September 2nd, 2005

Moose With Mug

It's Called "Compassion"

Given everything that's happened down in New Orleans this week, writing about the ups and downs of my own life over the past few days seems kind of shallow. In lieu of posting anything else today, a word from Amy Sullivan, a frequent guest poster to The Washington Monthly, that I'm totally behind:

We've heard the warning "this isn't about politics" over and over in the last few days [Moose: See for some truly breathtaking examples of this crap]. The hell it isn't. And I don't mean kicking Bush while he's down, just for the fun of it, although there are surely liberals eager to do that [Moose: I'm guilty as charged]. For the rest of us, however, we're seeing the awful real-world consequences of conservatism play out on our television screens. This is why we're liberals. We don't yell about poverty and racial disparities for kicks.

(gakked from Making Light)
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Moose With Mug

"The business of America is business." -- Calvin Coolidge

Seriously, there ought to be a special ring of hell devoted solely to these ass-holes in Florida's hotel industry:

Hundreds of Katrina evacuees who fled to Tallahassee seeking refuge from the storm have been politely told by their hotels and motels to leave this weekend to make room for a football game: FSU vs. Miami.

Hotel space is traditionally scarce any time the Florida State Seminoles take on the University of Miami Hurricanes, one of the choicest tickets on the college football schedule.

But with hotels packed with families from Louisiana and Mississippi, and room space booked for Monday's game for months, hotel operators say they are trying to accommodate the evacuees but have no choice but to nudge them out.

"We have to let them know what's going on in town and they're going to have to leave," said Angie Rayman, manager at the Howard Johnson. "Many of them are trying to get closer to home anyway."

Un-fucking-believable. Apparently the milk of human kindness has curdled up and started stinking like it was stuck in the Superdome for five days. It's taking everything within me to not call this Howard Johnson and give Ms. Rayman a piece of my mind.

(anonymous login ID and password for the Miami Herald at
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