Bush Takes Responsiblity, Sort Of

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CNN reports: President Bush on Tuesday said he takes responsibility for the federal government’s failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina. "Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government and to the extent the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility," Bush said during a joint news conference with Iraqi President Jalal … Read More

Katrina Follies

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The article in the Wall Street Journal (registration required — UPDATE:  I’ll put larger excerpts below the fold) should put to rest the conservative meme that FEMA (and the federal government) needs a specific request from local government before it can act in the face of a disaster.  The articles points to the Department of Homeland Security’s National Response Plan, … Read More

“Good People” – Part Deux

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This is what Bush said today: Now, as far as my own personal popularity goes, I don’t make decisions based upon polls. I hope the American people appreciate that. You can’t make difficult decisions if you have to take a poll. That’s been my style ever since I’ve been the President. And, of course, I rely upon good people. Of … Read More

Black People? WHAT Black People?

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Check out the subheadline in the Comcast news heading pictured here.  It says "Bush Denies Race An Issue In Relief". Now look at the racial makeup of the people that Bush is visiting.  Mostly white. There’s two kinds of "colorblind".  There’s "colorblind" in the sense one refuses to see racial differences which don’t matter.  That’s the good kind. Then there’s … Read More

Katrina Exercise

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It’s been two weeks now, and they still don’t get it. As reported here, this is the latest moronic utterance from the Bush Administration: "There are a lot of lessons we want to learn out of this process in terms of what works," Cheney said. "I think we are in fact on our way to getting on top of the … Read More

Cronyism Update

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I have nothing to say about this, other than "No surprise": Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration’s first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush’s former campaign manager and a … Read More

U.S. Backs Down: CNN Can Do Its Job

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As reported here: Rather than fight a lawsuit by CNN, the federal government abandoned its effort Saturday to prevent the media from reporting on the recovery of the dead in New Orleans. Joint Task Force Katrina "has no plans to bar, impede or prevent news media from their news gathering and reporting activities in connection with the deceased Hurricane Katrina … Read More

Dubya Should Have Read Clinton’s Biography

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Sadly, that would require Dubya to, you know, read. Because if he had, he might have come across this prescient quote (via Atrios): "… I went to Florida a few days after President Bush did to observe the damage from Hurricane Andrew. I had dealt with a lot of natural disasters as governor, including floods, droughts, and tornadoes, but I … Read More

New Orleans Photos

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This is a very good slideshow of New Orleans living (and dying) through Katrina, taken by an amateur photographer who lived throught the thing.  You can see how things went from good, to bad, to better, to really bad, to even worse.  Read the captions to get the full experience.

“Go Fuck Yourself Mr. Cheney” — The Rest Of The Story

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Remember the Mississippi local who shouted "Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney" while Cheney was being interviewed on CNN? His name is Ben Marble.  Doctor Ben Marble.  He’s an emergency room MD who plays in alternative rock bands.  His house in Gulfport, MS was destroyed by Katrina.  He was visiting it on September 8 when he learned that Cheney was down … Read More

A Day Late; A Dollar Short

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Breaking news: FEMA Chief Relieved of Katrina Duties WASHINGTON – FEMA Director Michael Brown is being removed from his role in managing the Bush administration’s Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and is returning to Washington. Brown, who has been under fire for the federal government’s slow response to the storm that devastated much of the Gulf Coast region, will be replaced … Read More

Good Karma, Curt

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From the Boston Globe: Last autumn, Curt Schilling helped the Red Sox win it all. Now, he and his wife, Shonda, are helping a New Orleans family of nine who have lost almost everything. Moved by the plight of thousands of Gulf Coast residents whose lives were shattered by Hurricane Katrina, the star pitcher and his wife arranged to fly … Read More

Wanker Of The Day

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Representative Baker of Baton Rouge overheard telling lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did." Yup.  God sure did.  And then some.

“Welcome To Krakow”

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I’ve been seeing these stories pop up all over the place.  Very disturbing.  Here’s one Oklahoma family’s account of trying to bring food to Katrina victims located in a FEMA Gulag Shelter: He then precedes to tell us that some churches had already enquired into whether they could send a van or bus on Sundays to pick up any occupants … Read More