swept up in the hurricane and dropped in iraq

It occurred to me earlier that if the Bush administration really had their shit together they would have sent military recruiters repelling into New Orleans from helicopters right after the hurricane passed. They had tens of thousands of poor black men concentrated together in one place, off-guard, and, I would expect, willing to sign almost anything to get food, water and medication for their loved ones. It was the kind of opportunity that just doesn’t present itself every day. (While I haven’t heard anything about it yet, I’d be surprised if we didn’t get hit with a wave of stories in the coming week about hurricane survivors being pressured into service. Just mark my words.)

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  1. Teddy Glass
    Posted September 9, 2005 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    They could have just handed out uniforms at the Convention Center.

  2. Jessica
    Posted September 9, 2005 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    It was in today’s Washington Wire column in the Wall Street Journal.

  3. mark
    Posted September 9, 2005 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    See, I told you so

  4. Posted September 12, 2005 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Here is an
    intro to Bill Maher’s show that parodies the recruitment of hurricane survivors.

  5. Posted September 12, 2005 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Last week I was just ashamed. Now I’m ashamed and insenesed.

    Good call Mark, you saw that one coming a mile away. Have they fired up the vietnam-era programs of giving first time offenders the choice of time or joining the military?

    My friend Dave was arrested for possession of marijuana in 1969 and got to choose between ten years in prison or two in Vietnam. I think it was safe to say that Dave was wasn’t a particularly gung-ho soldier.

    Doctors were able to remove the shrapnel from the right side of his body and face though he has significant scarring. He’s lucky to be alive.

  6. mark
    Posted September 12, 2005 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Steve… Yeah… I was kind of proud of myself with this post. It’s not every day that I predict something that actually comes true.

    As for your friend, Steve, couldn’t he have just joined the “champaign squadron” of the Texas National Guard and served his time that way? From what I understand, all you had to do was ask.

  7. Dan Rather
    Posted September 13, 2005 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    They didn’t do it because Bush doesn’t like black people.

  8. mark
    Posted September 13, 2005 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I think he likes them in Iraq. It’s just here that he has a problem with them.

  9. Posted September 14, 2005 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    This seems like as good a place for this link as any:

    “Chuck E. Cheese, a place for 3-year-olds to have a birthday party, was playing promo films for military recruitment to the babies and their “youngish” parents!”

  10. mark
    Posted September 14, 2005 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    What the FUCK!?

    …Then the birthday party settled into eating pizza and birthday cake, a second feature began. A series of large screen TVs came to life to show Chuck E. Cheese TV. The program was, at first, MTV-like. Performers in large animal garb sang and danced through an idyllic scene with herons and alligators. A man clad in a blazing yellow shirt and red vest skipped across the screen, singing and snapping his fingers to the lively music. The scene shifted to a person dressed in a dog costume fishing in the lake with 3- and 4-year-old children and then shifted again from pictures of the children to mothers holding small babies. Although it was disjointed and a bit crazed, it was what one might expect at Chuck E Cheese.

    Then my jaw dropped: the MTV segment shifted to a promotional piece compiled by the Department of Defense! The promo showed happy, smiling soldiers in Iraq handing out toys and candies to delighted children. This was followed by a series of scenes showing war planes, tanks and more happy soldiers. This production lasted for 5 minutes of the 15-minute CEC TV show. Throughout the segment, the large animated puppets’ eyes shifted toward the TV as they nodded in approval and clapped. Then their eyes shifted back to the children, who were spellbound by the movie.

  11. Posted September 15, 2005 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Thats so very gross, but not so surprising I was viewed with great suspicion and treated shoddily when I applied there when I was a young radical.
    Parents need to explain why they can’t have their birthday there anymore the same way my Mom did with the whole Hostess/ITT/bomb thing. We accepted it grudgingly.

  12. Ken
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    My sister has gone back to Slidell, LA and told me last night that she was up at her local Shell gas station and saw a gang of Scientologists hanging out. They were wearing bright yellow shirts with Church of Scientology on them and also the words “Relief Worker”. I wish she had a camera to snap a picture.

  13. mark
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen photos of a few, and they were also wearing matching yellow shirts. But I’ve yet to see any documentation of how they spend their leisure time. I’d be fascinated to see a bunch of photos of them just ahnging out around a gas station… If I send your sister a disposable camera, do you think that she’d take photos, Ken?

  14. Ken
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I am sure she would love to go on assignment for mm.com. She also recounted a conversation one of the Scientologist was having with a local constable. The intrepid proselytizer was asking the cop if he had been to New Orleans since the disaster went down. The cop replied that he didn’t like going to that city before the storm.

  15. chris
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Did anyone see an Army recruitment commercial a while ago that I swear had a Pixies riff on it? Anybody? I thought it was possible given that Carnival Cruise Lines already optioned Iggy Pop’s motivational song, “Lust for Life”. And Nick Drake had become a spokesman for Farphegnuggen (purposely spelled incorrectly) from beyond the grave.

  16. mark
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    “Here Comes Your Man”?

  17. chris
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    No seriously, was it? I swear I heard something. But I do not think it was “Here Comes Your Man”.

    And here’s the even freakier thing. If I am not mistaken, it was a commercial during the Daily Show.

  18. Posted September 17, 2005 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I don’t remember what it was for, but we saw a commercial yesterday with “Jane Says” playing in the background (a song about a prostitute by a group of former prostitutes).

  19. mark
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    It’s a perfect fit. Advertising is, after all, prostitution.

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    Posted September 22, 2005 at 7:20 am | Permalink

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