Meditations - ta eis heauton
- Name: Will
- Location: Austin, Texas, United States
I'm a software engineer / partner working for a young company in Austin, Texas, USA. I spend most of my free time hanging out with friends and family, eating out, and partying in the Warehouse District. I should spend more time working on my house....
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
Why can't I own a Canadian?
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Scary blacks thinking of staying in Texas!
Monday, September 05, 2005
A Failure of Leadership
Like a boy being prepped for a second crack at a failed exam, Mr. Bush has been meeting with his handlers to see what steps can be taken to minimize the political fallout from this latest demonstration of his ineptitude. But this is not about politics. It's about competence. And when the president is so obviously clueless about matters so obviously important, it means that the rest of us, like the people left stranded in New Orleans, are in deep, deep trouble.
But a president who flew from Crawford to Washington in a heartbeat to intervene in the medical case of a single patient, Terri Schiavo, has no business lecturing anyone about playing politics with tragedy. Eventually we're going to have to examine the administration's behavior before, during and after this storm as closely as its history before, during and after 9/11. We're going to have to ask if troops and materiel of all kinds could have arrived faster without the drain of national resources into a quagmire. We're going to have to ask why it took almost two days of people being without food, shelter and water for Mr. Bush to get back to Washington.
I had totally forgotten about the way Georgie and jumped to do the right(white)-wing's bidding in the Schivo case. It is stunning when we are reminded of these actions in juxtaposition. Bush flew from Crawford in the early hours of the morning (disturbing the usual 8-10 hours he gets a night) in order to sign a bill that would force action on the Terry Schiavo case. Yet, as New Orleans was still filling with water he was sleeping in Crawford.
Unfortunately, Bush isn't the only member of his administration to fail upward. One example, FEMA director Michael Brown. Yeah, the guy in charge of disaster relief for Katrina has failed upward, very upward. After all, a guy who gets fired from being the commissioner of judges and stewards for the International Arabian Horse Association (his full-time job!) really shouldn't have been elevated to deputy director of FEMA (and later elevated to director). This is just sad.
People complain about affirmative action suggesting that a less qualified minority candidate may be put in a position that they are not prepared for and thus underperform. Certainly a point to consider if evidence were to show it to be true. However, I think the Bush administration's cronyism has proven to be worse than could have been imagined.
Update: Maureen Dowd says it elequently in the Saturday Times:
Michael Brown, the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA - a job he trained for by running something called the International Arabian Horse Association - admitted he didn't know until Thursday that there were 15,000 desperate, dehydrated, hungry, angry, dying victims of Katrina in the New Orleans Convention Center.I guess she didn't know the horse lovers fired his ass.
Update 2 : Krugman does an even better job on Monday:
But the downgrading of FEMA continued, with the appointment of Michael Brown as Mr. Allbaugh's successor.
Mr. Brown had no obvious qualifications, other than having been Mr. Allbaugh's college roommate. But Mr. Brown was made deputy director of FEMA; The Boston Herald reports that he was forced out of his previous job, overseeing horse shows. And when Mr. Allbaugh left, Mr. Brown became the agency's director. The raw cronyism of that appointment showed the contempt the administration felt for the agency; one can only imagine the effects on staff morale.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Wow, that is a bit excessive
"I am absolutely disgusted," said Sajeewa Chinthaka, 36, watching a cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, according to the Reuters news agency. "After the tsunami, our people, even the ones who lost everything, wanted to help the others who were suffering. Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the U.S., we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is."
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Could we lose New Orleans entirely?
If you think things are bad in those places now, imagine if another hurricane hits while we are still trying to do the basic reconstruction efforts (like reinforcing the levees around New Orleans). Scary thoughts...