While the usual suspects on the left are screaming racism, lack of leadership and the typical rhetoric of how global warming (a myth) is President Bushes fault for causeing Katrina to strike the gulf coast. Not one of them has really come forth to aid in the relief effort.
Nancy Pelosi is backing away strongly, and devisivly on keeping democrates from participating in a bi partisan committe to look at the relief efforts into Katrina (more stone walling by liberals). Her claim that the committe will be a shame and republican p.r. machine. HMmmm wasn't that exactly as it is turning out the 9/11 commision was .... a democratic blame machine that did not look at the truth but political baiting on the republicans?
Here is a partial list of those who are stepping up to the plate and doing some real aid relief:
Leading the charge is the nation's most listened to radio host, Rush Limbaugh.
NewsMax first reported that Limbaugh is taking his show to Broadway to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief.
But don't rush out to get tickets – the one-man, one-night performance sold out within 20 minutes after he announced it on his radio show.
Rush will appear on Broadway on the night of October 18 at the New Amsterdam Theater, where "The Lion King" is playing.
"We're doing this to promote Hurricane Katrina relief and to fund it," Rush told listeners during his Tuesday radio show.
"I do this sparingly these days, ladies and gentlemen. Sort of like the old Rush to Excellence Tour that we used to do.
"It's about an hour and a half to two hours. It goes until I decide I've said enough, and when I feel like it's over. It's just going to be a great night, a fun night, Rush on Broadway."
Rush also had a laugh: "We're especially thrilled to be superseding ‘The Lion King' for one night. The animal rights people are going to be upset about this, no question about it."
For sure, most of the nation's hosts, who reach an estimated 60 million Americans each week, are urging help for disaster relief agencies like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Operation Blessing. Many hosts' web sites offer links for their listeners to put them in touch with these groups.
NewsMax sampled some of the major hosts around the nation and here's what we found:
Quinn and Rose of WRRK in Pittsburgh reported to NewsMax that, with the help of Clear Channel Communications, they were able to put together a Plan for Relief for Katrina Victims.
They're even organizing a convoy (trucks, trailers, RVs, etc.) to Mississippi and joining up with the Arkansas Southern Baptist Convention, which is feeding 60,000 people a day, working with the Red Cross.
Jim Quinn says his show broadcasts from the "war room." We're changing that to the "mobile war room."
Mike Gallagher of the Salem Network and regular Fox News guest says his loyal listeners, "Gallagher's Army," are diving in to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
"The Mike Gallagher Show" is once again partnering with Feed the Children, a Christian international nonprofit relief organization, to deliver food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to those who are suffering, all under the direction of FEMA. Call 1-888-58-CHILD right now to make your contribution.
Also, Mike's show, as part of a network-wide effort through Salem Radio Network and the Salem-owned and operated radio stations, partnered with FTC in order to raise money to deliver needed items to the Gulf Coast.
All the Salem network talk shows appealed to listeners for donations; in a span of a few days, that yielded incredible results. In addition, Gallagher is scheduled to travel to New Orleans this weekend to assist a group called "Pets in Peril" (www.petsinperil.com) in recovering companion animals that were left behind during the disaster. Mike plans on airing the recovery efforts on his radio show.
Roger Hedgecock, San Diego's former mayor and the city's leading radio host on KOGO, is "holding a day-long fund drive to help our neighbors, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Our goal: 'A TON OF CASH' to help our neighbors. We're gonna try and get you a free breakfast, lunch or box supper. Live music. A hoopla to encourage you to do the handshake across America!" Wednesday, September 7 at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego.
In Knoxville, Tenn, Hallerin Hill of WNOX told NewsMax, "Our morning news anchor, radio veteran Dave Foulk, led a convoy of eight tractor trailers loaded with water for Louisiana." You can go to his blog, which chronicles the story at www.davefoulk.blog.com.
Blogger at large Hugh Hewitt from Southern California's KKOL and the Salem Radio Network has on his site a special Hurricane Katrina Blog for Relief Weekend. You can check it out at www.truthlaidbear.com/katrinarelief.php.
Hewitt's colleague, Dennis Prager of KRLA urges you to share your home with someone made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Give your name to Dennis and join him in helping Hurricane Katrina victims. Go to www.feedthechildren.org or call 888-58-CHILD.
Rusty Humphries from the Talk Radio Network (TRN) is asking all of us to lend a financial hand to our fellow Americans who have suffered tremendous loss after Hurricane Katrina.
Rusty's favorite: "The fine folks at The Salvation Army are among the finest around at helping folks out so please donate what you can today."
Laura Ingraham from TRN is asking us to connect evacuees with jobs. Mercy Corps is engaged in a historic response to help find work for Katrina victims. Check out Mercy Corps at her site: www.lauraingraham.com
Also at TRN, Tammy Bruce, a NewsMax.com Pundit and one of LA's top talkers, particularly likes this effort and asks that you go to http://asmallvictory.net/katrina.html and help the Kids of Katrina Donations/Goods Drive, as well as The Humane Society of the U.S. at https://secure.hsus.org/01/disaster_relief_fund_2005?.
Proving Texas has a big heart, Adam McManus of KSLR's "Take a Stand" in San Antonio tells us he's raised $50,000 since last week for Feed the Children.
McManus adds: "Every $280 donation pays for the transportation of 2,000 pounds or 1 ton of supplies including ready-to-eat meals, snacks, baby food and diapers, bottled water and blankets. That brings our grand total to 178 tons of supplies delivered to those who most needed them throughout the Gulf Coast in the name of Jesus Christ. Plus, I am encouraging the 5,200 people on my daily e-mail alert list to consider opening their homes to some evacuees through http://www.shareyourhome.org.
And finally, I'm encouraging my listeners to personally bring supplies and a listening ear to the thousands of evacuees who are being housed here at KellyUSA, our former military base."
Relevant Radio out of Green Bay, Wis., told NewsMax that through their programming and Web site they have promoted and encouraged their listeners to give to Catholic Charities. To help communities recover from the damage brought by Hurricane Katrina, Catholic Charities USA is collecting financial donations that will fund local agencies' emergency and long-term disaster recovery efforts.
Bob Newman of KOA in Denver is holding federal officials accountable. He has on his show Wednesday Butch Kinerney, spokesperson for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), and Russ Knocke, spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security.
Joining the brigades of volunteers is Mark Shannon from WKY in Oklahoma City. Mark tells NewsMax, "Volunteers? We've got plenty of them!" The cry went out for volunteers to help at the Astrodome, Falls Creek, and a number of other "refugee sites" for those forced to leave New Orleans. In Oklahoma, they had to turn volunteers away from the Falls Creek facility.
Martha Zoller of WDUN in Atlanta told NewsMax that in conjunction with Lakewood Baptist Church, they collected items for the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi. Two tractor trailers will deliver the items in the next couple of days to a mission group that is already in the area. The next trailers will be filled and delivered to New Orleans.
Darrell Ankarlo announced KLIF's Dallas, Texas, Susquehanna Katrina Relief Drive - http://www.klif.com/katrina/index.htm. Today from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. KLIF will be at the Salvation Army Disaster Center at 9216 Harry Hines at Shorecrest in Dallas. Ankarlo and Greg Knapp will be on site to kick off an effort to bring relief to those affected. All KLIF listeners are encouraged to donate bulk food, water and clothing.
Lars Larson of Westwood One told NewsMax: "We cobbled up a quick fundraiser for The Salvation Army on Friday, and by Saturday morning, the money raised had topped $100k. And Lars plans to be at the Salvation Army HQ in Portland, Ore., today!
Bill Fishburne, morning host of WZNN in Asheville, N.C., says they put together a one-day telethon for a local Christian charity, Hearts with Hands. They dispatched several tractor trailer loads of supplies, plus volunteers, on Friday. Under the leadership of WZNN's Brian O'Brian and Josh Wylkie, the 10,000-watt AM station raised $11,000 in one day!
Bob Enyart at KGOV in Denver announced "Our Katrina Relief Update. While our telethon is crucial for the survival of Bob Enyart Live, at the same time so many people and families desperately need help to recover from Hurricane Katrina. So we are determined to help our friends hurt by this natural disaster, even as we look to others to help BEL!
"On the radio show, you've heard us announce specific needs for two families. Here is an update and also a request to help us find other families among our friends who need housing: www.kgov.com."
These are just some of the good deeds hosts across America are doing for their fellow citizens. Our hats are off to them.
WHERE IS THE ACCLAIMED AIR AMERICA AND THEIR MONEY RAISING OR RELIEF EFFORTS?