9/26/2005 06:03:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I had to go downtown today to get out of a "driving with expired tag" ticket. In Memphis if you go to court , you go to the infamous "201" Poplar Ave. It's a tough city lockup. That s due mostly to neglect, under funding, and government incompetence but also to just plain old ignorance. People got arrested on a Friday night for a DUI or a public drunk charge and didn't get out of the can on bond for 5-10 days. Just because that's how understaffed and inefficient they were. Or are?...Tough to say, a few years ago there was a lot of uproar over the treatment and condition of the city jail. It was a portrayed as a big black eye to the mayor. But sadly for him it is the county, not the city, who maintain the jail. But anyway, several inmate had died in the lockup. One of which was killed by a spider bite. Now, I gotta admit, that's pretty hardcore. That sounds to me like someone's rap album. "Yo, I got bit by a black widow in jail, dawg!" But it was a big deal and federal law enforcement got involved, and threatened to assume control of the jail unless the city(county) government got it's act together. That's the last I remember hearing about it. Well there were no spiders in the Division I traffic court, and even fewer real criminals. Hundreds of people all lining' up to pay fines for traffic, DUI, minor drop possession, prostitution, and the hundreds of teeny tiny crimes that really make up the justice system. Not a whole lot of Baby killers and Hostage takers down at the courthouse. So really when you look at it. It's just another cog in the wheel of financial impropriety. There where no rich people down there with me. Just lawyers, standing in for rich people who sat patiently in the hall to protect themselves from the rabble that lined the hallways to plead guilty mostly and ask for mercy. "Mercy" is usually just a fine that is just enough to fuck up your kid's Christmas or put you a month behind on your wife's cell phone bill. But regardless, it's a bribe. Pay me this, or you can go to jail. Man the govt. makes money in lots of cool ways!|W|P|112778088346931096|W|P|trip to 201|W|P|9/21/2005 07:46:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I am proud of my adopted state Good News|W|P|112735005869578170|W|P|For a single moment...|W|P|9/20/2005 12:36:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Someone should read this from the mountain-top so it might as well be me: "Brownie is to Katrina what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq, what George Tenet is to slam-dunk intelligence, what Paul Wolfowitz is to parades paved with flowers in Baghdad, what Dick Cheney is to visionary energy policy, what Donald Rumsfeld is to basic war planning, what Tom DeLay is to ethics and what George Bush is to 'Mission Accomplished' and 'Wanted Dead or Alive,' " Kerry said in a speech yesterday at Brown University.|W|P|112723788557085549|W|P|Kerry|W|P|9/19/2005 05:49:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I really dig this concept. Basically, this guy printed up blank Speech Bubbles and begain putting them up on movie posters, ad banners, etc and then went back and took pics of what people wrote. Link|W|P|112717049528042934|W|P|Speech Bubbles|W|P|9/19/2005 12:41:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Now that I've calmed down after the hurricane, I wanted to write something and let everyone know what was going on. Ashley's mom and dad are ok, just perhaps financially drained and needing creature comforts. Her brother is also well and keeping VERY busy doing minor repair work for cash while he waits for his job come back online. But everyone is safe and sound. So there you go. I have some good news from the cost, just like every media outlet 3 weeks after a tragedy. I mentioned the sea lions and the marine life aquatic center in Gulfport after the storm, the animals were wandering round in Gulfport injured and afraid. Well some good news from those stories one of the seal lion was rescued and deliver to the Memphis Zoo Emily and I are going to go and see them soon. Also although one of the sea lions was shot by the Gulfport PD to put it out of it's misery, most of them were saved by the locals and have now been evacuated from the area. Also, some dolphins were lost and have been found you can hear the NPR story here. So, of coarse all is not lost. The human toll may be less than I originally thought. But I also contend that there is a coordinated effort to minimize the body count. You'll notice that media outlets often (though not always) are listing the counts in each of the three states. 37, 24 and 325 sound better than 400..But I pray that we stay lower than I imagined. Aside from that...Emily is great, Ashley is doing so well at her student teaching that I'm scared she's totally taken over this 6th grade teachers class! But it's all to the good. We went to the Cooper Young festival this Saturday after I got off of work. It was nice, but hot and hard to "hang out" with a 4 year old. But she had fun I got a new Cellphone, which is going to lead to buy a new Bluetooth dongle from eBay. One purchase always leads to another. if you try the new google Blog search and search Talking to nobody. I'm #1 but really, other that I'm totally invisible on the web. Thank god!|W|P|112715313542629967|W|P|New and improved with less rage.|W|P|9/10/2005 08:36:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|What has happened down here is the wind have changed Clouds roll in from the north and it start to rain Rained real hard and rained for a real long time Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline the river rose all day the river rose all night Some people got lost in the flood Some people got away all right The river have busted through clear down to Plaquemines Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline Louisiana, Louisiana they're trying to wash us away they're trying to wash us away Louisiana, Louisiana they're trying to wash us away they're trying to wash us away President Coolidge come down in a railroad train With a little fat man with a note-pad in his hand the president say, "little fat man isn't it a shame what the river has done to this poor crackers land" Louisiana, Louisiana they're trying to wash us away they're trying to wash us away Louisiana, Louisiana they're trying to wash us away they're trying to wash us away they're trying to wash us away they're trying to wash us away -thanks for Randy Newman|W|P|112640313955490216|W|P|Louisiana 1927|W|P|9/10/2005 08:29:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|this is a from the AP wire... the former senator from Tennessee didn't mention an act of mercy that he was personally involved in - his help airlifting some 270 Katrina evacuees on two private charters from New Orleans to Tennessee on Sept. 3 and 4. He did that at the urging of a doctor who saved the life of his son years earlier. Dr. Anderson Spickard, who is Gore's personal physician and accompanied him on the flights, told The Associated Press that "Gore told me he wanted to do this because like all of us he wanted to seize the opportunity to do what one guy can do, given the assets that he has." An account of the flights was posted this week on a Democratic Party Web page. It was written by Greg Simon, president of the Washington-based activist group FasterCures. Simon, who helped put together the mission, also declined an interview. On Sept. 1, three days after Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, Simon learned that Dr. David Kline, a neurosurgeon who operated on Gore's son, Albert, after a life-threatening auto accident in 1989, was trying to get in touch with Gore. Kline was stranded with patients at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. "The situation was dire and becoming worse by the minute - food and water running out, no power, 4 feet of water surrounding the hospital and ... corpses outside," Simon wrote. Gore responded immediately, telephoning Kline and agreeing to underwrite the $50,000 each for the two flights, although Larry Flax, founder of California Pizza Kitchens, later pledged to pay for one of them. "None of the airlines involved required a contract or any written guarantee of payment before sending their planes and volunteer crews," Simon wrote of the American Airlines flights. "One official said if Gore promised to pay, that was good enough for them." He also recruited two doctors, Spickard and Gore's cousin, retired Col. Dar LaFon, a specialist in internal medicine who once ran the military hospital in Baghdad. Most critically, Gore worked to cut through government red tape, personally calling Gov. Phil Bredesen to get Tennessee's support and U.S. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta to secure landing rights in New Orleans. About 140 people, many of them sick, landed in Knoxville on Sept. 3. The second flight, with 130 evacuees, landed the next day in Chattanooga.|W|P|112640257552625027|W|P|Al Gore is STILL a better president than W...|W|P|9/06/2005 10:15:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I don’t know what to say about the Gulf coast. About NOLA. About Katrina. I know I have to say SOMETHING but I have no idea what. I won’t ever be the same. That is an easy and somewhat trivial sounding thing to say. But it’s true. I’ll never feel the same way again. Just as America won’t ever feel like a totally safe place to me after September 11th, America will feel like a colder and less loving place to me after Katrina. this is a good place. people, in their heart, are not cold, not unfeeling, not cruel. But this... this is murder. It’s murder by ignorance and murder by negligence. And worst off all murder by fear. The Fear of “looting” kept relief workers from bringing the very supplies that would have stopped the looting. The Fear of disease the fear of death the fear of being poor. I always figured that when something really bad happened, we would all regardless of the class of our family or the color of our skin rally to help. I was wrong. Not just about the people who are responsible for evacuation, care, and protection. But all of us. That includes me. I’m am profoundly changed by this.
I never believed we were a cowardly nation. But now I know I’m wrong. We are positively craven. we let fear of crime allow elderly and infant alike to die in the street. It didn’t matter. Leno still went on. NASCAR ran (in the middle of a fuel panic), and the Saint’s played a PRESEASON football game. Ten thousand deaths were not enough to stop a PRESEASON football game. We are on one hand too afraid to rescue our own people, and on the other too busy to care. We are able to set up a “star studded” concert for relief funding, before relief even makes it there. Harry Connick jr. wasn’t afraid and he went to the NOLA conventions center 12 hours before the National Guard. Why? Because the military was afraid of looters. Really? the people with tanks were afraid of people with no water and less hope. No wonder we are losing Iraq. I suppose that a generation has passed since we had true hand to hand combat in the military. We set fire to people from miles and miles away. We tear whole countries apart by pressing buttons on control panels. So the fact that we were so afraid of our own citizens (with weapons that were confiscated from Wal-Mart) that we couldn’t rescue the old, the sick or the children shouldn’t be so surprising. But it is.
Are we that afraid in this world? Fear is the little death. Far worse than death itself is to live afraid. Fear of Confrontation keeps families apart. Fear of rejection keeps lovers apart. Fear of failure makes little men out of giants. That’s what America has become to me. A people now destined to fail, a republic destined to flame out. We are Rome. We are all Nero. We played our lute while the city drown rather than burned.
Ashley’s family is well. They are resilient strong and brave. They will be there forever. Mother Nature be damned, these are SEA people. This, as they see it, is just part of the deal you make with Mother Ocean when you live on her shore. she gives, she loves, she destroys. We take, we love, we rebuild. It is what it is..Everyone (nearly) has been found. And almost everyone is comfortable and safe. A few friends have lost a lot. But the family over all is in very good shape. Ashley’s parent’s homes are fine. As is her brothers. Ash’s grandparent’s home was wrecked but they needed to get out of there anyway and they’ll stay with Sandy for the time being. things will work out for the family. But our friend’s lives are going to be much more complicated. But that stuff will fade. Almost everything will... thanks for listening...|W|P|112605978831106287|W|P|fear...|W|P|9/06/2005 09:37:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|A 180 Degree Turn for the Better
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Always Be Happy9/01/2005 08:20:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| I got this email yesterday from My Sister. Edward, You should be writing about all this. I mean, what's it like to be watching your wife's hometown, the place you got married, the city you love destroyed on tv? (This sounds strident and I don't mean for it to) I talked to Ashley last night and she sounded so broken. I'm sorry for all of the pain and feel very helpless watching it all unfold. Well I honestly don't have much to say. I feel sick and scared for my family. I'm only writing this to tell you that my wife's family seems to be ok. AShley's family's homes are in surprisingly good shape and, unlike NOLA, there is a place foor the water to drain in Gulfport so no one is under water the way they are in the cresent. it's true however that everything I know about Gulfport is gone. The Church I was married in. Ashley's first Elementary school. The hotel we spent our first night in as a married couple was split open and thrown about a quarter of a mile away fro the coastline. It is total devestation. I do have a very small quick story. ON the coast in Mississippi there was a little second rate aquadic zoo called "Marine Life". It was Emily's favorite place. She loved the Sea Lions and the dolphins well the dolphins have escaped to Ft Walton.. but the Sea Lions One of the few signs of life on the Gulf Coast Tuesday was found in a waterfront parking lot strewn with rotting chicken parts and overturned trucks. An adult sea lion, evidently from the Marine Life Aquatic Center that was washed off the waterfront, barked approvingly as passers-by dumped buckets of brown water from an overflowing sewer drain onto his back. Jeanne Robinson had taken over the task of keeping the animal wet two hours earlier, and said she planned to keep it up until a crew came to rescue the sea lion. "You can't just walk away from him, especially amid all this destruction," said Robinson, 51, who moved to Gulfport just over a month ago. "Here's something trying to live." I found that in the Chicago tribune of all places.. ...i love you...I don't know what to say.|W|P|112558166682818217|W|P|Katrina..|W|P|