We can be incredibly political and provide you with beaucoup links showing how the Bush administration could've averted all this--but we won't. Instead, the Mexican will link to various blogs that list charities helping out the cause for the duration of his Naranja stay. Yesterday, we linked to Hugh Hewitt's site; today, we link to LA Observed, our favorite Southern Californian blog. Kyrie Elison.

Posted Sept. 1, 2:55 p.m.

What pithy, hilarious tripe can we possibly offer when the beautiful people of New Orleans are suffering? Here, instead, are some sources for news and how to help.

New Orleans Times-Picayune blog

Updated constantly with on-the-ground reporting...for a while. Consider the harrowing words of T-P reporter Gordon Russell:

The journalists retreated to Russell's home Uptown where they hid in fear. They planned to flee the city later today. Almost everywhere Russell went Uptown, one of the few relatively dry areas in Orleans Parish, he said he felt the threat of violence. "There is a totally different feeling here than there was yesterday (Wednesday)," said Russell, who has reported on the aftermatch of Hurricane Katrina since the storm devastated the city on Monday. "I'm scared. I'm not afraid to admit it. I'm getting out of here."

Kyrie Elison


We're usually not too wild about the O.C. conservative talk-show host and God of the Bloggers (see Commie Girl's comments on his recent New Yorker profile) but the man is a compassionate human, and his blog includes links to muchas charities.

Kyrie Elison.

Repent America

According to this Philadelphia-based fundie group, the gays brought on Katrina:

"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "From 'Girls Gone Wild' to 'Southern Decadence,' New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. From the devastation may a city full of righteousness emerge," he continued..."We must help and pray for those ravaged by this disaster, but let us not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long," Marcavage said. "May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God," Marcavage concluded.

Amazingly, these fucks are not associated with the Fred Phelps gang. Send the Repent America demons some love here.

Kyrie Elison.

Posted Aug. 31, 6:05 p.m.

The other jackboot dropped--the colonial Minutemen did wear jackboots, right? Or am I confusing a historical group with Nazis again? Damn California public education!--but, yet, the other foot covering dropped, 48th Congressional District independent candidate Jim Gilchrist filed action in Sacramento Superior Court to keep "Minuteman" as his ballot designation. Until the matter is resolved, a Gilchrist press statement claims, the Orange County Registrar of Voters has ceased printing sample ballots for the Oct. 4 race for the seat Chris Cox vacated to ensure the filthy rich get filthier richier. Gilchrist's suits holds OC registrar Steve Rodermund and California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson personally responsible for rejecting "Modern Minuteman" or the alternative "Director, Minuteman Project" as Gilchrist's occupation on the ballot. After prompting from another candidate in the race, Rodermund and McPherson ruled that use of an organization name or position conflicts with state law. But Gilchrist's suit cites a state Election Code section that states the ballot designation may include, "No more than three words designating either the current principle professions vocations, or occupation, or the principle professions, vocation or occupation of the candidate during the calendar year immediately preceding the filing of nomination documents." Claims Howie Morgan, who is not the bastard love child of Howie Long and Harry Morgan but Gilchrist's campaign manager, "As a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran, Jim Gilchrist has the right to wear any label that he has earned, including the title 'Minuteman.'" [Actually, Clockwork knows of no election law that gives a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran special rights not afforded any other candidate—not in my America anyway, bucko. But please, Mr. Morgan, continue . . .] "Mr. Gilchrist plays the lead role in recruiting thousands of men and women to volunteer in campaigns to protect our borders on a daily basis. Any other designation would not be an accurate title for the candidate, or to the voters in the 48th District."

To be perfectly honest, Clockwork could give a shit what Gilchrist lists as his occupation. Indeed, "Minuteman" might even turn many astute voters off, even in a knucle-dragging district like the 48th. But the law is in place for a reason. There are all kinds of organizations--established or all-volunteer, real or imagined or made-up-on-the-spot--that a candidate could use to garner an unfair advantage over everyone else in a race. And rather than investigating each one of those occupation claims--remember, in this race alone, there are 17 candidates--would seem a royal waste of taxpayer-funded time and resources. But, like we said above, we could give two shits.

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