September 9, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
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
'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!
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
FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food
FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans
FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering
FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed
hospital on board FEMA to Chicago: Send just
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
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
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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