September 9, 2005

Overdue Shotgun (Updated!)

Bonus Links!

“The Cute Redhead” from Thirdmate’s H.M.S. Impossible sends along a link to a prophetic National Geographic article. Thirdmate himself is resting in Alabama after driving for 2 days straight, she thought you folks might appreciate this story, which was originally published in 2004. Check this out, and see if it doesn’t give you the creeps:

But the next day the storm gathered steam and drew a bead on the city. As the whirling maelstrom approached the coast, more than a million people evacuated to higher ground. Some 200,000 remained, however—the car-less, the homeless, the aged and infirm, and those die-hard New Orleanians who look for any excuse to throw a party.
The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. […] Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

When did this calamity happen? It hasn’t—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City.

Continued safe travels to Thirdmate, and thanks for the link “TCR.”

Patti sends along this story about an approach that gay marriage proponents are taking in response to the effort in Massachusetts to make such marriages explicitly illegal: Gay advocates plan to post names of anti-gay marriage petition signers. I always thought that we were a somewhat live-and-let-live state (maybe not as much as NH) but the effort to make these marriages illegal strikes me as a mean. Posting the names of the petition signers… is that intimidation or a sincere effort to take public information and make it available so that when people sign something that targets one group of people, they ought to mean it enough that their neighbors can see what they think?

You decide. I think that people should stand by their opinions. Especially when they’re changing the law specifically to affect others.

Google Maps has this link now to recent satellite pictures of the New Orleans devastation. I think Bob McC first sent me this link. This Google Map makes it easier to see the widespread destruction and flooding. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make it any easier to understand or get your head around.

Thanks, all, for the links.

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Mmmmmmmmmm. Shotgun goodness. I like the pocket planner. I may have to try that out. I have a day planner, but it is always in my backpack. I never use it. Maybe this will work better.

Some of the stuff will have to keep until I am at a non-linux PC.

Posted by: briwei at September 9, 2005 12:01 PM

I'm very choosy with my hard-earned money, and if there's a business owner whose name I see on this gay-hating petition, you can bet your sweet bippie that he or she will never see one more red cent from yours truly.

As I said to the author, Tom Lang, if a person doesn't mind putting his name to such a petition, he won't mind my knowing he's a big ole bigot.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 9, 2005 1:15 PM

That's not intimidation. That's you making a decision to take your business elsewhere.

Intimidation would be if you were to camp out on his lawn and burn crosses, or whatever.

AFAIK, the pro-gay marriage folks are not into that kinda thing so much. Which is probably part of why many in this state would like to just give them their rights and not hear about it any more. I haven't seen any polls, but with all the problems we face as a commonwealth and a country, I can't believe that people would go out of their way and spend time ensuring that these folks don't get the right to have their relationships legally acknowledged.

As some have said, maybe the government needs to get out of the marriage business if it's going to waste time excluding gays.

Posted by: James at September 9, 2005 1:36 PM

Grim Reaper Show--excellent!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 9, 2005 2:37 PM

AFAIK, the pro-gay marriage folks are not into that kinda thing so much.

Oh, I wouldn't say that. I shared that Globe story with my gay friends yesterday, and they were very happy. One friend was on the verge of sending it on as he got my email.

I think sometimes being nice and quiet gets you places, but when that fails, it's time to start with the head butting.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 9, 2005 2:39 PM

I was talking about the cross-burning type of behavior. As far as I know, that doesn't really go on around here.

If you meant to say that gay marrieag supporters do like to burn crosses on people's lawn, then your neighborhood is different from mine. :D (I don't think that's what you meant)

I DO think that this list is the type of thing that activists would engage in. Because it's getting the info out there and holding people accountable for their opinions.

If you're going to sign something, you should really mean it.

maybe we'd have fewer stupid frivolous laws if people actually took more responsibility for supporting them.

Posted by: James at September 9, 2005 2:44 PM

Don't forget--there are a lot of ex-ACT UP people--some are friends of mine--who are ready and willing to do whatever it takes.

Remember their slogan, Silence=Death? Well, in the case of gay marriage, silence is equal to allowing yourself to be marginalized, further discriminated against, and called "unnatural," and "immoral," by some whose closets are quite, shall we say, untidy.

Now is the time to take bold action, not sit by, hoping and pleading that people make nice.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 9, 2005 2:46 PM

Yep, well you can kiss gay marriage in MA goodbye if they make the TV with that stuff, just once. I guarantee.

If it's bold political action, yeah, that'll work.

If it's intimidating the people on that list... "Houston, we have a problem."

Posted by: James at September 9, 2005 2:55 PM

My guess is, what the gay marriage supporters really need is for Rev. Phelps to come back and spend about a month telling the state how he feels about gay marriage.

That stuff doesn't play well here. It convinces people in the other direction.

Posted by: James at September 9, 2005 2:59 PM

Ah, Phelps. Now he's a guy who could really help us here. I agree with you--he makes even the "anti" camp uncomfortable.

Plus, no one likes an outsider telling them what's wrong with their own house.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 9, 2005 3:17 PM

Yeah, either him or the Repent Church group that was blaming Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans' upcoming (since cancelled) gay pride parade. *rolls eyes*

Posted by: soxfan at September 9, 2005 3:53 PM

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