Why yes, yes it is.

Filed under: Quotables — olivander May 1, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

Department of Redundancy Department

Interview on NPR, pertaining to the unsanitary conditions of a nearby corporate hog farm:

“That hog farm is a pig sty.”

Quiet Minds

Filed under: Quotables — olivander April 21, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

Quiet Minds

Quote of the day

Filed under: Musings, Quotables — olivander June 12, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

Local news guy: “[Tropical storm] Alberto is expected to make landfall somewhere along the coast.”

As opposed to making landfall elsewhere??

Quote of the day

Filed under: Quotables — olivander September 30, 2005 @ 10:18 am

“If you wanted to reduce crime, you could — if that were your sole purpose — you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.”

Former Secretary of Education William Bennett, demonstrating that gambling addiction isn’t his only problem, on his talk-radio program Thursday.

At summer’s end

Filed under: Quotables, Stolen moments — olivander September 21, 2005 @ 10:31 am

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At summer’s end, originally uploaded by olivander.

“Nothing so fair, so pure, and at the same time so large, as a lake, perchance, lies on the surface of the earth. … It is a mirror which no stone can crack, whose quicksilver will never wear off, whose gilding Nature continually repairs; no storms, no dust, can dim its surface ever fresh; — a mirror in which all impurity presented to it sinks, swept and dusted by the sun’s hazy brush — this the light dust-cloth — which retains no breath that is breathed on it, but sends its own to float as clouds high above its surface, and be reflected in its bosom still. A field of water betrays the spirit that is in the air. It is continually receiving new life and motion from above.”

–H.D. Thoreau, Walden

Voices from the storm

Filed under: Quotables — olivander September 8, 2005 @ 2:37 pm

Some quotes seen/heard in the media over the last couple of weeks. I believe they are self-illuminating.

“Brown said President Bush authorized the aid under an emergency disaster declaration issued following a review of FEMA’s analysis of the state’s request for federal assistance. FEMA will mobilize equipment and resources necessary to protect public health and safety by assisting law enforcement with evacuations, establishing shelters, supporting emergency medical needs, meeting immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining human needs and protecting property, in addition to other emergency protective measures.”
“Emergency Aid Authorized for Hurrican Katrina Emergency Response in Louisiana,” FEMA press release, Sat, Aug 27

“On Saturday, President Bush has declared an emergency for the states of Louisiana and Mississippi opening up FEMA’s ability to move into the state and assist the state and local governments with mobilizing resources and preparations to save lives and property from the impact of Hurricane Katrina.”
“Homeland Security Prepping for Dangerous Hurricane Katrina,” FEMA press release, Sun, Aug 28

“A computer model run by the LSU Hurricane Center late Saturday confirmed [the potential for disaster]. It indicated the metropolitan area was poised to see a repeat of Betsy’s flooding, or worse, with storm surge of as much as 16 feet moving up the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet and topping levees in Chalmette and eastern New Orleans, and pushing water into the 9th Ward and parts of Mid-City. High water flowing from Lake Pontchartrain through St. Charles Parish also would flood over levees into Kenner, according to the model.”
“Katrina Takes Aim,” The Times-Picayune, Sunday, Aug 28

“I don’t want to alarm everybody that, you know, New Orleans is filling up like a bowl. That’s just not happening.”
FEMA official Bill Lokey on Tuesday, Aug 30, as New Orleans filled like a bowl from breaches in three levees

“Paula, the federal government did not even know about the convention center people until today.”
–Micheal Brown, who apparently does not own a television, in an interview with CNN’s Paula Zahn on Thursday, Sept 1

“I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”
King George II on Thursday, Sept 1, in an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America

“The collapse of a significant portion of the levee leading to the very fast flooding of the city was not envisioned.”
–Department of Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff on Saturday, Sept 3, who apparently missed the New Orleans Time-Picayune’s 2002 5-part series outlining exactly what would happen if a hurricane hit the city

“It’s going to look like a massive shipwreck.”
–Walter Maestri, Jefferson Parish emergency management director, “The City in a Bowl”, Sept 20, 2002

“I’ve heard you say during the course of a number of interviews that you found out about the convention center today. Don’t you guys watch television? Don’t you guys listen to the radio?”
–Ted Koppel, confirming that Michael Brown does not own a television on “Nightline,” Friday, Sept 2

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”
King George II on Friday, Sept 2 to Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown

So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (laughs) this is working out very well for them.
–Former first lady Barbara Bush, touring the Astrodome on Monday, Sept 5, where conditions are said to be little better than in the Superdome.

“The world’s only remaining superpower that has taken upon itself the great responsibility of saving and reforming the rest of the world, couldn’t protect its own people in its own backyard.”
“From Mumbai to New Orleans: Bungling with the Basics,” Dubai Khaleej Times, Wed, Sept 7

Collapsing World

Filed under: Quotables, Rants — olivander September 6, 2005 @ 2:43 pm

It strikes me that the title of this blog is more appropriate than ever. It has its origins in a regular column I wrote for my college paper many moons ago. In that particular frame of the film, the economy was stagnant in a recession no one would acknowledge, we were in the midst of (at the time) the most controversial war since Vietnam, and the emerging science of DNA comparison was revealing a ghastly number of innocent people sentenced to Death Row. Every facet of what we had known to be good and just about the world seemed to be, piece by piece, falling down around us.

How little things change, eh?

Now we have witnessed the literal collapse of both a city and society within it. Now that adequate relief support has finally reached the survivors along the gulf coast, the real questions are beginning to be asked. Primarily: why the hell did it take four days for meaningful help to reach these poor people? Even President Clinton, reluctant ever to speak a harsh word of anyone, said, “Our government failed those people in the beginning, and I take it now there is no dispute about it. One hundred percent of the people recognize that–that it was a failure.”

At the end of Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, even milder-mannered Bob Schieffer delivered what for him was a downright foaming-at-the-mouth diatribe against the officals responsible. It bears repeating. I hope he will not mind my reprinting it here in full for those who missed it:

A personal thought. We have come through what may have been one of the worst weeks in America’s history, a week in which government at every level failed the people it was created to serve. There is no purpose for government except to improve the lives of its citizens. Yet as scenes of horror that seemed to be coming from some Third World country flashed before us, official Washington was like a dog watching television. It saw the lights and images, but did not seem to comprehend their meaning or see any link to reality.

As the floodwaters rose, local officials in New Orleans ordered the city evacuated. They might as well have told their citizens to fly to the moon. How do you evacuate when you don’t have a car? No hint of intelligent design in any of this. This was just survival of the richest.

By midweek a parade of Washington officials rushed before the cameras to urge patience. What good is patience to a mother who can’t find food and water for a dehydrated child? Washington was coming out of an August vacation stupor and seemed unable to refocus on business or even think straight. Why else would Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert question aloud whether New Orleans should even be rebuilt? And when he was unable to get to Washington in time to vote on emergency aid funds, Hastert had an excuse only Washington could understand: He had to attend a fund-raiser back home.

Since 9/11, Washington has spent years and untold billions reorganizing the government to deal with crises brought on by possible terrorist attacks. If this is the result, we had better start over.

Overheard in the break room

Filed under: Collapsables, Quotables — olivander July 21, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

Discussing a nearby elk farm
Her: “I’m from Montana, and I’ve never seen elk in the wild.”
Him: “I’ve been bear hunting, and I’ve never seen a bear in the wild.”

I’m thinking, if you’ve never even seen a bear in the wild, then maybe bear hunting isn’t for you. Maybe he should start with, say, bearspotting and work his way up.