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7:22 am EDT        41°F (5°C) in Waukegan, IL

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Ordinarily, I avoid being awake at this hour of the day like the plague, but I have an early-morning delivery appointment here in Waukegan. Following this, it looks like I will get a day to rest — something I desperately need — before pulling another load to Maryland, specifically just to the south of Baltimore.

As I’m sure most of you have now heard, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan this past Saturday, causing the deaths of an estimated 40,000 people in that nation and two of its neighbors, India and Afghanistan. While it is quite obvious that the victims of this earthquake do need all the help the rest of the world can provide, and I am not by any means suggesting they shouldn’t be getting American help, Dumbya has proven yet again where the priorities of his mis-administration lay. Let’s recall that exactly six weeks ago today, a natural disaster named Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the southeastern Louisiana coast, eventually causing a storm surge powerful enough to undercut levees and flood the city of New Orleans. Or is that ancient history to you righties?

Some four days after Katrina’s hit, on September 2, the National Guard was only just barely starting to show up in New Orleans to try to bring some order back to the city and evacuate the remaining poor people (i.e., those who lacked means to get out before the storm) from the city. Meanwhile, neo-con sycophants in the conservative media spent most of their time rambling on about the importance of “zero tolerance for looting” (read: letting the situation get so out of hand that people had to take the things they needed just to survive from damaged stores, then saying look, those ‘underprivileged’ niggers who vote Democratic and loot prove that we need to militarize disaster response, and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 be damned) and blaming the victims for their plight, saying they should have left New Orleans. Yes, that was the Dumbya mis-administration and neo-con response to Katrina.

Now, in response to an earthquake halfway around the world, Dumbya announced yesterday that American aid was already en route to the disaster area. (It would arrive late Sunday night U.S. Eastern time.) Now you mean to tell me that we couldn’t get help to OUR OWN FUCKING CITIZENS for four days, yet we can get relief supplies flown halfway around the world in a matter of 36 hours? For that matter, where was all the crowing from the righties about how those people knew they were living in an earthquake-prone area (where the Indian and Eurasian plates meet), and that therefore, it’s their own damn fault they’re suffering because they built there anyway? (I guess those Pakistani people weren’t brown-skinned enough to merit a repeat of the righties’ response in New Orleans. In the empty skulls of the Wacko Satanic Anti-American Righties, the more brown you are, the more your problems are your own damn fault.)

On first glance, it makes no sense whatsoever, but wait a minute: those Pakistani people didn’t vote Democratic, and Dumbya needs Musharraf’s cooperation in the so-called “war” he and the neo-cons are waging to dominate the global oil market, so now it makes perfect sense to assist the Pakistani people much more quickly than they lifted a finger for the benefit of our own citizens. I will say it again: it is high time to indict Dumbya, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz on multiple charges of treason against the United States of America, summarily convict them, and execute them. Their sycophants, supporters, and minions ought to face the same fate.

I have been promising to relate a certain interesting story for quite some time now, and by this time, almost three weeks have passed since the story began. I didn’t actually find out about this until I had arrived out in California on September 26, two weeks ago today, but this involves an old high school classmate of mine. Recently, he updated his entry on the school’s alumni web site, and in checking out his updated profile, I learned that he maintains this blog on MySpace. For lack of anything better to do while I was getting my trailer loaded in Santa Ana, CA, that day, I read through a bunch of his older entries, and happened across this entry he made on September 20.

In that entry, he said that he had been checking out several of our other classmates’ profiles, and decided to take a look at mine. Seeing the link to my January 18 entry here on my profile page, he clicked that and read it. I’m not going to say a whole lot about the content of what he said — you can read it and judge for yourself — but I must say that I very much appreciate the sentiments he expressed there, and that I was flattered by the comments he made regarding his opinion of me now. At some point, I think I’m going to send him an e-mail in reply to the entry in his blog, in which I will go into some more detail than I did here; if nothing else, I’ll just get to say hi and realize what a small world it really is.

Well, I need to get to posting this and then get my ass in gear doing other things.