Saturday, March 28, 2009

Weekly Address



President Obama details the federal response to the flooding in the Dakotas and Minnesota, praises the volunteer response, and highlights the efficacy of community action:
In the Fargodome, thousands of people gathered not to watch a football game or a rodeo, but to fill sandbags. Volunteers filled 2.5 million of them in just five days, working against the clock, day and night, with tired arms and aching backs. Others braved freezing temperatures, gusting winds, and falling snow to build levees along the river’s banks to help protect against waters that have exceeded record levels...

Freret jet...

Congratulations and a bouquet of husbandly pride to Premium T., whose poem "After School Alto" has been accepted for publication by Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women...

"F*** the average viewer:" David Simon discusses The Wire with Oliver Burkeman of The Guardian:
"You are sitting in the deconstruction of the American Dream," he says, indicating Baltimore. "Which is to say there was a fundamental myth that if you were willing to work hard, support your family, stay away from shit that ain't good for you, you'd do all right. You didn't have to be the smartest guy in the room. The dream wasn't that everyone could get rich. It was that everyone gets to make a living and see the game on Saturday, and maybe, with the help of a government loan or two, your kid'll go to college."
The heartbreaking fourth season of The Wire is the best television Citizen K. has ever seen...

Molly the Dog has reason number 2,667,385,791 why we need universal health care. Not to mention reason number 734,112,904,733 why health insurance companies suck...


Here's the famous wake scene from the third season of The Wire:


3 comments:

Roy said...

A big difference from the presidential response to Katrina, isn't it? Isn't it great to finally have somebody actually fit for the office serving?

That story about the insurance coverage denial was absolutely disgusting. People like that woman and especially her supervisor need to be lined up against the wall!

K. said...

Roy, Katrina crossed my mind as well. The two aren't comparable, but it was reassuring to know that the president has a firm grasp of federal disaster responsibilities.

Last night, Dateline focused on collection agencies, which have to be down there with insurance companies in terms of the disgust level they elicit. One of the ones they delved into was operated by ex-convicts running a setup that specialized in intimidation. One family actually fled their home and checked into a hotel.

ZenYenta said...

Congratulations to Premium T!

Collection agencies are bottom feeding scum, although that may be an oxymoron.