Katrina Tearin’ Stuff Up
Hurricane Katrina had already caused substantial damage to Florida Thursday night before making a left turn and heading north straight toward New Orleans – a city 10 feet BELOW sea level. New Orleans uses levees, canals and pumps to keep dry year round. It’s surrounded by the Mississippi River on one end and Lake Pontchartrain on the other. The city hasn’t suffered any major devastation in over 40 years. There was a mandatory evacuation posted for New Orleans with 80% of all residents leaving town before Katrina made landfall this morning. Luckily the category four hurricane veered slightly to the right and the eye of the hurricane barely missed the swampy city. Winds are said to still be a pounding 145 miles per hour. In 1965 New Orleans suffered the last major hit from a hurricane – hurricane Betsy – a category 3 hurricane that killed 74 folks.
MTV VMAs Went Off With A Bang
Diddy, Sean Combs, Puffy or whatever he’s calling himself these days pulled off an exciting 2005 MTV Video Music Awards last night in Miami, Florida. The awards show producers had their fingers crossed after hurricane Katrina tore through Miami Thursday killing several people. On Saturday night Suge Knight of Death Row Records was shot in the leg while attending a star-studded party thrown by Kanye West. All said, the night could’ve been a bust, but Diddy, who had three wardrobe changes in the first 30 minutes of the show pulled it off with a plenty of ghetto fabulous class. The tribute to Biggie – including the meshing of classical music with hip-hop was a poignant part of the show. Mariah Carey performed from an off-site location while surrounded by Cabana boys singing her new hit Shake It Off. Now I’ll preface this statement with this… Mariah’s my girl… Now, that said, what the heck was the story with the stiff and lip sync-esque performance? She looked like someone was pulling strings on her puppet-looking-azz. Well, let me breathe…. I think I just spilled my coffee on my keyboard – twice! The VMAs are sure to run on MTV this week in super reruns, so be sure to catch the show if you missed it last night. Sidebar: Eva Langoria of desperate housewives – what the heck was that outfit all about?
Ignorance, Disrespect and Hate In the Name of Jesus
The Rev. Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas says American soldiers are being killed in Iraq as vengeance from God for protecting a country that harbors gays. He took his message to the funeral of two soldiers this Saturday and chanted these remarks as families of the deceased mourned their loved ones. The two soldiers were not gay – then again, the message is that they were being killed for harboring and protecting gays – or so the pathetic reverend alleges. Local residents said the protest was disrespectful, ill-timed and hurtful. Sidebar: I’m curious, who agrees with Phelps stand?
One of last week’s blog stories spurned some harsh reactions from fellow bloggers. The story involved priests and their sexual abuse of young boys and men. One person asked me, “Why do priests choose young boys?” At the risk of playing psychotherapists, in your opinion, why is the incidence of sexual abuse of young boys by priests so prevalent? Why is this specific group/segment targeted? Tell of any experience or proven statistical fact that supports your position.
Keep passin’ the open windows…