Saturday, September 10, 2005

Saturday--Less then 48 hours now.

I will be gone at a clients' all day today, so nothing will be accomplished. Liz went shopping for supplies for me and refugees in LA and will no doubt load me up, such an incredibly generous woman.

Truck just needs a bath and is otherwise ready. Tomorrow is "Wally World" and CostCo day. Then packing everything Sunday afternoon, fueling the truck and to bed EARLY.

I'm abit concerned about the fuel thing, as I haven't enough cash to cover it, but things will work out....

The news we've heard from Washington Parish is that they are still in desparate need of so much. Generators, chain saws are on the top of their lists, along with BobCats, Trackers, skid loaders, etc.

Dr. Levine and I will do what we can, I am certain we will make a difference.

In Peace.
Barbara
619.213.2762

Friday, September 09, 2005

WOW!

I am humbled, truly humbled. While I haven't received as many cash donations as I need, I am still going and things will work out.

That being said, to those who have donated, 'thank you' is not enough, how can it be, we all work so hard for our dollars these days and things are tight, so the sacrifices you all have made...well, save it to say we will make a difference down there.

Here is how things are 'washing out' so to speak.
Weseloh Chevrolet - Carlsbad - took care of the truck
Discount Tire - Vista Way location (Rafael manager) came through with a HUGE discount (60% or more)
Dr. Levine - Tempe, AZ - who is paying for the tires and assisting with fuel costs
PepBoys - Mission St (Oceanside) - Bonnie and Crew - fuel containers, combat boots, camis and miscellaneous supplies

Still lookin' for a video camera!!!

Off to get the tires!

In Peace and ready to make a difference!
Barbara & Tirawa!!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

FRIDAY-Less then 72 hours now...

Today is a push day as I will be working 12 hours tomorrow and have time for NOTHING.

The truck will be ready to go by the end of today and I will put the mats and carpet in the back and start 'staging' supplies.

On Sunday, I will be home packing from 2 - 5 p.m., so if anyone wants to bring things over in the supply list, please call me and let me (by SATURDAY) know what you'll be bringing and come on over! Address is: 1306 Missouri, O'side 92054..you have to come through the alley and it is the 2nd GARAGE door on the left, will have a "Beware of Dog" sign on the door.

SUPPLIES NEEDED
5 Cases Water
2-3 Cases of Gatorade
2-3 cases of the Starbucks drink
Toilet Paper/Paper Towels
A GOOD camp knife, one of those with mulitiple
Emergency lights and power
HEAVY ROPE
Jumper Cables/2 ton jack/tow rope with
ALOT OF BUG SPRAY
HARD HAT
Orange Vests
Work Goggles
Sunblock
Hipwaders
Fuel Cards/Donations of $$

As you can see, the list has dwindled, but a few items have been added.

Sunday I will be going to Costco to get the remainder of what I need.

Also...ANYONE WILLING TO LEND A VIDEO CAMERA?

Off to hike Tirawa and Winston and get tires.

In Peace,
Barbara
760.529.9290

State legislators legalize gay marriage

In a surprising move, the California State Assembly passed a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. Of course, Schwarzenneger was quick to distance himself from the legislation of an issue that's been overshadowed by the war in Iraq, among other things. Citing Prop. 22, his spokeswoman stated:
The governor believes the matter should be determined not by legislative action - which would be unconstitutional - but by court decision or another vote of the people of our state.

(More at the LA Times)

Of course, that would mean those "activist" courts getting involved in the matter... why is it then more appropriate for a court to determine the law than the legislature that writes it?

I would love to say that this action is a huge victory for same-sex couples. It is very significant, being that California is the first state to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage. And it seems that Prop. 22 may not have been an accurate representation of the "will of the people" on this matter, and that issue will be taken up by the state Supreme Court. But I can't help but feel that as long as partisan politics play into this issue, on both sides, an honest dialogue will not developed. Americans have to realize that same-sex marriage is in no way a threat to straight marriages, or to our way of life, or any of the other reasons that its opponents give, before the tide will turn on this matter. That means that Americans will have to stop allowing themselves to be manipulated by the media, and I don't see that happening any time soon.

But the same could have been said of any civil rights issue, which is why I, and many progressives, support affirmative action. It took legislative as well as judicial interferance to allow school and public integration, and to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender or religion. Why should sexual orientation be any different?

Feelin' Pretty Rested - Thursday

Turned off my phones last night and SLEPT...for 5 hours, a wonderful feeling.

Winston is doing great with his stitches in his butt and Tirawa is very protective of him as well as being concerned since I am beginning to stage things for leaving.

Finalizing leaving plans with Dr. Levin who will be caravaning with me. He lives in Tempe, AZ and will be meeting me in Tucson. "Team Renegade" comes to mind! Departure is scheduled for 2 a.m. on Monday. Anyone want to stop by and say 'goodbye'!

Additional thoughts on supplies that are essential to be smart about this trip. Rubber boots, hipwaders, orange vests, rope.

The supplies are getting promised. Liz Masters, one of my good clients who rides endurance horses is hooking me up with ALOT of stuff. Bonnie from PEP BOYS in Oceanside (Mission Rd) donated two gas containers, a couple of Pep Boy shirts and she's going to talk to her Marine employees about getting me cami pants (safe and good to wear in these conditions) and she's giving me a pair of combat boots (another must have). I am certain I will be a fashion statement!!

Dr. Levine has the gloves needed, the surgical masks and all the medical supplies.

Still would LIKE a 2 ton jack, generator (although power is coming up in Covington and some of the other towns on a sparatic basis), chain saw.

Dr. L and I have decided to stage out of Covington and probably go to the small towns throughout the parish and help as needed.

Gas/diesel can now be gotten easier in Baton Rouge. I have a contact there where we will rest, get a hot shower, let Tman rest and then hook up a trailer with supplies and head to Covington...about 2 hours away.

Truck is serviced and just needs tires on tomorrow....Discount Tires is making excuses now...ah well, may just have to pay full price. Pray I get them for wholesale at the very least.

Need cases and cases of water, gatorade. Food items that are in packages would be great! Can't imagine how I'm going to survive on processed food for 2 or 3 weeks...me who eats no fast food and no processed food.

More later!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

So impressed

I just don't know how Barb does it! She really is a super woman. I am so impressed with her dedication and drive to accomplish this goal of helping the people and pets effected by Katrina.

I share some of her frustration. Work and school have kept me from devoting as much time to drumming up donations as I'd like, except for to make a phone call here or an e-mail there. But the response I've gotten back from people in San Clemente (businesses and City Hall alike) has been, "Oh but we've already given to the Red Cross," or, "Oh we're just telling people to donate to the Red Cross."

Which is fine. Except for the fact that it seems like every other week, San Clemente, like so many other Coastal Orange County towns, holds some sort of fete or hoo-ha to either a) promote tourism, b) make us all feel warm and fuzzy about living here, and c) to raise money for the "International Society of Plantar Warts Survivors", or some equally inane local cause.

Which is also fine. But it's not great. It doesn't even come a damn sight close to fantastic.

See, there are an awful lot of people who live here, and many of them have money. Big money. "I could buy your whole family if the price was right," kind of money. And these people can do better than just "donate to the Red Cross."

I hear that a few local businesses in town are holding raffles and equally unique ideas to benefit the Gulf Coast, which I think is terrific. Maybe it will encourage others to do the same. And I'm going to send out another email blast tomorrow to see what other local groups are up to. But it's just frustrating... maybe it's the nice weather or something, but people here (even most of the Progressives I've met) have been lulled into an apathetic stupor that even the worst of natural disasters cannot rouse.

We can do better than this.

Exhaustion Sets In

I am not sure where these days are going. I write notes of what needs to get done, then by 9 a.m., there goes that list...today was no different.

I began receiving calls and emails and making arrangements for everything from getting three folks on planes that are in centers in LA, to figuring out what medical professionals need to practice in LA, to reading a letter from the Oceanside City Manager that royally hit a nerve when I was just abit to exhausted to let it role off my back, so I blasted him...in a nice way, but none the less....guess I could post it here later if I figure out the blue blocks that Amanda is trying to teach me!

Spoke to the Governer's office in LA and they are getting fed up with the Red Cross and their inability to function and do anything worthwhile. LA has now set up there own relief fund that goes directly and IMMEDIATELY to the victims...WOW, what a concept.

http://louisianahelp.org/

I spoke to numerous companies to beg for supply donations and it was interesting getting responses. They WANTED to help, but the HIGH UPS (i.e., CEO, CCO CFO, etc) decided to GIVE TO THE RED CROSS or they sent supplies directly.

There's that Red Cross thing again!

Trying to firm up meeting up with a doctor out of Arizona (Dr. L) and 'caravaning' together.

Hmmm, the Orange County Chapter of the Veterans for Peace have hit some snags, so I have thrown an idea to them about sending a van/truck to Oceanside area and staging one here and have it leave on Monday when I leave.

So many calls, so exhausting. I am getting the supplies, I'm being promised alot of water, gatorade, and tons of other stuff.

Sunday will be 'staging' day at 1306 Missouri Avenue, Oceanside 92054, fo those that want to come by with stuff. More details later.

I know there is more to share, but you know what? I'm exhausted...take care...

Katrina - a timeline which deserves answers

Today, as many of you did, I received an e-mail from MoveOn asking us to sign a petition which demands that our Federal government stop blaming Louisiana for their failure. If you haven't signed the petition, please do.

The timeline included in the e-mail is worth reading, and really sheds light on what this Administration was up to in the hours (days) preceding and following Katrina:
Friday, Aug. 26: Gov. Kathleen Blanco declares a state of emergency in Louisiana and requests troop assistance.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Gov. Blanco asks for federal state of emergency. A federal emergency is declared giving federal officials the authority to get involved.

Sunday, Aug. 28: Mayor Ray Nagin orders mandatory evacuation of New Orleans. President Bush warned of Levee failure by National Hurricane Center. National Weather Service predicts area will be "uninhabitable" after Hurricane arrives. First reports of water toppling over the levee appear in local paper.

Monday, Aug. 29: Levee breaches and New Orleans begins to fill with water, Bush travels to Arizona and California to discuss Medicare. FEMA chief finally responds to federal emergency, dispatching employees but giving them two days to arrive on site.

Tuesday, Aug. 30: Mass looting reported, security shortage cited in New Orleans. Pentagon says that local authorities have adequate National Guard units to handle hurricane needs despite governor's earlier request. Bush returns to Crawford for final day of vacation. TV coverage is around-the-clock Hurricane news.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Tens of thousands trapped in New Orleans including at Convention Center and Superdome in "medieval" conditions. President Bush finally returns to Washington to establish a task force to coordinate federal response. Local authorities run out of food and water supplies.

Thursday, Sept. 1: New Orleans descends into anarchy. New Orleans Mayor issues a "Desperate SOS" to federal government. Bush claims nobody predicted the breach of the levees despite multiple warnings and his earlier briefing.

Friday, Sept. 2: Karl Rove begins Bush administration campaign to blame state and local officials—despite their repeated requests for help. Bush stages a photo-op—diverting Coast Guard helicopters and crew to act as backdrop for cameras. Levee repair work orchestrated for president's visit and White House press corps.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Bush blames state and local officials. Senior administration official (possibly Rove) caught in a lie claiming Gov. Blanco had not declared a state of emergency or asked for help.

Monday, Sept. 5: New Orleans officials begin to collect their dead.

(Adapted from: Katrina Timeline, http://thinkprogress.org/katrina-timeline/)

Hump Day and Preparations Continue.

Didn't get back to writing last night as I returned home at 11 p.m., looked/answered emails and then took care of Winston who now has stitches in his butt and Tirawa who was concerned for his little buddy.

Okay, the preparations continue and I'm getting anxious on several accounts as there is alot to do and supplies still needed.

The great news is that the truck will be going to Weseloh Chevrolet for a 'check up' and I hope to hear regarding tires today and that will be done on Friday. All of this has been DONATED.

Still working on a laptop with wireless capability, do have one offered that is old, but would be fine for me to power up daily and keep a written journal to be edited and published when I return.

Still 'iffy' on a video camera and digital to be used for 3 weeks. Not looking to buy these (although I will probably buy one out of my 'slush' fund that generally goes toward emergencies) and hope one will come through. I have two folks working on this.

Now onto the supplies that I have decided I need for me to live for 2 - 3 weeks in my truck. In no particular order, but all needed. If anyone has any of this stuff, please call me IMMEDIATELY so I can arrange to get the things.

If you care to buy them directly and get them to me, that is great. If you want to donate a gift card to say; CostCo, Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or any sporting store do so and I will go get what is needed. Or if you just want to donate, go to the PayPal donation button, or you can make a direct deposit into the OCEAN RELIEF BANK at US Bank...call or email me for the Account Number.

SUPPLIES
Candles/lighters/matches
Handi-wipes (ALOT OF THEM)
Gas storage cans - 5 gallons (need 6)
10 cases minimum of WATER, 2-3 Cases of Gatorade, 2-3 cases of the Starbucks drink (okay, so this is a luxury, but I'm doubtful there will be good caffeine there)
Toilet Paper/Paper Towels
A GOOD camp knife, one of those with mulitiple talents
Latex gloves (several boxes)
Surgical face masks (several boxes)
Emergency lights and power sources
SunShower
Heavy duty Extension Cords
HEAVY ROPE
Jumper Cables/2 ton jack/tow rope with hooks
Generator (that could possibly stay there)
Camp Stove
Bug spray ALOT OF BUG SPRAY
Chain Saw (donated, that can STAY THERE)
Fuel Cards!!!!

I will post later, as the day progresses!

Today's phrase is...

"Cross-Browser Compatibility".

I'm DONE with this page for now... still not 100% happy with the way it looks, but I probably never will be. But at least the links aren't half way across the page.

Who knows... with Barbara's luck, maybe she can talk someone into donating me web design lessons... ;-)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

VERY QUICKLY...more late tonight

Very busy day. Started it off with calls in the middle of the night and emails requesting various information, offering various things and feeling overwhelmed before 5 a.m.

Then coming back from the walk with Tirawa and Winston (the 'boyz'), my landlords' dog ATTACKED Winston and off to the vet he had to go. The casual indifference of my landlord just about unhinged me. Jerk.

I am waiting for a call from the regional person at Discount Tires, but it sounds positive and I'm guessing I'll have donated tires.

Mike Weseloh at Weseloh Chevrolet has agreed to get my truck in for servicing and is 'donating' general maintanence and if any 'bigger' things need to be done, we will discuss and work something out. WOW!

I will do a more complete posting later, need to go try and lease/sell a horse.

Uh-oh

I just checked this page here at work and realize that it looks really jacked up on this computer. For anyone out there looking at the page wondering, "What was she thinking?!?" I apologize, and am working out the problems to make it display properly across the board.

The page appears to display properly on Opera, but not on the version of Windows 6.0 I have at work. I have no idea why this is, but if anyone else does, I would appreciate your help!

Busy days

Today and tomorrow are school days for me, so I won't be posting much. But I'm sure Barb et al. will be around, and I can't wait to hear updates on how her planning for the Louisiana trip is going!

Willfully ignorant?

Blind to the facts? Criminally arrogant? Or all of the above? You decide!

The Bush Administration clearly does not enjoy listening to facts and opinions that don't jive with their concept of reality. After all, who would know best about what threatens Louisiana's coastal wetlands - scientists, or a bunch of filthy, crooked career politicians?
Parishes Against Coastal Erosion (PACE) Response to the Bush Administration's June 14, 2005 Policy Statement on the Proposed Energy Act of 2005

Our Louisiana legislature this month passed a constitutional amendment requiring any new offshore oil and gas revenue to be put in a trust fund dedicated to coastal erosion.

Louisiana has made a commitment. Now, it's time for the President to step up to the plate and support funding to prevent the untold damage to the ecology, economy and potential loss of life in large numbers.

With the National Hurricane Center predicting another active hurricane season, PACE President Aaron Broussard said he fears that it is going to take a major storm and significant loss of life before the nation acts responsibly.

(Tip off from Crooks and Liars)

That was just a couple of months ago. It makes you wonder just how far this Administration will go to ignore those who actually know what's going on?

Monday, September 05, 2005

One more before bed

This was too nice not to share:


US Airforce Lt. Nathan Brosheal holds a kitten rescued and airlifted to New Orleans International Airport in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. The United States officially asked for emergency aid from the European Union and accepted assistance from the United Nations, as countries around the world pledged help for the hundreds of thousands left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.


From here

Reaching out

We've been so wrapped up in getting Barb ready to go to Louisiana and getting this site up to scratch that I've turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the news over the last day. But it looks like others all over the area are coming out to help the Katrina victims:

http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/09/05/sections/local/local/article_662847.php

It's a great thing to see!

I'm going to be in contact with some local business, government and social people here in San Clemente over the next few days. My hope is that, in addition to seeing Barbara safely on her way to help people and pets in the disaster area, I can help organize a fundraiser. More info on that as it comes along...

One more for the "They Have No Decency" file

Former First Lady Barbara Bush thinks this whole environmental disaster we call "New Orleans" turned out to be just the thing its residents needed.
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this (she chuckled slightly)--this is working very well for them."

This interview aired on NPR (written up here: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/5/20932/75590)

Why stop with cake? I'm waiting for them to start rolling out the guillotines. Maybe the revolution will be televised this time.

Links are up!

*Phew*

Now maybe I can quit thinkering around with this thing and actually start posting...

The pets.....

Read this article and just cried. Dont they know that to some people pets are the only thing they have? Now whats going to happen to all the animals?? This effects me deeply, because I come from a farming background, and our animals/pets are the first considerations. For people to have to give up their pets, is more heart rending, than giving up any material posessession. I just hope, and pray that eventually some will come be found and reunited.

Evacuees Distraught Over Lost Pets
By MIKE STOBBE, AP


ATLANTA (Sept. 5) - As Valerie Bennett was evacuated from a New Orleans hospital, rescuers told her there was no room in the boat for her dogs. She pleaded. "I offered him my wedding ring and my mom's wedding ring," the 34-year-old nurse recalled Saturday. They wouldn't budge. She and her husband could bring only one item, and they already had a plastic tub containing the medicines her husband, a liver transplant recipient, needed to survive.
Such emotional scenes were repeated perhaps thousands of times along the Gulf Coast last week as pet owners were forced to abandon their animals in the midst of evacuation.

In one example reported last week by The Associated Press, a police officer took a dog from one little boy waiting to get on a bus in New Orleans. "Snowball! Snowball!" the boy cried until he vomited. The policeman told a reporter he didn't know what would happen to the dog.

At the hospital, a doctor euthanized some animals at the request of their owners, who feared they would be abandoned and starve to death. He set up a small gas chamber out of a plastic-wrapped dog kennel.
"The bigger dogs were fighting it. Fighting the gas. It took them longer. When I saw that, I said 'I can't do it,'" said Bennett's husband, Lorne.

Valerie Bennett left her dogs with the anesthesiologist, who promised to care for about 30 staff members' pets on the roof of the hospital, Lindy Boggs Medical Center.

"He said he'd stay there as long as he possibly could," Valerie Bennett recalled, speaking from her husband's bedside at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital.

On Saturday afternoon, she said she saw a posting on a Web site called petfinder.com that said the anesthesiologist was still caring for the animals.

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy, who was helping with relief efforts Saturday, said some evacuees refused to leave without their pets.

"One woman told me 'I've lost my house, my job, my car and I am not turning my dog loose to starve,'" Kennedy said.
Kennedy said he persuaded refugees to get on the bus by telling them he would have the animals taken to an exhibition center.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals picked up two cats and 15 dogs, including one Kennedy found tied up beneath the overpass next to an unopened can of dog food with a sign that read "Please take care of my dog, his name is Chucky."

The fate of pets is a huge but underappreciated cause of anguish for storm survivors, said Richard Garfield, professor of international clinical nursing at New York's Columbia University.

"People in shelters are worried about 'Did Fluffy get out?'" he said. "It's very distressing for people, wondering if their pets are isolated or starving."

The Bennetts had four animals, including two beloved dogs.

They moved to Slidell, La., in July when Valerie took a job at an organ transplant institute connected to Lindy Boggs. Lorne, a former paramedic, is disabled since undergoing a liver transplant in 2001.

On Saturday, as Hurricane Katrina approached, both went to the hospital to help and took all four animals with them.
They fed their guinea pig and left it in its cage in a patient room. They couldn't refill its empty water bottle because the hospital's plumbing failed Sunday, they said. They poured food on the floor for the cat, but again no water.

"I just hope that they forgive me," Valerie Bennett cried.

Links down

Blogrolling seems to have a hard time supporting our links. I'm putting together a links list now that will actually be better and more organized.

Another IMPORTANT website

I will be updating this posting with websites regarding efforts for the victims of hurricane Katrine throughout the day as I run across them and use them.

http://livewire.fm/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=7

In Peace,
Barbara

Monday...morning came about much too quickly...

Good Morning!

Well, did get to bed around midnight last night and then up at about 4 a.m....too old for this stuff.

I'm getting some amazing calls and emails and am truly beginning to believe that this trip and effort on my part is meant to happen.

Last night I spoke with a representative of www.prosweepclean.com in Baton Rouge and they need assistance with distributing items and I told them I'd have a truck and if they can get a trailer and load it I'll stop by and hook up and take it to Washington or Jefferson Parish. Please visit their website and see what you can do.

Also am in touch with Veterans for Peace, which is one of the buses from Camp Casey that has now set up in Covington, LA. Go to their site and they have ADDRESSES where to send things directly. Patrick's email is also there as well as a cell number: http://www.vfproadtrips.org/

I've also been contacted by a doctor in Arizona who has asked if he could catch a ride with me! We will talk later to figure it out. There have also been a half dozen others seeking rides to the area, if anyone else is planning to travel to the area.

A great place to see what is happening and post things is. www.nola.com and go to their forums/volunteers board.

I had hoped to post how much we have in donations, but since the account is new, I don't even have a pin number yet to access it! I do know (from having rec'd confirmation from various people) that there is at least $300 in there!

I've had donations of 5 cases of water for myself and a portable/folding bed. It looks like the reality of getting a video camera donated for a few weeks will happen and possibly a laptop, but still working on that one.

What is important to say here at this time is that when you go into an area with the damage that there is in LA, MS and AL, you MUST have all your ducks in a row. That means that my truck MUST be in top working order and I must have the supplies that I need to survive for the 14 days I will be there under the worse of circumstances...so to do this safely it takes alot.

Should my truck breakdown in the hurricane area, I DOUBT I can call AAA and ask for a tow...

This is NOT a vacation, I will NOT be staying in luxury hotels/motels...I suspect I will be sleeping in the back of my pickup the majority of the time and setting up my little 'sun shower' for quicky washings.

I do anticipate 20 hour days, in the 90's with 100% humidity. I do anticipate fatigue like I've not experienced in years. I do expect to be emotionally drained by the experience.

So again, if you can help, please donate what you can...fuel cards are so welcome! If you want to donate FOR the refugees, right now until I know if I'll be towing a trailer...I might suggest PHONE CARDS...I can put them all in a shoebox and distribute them to refugees in San Antonio and Houston.

It is beginning to look like I"ll be going the '8' to the '10', that puts me through San Antonio and Houston...a good thing as I have family in SA and friends in Houston.

To Baton Rouge is 1707 miles. It will be another 150 or so to the towns I will be in ultimately.

Until later and In Peace.

Barbara

Thrilled to see this.....

(Editor's note and an introduction: Christine is a guest blogger from the Midwest who is keeping us in touch with local activism outside of California.)

This sure makes me proud to live in the northern Midwest. Minnesota is doing so much to help.
My own hotel has shipped out tons of clean bedding,pillows and blankets as of today I believe. Still businesses are gathering everything to help these people.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5597001.html

I have to say...If it wasnt for the small towns, and communities and people like us getting help for these people, they would still all be sitting there. Because I truly believe our government aint doing enough.
Minnesota mayors are banding big time to help these people, and the local governments are doing fine. Its our higher government(ie the President and his yahoos) that have taken so long to get help.

Lets hope this all continues. Im seeing good stuff happen finally, but not because the government has stepped in.

Good luck to all who work at helping these people and God bless them. To those who turn their backs, and drag their feet....I hope you sleep well at night, because if it was me, the guilt would eat me alive.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Pastor Dan's Posting from Dailykos....

Brothers and Sisters (pray for New Orleans) by pastordan

Let us join together in a time of great anguish to pray for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, for our leaders, and for ourselves.

For the victims:
We remember those displaced by enormous catastrophe whose houses were destroyed by water, wind and fire; who were left unemployed, their places of business smashed; who are sheltered far from home, frightened, alone, their lives disrupted; who may never be able to return to the city they have lost. Protect and deliver them. We remember those trapped in the city: who awaited help for long hours and days; who were trapped in attics and upper floors; who were forced to endure privation, terror, hunger and thirst; who stole to stay alive;who died from murder, suicide, lack of food and medicine; who called out for help that never arrived. Show them compassion.

We remember the rescue workers who tried to fight fires without usable water; who watched their levees and their city collapse helplessly; who plucked untold numbers from wreckage and water; who transported thousands; who did all they could; who stayed on the job far past the breaking point; who called out for help that never arrived. Sustain and heal them.

We remember the dead:
The grandmothers and grandfathers;the infants and children; the unlucky; the poor; the victims of violence and indifference; all who called out for help that never arrived. Accept them into your mercy and grant all that they were denied in this life.

For our leaders:
We remember those who acted courageously and with foresight; who did their duty and more; who wept for those they could not protect; who marshaled every resource they could find; who pushed themselves to their limits and beyond; who begged for help that never arrived. Give them thanks and praise; prosper the work of their hands.

We remember those who were overwhelmed by disaster; whose radios ceased to function; whose plans were inadequate; whose leadership collapsed; whose offers of assistance were spurned; Comfort and protect them.
We remember those who failed the victims through ignorance, confusion, or hard-heartedness; who fell victim to confusion and inaction due to their lack of leadership; who failed to evacuate the city quickly; who did not prepare adequately; who ignored the need to prepare;who stole the protection of 400,000 persons for an immoral war; who did not know where assistance was needed; who did not provide assistance in time; who waited for paperwork instead of acting; who vacationed at a time of crisis; who congratulated themselves; who held press conferences instead of helping; who halted or faked help to burnish their own image; who promised help that never arrived.Forgive them and cleanse our hearts of anger toward them.

For ourselves:
We remember that we are sometimes held back: we are afraid to risk what we have; we are stretched thin and unsure of our abilities; we are indifferent; we are apathetic; we are depressed and grieving; we are angry and outraged, and we sometimes misuse our emotions; we are tempted by the lure of the easy way out.Forgive us and equip us.

We remember that we have tremendous power for good: we can give our money; we can give our time; we can give our energy; we can open our homes; we can open our hearts. Motivate us to ever-greater action.

We remember that we can demand change:
we can demand adequate planning; we can demand adequate and timely response; we can demand adequate environmental protection; we can demand that resources not be diverted for political aims; we can demand that resources be shared equally, and for the good of all; we can demand that those who have failed be held accountable; we can demand that justice be done; we can demand that help always arrives.

May it ever be so!

Sunday...dealing with rejection, anger and stupidity...

I did a long diary earlier today and decided to take it down and keep this simple.

I am heading to the hurricane ravaged area...in my truck. I am doing this on my own. I will leave either the 11th or 12th of September. I will make a decision mid-week regarding hauling a trailer. As I think more about that, it might well be more intelligent (from a safety viewpoint) to drive only the truck down and coordinate with those in Baton Rouge and hook to a trailer there and take it to Washington Parish.

This is who I am and what I feel must be done. I am going to call up some favors and make it happen.

If anyone out there wants to be a part of it, please feel free to do one of a couple of things listed below:

1. PayPal donation on the site here. This goes into the Ocean Relief Fund which I have opened at US BANK.

2. Call me for the US BANK account number and make a deposit directly into the account.

3. Send a fuel card for any amount.

I will happily take phone cards and hand them out to refugees if anyone wants to send them to the address listed at the bottom (also send fuel cards there).

If anyone has family and need them moved, let me know and I'll see what I can do....I am going there to help with bringing a life back to refugees. I am beyond angry and am so saddened. If anyone questions my reasons, or my being so bold to ask for donations, call me.

Sometimes it is time to 'PAY IT FORWARD'...go rent the movie...you'll understand then.

I have calls to make to the east coast now and down to LA to see if people have arrived safely.

Thank you to all who are helping and a huge thank you for those that believe in me and my ability to assist.

In Peace and God bless.

Barbara


Barbara Schulz
Ocean Relief Fund
PO BOX 2215
Oceanside, California 92051

Remember though I am leaving on Sunday, September 11th!!!

What California's leaders are doing to help victims of Katrina

Schwarzenegger calls on Californians to donate blood, money; sends National Guard

Boxer calls on FEMA to speed up aid, asks for monitoring of oil industry to ward against price gouging, and writes open letter to President Bush

Feinstein merely sends her sympathies

From what I can find, Dana Point, Temecula, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Irvine are the only local cities that mention donating to victims of the disaster. Perhaps the other cities will catch up once the holiday weekend is over.

No news in the LA Times or the SD Union-Tribune about how to help the victims other than donating to the Red Cross, etc., but the North County Times makes mention of several local businesses and organizations raising donations. (Encouraging news for us, Barbara!)

Lake Elsinore Man's Efforts to Help Victims

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