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Well, according to a statement released by Senator Mary Landrieu, yes. Yes it was.

Courtesy of AmericaBlog, the money quote;

"But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment.

You can read more extensive coverage at KTAL-TV or at BayouBuzz.

Jump with me...

While this may be just another outrage in a very long line of outrages, I think this deserves a little attention. Sen. Landrieu is pissed... and she's talking.

What does she want?

"Mr. President,  I'm imploring you once again to get a cabinet-level official stood up as soon as possible to get this entire operation moving forward regionwide with all the resources - military and otherwise - necessary to relieve the unmitigated suffering and economic damage that is unfolding."

A US Senator begging the administration for help while the President stalls relief and repairs for a photo-op. Pretty pictures, indeed.

Update [2005-9-3 21:43:21 by themis]: When I first diaried this, the press release was not yet posted to her site. It is now, and you can get it here. Thanks to reader Cannabis for the reminder.

Thanks to reader QuickSilver, we have unconfirmed reports of a relief station (food, water, and other frivolous things) being dismantled after the royal visit. If anyone speaks German and can find the info, start here.

Update [2005-9-3 22:4:33 by themis]: UberKossack fpc provides a rough translation of the German news report.

Clearing work only for Bush?

In the parts of the disaster area where the US president visited, auxiliary troops [National Guard] cleared up properly beforehand - but only there. ZDF correspondent Claudia Rueggeberg quoted desperate inhabitants asking, "Why is Bush bringing loud bodyguards and his assistants here in his cars, instead of provisions?"

Along the President's route, troops had cleared debris before Bush arrived and would have hidden corpses. Then Bush left, "and with it", said Rueggeberg, "so did the troops". In Biloxi, the situation remains unchanged - everything is still lacking.

Update [2005-9-3 23:8:50 by themis]: Commenter vanguardia tracked down a different German report from the German Tagesschau, with video linked here. Rough synopsis, as per vanguardia's translation;

Bottom line: When the convoy of the President arrived, hectic activity broke out for the first time, bulldozers appeared and cleared areas that didn't need clearing because nobody was still living there, and when the President disappeared, so did the bulldozers and workers.

Christine Adelhardt, the reporter, said, that the fake scenario shocked her as much as the destruction she had seen.

Update [2005-9-4 1:1:13 by themis]: No solid proof yet, but Knight Ridder reporters Chris Adams and Carol Rosenberg report, via the Mercury News (registration may be required, but a GoogleNews search may bring it up);

If there is no more rain, the breaches in New Orleans' all-important levees could be closed by Sunday, said engineer Don Basham, chief of the engineering division, from headquarters in Washington.

This is interesting. If the 17th Street levee (the one mentioned in Landrieu's press release) is scheduled to be fixed Sunday, then why was no one working on it Saturday? I'd think that if they finished it, it would be big news.

Also a heads-up from several commenters - Sen. Landrieu is scheduled to appear on This Week with George Stephanopolous, and on 60 Minutes. We may hear much more about this. However, with Judge Rehnquist's passing, that may change.

Update [2005-9-4 1:42:22 by themis]:Vanguardia has a transcript and translation for the video link above.

note, this is a live report from Biloxi.

TRANSCRIPTION

Zum letzten Stand jetzt live aus Biloxi Christine Adelhardt

Vor 2 Minuten ist hier gerade der Präsident in seinem Konvoi vorbeigefahren. Was sich hier in Biloxi aber während des Tages abgespielt hat, ist wirklich unglaublich. Plötzlich tauchten hier Bergungstrupps auf, plötzlich waren hier Räumfahrzeuge, die hatte man die ganzen Tage hier vorher nicht gesehen, und das in einem Gebiet, indem es wirklich nicht notwendig wäre, groß aufzuräumen, weil hier lebt weit und breit kein Mensch mehr, die Menschen sind weiter innen in der Stadt. Der Präsident reist mit einem Pressetross. Dieser Pressetross hat damit sehr schöne Bilder, die da sagen sollen, der Präsident war da und die Hilfe, die wird auch kommen. Das Ausmaß der Naturkatastrophe hat mich geschockt aber das Ausmaß der Inszenierung hier heute schockt mich mindestens genauso. Damit zurück nach Hamburg

TRANSLATION

On the last state of things here's Christine Adelhardt live from Biloxi

2 minutes ago the President drove past in his convoi. But what has happened in Biloxi all day long is truly unbelievable. Suddenly recovery units appeared, suddenly bulldozers were there, those hadn't been seen here all the days before, and this in an area, in which it really wouldn't be necessary to do a big clean up, because far and wide nobody lives here anymore, the people are more inland in the city. The President travels with a press baggage [big crew]. This press baggage got very beautiful pictures which are supposed to say, that the President was here and help is on the way, too. The extent of the natural disaster shocked me, but the extent of the staging is shocking me at least the same way. With that back to Hamburg.

Originally posted to themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:17 PM PDT.

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  •  First diary (4.00)
    Be kind.

    "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

    by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:16:07 PM PDT

  •  German TV (4.00)
    Reported this morning that primary care stations (food and water) set up for Bush's visit were immediately dismantled just after the President left with his entourage of journalists.  I'll try to track this down.
    •  Oh my god if that's true... (4.00)
      Then this is his undoing. I don't even feel like celebrating. It's all just so sick, so so perverse.

      Wars of choice are wars of crime.

      by TX Unmuzzled on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:18:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  According to a Dutch viewer... (4.00)
        ...who had seen Bush's photo-op visit covered by both ZDF News (Germany) as well as CNN's broadcast on its international channel:

        "[T]he open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time. The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves," said ZDF.

        That's from a posting on War and Piece.  Can anyone find out more on this?

        •  Guess Ken Lay (4.00)
          told them how to stage a phony operation when the cameras and outsiders come in to take a look.

          Are the MSM reporters completely blind and stupid, or just so corrupt that they pretend to be blind and stupid.

           

          What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away.

          by Marie on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:30:58 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I'd think... (4.00)
            ... at least 1 intrepid reporter would hide in the shadows to watch what happened.

            "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

            by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:34:48 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  It seems... (4.00)
              It seems at least some did, but all foreign press.

              The Shapeshifter's Blog -- Politics, Philosophy, and Madness!

              by Shapeshifter on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:58:00 PM PDT

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              •  The US media must have been fawning over Bush (4.00)
                and missed the real story.

                That's exactly what Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post reported about a secret barbecue, just a few days before the hurricane, that Bush held for the media in Crawford.

                "packs of journalists followed Bush around during the event, fawning over him" - or very similar words from Froomkin about that event.

                No wonder they didn't hang around to check whether those food stations were real in New Orleans.

                •  Actually... (4.00)
                  Some of the U.S. media was in the Superdome and in the Convention Center, trying not to freak out on-air as the talking heads at the studio were trying to get "perspective."

                  Then again, there probably were the large number of "Ooo, it's da prez!" fawners as well.

                  Searching for Truth, Justice, and the Guy Who Boosted My Wallet a Few Weeks Back...

                  by Stealthbadger on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:37:49 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

            •  they were traveling with him (none)
              you know, just like the imbeds with the military in Iraq.  Staging, manipulating what we see.  

              That's why this info has to go to the people in the MSM who have at least begun to wake up.  I think if Geraldo or Shepard Smith saw this they'd blow.  I think they're close to that already.  I've been wondering when they'll be pulled from the field b/c I have to believe they're close to a breakdown.  Somehow if we could get those european reporters in touch with them.

              "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little safety will deserve neither and lose both." Benjamin Franklin

              by glynis on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:15:21 AM PDT

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        •  Relief Food as a prop. (4.00)
          I am outraged and disgusted to the breaking point.

          All must see this and pull the curtain back.

          •  Chimpy sure (4.00)
            gets a lot of mileage out of that plastic thanksgiving turkey.

            The revolution is ongoing.

            by The Gryffin on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:38:26 PM PDT

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            •  plastic turkey (4.00)
              Someone just showed me a NYtimes correction from 7/04 saying the turkey was real-do you know anything about it?

              best comments-(1)we got him cornered at his fake rancg-8/7/05 (2)The Christian Right is neither

              by rini on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:51:39 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  No way I can remember now (none)
                but at the time I think the true story about that was it was a real turkey cooked earlier as a display for the dining room.  Bush reached over and grabbed the display tray for the photo op.

                Who knows maybe he front guys had it made and set up for him.

                •  PS (none)
                  I think the plastic turkey folklore plays better, because plastic or real it wasn't edible.

                  It would be an even funnier story if his front guys roasted it in Washington and brought it with them for the photo.  It surely wouldn't surprise me.

                  •  I always figured (none)
                    it was the president's own private turkey that had secret compartments that he filled with fine Colombian Blow as a way to hide his addiction from Uncle Dick Cyborg.

                    "Boy! What are you doing with that polyethelene poultry again?"

                    "Jest givin' thanks, Unca' Dick!"

                    "That boy ain't right."

                    The revolution is ongoing.

                    by The Gryffin on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:49:59 PM PDT

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          •  Perhaps Sen. Landreau (4.00)
            can talk about this on the Sunday morning shows tomorrow. I know she is scheduled to be on at least one, but can't remember which one. I would love one of the "talking heads" to actually ask a question about the fake food, fake levee repair, fake caring, and fake concern. Of course, there is absolutely no chance of that happening.
        •  A translation (4.00)
          from the ZDF News web site, here:

          (straight from Google translation)

          <snip> Where the US president visited the disaster area, auxiliary troops cleared up before properly - however only there. From Biloxi quoted Second Channel of German Television correspondent Claudia Rueggeberg desperate inhabitants, Bush is to bring auxiliary goods here in his sedans instead of loud Bodyguards and assistant dear.

          Along its route clearing troops would have cleared before Bushs attendance debris and would have saved corpses. Then Bush left again "and with it", so Rueggeberg, "the whole auxiliary troops". At the situation in Biloxi otherwise nothing changed, it is missing at everything. <end snip>

        •  Perception Manipulation. (4.00)
          What actually is does not matter.

          Only what seems to be.

          Fraud, Lying, Dissembling ... just another day.

        •  well, here's (4.00)
          ZDF's website:

          http://www.zdf.de/ZDFde/1,1880,,00.html

          and CNN has an article featuring landrieau's press release - photo op comment and all.

        •  i think i found the ZDF piece (4.00)
          i'm not fluent, but i understand german enough to know this paragraph is the one you mean:

          Räumarbeiten nur für Bush?

              Wo der US-Präsident das Katastrophengebiet besuchte, räumten Hilfstrupps vorher ordentlich auf - aber nur dort. Aus Biloxi zitierte ZDF-Korrespondentin Claudia Rüggeberg verzweifelte Einwohner, Bush solle in seinen Limousinen statt lauter Bodyguards und Assistenten lieber Hilfsgüter herbeischaffen.

          Entlang seiner Route hätte Räumtrupps vor Bushs Besuch Schutt weggeräumt und Leichen geborgen. Dann sei Bush wieder abgereist "und mit ihm", so Rüggeberg, "die ganzen Hilfstrupps". An der Lage in Biloxi habe sich sonst nichts verändert, es fehle an allem.

          surely we have at least one kossack fluent in german...wasn't there an entire diary in german the other night?

          •  There are also video clips (none)
            on the right hand side of the page.

            Perhaps the cleaning up that the poster mentioned. Let's go and watch...

          •  Quick & Dirty translation (4.00)
            Clearing work only for Bush?

            In the parts of the disaster area where the US president visited, auxiliary troops [National Guard] cleared up properly beforehand - but only there.  ZDF correspondent Claudia Rueggeberg quoted desperate inhabitants asking, "Why is Bush bringing loud bodyguards and his assistants here in his cars, instead of provisions?"

            Along the President's route, troops had cleared debris before Bush arrived  would have cleared before Bushs attendance debris and would have hidden corpses. Then Bush left, "and with it", said Rueggeberg, "so did the troops".  In Biloxi, the situation remains unchanged - everything is still lacking.

            •  Thank you so much! (4.00)
              I'll update the diary asap.

              "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

              by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:58:24 PM PDT

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              •  I speak German (4.00)
                And the German Tagesschau (first state channel, ZDF being the second) reported a similar scenario, with a different reporter.

                Bottom line: When the convoy of the President arrived, hectic activity broke out for the first time, bulldozers appeared and cleared areas that didn't need clearing because nobody was still living there, and when the President disappeared, so did the bulldozers and workers.

                Christine Adelhardt, the reporter, said, that the fake scenario shocked her as much as the destruction she had seen.

                http://www.tagesschau.de/video/0,1315,OID4700936_RESreal256_PLYinternal_NAV_BAB,00.html

                (video only)

              •  btw, I forgot to delete some extraneous text (4.00)
                ...in the second paragraph (went to Babelfish first and then cleaned it up based on my knowledge of German).  Should read:

                Along the President's route, troops had cleared debris before Bush arrived and would have hidden corpses. Then Bush left, "and with it", said Rueggeberg, "so did the troops".  In Biloxi, the situation remains unchanged - everything is still lacking.

              •  Another German New Channel has this tidbit (4.00)
                Im schwer zerstörten Biloxi im US-Bundesstaat Mississippi war außer den Sicherheitskräften keine Menschenseele auf der Straße zu sehen - abgesehen von zwei jungen, attraktiven Afroamerikanerinnen, die Bush sofort an seine Brust drückte.

                (In heavily destroyed Biloxi in the US state of Mississippi no soul was to be seen except the security forces - with the exception of two young attractive afroamerican girls, who Bush did immediately hug)

                http://www.n-tv.de/575243.html

                I'd like the media to investigate where those girls came from, and what happened to them.

            •  correction? "instead of lots of bodyguards (4.00)
              Bush should bring aid [items and personnel] said desperate residents.."

              hark! hark! the Clark!!

              by Errol on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:00:41 PM PDT

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          •  rough go at the translation: (4.00)
            Räumarbeiten nur für Bush? = (repair?)work only for bush?

                Wo der US-Präsident das Katastrophengebiet besuchte, räumten Hilfstrupps vorher ordentlich auf - aber nur dort. = where the u.s. president has visited the catastrophe site, (?) help troops (move?) orderly along - but only there.

            Aus Biloxi zitierte ZDF-Korrespondentin Claudia Rüggeberg verzweifelte Einwohner, Bush solle in seinen Limousinen statt lauter Bodyguards und Assistenten lieber Hilfsgüter herbeischaffen. = Rüggeberg is quoting dispairing residents of buloxi, saying bush preferred to stay in his limousine instead of helping(?)

            Entlang seiner Route hätte Räumtrupps vor Bushs Besuch Schutt weggeräumt und Leichen geborgen. = along his route troops had cleared trash and debris before bush's visit  

            Dann sei Bush wieder abgereist "und mit ihm", so Rüggeberg, "die ganzen Hilfstrupps". = then as bush again leaves, "and with him, the whole troops"

            An der Lage in Biloxi habe sich sonst nichts verändert, es fehle an allem.

            in the situation in biloxi, nothing else has changed no changes, they lack everything.

        •  Bush was just channeling Arnie (4.00)
          Out here in California a while ago, Arnold promoted a transportation referendum issue by fixing a pothole.  Problem was, a city work crew dug the pothole for him in advance.

          Just because we can, that doesn't mean we should.

          by Simplify on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:47:53 PM PDT

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    •  I'll update (4.00)
      when you find the links. This is absolutely amazing. In that sick, evil kinda way.

      "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

      by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:20:40 PM PDT

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    •  CSPAN had the full tape of Bush's visit (4.00)
      Remember that stupid conversation with those women looking for clothes in Biloxi where Bush tells them where the Salvation Army Center.

      The reason he knew they were there was SA presence was the truck was literally a back drop for a photo op.  There were like 5 people there handing out food with the truck right behind them.  Bush handed out a few sandwiches to about 5 and chatted of the only 20 hand picked people in line for the cameras.

      As he was leaving he thanks the workers and asks one lady smuggly that was chatting with him earlier serving food "Do you have everything you need now?"  , as if expecting her to say yes, thank you Mr. President.

      She answers "We could use more food".  He shruggs turns around and leaves.  

      What a freaking phoney.

      •  I know preview is my friend....(nt) (4.00)
      •  where is the video (none)
        to this? I'm not technically savvy, but we need to get that out to the MSM which is finally breaking the incompetence story. If it is as damning as you say that video clip is the arrogant "not my problem" Bush we all know and hate in the flesh.
        •  Making me work. (4.00)
          I saw it on CSPAN at about 5 am.

          It is called Pres. Bush in Mobile, Alabama (09/02/2005)  on cspan.org if this link doesn't work.

          Mr. Photo Op in Action
           on CSPAN.

          Watch it all - Many good moments in platitudes and the art of photo ops.

          In Alabama, telling Brown he is doing a great job, obvious the Salvation Army truck, strolling down the street adorned by Firefighters.

      •  She answers "We could use more food" (none)
        Once he was away from the mics he probably turned to whatever dickhead was nearest and said, "Fire that bitch!"
        "But Mr. President, she's a volunteer, she can't be fired."
        "Did you hear me, I said fire her!
        "Jawohl, mein Fuhrer, uh, I mean yes sir.....clear out bitch."
      •  Just checked that C-span video (none)
        out and was incredibly bored with it.  Yeah, another set of photo-ops, bluster, B.S., backslapping, Good 'ol boy stuff in that "part of the world".  The off-handed remark by our volunteer with the Salvation Army wasn't nearly worth sittin' through it.  Where was the "little fat man with the note pad in his hand"? "Aint it a shame what the water has done to this poor crackers land?". R. Newman.

        The one thing that did strike me was his repeated emphasis on faith based initiatives and private charitable agencies at the same time assuring the Feds will pitch-in into the effort of course.
        While our Army is away, he figures the Salvation Army is the new FEMA.

        "I'm an insect who dreamed he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over..." - David Cronenberg, "The Fly".

        by edsdet on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:45:51 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I've heard that faith based stuff out of every GOP (none)
          on TV this week.  It was definitely on the talking points list early.

          They are greasing the wheels to give them FEMA relief dollars while ordinary citizens actually do the work and support the American refugees. That's the best I can come up with.

          Sorry if I oversold the video. Seeing the unedited video of this stuff exposes the extremes they go to make him look good.

    •  Hypocrites (4.00)
      And they call themselves CHRISTIANS! Why couldn't they ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?

      John Roberts- You can't book a judge by his cover.

      by digital drano on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:26:34 PM PDT

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    •  Related story from Biloxi (none)
      My German never was particularly good, so I've provided both the link and translation to this related story.

      http://www.heute.de/ZDFheute/inhalt/23/0,3672,2370967,00.html

      Cleanup work just for Bush?

      Where the US president visited the disaster area, auxiliary [National Guard?] troops neatly cleaned up beforehand - but only there. ZDF Television correspondent Claudia Rueggeberg quoted desperate Biloxi residents that Bush should bring relief goods here in his limos instead of loud bodyguards and beloved assistants.

      Troops cleared the route Bush would take of debris and corpses. After Bush left "And with him", so Rueggeberg, "all the auxiliary troops". Otherwise, the situation in Biloxi hasn't changed, it still has nothing.

      Räumarbeiten nur für Bush?

      Wo der US-Präsident das Katastrophengebiet besuchte, räumten Hilfstrupps vorher ordentlich auf - aber nur dort. Aus Biloxi zitierte ZDF-Korrespondentin Claudia Rüggeberg verzweifelte Einwohner, Bush solle in seinen Limousinen statt lauter Bodyguards und Assistenten lieber Hilfsgüter herbeischaffen.

      Entlang seiner Route hätte Räumtrupps vor Bushs Besuch Schutt weggeräumt und Leichen geborgen. Dann sei Bush wieder abgereist "und mit ihm", so Rüggeberg, "die ganzen Hilfstrupps". An der Lage in Biloxi habe sich sonst nichts verändert, es fehle an allem.


      Those who do not learn from history are stupid. --darrelplant

      by darrelplant on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:37:49 PM PDT

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  •  Do they have any pictures? (4.00)
    Not that I need photos to believe anything bad about the Bush administration but it would be powerful.  How could they be so stupid?  It's not as if there is any media there or anything.  

    I do have a hard time believing Landrieu said anything bad about Bush though.  She loves all things Republican.

    Does the devil wear a suit and tie, Or does he work at the Dairy Queen- Martin Sexton

    by strengthof10kmen on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:24:16 PM PDT

    •  Thank Anderson Cooper? (4.00)
      It's in her own press release. The criticism is hers.
      •  Nothing coming up at this link (none)
      •  It's gone (none)
        Where did it go?
        •  Go to: (4.00)
          http://landrieu.senate.gov/. The press releases are under the news tab. Select a year to view: 2005 and click on the Search button. Titles of press releases will appear.
          •  Full text: (4.00)

            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            09/03/2005

            Landrieu Implores President to "Relieve Unmitigated Suffering;" End FEMA's "Abject Failures"

            WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued the following statement this afternoon regarding her call yesterday for President Bush to appoint a cabinet-level official to oversee Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts within 24 hours.

            Sen. Landrieu said:

            "Yesterday, I was hoping President Bush would come away from his tour of the regional devastation triggered by Hurricane Katrina with a new understanding for the magnitude of the suffering and for the abject failures of the current Federal Emergency Management Agency. 24 hours later, the President has yet to answer my call for a cabinet-level official to lead our efforts. Meanwhile, FEMA, now a shell of what it once was, continues to be overwhelmed by the task at hand.

            "I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant numbers of victims -- far more efficiently than buses -- FEMA again dragged its feet. Offers of medicine, communications equipment and other desperately needed items continue to flow in, only to be ignored by the agency.

            "But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast -- black and white, rich and poor, young and old -- deserve far better from their national government.

            "Mr. President, I'm imploring you once again to get a cabinet-level official stood up as soon as possible to get this entire operation moving forward regionwide with all the resources -- military and otherwise -- necessary to relieve the unmitigated suffering and economic damage that is unfolding."

            Today's aerial tour of the 17th Street levee will be featured tomorrow on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Later, Sen. Landrieu will also appear on CBS's 60 Minutes.

            Return to Press Releases

            Return to Sen. Mary Landrieu's Home Page

      •  The link just above works (none)
        The one in the main article doesn't - for me at the moment.
    •  She loves her state more than she loves..... (4.00)
      Bush or Republicans.

      "For the Mardi Gras
      Neo-con domestic shock and awe.."--Rep. Major Owens

      by Cathy on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:19:39 PM PDT

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  •  Aircraft Carrier ... (4.00)
    Horseback riding ...
    Guitar "playing" ...
    Brush clearing ...
    Photoshopped troops in his audience ...
    Levee repair ...
    First aid stations ...

    For Bush and his ilk, it's all about photo ops. Results don't matter ... response doesn't matter ... appearance is the only thing of importance.

    I can hear him on the flight over the area ... "How many more of these f*ing pictures do you need?"

    Where do you think Ahhhnuld learned to create his potholes?

    vulgus vult decipi -- Phaedrus

    by fritzrth on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:27:04 PM PDT

  •  Bush was in town yesterday? (4.00)
    Could that be why rescue workers weren't allowed in and people were locked in the superdome?

    Impersonating a See 'N Say is not straight talk.

    by BrianK on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:30:20 PM PDT

  •  KTAL? (none)
    That's my local news. I will watch that at 10:00.

    Were fighting them over there, so we don't have to protect our own over here.

    by Tomtech on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:34:47 PM PDT

  •  The Potemkin Presidency (4.00)
    It seems like Bush's presidency has been one long string of Potemkin Villages. The carefully picked and screened audiences at his "town meetings" come to mind as another example.

    -dms

  •  Has Landrieu grown a backbone? (4.00)
    Looks like maybe she has, after the devastation and the way Anderson Cooper tore her a new one on CNN the other day.

    If this experience has transformed her from a DINO to somebody ready to fight BushCo for her people, it's one small good thing to happen this week.

    Those who fail to learn from history...are invited to submit an application for a position in the Bush administration.

    by Timoteo on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:05:49 PM PDT

  •  Sen. Landrieu was on ABC news tonight (4.00)
    I think it was a teaser for Stephanopolous's show tomorrow.  She was weeping in rage and frustration at the one crane left throwing sand into the gap.

    "Republicans are poor losers and worse winners." - My grandmother, sometime in the early 1960s

    by escapee on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:07:20 PM PDT

    •  Wow. (none)
      I'll set the TiVo for that one. I think the wheels are coming off.

      "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

      by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:11:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Bush ain't the only one (none)
      who knows the power of the photo op. There is only one way to explain her sudden tearful about face. Go Anderson Cooper go!
      •  yep (none)
        bitch when they say nothin.

        call 'em insincere when they do.

        sssshhhhhhh.... guess what?  don't tell anyone.  that Nagin interview on the radio.  remember that?

        it was staged.

        you didn't hear it here.

        "It behooves us therefore to see each thing directly as it is, be it the sound of a tin whistle or the elegant Lepiota Procera." -- John Cage

        by BiminiCat on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:18:14 PM PDT

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      •  this is really overboard.... (none)
        Landrieu handled that interview with Cooper badly, but she showed much concern for what was going on long before Cooper made her cry.

        People are being unfair to Landrieu here becaus they hate her Bush agenda votes.  I hate them too but people are being unfair about when she concerned for her state and her people.

        "For the Mardi Gras
        Neo-con domestic shock and awe.."--Rep. Major Owens

        by Cathy on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:26:30 PM PDT

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        •  She did no such thing (none)
          she talked about herself, her family and showed no insight into the real happenings.
          •  You watched everything she said at every point.... (none)
            or just that lousy performance?  Because I'm talking about the totality of her responses.

            I'm not defending that performance on Copper's show, at all.

            "For the Mardi Gras
            Neo-con domestic shock and awe.."--Rep. Major Owens

            by Cathy on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:52:07 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  This was Thursday night (4.00)
          COOPER: Senator, appreciate you joining us tonight. Does the federal government bear responsibility for what is happening now? Should they apologize for what is happening now?

          LANDRIEU: Anderson, there will be plenty of time to discuss all of those issues, about why, and how, and what, and if. But, Anderson, as you understand, and all of the producers and directors of CNN, and the news networks, this situation is very serious and it's going to demand all of our full attention through the hours, through the nights, through the days.

          Let me just say a few things. Thank President Clinton and former President Bush for their strong statements of support and comfort today. I thank all the leaders that are coming to Louisiana, and Mississippi, and Alabama to our help and rescue.
          We are grateful for the military assets that are being brought to bear. I want to thank Senator Frist and Senator Reid for their extraordinary efforts.

          Anderson, tonight, I don't know if you've heard -- maybe you all have announced it -- but Congress is going to an unprecedented session to pass a $10 billion supplemental bill tonight to keep FEMA and the Red Cross up and operating.

          COOPER: Excuse me, Senator, I'm sorry for interrupting. I haven't heard that, because, for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated.
          And when they hear politicians slap -- you know, thanking one another, it just, you know, it kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours. And there's not enough facilities to take her up.
          Do you get the anger that is out here?

          LANDRIEU: Anderson, I have the anger inside of me. Most of the homes in my family have been destroyed. Our homes have been destroyed. I understand what you're saying, and I know all of those details. And the president of the United States knows those details.

          COOPER: Well, who are you angry at?

          LANDRIEU: I'm not angry at anyone. I'm just expressing that it is so important for everyone in this nation to pull together, for all military assets and all assets to be brought to bare in this situation.

          And I have every confidence that this country is as great and as strong as we can be do to that. And that effort is under way.

          COOPER: Well, I mean, there are a lot of people here who are kind of ashamed of what is happening in this country right now, what is -- ashamed of what is happening in your state, certainly.
          And that's not to blame the people who are there. It's a desperate situation. But I guess, you know, who can -- I mean, no one seems to be taking responsibility.

          I mean, I know you say there's a time and a place for, kind of, you know, looking back, but this seems to be the time and the place. I mean, there are people who want answers, and there are people who want someone to stand up and say, "You know what? We should have done more. Are all the assets being brought to bare?"

          LANDRIEU: Anderson, Anderson...

          COOPER: I mean, today, for the first time, I'm seeing National Guard troops in this town.

          LANDRIEU: Anderson, I know. And I know where you are. And I know what you're seeing. Believe me, we know it. And we understand, and there will be a time to talk about all of that. Trust me.
          I know what the people are suffering. The governor knows. The president knows. The military officials know. And they're trying to do the very best they can to stabilize the situation.

          Senator Vitter, our congressional delegation, all of us understand what is happening. We are doing our very, very best to get the situation under control.

          But I want to thank the president. He will be here tomorrow, we think. And the military is sending assets as we speak.

          So, please, I understand. You might say I'm a politician, but I grew up in New Orleans. My father was the mayor of that city. I've represented that city my whole life, and it's just not New Orleans. It's St. Bernard, and St. Tammany, and Plaquemines Parish that have been completely underwater.

          Our levee system has failed. We need a lot of help. And the Congress has been wonderful to help us, and we need more help.

          Nobody's perfect, Anderson. Everybody has to stand up here. And I know you understand. So thank you so much for everything you're doing.

          COOPER: Well, I appreciate you joining us on the program tonight. I can only imagine how busy you are. Thank you very much, Senator Landrieu.

          LANDRIEU: Thank you, Anderson. Thank you so much. Thank you.

          COOPER: And good luck to you and all the people working to solve this problem. Because, at this point, it is very hard to try to figure our how this problem is going to get solved.

          •  thanks for transcript.... (none)
            I was aware of it. I wasn't clear that I meant the totatlity of all her responses to this disaster.  I don't defend that Cooper show performance, at all.  

            "For the Mardi Gras
            Neo-con domestic shock and awe.."--Rep. Major Owens

            by Cathy on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:54:44 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  Wrong (none)
          Her Bush agenda votes and her mishandling of the situation and her fawning and ass licking are all the same thing.

          If she finally figured out she is getting publicly fucked by these goons, good. She plainly needed it.

          But none of that matters, its what she does next that counts.

          •  Not "wrong" (none)
            This is a difference in the perception.  NO argument about that tone-deaf political studpidity of the performance on Cooper's show.

            I'm talking about her knowing this tragedy long before Cooper opened her eyes.

            And if we still disagree, fine, but I'm not "wrong" because I disagree.

            "For the Mardi Gras
            Neo-con domestic shock and awe.."--Rep. Major Owens

            by Cathy on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:09:24 PM PDT

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  •  no words (4.00)
    to describe this calamity. This is like Ike setting up a fake rescue tent in a concentration camp for those movie reels and then taking them down and leaving them there....this is just HORRIBLE!

    I HATE REPUBLICANS, HATE HATE HATE THEM!!!!!!!!! UGHHHHH

    by michael1104 on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:10:38 PM PDT

  •  I know others will follow up (3.50)
    but this information, if confirmed by Landrieu and/or others, must, MUST be funelled to the news media.  They could be still made enough to follow up.  Although today the tone was really different and cheerleading getting those people out of the convention center and superdome.

    Truly it was absolutely ABOUT TIME they got those people out, but the consequences of their stupidity, ignornance, idiotocy, should never be forgotten.

    And now they are not repairing the levee?

  •  Sen. Landrieu, Anderson Cooper on Line 3 (2.50)
    I wonder if Sen. Landrieu recalls sucking off the entire Bush administration (and swallowing hard) on national television this past Thursday?  I'm sure Anderson Cooper hasn't forgotten the encounter.  While most of the people in Louisiana probably didn't get a chance to see her unfortunate performance (kind of hard to run the TV with no 'lectricity), many of us watched and listened to her in utter disbelief.

    Did you at least get kissed, Mary?  BushCo loves the foreplay, but they don't have much respect for one night stands...

    •  What a fool (3.50)
      If you take your appendage out of your mouth, you'd realize she was doing what needs to be done for her constiuents.

      Just as she is now.

      •  Oh Obviously (4.00)
        Because we all know that kissing Bush's ass has gotten excellent results for her constituents.

        /snark

        It seems to me, that the only time Bush has managed to get anyone to do their fucking job is when he's been shamed into doing it. And even then it's just a half-assed photo op.

        Please. Her ass licking and thanking Bush got her absolutely nowhere. Let's see what happens now.

        The problem with America Today: There's a difference between The American Dream, and The American Way.

        by Disillusioned on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:58:49 PM PDT

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        •  and if she hadn't been nice, and then... (none)
          all this happened, would you have been saying "why the hell did she piss off bush at this time.  she should have saved the rants until the people were saved"

          she did good, she gave the asshole a chance.  he's blow it.

          •  Not really.. (none)
            Because history shows that being 'nice' with these people does absolutely no good. If there was even one incident of these people doing the right thing by someone they perceived as not being with their program just to do the right thing, maybe that argument would work with me. But the fact is, it has never happened, and expecting it to happen now is...ridiculous.

            The problem with America Today: There's a difference between The American Dream, and The American Way.

            by Disillusioned on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 09:14:11 AM PDT

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    •  just think (none)
      every time she does something good you can always bring it down by bringing up the anderson cooper thing.

      isn't that just so cool????!!!!!!

      "It behooves us therefore to see each thing directly as it is, be it the sound of a tin whistle or the elegant Lepiota Procera." -- John Cage

      by BiminiCat on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:16:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Good to see the BushCo apologist crown in town... (none)
      Be sure to tip your wait staff.
    •  Good to see the BushCo apologist crowd in town... (none)
      Be sure to tip your wait staff.
  •  Good job on 1st diary..now go attack Greta's poll (4.00)
    http://www.foxnews.com/  

    As ridiculous as this poll is, even the wingnuts realize that Bush hasn't done shit.

    www.downingstreetmemo.com

    by thefos on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:21:37 PM PDT

    •  The Leading Response (none)
      The leading response is that the government is doing a "great job".

      Unbelievable.

      -- E pur si muove.

      by asdfasdf on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:52:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, great job is leading but not by much.. (none)
        Usually it is a landslide in Shrubya's favor, so I am choosing to look at it as a vast improvement.  Maybe some are seeing the light.  The harsh light shining on the travesty in New Orleans is hard to ignore.

        www.downingstreetmemo.com

        by thefos on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:13:07 PM PDT

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    •  What is FOX up to? (none)
      At first I was appalled that ANYone would think that the admin was doing a "great job," but then these are FAUX-news viewers, for the most part, answering the poll.

      What I found more interesting on the results page was an email to Greta from a viewer:

      "I am overall disappointed in the tone of FOX News. At times it seems so slighted that it doesn't appear patriotic. This is a sad time in American history and I think these days will be revisited in a very unkind manner."

      Just as I've been sitting here at my house, watching a bit of FoxNews coverage of the disaster, wondering to myself why is Bill O'Reilly saying something that makes sense to me now instead of just pissing me off?...how is it possible that such and such reporter's anger matches my own?  Several other examples.

      I just find it odd that now that we're hearing a tiny bit of TRUTH from these loonies at Fox, their "base" is starting to question their tone, their patriotism...L well, no shit, Sherlock.  Perhaps, since they're all about ratings and controversy, it would be a breath of fresh-air to see all of Fox "go postal" over this situation, in essence starting to voice OUR concerns, frustrations, and demands to the point that it becomes the Anti-Bush channel instead of the embarrassment that it has become.

      Wouldn't THAT be bizarre?

    •  Take the Greta Poll on Fox! (none)
      Right now the Pres is responding great is winning. The thought of that response is sooooo scary to me. VOTE

      "We will no longer suffer in silence this continued assault that has now passed beyond intolerable"----A True US Patriot

      by khloemi on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 12:18:13 AM PDT

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  •  It's on Landrieu's site (none)
    under press releases.  I couldn't believe it so I went to find it:

    http://landrieu.senate.gov/~landrieu/releases/05/2005903E12.htm

    This needs to get to the press.  I think she is going to be on several of the Sunday talk shows and if she does not mention this, well, then she is more interested in politics than the people of LA

    •  The link is dead (none)
      Said it has been removed. I wonder why it is down. I wonder if pages are being removed and changed like what happened in the Gannon crap.

      "We will no longer suffer in silence this continued assault that has now passed beyond intolerable"----A True US Patriot

      by khloemi on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:51:43 PM PDT

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  •  Devil's Advocate (4.00)
    On CNN they interviewed someone from COE about the levees. He said they had finished much of the repairs on this part of the levee. But that they weren't going to close it up because they could use the breach to get water out of the city. They're also opening a few holes elsewhere in the levee to help get water out.

    Now, as someone on CNN said, "gosh, I though water flowed downhill." That is, how will water get out through the hole in the levee when NO is below the level of the lake? Perhaps some of the other holes in the levee make sense (that is, they're at higher elevations?) But I don't know how keeping this hole open makes sense.

    Anyway, FWIW, COE is giving an explanation for why there is now little equipment at the breach. Not sure it's a good explanation, but it's an explanation.

    This is the way democracy ends Not with a bomb But with a gavel -Max Baucus

    by emptywheel on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:30:52 PM PDT

    •  confused (none)
      So this COE guy is saying the effort to close that levee was in vain? Partially repaired means the same as the levee still leaks. But opening holes elsewhere would make sense if it floods the areas where the new holes are punched, so the lake level is lowered in the area of the big hole that is now "partially repaired." It sounds the Senator hasn't been fully briefed on what the repair plan is.
      •  No (none)
        He meant that, they're close enough to finish the repairs on the levee in short order. But they wanted to keep the gap for now to assist water removal.

        I think it was Soledad who interviewed him, some woman at any rate. And she said, "well, it's still hurricaine season, how can you leave this open." To which the COE guy responded, "if there are signs NO will get hit again, we can close it up in time."

        I had mixed feelings about the interview. At times, engineers can be disarmingly soothing. To an engineer, everything has a kind of logic. So listening to this interview, I was like, "Oh, okay, whatever makes sense."

        But as soon as I tried to understand how they were going to drain water uphill, I got worried again.

        This is the way democracy ends Not with a bomb But with a gavel -Max Baucus

        by emptywheel on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:08:40 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  The lake has been high (none)
          The lake has been high from the rain the hurricaine dumped upstream, so the higher-than-normal lake drained through the levee through the gap. But as the lake returns to its normal height, water can flow out of the city into the lake -- down to the normal height of the lake. Then you close the gap and start pumping the city.

          I'm not vouching that the senator isn't right in seeing this as a photo-op setup. But the lake has normal outlets. The city doesn't. So the lake will return to normal on its own, and take water out of the city as it does so -- as long as part of that gap is open.  

    •  Interesting idea. (none)
      Perhaps someone with far more knowledge than I possess can look into this? I'll do some digging, too.

      "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

      by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:51:11 PM PDT

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    •  Water level in NO is now above lake, I think. (none)
      So the water is flowing BACK into the lake.    That's why they didn't want to close it off.    If something happened to raise the lake level again, they would close it.     It sounds tricky.
  •  Mary Landrieu was my choice for VP (4.00)
    and here she shows one reason why.

    She's got guts most men dream of.  I fully expect the slime machine to gear up on her, and I'm sure she knows the same.

    Tough fucking shit, is her attitude.

    And if you ever heard her talk foreign policy, you'd know this is one fine, damn smart cookie.

    Go, Mary!

  •  Get your TIVO's ready! (none)
    Got this from teh bottom of her press release:

    "Today's aerial tour of the 17th Street levee will be featured tomorrow on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Later, Sen. Landrieu will also appear on CBS's 60 Minutes."

    This should be great!!!!

  •  GRETA'S POLL ??!! (none)
    "What is your opinion of the federal government's response to this crisis?"

    "Great job -- this is a huge challenge"  34%
    "Disappointing" 6%
    "Disgraceful response" 32%
    "Started bad but improving" 25%
    "None of the above" 3%

  •  to me, this is further proof (none)
    that the trucks rolling into nola an hour before bush did is much, much more than coincidence.

    also, during the "briefing" in miss. with barbour and brown, why were all those coast guard helicopters and personnel in the background?  why weren't they out on rescue & recovery missions? obviously they were nice window dressing for georgie, haley and brownie.

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -- Plato

    by minotaur on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 06:42:29 PM PDT

    •  One of (none)
      the reasons is photo-op, the other is the skies have to remain clear when the Pres is around...so does he really need to go down again on Monday??
      •  I hope not... (none)
        His presence shut down rescue missions for other areas. This diary has a link to a Times Picayune article about the shut down of air space.

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

        by kredwyn on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:20:02 PM PDT

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      •  Sad (none)
        First we wished that Bush would get off his butt and show up.  Now we wish he we would just GO AWAY since having him around only makes things worse.

        My priorities

        1. Finish the humanitarian evacuation of affected areas.
        2. Collect, identify and count the dead.
        3. Impeach Bush.
    •  About the helicopters (none)
      Someone here yesterday said they used to work on them, said they need to be serviced after a few runs. He said he saw the helicopters behind Bush being worked on... I don't know, I have no reason to not believe him.

      The meeting of the minds in front of the cameras, though... Pure theater. Bush can barely pretend he cares about other human beings...

  •  Sinister? or just duped? (4.00)

    1. Levee repair is fake

    2. Bush thought there is a help center
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/2/163959/3853

    3. German TV report there is a potemkin help center.
    http://www.warandpiece.com/blogdirs/002485.html

    4. Bush was acting like happy chimp for 2 days after the hurricane land. (cake eating, golf, photo playing guitar)

    -----------

    I really have to conclude either Bush is being mis-informed, insulated from reality.

    ...or he really IS that sinister.

    I opt to think we are having 'emperror has no clothes' moment here.

    •  Bush in a bubble (none)
      There is no question Bush is heavily insulated from reality, and very tightly controlled. He may have no idea how badly FEMA has failed us.

      I sometimes amuse myself imagining the conversation Karl Rove must have had with Bush to convince Bush that allowing Rove to stay on in the Adminstration after he was revealed to have committed a felony was some how and in some way a winning political proposition.

      These days, it seems almost better that Rove has not resigned (yet).  There's no question he's behind all these backfired Katrina photo-ops, and if it sticks to anyone, it will be him.

      •  Try as I might (none)
        I can't picture George as being anything but a talking head for someone else. Clearly he does whatever he's told, whether speech or photo op. Do you really think he wanted to smooch and hold hands with King Fahd? Do you really think he decided to come back early from his vacation? I don't. To my way of thinking, he doesn't have handlers, he has controllers.
  •  themis (4.00)
    Thank you for the mention in your update!
  •  Anyone have photos? (none)
    The damned hole is one of the most photographed pieces of the city. Do we have some "pre-Bush," "during-Bush," and "post-Bush" photos? It would certainly be a good addition to this post.

    c.

    1886
    Donate. I support Catholic Charities.

  •  The real money quote (none)
    Right after Landrieu mentioned the staged repairs:

    The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast -- black and white, rich and poor, young and old -- deserve far better from their national government.

    Amen, Senator.

  •  Parts of NO were deliberately flooded (4.00)
    on Tuesday afternoon, according to a resident survivor, reports the Guardian

    But it is clear from talking to survivors that what happened in New Orleans last week was far more extensive, bloody and terrifying than the authorities have admitted so far.

    'We had to wrap dead people in white sheets and throw them outside while the police stood by and did nothing,' said Correll Williams, a 19-year-old meat cutter from the Crowder Road district in the east of the city, who waded two miles through waist-high water to make it to the Convention Centre after hearing on the radio it was being turned into a refuge.

    'The police were in boats watching us. They were just laughing at us. Five of them to a boat, not trying to help nobody. Helicopters were riding by just looking at us. They weren't helping. We were pulling people on bits of wood, and the National Guard would come driving by in their empty military trucks.'

    Williams only left his apartment after the authorities took the decision to flood his district in an apparent attempt to sluice out some of the water that had submerged a neighbouring district. Like hundreds of others he had heard the news of the decision to flood his district on the radio. The authorities had given people in the district until 5pm on Tuesday to get out - after that they would open the floodgates.

    'We thought we could live without electricity for a few weeks because we had food. But then they told us they were opening the floodgates,' said Arineatta Walker, who fled the area with her daughter and two grandchildren.

    'So about two o'clock we went on to the streets and we asked the army, "Where can we go?". And they said, "Just take off because there's no one going to come back for you." They kicked my family out of there. If I knew how to hotwire a car I would have,' Walker said.

    Once inside the Convention Centre, Walker confronted a new hell. 'People were being raped, there were cries and screams, there were gunshots, but the police did nothing,' Walker said.

    Does anyone recall it being reported in the US media that the Crowder Road district on the east side of NO was purposefully flooded on Tuesday afternoon in order to 'flush things out'?

  •  May I suggest that the Biloxi photo op (none)
    be made into a separate diary. More likely to be seen if there's a good title to go with it.

    And then it can be sent around to Geraldo and Shep and Aaron Brown, etc. Maybe these guys are all still mad about being duped.

    nothing like being scooped by another country's TV reports.

    People may not see it in this one.

    Also, it should be added to the list that's being kept of this kind of activity

  •  Why arn't Christians LIVID (4.00)
    I sit here in shock wondering how Christians can stand behind this chimp. He is no more christian than my dog. I challenge anyone to tell me one thing he has done to help people in a christian way (not set up by Karl (turdbloosom) Rove or mandated by a cocain arrest. Tough one ain't it. _armed and dangerous liberal_
    •  Pardon me for some Bible-quoting (4.00)
      I think it has some relevance.

      Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25.  These are the words of Jesus.

      31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne,
      32 and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
      33 He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
      34 Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by 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, a stranger and you welcomed me,
      36 naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'
      37 Then the righteous will answer him and say, '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 welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
      39 When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'
      40 And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'
      41 Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal 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 a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.'
      44 Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?'
      45 He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.'

    •  No, "Christians" ARE livid.... (none)
      ...at Kanye West, for saying George Bush didn't care about black people.  

      Actually read that on a political discussion board attached to a readers site tonight.  Anyone who dares point out that racism might have something to do with the situation in New Orleans is racist themselves, because "I don't believe in color divisions, and you can thank Jesse Jackson, etc, for keeping your people ignorant and poor."

      Also said Kanye wasn't a real Christian because he lied and is a divider.

      Sigh.

    •  Because New Orleans was a hotbed of (none)
      bizarre satan-worshipping cults ....like Voodoo AND Catholicism.  /snark

      "the fools, the fools, they've left us our Fenian Dead" (Padraig Pearse - Gay Revolutionary)

      by padraig pearse on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:35:32 AM PDT

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  •  Jeeeeesus Christ... (none)
    It just doesn't end.

    The depravity... the lack of dignity. This is not a man. This "thing" that is our President makes me sick to my stomach.

    U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

    by Lode Runner on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:26:12 PM PDT

  •  this is not the time (none)
    to settle old scores.  heaps of praise for senator landrieu.

    "It behooves us therefore to see each thing directly as it is, be it the sound of a tin whistle or the elegant Lepiota Procera." -- John Cage

    by BiminiCat on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:32:42 PM PDT

  •  Did Armando... (4.00)
    ... just steal our thunder?

    "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

    by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:34:07 PM PDT

    •  Yes he did! (4.00)
      But I don't really mind.  Mojo ain't for nothin' more than bragging rights.

      Looking back over the blog, I'm pretty certain by the timestamps that we were the ones who started chatting about it before Kevin Drum, who gave the source the credit.  Armando also brought it back to Laura Rozen.  I should have done so -- my bad.  

      This was a very sudden blog -- remember how quickly it progressed down the page?  People must be writing five a minute today.

      Without this blog, we wouldn't have found the ZDF text, nor the other German TV station with its corroborating reporters.

      I'm betting this makes the MSM news cycle.  Congratulations!  Kossacks at work!  Great first blog!

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  •  New Information? (4.00)
    This story about Bush's latest round of play-acting is starting to spread, but so far I havent seen it connected to this story reported by the New York Times the day before W's latest road show. According to the Times the COE had pretty much abandoned shoring up the 17th Street levee and had moved the battle to the point where the canal meets the lake:
    Now the corps is scrambling. After failing to close a 300-foot break in the canal through which most of the floodwater entered the city, federal engineers decided last night to take the battle with Lake Pontchartrain to the lakefront. Starting today, they will prepare to drive corrugated vertical steel plates, called sheet pile, into the mud near where the narrow canal meets the lake, sealing it off so that the big breach farther in can be more methodically attacked, Mr. Naomi said. The decision was made after a day of fruitless efforts to figure how to drop concrete highway barriers or huge sandbags into the torrent. For the most part, the water between the lake and the filled bowl of the city leveled off as of last night, officials said.
    I'm no engineer or hydrologist, but it sounds to me like they were going to drain the canal and surrounding area together, which I would think has to be done eventually anyways in order to permanently repair the breach.

    Why would the COE be dropping sandbags the day after it was reported they had abandoned that particular approach?

    I would be interested in who gave that particular order.
    •  Someone needs to hop on this. (none)
      I'll try to get to it, but if someone can take the initiative, go for it.

      "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

      by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:52:59 PM PDT

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    •  this makes sense, it was a photo-op (none)
      I found in the LA Times a brief description of the planned repair. The timeline of the events as you describe it based on the NYT reporting makes the efforts demonstrated to Bush as a photo-op. The real action (or plan) at the time of the photo-op was not to close the breach but was to build the metal wall in the canal to block the lake waters from coming into the canal. Then pumping the water to drain sufficiently so the breach can be repaired effectively should take some weeks.
  •  O/T CNN Rhenquist has died!! (none)
  •  This reminds me of a story I once heard... (4.00)
    about Chairman Mao.
    During the "great leap forward"??, Mao toured the countryside to see how the people were faring. There was a drought, the fields were brown, and people were starving. But along the tour route...
    ..they painted the crops a cheery, bright green colour.

    The definition of an idiot is someone who's always absolutely sure that they are right.

    by The little blogger that could on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:43:30 PM PDT

  •  Empty Suits (4.00)
    The band of outlaws who have hijacked our government believe that their ONLY FUNCTION is to market George Bush as hero and savior of the nation.  

    Whereas other presidents would be huddled with their advisors because a Category 5 hurricane was bearing down on New Orleans, creating and implementing an emergency rescue and clean up plan, Bush is huddled with his co-conspirators deciding what -- if any -- the impact there is going to be ON HIS IMAGE and what to do about it.  

    Sometimes, as in the case of Katrina, they make a serious mistake, but to them the cost is not in human suffering and the destruction of property, the cost is damage control to try to make Bush look good again.  That is what they are all about, and that is all they care about.  Period.

    There is no government in this country right now, only a PR and marketing operation that is highly skilled at creating photo ops and manipulating the media to sell the public a bill of goods.  George Bush never sat down at a desk in the Oval Office (or anywhere else) to do a day's work in his life, and he never will.  Every so often,  he sits down in front of the camera's to sign legislation that he thinks will make him look pretty, mugging for his media lap dogs, posing with his pen, and trying to hide his impatience to get the flock out of there and back to having fun.  

    No one ever told him that being POTUS was a desk job, and there was a lot of "hard work" involved, and he still doesn't have a clue.  He is an empty suit surrounded by empty suits who have no purpose and no direction except to sell this country out for their own profit and gain.

    •  Riteous rant (none)
      I just hope this is finally sinking in.

      "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

      by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:06:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  actually, it's more sinister than that (4.00)

      Your statement:

      Bush is huddled with his co-conspirators deciding what -- if any -- the impact there is going to be ON HIS IMAGE and what to do about it. "

      doesn't go too far, while true.

      Cronyism is rampant with Bush and his people. Just look at who is heading FEMA. The ulterior motive is to spread the funds of recovery to their "friends" and how to collect political capital in the distribution of funds to individuals. As with Iraq, this hurricane recovery will be bungled and suffering will go on for years to come. If I were in Congress I would be very careful and keep concentrating on pointing the obvious, rather than bargaining for some "pork" out of these people. Let the failure fall fully on where it belongs. Because when everyone is bribed, there is no accountability.

  •  I just heard on the news (none)
    that one of the breaks has been repaired (9:00pm Pacific time--Saturday)

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.--Dr. Seuss

    by sweettp2063 on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:11:14 PM PDT

  •  Can we get an exact transcription (none)
    of the video link?

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

    by Lestatdelc on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:23:20 PM PDT

    •  If the folks here or at EJ can't, (none)
      I'll try to get my bro-in-law to take a look at it. Problem is that he won't be around until Tuesday. Its my hope that some of the people at EJ can pick this up faster than I can.

      Keep me posted.

      "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

      by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:28:32 PM PDT

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  •  Levee Info (4.00)
    The canal-stub is a body of water jutting into the city from the lake.  The sides of that canal are levees.

    The breach is a piece of the levee, canal walls that is broken

    The plan right now and for the past couple of days, however, has been to seal off the point where the canal meets the lake, not the breach in the levee

    They've made progress on the canal-lake closure
    It's not fully closed, as the water is flowing out into the lake because of tidal patterns, at this time, so they are leaving it a bit open

    The canal-lake closure was done with the support of steel pilings pounded in by a contractor.  These are like long, thin corrugrated beams of steel, which create a wall when pounded in side by side

    There is work going on on the levee breach, but this is more complicated, they're using sand bags and not clear how long it will take to fill in.

    Not saying this contradicts the posting, but good to know details
    I saw this report on the http://www.wwltv.com live feed (a tv station) earlier today. They did a report and one of the supervisors of the job reported on it

    Apparently one issue is that the planning of methods and sequences for accomplishing the canal-lake closure and filling the breach have changed several times.  They built a road to get in there, bringing in equipment, etc
    My impression from the last few days is there have been a number of false starts, and each different plan requires different equipment, logistics, etc
    The guy said they are on it 24/7

    Said they hope to have the things closed up by Monday (not sure what time)
    Subsequent to that they could start pumping and the pumping out of New Orleans should take 36 - 80 days depending on a variety of issues

    •  I'm coming to the same conclusion (4.00)
      I've been reading levee stuff all night (and no, I don't have a life. Why do you ask?), and I think the COE is flying by the seat of their pants.

      This is complete speculation on my part, but I think that the COE had to stop repairs and the senator was not informed. Given the crap she's had to cope with over the past week, I don't blame her for jumping to the worst conclusion. Heck, it still may be the correct conclusion. We just don't know yet.

      I'm staying on this, but I need a beer and some sleep:)

      "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

      by themis on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:00:39 PM PDT

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  •  Potemkin Village for Bush Visit in Biloxi (4.00)
    The link to the ZDF Article is good!

    Also, availabe is the video of the correspondent in Biloxi.  It's entitled "Verzweiflung in der Anarchie" (Desparation in Anarchy) and says of Bush's visit to Biloxi on Friday (9/2), "this morning suddenly emergency troops ("Hilfs-troopen") appeared. These were people who cleaned up the debris and looked for bodies in the houses -- however only along the President's route.  Around four hours ago, the President left Biloxi and with him went all the sanitation emergency troops."

    Independent Illinois Grassroots: IllinoisDemNet.com

    by patachon on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:56:35 PM PDT

    •  check it out, themis (none)
      This is excellent footage, the best I have seen online out of New Orleans.  Harrowing stuff.  Must see!
      •  Also... (none)
        ...there's a scene with the truck and the table with people around it, hands taking sandwiches. Bush is there.  Is this in Biloxi?  I don't know.  But it's the only footage of this I've seen so far.

        My German is just good enough to say:  this is a great news piece.  

        Also a second piece with the bulldozer in the background, and then the two African-American women, mentioned before, who look almost too well dressed to be locals from Biloxi.  It's very weird.  Have you seen this?  Suspicious stuff!

        We need a translator.  

        •  yeah (none)
          we know how he staged that Iraqi woman.

          They really are craven enough to have brought in some people for it.  But they should've made sure they were as disheveled as someone who's been in a flood without food and water for 5 days would look. They were just too damn spiffied up.  You don't expect him to hug someone who was dirty, do you?

          "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little safety will deserve neither and lose both." Benjamin Franklin

          by glynis on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:29:27 AM PDT

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      •  I'm on it! (none)
        As a side note, one would think that a German news organization would have a linux link, no?

        Terrific find!

        "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

        by themis on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:22:13 AM PDT

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  •  You've GOT to be kidding?!! (none)
    Sorry, I'm just speechless.

    ---
    More dangerous are the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

    by Titian on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 05:51:19 AM PDT

  •  Here's Another Photo Of The Moron In Chief (4.00)

    GDoyle

    "Deserves got nothing to do with it"-William Munny, "Unforgiven"

    by GDoyle on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 06:10:44 AM PDT

  •  Bush is taking another tour tomorrow (none)
    So we'll have more photo ops and more excuses and less getting done.

    I wish he'd stay the fuck away.  I guess maybe he had the right idea in the beginning.  Go on vacation, bastard, you're not helping us.

    "Every act of becoming conscious is an unnatural act." - Adrienne Rich

    by marjo on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:03:32 AM PDT

  •  What happened? (none)
    Any synopsis of the George Stepanopolis show? I missed it.
    •  I did too... (none)
      I'm trying to hunt down a video or transcript. If you find one, let me know here.

      "Science is defined by how you ask the question, not the question you ask."

      by themis on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:25:13 AM PDT

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