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Just in case you missed the amazing performance of the Republican leadership yesterday...

President George W. Bush said, "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."  Well, no one except the entire world and even Mr. Bill.

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went shoe shopping on Fifth Avenue, but not before she played tennis and yukked it up at Spamalot.

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The Viceroy in charge of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff said "We're much better prepared than we've ever been."  I'm not sure if that was before or after he reminded us that September is National Preparedness Month, so be sure to stock up on duct tape.

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The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael D. Brown leapt into action, mustering all the emergency disaster management skills he learned as a lawyer for the International Arabian Horse Association Legal Department (from which he was fired).  His money quote: "Paula, the federal government did not even know about the Convention Center people until today."

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The Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert said, eh, maybe we should just forget all about rebuilding New Orleans.  Because it might cost money and stuff.

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The Pentagon, headed by Donald Rumsfeld, reassured America that, yes, the Country music hoedown with Clint Black on September 11th is still on, pard'ner!  And maybe we'll even break the record for the longest line dance.

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The head of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman, sent out an email stressing that now---for God's sake, people---NOW is the time when we must repeal that which is causing our country to go down the tubes: the estate tax.

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And Vice President Dick Cheney was still on vacation.

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Lookie lookie, Planet Earth, at the leadership of the United States of America. What amazing feats will they dazzle us with today??

Billmon has an excellent list of hurricane relief organizations here.

If you have any cheers and jeers, this is your thread. Have a safe Labor Day weekend.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:01 AM PDT.

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  •  like I said on another thread (4.00)
    most of these people are from the oil business. Cheney, Rice, Bush...

    This is the Iraqinization of NOLA. The chaos keeps the oil prices high.

    "You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment." Frances Urquhart (House of Cards)

    by Yankee in exile on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:03:29 AM PDT

    •  BUSH: THE END. (3.72)
      Bumper Sticker
      All proceeds are being donated to the Red Cross.
      4 ordered so far Donation = $8.04


         

      Get out of control, but appear under control. It's not bad to alarm other people, though - it's good for them.
      - Hunter S. Thompson

      by bisenbek on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:30:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  CHENEY (4.00)
      Want to know where Cheney was on his vacation? He was in Canada inspecting the Alberta tar sands, as in oil. After that he went hunting and fishing up here. It was on our local news. These people have there priorities straight! They seem to have a penchant for vacation time while a crisis looms. Think 9/11. It's not as though even the average person didn't know hurricane season was here. Think of last year. and with the scientists talking about global warming, it doesn't take much smarts to figure the hurricanes will get worse every year.

      The reason why they are all reacting the way they are is because they are guilty. It is there policies that have brought this on and they know it. Think of a time when you have done wrong, one of the first reactions is to hide it, pretend all is well and then get defensive. That's the RNC.

    •  relief effort "magnificient" (4.00)
      CNN reported this morning aroud 9:15am that the Homeland Security Cheif Chertoff (a.k.a. Jackoff) called the relief efforts "magnificient". Even S. O'Brien showed outrage at this adjective.

      PLEASE UPDATE your diary with this quote from Mr. Jackoff.

  •  Katrina Changed Everything (4.00)
    For the past five years Republicans shoved their Anti-American policies down Our throats by hiding behind the phrase

    9/11 Changed Everything.

    From here on, the only phrase I want to hear is

    Katrina Changed Everything.

    A New Era demands New Policies.

    Katrina Changed Everything - A New Era Demands New Policies

    by ROGNM on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:03:53 AM PDT

  •  New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (4.00)
    OT - But shouldn't be missed...

    The parital transcript of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's interview with WWL... He's "pissed".

  •  Hehehehehe (4.00)

    Phillybits A Showcase Of Political News and Thought

    by Stand Strong on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:05:08 AM PDT

  •  Next step (4.00)
    Next step: Soylent Geeen. What else is left?
  •  The big fatal part is this: (4.00)
    post 9/11 this should never ever have gone down like this.
    Clearly we are unprepared to handle any significant crisis.
    That is no one's fault but the administration's.
    •  Anyone remember this? (4.00)
      "Your Leaders Can't Protect You...But They Sure Can Get You Killed"

      Phillybits A Showcase Of Political News and Thought

      by Stand Strong on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:10:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I feel safer with Bush in charge. (4.00)
      How can anyone think that anymore.
    •  Billions on Homeland Security Spent (4.00)
      for what??

      I thought we were spending ourselves into massive debt to protect us...and now it's clear that we have NOT done that at all.  Even the morons who watch Faux News have to ask that question.  

      Are we ssupposed to just assume that if a nuke had gone off without warning in New Orleans that everything would have been under control.  For God's sake, this hurricane was tracked for days with people saying "lookout, here it comes" and we have a disaster!

      The verdict is in, and Bush's plan to keep America safe has failed.  He is officially accountable for the chaos that has ensued.

  •  Dumbass inbound to AL (4.00)
    Chimpy McFuckup is heading for Alabama today to show his sympathy to his constituents (Gulf Shores rich whities).  Forget about those blackies in N.O., they probably voted Gore/Kerry anyway.  

    its a non-stop disco betcha its nabisco betcha didn't know

    by kharma on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:05:43 AM PDT

    •  One can dream... (4.00)
      Oh I so would love to see the alleged AK-47-toting insurgents overcome his praetorian guard and string him up.
      •  It was good enough for Caesar..... (4.00)

        Support Justice! We MUST stop John Roberts!

        by califdweller on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:09:45 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  IF he goes to NOLA... (4.00)
        It'll be an unannounced trip, just like those to Iraq.  He goes unannounced to Iraq because that way the insurgents can't plan his assassination (the security situation is THAT bad).  In NOLA, his assassination is a virtual certainty- guns are everywhere, law and order is virtually non-existent.  If he goes anywhere near NOLA, you won't hear about it till right beforehand and it'll be as far away from the people as possible.  Bush has every reason to be scared of these people.  A comment in an earlier diary suggested putting him on the 50 yard line of the Superdome---there wouldn't be much left.
        James

        whoring my blog like it's my job!

        by jjhare on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:18:34 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  zombie holocaust (4.00)
          I think he should be EATEN. Like in one of those movies. That's how angry I feel.
          •  poor zombie, they like to eat brains (4.00)

            SOCIAL SECURITY: Invented by Democrats yesterday, Protected by Democrats today

            by mollyd on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:23:46 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  true, not much there n/t (4.00)
              •  Land of the Dead (4.00)
                You're truer than you know.  George Romero worked for a time editing images, raw images of the Vietnam Massacre, sent in to the media.  He went on to create his zombie series.  On October 18, his latest, Land of the Dead, will be released.  It features the rich, holed up in a tower called Fiddler's Green.  At the tower's base, the submissive.  Beyond, zombiedom.  From what I can understand, it's a scathing attack on Bushworld.  
        •  And at this very moment (3.88)
          someone is scrambling around to find a plastic turkey for the photo-op.

          America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. --Abraham Lincoln

          by thebes on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:28:03 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  He doesn't just have NOLA to fear (4.00)
          I had to leave Mississippi for a job a couple of years ago, but the South is where my heart is now and will always be and I can tell you if he goes anywhere near the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I doubt he'll get a warm welcome either. He's left them to stand in the devastation of their homes, perform mass autopsies by daylight in parking lots, and watch their prescious pets and animals die of dehydration. That part of the country breeds some might fine sharpshooters, and I have no doubt a few trigger fingers are itching now.

          On a less menacing note, please read my diary for a Southerner's perspective on these terrible terrible times.

          Fats Domino and Friendship: Thanks and Pleas from a Mississippi Gal
          http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/2/9299/64951

          •  Whoa, whoa (4.00)
            NO ONE should be hoping that that happens no matter HOW bad this pig is.

            9/11 was the Neocons' Reichstag fire. "Patriot Act" = Enabling Act.

            by Bulldawg on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:53:30 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  I didn't say I was hoping. (4.00)
              There's been so much death and so much loss. We don't need anymore, not even that scum Bush. You misunderstand me, I'm not hoping it will happen. I'm just saying that there are probably some people down there thinking about it, like any one of us would in their situation. There's a lot of anger in N.O. and on the Coast right now, it's been five days and they've gotten hollow promises and a Bush photo-op. They wouldn't do it, but it'll cross some minds.
            •  Indeed, no... (4.00)
              ...it would be WAY too quick for an asshat like him.

              But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

              by sagesource on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:29:25 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

          •  Thank you from a fellow southerner (4.00)
            As a fellow southerner who also had to leave to find work, I'm simply horrified by all that is happening (and not happening).  Thank you for writing so eloquently. . .

            Southerners are tough, but please.  The entire country should be up in arms about the treatment and lack of by our government.

            Susan

            •  Another example of the Brain Drain (4.00)
              Sure, we're tough. But, you're absolutely right, a measure of a "real man" is his ability to accept help when he and his family need it. And Southerners can do that. So help them already BushCo!

              You had to leave to find work too, huh? I'm so sorry to hear that. Sucks. Which begs a mention of the real reason the Bushies don't give a #&$* about what's happening down there now. It's not because a high percentage of the population is black ... well, not just because of that.

              It's because we're poor.

              One more time for the boys in the back.

              THE SOUTH ISN'T RICH ENOUGH TO MATTER.

              You could be a gay-black-Muslim-woman-about-to-abort-her-baby and those evil Republicans would declare you the Second Coming for a big enough campaign donation. If you are lower class, lower middle class, or even middle class, getting by from paycheck to paycheck (if you're getting by at all) there is no place for you in Bush's "'Murica". Those $*#&# probably think that Katrina has helped them out. They've been trying to starve out the poor for years.

              Sorry. Sorry. I'm really starting to snap. I think it might be time for a media shut-down for ol' Elspeth. Everytime I look to the news for something good, I hear something more about BushCo's outright disregard for the lives of my family, friends, and brethren. He's never sickened me more, and that's really saying something.

        •  the convention center (4.00)
          is a better place for him -- much less safe

          better yet -- stick him on a rooftop and leave him there for a few weeks.

          tikkun olam -- heal the world

          by bjeanh1 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:48:00 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  It's not as dangerous as they say in N.O. (4.00)
          That's all a buildup so he'll have an excuse for not going. If Harry Connick, Jr is walking the streets with a camera, how bad can it be?

          The real reason Bush won't go to ground in Nawlins is because he's a pussy and a coward.

          Say what you will about John Kerry, but I bet he'd have been down there the minute the winds stopped blowing. He knows what it's like to face real peril and isn't afraid of his own shadow.

    •  Watch this closely (4.00)
      because this will be his make or break moment.  The media can either accept the WH attempt to create a PR moment for him & doom the nation, or they can begin to push this stinking party out of power.

      If he gets a PR "moment" and the media helps to promote it, this country is over.

    •  Blues into a Red State? (4.00)
      I wonder how Texas will feel if those (probably) Democrats in the Astrodome decide to stay there and make their Red State Bluer?
    •  give him a break (4.00)
      he needs to see for himself how this disaster has thoroughly ruined the carpet in their beach homes.

      excuse me while i hurl....

    •  Hope he takes his bull horn along (4.00)
      "Soon, all those terrorist hurricanes will hear from us!"

      What an asshole he is...

      Dick Cheney to Teacher: "W. ate my homework."

      by Cleveland Dem on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:34:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  YGTBFK (4.00)
      I sweartagawd, if he meets with the Holloway family while he's there, the veins in my forehead will absolutely explode.
  •  What is our money doing? (4.00)
    I have given money to different organizations now for five days.  What in the world is it doing?  Why isn't it helping rescue people and give them food and water?  We were all told that they just need money, but it doesn't seem to be helping worth a damn.  What should I do that would help people, if money isn't the best bet?  

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

    by jenhoward on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:05:47 AM PDT

    •  Leadership Vacuum. (4.00)

      "You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment." Frances Urquhart (House of Cards)

      by Yankee in exile on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:10:04 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Is Anyone Up For A... (4.00)
      ...Citizens' caravan?
      •  From Where? n/t (4.00)

        whoring my blog like it's my job!

        by jjhare on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:19:07 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  I'm in SoCal.... (4.00)
        I think at this point, all of us at Dkos should organize and get there ourselves.... I wish I know what we could do, but we need to do something!

        The Moral Majority is neither.

        by Barbara H on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:19:37 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  No. (3.94)
          For the love of God, no. There is no food or housing for hours around NO, and certainly no way to effectively use volunteers, train them in what needs to be done, or even keep them safe. Just using gas to get there will make matters worse.

          Stay home. Give money or blood, or volunteer at the local Red Cross. If they need people in the affected areas, a call will go out for them.

          The UCC: to believe is to care, to care is to do. Also, they have cookies.

          by pastordan on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:24:56 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Houston? (4.00)
            Surely they need volunteers in Houston?

            Also - if you are or if you know anyone with GIS skills, you are needed to volunteer with Hurricane Katrina recovery - go here NOW: http://www.giscorps.org/

            Voices from the field: http://www.giscorps.org/field_info.php

            If you NEED GIS help, or know someone who does, go here: http://gis.esri.com/events/assist/index.cfm?eventID=106

            or here:

            Agencies and organizations assisting in relief efforts that are searching for volunteers with GIS expertise can e-mail the GISCorps Committee Members at info@urisa.org for a list of qualified applicants.

            About ESRI's involvement with disaster relief:

            Hurricane Response Help from ESRI

            ESRI is actively assisting government agencies and private organizations that need help in responding to recent severe weather events. Temporary keycodes, on-site support, and other assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This assistance is available to any organization with GIS needs regardless of its GIS platform.

            To request emergency software, data/imagery, or services/consulting assistance from ESRI, complete the Request Emergency Assistance Form and submit. All requests for assistance should be justified and show direct support for the disaster.

            Contact the Disaster Help Coordination Team for general inquiries about your request by listing your Assist ID number and agency name in the subject line of your email.

            Mapping is important during the response and recovery stage of a disaster. Mapping will be critical in positioning facilities and services, determining a triage method of repair of infrastructure, and in determining loss in order to begin work on recovery. ESRI stands ready to help with these efforts.

            White Papers:
            http://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/disastermgmt.pdf

            http://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/challenges.pdf

            http://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/emermgmt.pdf

            •  Houston (4.00)
              They announced they need 500 volunteers at the Astrodome TODAY - if you're in the area, I guess you could just show up and they'll find a way to use you.

              America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. --Abraham Lincoln

              by thebes on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:30:13 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

          •  Hi PD... (4.00)
            It is so difficult to sit here and watch.  I've given money and I feel so helpless this far away in Los Angeles.  

            I'll call my local Red Cross and see if I can help them here....

            I don't think that I've ever felt this angry or sick before... this somehow is more painful (if humanly possible) to witness than 9-11.  I'm just ill.

            The Moral Majority is neither.

            by Barbara H on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:30:48 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  There's No Red Cross! (4.00)
            Infants' eyes are popping from dehydration.  They need water.  Somebody is going to have to stop worrying about keeping his own ass safe and get in there with some GODDAMN WATER.
            •  It's not your ass I'm worried about. (4.00)
              Well okay, maybe a little. But if you get into trouble, that only distracts the police or other emergency responders, and if you're not properly trained, you may actually do harm.

              The UCC: to believe is to care, to care is to do. Also, they have cookies.

              by pastordan on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:01:53 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  I know Pastor Dan... (4.00)
                ...but what emergency responders?  And how can any more harm be caused than is caused by people dehydrating before our eyes?  They're not doing anything!!  They're stalling and making a mockery of us and this entire country.
      •  Bless your heart, but no don't come (4.00)
        I'm in Atlanta now, but I'm a Mississippian and I beg you not to come. I've been able to reach some friends and family. They're running out of gas and bread as far north as Jackson, Miss. The storm damage was so severe, but the strain being placing on the water system by the tens of thousands of refuges is just unbelievable. The power is still down all over the state, most people in Hattiesburg and south of their still don't have water. The state can't support any more people, and you won't be able to get gas and you'll be trapped, placing a bigger burden on emergency services. We are even having gas shortages in Atlanta.

        It is so wonderful of you to want to help in any way you can, bless your heart, but you have to do it from where you are.

        Fats Domino and Friendship: Thanks and Pleas from a Mississippi Gal
        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/2/9299/64951

        •  This morning (4.00)
          ..I was flipping between CNN and MSNBC and they said that in Miss they are actually dealing with SITE SEERS who are getting in the way of rescuers. Yup - tourists with digital cameras craning their necks.

          Ack.

          •  Horrible, but it doesn't surprise me. (4.00)
            The population certain areas in Miss. has exploded because of all of the refugees from the Coast and N.O., yet a lot of these areas are still without power. People are probably getting  really restless, and haven't had access to enough news for this to all sink in.

            Population in Jackson has gotten so large, there are fears that the water system (only recently restored for some areas) will not support it.

    •  Helping... (4.00)
      white people.

      "The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power." Paul Wellstone

      by Ralph on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:17:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Oh, is it really? (4.00)
        I'll be sure to tell all of my homeless white friends from the Coast and N.O. that they've been the ones getting help all along. I'm sure it'll come as quite a shock. It'll make losing everything and seeing their parking lots turned into makeshift autopsy rooms so much better.

        I'm a white Mississippian who had to move out of Mississippi for work and I'll tell you right now, the federal government wouldn't give a shit if those people were purple polka-dotted. They just want their oil production back up and then they'll leave us to pick up the rest of the pieces.

    •  Baton Rouge (4.00)
      Perhaps Baton Rouge can use volunteers?
      OR - can you drive a Bus?

      http://www.wwltv.com/local/stories/WWLBLOG.ac3fcea.html

      9:22 A.M. - State Representative Karen Carter: If you want to help...get a bus. We have comandeered other things, we need to comandeer Greyhound. You want to help? Send buses and gas, buses and gas. I don't need $10 million right now - send buses and gas!

      9:20 A.M. - BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- In the span of a week, Baton Rouge has become Louisiana's most-populous city -- at least temporarily -- and a big chunk of that growth is likely to be permanent, officials say. Evacuees from the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans area have poured into East Baton Rouge Parish, along with rescue personnel using the city as a home.

      "Baton Rouge is now the largest city in Louisiana and it's going to be for quite a while, if not permanently," said Walter Monsour, the top administrator to the president of the city-parish government.

  •  The smell of promotions is in the air (4.00)
    Fucking incompetents! The whole lot of them

    Compassionate conservatards. I'd like to shove Condi's high heeled boot up GW's wazoo.

    With a big ol' lie And a flag and a pie And a mom and a bible Most folks are just liable To buy any line Any place, any time ~ FZ

    by f furney on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:06:34 AM PDT

    •  Medals of Freedom (4.00)
      all around. Starting with that horse's patoot, Mike Brown.

      "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar" --1 John 4:20 (NIV)

      by mecki on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:17:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  We're going (4.00)
        to have to come up with a new civilian award to be given out by future Presidents because this one has become tarnished.

        "One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal." Bill Moyers

        by Lahdee on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:27:15 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Fund raiser (4.00)
      "I'd like to shove Condi's high heeled boot up GW's wazoo."

      Put that on pay-per-view and you could finance the reconstruction of New Orleans (with the option for viewers to text msg, for a few, votes for how far up the wazoo it goes).

  •  What amazing feats will they dazzle us with today? (4.00)
    Fires. Black clouds of toxic smoke.
    •  Since there's no water pressure anywhere ... (4.00)
      in NO, and the streets are still flooded and impassable, it's very possible that entire neighborhoods could catch fire and burn to the waterline.  Not a happy prospect.  
  •  Yippee! (4.00)
    C & J did not go on hiatus (at least not yet -- please don't, Bill).

    I'm going to post the one and only thing that's made me laugh this week, a conversation with 4-year-old niece about the Tooth Fairy.

    She said her cousin had a loose tooth and when it fell out, the Tooth Fairy would come and bring him a new one.

    I asked how the Tooth Fairy carried the new teeth around for the kids -- maybe she used a pouch.

    "No, she uses a flatbed truck...but it has to have a cover so the teeth don't blow off!"

    Put this kid in charge of FEMA, pronto.

  •  PLEASE CIRCULATE (4.00)
    The spin for today is that NAGIN IS NO GUILIANI.

    Please help counter the spin!

    Most important, please read below CRITICAL information I received from Rep. Arthur Morrell's staff:

    ***

    I learned from Jean-Paul Morrell (the son of New Orleans' City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge Morrell and State Representative Arthur Morrell, brother of NOPD Special force Sergeant Todd F. Morrell) that NOPD has not received food or even bullets from the federal government.

    They are down to about 10 bullets per officer.

    Looters have raided the armory (that was supposed to be protected by national guardsmen that weren't there) and police officers have been eating Peanut Butter sandwiches because the Feds won't even give them MREs.

    Jean-Paul also has learnt that the National Guard had not been deployed into New Orleans before Thursday. Most of the national guard troops, reported to be in the region, are in Baton Rouge awaiting orders.

    Jean-Paul also informed me that the Federal Government is requesting that the Mayor of New Orleans relinquish control of New Orleans.

    The Mayor has refused to do so, stating that he is the legally elected representative from New Orleans to represent the people's interest.

    Guilliani was not asked to relinquish control of New York.

    •  full email diaried here (4.00)
      The full email from the morrell staff person is here:

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/2/94843/01386#3

    •  Looters arms provided by Wal-Mart (4.00)
      Y'know where a good chunk of the weapons and ammunition are coming from? WAL-MART

      That's right.  As awful as Larry King can be, when he had the CEO of Wal-Mart on lst night for a PR puff piece about how the company had donated $17 mil to the relief effort, King very casually slid into a discussion about looters and how the CEO felt about the affected al-Mart locations being pillaged.  The CEO took the magnanamous pose, saying something like, "It's not worth worrying about.  In this situation, people are going to take what they need to survive."  And then King hit him with, "Does that include all the guns and ammunition that Wal-Mart stocks, because it's apparent that the looters are increasingly well-armed and they must be getting this stuff from somewhere."  The CEO had no response.

      Beware those who claim to be "The Chosen", for they have already led themselves astray and seek to lead you down the same path. There are no "Chosen."

      by sxwarren on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:10:58 AM PDT

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      •  Must have been a stray rational thought form King (4.00)
        •  King seemed to know (4.00)
          what he was doing.  It was a pretty good "there's the set, and there's the smash!" situation.  I think  King enjoys springing a "gotcha" once in awhile as much as any reporter.  He just picked a good moment.

          Beware those who claim to be "The Chosen", for they have already led themselves astray and seek to lead you down the same path. There are no "Chosen."

          by sxwarren on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:32:31 AM PDT

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        •  Im no Larry King fan... (4.00)
          ...but I have to say that last november he was on the panel for election night coverage.

          He seemed to be looking wryly at those around him (with a sense of humor only those close to death anyway can muster).

          I don't know, maybe he was just shit-happy to be around all the shiny lights, but I couldn't help think he was wondering when the dog & pony show was going to end and the real election results come in.

          Perhaps Ashton Kutcher punking him.

          "Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." ~Plato

          by dj angst on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 10:03:25 AM PDT

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      •  You mean Larry King (4.00)
        actually asked someone a tough question?   My God, this is one too many shocks for one week.
      •  bowling for columbine (4.00)
        there's a scene where one of the victims of columbine goes to walmart to try to get them to selling bullets and of course they refuse.  I keep thinking about that scene given how that refusal has contributed to this horrific disaster.

        tikkun olam -- heal the world

        by bjeanh1 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:56:32 AM PDT

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    •  ... well ... they're right ... (4.00)

      ... to my knowledge, Nagin has never carried on an illicit affair while married ...

      "anybody don't like this life is crazy" - manuel maloof - politician, atlanta legend

      by mmm sultry on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:13:12 AM PDT

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    •  Any word on gas leaks? (4.00)
      Seems to me the pilot lights on lower floors will have been put out, but uppper floors would still be working.

      Does anyone know if gas mains have been shut down to the city? Or how such things would work?

      Just noticing fires breaking out on CNN.

      "We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation." - George W. Bush, July 2, 2003

      by Pescadero Bill on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:14:50 AM PDT

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      •  toxic soup (4.00)
        LA is one of the most polluted states in the country.  Gas leaks?  Heck, when all those chemicals get released and mixed and spread around....remediation isn't even going to be possible.  People are worried about the refineries and how there might be gas shortages....think bigger....look at the kinds of industry in LA.  They are so poor and have so few job opportunities that they have readily taken on the dirtiest industries in the country.    

        Just because you're self-righteous doesn't mean you're not a hypocrite.

        by AMcG826 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:26:36 AM PDT

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    •  Confusion of orders of magnitude (4.00)
      Guillian had much less to contend with; he was prominent only because the White House lacked an articulate leader/spokesperson.

      Nagin has to deal with a devastated area the size of Great Britain. Blanco seems to be rising to the occasion by at least showing up and being committed and involved. She also disparaged, sort of, Bush's proposed visit to NOLA. Southern politicians are all over their heads and receiving confusing tardy support from the Feds.

      "They don't have a clue what's going on down there," Mayor Ray Nagin told WWL-AM Thursday night. "They flew down here one time two days after the doggone event was over with TV cameras, AP reporters, all kind of goddamn - excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed."

      In Washington, President Bush answered the criticism of the government response to the disaster by saying "the results are not acceptable" and pledged to bolster relief efforts with a personal trip to the Gulf Coast. [WOW!]

      KREM.com

      To thine own self be true - W.S.

      by Agathena on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:24:11 AM PDT

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  •  New Orleans is burning (4.00)
    my dismay and digust meter is now off the charts. Canal street buildings are burning.  There are people staying in rooftops communities all over New Orleans. Will they forced into the streets now?
    •  I've been posting about this for a while... (4.00)
      What's the update? In addition to the fire, I can foresee a real problem because of toxic smoke.
      •  First footage of Pydras and Canal Street (4.00)
        buildings that I've seen.  The previous fire that I saw was a warehouse.  However, if buildings with people in them are burning, that is horrible, horrible news.  There was a story last night on one of the cable stations that there are rooftop communities of survivors all over NOLA waiting for rescue.
        •  It could be natural gas. (4.00)
          People should be encouraged to shut down all gas mains to their buildings or at least open all the windows. NOW!

          "We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation." - George W. Bush, July 2, 2003

          by Pescadero Bill on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:17:32 AM PDT

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          •  It could be natural gas. (4.00)
            I agree, but a lot of those mains and cut offs. are under water now.   I've seen pictures of what looks like natural gas bubbling out of the water, some of it was already on fire.  Isn't there any way to segment and cut off gas to the parts of the city underwater?  
    •  I was windering about people on on their roofs (4.00)
      The most promient thing you hear is how th eCoast guard Navy etc rescued 3,000 etc. and how wonderful they are (which they are) but hardley any mention about how MANY people are still on thier roofs waiting to be rescued!? And if there are thousands still, then the rescue effort is totally inadequate.
  •  Some Cheers (4.00)
    Because in the midst of all the hell, we need a little bit of hope - here's some good things that are happening.

    www.chargingrino.com - because not all Republicans have gone off the deep end.

    by JBD on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:08:09 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for that... (4.00)
      Except for a few assholes and the administration - we are all totally appalled. That blog link was reassuring...

      Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you..... Ralph Waldo Emerson

      by SallyCat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:23:52 AM PDT

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    •  Cheers to the NFL players (4.00)
      Joe Horn and a few others from the Saints are heading to Houston to do what they can for those that can't be taken into the Astrodome.  Steve McNair from the Titans is heading to Mississippi to help as well.  He and Brett Favre (who he just played against last night) are heading there with generators and water on the backs of trucks.  

      Small ray of hope.  

      On the other hand, the local gas station is out of regular, plus and super, but they have Ultra 94 at the plus price.  Heard from my buddy that works there it will be going up 20 cents a gallon today.  It was over 3 yesterday.

      "Count the bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drum." M.J. Keenan

      by Nite74 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:34:34 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed (4.00)
        Absolutely. Cheers to them as well.

        I'm awfully worried we've only begun to see the effects of this all on gas. I had a report yesterday out of upstate NY (my hometown) that gas went up almost fifty cents at one station over the course of the day yesterday. Today's Boston Herald headline is "Gas Panic."

        We'll get through this. But it's gonna be an awfully tough haul. We've got to stand together.

        www.chargingrino.com - because not all Republicans have gone off the deep end.

        by JBD on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:58:33 AM PDT

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    •  Indeed good news (4.00)
      Cheers to you, our Republican friend. Must hurt a lot to see your party inaction. Wish there was a mature adult in charge of this country, instead of that spoiled fratboy.

      But as you can see by the comment a little ways down, the Democrats are wondering about their leadership too.

      Maybe we can go about like Diogenes with a lamp lighted in the daytime, and search for an honest person to take charge of things.

      Listen to Crawford rebroadcasts of the Brad Show

      by SisTwo on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:43:23 AM PDT

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  •  adopt-a-family? (4.00)
    think2004 has posted a diary that is asking if an organization exists for adopting a family - just like so many of us do over the holidays.  Get matched with a family, and buy specifically for their personal needs.  Not providing their housing, but other daily personalized items.  She lives in Dallas and is thus able to make her aid more personal to individuals and families.

    Do any of you know of such a program existing yet?  Or have any suggestions on dealing with the logistics of such a thing?

    jotter's Lists of High Impact Diaries: daily and weekly archives (bring your own bendy straws)

    by sele on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:08:16 AM PDT

    •  Hopefully not for disasters (4.00)
      The relief organizations are facing logistical nightmares as it is.  Remember, this isn't a peacetime scenario where a stable society can make a direct transfer reliable.

      In a chaotic hellzone like New Orleans, I'd imagine things have to be organized large-scale, partly because of safety in numbers and partly because efficiency is crucial when able-bodied volunteers are short.  This is why the Fed's absence is so painfully obvious.

      There's no one in New Orleans or the surrounding effort who has the spare resources to micromanage a family-to-family flow resources that wouldn't get subjected to. . . well, anything that could possibly go wrong in a disaster zone.

      Relief organizations have their fair share of corruption and they're far from perfect, but they do have experience.  You can always volunteer on short notice to help out with distributing supplies, crowd control, and other behind-the-lines work that requires tons of manpower but no heroics or special training.

      My taxes support the troops, not a yellow sticker.

      by Dragonchild on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:32:01 AM PDT

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    •  offers have been turned away (4.00)
      One of the problems faced so far in the Dallas area is that offers of food and clothing have been turned away at the large relief areas (Dallas Reunion Arena).  I understand the need for the large organizations to maintain their own logistics and programs.  This would be an attempt to do some small scale gap-filling.

      So very frustrating.

      jotter's Lists of High Impact Diaries: daily and weekly archives (bring your own bendy straws)

      by sele on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:44:04 AM PDT

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    •  hurricane housing (4.00)
      If you have a spare room/couch/unused guest apartment/empty house/back yard suitable for dogs, you can list it at MoveOn's web site http://www.hurricanehousing.org.  MoveOn is taking care of all the logistics of communicating with the relief agencies and setting up pairings.

      Decisions are made for us by our unconscious; the conscious is in charge of making up reasons for those decisions that sound rational. -- Roger Schank

      by RobotsRUs on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:26:50 AM PDT

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  •  Then there's this from Michael Brown (4.00)
    (CNN) -- The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday those New Orleans residents who chose not to heed warnings to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina bear some responsibility for their fates.

    Michael Brown also agreed with other public officials that the death toll in the city could reach into the thousands.

    "Unfortunately, that's going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings," Brown told CNN.

    "I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans," he said.

    "And to find people still there is just heart-wrenching to me because, you know, the mayor did everything he could to get them out of there.

    "So, we've got to figure out some way to convince people that whenever warnings go out it's for their own good," Brown said.

    Clueless.  Why was FEMA, or the National Guard not trying to get people out BEFORE the shit hit the fan?

    Beware those who claim to be "The Chosen", for they have already led themselves astray and seek to lead you down the same path. There are no "Chosen."

    by sxwarren on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:08:26 AM PDT

    •  Thats exactly right (4.00)
      What did the federal government do when the evacuation order was issued?

      What did they doi the prepare....remember it took Bush 3 days for Bush to cancel his vacation after that order.

    •  Because... (4.00)
      They have the misfortune of being poor AND black.  That means they don't matter in Bush's Brave New America.
      That's the reason.  Does it suck?  Yes, but we all knew the Bush administration sucked.

      whoring my blog like it's my job!

      by jjhare on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:23:48 AM PDT

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    •  most of the people still there COULDN'T evacuate! (4.00)
      they didn't have the means!  they did what they were told to do... went to the superdome!  and look where that got them.  don't friggin blame the people there!  do your damned job!

      i was just htinking about this...  if a child who was told to stay away from a pool goes and falls in...  what do you do?  do you go get them out of the pool, or do you leave them there because 'well, i told them to stay away from the pool.' as they drown.  wtf!

      •  well it (4.00)
        would be more like you tell the child to run away from the pool, but he can't walk yet so you tell him to crawl over to the park,  and a bear attacks him while in the park, and you blame him for being poor and black and too small to walk correctly and for living through the bear attack
      •  Evacuation (4.00)
        Two times in my life I've had to evacuate. Each times I happened to have been recently paid (I live paycheck to paycheck, too) and both times I brought all my critters with me (much love and many Cheers to LaQuinta Hotels who are very pet friendly).

        Have you seen on TV some of the folks who still have stuck by their dogs? Last year's hurricane season in Florida mentioned that a lot of people were just SCREWED because they wouldn't leave thier animals.

        Some counties are beginning to make a few of the shelters pet friendly.

    •  unbelievably (4.00)
      the MSM seems to be refuting this futhermocker's bullshit at every turn...  funny, they are such sheep.  one network grows balls and they all follow suit.  never seen so much information on child povery rates presented in the MSM.
    •  Blaming the victims... (4.00)
      standard GOP procedure, if they are mostly black and poor.  

      Why hasn't this turd been fired yet?

  •  These M***** F******s (4.00)
    (pardon my french) have gambled that there wouldn't be a disaster of this proportion and they wanted a freakin' war, so they stripped the funds from the levee project.  

    Unfortunately for some folks stranded in New Orleans, they lost that bet.....but then of course, they aren't the ones paying for a bad bet with their lives, are they?

    If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went ---Will Rogers

    by Sasha Bear on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:09:16 AM PDT

  •  I agree (4.00)
    with all you write, but were are the Democrats!!!
  •  Three JEERS for BushCo! (4.00)
    Jeers to George W. Bush for once again petting the goat while Americans were in harms way.  

    Jeers to George W. Bush for once again petting the goat and vacationing and raising money for the despicable GOP while Americans died.  

    Jeers to George W. Bush for petting the goat and not doing all that he could have to save as many American lives as possible.  

    IMPEACH BUSH.

    "...and the riot be the rhyme of the unheard." -- ratm

    by Billy Shears on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:09:30 AM PDT

  •  I hope and pray that we can get (4.00)
    water to those in danger of dying from dehydration, and relocate them as soon as possible.  The reaction to this disaster, in my humble opinion, has been frought with criminal negligence, racism, and complete and total incompetence, except for the Coast Guard who seem to be the only ones able to do their jobs, though BUSH has done little to increase their budget or give them the equipment or people they need to do their jobs as well as they could.  Instead of creating the public relations disaster called "homeland security," they should have beefed up the Coast Guard, local and state police and fire personnel. Think what they could have done with the funding that has been wasted on Iraq and homeland security.

    Does the word justice mean anything to you? Are the features of a lie beginning to come through?-Jackson Browne

    by Sargent Pepper on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:10:11 AM PDT

  •  How dare we... (4.00)
    I'm shocked to say the least that anyone would be offended that Condi spent a lazy vacation week in NY shopping at Manolo Blanco, taking in a Broadway show, and watching tennis.

    What's wrong with that?

    /snark off

    What is wrong with that bitch?

    •  She's following Bush's advice (4.00)
      from the last disaster.  I remember fondly how Bush reassured us that we should support this country by going shopping!  I guess Bush needs to update his public directives.
      •  She's contributing... (4.00)
        To the economic security of the nation!  You've gotta make sure that people still spend, or the economy will tank!

        It's a necessary service by a devoted, hard-working Condy Rice who's doing all she can to help our economy stay afloat.

        When there are bodies afloat in the waters of New Orleans and people stranded on rooftops.

  •  for those who missed it... (4.00)
    Darren Kagyn,SP little-miss-smirky-face on CNN just announced they will run the Nagin interview in its entirety in the next half hour.

    Kagan and Kyra Phillips really need to go! CNN's real reporters who have grown a pair are making their blow dried anchor thingies look reallly dumb.  

  •  Inaction. (4.00)
    That's all there seems to be anymore.  Talk, talk, talk, and then news reports of people on roofs and gun battles in the streets.  Even assuming half that news is highly exaggerated, I don't think anyone doubts that there are, in fact, armed gangs who are looting and raising hell.

    The total lack of compassion from the Republican Party, and as a matter of fact from the Democratic Party, is astonishing.

    I have as yet to see a story about any politician of note donating anything from their personal fortunes to the recovery effort.  Meanwhile, poor Americans are opening their doors to provide housing to total strangers.

    If Hastert has his way, those strangers will never return to their homes.  If Bush 'foresaw' perhaps just a bit of reality, perhaps these strangers would never have needed to leave their homes.

    If Mehlman had his priorities right, maybe the Republicans wouldn't be doing nothing.  If Chertoff stopped playing the blame-game, maybe we'd have more progress.

    Those are things you can't blame the Democrats for.  The party in power is basically the executive branch.  And right now the executive branch isn't doing shit to enforce the peace of this wonderful nation.

    •  It's Conservative Compassion (4.00)
      that's in play here.  Don't expect real compassion.

      "You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment." Frances Urquhart (House of Cards)

      by Yankee in exile on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:15:52 AM PDT

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      •  Those words... (4.00)
        ...they do not mean what you think they mean. Not "you" personally :-)

        I heard some yahoo call into C-SPAN this morning from Baton Rouge, I think, or possibly somewhere in MS?--to tell the world that he's got his, and everyone else can just go eff themselves. It's every man for himself and God Bless George Bush! Compassion, it overfloweth amongst the diehard knuckledraggers.

        My question this morning was: when did Frank Burns get elected President? This because I had a line from Altman's M*A*S*H* running through my head: "Frank Burns thinks everything is 'God's will or somebody else's fault.'" Is that the line that's tattooed on all the Neocon asses?

        I do have one CHEER for today, the day before my birthday:

        CHEERS to all my friends who are donating in my name to the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Noah's Wish. You guys rock.

        "The things you do when you're supposed to be doing something else are always more fun. Digression is the spice of life."--Raymond Chandler

        by lulu57 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:34:21 AM PDT

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  •  estate tax (4.00)
    Congress was supposed to take up estate tax repeal next week.  Has the agenda changed?
  •  Let's demand to see the PDB for 08/28 ... (4.00)
    And check how prepared they actually were in estimating the threat Katrina posed.

    "I don't do quagmires, and my boss doesn't do nuance."

    by SteinL on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:11:51 AM PDT

  •  New Orleans this morning (4.00)

    A fire burns on the east side of New Orleans early Friday morning.
    There's no water to put out fires in NOLA.

    CHEERS to http://www.wwltv.com/ for staying on the air. Watch it streaming, it's better than CNN. It is local News from NOLA, no commercials, no big production. Local heros.

    JEERS to Bush for sneaking in the recess appointment of a torture lawyer.

    JEERS to FEMA being a fake organization.

    CHEERS to all the good people in the Southern Gulf states.

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:11:53 AM PDT

    •  2nd that Cheer to WWL TV (4.00)
      Bless the people keeping that site and news coming out of New Orleans...

      I have to read it...it makes me mad, it makes me glad, it makes me angry....but they are keeping us informed.

      Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you..... Ralph Waldo Emerson

      by SallyCat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:18:17 AM PDT

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  •  Elite Country Club Republicans at work (4.00)
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went shoe shopping on Fifth Avenue, but not before she played tennis and yukked it up at Spamalot.

    Hey she's got to look good for the Sunday talk shows.

    Thoughts from Connecticut - Cindy daily updates The Lonestar Iconoclast

    by ctsteve on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:12:16 AM PDT

  •  For those who could use a laugh (4.00)
    Genie Grants Scalia Strict Constructionist Interpretation Of Wish from the August 31st edition of The Onion.

    "Help us to save free conscience from the paw -- Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw." --John Milton

    by ohiolibrarian on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:12:22 AM PDT

  •  Why Am I Watching... (4.00)
    on CNN, no doubt, a commercial from Progress For America, asking for a simple up or down vote on Roberts, and comparing it to a Clinton Nominee who got through and didn't have to answer any questions?

    This is a time of crisis. Fuck up or down votes right now. The only up or down vote I want right now is one on impeachment proceedings.

    Phillybits A Showcase Of Political News and Thought

    by Stand Strong on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:13:11 AM PDT

  •  Cosmic C & J (4.00)

    Jeers to the heartless fuckwit we are forced to call Commander in Chief and all his worthless minions. They have failed at their primary purpose, the protection and safety of taxpaying citizens. They have squandered the riches of this nation for sheer greedy profiteering in the Middle East, failing there as well. They have reduced this great nation to a pathetic shell of its former glory. It is time for the people to take a stand. It is time for us, all of us, to turn this around. It is time for all of our small voices to join, in unity, in harmony to kick these assholes out. There is no going back. As Hunter has so eloquently said, this is unforgivable. It is also unforgettable.

    Cheers to the caring and thoughtful people pouring their hearts out this very minute, the writers, the reporters, the volunteers, the doctors and nurses, the rescuers, the contributors: every single person who is helping in what ever way they can.

    Cheers to Bill and all the irregulars, bobs and bobbettes, for their hearts and souls and their ability to laugh and cry. You are simply the best.

    Wild sunflowers in the sunrise

    A lovely sunset


    Dubya, yer momma may think yer cute, but I sure don't

    by cosmic debris on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:13:11 AM PDT

  •  Relieve Bush (4.00)
    from his duty. "Sir, we have been asked to escort you outside the White House. You are officially relieved from your duty as President. The Senate minority Leader is taking over".
    •  You are too polite, sir (4.00)
      I prefer torches and pitchforks.

      "You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment." Frances Urquhart (House of Cards)

      by Yankee in exile on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:17:47 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  This is.. (4.00)
      ...where I wish we lived in a parliamentary democracy. A quick vote of no-confidence, and no more president Bush.

      God, I wish Clinton were president.
      God, I wish Gore were president.
      God, I wish Kerry were president.

      "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar" --1 John 4:20 (NIV)

      by mecki on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:22:10 AM PDT

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  •  Major Cheers (4.00)
    to Tony Zumbado...photojournalist for NBC.  This guy is amazing.  He is so sincere, and he's speaking the truth about the failures of the federal government.  This guy deserves a medal, or at the very least a raise.  
  •  A proposal (4.00)
    Last night, in DavidNYC's My Plan for Sacrifice diary, I added my suggestion: "Save gas. Carpool. Drive 55. Double up trips. Stay home."

    After completing one roundtrip to work, I can give the following report. Usually, I get about 54[1] mpg on the trip from home to work. That is, if the weather is good, the streets dry, not too much traffic. It takes half an hour, and about half that time I'm buzzing along at 70 mph.

    Today, I tried the whole thing at 55. I stuck to the right lane and watched the traffic flow by my left. It was actually pretty peaceful, and had the upshot that I didn't have to worry about slow people out front. I was that slow person.

    When I got to work this morning, I looked at my odometer in shock: 65.8 mpg for the trip. That's a 22% improvement.

    The down side? It took me exactly 5 minutes longer than usual.

    So, think about that as the gas prices (3.05 in DC this morning) rise, and the lines at the gas stations get longer.

    [1] Note that my car's gas mileage meter reads about 10% high, so I'm really usually getting just under 50.

    "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar" --1 John 4:20 (NIV)

    by mecki on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:14:59 AM PDT

  •  HEARTY JEERS to Waterbury, Conn newspaper (4.00)
    The Waterbury Republican-American published an editorial blaming people in New Orleans for bringing the hurricane on themselves.

    Americans' hearts go out to the people in Katrina's path. But if the people of New Orleans and other low-lying areas insist upon living in harm's way, they ought to accept responsibility for what happens to them and their property. And if the government insists on rebuilding ravaged homes and businesses along Gulf Coasts, it should stipulate that the next time a hurricane blows through, it will be up to the people living there to make themselves whole.

    However, before the government commits to reclaiming New Orleans and its marshy environs, it should think long and hard about whether the investment of time and money would be worth it.

    Assholes.

    Write a letter to the editor. opinion@rep-am.com

    Here's mine:
    Dear sirs,

    In the midst of the most disgraceful federal response to a natural disaster ever witnessed in our lifetimes, you print a shameful editorial that manages to blame the victims.

    In a time when the nation needs desperately to pull together to help the sick, elderly and children dying from a lack of response to this disaster FIVE DAYS after the hurricane, you blame the victims.

    I sincerely hope no natural diaster ever strikes your city, because I'm sure your response will be that Waterbury deserved it.

    Stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow-minded bigoted asshole.

    by joeesha on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:15:38 AM PDT

    •  Why are they still in Waterbury then? (4.00)
      In August 1955, hurricanes Connie and Diane swept through Connecticut and unleashed a devastating flood, the worst natural disaster in the state's recorded history.
      Link1

      "I lived in the Brooklyn section of Waterbury. The flood waters came on our street, North Leonard Street.

      I was 17 years old at the time. It was devastating to see houses and people floating on Riverside Street, helicopters dropping lines to try to save people on rooftops, people screaming, holding on to chimneys on rooftops as houses were floating down Riverside Street, smashing into bridges.
      I joined the National Guard that week and assisted in keeping things safe along with other guardsmen. We also guarded the gas plant on South Main Street from any intruders"

      Link2

      have you a link to send this to paper?

    •  I'm especially thinking of the woman (4.00)
      in a wheelchair who died outside the Astrodome waiting for help. There wasn't even a body bag or a sheet for her in death. Her body may still be there.

      "That woman should have known better and evacuated, so what if she did not have a car, so what if she could not afford a bus since SS cheques don't arrive until the end of the month. Wheelchair? tough, she should have pulled herself up by her own bootstraps."

      These politicians/political appointees who have no idea about being their brother's keepers are hanging themselves publicly. Let them keep talking, as they finish off their illustrious careers.

      To thine own self be true - W.S.

      by Agathena on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:50:04 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Called yesterday, and vented my fury (4.00)
      I am ashamed that they are a paper in my state!!!
    •  Waterbury vs. New Orleans (4.00)
      I am not going to wax poetic about the cultural, historical, and economic contributions made by New Orleans to the history and character of the United States, God knows it has produced apologists far more gifted than I. However, that the right wing should produce shallow, ignorant, and narrow-minded commentaries such as the one cited above isn't a surprise to me. What is a surprise is that the commentator isn't hanging from a lamppost.

      "I hate all you people. You know why? Because you are bastard people!" - Corky St. Clair

      by Ian on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:09:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Maybe we should just abandon the whole (4.00)
      country!  EVERY PLACE in the US is open to some kind os disaster!  Come on--I am so tired of the "BLAME THE VICTIM" shit started during the Reagan years.  It just absolves corporations who have been raping us for years and Republicans who do the same!

      Even my partner was voicing that shit this morning--I am just ready to scream.  

      "It's still the same old story, a fight for love and glory. a case of do or die!"

      by PoliSigh on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:24:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I can't. I just can't. (3.96)
    The diary I have in my head just won't do anything justice. I am now listening to NO mayor Ray Nagin, begging for help, ranting against the non-response from the Federal government.

    I had to take a break from all this shit, and started crying in sorrow for the refugees, in anger at GWB and his cronies, in helplessness because I can't be at, say, Charity Hospital or a helicopter to fly to NO. The little bit of catharsis did help, but what about the people who are still there?!

    Oh, sweet Universe, the downfall of these motherfuckers in BushCo will be sweet; well, bittersweet. I'm sorry it took all of this to start making it happen.

    You said if for the lot of us, BiPM. Thanks.

    Ari Mistral

    "This is not politics. This is not partisanship. This is unforgiveable." - Hunter on Daily Kos

    by Ari Mistral on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:15:38 AM PDT

  •  If Yorkville, Ill. flooded ... (4.00)
    ... Denny Hastert would be first in line to collect disaster relief for HIS hometown.
  •  Cheers for the Media on the Ground (4.00)
    I'm going to Cheer the Media finally waking up...

    Cheers to Anderson Cooper for ripping Landrieu apart yesterday

    Cheers to Joe Scarborough calling the rescue efforts of the Administration - "Amateur Hour" for the record I hate this man 99% of the time!

    Cheers to Mayor Nagin ripping them all apart - Jerry Spring on Air America is repeatedly playing his interview this morning

    Cheers to the rescue workers that are trying so hard and while the disaster is breaking their hearts


    Because we need a pootie picture

    Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you..... Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by SallyCat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:16:16 AM PDT

  •  How Rumor Becomes "Fact" (4.00)
    Guess what?  Know those shocking reports of gunshots being fired at Chinooks at the Superdome? Very  probably bogus, but that won't stop the racists from citing them.
  •  Are you trying (4.00)
    to tell us that Mr. Bill (Mr. Bill, the "Saturday Night Live" clay character from the 1970s whose misadventures usually left him squished, will be part of a campaign aimed at teaching people -- especially children -- how Louisiana is losing its coastal marshes and swamps) is smarter that our dear Leader????

    Yeah - that sounds about right.  I loved Mr. Bill.  Wish they would bring him back.

    If science proves facts that conflict with Buddhist understanding, Buddhism must change accordingly. " - The Dalai Lama

    by LynChi on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:16:47 AM PDT

  •  TexasDemocrat's C&J (4.00)
    There are no cheers today.  And I am beyond jeers. There are only tears.

    TexasDemocrat
    Giggity giggity giggity...Iraq's a Quagmire

    by TexasDemocrat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:16:47 AM PDT

  •  today and tomorrow (4.00)
    there are no real words
    to capture the outrage,
    the sadness, the pain,
    the reality of what
    has become of our
    once great nation.
    I, like so many others,
    am moving through the
    days not here, not where
    I sit, but elsewhere,
    somewhere where our strenght,
    our arms, backs and voices
    are needed,
    but I am not there either.
    I, like so many others,
    am moving into the depths
    of depression, of anger,
    of frustration, watching
    from so very far away,
    as thousands struggle to
    survive,
    watching as our leaders
    make excuses, as our leaders
    "get on with life",
    while our leaders talk of
    "temporary disruptions",
    while our leaders sit on
    their thumbs and marvel
    at the mess they have
    made.
    today, it is only the smile
    of my little girl, the cooing
    of a baby, unaware of what is
    going down, that gets me by,
    that gives me the strength to
    fight, to do what I can to
    help...

    peace,
    darrell

    Can you read? Then why not spend some time with the white trash poet

    by the white trash poet on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:17:00 AM PDT

    •  Darrell (4.00)
      Once again, you find words for some of the rest of us - I swing between being inarticulate with shock,horror,rage & incomprehension  and ranting with likeminded friends about what's going on (and not going on). Sigh.

      I am very thankful that I have the kitties this week, and that I have friends (IRL & here online) & family.

      Hugs all around & happy B'days to ERS & LCS (today) & Baldwiny & Daniel on Sunday (& Happy Anniv. to Daniel & Revel on Sunday too).

  •  Just Remember!!! (4.00)
    All the other federal infrastructure has received the same attention for maintenance and inspections as had the levees in NO.

    If you have a dam upstream or depend on bridges on federal interstates, or depend on any federal infrastructure to support you safely, be sure to use this opportunity to set up your home emergency plan and act on it.

    "Ninety-nine miles of solid-gold track, lay on the whistle and don't look back..."

    by InquisitiveRaven on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:17:14 AM PDT

    •  This is most important (4.00)
      The main point to make, imo, in LTE's & every other form of protest is that this could have been, might very well be any city in America
      This could be happening to every single one of us. Untimely unnecessary death and destruction.  And do not omit the fact that even people with cars & credit cards are witnessing the loss of everything they own or have inherited, every fragment of their family's past.

      The horror of this administration's racism & classism is overwhelming.

      So much for "starve the beast"  It is up to us to make sure this object lesson hits home. The reason we need sound government is on display in the tragedy in NO.  (well, I know, this has been diaried about by others; I'm just pitching the second fit of the day, is all.)

      We are all frustrated by the desire to do something to help.  This is what we can do. Make sure the lesson isn't buried in a shitstorm of spin.  Make sure everyone understands, this could be you.

    •  Here's the Infrastructure Report Card... (4.00)
      ...from  The American Society of Civil Engineers.

      http://www.asce.org/reportcard/2005/index.cfm

      "Ninety-nine miles of solid-gold track, lay on the whistle and don't look back..."

      by InquisitiveRaven on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 03:35:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  "Lake George." The budget cuts mattered. (4.00)
    If this is a real letter from an EPA employee, it lays to rest the idea that even if the Bush admin. had not cut all that funding for the levees, the flooding still would have happened. It gives specifics of a particular spot where the work was slowed by funding cuts and was more vulnerable than it should have been. They are calling the flood "Lake George."
    The levee, as designed, might not have held back the surge from a direct Class 5 hit, but it certainly would not have crumbled on Monday night from saturation and scour erosion following a glancing blow from a Class 3. The failure was in a spot that had just been rebuilt, not yet compacted, not planted, and not armed (hardened with rock/concrete). The project should have been done two years ago, but the federal gov't diverted 80% of the funding to Iraq.

    Of course we don't know if there would have been some flooding, but surely not so much.

    And all this is a separate issue from the complete lack of leadership and urgency in getting help to the victims. It's criminal and a sin.

  •  Cheers & Jeers Through Gritted Teeth (4.00)
    I'm all out of cheers. All I've got left is jeers. Well, that, and vile ranting. At least I have ranting to fall back on.

    My anger at the who-cares incompetence of this administration is rapidly eroding my personal rule against profanity and derogatory terms on a blog. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's not you, it's me.) Thisclose. Actually I'm thinking it should be more of a guideline than a rule.

    JEERS to the astounding, carefree ignorance of government officials who are charged with the awesome responsibility of protecting human lives. That's right, responsibility. Somebody in the back of the class, please help George, he can't seem to find the letter R in the dictionary.

    "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."  

    National freakin' Geographic pulled it together from public sources including FEMA and ACOE reports and interviews last year. Enough said.

    The sleep of reason produces monsters. Francisco Goya

    by Dire Radiant on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:18:13 AM PDT

  •  Michael Brown's credentials for (4.00)
    his FEMA job are quite simple. He's an old friend of Joe Allbaugh, former FEMA director under Bush, and before that one of the 3 stooges in Texas (along with Karl Rove and Karen Hughes), who directed the hapless imbecile Bush while he was governor and kept him under control.

    Allbaugh is now a war profiteer, making hundreds of millions of dollars with his Iraq contracting consulting business. And Brown remains an incompetent, always ready with excuses, and always pointing the finger of blame at others.

    Defeat the sound-bite.

    by sbj on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:18:29 AM PDT

  •  Here's one: (4.00)

    bush jams while thousands die in NOLA=Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

    by Street Kid on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:18:47 AM PDT

  •  Carolina Comments (4.00)
    I can't cheer, I can't jeer, I am just choked with outrage and sadness and shock.

    I can give money, I can send letters, I can forward information to everyone in my address book, though-- and that's what I'll be doing this morning, so I'm sorry not to stick around for long today.

    I want to write to every one of my wingnut relatives and say, see?  This is what you voted for.  This is what we warned you about.  This is what your repug. policies have delivered to our people.  This is on your head, too.

    Last night we counted our blessings of dry beds, clean sheets, cold Diet Pepsi and our family close around us.  Damn.  

    On 9/11 we brought every.single.plane safely down from the sky within a matter of hours.  Why the fuck can't we get commercial and military resources to get suplies to these poor people and to get them all out?

    Never mind.  I know why.  

    My sad prayer is for the people affected by this calamity of nature and human folly.  My furious prayer is that we heed once again the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

    We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now.

    This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.

    ...

    Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
    ...

    No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

    Teaching is an act of patriotism

    by mrsdbrown1 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:19:11 AM PDT

  •  Tired (4.00)
    This feeling of hopelessness is so overwhelmimg that I'm just about ready to say

    Wake we when we're ready to storm Washington DC.

  •  $2500 to the Red Cross (4.00)
    No, I'm not rich.  That's four weeks' pay.

    Meanwhile, my co-workers are joking about the damn hurricane.

    I'm not bragging; I'm pissed.  The donation hurt, but it doesn't hurt HALF AS MUCH AS DYING OF DEHYDRATION.  What the fuck are these wackos I work with doing, laughing and joking about an entire city wiped off the map??

    Fuck it.  Merry Christmas, friends and relatives.  This year, Christmas is four months early.  Sorry, no MP3 players or digital cameras.  I decided to save some lives instead.

    And fuck that goddamn so-called President.  This is the second time I outdid him in a disaster -- not that that's saying much.

    My taxes support the troops, not a yellow sticker.

    by Dragonchild on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:20:00 AM PDT

    •  God, I hope your $ actually goes (4.00)
      To the people who most need it. After the way the monies from The Red Cross were distributed (9-11) and with-held for other uses I swore I would not give to them again. After the Tsumami I searched for and donated to a charity that had direct contact with the victims of that tragedy.
      Good Luck, your heart is in the right place.

      "I'm not going to be your monkey"

      by gabie on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:30:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Bush (4.00)
      I can't wait until next year's release of his 2005 tax return, so we can see how much he personally donated to this effort.
  •  Death to Aristocrats (4.00)
    Screw those federal minstrels, they don't give a crap about NOLA/MS or protecting Americans for the common good. They're too busy preparing for "Patriot Day" and "Preparedness month" and other 9/11 exploiting parades. They walk upon the coffins of the dead while even more die in the wake of their failure policies and treason agendas.

    They fly around in planes and buy shoes like aristocrats while tens of thousands of Americans try to survive in anarchy for days.

    I don't give a flying shit if Bush understands what is happening in NOLA. Truly, he doesn't understand a god damn thing. He can say all the words he wants, I'm sure it's hard work, but until there are military troops posted at every block and those areas are safe and secure, sheltered and fed, his words don't mean one god damn thing.

    This is disgusting, this is unforgivable, this is shameful, and it is plain sad. A thousand curses on the souls of those who work against America for their own greed.

    Our leadership is a fucking joke. And NOLA isn't laughing.

  •  AAron Brown on CNN last night (4.00)
    Amazing.  He starts out by saying something like, some people would be saying our reports are too political, others are demanding answers for what's going on. Then he turns to the Pentagon reporter for a report.  The whole report is on how many troops will be moved into NOLA, no mention about what we all know that the Guard is in Iraq and not here where needed.  The Pentagon reporter then says some people in the Pentagon are whining saying the reporters are making the adminstration look bad.

    Brown was just shaking his head.  I wonder is he gets this critizism from his e-mail or his boss?  But I hope this media is finally waking up and getting some balls and going to report the facts for a change.

    "You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment." Frances Urquhart (House of Cards)

    by Yankee in exile on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:21:29 AM PDT

  •  Snipers? (4.00)
    Gunfire driving off National Guard and others has been described as sniper-fire on the news.  Sniper has the connotation of highly trained and deliberate aim, usually from a distance.  Even gangs shooting at police (in normal circumstances) are not usually referred to as snipers.

    Is this really the kind of shooting that is occurring? Or is it more crazy people with guns?  Anybody know?

    "Help us to save free conscience from the paw -- Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw." --John Milton

    by ohiolibrarian on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:22:10 AM PDT

    •  I don't know anything for sure (4.00)
      but I did hear one reporter last night say that people stranded on rooftops were firing weapons into the air in an attempt to signal rescue helicopters. That might be true, might not be.

      "The things you do when you're supposed to be doing something else are always more fun. Digression is the spice of life."--Raymond Chandler

      by lulu57 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:55:39 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  My first C&J (4.00)
    CHEERS to redstate.org for trying to mock the left by referring to the Prez. as Chimpy McBushHitler.  Careful fellas, you may have hit a little too close to home.  Watch the name stick and undermine your supply-side ranting.

    JEERS to redstate for demanding loyalty:

    There is one, and only one, appropriate response to a moment like this:

    "Mr. President, what can I do to help?"

    So far, Democrats have been either silent, or openly critical of the president. Frankly, I've had it.

    Note to the right: in case we haven't made it clear, we don't trust Bush.  Nothing we have seen from him has given us the least bit of confidence that he'll do the right thing in any given situation.  

    We remember Whitewater and Monica.  We remember Tom Delay using the same critical arguments against a war that stopped a genocide and caused zero American casualties.  We know that the right does not shrink away from vicious partisanship, no matter the crisis, even when there is little or nothing there.  We can handle it because in the end, we elected a competent President.  You did not.

    Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

    by Cream Puff on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:22:12 AM PDT

  •  Admin. should read Beatitudes (4.00)
    So much for 'Love thy neighbor'

    Image hosted by Photobucket.com

    From Agnus Day.

    I think the installment plan is too slow here.
    --------
    Copy of the LTE I just submitted to my local rag. (I'm a little pissed if you can't tell)


    To all of you small government, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, no help from me people, this debacle in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast is the direct result of the dismantling of FEMA in the last four years.  The previous heads of FEMA who were skilled in natural disaster recovery were systematically removed from their positions since 9-11 to be replaced by Mike Brown, a Bush donor, who is so inept he was fired from the directorship of the International Arabian Horse Association.

    FEMA no longer has authority to take charge in natural disasters as it was stripped of this duty before another agency was charged with taking it up.  FEMA is now wrapped under the mantle of the homeland security department.

    Excuse me, but if we can't rescue a couple hundred thousand people from a storm ravaged coast when we have two days notice, how are we going to respond to an actual terrorist attack?

    The government also decided that waging war on a country that did not attack us was more important than finishing levee projects that were in-process for 10 years.  This past spring, there was another call out to finish the levees, but the funding was again cut.  One of the levees that burst was known to be weak and was on the list to have been completed, but could not be so because `homeland security' was more important.

    Obviously this administration is only pro-life if you are white, middle class and yet to be born or lying in a hospital bed with a tube down your throat.  If you are poor and black, with no cash, no transportation, and no housing, then you can starve to death waiting for help to arrive because we can't be bothered to help before it's too late.

    So much for the culture of life.  If you voted for Bush, the blood of the dead in the New Orleans flood is on your hands.


    America works best in spreading democracy when people over the world see something they want to emulate. Richard

    by Mlle L on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:22:25 AM PDT

  •  Bill... (4.00)
    a spot-on summary of Republican incompetence.

    These people are simply unworthy.

    Idiocy trickling down from the top.

    And killing, yes, killing, those at the bottom.

    Bush denies presidential timber.

    by Lumiere on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:22:42 AM PDT

  •  Nothing but JEERS and TEARS today! (4.00)
    This is the single greatest travesty in the history of our country. This is the legacy of George Bush's administration that is unfolding before our eyes. People are dying in the streets of New Orleans because our government doesn't care! I never, in a million years, would have thought that I would see this in my beloved country. They have abandoned thousands of people to squalor, the breakdown of basic civility, and death and ALL they have done so far is spin this tragedy in a futile and misguided attempt to cover their asses. To the elected officials in comfie air-conditioned offices in Washington, SHAME ON YOU! You will all have to live with this for the rest of your lives. You now have the blood of American civilians on your hands as well as that of Iraqi civilians and American soldiers. I hope that none of them ever gets another night's sleep again but, alas, when one has no conscience there is no remorse.

    Okay Mr President, I'm sick of my friends coming home in flag draped boxes now! Get us out of your mess!

    by green917 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:23:01 AM PDT

  •  George Exageration Bush (4.00)
    Our Preznit this morning:

    "There's a lot of aid surging toward those who've been affected. Millions of gallons of water. Millions of tons of food. We're making progress about pulling people out of the Superdome," the president said."

    Is it possible that Bush is overstating things a bit? What do millions of tons of food look like? Maine produces 806,000 tons of potatoes a year total and a million gallons of water is a 267' x 50' x 10' pool.

    Does Bush just make this shit up?

    I said it. I meant it. I stand by it. - Major Paul Hackett

    by joejoejoe on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:23:32 AM PDT

  •  My Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    CHEERS to the reporters who get it and keep asking where are the troops.  Anderson Cooper and the rest...

    Cheers to CNN playing the message from Mayor Nagin asking for buses.  They shouldn't have bleeped it though.

    Jeers to the CNN reporter this morning who thought it was important how many troops Governor Blanco asked for and when she asked.  I wanted her to say "AS MANY AS IT TAKES YOU TWIT!!!"

    Finally, a Jeer won't do for this next one.  A Cold Wet Cell in a flooded New Orleans Prison for George, Dick (STILL on vacation?), Denny, and the idiot running FEMA.

    IOKIYAR! They believe markets and competition solve everything AND that the universe is centrally planned.

    by No One No Where on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:23:53 AM PDT

  •  oh bill (4.00)
    i love you

    in a few paragraphs you summed up the utter incometent nature of this entire adminstration

    those images speak volumes about how this admin is screwing up this country and causing more destruction in the gulf

    nuff said

    email: tlawkos@yahoo.com

    by tlaw on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:24:05 AM PDT

  •  Hey Bush, now that your vacation's over (4.00)
    you can start with the crisp decision-making anytime.
  •  NEW ORLEANS IS THE NEW 9/11 (4.00)
    In the face of this tragedy, the idea that the federal government would go ahead with a 9/11 celebration is unconscionable.

    I recommend that we start a massive email/telephone campaign demanding the the Pentagom cancel the event to redirect those resources to hurricane relief.

    Every available dollar, resource and body MUST be redirected to Louisianna.

    They want politicization, the thought that this administration would throw a party to politicize 9/11 while they are allowing New Orleans to die is criminal.

    -- AND THE TERRORIRSTS ARE THIS ADMINISTRATION.

  •  It doesn't get much better (4.00)
    Everyday, I figure things have to get better in New Orleans.  Things have to improve.  People will get out.  It doesn't happen.  I can't understand it.  I can't fathom it.

    One thing that I think is important.  There's been talk about people that couldn't or wouldn't leave on the evacuation notices.  It doesn't matter why they didn't leave, but it's obvious that it's the poor and black.  And we come to find out that there was no plan in place EVEN if these people had left.  The authorities seemed shocked that Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are needed for these people.  We have no idea how many poor people there are in this country.

    It seems sick and wrong to make this a political issue.  And while we are saving lives, we need to focus on the individual people and not the cause.  But in the weeks, months, and years ahead this shows that we have no idea about poverty and society.  We must and need to ensure that all people are treated correctly.  It's just wrong.

    •  where are the poor? (4.00)
      Supporter, it seems to me that the federal government has little difficulty finding the poor when they want to collect their taxes, or when they want to take a census so they can accurately effect new districting and reapportionment for House seats.  Of course, that wouldn't help us quantify our population.

      Note that MSNBC has just added a time-elapsed clock above the logo--4 days, four hours, 35 minutes since Katrina made landfall.  Cheers!

  •  Jeers to that cynical fuck (4.00)
    "President Bush told reporters on Friday that millions of tons of food and water are on the way to the people stranded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina -- but he said the results of the relief effort "are not acceptable." -CNN

    God I cant say Fuck You loud enough.

    also Jeers for NYTimes front page lapdog reporting.

    onnyturf.com - Collective Political and Community Journalism by NYers for NYers

    by atomicBirdsong on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:26:56 AM PDT

  •  Quick before class C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to all the folks who've been doing their damndest to work their magic in spite of a confused and missing leadership.

    Jeers to MIA leadership.

    Cheers to a friend of mine who was in Iraq and has finally resurfaced. It's been 2+ months!?! Dude, where've you been?

    Jeers to last night's drunk G. Gordon Liddy look a like who decided to try and blame it all (everything...Iraq, NO, whatever) on Liberalism. Y'know? I really didn't appreciate your talking over me when I mentioned words like "broken levee" and such. But an extra jeers to your straight up lying over the status of the LA national guard.

    Jeers to me for getting so pissed off that my brain couldn't stop spinning long enough to be more confrontational with a drunk G. Gordon Liddy look a like.

    A huge Cheers to my brother for having better mind control to point out, when the drunk rambled off to Iraq and liberals, that POTUS's father wrote an article discussing why he didn't go into Iraq...and that everything that father said was accurate.

    Oh...and Mr. G. Gordon Liddy look a like? When you sign up to be a police officer, you agree to Protect and Serve. Contrary to your "former cop" opinion, no where in there does it say Protect and Serve "but only when the sun is shining." To my mind, you were just a guy with a badge.

    Gotta go to class...

    "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

    by kredwyn on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:27:42 AM PDT

  •  Just posted (4.00)
    This was just posted at Huffington

    New Orleans

    It is reported that black hurricane victims in New Orleans have begun eating corpses to survive. Four days after the storm, thousands of blacks in New Orleans are dying like dogs. No-one has come to help them.

     I am a sixty-four year old African-American.
     New Orleans marks the end of the America I strove for.

     I am hopeless. I am sad. I am angry against my country for doing nothing when it mattered.

     This is what we have come to. This defining watershed moment in America's racial history. For all the world to witness. For those who've been caused to listen for a lifetime to America's ceaseless hollow bleats about democracy. For Christians, Jews and Muslims at home and abroad. For rich and poor. For African-American soldiers fighting in Iraq. For African-Americans inside the halls of officialdom and out.

     My hand shakes with anger as I write. I, the formerly un-jaundiced human rights advocate, have finally come to see my country for what it really is. A monstrous fraud.

     But what can I do but write about how I feel. How millions, black like me, must feel at this, the lowest moment in my country's story.

     Randall Robinson

    •  Spread it far and wide, bro (4.00)
      The world must hear this.  There must be people to bear witness of this.

      If the only thing left of "America" are the material things, no conscience, no soul, then nothing is left.

      It might as well burn.

      The next few days will be a watershed moment, a moral armageddon in the history of this country, just as much as when some decided to keep slavery, and others to end it.

  •  I have only one thing to say (4.00)
    wait for the Presidential caravan (complete with performing elephants) to arrive in NOLA this afternoon.

    The troops and supplies will start arriving either just before he lands or just after.

    Then guess what will be said at the press conference later in Baton Rouge.

    What a photo opportunity, the helicopters flying through the smoke to be greeted by a grinning ape in a blue suit.

    (I apologize to all sane elephants and apes)

    The vodka's good, but the meat's gone off. People and fish can peacefully co-exist.

    by NeutralObserver on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:30:36 AM PDT

    •  Hey Neut...what's the reaction in Germany? (4.00)
      •  Here is a story from a German paper (4.00)
        German Minister Says Part of Blame for Katrina Goes to Bush

        . . .  There is only one logical conclusion: greenhouse gasses must be radically reduced worldwide. To date the United States has ignored this necessity. The United States has a four percent of the world's population and is responsible for 25 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Although their standards of living are roughly the same, the average American generates more than twice as much CO2 than the average European. Nevertheless the Bush administration, stating that international climate protection goals would damage the American economy, rejects them.

        The American president ignores the economic and human damage that his country, by failing to protect the climate, inflicts on the world's economy by natural catastrophes such as hurricane Katrina. We must ask ourselves what purpose this short-sighted policy serves. The Association of German Industry - with especially unfortunate timing - recently surprisingly endorsed Bush's untenable "climate protection harms the economy" logic, now has no comment on the subject.

        Frankfurter Rundschau

      •  Bill (4.00)
        as numediaman said Trittin, the German Environment Minister slammed the Bush Administration over Global Warming. As he is one of the Green Party Ministers this is not a surprise.

        The German 24-hour news channels N24 and n-tv have been giving it extensive coverage, not astonishing as n-tv works closely with CNN.

        According to people I've talked to the reaction is one of sorrow, sympathy and astonishment. Mostly, however, it is one of bafflement.

        There is sharper criticism of Bush, and these are not my views, why a disaster like this gets so much air-time, while, for example, a typhoon in Taiwan or Bangladesh doesn't.

        The vodka's good, but the meat's gone off. People and fish can peacefully co-exist.

        by NeutralObserver on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:26:29 AM PDT

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  •  I wrote a song (4.00)
    I couldn't sleep last night, and I couldn't do help (although I've been helping), so I wrote a song, based on Arlo Guthrie's City of New Orleans. I may tweak it a little more, but it's pretty much finished.

    It's dark now in the City of New Orleans
    The lights on Bourbon Street no longer shine.
    You can't get a drink at Pat O'Briens
    But bottled water would taste like the finest wine.

    And the sons of hotels maids
    And the greatgrandsons of slaves
    Are hovered on their roofs or in the Dome.
    Survival here is really tough.
    The buses aren't getting here fast enough
    To take us far away from our old home.

    Good God, America, where are you?
    Why's it taking so long for help to arrive?
    In the place they call the City of New Orleans
    Hope's about the only thing to still survive.  

  •  cheers (4.00)
    Double cheers to the liberal,elitist,left-wing hate America do nothing Hollywood troublemakers.Before smirky had even came off vacation[AND COMING OFF ONE DAY EARLY IS NOT CUTTING YOUR VACATION SHORT ,sclm} these hate America folks have already set up telethons,shows,fundraisers,you name it to help.Bush cant even bring water to the people!

    Bush=determined to vacation through the apocalypse

    by kerry on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:31:58 AM PDT

  •  FEMA chief: Victims bear some responsibility (4.00)
    That's what that incompetent asshole Michael Brown said.  It's the actual CNN headline here:

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.fema.brown/index.html

    You KNOW that's what most of those idiots think, but he actually said it!!  I think I'm just going to puke.

  •  BUSH JUST SAID: "RELIEF IS UNACCEPTABLE" (4.00)
    Hmmm.  Wow... he is really swift!

    (just shown on CNN.)

    The Moral Majority is neither.

    by Barbara H on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:32:56 AM PDT

  •  Compassionate Conservatism, RIP (4.00)
    The fraud of compassionate conservativism officially ended this week in New Orleans.
  •  Where is Dick Cheney ??!! (4.00)
    Americablog is finally asking the question - whats up with Cheney. Where is he? The worst natual disaster in over 100 years with significant economic and social implications (and might I add, political ones for the Bushco.) and he is no where to be found. Even Condi Rice was shamed back to work today. This can only bring up the big question - another elephant in the room so to speak - is Cheney ill? On Americablog, there was one diary speculating that he is very ill. Something fishy has been happening with Cheney all this summer. Remember Huffington Posts' expose of Cheneys' fake visit to a knee doctor in Aspen. Why am I ranting about this? Because Cheney is the 'man behind the curtain', and if we are going to demand accountability from the Government to take responsibility for this obscenity of a rescue operation, he needs to be in the spotlight as well. Also, I know that there is nothing more worrisome to Bush thanthe exponential rise in oil prices over the past few days because it is really pissing off his base: the suv-loving NASCAR dads and soccer moms. Who better to now lead a task force on energy issues related to Katrina than Dick Cheney. The base loves Cheney. Producing Cheney would shore up support with "the base", and yet, no sign of him. Anyone with contacts with the MSM, please ask them to ask this question: Where is President, er, Vice President Cheney?
    •  Bottle some of that... (4.00)
      ...toxic gumbo for Darth Cheney. A curse on him!

      "This is not politics. This is not partisanship. This is unforgiveable." - Hunter on Daily Kos

      by Ari Mistral on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:35:17 AM PDT

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    •  Cheney's absence explained... (4.00)
      Due to school being out the available stockpile of energy has dispersed. i.e.: Dick has had to go nearly two months without sucking the soul out of a young virgin.

      DFooK

      Strange and beautiful are the stars tonight, that dance around your head.

      by deepfish on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:52:45 AM PDT

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  •  New Orleans Pays the Death Tax (4.00)
    Now should not be the time, as Kevin Drum of the Washington Monthly has noted, for the politics of blame. In the wake of Katrina's devastation along the Gulf Coast, Americans should be united in providing relief, resources and support to all in need.

    But sadly, that massive relief effort will take place during a time of divisive and fundamental debate about the very meaning of national unity in the United States. As New Orleans struggles for survival, the President and his amen corner are waging a full scale assault on the Estate Tax, what they derisively (and effectively )term the "Death Tax." They will continue to pursue this massive transfer of the U.S. treasury to America's wealthiest, even as a mountain of evidence shows that successive Bush budget cuts devastated New Orleans' disaster preparedness and levee maintenance...

    For the full story, see:

    "New Orleans Pays the Death Tax."

  •  CHEERS to Scientific America (4.00)
    for getting it right in October 2001.
    As if the risk to human lives weren't enough, the potential drowning of New Orleans has serious economic and environmental consequences as well. Louisiana's coast produces one third of the country's seafood, one fifth of its oil and one quarter of its natural gas. It harbors 40 percent of the nation's coastal wetlands and provides wintering grounds for 70 percent of its migratory waterfowl. Facilities on the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge constitute the nation's largest port. And the delta fuels a unique element of America's psyche; it is the wellspring of jazz and blues, the source of everything Cajun and Creole, and the home of Mardi Gras. Thus far, however, Washington has turned down appeals for substantial aid.

    JEERS to the Bush administration for not reading their report and not acting upon the appeals. (Condi was too busy shopping to read it to him.)

    http://tinyurl.com/dd2yt

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:34:41 AM PDT

  •  International embarrassment. (4.00)
    The world's press is commenting, needless to say.  "How can the world's only superpower fail so spectacularly," and so forth.

    If the turrists needed any encouragement, George, this is it, mate!  They can see that we have no infrastructure!  No command and control!  No idea whatsoever what to do in a crisis!

    Someone explain to me why the Bush Administration was so tremendously in control in the aftermath of 9/11 and merely four years later is absolutely impotent in a domestic natural disaster?  Why did they seem so in control of one, and completely at a loss over the other?

    And what if New Orleans had been a biological weapon attack?  Is this the "emergency response" we'd want?  Where has all this "homeland security" money been going?  Why has President Bush consistently assured us he is the man to take care of business in time of crisis, when he plainly has no idea?

    People are going to be asking these questions.  Americans are not going to be fobbed off with your platitudes this time, Bush.  You're outta here.  You're gone, mate.  Start packing.

    •  Caught unawares. (4.00)
      It should be obvious that the success of the disaster response to 9/11 owed much to the agencies in place at the time set up to deal with disasters, agencies that had had less that a year of Bush Administration mishandling. Four years later we are left with those same agencies falling all over each other and tangling with the mother of all security fuckups rather humorously named "Department of Homeland Security".

      "I hate all you people. You know why? Because you are bastard people!" - Corky St. Clair

      by Ian on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:06:50 AM PDT

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  •  cheers, jeers, tears (4.00)
    cheers for my beloved America, who will not fail despite the leadership that has failed it.

    jeers to continued shite like this, via TPM this morning -- sorry if it's old news, but I haven't seen it spread about -- what Bush found time to do on Wednesday, yes, this past Wednesday:

    WASHINGTON -- President Bush has used a constitutional provision to bypass the Senate and fill a top Justice Department slot with an official whose nomination stalled over tactics at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval facility.

    Bush used a "recess appointment" Wednesday to name Alice S. Fisher to lead the agency's criminal division. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., had blocked the nomination because he wants to talk to an agent who named Fisher in an e-mail about allegedly abusive interrogations at the U.S. military prison camp at Guantanamo.

    tears... for my beloved America.

  •  Bad Doggie C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM Just because I can. You and me, sir have a very different attitude towards the Red Cross. I still remember the "Enron Days rule of Elizibeth Dole. Since that time, they have not gotten one drop of my blood or 1 penny from my wallet. That will remain the case for me until they sue her ass.

    Jeers to Moralists Yes, you know who you are. You who say anything about it is ok to loot this and not that. If I needed to feed my kid and no stores were open for business, damn right I would kick out a window. If all my clothes were gone, damn right I would take clothes. If someone has lost everything and a damn X-box makes them feel better, God love'em. I am that geek that never smoked a joint or done an illegal drug. If a sick person needs to smoke a joint to make them feel better, God love'em. To me it is the same. Everything they take will/would be a total loss after this disaster, so insurance would be covering the cost. The footage I have seen the most is of a wal-mart. Wal-mart, who loots every town they build in.

    Jeers to Denny Hastert You represent a district in the state of Illinois. We have TORNADOS every year, should we not rebuild? California has earthquakes and it is known that a BIG one will hit. Why did we rebuild in San Fran? Ass

    Jeers to the Commandant of the Marine Corps You goddamn pussy (no offense to pussies). You took a fucking oath to protect the United States and its citizens'. That shriveled up thing between your legs is your ball sack, grow some. You do not wait on Rumsfield or Bush, you show some goddamn leadership and get your Marines to NO and the entire Gulf coast. When the call you on the carpet, You look at them and say "FUCK YOU!, this is our country and I will not watch it suffer."

    Jeers to the silent environmentalists Am I the only person who heard that they are, under the "Black is White, Up is Down" Clear Skies Act that they are lowering the standards for the cleanliness of gas because of Katrina? So now it will be cheaper to refine, and pollute the air even more. Now, by a show of hands, who thinks that they will go back to the higher standard? Now, by a show of hands, who thinks that they will see cheaper prices at the pump? Hmmm, no one is raising their hands. Now, by a show of hands, who thinks that this was another give-away to big oil?

    Jeers to my thumb Still fucking hurts like a sumofabitch.

    Jeers to the media Whine about looters, Mayor pulls cops off of search and rescue. The preventable deaths that happen are on you head, you vacuous, self-rightious pricks.

    Jeers to being on tilt Yep, I am so goddamn angry and have been this way since November 2000, that an aneurism is not far away.

    Jeers to inaction Jeers to me for not doing a goddamn thing to make this world a better place. I have ideas, never put them into action.

    Jeers to oil dependence So flying to Vegas, I look out the window and see nothing but scorched by the SUN earth. They just recently annouced vast improvements in SOLAR technology. Now why can't we just turn that empty, lifeless area into the world's largest solar farm?

    Jeers to Jeers Sorry, the dog need to vent.

    Cheers to getting lost Business trip to Houston, get lost driving around. I got to flip off Haliburton because of it.

    Today's Mental iPod Song Ladies, Gentlemen and Bobs of all ages, Put your hands together for ........."Its The End of The World as We Know It" by R.E.M. A sample can be heard Here.


    That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and
    Snakes, an aeroplane and lenny bruce is not afraid
    Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn - world
    Serves it's own needs, dummy serve your own needs. feed
    It off an aux speak, grunt, no, strength, ladder
    Start to clatter with fear fight down height. wire
    In a fire, representing seven games, a government
    For hire and a combat site. left of west and coming in
    A hurry with the furies breathing down your neck. team
    By team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered cropped
    Look at that low playing! fine, then. uh oh,
    Overflow, population, common food, but it'll do. save
    Yourself, serve yourself. world serves it's own needs,
    Listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and
    The revered and the right, right. you vitriolic,
    Patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty
    Psyched

    It's the end of the world as we know it
    It's the end of the world as we know it
    It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

    Six o'clock - tv hour. don't get caught in foreign
    Towers. slash and burn, return, listen to yourself
    Churn. locking in, uniforming, book burning, blood
    Letting. every motive escalate. automotive incinerate
    Light a candle, light a votive. step down, step down
    Watch your heel crush, crushed, uh-oh, this means no
    Fear cavalier. renegade steer clear! a tournament,
    Tournament, a tournament of lies. offer me solutions,
    Offer me alternatives and I decline

    It's the end of the world as we know it (it's time I had some time alone)
    It's the end of the world as we know it (it's time I had some time alone)
    It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (it's time I had some time alone)

    I feel fine
    It's the end of the world as we know it (it's time I had some time alone)
    It's the end of the world as we know it (it's time I had some time alone)
    It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (it's time I had some time alone)

    The other night I dreamt of knives, continental
    Drift divide. mountains sit in a line, leonard
    Bernstein. leonid brezhnev, lenny bruce and lester
    Bangs. birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom! you
    Symbiotic, patriotic, slam book neck, right? right
    It's the end of the world as we know it (it's time I had some time alone)
    It's the end of the world as we know it (it's time I had some time alone)
    It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (it's time I had some time alone)

    It's the end of the world as we know it
    It's the end of the world as we know it
    It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (it's time I had some time alone)

    I feel Fine
    It's the end of the world as we know it (it's time I had some time alone)

    "You may have been troll rated, but you're nobody until Bill deletes you."

    by jdog269 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:36:18 AM PDT

    •  Hey Doggie! (4.00)

      That's why I switched from the red cross-only link to Billmon's link, which has a much wider variety of organizations.  I've been hearing some not-so-kind things about the RC, so I figured it was probably wise to find a list with more options.
    •  Missed you (4.00)
      Doggie? I contest your jeers to inaction. You are pissed off, rightfully so. I am too. But never think that you haven't done something to make the world a better place. You my friend make the world a better place every time you open your mouth and tip tap the keyboard, sore thumb, typos and all. You my friend have a giant heart and you do nothing but spread it around. That is something in my book. It is a huge something.

      Now...eat a mint and take my hugs and smiles and don't forget how much we all need you, Mr. 269!

      Dubya, yer momma may think yer cute, but I sure don't

      by cosmic debris on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:05:35 AM PDT

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    •  Hey Doggie... (4.00)
      Rant, rant and rant as you will.  Then, let it go...

      No one can tell me, Nobody knows, Where the wind comes from, Where the wind goes. ~A.A. Milne

      by shermanesq on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:03:52 AM PDT

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      •  Sherm That is the Problem (4.00)
        I just cannot let it go.... Common sense would tell the average person that this is not a world that gives a shit about people. An example, a large city in the south is destroyed, you drop everything and get those people out, safe, sheltered, clothed, fed and watered. You worry about paying for it later, you just do it. Common sense. Well, I am not seeing it and that is what makes me crazier than a shit house rat. I will restate it one more time...

        To the Commandant of the United States Marine Corp...

        GET OFF YOUR GODDAMN ASS AND FIX THIS. IF YOU DO NOT, YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THE UNIFORM THAT SO MANY GAVE THEIR LIFE TO WEAR; YOU FUCKING PUSSY. IF YOU CANNOT, GIVE ME 1 COL, 1 SGT. MAJOR, 3 GUNNIES, 5 STAFF STGS AND A SHIT LOAD OF E-1s TO E-3s. I WILL SHOW YOU JUST WHAT THE CORPS CAN DO.

        "You may have been troll rated, but you're nobody until Bill deletes you."

        by jdog269 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:19:17 AM PDT

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        •  Yes... well common sense... (4.00)
          Has long gone out the window. And as much as it hurts for you and I and all... Please, just let it go... Have you killed your TV yet???  I'm not sure what else to say... let it go... enjoy what you do have in your life... have fun with pup... That's where you can make a difference... With you and your family and your friends...

          No one can tell me, Nobody knows, Where the wind comes from, Where the wind goes. ~A.A. Milne

          by shermanesq on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:45:15 AM PDT

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        •  Will you take an almost 50 former E-3? (4.00)
          I was regular Army...but you put that team together and I'll be there...

          Rant all you want....a lot of us are here with you.

          Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you..... Ralph Waldo Emerson

          by SallyCat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 10:41:02 AM PDT

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    •  Jdog (4.00)
      Glad to see you are back.

      However I do disagree with your "Jeers to inaction" statement. Apathy is much worse than inaction, and the one thing that you aren't is apathetic! Voicing your concerns and watching the back of others is not inaction.

      "Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you" - Pericles, 430 BCE

      by 42 on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:13:46 AM PDT

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    •  Hey Doggie-- (4.00)
      sure missed you darlin'!

      Sending love, hugs, and smoochies your way.

      "It's still the same old story, a fight for love and glory. a case of do or die!"

      by PoliSigh on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:36:13 AM PDT

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    •  Jdog - My kind of Marine. (none)
      Loyal, but not blind.

      Tough, but not mean.

      Blunt, but not insulting.

      Moral, but not moralistic.

      You are the fi in semper fi.

      The military needs patriots like you today, not blind subservience to a political hack COC. Damn it, I wish you were in charge these days.

      80W-71S
      The most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that." -G. Keillor

      by Eddie Haskell on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:49:41 AM PDT

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  •  Leadership? Cheney?... (4.00)
    Who the hell is Cheney...oh yeah, that's the guy that said we would get "hit hard" if we voted for Kerry.  Good you mentioned him Bill, thanks...I forgot he was still around...haven't heard anything about him for quite a while.  What's he been up to?
  •  Chicken Hawk (4.00)
    The (former) President of the United States can not go to NO because it is too unsafe.
  •  Excellent summation (4.00)
    of the most unnecessary tragedy.  Thank you Bill for being spot on.

    GWB: best argument I know of to refute "Intelligent Design"

    by Pandora on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:37:05 AM PDT

  •  Sec. of State and a home grown disaster... (4.00)
    While I would like to kick Condi in the ass for her mind-blowing performance yesterday, it does lead to a serious question.  What are the job duties of the Sec. of State during a home grown disaster?  Wikipedia lists the job duties and it says nothing about coordinating with state and federal disaster personnel during any type of home grown crisis, natural, or terrorist related. Is Wiki missing something, or is that office left out completely.  

    The appropriate thing for her to do if she has no official job duties in this would have been to go and man a red cross phone bank or pack water bottles on a truck, anything to be seen as decent and helping, not what she did.

    Fringe is the new black. - Me

    by chillindame on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:38:47 AM PDT

    •  My suggestion would be... (4.00)

      ...reaching out to the international community to coordinate ways in which other countries can help the citizens of the Gulf Coast.

      But since the administration seems to have put the kybosh on international aid, I guess she can go back to Payless Shoe Store and continue her little spree...

  •  Seething in anger (4.00)
    I can't even think I'm so angry but here's the one question I think every one in the MSM should ask every damn one of these Bush officials.

    "Why did it take Bush only hours to set foot in Louisiana the morning of 9/11 when he was fleeing his leadership responsibilities to go bury his f'n head in the sand and 5 f'n days AFTER Katrina he still hasn't set foot in the state???"

  •  CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS (4.00)
    holding press conference live on CNN.....

    The Moral Majority is neither.

    by Barbara H on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:40:03 AM PDT

  •  Wow (4.00)
    Bout sums it up, huh?

    "I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend." Oh and I blog with gusto!

    by Chris Copy Editor on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:41:34 AM PDT

  •  Jeers and double jeers.... (4.00)
    ......to anyone who has not removed their "W'04" bumper sticker from their vehicle after this act of criminal indifference by our Chimpanzee-in-Chief.
  •  Hastert, Katrina and GLobal Warming... (4.00)
    People need to slow down and think this thing through.  If the severity of storms is being influenced by global warming, then 10 years from now this could all happen again and we may not be able to engineer our way out of it, even with unlimited dollars.  The man needs to be heard and not dismissed from an emotional, knee jerk kind of way.

    Fringe is the new black. - Me

    by chillindame on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:42:18 AM PDT

  •  A huge convoy of buses, trucks, and boats (4.00)
    is just now arriving at the Superdome. FINALLY.

    Now I get the plan - make it look like Bush is the hero who can make things happen.

    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. --Abraham Lincoln

    by thebes on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:42:56 AM PDT

    •  Yeah...Bush leading the cavalry... (4.00)

      Like Corporal Agarn on 'F-Troop'
    •  I just had a horrible thought. (4.00)
      Do you think relief efforts were intentionally delayed until Bush stepped in and started "making things happen?" I'm not really a tinfoil-hatter, but I wouldn't put it past this administration to do such a thing.

      "How freeing it must be to walk through this world heeding neither conscience nor soul." - the rude pundit, 5/4/05

      by pattyp on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:53:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The timing was wrong (4.00)
        Bad timing this time....it may be tin foil...I can believe it however...

        Too much misery...too many deaths...

        The press reports and photos got out before Bush could get off his wussy ass and smirk as hero....

        His ass is grass....

        Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you..... Ralph Waldo Emerson

        by SallyCat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:39:57 AM PDT

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  •  Private Sector Donations (4.00)
    While it is wonderful that those of us who can are donating resources (money, time, etc.), it is ridiculous for the Bush administration to DEPEND on those donations.

    This is a time (if there ever was one) for our federal government to open the wallet.  If we can go into untold levels of debt to fight an unpopular war in Iraq, then we should be able to break the bank to help our brothers and sisters in the South.

    I applaud all private donations: as Americans, we always rise to the occasion when we are truly needed.  But our government, the most powerful government in the history of the world, needs to mobilize EVERY resource to ensure that no one dies needlessly waiting for aid.

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Atlanta Animal Services Adoptable Animal pic of the day:

     


    Click here to enlarge

    My name is MAXINE.
    I am a female, black and white labrador retr mix.
    The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 2 months old.
    My ID number is A359694
    I am in kennel A24 and I am available for adoption.
    http://www.fultonanimalservices.com/adoption.htm

    Classical Comment:


    The evening hangs beneath the moon,
    A silver thread on darkened dune.
    With closing eyes and resting head
    I know that sleep is coming soon.
    Upon my pillow, safe in bed,
    A thousand pictures fill my head,
    I cannot sleep, my mind's aflight;
    And yet my limbs seem made of lead.
    If there are noises in the night,
    A frightening shadow, flickering light;
    Then I surrender unto sleep,
    Where clouds of dream give second sight.
    What dreams may come, both dark and deep,
    Of flying wings and soaring leap
    As I surrender unto sleep...

    Text: C . Sylvestri
    Music: Eric Whitacre

    Cheers to the C&J community and, of course, to BiPM - This cheer's for you!
    Tears as if it couldn't get any worse.
    Cheers to distraction - I can't look at anymore news from New Orleans.  Here's what else is going on in the world:
    Cheers to putting your foot down.  Europe decides to tax all air travel to send aid to Africa.  Well, it's a start.
    Cheers to better parenting.  Maybe we should send our nannies over there now.
    Jeers to abject poverty.  No food, little water, and contaminated sources equals tragedy.
    Jeers to human error.  First Cryptosporidium, now BSE, next the world!
    Cheers to making strides.  At least they're not shooting at each other...

    and when you've got nothing else...
    Cheers to having more cheers than jeers.

  •  How the world sees us (4.00)
    This is awful

    "LONDON (Reuters) - The world has watched amazed as the planet's only superpower struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with some saying the chaos has exposed flaws and deep divisions in American society.

    World leaders and ordinary citizens have expressed sympathy with the people of the southern United States whose lives were devastated by the hurricane and the flooding that followed.

    But many have also been shocked by the images of disorder beamed around the world -- looters roaming the debris-strewn streets and thousands of people gathered in New Orleans waiting for the authorities to provide food, water and other aid."

    "We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang seperately." - Ben Franklin

    by RandyMI on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:45:15 AM PDT

  •  Where is this FEMA top three possible disaster? (4.00)
    I have been searching all morning, but can't find any FEMA document that lists the top three potential natural disasters, which people keep referencing.

    Anyone help?

  •  Stupid, stupid people. (4.00)
    We need a revolution.

    Or at least the whole government should be impeached for gross incompetence and manslaughter.

  •  A slew of cheers and jeers. (4.00)
    Cheers that I've been able to (more or less) determine that my three friends who live in Nola are safe, although I've only talked to one directly.

    Jeers that one of those friends, as far as I know, is still stuck in the French Quarter with a group of other people, defending their pub. (Although I wasn't really surprised to hear that. LOL.)

    Cheers to those people at the pub being quite capable of kicking ass and taking names if they have to.

    Cheers to a whole freakin' lot of people, including the MSM, being really pissed and maybe, just maybe, finally seeing our current "leaders" for the gutless frauds they are.

    Jeers, too many jeers to count, in large part because I can barely see through the tears that well up without warning, that it took the destruction of New Orleans, Biloxi, and so many other towns and people's lives for people to finally see that.

    Cheers that I've been able donate some money.

    Jeers that I don't have more money.

    Cheers to our international friends who have offered a wealth of sympathy and assistance, even though we've treated most of them like garbage the past few years.

    Advance jeers to the opportunists who will no doubt try to capitalize on the misfortunes of others, if they haven't started already.

    Jeers to the loss of Nola, city of my life-changing catharsis, the "Goth Mecca" and a place unlike any other in the world.

    Jeers to the religious (both Christian and Muslim) wingnuts who call this tragedy God's retribution for abortion, homosexuality, or just being Americans.

    Cheers that the only part of New Orleans to survive relatively intact was the French Quarter, where the best of the worst delightful debauchery takes place, while on the other hand a shitload of churches were destroyed. Who says God doesn't have a sick sense of humor? Screw you, wingnuts! And the holier-than-thou chariots you rode in on.

    Jeers to never learning from our mistakes and forever trying to outsmart and conquer Nature. She will toy with us and will always win in the end.

    A cautiously optimistic cheers to the indomitable American spirit; I believe we will overcome this tragedy and our idiotic "elected" officials to be better than before.

    "How freeing it must be to walk through this world heeding neither conscience nor soul." - the rude pundit, 5/4/05

    by pattyp on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:48:34 AM PDT

  •  No Cheers & Jeers Today, but... (4.00)
    ...how about a big FUCK YOU!!! to:

    George Bush
    Dick Cheney
    Condoleeza Rice
    Dennis Hastert

    and the rest of the evil cabal!

    •  Plus whatsizname Brown (4.00)
      I applaud your clarity!  In addition to "Imelda" and her friends, I think we must mention Michael D. Brown of FEMA--whose television background seems to be the safety of a bunker in Baton Rouge.  And let us not forget Donald Rumsfeld, who must of course remain in Washington to plan the festive doins' as we celebrate September 11.

      Wait--I'm seeing the President, Brown, and governors on the news.  Where are my hip waders?

  •  Head of all National Guard rejected help !! (4.00)
    Can someone help me out?

    I saw here on a DailyKOS Diary that noted that it was reported that the U.S. Commander of the National Guard has rejected help from other military branches unitl they (national guard) were not able to handle the situaction any longer. Arrogance before pride type of thing.

    Anyone remember with links to where this was posted here yesterday?

    This I think needs to be added to the Diary as an update.

    Progressives - stay UNDECIDED on 2008

    by AustinSF on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:51:39 AM PDT

  •  Does this mean you're (4.00)
    going STRAIGHT????

    Bush needs to go straight to the unemployment line, along with the rest of the incompetent fools working for him.

    Remember what Bush spent Monday and Tuesday doing?  Clue:  photo ops

  •  TIMELINE (4.00)
    .

    ANYBODY keeping a timeline???

    I think after all this is done, we WILL be able to say. FEMA and homeland security IS the problem!!

    They are the cause of disaster compounding!

    •  Congressional Hearing city (4.00)
      Probably assigned, as my mother says, to the men's room at the D.C. Greyhound Station.

      The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

      by SensibleShoes on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:03:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  MSNBC Time elapsed clock (4.00)
      The next best thing is at the MSNBC logo--tick, tick, tick. We will need a comparative time line, to know how many died during the President fly-by, meet and greet, and photo-op.
  •  FEMA arrives (4.00)
    FRIDAY 10:56 AM  MSNBC.. the calvary arrives...
    crazy, crazy, crazy
  •  Mississippi is a clearer test than Florida (4.00)
    The truth is that the situation in New Orleans is so immense and so horrific that even a well-funded, well-organized relief effort would seem grossly inadequate.

    But the communities along the Missippi coast haven't suffered from the same kind of "bowl effect" flooding, and it should be much easier to get relief to them. But it sounds as if they're not getting all that much relief either.

  •  Carl Quinella of NBC just said (4.00)
    that he and his crew have been in N.O. for a week and have been shipping in their own supplies... if he can get them, why can't the Fed Gov get them in?!  

    The Moral Majority is neither.

    by Barbara H on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:58:28 AM PDT

  •  And where were the Democrats? (4.00)
    Dean put out a call for donations.  That's fine.

    Reid published a letter urging Frist to focus the legislative agenda on Katrina, not the estate tax.

    Clark wrote a nastygram over at TPMCafe. At a time when the President was hoping to enjoy another unaccountability moment, this was small but at least it wasa something.

    Interestingly, the DLC crowd of Clinton, Biden, Bayh, Vilsack, and Leiberman couldn't even be bothered to put out a damn press release.

    This just confirms my suspicions, backed up by countless votes like the support for the Iraq war and the Bankruptcy Bill, that all of the Republican party and the DINO wing of the Democratic party don't care about us.  They simply want to play PR games to keep their jobs.  And the rest of us are on are own.

  •  A MUST LISTEN - NEW ORLEANS MAYOR (4.00)
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/audio/2005/09/02/AU2005090200888.html

    This was probably posted above, but I don't think it can be posted enough.

    Somehow, I don't think he'll be present for Bush's visit to Louis Armstrong airport.

    •  I was wrong (4.00)
      CNN was reporting that the Mayor will be there at the airport.  Will he do the politic thing and hold his tongue?  I wonder if they'll have live video and audio of Bush and the Mayor together, or just release pictures?
  •  C&J Damit! (4.00)
    Cheers for the survivors. They are fighting. They are innovating. I know deep down there are those on Bush's side who wish that these brave, hungry people would just die cause "dead men tell no tales." But they won't, you evil bastards. They will keep fighting and they will live to tell how your President's strategy of "bumble, fumble & stumble" made a bad situation a disaster.

    Cheers for media coverage. This horrific event deserves the attention every other "hot story" that came out received. Unless Trump and Martha are planning on handing out survivor supplies, I couldn't give a rat's ass about their shows.

    Jeers to President BumbleFuck. You are now officially the Disaster President. You failed as a businessman. You failed as a governor. You cheated your way to "win" the Presidency. You failed to get the bastard who masterminded 9/11. You used fear and ignorance to "win" another term. You labeled a guy -who was a buddy to people from your own administration back in the day- the "bad guy." You went on vacation while our brave soldiers died needlessly, making you a failure as a Commander of our Armed Forces. You went on a vacation from you vacation because you were scared of a woman who wanted you to answer one simple question, so you also failed as a communicator. Now: you have failed your people in the most blantant way possible. This is Day 6, you moron. Talking about "trying" and "going" is as empty as every speech you've ever given. Let me put this in words you can understand: you is dumb.

    Jeers to the jerk who calls himself the leader of FEMA. What can Brown do for you? Obviously, less than nothing.

    Cheers to those who are getting the word out. I've been trying to put stuff up when I had the time, but this even has hit home for me as well. I work at the University of Maryland and we're geting at least 30 Tulane students (Tulane hasn't offically cancelled classes, according to one co-worker whose daughter is among those 30) so I haven't had the time to post or see much. I've just been looking for information cause I know some of these students probably won't know what's going on.    

    "'My country, right or wrong,' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case." --G. K. Chesterton

    by Omen on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:03:34 AM PDT

  •  Scott McLellan cannot say much (4.00)
    because the Katrina disaster is ongoing.

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:03:39 AM PDT

  •  Leadership Needed (4.00)
    Clearly the Bush Presidency has failed. This debacle makes it clear to anyone who is not insane or retarded that GWB is not up to his job, and that he treats the Presidency as a sort of hobby.

    At the same time, where are the Democratic leaders now? Apart from Howard Dean and Wesley Clark, no one else seems to be doing or saying anything at this time of national crisis.

    We need new leadership.

  •  My Gulf Coast (4.00)
    From the relative safety and reparable damage of Fairhope Al, on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay (my friends and neighbors on the bay front may well take issue with this assessment), I await the arrival of refugees in my community and concrete ways to put a shoulder to this tragedy.

    I want to speak not to the natural disaster but the governmental failure, the UNNATURAL DISASTER exacerbating the damage.

    As I want to see the government place its assets here, I wait, perhaps in vain, for an expression of contrition by President Bush.  His anger Friday Sept. 2 is timely, but he should direct it at those who are responsible--his own coterie and the interests which have consistently placed human and environmental needs down the list from Big Oil.

    To my east the Florida panhandle is still trying to rebuild and awaiting more needed attention and assets.  To my west is a flooded Mobile, a compromised bay and impaired shipping lanes. To the west of that, unimaginable destruction and misery.

    Please help.

    •  Can you list local groups? (4.00)
      I watched Joe Scarborough last night and he listed a local church group that was getting supplies into smaller towns.

      Can you list local churches and charity organizations that are getting stuff into the outlying areas and we can get money to them?

      The frustration of watching big dollars flow to big towns makes me mad...because little towns will be left in the lurch...

      Thanks

      Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you..... Ralph Waldo Emerson

      by SallyCat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:45:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  LA/MS/AL Charities (4.00)
        Thanks for the good idea!

        Here are some, and I'm checking on more. I'm starting with Catholic Charities because that's my network (and because of the natural distribution network among the parishes in the area). My Baptist neighbor is checking with her network.  Thankfully, some efforts are "pick-up" and too local even to get checks to; for instance, 200 Mississippi refugees are being cared for in Robertsdale, AL, but folks are just bringing goods directly to the spot.

        More on various local efforts later, as soon as I get them!

        Jackson, MS's population had doubled with refugees BEFORE the storm hit.  Their coliseum is full, as are many churches.  You may keep up with local efforts by reading the Jackson newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger.  http://www.clarionledger.com

        The Catholic Charities office there is:
        Catholic Charities, Inc.
        200 North State Street
        Suite 100
        Jackson, MS 39201

        Bayou le Batre, AL a fishing community largely of Vietnamese immigrants, is destroyed.  They, and others in coastal Alabama, will be served by Catholic Charities from Mobile:

        Catholic Charities
        Archdiocese of Mobile
        P.O. Box 230
        Mobile, AL  36601-0230
        (Mark the contribution:  Special Collection:  Hurricane Katrina)

        I don't know if the groups observe the state lines, but so many people are on the move, refugees will be in all Gulf Coast states, including Florida.

        For those who want to support the region generally:
        Catholic Charities USA
        Mark contributions for Hurricane Katrina relief
        by phone at: (800) 919-9338;
        by mail at:
        Catholic Charities USA
        Hurricane Katrina, P.O. Box 25168
        Alexandria, VA 22313-9788
        or (best)
        online at: http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

        Again, check back--I'll list more with other churches and secular groups--ASAP.

        •  More on-the-ground charities (4.00)
          Two more local efforts--checks, please, no online donations.

          First:
          First Baptist Church
          22703 Racine St.
          Robertsdale, AL 36567
          251-947-4362

          There are several hundred refugees at the Robertsdale, AL "coliseum." Its now operating with word-of-mouth donations from locals, doctors, etc. (they have general population, special needs, & elderly). This church group first mobilized during Hurricane Ivan last year.

          Second:
          St. James Episcopal Church
          860 N. Section Street
          Fairhope, AL  36532
          251-928-2912

          Likely there will be more--a church camp which in the summers provides day care for the children of migrant workers may be opening soon--I'll let you know!

          (I'm not good at the technology of this blog, if these 2 entries need to be indexed, diaried, or marked, please do it or let me know how.)

          •  Sending these out to all my email (4.00)
            lists!

            Thank you so much....checks will go out today!

            Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you..... Ralph Waldo Emerson

            by SallyCat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 04:20:54 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Help is happening (4.00)
              Thanks so much!  So far today: I confirmed the efforts here listed, and talked to my (Baptist!) neighbor who had just gone out and bought $100 of diapers for the folks in Robertsdale.  Talked to my nurse friend who was cooking at St. James.  Went to Walgreen's-at the check-out register, there's a list of items that are needed at the recreation center.  For those of us who are local, we can take air mattresses, tents (for privacy for the new mothers within the center) baby food, formula, diapers, etc. Thomas Hospital in Fairhope is using their to staff to provide medical help and their email lists to get the word out.

              This is how some of the folks got to the Robertsdale Colisseum, a Red Cross shelter that had already received 150 people before and during the storm). St. Lawrence Church in Fairhope chartered 5 buses and drove West.  After picking up 200 people, they were detained, and then followed by Mississippi officials, to make sure that they were going to a shelter.  St. Lawrence is my church, and I didn't even hear about it. Someone just did what needed to be done.

              My neighbor has 22 members of her Louisiana family in her (3 bedroom) house.  They have lost everything--homes and businesses, and are going to family to Texas, using a house donated here in town, and who knows what else.  They are just happy to be together, she said.

              It's not too big a problem to fix. One person, helping one person. One, one, one. Just like Mother Teresa said.

        •  More on-the-ground charities P.S. (4.00)
          Note:  St. James Church is receiving post-partum mothers and the elderly to the Fairhope Recreation Center. This is just now happening!
  •  Protests? (4.00)
    I know we should be giving money, water, but i am so angry! when are we protesting? what the hell is wrong with these people? This should be a moment like after 3/11 in Spain - we need to get on the streets and show our dismay.

    I'm sorry about the emotional nature of this post but thats just how i feel.

  •  Kanadian Korner redux. (4.00)
    Posted this earlier in open thread... Had to get out of the house with the kids. Listened to the Mayor of New Orleans - what a brave and breaking man.

    Now at school trying to get the classroom together. I teach at a school that is majority-minority (South Asians, Carribean, African). This year I will tell my kids that the world can be a very mean place, but that they can change it.

    Salute to Rosie DiManno , on the streets of New Orleans "Even the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay are surely being cared for better than this."

    Only cheers today, since obviously your nation needs support... but please excuse me if I tend to gush bile from the wounds every now and then.

    .

    Sec in the City Section

    .

    Cheers to Condi Rice for taking time out to take care of herself

    You thought a look like this wouldn't take maintenance?

    September 1, 2005 -- SECRETARY of State Condoleeza Rice, here on three days' vacation to shop and see the U.S. Open, hitting some balls with retired champ Monica Seles at the Indoor Tennis Club at Grand Central . . .



    Monica Seles???? Well, its nice to know that Condi is getting out and making new friends.

    As for all those  pesky foreign people trying to coordinate aide... well, a girl has to get on with her life, right? And when has a time-sensitive Search and Rescue Operation gotten in the way of a good pair of Blahniks?



    Here's a great piece of writing

    The Government Can't Help You
    The failure of the American state to respond to this tragedy is abundantly clear at this point. In its typical fashion, the state will turn the situation into a circus before the capitalist profiteers move in. On Friday, American president George W. Bush will fly into New Orleans to perform a photo op while some residents of New Orleans are still trapped in their attics. Many poor residents will be dying as Bush speaks useless words about the catastrophe. The hungry and wet people won't be fed by Bush's visit, but perhaps if he falls out of a helicopter while surveying the damage, the residents can make a good jambalaya with the presidential corpse. Meanwhile, there are reports that Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was laughing it up last night at a production in New York City of 'Spamalot'.


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    Booted and bold Mizz Condi
    Strode forth to see Spamalot.
    She was not concerned with news
    No, not our Mizz Condi.
    She was not at all concerned
    By events in New Orleans.
    Grave, grave grave grave Mizz Condi.

    She did not in the least bit care
    That people were drowning in crap.
    Or dying of thirst surrounded by water,

    Damn - I can't do this anymore.

    Just one question - how does she sleep at night?

    Dear Leader Section


    Cheers to Dubya. Trust the man to step in it. Will the MSM follow up on this? Hey - cue monkeys for imminent take off from rectal staging areas.

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    "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. They did anticipate a serious storm. But these levees got breached. And as a result, much of New Orleans is flooded. And now we are having to deal with it and will."

    For a partial list of people who foresaw just this see here.


    Here's one :

    Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes
    and Major Floods

    The initial pilot study undertaken by the CSPHIH has been to assess, communicate and mitigate the potential public health risks of a hurricane or major flood striking the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.

    Categorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as one of the top three "likeliest, most catastrophic disasters facing this country," a major hurricane striking the city of New Orleans has been an impending disaster on FEMA's radar since at least 2001 (1).

    Rest of the World Section


    Cheers to the Russians

    MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Friday Russia was ready to send large cargo aircraft with equipment at a moment's notice to help New Orleans deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the southern region of the United States on August 29.

    Hmmm do ya think they'd just descend below the cloud level for a flyover photo-op Mr. Pretzelnit?

    "We offered the United States our help the first day of the disaster," Ivanov said after talks with Canadian Defense Minister Bill Graham. "We are waiting for a response. We have to know exactly what assistance the country needs. Russia is ready to provide it.

    No answer yet, huh? You might want to wave some Blahniks in someone's face to get her attention - just sayin'

    Cheers to speaking your mind God bless and keep the brave people of New Orleans and the Gulf


    Chaos and gunfire hampered efforts to evacuate the Superdome, and, Superintendent P. Edward Compass III of the New Orleans Police Department said, armed thugs have taken control of the secondary makeshift shelter at the convention center. Superintendent Compass said that the thugs repelled eight squads of 11 officers each he had sent to secure the place and that rapes and assaults were occurring unimpeded in the neighboring streets as criminals "preyed upon" passers-by, including stranded tourists.

    Mr. Compass said the federal government had taken too long to send in the thousands of troops - as well as the supplies, fuel, vehicles, water and food - needed to stabilize his now "very, very tenuous" city.

    Col. Terry Ebbert, director of homeland security for New Orleans, concurred and he was particularly pungent in his criticism. Asserting that the whole recovery operation had been "carried on the backs of the little guys for four goddamn days," he said "the rest of the goddamn nation can't get us any resources for security."

    "We are like little birds with our mouths open and you don't have to be very smart to know where to drop the worm," Colonel Ebbert said. "It's criminal within the confines of the United States that within one hour of the hurricane they weren't force-feeding us. It's like FEMA has never been to a hurricane." FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    DFooK

     

    Strange and beautiful are the stars tonight, that dance around your head.

    by deepfish on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:12:00 AM PDT

  •  AAAAUUUGHHHH! What's the matter with his eyes? (4.00)
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    We're dealing with one of the worst natural disasters in our nation's history.

    His name is Shit Midas. He is a one-man biblical plague. Everything he touches turns to shit. He can strip a place of resources and hope faster than an infestation of locusts. He is the Son of Man's dumber and more dangerous brother. He's surreal.

  •  Cheers (4.00)
    to the military guy cited by Mayor Nagin who, he said, got on the ground and started cussing and people started moving.

    Who was this guy? Anybody?

  •  mad (4.00)
        You know this really is an era.  "Take care of yourself, to heck with everyone else..." with is sad when things are hunky dory.  Well it's not hunky dory.  This fiasco in New Orleans is blight on our national history.  Katrina is a natural disaster.  Can't be helped.  In fact I'll bet it's only the first of many to come but I digress. I can't think of anything that can compare with this mess any time in our past.  This administration has dropped the ball again.  

         The cynical and mean side of me says it took 3-4 days for the GOP spin machine to take an approved playbook angle on things and get their one-liner talking points set.  As I see things there isn't much we can do.  We could have had taxes go to paying for some structure to shore up against future disasters.  Instead they paid for tax breaks benefitting people who can live fine without them.  I'm furious that this administration is going to slip out from this too.  

        It's already begun with the 'blame the victim" angle.  If you are sick, infirm, homeless or on the edge and barely hanging on how do you survive once you've left?  If you have no where to stay and no resources to get there, how do you leave?  If they had gotten out of New Orleans and Biloxi the problem would just be farther north of the coast.  These people are suffering because they have nothing and have had nothing.  Our leader has responded with his non-too-surprising rhetoric and oh so insufficient posturing.  He hasn't even called back Cheney from vacation.  

        I wish I could find the speaker so I could quote but the paraphrase is: when a country ceases to take care of the needs of the people, that country will fall.  Bush is probably waiting for free enterprise to step in and let his ownership society take over.  

         Bush, if you want to play father to this country you can't be an absent or weekend dad.  The kids can smell your lack of commitment.

  •  no patience for stupid. (4.00)
    Nothing but jeers and disgust and sadness today.
    My college roommate used to work for FEMA. She was one of those people that got sent to Guam after a typhoon. I remember her letters telling me how messed up things were, about the nepotism rampant in the system, and how things were getting worse and the agency was getting ruined.
    I did summer work for the Red Cross in a very red area of NYS during university. I was new and didn't understand the politics that went on. They very soon filled me in on Liddy Dole and the serious damage occuring from her reign. I don't give to the Red Cross anymore. I give elsewhere.
    I woke up this morning to the mayor of NO on his desperation-filled rant, and then to news of the fires. It's like a nightmare that won't stop. I imagine what my situation would be if I was stuck in a city with no car, and no access to a ride through friends. I'd be stuck at my house or wandering down route 2 trying to get out. I am sickened and disgusted at what's happening. The poorest and most helpless among us are reaping the poison seeds bush and his band of buddies sowed. The rest of us are beginning to reap as well.

    Not all who wander are lost.

    by petal on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:17:11 AM PDT

  •  Jeers to wasting human lives to save Ws polls (4.00)
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  •  It's Friday..... Why Aren't We Cheering? (4.00)
    BushCo
    Oh yeah....

    Tears for families fighting for survival in New Orleans. Tears for all who have any family or friends struggling in New Orleans or other ravaged areas.

    Cheers that I'll have my family, safe, with me this holiday weekend.

    Jeers to BushCo....

    "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."
                 - President George W. Bush
                   (The MBA President)

    "The catastrophic magnitude of this tragedy rivals anything we could imagine, or virtually anything we could imagine from a terrorist."
                 - Michael Chertoff
                   Director, Homeland Security

    "Unfortunately, [the death toll is] going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings."
                 - Michael Brown
                   Director, FEMA

    "It doesn't make sense to me [to rebuild New Orleans]. And it's a question that certainly we should ask."
                 - U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert [R-IL]
                   House Speaker

    Bastards, all.

    I consider myself lucky; I've been to New Orleans, and the Mardi Gras, twice in my life.

    IN MY LIFE
             The Beatles

    There are places I remember
    All my life, though some have changed
    Some forever not for better
    Some have gone and some remain
    All these places had their moments
    With lovers and friends
    I still can recall
    Some are dead and some are living
    In my life I've loved them all

    But of all these friends and lovers
    there is no one compares with you
    And these memories lose their meaning
    When I think of love as something new
    Though I know I'll never lose affection
    For people and things that went before
    I know I'll often stop and think about them
    In my life I love you more

    Though I know I'll never lose affection
    For people and things that went before
    I know I'll often stop and think about them
    In my life I love you more
    In my life I love you more


    GOP: Invading personal privacy ©¿©¬ and proud of it!

    by PBen on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:20:51 AM PDT

    •  Stop, you're breaking my heart (4.00)
      Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Y'ats, Zeydeco, the Nevilles, Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, Commander's Palace, the Garden District, the Streetcars, the Lakefront, the Superdome, the skyline at nite, the French Quarter, Pat O's and Hurricanes (very destructive), the aquarium, the River Walk, "Hey Mista, throw me somethin'", Coconuts....

      There are places [and things] I remember
      All my life, though some have changed
      Some forever not for better
      Some have gone and some remain
      All these places had their moments
      With lovers and friends
      I still can recall
      Some are dead and some are living
      In my life I've loved them all.....

      I could go on forever.  

      "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke

      by CyberDem on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:39:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  This is a GREAT IDEA! (4.00)
    -

    Let's keep it in mind...

    Have the 2008 Democratic National Convention in New Orleans.

    That's a slam dunk.

    -

  •  Bush in MS on CNN (4.00)
    Hailey Barbour (et al) is updating Chimpy and Whimpy (FEMA director) on the situation in MS.  Of course Barbour has nothing but wonderful things to say about the disaster response for his people.

    I believe Chimpy is heading for Louisiana but I sure hope he has sense enough to stay at the airport.  If he tries to go into the disaster area everything else will stop, no food, no rescues, no nothing, until he leaves the area.

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke

    by CyberDem on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:32:01 AM PDT

  •  interview with nagin (4.00)
    http://savefile.com/projects.php?pid=634684 this is an interview with Nagin. Everyone should hear what he had to say if they haven't already.
  •  Canadian help (4.00)
    Was Rice's vacation responsible for the sloth or reluctance to allow the Canadian government to send resources to the area? She's responsible for coordinating relief efforts from other members of the international community -- would she have been in the loop of those necessary to authorize such an effort and entrance into US airspace?

    The Bush Plan:
    Step 1.: Invade Iraq.
    Step 2.: ???
    Step 3.: Democracy!

    by the good reverend on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:44:36 AM PDT

  •  Divine Retribution (4.00)
    Matthew 25:31-46
    31 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy  angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
     32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
     33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
     34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
    35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
     36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'
    37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
    38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
    39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
    40 And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
     41 Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
     42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'
     44 Then they also will answer Him,  saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'
    45 Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'
    46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
    •  This should be on banners everywhere (4.00)

      Bush Failed the South

      45 Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'

      Let's print this and carry it everywhere - especially to Washington DC on 9/24

      Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you..... Ralph Waldo Emerson

      by SallyCat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 10:57:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  whenever i get really mad, i have a secret (4.00)
    vice. i get on yahoo and take trolls to task for their arrogant behavior. it makes me feel better and then i tell the other posters not to bother being nice and reasonable with these jerks. they don't deserve it.
  •  The biggest fucking jeer ever (4.00)
    I usually try to intelligently complain, but I'm so pissed that intelligence will likely not be present today.

    It's okay to disrupt emergency operations after 9/11 to make an inpromptu speech (which, to Dubya's credit, was good), but not okay to interrupt operations in New Orleans to survey the damage.

    It's okay to interrupt Thanksgiving to have a photo op for an upcoming election with soldiers and a fake turkey in Iraq, but it's not okay to disrupt his 45-fucking-day vacation and his unimportant goddamned Medicare speech in Rancho fucking Cucomonga here in California to rush back to the White House and get relief efforts moving.

    It's okay to send billions of dollars to Iraq, but not okay to send mere millions to New Orleans to fix levees that he's had four fucking years of warning about.  FEMA said before 9/11 that they'd fail under a Category 5 storm, probably, and he cuts funding 80 fucking percent for the levee systems.  Sen. Mary Landrieu (unfortunately for Louisiana, a Democrat) said in March they badly needed money for repairs, and had been begging for more funding, and got shut down.  Last year, the Army Corps of Engineers asked for $22 million for the levees, Bush responded with $3 million, Congress eventually gave $5 million.  Bush apparently thinks he knows more than the Army when it comes to Iraq (hi, Eric Shinseki!) and knows more than trained fucking engineers when it comes to levees that need upgrading so we don't doom a city.

    It's okay to screw around with warnings about a terrorist attack by al Qaida....and it's okay to ignore warnings about a disastrous hurricane.

    It's okay to have National Guardsmen fighting in Iraq, but we take three days to get their asses to New Orleans.  

    Bush delayed in his response efforts for the tsunami, and after having had a lesson in what not to do, he's doing this shit again!

    We might as well write off the Gulf Coast, because we have fucked this one up good.  I've been to New Orleans, and I know it'll never look the same again.  The only amazing thing is that the place people come for most, the French Quarter, 300 years old, survived without flooding.  I'm stunned by that, and maybe they can get that going quick enough to bring in commerce by Mardi Gras time, bring in much-needed money, but I doubt it.  A nuclear bomb couldn't have done much more damage than this.  Typhoid fever, cholera, West Nile virus, dysentery, diseases of a hundred years ago all coming back.  Looting, rapes, shooting at the Army, beatings, dead bodies floating away or lying in streets.  How in the hell could we let Americans die in the streets like THIS?

    New Orleans is becoming Baghdad, and if you don't believe me, then just think.  When in American history have people shot at rescue helicopters flown by the goddamn Army in an American city?!

    And as an added thought, Dr. Franklin Graham is no man of God, because a true man of God would be down there right now working with people instead of going on with dipshit Hannity and talking about how this is our punishment for taking God out of schools and we need more God in every facet of our public lives.  WTF?!?!?!  No one, except those asshole gay-hating idiots in Kansas blamed the people in Southeast Asia for the tsunami, but a bunch of poor black people get fucked up by a hurricane and somehow it's our fault for taking prayer out of public schools?

    Again, I've been to New Orleans, and those churches are packed on Sundays.  It is a place full of Catholics and Baptists who are religious and do have God in their lives.  Graham's problem is that they vote Democratic, I guess, and I guess poor black people who vote that way aren't worthy of one hell of a quick response in the world of Bush.  ON MONDAY, we should've had
    C-130 Hercules and hell, even C-5 Galaxies bringing in supplies.  There's some dry freeway there, get some bulldozers, clear it up, and let them land on the freeway.  Military planes can handle rough airstrips, and if that's what it takes, then that's what it takes.  Instead, a Medicare speech was more important to Bush.  The hell with all of them.  They couldn't run a drugstore if you spotted them 30 trained employees and a million dollar profit.  This is a disgrace that Iraq got quicker help than millions of AMERICAN CITIZENS, the people George W. Bush was elected to LEAD.  

    Forgive me for the length of this, but it was necessary.  There's been a lot of talk for impeachment from the left over Iraq, and from Pat Buchanan over illegal aliens, but if I were to impeach the President, it would be for the criminally fucked-up, shitty-ass response to this hurricane.  Hundreds of thousands could've been saved, but once again, he didn't listen to experts.  Congratulations, Dubya.  I hope when you go talk to St. Peter that you've got a good explaination for your horrible leadership.

    There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.

    by wolverinethad on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 08:45:44 AM PDT

  •  FEMA needs this website (4.00)
    Seems that people who read this site are more informed than our own government.  It also seems that people who watch TV are more informed than our government.  By TV I mean any channel other than FOX News.  How disconnected from reality can our leaders get?  This is what happens when you elect a leader who chooses to live in a GOP bubble.  Will our nation learn from our mistakes?  
  •  Convention Center (4.00)

    He didn't know about the Convention Center???????

    I knew that the Convention Center was the refuge of last resort before Katrina struck, and I'm hardly on top of news. (I don't watch TV, and read mostly political & economic news in the papers.

    What federal disaster managers do in such situations is to call up the most local people they can reach to ask them what they need first. I'm not saying competent disaster managers; anybody, however incompetent, does that.

  •  Let me get this straight! (4.00)
    This is Clinton's fault right???

    Actually, I really believe the goopers are going to place the blame for the inaction squarely on the Dems.

    No more gooper LITE!

    by krwada on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:14:22 AM PDT

  •  Bill! Bill! Bill! (4.00)
    Excellent post. My whole family is disgusted with Bush now.

    "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" (Hillel was a liberal)

    by 4jkb4ia on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:21:06 AM PDT

  •  I've got nothing... (4.00)
    to put into words, nothing to C&J about.  

    I cannot believe the situation our Chimp-in-Chief and his cronies have created through their actions, inactions, lies and deceits.  My heart is aching for all those in the Gulf Coast who are homeless, hopeless, hungry and hurt. I grieve for all those who've died, especially for those who've died in recent days when there should have been help available. Your deaths ought to be on the conscience of everyone in power today, but I fear they have none.

    one tiny cheer- to this community we've created here in cyberspace: for being a source of news, emotion, information, education, hope, support and caring. Thank you all.

    Silence is the voice of complicity.

    by brillig on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:27:21 AM PDT

  •  Anybody else (4.00)
    feeling guilty? Guilty when I eat a sandwich, guilty when I shower, guilty when I sip a cup of coffee, guilty when I tuck the guys in.....guilty and helpless
  •  Fuck you Senator Landrieu (4.00)
    On a recent interview with CNN you got up and thanked President Bush and the Bill Frist crowd. Thanked them for what? Ruining a great city and destroying America?  You are a disgrace to the people of Louisiana and Democrats who elected you.

    According to the 9/11 Commission there was no connection between 9/11 and Iraq.

    by txbirdman on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:30:29 AM PDT

  •  RANDOM PISSED-OFF C & J THOUGHTS (4.00)
    CHEERS to all those trying to make a difference, all the relief workers on the ground and all those donating money and time in any fashion whatsoever.

    JEERS to the incompetents running the show.  A country with our massive wealth responds to a disaster with a Third World mentality.

    Thirty-five years of singling out government as a "problem" finally comes home to roost when faced with a situation to which only government can effectively respond.  Our government is now left impotent in the face of disaster.

    Thirty-five years of "blaming the victims" of poverty have left this country with no political will to help the poor who face displacement, disease and death.  (They probably just want a hand-out anyway.)  Instead, our government sets up freaking web sites so that individuals and companies can cough up donations for disaster relief.  Let's rely on corporations to ante up donations ... if they feel like it.

    It's would have been far better to have been prapared and have collected donations over the past 35 years in order to set up programs for flood prevention and/or rapid response programs.  The way you collect this money is called TAXES.

    Yes, taxes.  Nnobody likes to pay taxes.  But if you're mature and not greedy, you realize that taxes are what you pay to address situations exactly like this, i.e. where the poor get fucked disproportionately.  The wealthy always have the means to get out.

    Good thing we've poured billions into defense and "homeland security" as opposed to modernizing the infrastructure of our own country.  God forbid we'd have used our "peace dividend" from the collapse of the USSR to improve the lot of the poor or to fix up the country.

    It's just sad how our government does everything on the cheap ... unless the Administration's cronies have their nose at the trough in which case money is no object.  Relying upon donations puts thousands of lives at the mercy of corporations.  God forbid those corporations should have been taxed at a rate adequate to fund our country's infrastructure, the infrastructure that makes it possible for them to make their profits.  

    Instead, the Adminstration's approach to potential problems is to A) announce a "study" B) fund the study and some preliminary steps only to the minimal extent necessary to say that something is being done C) when the problem becomes real, claim that it was unforeseeable and that we had JUST STARTED to address it when the shit hit the fan and D) claim that any criticism is merely "politicization" and therefore not worth of responding to.

    If there is a Hell, many people should burn over this.

    "I intend to live forever. So far, so good." Steven Wright

    by gsbadj on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:45:08 AM PDT

  •  Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (4.00)
    For your mental iPod, and becoming more relevant again every day...

    Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

    It was back in nineteen forty-two,
    I was a member of a good platoon.
    We were on maneuvers in-a Loozianna,
    One night by the light of the moon.
    The captain told us to ford a river,
    That's how it all begun.
    We were -- knee deep in the Big Muddy,
    But the big fool said to push on.

    The Sergeant said, "Sir, are you sure,
    This is the best way back to the base?"
    "Sergeant, go on! I forded this river
    'Bout a mile above this place.
    It'll be a little soggy but just keep slogging.
    We'll soon be on dry ground."
    We were -- waist deep in the Big Muddy
    And the big fool said to push on.

    The Sergeant said, "Sir, with all this equipment
    No man will be able to swim."
    "Sergeant, don't be a Nervous Nellie,"
    The Captain said to him.
    "All we need is a little determination;
    Men, follow me, I'll lead on."
    We were -- neck deep in the Big Muddy
    And the big fool said to push on.

    All at once, the moon clouded over,
    We heard a gurgling cry.
    A few seconds later, the captain's helmet
    Was all that floated by.
    The Sergeant said, "Turn around men!
    I'm in charge from now on."
    And we just made it out of the Big Muddy
    With the captain dead and gone.

    We stripped and dived and found his body
    Stuck in the old quicksand.
    I guess he didn't know that the water was deeper
    Than the place he'd once before been.
    Another stream had joined the Big Muddy
    'Bout a half mile from where we'd gone.
    We were lucky to escape from the Big Muddy
    When the big fool said to push on.

    Well, I'm not going to point any moral;
    I'll leave that for yourself
    Maybe you're still walking, you're still talking
    You'd like to keep your health.
    But every time I read the papers
    That old feeling comes on;
    We're -- waist deep in the Big Muddy
    And the big fool says to push on.

    Waist deep in the Big Muddy
    And the big fool says to push on.
    Waist deep in the Big Muddy
    And the big fool says to push on.
    Waist deep! Neck deep! Soon even a
    Tall man'll be over his head, we're
    Waist deep in the Big Muddy!
    And the big fool says to push on!

    Words and music by Pete Seeger (1967)
    TRO (c) 1967 Melody Trails, Inc. New York, NY

    If they give you lined paper, write the other way.

    by bread on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:46:43 AM PDT

  •  New Orleans Mourning (4.00)
    This was probably more appropriate for yesterday, but as Stormy points out, yesterday is my time zone.

    In March 2002, I was oh, so lucky to spend a few days in the Big Easy. I rode a streetcar and ate beignets. I feasted at Commander's Palace, had oysters at the Acme Oyster House, brunched at Brennan's. Wandered through the beautiful streets of the Garden District and the revelry of Bourbon Street.

    This loss is both discrete and far-reaching. Acute in its specificity and immense in its depth. Individual lives and spirits have been lost as well as the soul of a city.

    I am moving from anger to frustration to mourning. Here are some lyrics from Mary Chapin Carpenter's John Doe No. 24 and some photos of the New Orleans that is no more.

    And it was my heart's own perfume when the crape jasmine bloomed on St. Charles Avenue
    Though I couldn't hear the bells of the streetcars coming
    By toeing the track I knew
    And if I were an old man returning
    With my satchel and pork pie hat
    I'd hit every jazz joint on Bourbon
    And I'd hit every one on Basin after that

    ...

    I'm wandering down to the banks of the Great Big Muddy
    Where the shotgun houses stand
    I am seven years old and I feel my daddy
    Reach out for my hand
    While I drew breath no one missed me
    So they won't on the day that I cease
    Put a sprig of crape jasmine with me
    To remind me of New Orleans


    Commander's Palace


    French Quarter


    Garden District Streetcar

    "I still think politics is about who's getting screwed and who's doing the screwing." -Molly Ivins

    by hono lulu on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 09:56:47 AM PDT

  •  JEER, everyone, let's hear it! (4.00)
    GWB's exact words:

    I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.

    He should have stopped at:

    I don't think.

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 10:27:32 AM PDT

  •  CHEERS (4.00)
    to our own Mr. Bill -- you rock, BiPM.

    CHEERS to a good vacation; JEERS that it was tinged with sorrow. CHEERS to heading home Sunday; I'm ready to get back to the Real World...

    CHEERS to the spouse for taking good care of me.

    JEERS to incompetence -- whether it's intentional or not remains to be proved, but it still sucks.

    JEERS to not seeing any improvement any time soon; if this was a business, the shareholders would be staging a revolt...and not even Daddy's friends could bail Bush out this time...

    That's all I've got...have a safe Labor Day, everyone...

    "It's an unnerving thought that we may be the living universe's supreme achievement and its worst nightmare simultaneously." -- Bill Bryson

    by Cali Scribe on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 10:46:43 AM PDT

  •  Dennis Hastert is insane! (3.70)
    Here in MA we have a reservoir called Quabbin. It used to be a couple of towns. They came and demolished all standing structures and removed the debris. They removed all vehicles. They removed all human remains from the site, including cemeteries. They remove gas stations and storage tanks. You don't just flood a city and leave it. There are bodies of drowning victims to be located. As gas tanks in cars and gas stations rupture, gasoline would float to the top. Wooden buildings would disintegrate and wood painted with lead would float to the top. The skyscrapers would eventually tumble. Unless they fixed the levies and removed all of the afore mentioned stuff (and then some), the body of water would be polluted, disease ridden and flammable. It would be unusable during outr lifetimes. Hastert is a pinhead!

     The place would need to be cleared as the area in this picture. The film, Under Quabbin is one that Hastert should watch. He just might learn a shitload!

    I think the American people--I hope the American-I don't think, let me--I hope the American people trust me.-George W. Bush

    by kitebro on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 11:25:42 AM PDT

    •  hey chillindame (none)
      WTF?

      I think the American people--I hope the American-I don't think, let me--I hope the American people trust me.-George W. Bush

      by kitebro on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 02:06:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  RE: the Quabbin towns (4.00)
      I was under the impression that those towns were cleared out and every resident evacuated before they were flooded over -- in other words, the flooding was planned to create the reservoir.

      I agree that Hastert is nuts.  And, having just finished "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," I see a distinct connection between Cheney and Voldemort. :)  (I'm not giving anything away, but those who have finished most or all the book will know what I mean)

      "Who are the Britons?" "We're all Britons." Monty Python and the Holy Grail

      by klamothe on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 02:51:41 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Steve Bell nails it: (4.00)

    I read National Guards (some back from Irak) are finally arriving in NO. But four days were thoroughly lost, with many deaths and suffering.

    Damn Bush to the lowest level of hell!

    Their privileged existence of wealthy debauchery had not prepared them for the next few moments. Carnacki

    by sersan on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 12:16:10 PM PDT

    •  A song for Bush's iPod (4.00)
      Sweet Neo Con
      By the Rolling Stones

      "You ride around your white castle, On your little white horse / You lie to your people, and blame it on your war of course

      You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite / You call yourself a patriot, well I think you're full of shit

      Oh, sweet Neo Con, What path have you led them on? Oh, sweet Neo Con, Is it time for the atom bomb?

      You parade around in costume, Expecting to be believed / But as the body bags stack up, We believe we've been deceived

      The horror you've unleashed, Will backfire with more grief / When will you ever learn, Sweet Neo Con, as the world burns?

      Oh, sweet Neo Con, What path have you led them on? Oh, sweet Neo Con, Is it time for the atom bomb? Oh, sweet Neo Con, What path have you led them on? Oh, sweet Neo Con, Is it time to drop the bomb?

      Additional verses:

      How come you're so wrong? My sweet neo-con, where's the money gone, in the Pentagon.

      It's liberty for all, democracy's our style, unless you are against us, then it's prison without trial."

      If I could, I would put this song in Bush's iPod. But then, what's the point? The man is an empty shell, an empty suit

      Their privileged existence of wealthy debauchery had not prepared them for the next few moments. Carnacki

      by sersan on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 01:09:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sorry to be so late. (4.00)
    I've been reading, writing, and watching the news.

    Act For Change has a form to send a letter to your elected reps demanding accountability for the failure of the Govt. regarding hurricane Katrina.

    Here is my personalized text. I poached much of your intro, Bill, but removed most of your snark and added my own, along with some extra detail. Hope you don't mind.

    Here's my text:

    While the residents too poor to evacuate were living and dying with no food, water, medical care or safety. While people were looting and raping ... in AN AMERICAN CITY, New Orleans ...

    President George W. Bush said, "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."  Well, no one except scientists worldwide, and every newspaper and politician in the entire region.
    It was also Bush who cut the needed funding for the levee system, not to mention Bush who has failed to do ANYTHING about global warming, a proven contributor to stronger hurricanes.
    -
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went shoe shopping on Fifth Avenue, played tennis and saw a musical.
     "... at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes. A fellow shopper went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, 'How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!' Rice had security physically remove the woman."
    -
    The Head of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff said "We're much better prepared than we've ever been," and just this morning called the relief efforts "magnificent."
    -
    The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael D. Brown leapt into action, mustering all the emergency disaster management skills he learned as a lawyer for the International Arabian Horse Association Legal Department (from which he was fired).  He said: "Paula, the federal government did not even know about the Convention Center people until today." He also said, regarding why people didn't leave when the evacuation order was given: " ... that's going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings."
    What does he expect these poor people, most living paycheck to paycheck, if they have ANY WORK AT ALL to do? Does he think they'll just gather the family and pets, gas up the Hummer, pick up some groceries, and go stay with their relatives in the Hamptons? Holy crap, how out of touch and ill suited for his job is this clown?
    -
    The Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert said, maybe we should just forget all about rebuilding New Orleans. It's below sea level, he doesn't listen to "jazz," has never been south of Virginia, doesn't know any African Americans, and besides, it might cost money ... so how important a city could it be?
    -
    The Pentagon, headed by Donald Rumsfeld, reassured America that, yes, the Country music hoe-down with Clint Black on September 11th is still on ... but don't politicize hurricane Katrina.
    -
    The head of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman, sent out an email stressing that NOW is the time when we must repeal that which is causing our country to go down the tubes: the estate tax.
    -
    And Vice President Dick Cheney was still on vacation ... killing things, and trying to get his corrupt hands on the sweet sweet Canadian tar sands.

    So who is responsible? ... and who is going to hold them accountable? Is Bush going to hand all the failed appointees (given their jobs because they are Bush loyalists, and not people qualified for the jobs) medals like he usually does when someone really screws up?

    I WANT ANSWERS!!!

    Please go send your own!

    A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man. The C&J Cafe.

    by Baldwiny on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 12:17:16 PM PDT

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