- Proportion of “People Are Hoarding Twinkies” stories to “Hundreds Of Hostess Workers Now Out Of Work Just In Time For The Holidays” stories: like 6,713,500 to one.
The New York Times, “Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall Along Gulf Coast.”
Thoughts and prayers for everyone down there.(via inothernews)
On the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which brought widespread devastation after the colossal failure of the system built to protect the city, New Orleans on Tuesday night once again found itself facing the impending arrival of a huge and deadly storm.
Isaac, which was upgraded Tuesday morning to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm, churned slowly but with intensifying force toward the mouth of the Mississippi River. The storm made landfall at 7:45 p.m. Eastern time just southwest of the river, about 95 miles from New Orleans, with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.
In a conference call shortly after the system was upgraded to hurricane status, federal officials warned again and again that the storm, which killed 29 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, would generate high seas, intense rain and serious flooding in coastal and inland areas for days.
The hurricane will be the first test of the $14.5 billion, 133-mile ring of levees, flood walls, gates and pumps put in place after Hurricane Katrina by the Army Corps of Engineers, the agency that built the defenses that failed this city catastrophically in 2005.
On Tuesday morning, with the blare of a warning buzzer and the rumble of big motors moving tons of steel, two halves of a massive butterfly gate started moving toward each other to close off New Orleans from the anticipated 12-foot storm surge — making history. With the closing of the new gates, this corner of Lake Borgne, which allowed waters into the city that brought down flood walls and destroyed neighborhoods seven years ago, is now cut off with a barrier nearly two miles long, and the city’s first line of defense begins 13 miles farther out than when Katrina hit.
“We are ready for this,” said Tim Doody, the president of the regional levee board covering much of the New Orleans metropolitan area, which takes over the operation of the hurricane defenses once the corps has completed them.
I don’t give a damn how you view police, shooting police is not okay. Shooting period is not okay. We are not going to end gun violence in the US by killing cops. We are not going to end police brutality by killing cops. From what I can tell this killing had no motive what so ever. I cannot even figure out why these two officers were killed and two more were wounded.
Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan say that there was nothing they could do after Bible-preaching protesters threatened to rape and murder pro-LGBT activists at a “Gay Day” event over the weekend.
In a video posted to YouTube, several protesters with Bibles can be seen shouting at a woman celebrating in the inaugural “Gay Day” celebration, an event organized by the human rights group Tolerance, Equality and Awareness Movement (TEAM) to showcase the community’s diversity.
“Back in the day there was no free power, there was no going to the mall,” one protester tells the woman. “There was, ‘sit your ass in this house until I bring my ass home.’”
“And if your ass get to going out there like you said, guess what?” a second protester adds. “You get raped. And that’s what’s going to happen to you. … Keep your pussy clean, that’s all you need to do. Do you understand?”
After one man claims, “the Lord said that,” the woman challenges him to find the corresponding Bible verse.
He responds with Isaiah 13: “Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.”
“What does ‘ravished’ mean? It means, we going to rape your ass,” the protester explains. “And I’m going to have fun doing that shit. And you going to like that. I promise you.”
After briefly arguing that he is misinterpreting the Bible, the woman observes, “Anything I say, you say it doesn’t matter.”
“It’s going to matter right now,” the man shoots back. “It’s going to matter when your clothes off and I’m going inside of you repeatedly. That’s when it’s going to matter. Because you going to enjoy yourself.”
The woman in the video told WWMT that the men also recited her boyfriend’s license plate number and promised to find and kill him. She said she called 911, but the Grand Rapids Police Department officer told her that there was nothing he could do.
I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.
- “We are stunned and saddened by the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado, and we are keeping the victims, their families and the city in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
- “The media has gone over the top in its efforts to link the tragedy in Aurora with responsible, Constitutionally-protected gun owners. This is nothing more that a reckless campaign that seeks to restrict legal gun ownership under the guise of overreaching gun control laws. Oh and sorry those 12 people died.”
Pat Buchanan raised some eyebrows on Sunday’s “McLaughlin Group” when he cheerfully appeared to express his hope that a woman will not be elected president until at least 2040.
Moderator John McLaughlin, deploying his usual barking style, asked his panelists to “cut to the chase” and tell him when the United States will elect a female president. “When?!” he boomed at them.
“2040 or 2050,” Buchanan offered. “That late?” McLaughlin asked. “Let’s hope so,” Buchanan said. The other panelists chuckled nervously, and Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift (the sole woman present) said, “what about Hillary Clinton in 2016?”
Buchanan later said he had been “joking about 2040,” though he still maintained that it would be a “long time” before a woman reached the Oval Office.
Watch (via Think Progress)