Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Chocolate New Orleans

A little something sweet, for Mardi Gras. Mmm, chocolate...


If you haven't already done so, please consider making a doe-nay-shon to assist Hurricane Katrina victims. A lot of them still don't have any reason to celebrate.

Express your desire to help the St. Charles Avenue streetcars. Show some love for the live love acts. Pledge a quarter for the Quarter.

I thank you kindly!

With thanks to Jimmy Molotov for the chocolicity.

16 comments:

Mr Q said...

I contribute weekly by consuming a good 'ol cup o' chickory. Fat Tuesday is on. Almost for a month now here in Universal Studios.

Pete Bogs said...

at Universal you don't have to deal with as much flood damage as in New Orleans, but there's about the same amount of vomit on the ground due to the rides...

Bird said...

I was thinking about New Orleans this morning - listening to a radio show - a fellow from Commonground.org who is in New Orleans and has been, was discussing the rebuilding process -

seems the Feds have NOT released funding as they said they would (oh surprise).

Seems that the most needy folks are not getting the help they need (sometimes they can't even get permits to fix their homes - they are fixing them regardless). Yet the wealthy areas of New Orleans (also white) are moving rapidly along with reconstruction.

The fellow mentioned that many Katrina survivors who were lodged in hotels etc. at slightly reduced rates were thrown out so the hotels could have more rooms available at much higher rates for Mardi Gras.

I haven't checked the facts, but someone on this radio show also mentioned that it's no surprise that Bush administration has not sent the money it promised to New Orleans - it never did send the promised funding to New York after 9/11 - reconstruction there has been funded through the Port Authority of NY and NJ and philanthoprists (sp) and business.

Interesting eh?

Pete Bogs said...

bird - when something big and bad happens there's an uproar for a while, met with promises from the administration for funds... but there's so much going on now the top story changes quickly, and the previous big story gets forgotten about... then they can continue to sit on the funding... I think Bush counts on this... he does a lot of "holding out" on things, such as keeping Rove on staff long after he should have been fired...

I think we should make Abramoff pay for all the Katrina damage out of his own pocket, in exchange for an acquittal... he would also be barred from lobbying for life... greedy bastard!

ardlair said...

Blog on Peter Bogs.
I got back to lip service.

Pete Bogs said...

Ard - that's my plan... cheers...

ffff said...

Watched the news on the mardi gras and how one section of the community was saying "Life must go on. We have to show we can still enjoy ourselves" and the other interviewee said: "How can they do this when we have so much cleaning up to do and we still have nothing?"
Was it just a coincidence that the first group were white and the second lady was black? Just asking.

ffff said...

( After all Pete, your blog is called "Clarity Amid the Muck")

The Flabbergasted Heathen said...

Really, I feel for the people who's lives were devestated by Hurricane Katrina. Just as I felt for those that were hit by the Boxing Day Tsunami. But I also walk down the street and see the homeless in my own community. THese folk who see a story on the news that tugs at their heart, yet fail to see the people at their feet on the way into work...I don't know, I just don't get it. What's the saying? "Charity begins at home." Something like that?

Pete Bogs said...

Alison - yes, the devastation was lopsided... whites did ok, blacks didn't... I was horrified, as it was frightening obvious from watching TV who got left behind, and why - a bunch of poor, black Democrats... if somewhere more prominently white were hit by a natural disaster of some kind, I can't imagine the government responding the same way...

some of my compatriots were so insensitive as to suggest the victims were stupid for not getting out before the storm, even though many were poor, elderly and/or sick... they can't just put the keys in the car and go, they take the bus around town... but the buses sat empty until they filled up with water...

if you look at the archives on my home page, click on September (and possibly late August) and you'll see at least a half-dozen posts about our pathetic, unexcusable response to the storm... that was the clarity from my point of view at the time...

even today's blog, noting a "fun" day in New Orleans, mentions the losses and links to a charity that's still helping out... I donated to three different charities after the storm, including one specifically devoted to helping blacks get ahead in life...

no, it was no coincidence at all who was saying what... during the hurricane, blacks stealing from stores were called "looters," while whites doing the same were "getting supplies..."

disgusting...

Flab - that's the expression, yes... there still has not been enough done to help the unfortunate victims of this storm, or of other disasters...

Pete Bogs said...

Bush admits he wasn't really paying attention to the hurricane until days later!

http://thinkprogress.org/2006/02/28/bush-hurricane-dvd/

why does this man still have his job?

Jack K. said...

Currently the deck is stacked in his favor. That can only last for so long. We dems need to have someone willing and able to step into the breach. At the moment I don't see anyone to do that. Perhaps tomorrow will be a brighter day.

Bird said...

I think it was just coincidence, Alison. I saw various news reports today, and there seems to be no concensus on whether Mardi Gras should have happened today - and opinions don't seem to be racially categorized. I saw an interview with a white person who said, nope, Mardi Gras should have been cancelled and I also saw black people participating in a Mardi Gras celebration.

I'm not sure what I think. I can see both sides - why not have as much of the traditional Mardi Gras as possible - it brings money into the city and is a huge part of new orleans' culture. on the other hand, we've got people who still can't come home to N'Alins - seems sort of flip to pour money into a celebration when folks still need homes repaired/rebuilt, etc.

Pete Bogs said...

there's also the viewpoint that one should try to live one's life as normally as possible even after a disaster... I don't know if I could in this case, though...

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