Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Storm of 2016 Links to Assistance

The following links were obtained and provided by one Ryan Underhill. Some of these links are lists themselves, and there may be some duplication of charities or services, but he strove to be as thorough as possible, and he's adding to the list all the time. I'm not taking the time to vet it and remove duplicates; I don't have the time, and neither does he.

He nor I claim this to be a fully comprehensive list, but the best he could come up with in a pinch.
Of course, if you don't recognize a charity, be wary. Con artists come out of the woodwork when people are emotionally weakened after a disaster.

I'll try to add more to it as he updates the FB thread located here: Extensive List, Many More In The Comments

NEW - Louisiana Flood Relief - $345 of $10k goal
NEW - 2016 Louisiana Flood Relief Donations

Assistance/Relief for flood victims
If your fireplace was impacted or gas logs were impacted by the recent floods, complete the form
How to apply for help with flood damage when you don't have flood insurance
Flooding Protocol
Suspension of Insurance Provisions in Flood Affected Parishes
NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Helping Families in Neighboring Parishes
Did you flood? Do you want to help? Here's what you need to know
Louisiana flood: How to help schools
LSART - the Louisiana State Animal Response Team
Managing Collections After a Disaster, like stamps, comics, etc.
DCFS announces locations to apply for disaster food stamps
Have horse experience? Volunteers needed at Lamar Dixon shelter
How to document damage for FEMA claim
How To Help Louisiana Flood Victims
New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points
How to get help after flood damage in Louisiana
10 Things You CAN DO for Flood Victims
Helping Flood Victims in Southeast Louisiana
If you own your home (that is not a trailer), do NOT have flood insurance, and are in need of assistance gutting and cleaning, please fill out the following form and email it to megan@habitatbrla.org (megan@habitatbrla.org)
Companion Animal Alliance’s shelter on Progress Road
A Distress Call to every American, from every Louisianan
Disaster Recovery and Relief, Emergency Disaster Information for Louisiana Residents
State opens preregistration for disaster food stamps
Early Prescription Refills Available to Most Members
Good Times for a Good Cause: A List of Louisiana Flood Relief Shows
How to revive a flooded lawn
Take 5 Oil Change is still collecting new supplies and monetary donations, Aug 16-23. Check if they've extended the dates.
Southern Mutual
Office of the Governor, Resources for Flood Victims
Direct gutting and rebuilding services as well as provide technical support, capacity building and best practices to other recovery orgs
Hygienic items of all kinds, pet supplies, gift cards
Saints announce raffle to support flood relief efforts
Personal page, looking for help
Springfield Flood Relief Center
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
Governor announces plans for temporary housing
Sunday, August 28th for Rock for Relief and help us support Baton Rouge flood relief!!
Gut your sheet rock and spray to kill the mold for free
Transitional Housing vs. FEMA Housing
Chase donates $200k to flood efforts, waives fees through August
Little Pnuts & Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe collecting toys, games, books and other childrens items for Louisiana flood victims.
DOTD establishes temporary bus service to Baton Rouge
How to rescue a garden after flooding and excessive rain
SCAM WARNING FROM FEMA, regarding "mold free certificates".
Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans
Damage assessment and recovery from flooding.
Austin companies pitching in to help Louisiana flood victims
Rescued cats housed in Jefferson Parish need homes
Realty Point Opens Its Doors To Donations In Response To LA Flooding
Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.
Resource page for our nonprofit organizations
How to Help: Volunteering, make donations, debris removal
Flood Relief Resources Available for La. Cultural Institutions and Artists
How to help Louisiana flood victims
Helpful Answers to Flood Related Questions
Dependable In Home Care
Baton Rouge Disaster Relief
If you need help cleaning up your home, call this number. ‪#‎laflood

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Patriot's Act

In a recent Libertarian party convention in Orlando, Florida, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson received the nod from his party, the Libertarian Party, to be the acknowledged Libertarian candidate for President.

To most Americans, this would not only be of no interest whatsoever, it would also serve to render them incensed: How dare this upstart split the vote between their beloved and antiquated two-party system of government!

I believe at this point you may begin to sense there's a motive behind this.

Don't look at me like that; you should know better by now.

At any rate, in my opinion (FWIW), America NEEDS a third-party. In fact, even more than that, America needs a complete overhaul to this electoral college system we have going on. It's antiquated. It's outdated. It allows those in power and also powerful interest groups to control and direct the outcome of elections; if you doubt this, look at the elections in the past 35-40 years...there's been more than one instance of a candidate winning the popular vote (the votes of citizens like me and you) but LOSING because the electoral college number didn't go their way. Oh, sure, let's allow a small group to be in control of electing candidates...it can't be easier to control that than a few hundred million people...!

Oh, wait.

Anyway, if you paid attention in Civics/Social Studies in school, then you may remember that when the existing electoral system was set up, the United States was shaped very differently, and the population was much smaller as well...on the order of 37 fewer states, and roughly 326,000,000 fewer people. Yeah, that's right...it's been around since virtually the beginning. 

Ok, I get it...as an idea, it's not a BAD one. In fact, the idea has merit. However, the situation now isn't the same as it was then; with the advent of the Internet, Facebook, and YouTube, it is actually now possible for a marginal candidate from the middle of nowhere to gain national attention and visibility...if you doubt me, look up Vermin Supreme

The college was set up for a small nation, of very few people, with limited communication abilities, and a NO PARTY system. Go ahead...read the article at the link I shared up above. In fact, here, I'll share it again to make it easier for you. I'll wait.

Read it? Ok, good; we're on the same page then.

Now, the idea remains good, granted...but can you see that working AS INTENDED in today's political environment?

The applecart needs to be upset. Government has grown at a cancerous rate, and the comparison to cancer is apt in more ways than one. Government "by the people, for the people" has morphed via mission creep to "of the people"...period. The "War on Drugs" beget the "War on Terror", and the "War on <BLANK>" mentality beget:



Civil Asset Forfeiture

Police Militarization

The government is, again in my opinion, out of control. It's too big. It's too entrenched; look at this: 

Can you believe that shit? Jefferson said

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It is its natural manure."

Some of those Congressional members have been in office nearly TWICE as long as Jefferson's "twenty years"; royalty hold power that long...elected officials should NOT. 

We need changes. Big ones. The incumbents need to go. The election process needs revamping. The two party system needs to be shaken up by either killing off one or both, or adding in a third. We need new blood. We need less control over civilian life and more focus on infrastructure. Instead of perpetuating a cycle of tax and seize to pay for "Wars", STOP WAGING THEM! America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776! The government is talking about housing, educating, and feeding refugees and illegal immigrants, while thousands of United States veterans OF THOSE WARS are homeless, given substandard care by the VA, and commit suicide up to TWENTY-TWO A DAY according to a VA analysis from 21 states.

We don't need more laws; laws only serve to make people criminals in order to fund the controlling authorities or the private corporations running the prisons.

Now, I've given several starting links and reasons for my distaste of the current governmental system and the incumbents. I've linked my choice for the coming election, Mr. Gary Johnson. Is he perfect? Hardly. He's human...and a politician. That being said, he's not the lesser of a field of evils; look at his track record in New Mexico as governor. He did GOOD. America, we NEED to change things. Remember, the "Chief Executive" started out as JUST THAT...an "Executive" over the "Executive" branch; the top admin charged with running the government to keep the metaphorical trains on time and things running...NOT the "Leader" of the people, or the boss of them. He's the boss of the GOVERNMENTAL BUREAUCRACY, and ANSWERABLE to the people, not the other way around.

Let's elect an executive that will remember that for a change.

Start by voting. Get involved in local politics if you can or are able. Make your voice heard. If you look at voting statistics, it's not majority rule...it's rule by the majority that got off their ass and voted and spoke out...and they're a MINORITY of the country as a whole. CHANGE THAT. SPEAK UP. Stand up for your rights...KNOW your rights! Educate yourself. Educate your children.

Abandon the tired Democratic and Republican rhetoric. It's time the American public got off their apathetic and lazy asses and reminded those in Washington who is supposed to REALLY be in charge.