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From the AP (via Coldfury and Digby):

In St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, just south of New Orleans, victims of the hurricane are still waiting for food and water and for buses to escape the floodwaters, [ Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La.] said. And for the entire time Bush was in the state, the congressman said, a ban on helicopter flights further stalled the delivery of food and supplies.

Confirmed by the Times-Picayune.

You have got to be f--king kidding me. Dear sweet Jesus, you have got to be kidding me.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:52 PM PDT.

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  •  He Was Exasperated (4.00)
    Saw him last night on Nightline, and he was clearly pissed.  He personally had arranged for delivery of food to people cut off because of the roads being out, had made the arrangments with the military, and then it got called off at the last moment.  

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:53:49 PM PDT

    •  this is all too shocking to take it (4.00)
      I am overwhelmed by the crazyness of this
    •  Nero (none)
      Nero has the streets emptied before his arrival.

      "When you starve the beast, you starve the people. And the bathtub was a reference to New Orleans." -- bink

      by bink on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:16:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Same With Kim Jong Il (none)
        What company!

        The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

        by Dana Houle on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:18:23 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  When Bush visited families of victims (none)
        at the Javits Center a few days after 9/11,  thousands of people, myself included, stood in line across the street waiting for the ferry to New Jersey.  All ferry traffic on the Hudson River came to a halt until Bush left. We stood for over 3 hours while he stayed long past his scheduled visit.  It got dark and cold.  I was sick for two weeks afterwards.

        It is does not compare to disrupting relief and rescue efforts in the south, but it did convey a sense that Bush does not care much for the ordinary person.    

        ...bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I...

        by doodlebug on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:02:17 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  guitar, fiddle (none)
        only the musical instruments are different.
    •  Earlier Post Scrolled Off (none)
      Earlier Post

      Even worse, Melancon had gone to the New Orleans Airport to talk to Bush.  They wouldn't let him near Air Force One.  No wonder he's pissed.

      Monday, the shrub is headed for Baton Rouge.

      The only valid reason for the grounding of the helos under the rules of the Presidential TFR's would be if they were non-military charters which did not have "pre-cleared" crews (Full FBI background chcks, interview neighbors, interview with FBI)  or were in the 10 mile radius prohibited area.  

      There were rolling Presidential TFR's (Temporary Flight Restrictions) throughout the day as dickhead went on his sensitive man tour.

      •  Clarifications (none)
        Not all flights are banned.  
        There are two zones, a Restricted Zone and a smaller Prohibited Zone.  For the Emperor the Resticted Zone is 60 Miles in Diameter.  
        To operate in the Restricted Zone you must be on on Active flight plan, and under the control of Air Traffic Control, certain types of operations are banned, but nothing that applys in this case.

        Operations in the Prohibited Zone are limited to Military, Local Law Enforcement supporting the Secret Service, and pre-cleared flight operations.  (See Above Comment)

        The "deal with the Military" Melancon describes, was probably to get clearance for the supply flights as all airspace over the disaster area is controlled during the day by an AWACS Plane callsign Omaha 44 (i think) Any Flight in the area must get clearance through Omaha-44.  Clearance from Omaha-44 does not clear you through a Presidential TFR if you do not meet the Requirements.

      •  Melancon ought to move to impeach (none)
        as soon as Congress is back in session.  And if by some chance it could get through the House quickly, the Senate would have to take it up promptly, even if they hadn't, say, confirmed any Supreme Court justices.  And they really shouldn't confirm a chief justice if impeachment is cooking, because the chief justice is supposed to preside over the Senate during impeachment proceedings and it would be a conflict of interest if he'd just been appointed by the guy who was getting impeached.  

        But Melancon gets the head in the sand (or stuck someplace else where the sun doesn't shine) award for a web site that has no way of accepting e-mail from non-constituents.  What's so hard about directing non-constituent e-mail to a separate mail box?  If you get a thousand messages with 'impeach' in the title, that means something even if the folks who wrote can't vote for you.

        We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better.

        by david78209 on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:35:56 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  That's always (none)
    the case in any area the President visits.  And he plans on going back Monday.  I son't know if they dod the same for Rumsfeld or Rice but they are going down, not action.  When I worked forest fire disasters we did not want the Pres (any Pres) to come because it meant work stopped.
    •  Why are they coming tomorrow? (none)
      Oh dear gawd, I do believe Blanco needs to stop that .  Tell them no.  This visit if of no use to us.

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

      by Cathy on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:03:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  He must be stopped... (none)
        IF this is getting in the way of rescue efforts...HE MUST BE STOPPED. Make calls, send emails...Keep him the HELL OUT OF NEW ORLEANS.

        *"I went to protest Dobson, and all I got was this damn feeding tube*

        by Chamonix on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:07:34 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Great Leadership (none)
    would dictate that the president either suspend the practice of banning flights while he is in New Orleans, take another mode of transportation, or cancel his visit for this specific cause. His presence pales in comparison to the importance of the helicopters which are continually traveling to and from New Orleans.

    "Oh, how I miss the days of Monica Lewinsky..."

    by LawSkoolPunk on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:55:55 PM PDT

    •  You would think (none)
      his handlers might think this would be a good idea.  But then for the first photo op there are 2 USCG Helos on the ground in a hanger behind him.  They should be in the air. 2 Helo's is about 7% of the total in the area.
  •  Remember Clinton's haircut?? (4.00)
    Remember that story, from 1993. Ed Klein used it in his book and Conason and Franken slapped it down when he appeared on Al's show. Supposedly Clinton was getting a haircut on Air Force One and it held up air traffice. Except it didnt. The FAA said there were no delays. Now compare the gravity of that story to this one. This one should get so much more attention.

    Apparently for Mitt Romney, life doesnt begin at conception or at birth, it begins when you decide to run for president. -Jon Stewart

    by jj32 on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:56:48 PM PDT

    •  That non-story (none)

      Continues to reverberate around the conservative blogosphere, long after it was shown conclusively to have been bogus.

      By comparison, I would guess that the story about Bush will go straight down the memory hole.

    •  Didn't it just hold up the press corps? (none)
      I thought it was the White House press corps that was pissed because they got stuffed into airplanes and then waited an extra hour to take off, while Clinton and his haircut caught up with them.  

      We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better.

      by david78209 on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:39:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Americans died of thirst (4.00)
    while Bush enjoyed a photo-op.

    Americans died while bush played politics.

    "We have the power. Sorry if you don't like the fact that we've decided to use it." Posted by Jeremey*in*MS at February 3, 2005 01:59 PM

    by Andrew C White on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:56:54 PM PDT

  •  Another Dozen or Two of Our Fellow Citizens Dead (none)
    For one presidential photo op.

    When the history of this debacle is written, it will be seen as the absolute nadir of this corrupt, criminal presidency.

    Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

    by easong on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 07:57:41 PM PDT

    •  We hope, anyway. (none)
      He's still got three years left, after all.
      •  Geez Hunter (none)
        That's the most depressing thing I've heard all day.

        I mean, just when you think the man's hit rock bottom, he keeps drilling and things get worse.  God knows what the next three and a half years have in store.

      •  3 years? (none)
        How could the debacle of that election be less than a year ago? It feels like a decade of pain.
      •  Not if we can help it. (none)
        I know it's been said millions of times here, but once again:

        Take back the House in 2006.
        Take back the House in 2006.
        Take back the House in 2006.
        Take back the House in 2006.
        Take back the House in 2006.
        Take back the House in 2006.

        And then we can impeach his ass. I know that'll take some time too, but every single day we can carve off of the 3 years and 3 months we still have to face this insanity will probably save lives.

        As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

        by sidnora on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:24:03 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Has anyone heard (none)
    any of these reports on T.V. yet?  I certainly haven't.  Sounds like the history of Brown is getting out to the public via media, but the photo shoots, the refusing to receive help from all that have offered is no where to be found.

    These refusals of help, and phone photos (a/k/a Mission accomplished signs) and stories of what it was like inside the superdome need public airing.

    •  This pathetic fucking asshole Brown (none)
      is spending more time on TV than doing his job. Doesn't he have money in his budget for a PR person. He is a useless piece of shit. I will spend the entire day on Monday calling everyone in the Senate and Congress asking them to ask for his resignation or that he be fired. "Out damn spot...out I say"

      *"I went to protest Dobson, and all I got was this damn feeding tube*

      by Chamonix on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:10:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I call Mark Dayton (none)
        and what I got was less than hopeful.  Let's see, Dayton wasn't in D.C. -- he was on a ** tour of Minnesota.  Why, he isn't running again.

        Mentioned this Brown idiot and asked if Dayton had voted for him and knew his awful history of employment, the guy said he did not know.  I adivsed him to use Google and some websites when you want to find out about somebody.

          Told him of the incompetence of this man, told Dayton's office about the people starving and on rooftops, told this man about the delayed and/or refused help, and the man said they had put up a donation site on Dayton's website.

        Useless.  I left him with the message that I am beyond disappointed.  He is still my senator and I want him speaking for me, or he can disappear from the political scene forever.  I will never vote for him again.  The person was stunned.  And I was crying I was so mad.  Gosh, sometimes I hate it when I act like a woman.  But both men and women, and God, are crying these days methinks.

  •  For the entire time Bush was in the State? (none)
    Why? What possible reason could there be to hold up helicopter flights? When he visited Iraq did they do the same?


  •  banned flights (none)
    helicopters are banned while Bush is on the ground because of 9/11? Is that about it?  Also, is there any further confirmation or proof that Bush's photo ops were staged?
    •  FAR part 91.104 states: (none)
      No person may operate an aircraft over or in the vacinity of any area to be visited or traveled by the President, the Vice President, or other public figures contrary to the restrictions established by the Administrator and published in Notice to Airmen (NOTAM).
  •  Another presidential visit (none)
    Heard President Bush was scheduled to make another visit on Monday.  Believe it was on Fox news where they were gushing about his caring and his ability to really get things done. Not enough fake photo-ops from Friday? The film didn't turn out or what?
  •  Somebody BEG HIM (none)
    not to return until every last victim is rescued. Every. Last. One.
  •  Reality overtakes PR (none)
    This administration, this President, have no shame, no morals, and no good sense.  It seems it hasn't occurred to them that there is "hard work" to be done, not just lantern-jawed photo opportunities.  How can they look us in the eye.  An apology is in order.
  •  Got to Keep the Image Up (none)
    speaking of which Chertoff will be on ALL the Sunday talk shows tomorrow doing damage control....

    Thank God I have to work.

    Where was he last Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    We find out after five days, he was the face of leadership for as Fox puts it "America's Challenge"?

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:01:05 PM PDT

  •  Doesn't Suprise Me... (4.00)
    I posted on this a couple of times.

    A presidential visit require an inordinate amount of security. That means that police officers & National Guardsmen, probably had to be pulled off relief & support efforts in order to protect Bush while he walks around.

    In order for Air Force One & Marine One to fly around the area, airspace has to be cleared. That means that helicopters & other support aircraft have to be diverted from search & rescue, so Bush can look at things that he could have seen on his television in the White House.

    Since the Secret Service has to be ready for any medical emergency for the President, that means EMT's & other medical staff have to be there to support his visit, instead of treating patients.

    •  For Lord's Sake, People Are Dying!! (none)
      These rules are fine when everything is fine and dandy.  But this is a massive emergency!  So bend the rules!

      When the f**k did the President cease being the first citizen of our land and start being an emperor?  Why the hell does some remote and theoretical highly unlikely possibility etc ect to the president's safety outweigh the lives that are vanishing by the minute in the flooded city?

    •  I tried to tell people. (4.00)
      I tried to tell people to quit demanding the POTUS show up down there.

      I tried to tell people that it was just going to prevent resources from getting to people who really needed them.

      Even here, people insisted that it was important for morale.

      Fuck morale.

      Does anyone think anybody in that Superdome or in that convention center, or on that overpass, or stuck on some roof, or god forbid, in some attic somewhere gives a flying fuck that the POTUS swooped in for an afternoon for a photo op?


      •  He should visit Houston (none)
        or someplace where victims are going.  He won't be in the way much, and it'll make better photo ops anyway.  He could promise to visit New Orleans while they're pumping it out.  Anybody with sense can understand if he'd say his security people get ulcers when he asks them to arrange a visit without slowing the relief work.

        We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better.

        by david78209 on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 12:07:48 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Damned if he does (3.50)
      It's pretty rare that I have any volition to defend the President, and even now I'm making this post out of the obligations of intellectual honesty, not any desire to let GWB off the hook.

      He was being criticized for not immediately going to NO.   Now he's being criticized for going to NO.   In reality, even given the understandable security measures that a Presidential visit entails, I can't imagine that they seriously have to ground all helicopters.   So that might be a better grounds to attack GWB than for going at all.

      But if he really did need to ground the helicopters, then it's unconscionable for him to visit.  Even taking political flak for not visiting from sites like Daily Kos would be a tiny price compared to people dying from dehydration.

      Not a Democrat. Not a Republican. Just sick of George Bush's son and other big-government "conservatives".

      by EqualOpportunityCynic on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:31:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  No EOC (4.00)
        He wasn't taking flak for not turning up, he was taking flak for not taking notice.

        For being absent from his job. His presence on the ground was never needed, his presence of mind is always needed, and never delivered.

        •  yep - spot on (none)
          lead, follow, or get out of the way

          or delegate to competent people if he knew what that word meant

        •  He was taking some sort of flak for both (none)
          What you state is no doubt your own position, and that of several others.   I have no problem with it -- it's a clear-thinking and humane position to blame GWB for his lack of involvement but not his lack of physical presence.

          However, I recall very clearly that there were people on this site blaming him for not showing up sooner.   Whether that's 5% or 50% of the population of this site, I don't know.   But those people need to rethink their position in light of what we now know about the helicopters being grounded.

          At any rate, given three options with two of them bad, it's hardly a surprise that he picked the worst, most callous, and least respectful of human suffering.   Pro-life my arse.

          Not a Democrat. Not a Republican. Just sick of George Bush's son and other big-government "conservatives".

          by EqualOpportunityCynic on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 02:09:16 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  He can just override the flight restriction (none)
            2 seconds, no Flight Restriction, restrict only big planes with bombs, planes painted like shamu whatever, the Soul Plane, the Restriction is entirely up to the DHS.  
  •  Hunter... (4.00)
    ... my indignation gland just burst.  I'd been nursing it through the last week, barely keeping it intact.  But now it's gone.

    Predicted Republican talking point: "The helicopters were not grounded because of the President but because of ground fire.  In fact, the President took the opportunity to fly over the city at the most dangerous time to get a full appreciation for the extent of the lawlessness."

    Power to the people 'cause the people want peace.

    by socratic on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:03:22 PM PDT

  •  being presidental (none)
    For someone trying to connect with commonfolk such as Hurricane George is desperately trying to communicate to us, it just ain't working. He's like a sugar addict not eating anything in a candy factory.
  •  WH tries to shift blame to local officials (none)
    Watch out for this:

    White House Shifts Blame
    Administration Points To State, Local Officials
    By Manuel Roig-Franzia and Spencer Hsu
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Sunday, September 4, 2005; Page A01

    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 3 -- Tens of thousands of people spent a fifth day awaiting evacuation from this ruined city, as Bush administration officials blamed state and local authorities for what leaders at all levels have called a failure of the country's emergency management.

    •  Well, we knew that was gonna happen . . . (none)
      Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state's emergency operations center said Saturday.

      The administration had sought control over National Guard units, normally under control of the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request, noting that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. State authorities suspected a political motive behind the request. "Quite frankly, if they'd been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals," said the source, who is an adviser and does not have the authority to speak publicly.

      Uniter, not a divider.

    •  wow - killer lede (none)
      says it all.  Brilliant.

      *Springsteen for President*

      by hrh on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:19:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  this is S.O.P. (none)
    When Bush came to Ft. Myers after Hurricane Charley, the security fences had been blown down at SW FL Regional Airport.  Sheriff's deputies and the few National Guardsmen present were pulled off their posts and used as a security cordon at the airfield.
  •  I have been so worried about the (none)
    People in Plaquemines parish. Does anyone know anything about them. They were in one of the worst hit areas. I am wondering if anyone survived? They really need to check those rooftops and waterways. <big lump in throat>

    *"I went to protest Dobson, and all I got was this damn feeding tube*

    by Chamonix on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:05:23 PM PDT

  •  Question (none)
    Someone please explain to me who thinks military helicopters (National Guard, Coast Guard and Army) are a threat to the commander-in-chief* while he's airborne?

    * Commander-in-chief is only an official title.  The duties of such officer are clearly not always exercised.


    by DWCG on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:05:26 PM PDT

  •  This is the Truman Show, Hunter (none)
    And we've been doing outrageous things for the past 5 years, just to watch YOUR reactions.

    There are millions of us watching you right now on our TV's, and the ratings are soaring.

    But we, as bit players, are growing weary. We can't wait till this show is cancelled.

  •  Renquist dead!!! (none)
    Turn on CNN.

    Power to the people 'cause the people want peace.

    by socratic on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:06:28 PM PDT

  •  cnn right now!!! (none)
    Renquist has died
  •  Rehnquist is (none)

    aka aurora borealis. The belief we do not have choices is a fantasy, an unfortunate indulgence in abdication.- John Ralston Saul

    by jazzizbest on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:06:40 PM PDT

  •  Aww -- give him a break (none)
    he usually doesn't appear anywhere when his feet must touch the ground instead of a special POTUS carpet for him alone to walk on.

    (I can't imagine how much money it's costing us just to cater to the whims and perks of this man.  The remaining monarchs around the world must be green with envy.)  

    What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away.

    by Marie on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:07:06 PM PDT

  •  A photo op (none)
    is always more important then reality in GWBs America, the petulant boy king must have his way or  all things come to a halt, even life and death take a back seat to the ignorant cowardly chickenhawk and his destructive agenda.
  •  Rehnquist passes away (none)
  •  Frist (none)
    I saw Frist being interviewed earlier.  He said he was there as a doctor, not as a Senator.  I sure as hell wouldn't want to be his patient.  Since Bush showed his face, all the other politicians are showing up to get their faces on the camera.  I can't wait to see Condi walking around looking like she cares.  These people are making me sick.  Can't they realize that every minute spent walking their asses around is taking away from helping people who need help badly?
  •  damn (none)
    This is going to take a lot of coverage away from the disaster in the gulf
  •  Rehnquist Dead! New On CNN NOW n/t (none)
  •  Renquist is Dead! (none)
    We're fucked. Renquist is dead. Sorry for posting here---we are all going to be strangled to death by Bush and Co.
    Do I sound alarmist?  
  •  Clarenece Thomas will be chief justice (none)
  •  Renquist just died (none)
    Breaking news on Renquist
  •  Blame Game (none)
    The headline as of 11:05PM:

    White House Shifts Blame

    "...Bush, who has been criticized, even by supporters, for the delayed response to the disaster, used his weekly radio address to put responsibility for the failure on lower levels of government. The magnitude of the crisis "has created tremendous problems that have strained state and local capabilities," he said. "The result is that many of our citizens simply are not getting the help they need, especially in New Orleans. And that is unacceptable."

    Than what the f*ck is FEMA for?
    Than what the f*ck is Chertoff's ridiculous job for?
  •  hmmm... (none)
    And I wonder what this VIP Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) tomorrow in Baton Rouge: all about.

  •  in my opinion (none)
    sorry I should have said in my opinion. I wonder If O'connor will consider recinding her retirement
  •  Real Relief (none)
    Just over at and saw how that supposed commie organization Move-On is supplying 42,000 beds through their revolutionary America-hating members. Obviously they hate Americans more than Dubya, as he is stalling relief and they are aiding the process.
  •  Darn! (none)
    William Rehnquist has DIED.

    "Make the truth your litmus test."

    by independentchristian on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:11:47 PM PDT

  •  Fox and msnbc have not picked up on this (none)
    That is really weird.
  •  What the hell did you think? (none)
    That's Standard Operating Procedure with USAF#1.

    That's why the Commander in Chief usually stays away until the primary rescue operations are concluded.

    Unless of Course, you need it to try to counter your previous screw ups... for purely political purposes and photo ops of course.

    ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

    by NevDem on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:12:39 PM PDT

    •  What if he didn't tour NOLA? (1.25)
      You've GOT to be kidding me.  You honestly expect any intellectually honest person to believe that you wouldn't get your skirts over your heads had President Bush NOT visited the disaster area?  You mean to tell me that had Bush flown back to Washington and stayed there that you'd be happy?  Everyone on this board has got to cut the bullshit.  You know damn well that if Bush waited before visiting the disaster areas that you would've jumped on his lack of compassion and interest in the disenfranchised of NOLA.  But he went down to make a personal visit like any good President would do and you STILL find something to harp about.  Give me a frickin' break, people.  Your bogus moral outrage fails to fool anyone.
      •  its not bogus (none)
        and the only one around here that is fooled is you.

        you probably think that W is a great leader dontcha?

      •  Fool, you have no preception! (none)
        in the past (Clinton, Bush1, Regan, Carter, etc.), the President has made it a point not to interfere with ongoing SAR (Search and Rescue) operations.

        It has been pointed out on numerous ocasions in the past that the President will not visit the area immeadately so that the local authorties may carry on operations without disruption (reference: Hurricane Andrew).

        That is something that everyone can and does understand.  What I don't understand is why he goes there, disrupts SAR operations and looks for Photo Ops.  

        ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

        by NevDem on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:51:25 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  I never wanted a visit. (none)
        I just wanted him to start doing his job. I was actually quite surprised he was going to visit personally and I figured it was a staged event. Looks like I was right.
  •  I guess Clinton is to blame for Rehnquist to (none)
    the footage on CNN - Bill Clinton hugging Monica and then his "didn't have sex with that woman" statement - jeesus give it a rest. don't we have other things to worry about right now other than bill clinton lying about a blow job?

    George Bush is an unnatural disaster.

    by michele2 on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:12:54 PM PDT

  •  World is a Rovian movie set (none)

    Thoughts from Connecticut - Cindy daily updates The Lonestar Iconoclast

    by ctsteve on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:13:27 PM PDT

  •  I think this changes the roberts debate (none)
    Since bush will be getting two apointments I think the Dems are going to fight Roberts if bush nominates another conservative for Renquists spot
  •  Pat Robertson must be jacking off (none)
    Now that Rehnquist is gone!  

    Again, Bush gets yet ANOTHER BREAK!!!!

  •  This could only happen in Bush's America! (none)
    Bush has turned a natural disaster into an atrocity of government neglect. I guarentee you that he and his FEMA director sat around for days hoping that things would just fix themselves. And then they wouldn't have to spend money from the treasury for disaster relief. After all, Bushco wants to transfer treasury funds to the HAVES, not to the HAVE NOTs.

    The Bush term will go down as the darkest in US history.

    This Congress stinks like a whore house at low tide.

    by CitizenOfEarth on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:15:52 PM PDT

  •  Sandra Day O'Connor... (none)
    ...DO NOT RESIGN!  Dare Bush not to make you Chief Justice!!!  Dare him, lol.

    "Make the truth your litmus test."

    by independentchristian on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:16:12 PM PDT

  •  What do you guys make (none)
    of the WAPO headline (before the Rehnquist announcement) that the White House was attempting to shift blame to the locals last night, by requesting that Blanco cede authority for any state role in the rescue operation?

    They should have federalized it long ago, in my opinion. Tuesday morning would have been the obvious time. But at this point?

  •  Rehnquist Died for Political Cover (none)
    He figured by dying he could distract the media from the Gulf Coast Clusterfuck.  He will be given a posthumous Medal of Freedom.
  •  I wrote a diary about this yesterday (none)

    And got little response.

    Go figure.

    •  OOOH! (none)
      And yours has tactical info. Well done. Sorry no one picked it up.

      "Part of the facts is understanding we have a problem, and part of the facts is what you're going to do about it."-- G.W. Bush, April 15, 2005

      by flashlass on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:24:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Sorry, (none)
      I didn't come up with any evidence of grounded relief flights until the Picayune Article.  I also couldn't get FSS to give me the scope of the cancelled Notams until I had some meat to get them pissed off.

      But you certainly scooped the bunch.


  •  We need to keep the focus on New Orleans (none)
    The media is going to want to switch gears and cover this instead of the disaster in the gulf. We have to keep the pressure on the media
    •  I disagree (none)
      Yes, we must focus on NO, of course. It is a fucking disgrace. But we must focus on every sad aspect of this total disaster. Every American is in jeapordy under Bush. Please, we must point out each example.
  •  Bush Visit - The End (none)
    Finally Landrieu gets it

    "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," Landrieu said.

    No they don't Mary, they are getting exactly what they deserve from this government.

    A government (as distinct from an administration) of which you are a part. A government that you and your lilly livered Democratic party colleagues hs consistently, almost universally, bent over to from day one.

    This, lady, is the reaping of all that cowardly corrupt, self serving sowing that has gone on in the US since 2000.

    Awake now? Good. So what are you doing about it? Because you are totally on your own.

    •  That's right (none)
      She is one of the lily-livered ones, alright. Maybe this will make her wake up and take notice. We can hope, anyway.

      Something this tragic up close seems to be giving lots of people the courage to speak out. Maybe she'll be one of 'em.

      "Part of the facts is understanding we have a problem, and part of the facts is what you're going to do about it."-- G.W. Bush, April 15, 2005

      by flashlass on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:23:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  social contract (none)
      my husband's from LA and his perspective is that LA has taken so many federal dollars in exchange for more federal control (want highway dollars? change your drinking age. and etc.) that the slow response in federal assistance has essentially broken the social contract that said that the federal gov't will take care of LA. he said he's watched LA politicians and officials roll over so many times to the federal gov't that he knew that when/if a disaster like this happened that the state wouldn't be able to take care of itself. the state would be largely dependent on the feds. and the feds let 'em down.

      i think someone else posted about the "social contract" earlier in the week.

  •  Prioritizing (none)
    It takes a genius like Rove to know that Priority #1 is making W. look like a leader. Priority #2 (or 200) is feeding starving evacuees.

    "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

    by thingamabob on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:20:28 PM PDT

  •  James Lee Witt (none)
    MSNBC reported about an hour ago that Gov. Blanco had brought in Witt to be LA's liason with FEMA.  
  •  He always does this.... (none)
    But this time, it makes me physically ill.

    Where does the photo op stop for this evil creep? Apparently, it doesn't. Please tell me SOMEONE got this on video or something??? Please PLEASE!

    "Part of the facts is understanding we have a problem, and part of the facts is what you're going to do about it."-- G.W. Bush, April 15, 2005

    by flashlass on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:21:46 PM PDT

  •  Beginning to think (none)
    this is bush's way of balancing the budget.  Not spending any federal  $'s in an emergency situation, shuffling those who do manage to evacuate from one place to another, and letting the rest die.  (Remember, many are recipients of social programs, and are occasionally perceived by some as a burden.)

    Plus the photo op mentioned in other posts!


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

    by Street Kid on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:21:49 PM PDT

  •  Okay, so now he'll nominate Gonzales... (none)
    ...tilting the court in favor of fascism (Roberts and Gonzales) with the first black Chief Justice, Clarence Thomas.  Scalia will then resign because he wants the top job, lol.

    "Make the truth your litmus test."

    by independentchristian on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:22:32 PM PDT

  •  The President as God-Emperor (none)
    is an abomination.

    Americans of past generations refused to kneel for for kings and princes.  The current response of Americans to their President is not politeness and is not groveling, it is standing and clapping, but the difference between that and licking the dust at the emperor's feet as Gulliver did is not important.

    In the hypothetical event that at some future date a President of the United States addresses Congress, members of Congress might try to work up the gonadal fortitude to sit chatting politely until the Speaker and President reach the lectern and stop talking when they are brought to order.

    One may immediately remember one group of much younger people who had the gonadal fortitude not to lick the dust at the President's feet.  When the 1980 Olympic team had the carpet pulled out from under them, and the President entered the room to tell them what had been done to them, the sat there, and neither rose nor applauded when he entered.

    Of course, my proposal would require an outbreak of gonadal fortitude in Congress.

  •  I knew it! (none)
    You guys, what is happening in NO is 200% based on race (and class), but all along I have been saying that the whole issue is not simply one of urban poverty. As long as they can explain it away as race the rest of the US can feel it couldn't happen to them. It can. When we start seeing white faces that have been without water and food all this time, people are going to freak. Cauition is needed, I'm concerned that some will cling to the idea the  "race card"  was played, special demands from African Americans while the outer Parishs suffered, KWIM? They suffered because they are fucked by the current governmnet of the US of A.
  •  Wrong Place... (none)
    I might be a trite way to wrap this all up as a big racist conspiracy, but I'd like to point out two things..

    1. Urban centers in the south have a higher minority population than many other cities.. if a big avalanche buried Salt Lake, would it be because of some anti-LDS conspiracy, or just demographics and Mother Nature conspiring?

    2. If it is a political conspiracy, which side is doing the conspiring? Is it the Republican's that see the urban African-American vote as a lost cause, and are unwilling to grant them scarce resources, or is it the Democrats, that see the urban African-American vote as a guarantee, and are unwilling to grant them scarce resources?  I was in NO several times from 1992-2000 and I didn't pass near any major levee reconstruction efforts.  But I did see them dig up most of Boston to bury a highway for $14 billion..
  •  Allowing some credit for Frist (none)
    I won't pretend to like the man, but his trip to the hurricane disaster area was very low-key - not a photo-op - and nothing new for him. During congressional recesses he has been known to travel to Africa with Doctors Without Borders. I've only seen one interview with him and while he didn't specifically point blame at anyone he called the Federal response a disaster unto itself. I wouldn't go thrashing him over this like many in the Bush Cabinet...
  •  Nothing this asshole does surprises me anymore. (none)
    You could plainly see two Coast Guard copters behind Shrub while he was getting his "briefing."  The question then was, why are they in that hangar instead of providing aid? Obviously:  to give Bush a better photo op.  If Bush has to have all operations cease, he should stay in D.C.  Otherwise he's just in the way.  Either lead, follow, or get out of the way.

    "My job is to protect the American people." George W. Bush Let's remember his promise...

    by PAprogressive on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:48:43 PM PDT

    •  Thinking.. useful skill (none)
      While I can't say what they were doing there, you do understand that helicopters do have to land occasionally? I mean, they do need av-gas, repairs, etc.  You might be right that someone pulled a convenient photo angle, but beyond that, you are just spewing vitriol..
      •  Then he should've just done a quick flyover (none)
        in Marine One and gotten his briefing on the aircraft or somewhere safe.  Yes, I'm extremely angry at this man's gross negligence.  Doing photo ops Monday and Tuesday was more important than dealing with this huge crisis.

        "My job is to protect the American people." George W. Bush. Did he?

        by PAprogressive on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:12:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  What? (none)
          Was there something that could have been done on Monday and Tuesday? Last time I reviewed the timeline, the city was filling up with water on Tuesday, and I don't remember any Bush photo-ops.  There was no dealing with what was happening... unless you know a convenient "stop the hurricane" trick.  Next time, perhaps you can have the National Guard position their troops right at the hurricane landing point, so their be right there to pick up the pieces..
          •  USCG (none)
            The USCG started operations, both in the air and water Monday Afternoon.  There is no valid reason other services could not have been operating in some fashion at that point.
          •  Planning and coordination (none)
            Such as:  getting those Navy ships on their way sooner, setting up staging areas and evacuation centers all over the country, ordering more MRE's and bottles of water from vendors, etc. etc. etc.  The list would be endless.  

            "My job is to protect the American people." George W. Bush. Did he?

            by PAprogressive on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:41:20 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  Just Cancel the TFR (none)
          There is no reason the restricted areas have to be there.  The airspace is already under the full control of the military and air traffic control, why put the TFR in place at all?  Where's the danger, this was just stupid procedure which the SS has to follow but the President can override.
      •  Not in a Hanger (none)
        In a crisis operation like this all maintenance is deferred, fueling is on the pad, for the Coasties, its probably even hot (no engine shutdown), crew swaps are hot.  24hrs/day.  Coasties are very, very serious about this mission.  Nobody needs to tell them to go, they ask nobody's permission.  Boats, helo's and planes in the area Monday afternoon and going 24hrs/day since.  This was staged with directives from very high in the command structure.  Probably Chertoff himself.
  •  Aircraft grounded? When Bush spoke (none)
    At Louis Armstrong airport, there were helicopters flying around behind him.

    Were those security helicopters I saw?  Were they medical?  Were they props???  Did they not ground all flights, but just essential ones?

    I remember it distinctly, because I saw them and thought it was odd that aircraft were in the air while Bush was on the ground.

  •  A little perspective (none)
    Hurricane Victims:  

    1,000,000 homeless
    Probably 10,000 dead
    $25 billion in likely insurance costs
    $10.5 billion and counting - federal gov't costs

    Cities Dead:

    1 Major U.S. Metropolis

    Supreme Court Justices Dead:

    1 Conservative Chief Justice

    Not to say that the Chief Justice death is not important but damn people- we're looking at a disaster much worse than anything we've ever seen in this country while most of us have been alive.

    It's just ridiculous that we're talking about anything else.  

    Why can we cancel football games when terrorists attack?  Why was irony dead?  Why is it that nobody seems to think this is a tragedy that warrants national mourning?  WTF?

  •  If even one person died... (none)
    ...because the rescuers were delayed, Bush deserves to be thrown in prison for the rest of his life.

    Thwarting the forces of conservatism since 1978.

    by wiscmass on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 10:03:13 PM PDT

  •  Is this completely surreal to anyone? (none)
    The fact that the bushco machine can't even ACT like human beings for five minutes freaks me out. The fact they can DELAY AID TO THOUSANDS for a photo op or to fool the public makes my head explode.

    I did notice that shrub's posture has sunk to very close to chimp and his eyes have never been so shifty. Deer in Healights alert at all-time high, it's really obvious. He only looks this way when he has to deal with the grotesque commoners and has no pre-scripted political crap to spew.

    I have NEVER been so grossed out by my government, and its total disregard for human life. I simply am still in shock.

    "Part of the facts is understanding we have a problem, and part of the facts is what you're going to do about it."-- G.W. Bush, April 15, 2005

    by flashlass on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 10:44:19 PM PDT

  •  Where were those (none)
    snipers? Damn.

    Bush has got to go. Keep surfin, keep rockin, Baja Margie alias Pargie

    by Pargie on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:05:13 PM PDT

  •  So (none)
    You say he's going down there again on Monday?  
    He allowed little babies to die, old people, sick people, he hurt all those people.

    I tell you, someone's gonna drop him like a hot potato.

    And I ain't gonna cry at the funeral.

    Bush has got to go. Keep surfin, keep rockin, Baja Margie alias Pargie

    by Pargie on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:57:47 PM PDT

  •  Private Pilot (none)
    I'm a private pilot, economist by training, ex automation systems reliability engineer and service manager, ex yacht captain (spent two months in FL after Andrew).  

    Here's the relavent NOTAM from the FAA



    Thats the standard non-vip visit TFR it changes when one of the royals comes to visit.

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