Bums, Reykjavik

While cruising through GummiE's blog, I found a link to this site about a very important issue that I know has affected me personally. Check it out.

The above (generally content-looking) bums, by the way, most probably do not have blogs...

And one more thing: I have to say that offers of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who God's own Pat Robertson said should simply be assasinated(watch him say it here), and Cuba's intrepid Fidel Castro prove very ingenous "diplomacy". Even Kofi Annan's UN relief-offer announcement the other day had a hint of irony and slight deprecation. Suddenly the lion has a thorn in its paw and all the "mice" of the world are offering to help pull it out, even the Evil Communist Enemy mice. Because its about people's survival, isn't it? Even if those people don't, in general, wear suits to work...

9 comments:

jared said...

it has been so ridiculous all this mess about the hurricane. i had a very good friend who goes to school there and he got out in time. i'm so sick of hearing all the racial crap. it's not anyone's fault but your own if you didn't heed the warnings. there was an old black woman on tv who said "we stayed because we thought we would be safe" that says it all right there, now that it's over and they feel stupid for staying, they're all bitching about being too poor to leave. i agree that people who are blind an old or in wheelchairs might have had a problem, but they're not the ones screaming into the cameras about the federal government being stupid. every man is eventually responsible for himself. everyone here is so lazy and stupid and looking for a handout. i totally feel for those people and i think everyone should do what they can to help out the people who truly need and deserve help. but i don't think we should spend 100 billion dollars to rebuild such a shitty city anyway. the same thing will happen again. anyone who moves back there and doesn't leave during hurricane season, i'm sorry, but don't call me when you're wading through sewer shit and fighting off looters.

Maria Alva said...

Ok, Jared. I don't need that kind of excessive rant on my web site.

Have you ever been a minimum wage worker with maybe a child or two and not enough money to own a car or even, at the last minute, buy a plane/train/bus ticket out of town? I'm white, I'm attractive, I'm highly educated and hard-working and I have been there.

I'm disappointed to meet the real you in this way on my site. Please think twice before writing in my comments again.

Jim said...

Actually, there were thousands that had absolutely no way of making it out even if they wanted, and even now, they're not even allowed to *walk* out and didn't start received aid for four days. The government *is* at grave fault.

(BTW, Maria - Chavez is from Venezuela.)

Maria Alva said...

Thanks for the correction, Jim. I Googled Chavez to be sure, but still wrote Nicaragua! duhh. I love that this blog is interactive and self-editing...!

I've been watching CNN all week, and even conservative Fox News, and I think that the live footage and location reporting says a lot about the lack of immediate action. Pointing fingers or trying to find a place to lay blame is not always an attractive course of action, but I think the situation in the US South degrading as it was before our eyes on live television, is going to give many an American a reason to consider again their blind fatih in their government. Which is a good thing. We shouldn't ever sit back and assume that nothing needs to change.

I personally believe that, in the end, the flaw in the US system, and in most large systems (govermental or not), is an overburdened, overcomplicated bureaucracy. The sad fact in New Orleans and coastal Mississippi is that taxpayer-funded federal emergency systems that citizens assumed was in place to assist them in times of need did not pull through as well or as soon as it should have, or as many many people thought it could have.

Blame aside, a natural "Act of God" has devastated the lives of well over a million people, of all races, colors, status and religion. They deserve our sympathy and aid. Period.

Anonymous said...

you tell them girl

Professor Batty said...

...thanks for the Nonist link, if you are ever stricken with blog depression, know that you have at least one lurker who enjoys what you are doing...

L said...

Chavez is quite smart, especially in the political arena. And he seems to have much higher moral intelligence than ol' Pat

L said...

Chavez is quite smart, especially in the political arena. And he seems to have much higher moral intelligence than ol' Pat

oh, and about New Orleans... I've read that at least 30% of the population lived below the poverty line & that approximately 1 in 5 did not own a car. Add to that the fact that many people live paycheck to paycheck and already have trouble feeding their families....

jared said...

maria,

i am very sorry. i did not mean to offend you, but i understand your response. i had just finished watching three hours of cnn and i was thinking very irrational and ignorant. it was very insensitive and wrong for me to say those things. i sincerely apologize and i hope you can forgive me.

jared