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Olbermann is doing a 2 hour show tonight on Katrina, covering all aspects. He had Craig Crawford on earlier, commenting on the Bush response to the disaster. The subtitle of the story was PRESIDENT IN CRISIS.

Olbermann's openning was not kind to Bush to say the least. He talked about the fact that Bush has gone from a lackadaiscal response to being "stuck in overdrive", which futher highlights the initial failure. He made it clear that Bush was trying to spin his way out of the cobweb named Katrina. He also blasted Bush for not showing up to NO until 13 days after the disaster, contrasting that to his speech on the rubble 3 days after 9/11.

Craigs response below the fold.

Craig stated that they probably were concerned about the image of Bush surrounded by blacks yelling at him, as someone reported today. Craig then brought up what happened to Dick Cheney the other day, and said "Cheney was the Canary in the coal mine, and the Canary died." I must say, it is interesting that Bush didn't come until there were no more people in NO.

Then they dissed Bush for showing up on a Navy vessel that resembled the "Mission Accomplished" moment, and because Bush will be meeting with 9/11 Fireman in NO. Good call on thier part, as this is exceptionally crass.

I already diaried earlier, but I thought people should know about this program before it is to late. Craig will be back to discuss the Bush's sinking poll numbers.

Originally posted to PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:02 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (3.98)
    Olberman is back on Bush, maybe Craig will be back on soon. Opps, talking about pets now.

    We are all wearing the blue dress now.

    by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:01:51 PM PDT

  •  Talking (none)
    about continued rescue efforts, and recovery of bodies.

    We are all wearing the blue dress now.

    by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:02:56 PM PDT

  •  Damn I missed the first hour (none)
    Thanks for the reminder.  I heart Keith in a big way.  He ranks up there with Jon Stewart.

    I thought his title was president of the United States, not of Iraq. -- Patrick Maunder, Seattle

    by mlk on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:10:42 PM PDT

  •  Too bad, then (4.00)
    that so many folks are probably watching tennis, football, the season premier of the Simpsons. (I thought KO looked a little peeved, actually, as if he KNOWS that so few will be watching all of his hard work.)

    Maybe MSNBC will repeat it during the week.

  •  60 Minutes ended good too (4.00)
    Andy Rooney ended by saying...

    If you took a vote on what is our favorite city, people still might say New Orleans...

    If you took a vote on who your favorite president was, it wouldn't be George Bush.

    •  Nice... (4.00)
      Craig is back on. Saying he didn't know what Brown was doing well, unless it was "screwing up".

      We are all wearing the blue dress now.

      by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:21:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Ah, Andy rooney... (4.00)
      Half the time you want to strangle him, the other half you just want to hug the big lug...
      •  the jackal/ hide syndrome? (none)
      •  And the other half (3?) (none)
        I want to trim his eyebrows.

        Freedom's Angels ~Cindy/Bunny/Sybil~

        by Skylor on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 10:11:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  My favorite andy rooney (none)
        was when Ali G "interviewed" him. When Andy got so exasperated he ended the interview, Ali G said that Rooney didn't like him because he's black (he is white). "that's racialism, yeah"
         I laughed my ass off

        Pop-gun president lying with impunity, soundbyte policies and photo opportunities

        by Dave the Wave on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 12:07:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  great (none)
          That interview was so great.  The main reason that Andy was pissed off (I mean, on top of his normal level of curmudgeonliness) was that Ali G was butchering the English language.

          "Does you t'ink dat..."

          "Do you think that."

          "What?"

          "It's 'Do you think that'."

          "Yo, dat's wha' I said."

          "No, you said 'Does you think that'."

          "Yo, wha'eva.  Does you t'ink dat..."

          "What language do you speak?"

          "Yo, English! I is from England an' ev'ryt'ing!"

          "Well in English, we say 'Do you think that'."

          "Me t'inks it's just an other side o' da pond t'ing, like you say tomato, I say potato."

          -- E pur si muove.

          by asdfasdf on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 05:21:55 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  If you have the dvd check out the very first (none)
            episode. Ali G mentions the "tragic events of 7/11" as a way of screwing up 9/11 but now that joke does work anymore since the London bombings actually happened on that date. Weird huh?

            It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. - Upton Sinclair

            by Central Scrutinizer on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 06:03:27 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Keith just covered the new (4.00)
     "Al Quaeda" tape.

    With the great scepticism.  Isn't it amazing that when Bush is down in the polls a new tape surfaces?

    I thought his title was president of the United States, not of Iraq. -- Patrick Maunder, Seattle

    by mlk on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:20:48 PM PDT

  •  Craig (4.00)
    just commented on the fact that the lack of federal presence in NO in the early days led to more "unfiltered" news than we will see now.

    Also wonders if the Feds reacted this way on purpose, that they didn't want to sink lots of resources into one area in case another attack occurred.

    We are all wearing the blue dress now.

    by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:25:23 PM PDT

    •  I loved it when Craig said (4.00)
      That W should have learned at least 3 things from his father:

      1. Don't raise taxes
      2. Don't ignore social conservatives
      3. Don't blow off hurricane relief

      I got a laugh out of that.

      I thought his title was president of the United States, not of Iraq. -- Patrick Maunder, Seattle

      by mlk on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:28:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  what's odd (4.00)
        What's odd is that Bush Senior had a bad hurricane (Andrew) and a massive riot (Los Angeles) that brought him down, while Bush Junior managed to combine a hurricane and a massive riot all in one.  Now, that's efficiency!
    •  He suggested this was a TEST! (4.00)
      Craig Crawford suggested that this was a test of the homeland security plan to sacrifice a first disaster site. He suggested that they believe terrorists will strike one city, and while they are responding to that disaster the terrorists will attack somewhere else. This exercise (as I entered that word I realized that's the word Cheney used for it) was to see how well that worked out. Guess we got our answer, huh.

      I know anyone who makes the comparison to certain Teutonic fascists in the '30s opens themselves to the accusation of over-reacting, but if this is true it sure smacks of Mengele to me.

  •  Good stuff.. (4.00)
    the race issue is really amazing.  I hate how these republican shills go off about how they don't see black people or white people they just see people.  And it is the people who want to talk about race are the one's who are perpetuating racism.

    Talking about a problem is not the same thing as perpetuating it.

    Its not easy being a Floridian.

    by lawstudent922 on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:34:33 PM PDT

  •  Commercial?! (4.00)
    Did you just hear the commercial for a line-up of shows, including Chris Matthews' Hardball, on the topic of "What Went Wrong."

    The whole evening on MSNBC on how the Bushies dropped the ball? Whoa. I gotta sit down for a minute before I faint!

    (I think they said this is tomorrow)

    "Unpatriotic my ASS!"

    by WV Democrat on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 05:53:04 PM PDT

    •  I know, (4.00)
      this is so sweet. Bush is coming apart like a cheap suit. God, how I have waited for this day. We owe the press a debt of gratitude on this one, if they had whitewashed this all those poor folks would have died in vain. It is some comfort that it appears thier deaths have unmasked Bush.

      Maybe the reporters haven't been happy with thier muzzles either. Now that there is a real opening they do seem to be going for the juggler. And some seem to be doing so with a certain satisfaction. Like Craig Crawford, whose book regarding the cowing of the press is out in two days.

      We are all wearing the blue dress now.

      by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:55:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I Don't Want to Rain on Anyone's Parade... (4.00)
        but I'm not counting Bush out at all.  The Roberts' hearings are coming up and that will garner alot of attention away from Katrina.  They will have all the time in the world to reconstruct Bush as the guy who tried to help LA but Blanco just wouldn't cede authority...blah, blah, blah...

        My hope is that Hurricane Fitz passes through soon, leaving a pile of indictments in his wake.  The pressure just needs to keep up...these bastards aren't ceding anything to anybody...there's too much money to be made and a police state to create.

        "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

        by mayan on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 07:10:59 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Maybe (none)
          The Roberts' hearings are coming up and that will garner alot of attention away from Katrina.

          But Even the passing of Rehnquist couldn't not this off the front pages.

          "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

          by sgilman on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 07:35:08 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Are you sure you're in the U.S.? (none)
          Because in MY America, people will watch death and destruction over a supreme court confirmation hearing.
          •  Yeah...I hear ya... (none)
            but death and destruction was last week.  The press is going to be "move along people...there's nothing more to see here."

            "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

            by mayan on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 08:06:44 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  I wonder though... (none)
              somehow I feel there has been some small seismic shift in the MSM away from the Administration. I'm even seeing people like Carol Lin on CNN, for goodness sake, even bringing in a bit of skepticism about Bush.

              There were small cracks before Katrina, but I think the MSM has seen, mainly through poll numbers, that it is okay to attack the Administration because it's weak in the public's eye. No more of this "we have a mandate" crap. As the American public goes, so does the MSM.

              •  I Really Hope So... (4.00)
                I agree that there seems to be a shift.  The question is - is it seismic or are they just rolling over in bed?

                I saw Maher from last week, with Anderson Cooper.  Whew!  He looked like he had just stepped out of an Heironymous Bosch painting.  There was NO levity left and his fury was WHITE HOT.  Will he sustain it?  Will he be allowed to sustain it?  I hope/pray that the answers are yes.  I'd feel alot better, though, given the attention span of the public -as nourished by the MSM- if more events led to more heat.

                The regime (i.e. Rove/Cheney) are so skillful at manipulating the language, debate and imagery.  I really hope that Bush's credibility has exploded like a crystal goblet on a concrete floor.  Impossible to put back together.  I think the press will have an instrumental role in whether that is true.  They are the one's that us poor US fools look to (by inclination, design or education) to connect the dots for us.  Hopefully they will continue to do so in an enlightened fashion.

                "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

                by mayan on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 08:46:37 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  We should let Anderson Cooper know (none)
                  We should all write to him and acknowledge how important his reporting was to all of us.  We are realists and his reporting was all about what was really happening, not Bush's fantasy hurricane.  Last reporting I saw of him his anger seems to have tempered but still reports facts.  Not spin.  So far, but they will get to him, if he wants to keep his job.
        •  Yes Fitzgerald .... and don't forget about the (4.00)

          formidable jury

          http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/leakcase719

          Scared of black women, mr bush, you bet your blackbottomed heart you better be!!!!!

          Pls Mr. Fitzgerald, Pls. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, please, please, .....

      •  Juggler s/b jugular... (none)
        Jugular being the vein along the neck returning blood from the brain; the one vampires go for.  Large volume of blood easily accessible near the surface.

        Juggler being carnival entertainment.  Or Carnavale.  Or Mardi Grass.

        Being a fan of Crawford, I rather assume he'd have more of a live-and-let-live attitude towards jugglers.  Heck even the Pat Robertson types might classify jugglers as wholesome family entertainment.  (Though you never can be sure...)

  •  Watched for awhile (4.00)
    but they looped the same footage over and over and over and over and didn't date it.  The other night Countdown dated their video--right after some blog somewhere I read blogged about how that would be a real good idea, but now they're looping and looping and looping without dates.

    My only complaint ever about Keith.

  •  thanks! I just turned it on (none)
    at least I can see the last hour.

    perhaps they will rebroadcast.

  •  FYI (4.00)
    WDSU TV online has been running repeats of Olberman some nights at midnight.  It's especially a treat for those of us without cable.

    There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.--John Adams

    by tvb on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:15:00 PM PDT

  •  Also, thanks for the tip- (4.00)
    Now replaying Scotty's "blame game" farce!!

    This should continue this week if those guys are smart-until he gives in and admits they effed up!!!

    •  Next week they should play (none)
      the "look over there" farce. It's like, "They caught us fucking up again. What are we going to tell them?" "Tell them to look somewhere else at something else."

      Freedom's Angels ~Cindy/Bunny/Sybil~

      by Skylor on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 11:14:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Oh...snap!!!! (4.00)
    New Neewsweek poll: 52% of those polled now think Bush will not make the right decision in a crisis, Forieng or domestic. Approval rating falls to 38%.

    Reairing Scotties grilling... and answering everything with "the blame game".

    We are all wearing the blue dress now.

    by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:20:28 PM PDT

    •  That poll is lethal (4.00)
      What a question!  That is the most lethal poll I have ever seen. You might not like a guy, and think he sucks as president; but when you say, I can't trust him with my life and my kids' life, you have jumped the shark.  He is not dead meat; he is now maggot-infested meat.  Watch Republicans run away from the stench.  See Dick Run.
  •  Craig back on, (4.00)
    they are discussing attempts to escape by Bush, by wrapping himself in 9/11 yet again.

    We are all wearing the blue dress now.

    by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:22:21 PM PDT

  •  "Something has happened (4.00)
    with this hurricaine", says that this has crystalized a negative view in people's mind. Included resorting to photo-ops, spin, a patrician attitude, and a "pathological" inability to accept responcibility. Craig said in effect that Americans now see through him.

    "The only possible positive for the President is that Iraq is off the front pages."

    We are all wearing the blue dress now.

    by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:26:51 PM PDT

    •  Ha Ha!!! Pathological!!! People here have been (none)
      saying this for years!!!

      "If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention."

      by adigal on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:28:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yeah, (4.00)
        but now Craig can say it on TV! I think his point about the unfiltered press is key. If the Feds had been doing what they should have and had been there, the press coverage would have created another 9/11 moment. That's why they are really screwed, the moment the American people saw the real truth they have apparently reacted just as we did. Maybe we are about to learn that Americans haven't changed as much as the MSM has told us they have.

        We are all wearing the blue dress now.

        by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:45:49 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  This was amazing; think about it (4.00)
        here is one thing, a major network is another -- calling the President PATHOLOGICAL.

        I was shocked and awed.

        "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

        by Cream City on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 07:36:33 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  HA! (4.00)
      He feels relieved that one disaster hides another???

      That won't work.  It will even work less if he thinks it will work well...!

      pop pop pop

      gotta eat some popcorn

      yummy

      •  Hiding One Disaster Behind Another (none)
        only works if the people aren't exhausted by years of being jerked around by their fear chains.

        Our fear-uptake synapses are all burned out now.

        As a result, one disaster will not distract us any longer from the other.  As so the disasters begin to pile up and the people fret.

        Just wait until they realize the national treasury has been LOOTED and there is no money left to pay for all these disasters.

  •  Crawford makes a good point, (none)
    Iraq is buried deep inside the papers, also not much on the TV.
  •  Drag. (none)
    I hope someone puts this online; I cancelled cable a few months ago. :-(

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

    by pattyp on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:29:16 PM PDT

    •  Chin up (none)
      The benefits of cancelling cable vastly outweigh keeping it.  Take your $500 at the end of the year and buy a roundtrip ticket to Kingston.
    •  I have missed cable (none)
      more than i ever thought I could. I cancelled cable about 6 months ago (would have cancelled sooner but really needed my Jon Stewart)and now I really wish I could watch this UNRAVELING of the Bush Whitehouse.

      I don't want to resubscribe to cable. Is there anywhere I can watch this online?

      There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement. -Emerson

      by coconutjones on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 09:34:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Craig also (4.00)
    mentioned that a President breaking through 40% is real bad, Nixion got into that territory before resignation.

    Oh, what a sweet word that is; resignation.

    We are all wearing the blue dress now.

    by PLS on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:29:53 PM PDT

    •  Carter and Bush41 saw their approval (none)
      ratings sink below 40% prior to election night in their re-election years.

      I wish we were electing a president this year.

      Visit my blog Penndit.
      The Republicans' worst enemy is an informed electorate.

      by Newsie8200 on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:40:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Resignation (4.00)
      Can you possibly imagine Bush ever resigning? I can't! He would first have to admit to himself that he screwed up. I don't think that will ever happen. I'm on the west coast, and I'm not seeing on MSNBC what the rest of you are -- damn! BTW, have I ever told you how much I love "We are all wearing the blue dress now?" It cracks me up everytime I see it.
      •  "what didn't go right?" (none)
      •  re:Resign? (none)
        Only under a cloud of suspicion, with a Democratic Senate Majority Leader and Speaker.  I don't think it's likely.

        But I wouldn't be surprised to see an eight-week vacation in 2008, from mid-July into September, with lots of official explanations that he wants to let the Republican nominee get the spotlight.  We'll see pictures of him clearing brush, while the media reports on the latest sectarian violence in Iraq and discusses the scandals of the past three years.

        As far as I'm concerned, any Democrat NOT demanding answers and accountability is playing politics with Katrina.

        by deminva on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 07:09:05 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Eight week vacation!? (none)
          What do you WANT to see this country get hit by an asteroid or something?! It's about the only thing left in terms of Bush, vacations, and horrifying disasters.
          Though I do agree that people are going to be doing their best to separate from the Bush admin due to this as the next election cycle warms up.
          2008 however... depends. Even this can be put away in the publics mind. Depends on how FEMA responds in the future.
      •  He'll never resign! (4.00)
        He's surrounded by shills & sycophants and NONE of them are likely to let him know that he's been unmasked as a lazy, feckless, ignoramus.  Nixon always suspected that everyone hated, even when he was popular; the difference between a paranoid & a meglomaniac, I suppose.  Imagine the arrogance of thinking that you were fit to be president with a record like w's, one that consists of nothing more than nepotism, failure & crony capitalism.

        No, if things ever got very unhinged for w & his junta - if anyone one of his scandals started reaching a critical mass like Watergate - they'd undoubtedly launch an attack & declare martial law.  This gang of criminals are not likely to slink off stage in a perp walk, nor, sadly, spend their last few moments in a tumbril.

    •  Do you think (4.00)
      that Bush's approval rating will ever drop to the same level as his IQ?
    •  Resignation? (4.00)
      We're talking about a Prez who only just reluctantly demoted his first appointee.  He hasn't even fired anyone to drop ballast.  We'll see Hannity join Cindy Sheehan before we'll see Shrub quit.

      "I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords..."

      by pawlr on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 08:15:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Resign? (none)
      Let's not kid ourselves.  Bush can't even fire Brownie, the most incompetent person on the planet.  Resign?  No way.  
  •  & Co. Inc. (4.00)
    It's not just Bush, it's the whole Bush & Co. syndicate that should be reviewed in great detail.

    Think:  Hydra.

  •  Thanks for the heads up! (4.00)
    Didn't know this was on, catching it now.

    I was watching the movie "Crash," which somehow seems so appropriate. lol

    "I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating." -George W. Bush

    by Dunbar on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:31:25 PM PDT

    •  We watched Crash last night... (4.00)
      best film I've seen in a long time.
      And, you're right, it is appropriate.

      We shape the clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. - Lao-tzu

      by myeye on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 06:50:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Republicans don't see Black and White! FOR REAL ! (4.00)
    They see only purple people, and they want dark purple to the rear of the bus and light purple to the front.
  •  PENILE EMISSION ACCOMPLISHED (4.00)
    My suggestion:
    1. Don't take advantage of the 9/11 firefighters -- let them stay home, patriotically defending NYC as they should be.
    2. Hire some Chippendale's dancers instead.
    3. Put them on the deck of Navy ship involved, dressed as firefighters.
    4. Invite a couple thousand women on deck, charging them $50 each.
    5. The Chippendale's "firefighters" put on their show, and Bush can slip his own $100 bills into their g-strings.
    6. The $100,000 raised goes to Gulf Coast Katrina victims.
    7. Bush retreats to his on-ship quarters for a quick jerk-off after brushing up against all those Chippy dancers, finally succumbing to those long-repressed urges bubbling just under the skin of his faux Born Again personna.  
  •  Been watching all evening (4.00)
    and it's SPECTACULAR.  

    I wish this was showing on the big three WH megaphones and not just on MSBNBC but I'll setting for anything we can get.

    "Step by step the longest march can be won, can be won.
    Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none.
    And together what we will can be accomplished still.
    Many drops can turn a mill, singly none, singly none."

    United Mine Workers

  •  psst... (none)
    "lackadaisical"

    ; )

  •  WMD on IFC Right Now (none)

    Danny Schecter's documentary Weapons of Mass Deception is on IFC right now.
  •  Send love to KO at countdown@msnbc.com (4.00)
    and to viewerservices@msnbc.com  

    He needs to get all the positive feedback he can and so does his corporate masters at MSNBC (owned by GE--friends of BushCo).

    By the way, Craig crawford has his own blog and has a new book coming out this week:
    http://crawfordslist.blogspot.com/

  •  Will it be repeated later in the night? (nt) (none)

    Don't get angry, get elected and then get even. - Tarheeldem

    by mimi on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 07:29:05 PM PDT

  •  I've Started Calling Bush (4.00)
    President Disaster.
    •  He's the disaster President. (none)
      Think blue backdrop, white lettering, "DISASTER    DISASTER    DISASTER"

      Which minority group would Jesus hate?

      by NorCalJim on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 08:44:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  He's the Death president (4.00)
        Think bodies lying dead in the street, New Orleans or Baghdad, when you think of Bush.

        Freedom's Angels ~Cindy/Bunny/Sybil~

        by Skylor on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 09:44:12 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Death President? He Lives for the Title! (none)
          Hi - I'm new here.  My good pal Dunbar turned me onto this site!
          Death President - perfect title for this useless pathetic waste of a human being.  Along with the floating bodies and dead soldiers, let's not forget the image of people jumping from the WTC towers, and terrified New Yorkers running for their lives from the ruins on 9/11/01.  No PDB Briefing for our boy W, oh, no...he always figures Turdblossom will bail him out by making us believe it's the victims' faults.  

          "'Tis the time's plague when madmen lead the blind." KING LEAR

          by Iwanna B French on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 07:26:03 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  Mastered by Disaster (4.00)
        tangled in his Telecaster.

        New Orleans will never die

        by hrh on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 10:45:34 PM PDT

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      •  He's the most Disastrous President (none)
        in addition to being the WORST PRESIDENT EVER!!!!
  •  I think... (4.00)
    we need to stop saying "so and so castrated Bush" (from another diary) or "so and so was brutal to Bush" every time someone makes a completely legitimate and balanced critique of the way BushCo handled the crisis. We need to say "the MSM is finally telling the truth, this time" and make sure that things don't revert back to the brutally uncritical ways of the past 5 years.
    •  I agree with you (4.00)
      It's been so long since we've had an uncritical media that it's easy to forget they are finally just doing what they are supposed to do and showing and revealing truths instead of schilling for the BushCo lies.  And along with saying they are finally just telling the truth, we need to encourage them to keep doing it and "don't revert back to the brutally uncritical ways of the past 5 years."

      We Need REGIME CHANGE  

    •  The MSM is finally.... (none)
      Realizing that no amount of free lunches, first tells, and exclusive interviews will save these idiots from hiding the truth of floating bodies and hundreds screaming for help on national tv.
      Some are giving in to the Rove threat, "Keep coming after us, and we'll never give you an exclusive again!"
      Others have not.
      And if you think about it. Given all the stuff that MSM has kept track of, but didn't report, I began to wonder how long it would be before they started reporting the 'news just coming to our attention' things any way.
      When the public is informed, it can get pretty pissed off. Rove counted on keeping things low key enough to run a long term control of the government.
      Wonder how that's working for him now?
      (Pity too, I was hoping he'd succeed, so when the American people finally woke up they damn the neocon movement for the next thousand years. Sorry Karl, your secret plan to destroy the Republican party is... kaput.)
      •  The media are probably (none)
        weighing the "privilege" of landing exclusives with Bush and his cabinet against the increasing value of the "Bush is toast" story line.  When Bush's incompetence is fully exposed, the value of an exclusive with "brilliant mastermind" George Bush will be worth less than stock in Enron.

        Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

        by Dale on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 08:36:19 PM PDT

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  •  Who Were The Girls in the Photo Op? (4.00)
    While Craig and Keith were talking about Bush Photo Ops., Bush was hugging, kissing (on the head) and walking arm in arm with two "supposed" teenage victims of the flood who seemed to cry on que.  Of course this, like all of Bush's other supposedly compassionate moments didn't seem to move the sincerity needle off zero.

    The two black girls were well groomed, well dressed and looked nothing like the "real" flood victims we have seen in NO or even those in the shelters.  Where did Karl get these kids from anyway?  Did he fly them into NO from some expensive prep school outside DC, or what?  Inquiring minds want to know.

    Its hard to believe you could find even one black girl whose parents would allow her to be used by Bush right now.  Its like getting a KKK member to let their white daughter appear in compassionate photo op with Martin Luther King Jr.  Sounds impossible don't it!  

    •  I call them ringers (none)
      They are Kim (21) and Brownwynne (23) Brassier of Biloxi, MS.  When I saw the loop last week, I thought they were ringers.  I still think they are ringers.  I haven't done any research on them yet though so who knows.
        •  The girls Bush hugged are not from Biloxi (4.00)
          they live in Gautier and according to an Aaron Brown interview, they came to Biloxi because they needed clothes. They are exchange students from South Africa living in Gautier.

          Gleaned this from DU posts too numberous to record here. Some posters are claiming that they are not survivors of the flood, they are "looters." Whatever...

          I think this is another fake/staged photo op.

          This above all: to thine own self be true,... Thou canst not then be false to any man.-WS

          by Agathena on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 01:12:17 AM PDT

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          •  Funny About That... (none)
            There's was a live mike nearby--they told him they needed clothes, he said there were some over there, turns out there were none, but there was some food, so he told them they needed food.  Another awkward, unscripted moment for the Bushmeister.  I'm sure their mother is horrified to see them hugging this evil Texas killer.
    •  What Struck Me... (none)
      Was that when Bush put one arm on each girl's neck/shoulder, he was actually leaning on them as they walked, one girl on each side of him. Instead of holding and supporting them, he was actually using them to hold himself up. It must have been very uncomfortable for these slight girls to have a beefy Bush arm pushing their shoulders down with his weight. But it was very appropriate in showing the real scene.

      Just Doing My Small Part In Pissing Off The Religious Right.

      by chuco35 on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 09:34:54 PM PDT

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    •  and the redneck (none)
      behind them - the white guy with long sleeved shirt - only on Faux - when he reaches out to Bush to give a high five, Bush grabs his hand and then the guy says ... yes only on Faux "My dad is such a big fan of yours.  He's sitting at home in Florida watching us on TV right now!" .... R I N G E R .... the guy had time to call his dad in Florida - and at that time, there was no telephone service north of Biloxi so I'm sure he had to use the Faux satellite phone to call dear o dad in Fl to tune into Faux News.  It was about 30 minutes later that this started being shown on the other channels.  I promise
  •  It may be starting again now, I think... (none)
    9 pm west coast time, "MSNBC Reports" just started. No Keith yet, but Allison whats-her-name, who often is on Keith's show, did the intro.
  •  Sometimes (none)
    Sometimes I really do wish I had cable.
  •  Sorry I missed it. (none)
    So far Olbermann is the only member of the MSM who bothered to show Bush eating cake a playing guitar. (That I know of.)
  •  Trent Lott's Porch (none)
    I've already consumed my one a day diary but want to share this here.  I loved it and can't wait to diary it more.

    The direct cafepress link for the sticker is here

    There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.--John Adams

    by tvb on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 12:27:41 AM PDT

    •  Misspelled (4.00)
      You left an "h" out of the fourth word in the first line.

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

      by sagesource on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 12:45:45 AM PDT

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      •  That's my plan (none)
        I believe it was considered but with all due respect, I can't take credit for it either way.  It's from an email I got and wanted to share.

        There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.--John Adams

        by tvb on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 12:57:28 AM PDT

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  •  Bush: here I am, already! (none)
  •  I think it's good he's going to New Orleans (none)
    maybe he'll drown
  •  Form criticical scholarship (none)
    would have a field day with this composition.

    First things first, but not necessarily in that order.

    by DCDemocrat on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 06:40:19 AM PDT

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