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Viola! Zee deska:

Birthday boy with the lickers. That’s what my kids call the beaters after they have been used. Somewhere in the bowl, there is a magical transition, see. They go in beaters and come out lickers. He says his birthday, which was Aug 26 is not over til he has cake. It will be over tonight, the first Saturday that both his dad and granddaddy have been off work. Happy Birthday, DS#3. I love you.

BTW, the other kiddos were mad because I did not make him share :P

And, finally Miss Bizzy has a new trick. Check this out, she did it all by herself.

And you thought I was busy before ;)

The Anchoress � Both parties entwined in mediocrity

The wise Anchoress hit the nail squarely on the head, AGAIN!

Kodakgallery.com Slideshow

Incredible series of pictures. Detailed timeline of events in Katrina, from before the ‘cane until the photographer escaped to Texas. It’s a MUST SEE!

United Press International – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper

Police from surrounding jurisdictions shut down several access points to one of the only ways out of New Orleans last week, effectively trapping victims of Hurricane Katrina in the flooded and devastated city.
An eyewitness account from two San Francisco paramedics posted on an internet site for Emergency Medical Services specialists says, “Thousands of New Orleaners were prevented and prohibited from self-evacuating the city on foot.”
“We shut down the bridge,” Arthur Lawson, chief of the City of Gretna Police Department, confirmed to United Press International, adding that his jurisdiction had been “a closed and secure location” since before the storm hit.
“All our people had evacuated and we locked the city down,” he said.
The bridge in question — the Crescent City Connection — is the major artery heading west out of New Orleans across the Mississippi River.
Lawson said that once the storm itself had passed Monday, police from Gretna City, Jefferson Parrish and the Louisiana State Crescent City Connection Police Department closed to foot traffic the three access points to the bridge closest to the West Bank of the river.
He added that the small town, which he called “a bedroom community” for the city of New Orleans, would have been overwhelmed by the influx.
“There was no food, water or shelter” in Gretna City, Lawson said. “We did not have the wherewithal to deal with these people.
“If we had opened the bridge, our city would have looked like New Orleans does now: looted, burned and pillaged.”

But — in an example of the chaos that continued to beset survivors of the storm long after it had passed — even as Lawson’s men were closing the bridge, authorities in New Orleans were telling people that it was only way out of the city.

Emphasis added. Go ahead and read it all, it’s not long, but there are a few more salient points. Oh, like firing over the heads of those who dared approach his bridge. I just have one thing to say about this: murderer.

Actually, I have a lot more to say, but most of it is not fit to type. This …..well, it’s one more example of small minions over-stuffed with self importance costing lives and suffering. Nagin and his unused buses. Blanco and her refusal to grant feds authority. Keeping the Red Cross from delivering relief supplies. And this yahoo, blocking the only exit out of the city.

I better stop now before I lose my witness.

BTW, we’re under a hurricane watch. Just so ya know. Guess I better remind my children of the hurricane song I made up for them last year.

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