Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson’s boyfriend of less than a year, reality TV personality David “Punk” Otunga, popped the question Friday night in LA. Jennifer, who won an Oscar for her role in the movie/musical “Dreamgirls”, was in the hit film “Sex And The City”, and will be seen in the upcoming “The Secret Life Of Bees”, got an extra-special 27th birthday present!
David is known as “Punk” on the reality show “I Love New York 2”. He and Jennifer have been dating for less than a year, but Jennifer’s rep confirmed to People that “Jennifer got engaged to her boyfriend David on Friday night in Los Angeles”.
David gave Jennifer an engagement ring from Neil Lane. Nice! Congrats to the happy couple.
The image above was taken Sunday, and shows a lone house in Gilchrist, Texas, on the Bolivar Peninsula. The Peninsula was on the “dirty side” of hurricane Ike. This area of coastal Texas has been devastated because of Hurricane Ike. Flyover Video Of Gilchrist and Bolivar
The title of this article doesn’t describe it well anymore. I know this is now a long and messy post. I apologize for that, but this is a messy story. This post began with an aerial video of Galveston after Hurricane Ike that people were desperately wanting. Since then, the article has taken on a life of it’s own. I hope it will continue to be a helpful one. It has been linked all over the world, so I am not going to change it’s URL; I will just continue to add to it. There are so many updates, videos, images and links here, and this is the post where I will continue to follow the tragic story of Hurricane Ike, the frustration of the media, the search for the missing, and those directly impacted by the current lack of official information, FEMA and officials. This is not a regional story. It is an American story.
10/11/08: Rebuild Bolivar…First Coordinated Volunteer Cleanup Event For Bolivar On Sat. Oct 18th. Go to rebuildbolivar.com for details.
10/11/08: Insurance Companies Do More Damage Than Ike- Those Forced By The City To Demolish Will Not Get Reimbursed Fully, Only For Storm Damage.
10/11/08: Bermuda Beach Drive In Galveston- Completely Gone. Now The Fight Starts For Who Will Pay To Replace It.
10/01/08:On Galveston Island: “Dear Resident, Move Out.”
10/01/08: A look at the Crystal Beach Area With MadNonnie.com
9/29/08: A Resident Returns To Galveston, Documents What Is Left
9/28/08: After nearly 2 weeks, almost 400 people are still missing from Hurricane Ike, AND from the mainstream media. Snarkfood thinks this number is conservative. Video.
9/28/08: Ground and aerial pictures of Canal City Texas, practically obliterated.
9/25/08: Video- Galvestonians Return To Disaster: Many That Thought “Not My House”, Finding Out Otherwise. Everywhere You Look is “Memory Mountain”, People Having To Throw Out Everything. Many Considering Just Walking Away.
9/25/08: Video: Many Denied FEMA aid. 589,000 applications, only 11,400 approved. 154,000 denied.
9/24/08: Look And Leave Begins Friday For Bolivar Residents…Registration Forms Will Be Posted On GuidryNews.com Prior, And Will Be Available On The Peninsula. Tetanus Shots Recommended Prior,But Will Be Available At High Island School
9/24/08: The NEW Boliver Re-entry Plan
9/24/08: Galveston Residents Return To Ruin: No Need For Boxes
9/24/08: Galveston Residents Come Home…How To Be Prepared For “Primitive” Conditions: Video
9/23/08: Snarkfood lists (some of) the missing, screw the mainstream media.
9/23/08: FEMA To Pay For 6 Months Of Temporary Housing For Ike Victims, Help With Up To 18 Months
9/23/08: Jeff From MadNonnie.com Updates The Situation On The Bolivar Peninsula
9/23/08: Lighthouse Charity Team On Site, Ready To Help. Want To Make Sure Your Donations Stay Local? Consider Lighthouse. LighthouseCharityTeam.Com9/23/08: Joeygulfshores- Why They Stay; WE Are Our Brothers’ Keeper, Not The Government
9/23/08: Live Stream Video: Officials Appeal To Congress For Ike Relief Funds
And They Are Getting Grilled. Snarkista’s listening. Too bad they are in line behind our collapsed financial system. If this live stream becomes available in it’s entirety, you’ll see it here.Highlights here. Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas praises FEMA when it’s her turn in front of Congress.
9/22/08: Additional resource to find loved ones…call 1-866-GET INFO
For FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locations check https://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/drcLocator.jsp.
9/22/08: New On-Ground Crystal Beach Footage Part 1
New On-Ground Crystal Beach Video 2
New On-Ground Crystal Beach Video 3
9/21/08: Crystal Beach, Bolivar Residents Take A Boat In, Want To Know Where The List Of Missing Is, And How Long It Is
9/21/08: New Extensive Sea Isle Photo Gallery
9/20/08: Mail Service: Residents from Gilchrist, Port Bolivar/Crystal Beach, High Island, Sabine Pass and Wallisville are being served through alternate delivery at the Winnie, TX, Post Office (77655). The Winnie Post Office is located at 324 Highway 124 Winnie, TX 77665
Beginning Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 6:00 a.m. all residents will be able to re-enter Galveston Island. You must show photo identification that verifies your Galveston address or place of business at all manned checkpoints. The City of Galveston will distribute advisories as returning residents and business owners enter the island.
Areas Located Behind the Seawall East of 103rd Street/Cove View Lane: All residents and business owners may re-enter the City of Galveston, assess the damage to their property, and determine if they wish to remain in the city. Very limited water, sewer, natural gas, and electric services have been restored to areas behind the Seawall. Areas Not Located Behind the Seawall West of 103rd Street/Cove View Lane: All west end residents/businesses may re-enter the City of Galveston, assess the damage to their property, gather important belongings, and then leave the city to return to safe and more secure locations no later than 6:00 p.m. Water, sewer, natural gas, and electric services have not been restored to areas West of Seawall therefore sanitary living conditions are not available at this time.
9/20/08: Residents of the harder-hit Bolivar Peninsula will start seeing their homes next week, albeit for only a quick peek. And because the main road is impassible in many spots, residents will be loaded into dump trucks and other heavy vehicles for their tour. In Beaumont, near the Louisiana line, authorities lifted a mandatory evacuation order Saturday that had been in effect since Sept. 11, clearing residents to return to the city of 110,000 for the first time in more than a week.
9/20/08: Sign The “Bring Back Bolivar” Petition
9/20/08: Mandatory Evacuation Orders Rescinded Beginning Today For Beaumont, Port Arthur and Jefferson County.
Within minutes of each other on Friday afternoon, Port Arthur Mayor Deloris Prince, Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames and Jefferson County Judge Ron Walker each announced that the Mandatory Evacuation orders in effect for their respective jurisdictions would be lifted, effective at 6 a.m. on Saturday, 9-20-08. The curfews remain in effect, but Jefferson County shortened the hours of their curfew to 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Port Arthur slightly modified their curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., while the Beaumont curfew remained at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and all three jurisdictions emphasized their curfews would be strictly enforced. Surrounded by city officials, Mayor Ames said that with at least half of Beaumont without power, it is â€œtoo darkâ€ to maintain public safety without the curfew. More info here at The Examiner.
“Not only has FEMA not responded to San Leon, they have given out locations where supplies are available that are fictitious. Of four “POD” distribution locations FEMA gave out over KTRH radio (9-17), one of them does not exist. Two other locations had no FEMA supplies and had no clue that they had been designated. The 4th was there but had no supplies to give out. The FEMA “POD” in Seabrook refused to let people from San Leon in. Our residents are being turned away there. It is tragic enough that our lives have been destroyed by a horrific storm. It further injures us that communities like Tomball are getting assistance and we are not. It is even worse when FEMA’s publicity people give out phony information to inflate their numbers and waste what little fuel we have sending us to places that are not distributing assistance. I realize that to many government officials, this is a “political event”. To us it is a matter of survival. If you don’t help us, we will do it ourselves. But please don’t lie to us, and don’t make things worse..”
9/20/08: GuidryNews.com has been contracted to be the official online newspoint for Galveston & Coastal Texas official announcements, re-entry news, aftermath progress, utility updates etc. Guidrynews.com
9/19/08: Missing And Presumed Dead
9/19/08: The Bolivar Tsunami
9/19/08: If This Doesn’t Tear Your Heart Out…Get A Checkup. This Is What Gone Looks Like.
9/19/08: Galveston Officials Lay Out Plan For Residents’ Return
9/19/08: Chambers County, Smith Point, Oak Island Update…Including Story Of 3 Washed-Up Survivors!
9/19/08: Virginia Point, On Galveston Bay, Is Completely Gone.Video. Virginia Point, across from Tiki Island, has been wiped off the map. This area has not had much media coverage. This is a new video today.
9/17/08 The Press Pushes For Info- Video especially re deaths and access to Bolivar and West End. Officials pass the buck. Gets pretty heated.
9/18/08: NOAA posts more satellite images of Galveston and coastal Texas where Ike destroyed so much. High res pictures, be patient for them to load. Navigate in on the Texas map, then you can click to zoom in further.
9/18/08: New Video Of Sea Isle, Jamaica Beach After Ike
9/18/08: Galveston’s Mayor Lyda Thomas- Part Time Job, Full-Time Dictator
9/18/08: Looking For Loved Ones, Getting Nowhere. Look And Leave Not Allowed For Those Looking For Missing Family. Video. Family members are having to resort to posting names on news forums and creating Facebook groups to try to get information on what/where they are. Galveston JUST created (9/17/08) a hotline for the unincorporated areas to list the missing. The phones have two actual people manning the lines! WTF! The number is 1-866-898-5723. Unincorporated areas of Galveston County include Bolivar Peninsula, Bacliff/San Leon, Freddieville and Algoa. Those calling should have their contact information available, as well as information about the person they are searching for, including: Description of the individual, Address, Last time they were in contact with the individual, Plans the individual had for the storm.
9/18/08: News Blackout On Bolivar & Missing: Wayne Dolcefino Pushes Governor Perry For Answers…Perry Passes The Buck
9/17/08: Firsthand account of hundreds of bodies seen in trees in Galveston. This from an oilfield executive who was allowed to check on the rigs, and therefore had to fly over Galveston. Many were seen is marshes, ditches. People who have access to the island are now being patted town by officials to ensure no camera footage would be shot and get into the media.
9/16/08: Very Important Update: A reporter and his wife who formerly lived in Tyler were on Galveston Island during Ike. The media blackout is trying to be enforced by the mayor and other city officials, but rescue workers are telling people that the death count is far more than is being reported. They are going door to door, but are leaving bodies inside of structures for now, so they can focus on rescuing those who survived. Unlike Katrina, they aren’t spray-painting “X” on the houses where the dead are. Instead they are putting discreet stickers on the structures, making them harder to see by the already handcuffed media. Click here for the Tyler Paper story and interview.
9/16/08: NY Times On The Toxic Sludge Left By Ike
9/15/08: The LA Times Asks About The Elephant In The Room: Where are all the people? If you do the math, about 20,000 people believed to be in Galveston just aren’t there. Is this why the press is being restricted and the no-fly order is in place? CNN says today: “Rescue crews on the Texas coast continued to look for the estimated 20,000 residents who dismissed evacuation orders and tried to ride out the Category 2 hurricane’s massive storm surge and 110-mph winds.” Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough orders the evacuation of survivors on Bolivar Peninsula. Says he’s heard there are bodies floating on the peninsula. â€œThere are going to be some, but no one has given me a list of deaths,â€ Yarbrough said.
UPDATE 9/15/08: NEW NOAA Satellite Imagery Up: These are High-Res images, you will see a map of the state of Texas first, click on the area you want to see, and go from there. West end of Galveston available. Be patient, as these are high-res images that you can navigate. http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/ike/IKE0000.HTM
NEW: Fly- Over of Galveston Including West End
9/15/08 CNN takes a boat to part of the west end of Galveston
Damn. ALL the bees have left the ‘hive. Amy Winehouse crawled out last night to “DJ” again. She was 2 hours late. People were pissed, and a lot of them left. Amy was effed up. Amy was hanging with the crackies of Babyshambles. Why does this feel like deja-vu?
Amy’s gonna be 25 tomorrow. Amy may be 25 forever. Replace the fried-egg “this is your brain on drugs” ad with this pic of Amy. It’s gonna work a HELL of a lot better than that damn egg! If this doesn’t scare the shizz out of anyone who wants to give crack, or meth, or heroin, or 48 bottles of Jack Daniels a whirl…nothing will.
Try some Binaural Beats instead!
This public service announcement is courtesy of Amy fuggin’ Wino.
Missing little Caylee Anthony’s sociopath mom Casey Anthony could be rearrested at any moment on MORE theft charges. This time, for stealing from her grandparents’ assisted-living account. Funds that were needed because her grandfather had a STROKE. Can’t happen soon enough for Snarkista!
But before Casey was arrested the first time for child neglect and lying to investigators, she was grilled up and down by police. Then she lawyered-up and shut up. As we all now know, Casey only knows how to LIE, LIE, LIE about everything regarding her poor daughter’s disappearance. And pretty much anything else. Now we get to hear Casey on tape. Orange County, Florida officials have released the audio of the tapes where Casey gets interrogated. And LIES. The interviews are in two parts, and highlight Casey leading police on many wild goose chases.
Interrogation tape 1: casey-anthony-interview-1
1:30 – Detective talks to Casey Anthony about when Caylee went missing.
2:48 – Casey talks about how she met Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.
9:30 – Casey explains what happened the day Caylee disappeared.
11:12 – Casey says who she talked to about Caylee missing.
13:40 – Casey describes how she tried to find Zenaida.
14:40 – Casey tells detectives why she did not alert them earlier.
Interrogation tape 2:casey-anthony-interview2
00:50 – Investigators confront Casey Anthony with all the lies she told them.
11:40 – Authorities try to get Casey Anthony to tell the truth.
18:15 – Detectives ask Casey Anthony why she brought them to Universal and why she lied about working there.
21:04 – Investigators ask about the toddler’s father.
22:33 – Casey Anthony asks cops to help her find Caylee.
24:17 – Detectives talk to her about the phone call she said she received from Caylee the day before.
30:53 – Cops say her behavior is painting her in a bad light.
35:56 – Casey Anthony denies selling her baby.
37:23 – Casey Anthony talks about her own mother, Cindy Anthony.
42:01 – Detectives ask if Casey Anthony believes her daughter is in a better place.
43:15 – Casey Anthony says she will lie or steal to find her daughter. She begins to get tears in her eyes.
45:30 – Investigators ask Casey Anthony about her car at Amscot. (Check cashing place).
1:00.44 – Detectives ask Casey Anthony that if they find her daughter that day what would be the next hurdle in her life.
Interestingly, near the end of tape 2, Casey refers to Caylee in the past-tense. When this happens with a suspect, it is almost always a tell for police and psychologists. Bitch also gets chummy and a little flirty with them…’cuz a sociopath LOVES attention. Well, Casey’s got some major attention now! Protesters camp outside her parents’ house 24/7. The media has gone nuts. And her daughter’s picture is plastered everywhere possible, despite mounting evidence that she’s deceased, and Casey’s probably the person who did her in.
John McCain stopped by “The View” today and had a grand old time with the hens! However, when John tried to explain what he means when he says we should stick to the Constitution, Whoopi got worried. Worried she might have to become a slave. What a dumbass! Barbara Walters saved Whoopi from looking like the BIGGEST dumbass, though, when she assured her that “we white folks will take care of you.” Holy KKK, Babs. Time for your nap and a big dose of Aricept.
“Born a Texan, always a Texan”. Even though Snarkista calls Nashville home now, a part of her heart (and a lot of family) will always be in Texas. If any of you awesome Snark Food readers have friends and family in the way of Hurricane Ike, URGE THEM to get the hell out of town. Many people are waiting on buses to take them to safety. There are NO buses coming. As we Texans say, better “hunker down”.
Many residents are NOT leaving Galveston, and this is NOT a good idea. They are walking and gawking. The problem with Ike isn’t so much the winds, as it is the incredible storm-surge he’s gonna bring with his bad ass. “Certain death” is what National Weather Service officials are warning. Don’t screw with “certain death”.
The seawall around Galveston has always lulled residents into a feeling of invincibility. It’s 17-18 feet tall, and was built after the horrible hurricane of 1900, which killed between 8,000-12,000 people. Ike’s storm surge is expected to be over 25 ft in places, creating waves reaching 35 to 50 feet high. Basically, a tsunami. This is inconceivable in the Gulf of Mexico, but it is what the forecasters are warning. Ike could be worse than Katrina. Especially when you’re counting on a wall that’s over 100 years old.
Houston, you’re not immune. Does Alicia ring a bell? The flooding won’t spare you, and when the downed trees keep the utility folks from restoring your power, water and sewer services, you may be in a world of hurt. Snarkista says if you know someone in the way of Ike, call ’em, text ’em, or just throw their asses in the car.
Those people in the picture above? They’re standing on Galveston’s seawall. Ike’s still about 12 hours from landfall. Helicopter rescues are already happening, over 200 people now NEED rescuing, and the damn roof just fell off of Hooters. If HOOTERS can’t float, your house doesn’t stand an effin’ chance. Get out, or get the sharpie out. Use it to write your social security number on your arm.
1-800-Red Cross, or the Red Cross Website if you want to help.