You don't believe in war...
It has been 812 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Rove. Treason. Betrayal.
A Democrat - without prefix, without suffix, without apology.
It has been 812 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...being otherwise occupied, here's an archival shot of one of her predecessors in my household menagerie. Meet the late, great Tabby Hoffman...
…met with Cindy for some Q&A.
1. What noble cause?Some, ahem, 'artsy' answers there. Sheehan seems happy. The Senator's listed on her Hall of Fame, one of only four Senators who have made it. Still, there are a couple questions she left out that I'd really like to get an answer to.
“This is an artsy question that is hard to answer. However I can tell you that a war based on lies is not noble, but a war based on bringing freedom to people is noble.”
2. How many more lives?
“If we can not achieve the goal of bring freedom, I do not want to see any more lives lost in this war.”
3. How many lives are you personally willing to risk?
“I will say the same thing. If this war will not bring freedom to the Iraqi people I am not willing to personally risk any lives.”
4. What are you doing to bring our troops home?
“I believe that we are in a critical two month stage right now. The Iraqi people are supposed to have an election in December.”
When does the withdrawal begin?Time to get past the 'light at the end of the tunnel' arguments. No document, no election, not a thing, democratic, diplomatic or military, will move Iraq forward while American boots are on the ground.
When will it conclude?
Bob Ferguson 13917So it's Ferguson by 1335 votes. The result should be certified this afternoon, and it's on to the general election, though there's little doubt about that outcome.
Carolyn Edmonds 12582
It has been 811 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
At least one GOP Congresscritter has some sense of propriety, if not actual honor...
New Hampshire Republican Congressman Jeb Bradley says he will return 15-thousand dollars in campaign funds from former House majority leader Tom DeLay’s political action committee.So, when's Dave Reichert going to give back the $20K he reaped from DeLay's ARMPAC slushfund?
…another bit of the bomb.
Think Progress has the truth about Ronnie Earle.
Gilliard's got it. A tidbit...
What I don't think people see is this: once you start having scandal after scandal, you start to bleed political power. DeLay's indictment and Frist's SEC problems (the kind you NEVER want) mean that an independent Katrina commision will be formed. Also, Social Security theft is now dead. Bush lost his main Congressional allies, after all Hastert does nothing but say stupid things on camera. And Roy Blunt has his own ethical problems.From your keyboard to God's monitor, Steve...
A blogger scores again. This time it's athenae at First Draft, who offers a measured response to the DeLay indictment...
Use it. Hit 'em hard, hit 'em with the chair, and if they still get up, pick up that bottle of champagne you just emptied and hit 'em again.Indeed.
…and it's done.
Bob Ferguson 13766There'll be one more set of numbers this afternoon, but with Bob Ferguson's lead having climbed to 1340 votes, this one looks ready for certification now.
Carolyn Edmonds 12426
It has been 810 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
"I know what I'm doing, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it."Of course, what he was doing was lying his ass off to a bunch of Republican congresscritters, and indeed, he was exceptional at it...
Michael 'Brownie' Brown
…as the latest numbers show the Ferguson lead swelling to 1226 votes, nearly a 5% edge.
Bob Ferguson 13551This one's looking done, with only a couple days left to count the mail votes of stragglers who waited until midnight on election day to put their ballot in a mailbox in Tierra del Feugo or whatever, wherever.
Carolyn Edmonds 12285
It has been 809 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Honors to a blogger this time. Matthew Gross, writing about "this cavalier and callous administration..."
"They have robbed the treasury and destroyed the nation's soul."There it is in a nutshell. We are watching the material and spiritual destruction of a nation, and it's not an accident, not simply a matter of incompetence.
It has been 808 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
With a 1070 vote edge, Bob Ferguson's situation is starting to approach comfortable. Worth note is the over 4% margin of victory right now, which puts the race well beyond the mandatory recount trigger of .5%.
Bob Ferguson 13212On a related note, I'm a bit pleased to note that my dismal turnout predictions were unduly pessimistic. I can't say I'm really happy about 30%, though. Who knows, maybe 35 when this is all over.
Carolyn Edmonds 12142
How sweet that sounds! Congratulations to the Fighting Machinists of District 751 for the apparent success of their strike against the Boeing Company. The Seattle P-I reports...
The company gave in to union demands on issues that had triggered the strike more than three weeks ago and which had shut down Boeing's jetliner production in the Puget Sound area at a critical time, just as Boeing was cranking up to meet growing demand by customers for new jets.Better pensions, no medical benefit cuts, protection for new workers, coverage of the Wichita plant -- the Machinists ran the table.
It has been 807 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…with two good reasons to "get the ground troops out now."
"The first reason to get the ground troops out now is that they are being fatally brutalized by their own treatment of Iraqi prisoners."This is an excellent point, reflecting the admirable concern of an American for the welfare of those who enter battle on behalf of his nation.
"The second reason is that the ground troops are not accomplishing the mission given them, and are making things worse rather than better."In other words, we have lost the war, and there is no peace, or prospect for peace, while we remain in place.
Shakespeare's Sister takes a look at the efforts by Democratic Senators to establish an agenda for '06 and beyond and applauds their desire to take on health care, something that only Democrats will really do.
The other four are issues for which it’s necessary that the Democrats have a solid plan and a cohesive, easily-communicated message. But they’re not inspiring, are they? And that’s because they’re Republican issues. The Dems need to provide an alternative agenda on national security, energy independence, economic strength, and retirement security, but when the nebulous terms are reduced into what they really mean—the Iraq War, oil prices, taxes, and social security—it’s readily apparent that this is a reactionary platform. They’re still letting the GOP control the discussion.C'mon, Shake's, you can't really mean it.
It has been 806 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…on a point raised by Ezra. With some of the 'vote the person, not the party' types all aflutter because some Republican Senators have gone ahead and supported the Republican nominated for Chief Justice by a Republican president, she makes the obvious but too often overlooked case for partisanship in a post at First Draft...
...I'm not 19 anymore, and hopefully the people running NARAL aren't 19, and we can all understand that it's about power, not personal conviction. We are better off with Ben Nelson and Harry Reid in office than we are with two Republicans in those seats, I don't care how pro-choice those Republicans would claim to be. A Democratic Senate, and there would be no Chief Justice Roberts. A Democratic House, and there would be no President Bush.It's a relief to realize there are a few more voices in the lefty blogosphere that appreciate the way government is organized in the US. Our legislative bodies, at the Congressional and Legislative levels particularly, is organized on the basis of partisanship, not merit. You can argue until you're blue about how it should, but as the late, great Lenny Bruce famously pronounced, "What should be is a lie. The truth is what is." If being 'reality-based' means anything, it means dealing with the world as it is, not with a lie about how it should be.
…with a 319 vote edge, larger, for the first time, than his election night lead, and maybe enough, if the trend holds, to avoid an automatic recount.
Bob Ferguson 11488More numbers on Monday.
Carolyn Edmonds 11169
...but there seems to be some kind of unconscious theme here...time to change the tinfoil, I guess...
Joni Mitchell - California
Sonia Dada - You Don't Treat Me No Good
Mississippi Fred McDowell - 61 Highway
The Mamas & The Papas - California Dreamin'
Isaac Hayes - Theme from Shaft
T. Rex - Once Upon The Seas Of Abbysinia
Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross
Doug Kershaw - Fais Do Do
Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari
Delroy Wilson - Better Must Come
It has been 805 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…of mail ballots. Edmonds moves out front by 79 votes with today's count…
Bob Ferguson 10364More tomorrow afternoon, then a day's respite.
Carolyn Edmonds 10443
...I hope she does something - something interesting would be nice, but really, just something.
…for the Ferguson camp in yesterday's numbers...
Bob Ferguson 9583…but scant reassurance, really, given that we don't really know how many mail ballots are still outstanding, and the County generously allows itself a couple weeks to count them.
Carolyn Edmonds 9449
It has been 804 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Bob Ferguson 8093Just another reason I hate mail ballots. It'll probably be Saturday before the likely automatic recount begins, maybe a hand count to follow. Another number this PM, I think...
Carolyn Edmonds 8068
It has been 803 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Why should Kerry pop up and advocate for a specific timetable, let alone propose one? Simply because it's the morally responsible thing to do?Let me tackle the second part first. On the question of whether there's a 'left' worth playing to, maybe it's just an old codger thing. I remember when the left was proudly radical, when socialism in a variety of formulations was openly advocated by meaningful, if not majority, numbers. When soft-soap designations like 'progressive' were spurned and liberals were scorned.
Not to be too cold hearted about it, but why should Kerry do himself political damage by making it easier for the right to call him a peacenik or an appeaser or a commie pinko subversive? Sure, it might play to the left, but does he need to do that?
DOBBS: Wait a minute. Senator, you can't say that. Congressman Tom DeLay says that this is the most efficient government he can imagine, that there's no fat in this government.Dr. Black concentrates on Coburn's attack on the Moonie Times. Hateful though Coburn may be, this doesn't seem to be a case where my enemy's enemy is my friend, so I won't leap to the defense of either the Washington Times' journalistic ethics or the Senator's integrity. Neither are defensible.
COBURN: Well, I talked with him today about that quote and that was not his quote. And you know ...
DOBBS: Whose was it? Whose was it, Senator?
COBURN: I'm worried -- I'm very -- well, I think -- it might have been manufactured. I'm not sure. The fact is, is we -- I know of $100 billion in cuts that we could make tomorrow that nobody would feel. Nobody would feel. And ...
Carolyn Edmonds, 6169
It has been 802 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...then the pub, then back for a couple of posts before jam night at the Cabin, then home to watch returns, then well, I've got a lot to do.
Katrina is a symbol of all this administration does and doesn't do. Michael Brown...is to Katrina what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq; what George Tenet is to slam dunk intelligence; what Paul Wolfowitz is to parades paved with flowers in Baghdad; what Dick Cheney is to visionary energy policy; what Donald Rumsfeld is to basic war planning; what Tom Delay is to ethics; and what George Bush is to "Mission Accomplished" and "Wanted Dead or Alive." The bottom line is simple: The "we'll do whatever it takes" administration doesn't have what it takes to get the job done.…and this, too.
As they say, the first step towards recovery is to get out of denial. But don't hold your breath hoping acceptance of responsibility will become a habit for this administration. On the other hand, if they are up to another "accountability moment" they ought to start by admitting one or two of the countless mistakes in conceiving, "selling", planning and executing their war of choice in Iraq.Right on, John. So tell me, how do you ask a young man or young woman to be the last one to die for their country in a failed venture founded on a lie?
It has been 801 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
"When the hurricane struck, it did not turn the region into a Third World country ... it revealed one."
...from the Washington State Democrats...
It has been 800 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…it musta been the goddam tree huggers...
The Clarion-Ledger has obtained a copy of an internal e-mail the U.S. Department of Justice sent out this week to various U.S. attorneys' offices: "Has your district defended any cases on behalf of the (U.S.) Army Corps of Engineers against claims brought by environmental groups seeking to block or otherwise impede the Corps work on the levees protecting New Orleans? If so, please describe the case and the outcome of the litigation."Ummm, George? What was that about 'responsibility'?
Motherlode wonders about that Kerry fella…
I wonder if John Kerry just might stand a chance in 2008. Up till recently I didn't think it was a possibility. But perhaps now the country would be ready to admit it made a mistake in 2004. His "skeletons" have been pretty well exploited to their maximum potential by the Rethugs and put to rest, while other Dems would just be fresh meat. Just a thought.My own strenuous support of Senator Kerry in '04 notwithstanding, I'm not committed to anyone for '08. That's not to say, though, that I couldn't find myself firmly in the Kerry camp come primary time a couple years from now. Fundamental to that decision for me will be the Senator's ability to face his very own question - how do you ask a man to be the last one to die for his country?
It has been 799 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
No, not this one…
The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It's enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it... jump to certain conclusions.Once again, all hat, no cattle. All show, no go.
The storm involved a massive flood, a major supply and security operation, and an evacuation order affecting more than a million people. It was not a normal hurricane – and the normal disaster relief system was not equal to it.The storm was normal in every respect. It was big, sure, but that's hardly abnormal, certainly not unprecedented. That's why it's called a 'natural' disaster. It's perfectly natural for such a storm to occur.
...between the random hours I'm working this weekend...
Guy Clark - Good Hearted Woman
Gillian Welch & David Rawlins - Morphine
Ben Harper & The Blind Boys Of Alabama - Take My Hand
The Capitols - Cool Jerk
Barbra Streisand - Happy Days Are Here Again
George Jones - She Thinks I Still Care
The Youngbloods - Get Together
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
The Chambers Brothers - People Get Ready
It has been 798 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Better talk to Tom...
President George W. Bush, facing alarm among some conservatives about the hefty costs of rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina, promised on Friday to find ways to offset some of the spending by cutting other government programs, and ruled out raising taxes.
"My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I'll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet."I suppose somebody's right, but I shudder to think it might be either one of those guys. No real surprise, though, that they can't even agree on what they're wrong about. Now, more than ever…
When asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, DeLay said, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good."
...about the lovely and talented Miss Audrey Hepcat is that when you're too busy trying to take her picture to rub her behind the ears, she's perfectly happy to rub herself...
“In the United States, where the war begun, we will continue our vital work to protecting American people, by protecting our ports and borders and safeguarding infrastructure, preparing for the worst. I mentioned the first responders. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the coordination now between the federal government, the state government, and local governments for preparing our homeland.” [1/22/04]…this is now…
"In a time of terror threats and weapons of mass destruction, the danger to our citizens reaches much wider than a fault line or a flood plain. I consider detailed emergency planning to be a national security priority. Therefore, I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to undertake an immediate review, in cooperation with local counterparts, of emergency plans in every major city in America.+ [9/15/05]He hasn't got a clue. Not a single freaking clue.
"As all of us saw on television, there is deep and persistent poverty in the region as well."Is there anyone else in the entire country who needed TV coverage of the latest Bushco™ disaster to learn that there's poverty in? Alabama? Louisiana? Mississipi?
It has been 797 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…sometimes he's furry, but mostly he's right on the money…
Quite simply, the nation is a family of four making $50,000 per year but spending nearly $60,000 per year (and carrying about $200,000 in debts). Unless you can get the kids to stop eating or wearing clothes, you're not going to be able to get out of debt by eliminating the occasional family outing to the ballpark. Somebody's going to have to take a tip from that West Indian family on In Living Color and start workin' eight job!Right about the money, too. In any case, Norbizness is always worth your time and attention (with some of the best random tune lists around to boot).
"On a personal basis, it is probably time for me to go," Lott said. "On a constituent and professional basis, maybe I shouldn't. I don't know."No need to bother your beautiful mind, Trent. Just quit.
It has been 796 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…that I share some of Jon Stahl's apparent ennui regarding John Roberts. I haven't been paying particularly close attention myself, but that's mainly a result of low expectations. I figure I'm going disagree with pretty much everything he says, to the degree that he can be pinned down to anything he says at all. In the end, I assume he's going to get confirmed, and as Rehnquist's replacement, he's not going to make all that much difference in the composition of the Court.
By putting Roberts through tough questioning, asking for additional information that the White House refuses to produce, and by voting against Roberts if Democratic Senators are not satisfied with his responses, Democratic Senators do two things, both quite important.In fact, Balkin's first point isn't just important to this nomination and the next, but to the next election. It's a real opportunity for Democrats to take advantage of a 'here we stand' moment while interested eyes are focused on their efforts. Of course, it won't mean much if ten or twenty or more of them end up going along to get along on the confirmation vote. That's why I'm an advocate (if not a particularly hopeful one) for a party line vote on the Roberts.
First, they articulate their own vision of the Constitution and place it before the American people. The point is not to oppose for opposition's sake, but for the sake of key constitutional principles that are at stake.
Second, and equally important, Senators signal that the President will not get a pass on his Supreme Court nominations and that the Senators will fight hard against candidates for the O'Connor slot who are not moderate or centrist.
It has been 795 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
"...Time to look within our own borders and within our own souls. There are many questions to be answered and many missions to accomplish right here on our own soil. We have neglected too much for too long in our own backyard. "To every thing there is a season, . . . a time to break down and a time to build up. . . ."
...we must remember this. The US had more fatalities in Iraq during August than in any month since January. We've been losing about one GI a day since then.
He really said it.
“Maybe you know something I don’t know.”Maybe he's right. No doubt about this, though…
That was President Bush’s response to a reporter who asked whether he had heard that his own FEMA director, Michael Brown, resigned today from the administration.
It has been 794 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Former Gov. Gary Locke speechwriter (and son of Scoop) Peter Jackson, on John Wyble, architect of Carolyn Edmonds smear campaign for the King County Council…
Judging from the blistering analyses in Time, Newsweek, and elsewhere these past few days, it turns out that Bush is in fact fidgety, cold and snappish in private. He yells at those who dare give him bad news and is therefore not surprisingly surrounded by an echo chamber of terrified sycophants. He is slow to comprehend concepts that don't emerge from his gut. He is uncomprehending of the speeches that he is given to read....…but really, do you think Froomkin and the analysts he cites are just now finding this out? Do you really think this article couldn't have been written a year ago, when silence constituted complicity in the campaign to re-elect the fidgety, cold, snappish, slow, uncomprehending fool?
Alright, Brownie! Now that's what I call 'a heck of a job.'
...and they're still trying to sell it. Ezra's right...
The car broke because Bush slashed its tires and now his allies are trying to convince us that the real problem lies with the whole "car" concept.The ailment affecting FEMA has infected everything Bushco™ has touched. Newt Gingrich has dubbed it 'anti-government conservatism' (and even he concedes it's foolish) but it's not really conservative at all.
It has been 793 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
It has been 792 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
America has X amount of money to be spent.It's hardly even hard work…
Do we spend it on:
a) Rebuilding Iraq so the mullahs can take it over and become another Iran
b) Yet another tax evasion for Paris Hilton, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, etc.
c) Rebuilding Louisiana & Mississippi and taking care of our citizens
This is not brain surgery.
...I could have made on purpose. In fact, a good compilation from each of these artists would be a pretty good desert island selection...
Donovan - Stealing
James Taylor - Mexico
Tom Paxton - Leaving London
Big Joe Turner - Boogie Woogie Country Girl
Lovin' Spoonful - Darling Companion
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Weavers - Rally Round The Flag
BB King - The Thrill Is Gone
Gov't Mule - She Said She Said
Rickie Lee Jones - Easy Money
It has been 791 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...is all you're gonna get, but when Miss Audrey Hepcat's on hand, you can be sure it will be a lovely and talented lump...
…we're undoubtedly in the midst of a national emergency, and it's arguably just the kind of national emergency that Congress had in mind when they drafted the Davis-Bacon Act. So, while it's hard to imagine how this administration will fail to abuse the situation to the benefit of their corporate underwriters, this is probably the right thing to do in a more perfect world...
President Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage.I can imagine scenarios, a couple brigades of displaced workers, for instance, organized along the lines of the old CCC (something the creators of Davis-Bacon would likely endorse) working for room, board and a subsistence wage while beginning the extensive manual cleanup that will be required across the Gulf Coast, where prevailing wage rates (this is not a suspension of minimum wage protections, minimal as they may be, regardless of what you've heard) might be impractical, or even irresponsible in terms of stewardship of public monies.
In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action under the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
…or is it just 'til we meet again?
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown is being removed from his role managing Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, NBC News and The Associated Press reported Friday.They're pulling him out of Baton Rouge, but leaving him in the top emergency management post in the country. After all, actually firing him might be interpreted as an admission that appointing him in the first place was a mistake.
Approve 39 (42)
Disapprove 59 (55)
It has been 790 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...but it's nice to see folks catching on.
Not actually evil, but bad tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers ... without orders signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public enquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters.
Goose3five has compiled a list of international responses to the Gulf Coast crisis over at Comments From Left Field. France is in, so's Germany. Israel, too, and our neighbors to the north and south. Ireland ponied up a million in cash, I'm pleased to note. So did Bangladesh.
It has been 789 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
An eyewitness report at Daily Kos (my emphasis)...
We also suspect the media will have been inundated with "hero" images of the National Guard, the troops and the police struggling to help the "victims" of the Hurricane. What you will not see, but what we witnessed,were the real heroes and sheroes of the hurricane relief effort: the working class of New Orleans. The maintenance workers who used a fork lift to carry the sick and disabled. The engineers, who rigged, nurtured and kept the generators running. The electricians who improvised thick extension cords stretching over blocks to share the little electricity we had in order to free cars stuck on rooftop parking lots. Nurses who took over for mechanical ventilators and spent many hours on end manually forcing air into the lungs of unconscious patients to keep them alive. Doormen who rescued folks stuck in elevators. Refinery workers who broke into boat yards, "stealing" boats to rescue their neighbors clinging to their roofs in flood waters. Mechanics who helped hot-wire any car that could be found to ferry people out of the City. And the food service workers who scoured the commercial kitchens improvising communal meals for hundreds of those stranded.Many of those who stayed in New Orleans stayed to save their homes, their neighbors, their city. These are the people the GOP spin machine would blame for the tragedy they faced and fought.
Most of these workers had lost their homes, and had not heard from members of their families, yet they stayed and provided the only infrastructure for the 20% of New Orleans that was not under water.
"What didn't go right?"
(Shadow Speaker Nancy Pelosi) related that she had urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Michael Brown."Dangerous." That's the President of the United States she's talking about.
"He said 'Why would I do that?'" Pelosi said.
"'I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?'"
"Oblivious, in denial, dangerous," she added.
…banana fanna fo flame, fee fy mo mlame, blame.
...we have learned through bitter experience - the Abu Ghraib nightmare is just one example - that when this administration begins an internal investigation, it means a whitewash in which no one important is held accountable and no real change occurs.Not that competence has ever been an issue at Bushco™, of course. If you're not crazy enough, you can buy your way in, but background? Experience? Ability?
Mr. Bush signaled yesterday that we are in for more of the same when he sneered and said, "One of the things that people want us to do here is to play a blame game." This is not a game. It is critical to know what "things went wrong," as Mr. Bush put it. But we also need to know which officials failed - not to humiliate them, but to replace them with competent people.
WASHINGTON - The government's disaster chief waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had already struck the Gulf Coast before asking his boss to dispatch 1,000 Homeland Security workers to support rescuers in the region — and gave them two days to arrive, according to internal documents.It's criminal incompetence. People died because of that delay, be sure of it. Maybe dozens, maybe hundreds, maybe thousands.
It has been 788 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...this will always be my Bob Denver...
I note that Michael Brown is a current top target for a supernatural assist over at www.presidentialprayerteam.org . I suppose he needs all the help he can get, and there's certainly no evidence that he's a natural at his current gig. Charlie at Big Brass Blog has been tracking some of Brownie's recent achievments. So far FEMA has refused or held up...
· A tax-funded, state-of-the-art medical team…and a bunch more.
· The USS Bataan
· Wal-mart trucks full of ice and water
· The water tankers from the US Forest Service
· A specially trained and self-sufficient relief team from Chicago
· A team of specially trained rescue workers from B.C., Canada
· The Red Cross
Preznit 40%'s momma...
"What I’m hearing is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed with the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (she chuckled)--this is working very well for them."
Nope. Just doesn't scan…
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Bush tags Roberts for the Renhquist job. Armando speaks pretty well for me at this point...
Here's my quick take - a vote is a vote. So Chief Justice or Associate Justice, Roberts is unacceptable. That said, now he is Rehnquist's replacement, not O'Connor's. This sounds stupid I know, but it is very important for framing.
We now have to, more than ever, reveal Roberts' true views - to fully demonstrate that Roberts' is Rehnquist's heir, not O'Connor's.
In short, Social Conservatives have gotten their nominee - his name is John Roberts. For replacing O'Connor, Bush must pick a Justice like O'Connor, not Scalia, Thomas or Rehnquist.
It has been 786 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Via War And Piece…
ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.Lights, camera, mission accomplished…
Be very afraid.
The President Who Appointed the FEMA Director Will Now Appoint the Chief Justice.
Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard:
“Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?” and he said, “Yeah, Mama, somebody’s coming to get you.” Somebody’s coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Friday… and she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night! [Sobbing] Nobody’s coming to get us. Nobody’s coming to get us…Crooks and Liars has the video link...
It has been 785 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Really. I couldn't make this one up...
Ani Difranco - Heartbreak EvenThe Newman, Blind Boys and Guthrie just popped up, seemingly to remind us that the Red Cross donation link is active and awaiting your action...
Billie Holiday - Good Morning Heartache
Young Rascals - Groovin'
Todd Snider - Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues
Robert Johnson - Hellhound On My Trail
Randy Newman - Kingfish
Blind Boys Of Alabama - Wade In The Water
Bob Marley - Redemption Song
Lovin' Spoonful - Jug Band Music
Arlo Guthrie - City Of New Orleans
It has been 784 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
The lovely and talented Miss Audrey Hepcat, caught attempting to evade the household paparazzi...
…in my postal box. I've received only two pieces of political mail about the upcoming primary election here in the upper left. Both of 'em are hit pieces attacking King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson.
If a well armed society is a polite society, why isn't New Orleans the most polite city in America now?…and here's one of mine. If you haven't chipped in to the Red Cross yet, what are you waiting for?
Why is it that today we are being told that no one foresaw the levees breaking when two days ago FEMA was claiming it was ready?
Some hot gossip from Gawker...
What does surprise us: Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we’ve confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo’s Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, “How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!” Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman.No shame. Not a bit.
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."Except, I suppose, the people whose job it was to, umm, anticipate the breach of the levees.
It has been 783 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
via Think Progress.
45.8 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2004. Up from 45.0 million in 2003. Up from 39.8 million in 2000. (Yeah, that's me with my hand raised...)The New York Times offers some perspective.
Average CEO makes 430 times the salary of the average production worker in 2004. Up from 301-1 in 2003. Up from 109-1 in 1990.
In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report stating that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S., including a terrorist attack on New York City. But by 2003 the federal funding for the flood control project essentially dried up as it was drained into the Iraq war. In 2004, the Bush administration cut funding requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain by more than 80 percent. Additional cuts at the beginning of this year (for a total reduction in funding of 44.2 percent since 2001) forced the New Orleans district of the Corps to impose a hiring freeze.Seems to me there was another national crisis that followed one of George's willful ignorance episodes…