on the air and blast the Feds for not doing enough to help. Yes, it's true that FEMA could have done more, but at least they did something.

Tell me again how President Bush doesn't like black people.

Tell me again how FEMA's response is inadequate.

Tell me again how it's rich America's fault that poor people in New Orleans are dying.

Heck, even Mayor Nagin has some blame to pass around:

“I don’t know if it’s the governor’s problem [Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco] or if it’s the president’s problem but they need to get their asses on a plane and sit down the two of them and figure this out right now.”

Everyone's problem except yours, eh Mr. Nagin?