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September 9, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A Scrivener's Lament

I thought Jack Cafferty was going to cry this week when he read a series of emails praising CNN's news coverage of Hurricane Katrina. I had to wonder, though, why BushCo hadn't clamped down on the "negative" (to the White House) press reports. Hm. They really weren't at the height of their game this week, were they?

Never fear. We now know that BushCo will do everything possible, from this point forward, to keep the truth about Hurricane Katrina out of (your) sight and out of (your) mind.

By the way, AmericaBlog is funding blogger Kyle Shank (AmIPatriotic), who will report the truth as long as he can dodge BushCo's efforts to clamp down on journalists.

Remember George W. Vacation Boy? TBogg reminds us:

'Crisp' like a half-baked Pop-Tart

Remember why Bush needed to spend that vacation down in Crawford?:

I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy," Bush said during an Aug. 13 bike ride with journalists at his ranch. "And part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live, and will do so."

Well, this is what happens when you cut the vacation two days short.

Let's never forget that George W. was refering to Cindy Sheehan when he uttered those words!

A Liberal Dose posts an excellent and decidedly snarky BushCo response timeline. here's an excerpt:

THREE CRITICAL LIFE-AND-DEATH DAYS AFTER THE HURRICANE, his highness deigned to cut his month-long vacation a day short to imperiously survey what his huge budget and personnel cuts had wrought from the safety of 1,700 feet.

Ah! A blogger after my own heart! From AionBlog:

Aberration Hyperbaton - Be as MenelŠus, and pin down that PRO-tŠus!

Once Bush figures out how his buddies in Texas and elsewhere can profit from this Katrina disaster, make no mistake about it, he'll be quicker on his 'drawww'. He didn't exactly plan this particular one, so he's still trying to figure it all out. Give him time!! He's a little slow, if you know what I mean.

Now, that's a sexy blogger who knows how to wield a literary allusion! quotes Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish: "Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don't give me the same idiot." Be sure to scroll down to the "Systemic Failure" post before you depart the site. It's a keeper.

Mac Users + River - Paddle = SOL

And that's not all. Macintosh users aren't the only ones left out. Users of Linux, older versions of Windows, and other alternatives to Microsoft's current operating system offerings are left in the lurch, too. IE 6 runs only on recent versions of Microsoft Windows. Boing Boing has the scoop and the links.

The Answer, My Friend

Who started the Bush played golf while New Orleans drowned" blogswarm? Greg Pallast. The rest of the Jimmy Olsons were still busy sucking up to George W. "Chief" at that point.

Who broke the stoy of FEMAtose Michael Brown's failed Arabaian Horse Association tenure? DailyKos, of course. Adding deserved insult to long-overdue injury, Georgia 10 at DailyKos walks us through BushCo's 2004 National Defense Plan. Warning! Your eyes will do that Babs Bush/ Roger rabbit thing!

Who had the exclusive on Horse Boy's (See above) Pat Robertson/ Operation Blessing shenanigans? Not the New York Times. Not The Washington Post. It was Sploid.

Did Homeland Security Director, Michael Chertoff, lie on Meet The Press and Face The Nation? You bet your sweet ass, he did. Is That Legal? has the 411 on Operation Purple Crescent. Some of the post's comments, which cite heightened terrorism checkpoints across the country, are chilling.

Is George W. Bush politicizing the hurricane? It Affects You answers, "Damned straight!":

So to any Conservative hacks out there who want me to stop "politicizing the hurricane," I understand what you really mean is you want me to stop trying to prevent Bush and his cohorts from politicizing the hurricane. But it's not going to happen. Bush isn't going to be getting a free ride this time.

Best sites for New Orleans news (mainstream news in blog form-- Is this the future of news?) and Inderdictor (the bloggers who stayed to report the truth).

The Future Of The Internet wants to know:

Who might control the future of high-speed Internet? Will it be municipalities and communities that can make the Internet into a widespread and affordable public service like electricity or running water or big cable and telecommunications companies, like SBC, Comcast, and Verizon, who would redline communities and inflate prices to maximize profit?

Dave Johnson at See The Forest has an excellent blog adventure idea: a print version of fact-laden blog posts, designed to get the rest of the country to see the truth.

First Responders Urged Not To Respond

Blake, from The Next Left posts:

FEMA: Fiendish Emergency Manufacturers Alliance

AKA the artist formerly known as the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

It seems that since Bush came into office, and especially since Mike Brown came into the office, FEMA has been on a slippery slope. King of Zembla and Shakespeare's Sister have posted a partial list of FEMA's most horrendous errors related to their exacerbation of the Katrina disaster. Read their posts for full details, or click on the links below to go straight to their sources:

FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations
FEMA turns away experienced firefighters
FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks
FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel
FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food
FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans
FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid
FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck
FEMA turns away generators FEMA: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond"

Especially click on the last one. It's still on FEMA's site, which perhaps makes it the most damning indictment against the agency in the list.

I'm thinking yardarm, gang plank, blindfold and last cigarette, Iron Maidens, and the rack, Blake. And not just for FEMA. George W.'s lack of response during the first 72 hours (aka "The Golden Hours" because chances of survival decline exponentially afterward) surely sealed the fate of many a soul, indeed.

Oh, Yeah. Renquist died. 4 people pay their respects. And webcams don't lie...

Dee-Robb, Monty at It Can Be Blogged, and Sam R. Hall express my response to the passing of Renquist much more eloquently than any "Good riddance, buzzard" blog post I could write.

Even Renquist lovers get the webcam blues. Bear America writes:

I was channel surfing earlier today and I happened to catch LIVE coverage of the Renquist viewing. What was that? Viewing? No, you didn't actually get to see the body. Basically it was a stationary camera pointed at a flag-draped coffin. Every now and then people would go by. Some would stop and pay their respects. Otherwise, coffin. It was like watching paint dry.

Hey, Bear America! Here's a Clue-gram for you: William (Mr. Segregation) Renquist wasn't exactly beloved.

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