Friday, September 30, 2005

"Duh, look, dood! It's duh lib'rul media sayin' bad things about Bush again."

Except actually, it's not. It's a GOP candidate trying to disance herself from the Preznit. Woo-hah!

Marilyn Brewer, a leading Republican candidate for the nation's only open House seat, stared into the TV camera and proclaimed her support for the president.

She was not talking about George W. Bush.

"I stand side by side with Ronald Reagan on less taxes and less government," Brewer told voters at a candidate forum.

****

Later, the self-described loyal Republican who voted for the president in 2004 explained her calculus: "If the election was this year ... he would not be re-elected."


I imagine after this, Karl Rove will figure out a way to remove Ms. Brewer from the running.

(Via Americablog.)

Forget all those other sappy duets...

You know, with respectful younger artists showing their appreciation for musical giants by recording duets with them. Ray Charles and Norah Jones, Sinatra and whoever, Louis Armstrong and Kenny G. LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND KENNY G. I still don't know how that was ever accomplished. Well, I do. Armstrong being already dead and in no position to protest probably had something to do with it.

Now? Now, you've got senior citizen songcrafters teaming up with gangsta rappers for protest music. It's Burt Bacharach and Dr. Dre, d00d! Doing protest songs! Oh frack, here are all the details.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Dear Abby: Is schadenfreude wrong?

Dear Abby:

Look, I know you've got Alzheimer's and your clueless daughter is doing your column now, but this is really important. I really have to tell someone. I mean, really, really, really, really. Really.

See, just 11 months ago, I was so bummed out. Well, if you were reading the news, you'd know why. This country seemed to be turning into the Theofascist Republic of North America. Drastic measure such as a move to Canada or another civil war seemed awfully attractive. My friend Steve predicted that Bruce Springsteen and the Dixie Chicks were going to disappear after November 3. I don't want to see Bruce and the Dixie Chicks disappear!

Well, 2005 plodded along and lots of news came out, none of it good. Specifically, Iraq was a debacle, and the GOP thought that putting a feeding tube in a brain-dead woman was a matter of national importance. The Bush administration was still slimy. The GOP was still shitfaced with power. The Faux News blabbermouths kept spewing the same crap.

But then, there came a change in the air. Spring turned to summer. The hills were alive with the sound of music. Bush's popularity rating crept down to the low 40s. And nothing could prod it back up again. But then again, it didn't sink any lower.

How could 42 percent or so of the American people be so fucking clueless?

Who knows? All I know is that Delay's been indicted, Frist has been caught doing a Martha Stewart, and now, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Judy Miller is free. Her source gave her permission to reveal his name. And the source is...Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

I know, who woulda s'pected it?



Why does he have to call himself Scooter anyway? I loved the Muppet Show and he's ruining all my memories of it! ARGH!

Anyway, Miller's on her way to testify before a grand jury, and I'm trying to keep myself from dancing for joy in the streets. I'm feeling so blissfully happy I can't believe it. I haven't been so overjoyed about someone's unhappiness since this bitch I worked with was fired from her job. But this little, itty-bitty voice inside me says I shouldn't get too happy because it could all turn out to be nothing. And besides, it's not nice to be happy over someone's misery. I'm sure someplace in the Bible mentions that. But I can't help it!

Abby, or whoever does your column now, am I wrong to feel this way? Please let me know.

Sincerely,

Schadenfreudelicious in NYC

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

YES!!!!!

The Hammer's been indicted. Oh, happy, happy day!

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, Block o'Wood Frist is being investigated for some questionable stock sales. Can anyone say "insider trading"?

It sounds weird, but there's clearly an upside to a GOP majority--and it's spelled s-c-h-a-d-e-n-f-r-e-u-d-e. Woohoo!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Jackie Speier: Badass Democrat

From Jane Hamsher comes the story of Jackie Speier, California State Senator and candidate for Lt. Governor. Speier is the kind of fighting Democrat that the party really needs more of.

The most fascinating part of her career concerns her early political career. Speier was a congressional assistant to Rep. Leo Ryan, and she accompanied him on his fact-finding trip to Jonestown in the late 1970s. Ryan was killed during the mission; Speir was shot five times and left for dead. Here's an SFGate piece with more details on this chapter of her life.

And she's suffered other tragedies as well: two miscarriages and the death of her first husband in a car accident (when she was pregnant with her second child, no less).

No wonder this woman's got fighting spirit. She's the one who first noticed Schwarznegger's little conflict of interest regarding nutritional supplements. Something tells me that all she's lived through, Ahnuld is a walk in the park.

And she wants to be lieutenant governor? Heck, if I were in California, I'd want her for governor.

From the town of It's Not My Fault, USA

Mike Brown, past FEMA head and current FEMA consultant (no, that's not a joke) blames everything on Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin. And I quote: "My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional."

Brownie still can't explain why FEMA took three days to get to Mississippi.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

What's that you say about antiwar loonies, again?

The mainstream media is still pretending that the antiwar movement too small, too fringe-y, and too radical to be taken seriously. How much longer will they keep pretending? Who knows? But according to Americablog, yesterday's antiwar rally was a major success. Reuters gives a general number of over 100,000 protesters; organizers say it's 300,000.

"The protesters were graying baby boomers who had railed against the Vietnam War, parents pushing strollers with toddlers, college students and a few adults in wheelchairs," the Reuters piece says. Sounds like this antiwar movement isn't limited to the ANSWER/aging hippie/leftover Marxist crowd. Perhaps the media pundits should get it into their heads that this is not just a bunch of Saddam lovers, would-be fifth columnists, and lunatic-fringe radicals, hmmmmmmmm?

In fact, the antiwar movement counts some right-wing voices among its ranks, most notably the conservative libertarians of Antiwar.com. Rep. Walter B. Jones, the ultraconservative congresscritter who wanted the House cafeteria to serve freedom fries instead of French fries, is now dead-set against the Iraq war. His office is covered with photos of the fallen, and he even writes letters of condolence to the families of the soldiers killed over there.

Right-wing pundits seem to want to believe that we're reliving the Vietnam era. This is hardly the case. There have been absolutely no reports of any Iraq soldiers being spit on or ostracized upon returning home. No actresses have been photographed cavorting with Iraqi insurgents. "Support the troops, not the war" seems to be the mentality this time around. The American people have learned their lesson from Vietnam.

Speaking of Antiwar.com, Teresa Whitehurst adeptly dissects the NYT's subtle slant against Cindy Sheehan and other antiwar protesters.

Meanwhile, the anti-anti-war movement--which consists mainly of counter-protests against Cindy Sheehan--is trying to make its voice heard by screeching as loudly as possible. Alas, this movement is big on decibels and small on numbers. Yesterday's anti-anti-war protest in DC drew about 400 people. Americablog has a theory about this dismal turnout: "I guess all the real war supporters had already enlisted and are over in Iraq fighting. Uh huh."

It's super-fun online test time!

I gotta admit, these online political belief tests are soooooooooo predictable.

You are a

Social Liberal
(66% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(21% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Democrat




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid


Yes, I'm a Democrat! Boo, you poor Freepers! BOOOOOOOO! I scare ya!

My favorite quote from this test: "You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness."

And people find fault in this?

Joe Scarborough makes sense and is on the money. I'm convinced that the apocalypse is upon us.

Joe asks "Can't we do better?"

Broussard returns to Meet the Press

It had to happen. After Aaron Broussard's tearful appearance on Meet the Press, some bloggers began to dissect his account of a woman's drowning death in a nursing home. I guess they wanted something to take their minds off all the Bush bashin' in the media.

The flap over Broussard's testimony is really a tempest in a teacup. All they could prove is that he might have mixed up the date the lady died. Apparently, Broussard is supposed to take time out from overseeing a herculean hurricane relief effort to verify the exact date a person died.

What can I say? I guess some bloggers are hoping against hope that people will stop, erm, playing blame games with the federal government, but still...

Anyhow, Broussard was on "Meet the Press" again this morning. Russert replayed his original, heartrending testimony and then the attack of the right-wing talking points began:

Mr. Russert: Mr. Broussard, obviously that was a very painful, emotional moment, but let me show you some of the...

Mr. Broussard: Sir, I've never looked at that. I've never heard that. I'm sorry. You take me to a sad place when you let me hear that.

Mr. Russert: Well, it was important, I think...

Mr. Broussard: Go ahead. Go ahead, sir. Go ahead, sir.

Mr. Russert: Thank you very much.

Mr. Broussard: Go ahead.

Mr. Russert: All right, sir. Thank you very much. Take your time. But it's important I think...

Mr. Broussard: Go ahead.

Mr. Russert: ...that our viewers see that again because MSNBC and other blog organizations have looked into the facts behind your comments and these are the conclusions, and I'll read it for you and our viewers. It says: "An emotional moment and a misunderstanding. Since the broadcast of [Meet the Press] interview...a number of bloggers have questioned the validity of Broussard's story. Subsequent reporting identified the man whom Broussard was referring to...as Thomas Rodrigue, the Jefferson Parish emergency services director. ...Rodrigue acknowledged that his 92-year-old mother and more than 30 other people died in the St. Rita nursing home. They had not been evacuated and the flood waters overtook the residence. ... When told of the sequence of phone calls that Broussard described, Rodrigue said `No, no, that's not true. ...I contacted the nursing home two days before the storm [on Saturday, Aug. 27th] and again on [Sunday] the 28th. ...At the same time I talked to the nursing home I had also talked to the emergency manager...to encourage that nursing home to evacuate...' Rodrigue says he never made any calls after Monday, the day he figures his mother died... Officials believe the residents of St. Rita's died on Monday, the 29th, not on Friday, Sept. 2, as Broussard has suggested."


Wow. What a revelation. I'm still trying to figure out the point of this...could someone please clue me in?

As for Broussard, he had one beauty of a response. The boldface is mine:

Mr. Broussard: Sir, this gentleman's mother died on that Friday before I came on the show. My own staff came up to me and said what had happened. I had no idea his mother was in the nursing home. It was related to me by my own staff, who had tears in their eyes, what had happened. That's what they told me. I went to that man, who I love very much and respect very much, and he had collapsed like a deck of cards. And I took him and put him in my hospital room with my prayer books and told him to sit there and cry out and pray away and give honor to his mother with his tears and his prayers.

Now, everything that was told to me about the preface of that was told to me by my own employees. Do you think I would interrogate a man whose mother just died and said, "Tommy, I want to know everything about why your mother just died"? The staff, his own staff, told me those words. Sir, that woman is the epitome of abandonment. She was left in that nursing home. She died in that nursing home. Tommy will tell you that he tried to rescue her and could not get her rescued. Tommy could tell you that he sent messages there through the EOC and through, I think, the sheriff's department, "Tell Mama everything's going to be OK. Tell Mama we're coming to get her."

Listen, sir, somebody wants to nitpick a man's tragic loss of a mother because she was abandoned in a nursing home? Are you kidding? What kind of sick mind, what kind of black-hearted people want to nitpick a man's mother's death? They just buried Eva last week. I was there at the wake. Are you kidding me? That wasn't a box of Cheerios they buried last week. That was a man's mother whose story, if it is entirely broadcast, will be the epitome of abandonment....


What kind of agenda is going on here? Mother Nature doesn't have a political party. Mother Nature can vote a person dead and Mother Nature can vote a community out of existence. But Mother Nature is not playing any political games here. Somebody better wake up. You want to come and live in this community and see the tragedy we're living in? Are you sitting there having your coffee, you're in a place where toilets flush and lights go on and everything's a dream and you pick up your paper and you want to battle ideology and political chess games? Man, get out of my face. Whoever wants to do that, get out of my face.


More of Broussard's appearance, aka "Why National Tragedy Trumps Right-Wing Talking Points, can be found here.

Rockin' Coney Island bay-bay!!!!

Coney Island was rather sparsely populated yesterday. It made me miss sweaty, sticky summer, the season of the Siren Festival and the Mermaid Parade. Ah well.

Le Sweetie and I went on some of the rides while there was still time. We took a spin on the go-karts and went on the flume. We also ate ice cream and generally pretended that it was still July. Le Sweetie really, really doesn't like scary rides, so there was no Coney Island Cyclone this time.

There were people fishing on the Coney Island pier as the sun went down. The temperature dropped into the 60s or so--and it felt a little chilly. I saw people walking on the beach, but nobody swimming. Everyone wore long sleeves and sweats.

We went to see the Shins and the White Stripes. Brendan Branson was the first act up and sounded good--very 1970s power pop. The Shins were rather dull. The White Stripes, OTOH, seriously rocked. Seriously. These guys make sloppy and garagey seem like a virtue, God bless 'em.

Next week, we're going back to see the Pixies and Gang of Four. I'm looking forward to seeing Gang of Four again.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Oh no. Not again.

Rita's on its way. It's "only" a Category 3 hurricane now. But the Gulf coast is seriously fucked. And Houston's evacuation plan has run into snags, like cars backed up the wazoo and running out of gas.

Oh, and Texas's governor is a Republican, so the wingnuts can't play blame games here.

You know you're taking supermarket tabloids waaaaaaaaaay too seriously when...

Well, the National Enquirer says that Bush has started drinking again. The lefty blogosphere loves to hear bad things about Bush (I know I do), but nevertheless, this IS the Enquirer. Elayne Riggs is pretty annoyed to find the leftyblogs chortling over this (probably and possibly fake) story:

You know, the guy in the White House has an actual record of what he has and hasn't done this past 4+ years. Most liberals would find that record abysmal. In criticizing this administration, can't we stick to all these known facts, and more are being revealed every day it seems, rather than go to the friggin' National Enquirer to dig up and delight in rumors that Bush is back on the sauce?


Amen, Elayne. This story only serves to distract from the really juicy and easily documented wackiness of Bushland...like Jeb Bush's imaginary friend, Chang.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Jeb Bush has a friend! An imaginary friend!



From the "truth is stranger than...oh, never mind department," here's the governor on his imaginary friend, Chang.

“Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society.

“I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side and sometimes I let him down. But Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down.”


It's nice to see someone didn't abandon his imaginary friend when he turned 13. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is full of lovable critters who've been abandoned by the kids to dreamt them up. I can just imagine little Jebby Bush, ensconced in boarding school, miles from Poppy and the family, dreaming up his friend Chang to keep him company.

Jebby was probably a lonely boy, with great expectations placed on him by Poppy and Mummy.

"We're expectin' great things from you, Jebby!"

"Now, Jebby, George is your responsibility."

"Jeb, can I ask a favor of you? Just one li'l favor? Pleeeeeaaaaaase? See, I've got this election comin' up, and..."

No wonder Jeb needed a friend! And who better than imaginary friend? And imaginary friend won't embarass the family, lose a presidential election, get mixed up in an S&L scandal, develop a drinking problem, get arrested, or put his foot in his mouth. In other words, Jeb might not be here today without his imaginary friend.

Let's hear it for Chang. And let's look at our elected officials with new eyes. Perhaps, behind each successful politician is an imaginary friend.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

When Bush zombies attack and Leonard Pitts answers back

Pitts has a response to all the kool-aid drinkers who send him nasty e-mails. It's just perfect!

The weirdness that is anti-government government

Over at the Decembrist is an essay on why Jack Kemp-style "anti-government government" doesn't work and why the answer is effective government, not small or large government. I myself subscribe to the Goldilocks theory of government: not too big, not too small, just right. But Republicans don't want to hear about it. It's all "government is the problem, let's shrink it." It's never "we can do this better without red tape." It's never "we should use our resources wisely." Republicans are stuck in the knee-jerk "small government, small government" mindset. Commenter Kilroy Was Here sums it up best:

Placing conservatives in charge of the government is like putting Lenin in charge of General Electric.

When I interview for a job, no one is going to hire me if I say, "I hate this job. I hate this company. In fact, I hate what the company stands for." But we seem to be proud to vote for people who feel the same way about government.

Why spammers are so useless and ineffective

Their spamming doesn't work, doesn't result in any significant business, annoys people, and is simply a pain in the butt. They always sell the same stuff: computer software, college degrees, Viagra, Rolexes. I've got computer software (otherwise, I wouldn't be typing this). I've got a college degree. I've got a wristwatch. I'm female, so I don't have erectile dysfunction. I don't need Viagra and I don't need to have my penis enlarged.

I can always tell spam is spam because they have stupid message headers that make no sense at all. A sample from my mailbox:

"On go is quaver rent"
"Which smoke in whiz"
"In learn go sellotape reality"
"An start be lithe"

I'm not sure where these messages are coming from, but loosely translated, they all mean the same thing: "This is another piece of spam wasting space in your mailbox. You'll buy a Rolex from me, wontcha?"

No. Find another way to make money.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

On Penguin Family Values

As noted here and here, conservatives are claiming "March of the Penguins" as their kind of movie--a film that preaches proper values and won't be condemned by CAPalert.

How did “March of the Penguins” become a surprise hit? Perhaps because nothing beats the summer heat like a movie set in Antarctica. Perhaps it’s the majestic yet adorable emperor penguins and their fuzzy gray chicks to make moviegoers say “Awwwwwwww.” And yes, it has a powerful family-values message...but one based on reality, not partisan politics.

As it turns out, looking for a partner in Antarctica is similar to the U.S. dating scene. Male penguins are not unlike American metrosexuals. “They pout, they strut, and occasionally they will engage in some contact sports,” says narrator Morgan Freeman.

Although she isn't around when her baby hatches, the mother penguin is the kind of mom that human mothers can cheer on. As soon as the female lays an egg, she turns it over to the male, who'll guard it until it hatches. By this time, Mama Penguin has lost so much body weight that she's close to starvation. She'll also need to find food for the soon-to-be-hatched chick. We see the female penguins fighting hunger and brutal cold during a seventy-mile trek to the sea, dodging predators in the water.

Meanwhile, the fathers watch over their eggs, huddling together during Antarctica’s windiest, most brutal winter storms, taking turns standing in the center where it’s warmer. In their community, no penguin is an island—or an ice floe, as the case may be.

And when the mother returns, the father turns the chick over to her care and goes to find food himself. What parent—shuttling back and forth between the office and day care—wouldn’t identify with these intrepid birds?

“March of the Penguins” is full of unforgettable images of the joy and pain of raising a family. It shows parents gazing protectively at their offspring and the grief of a mother penguin whose chick doesn’t survive. The penguins look out for each other’s offspring, too; at one point, they stop the bereaved mother from stealing one of the chicks.

For the past ten years, politicians and pundits have tried to offer answers to this question: Does it take a village or a family? As “March of the Penguin” proves, it takes both. The mothers of our species constantly agonize about balancing work and family, but a mother penguin easily shares responsibility with her mate. And even when she’s seventy miles away, her baby is never far from her mind.

While the mother and father rarely spend any quality time together, the chick always has at least one parent there.

It seems that these birds, living at the bottom of the world, have figured out the real meaning of family values. Humans could learn something from them.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Bye-bye Brownie...

He gave brownies a bad name, anyway.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Kate Bush is back! Well, almost...

Kate Bush was one of my musical heroes during my teenage years. I adored "The Kick Inside" and "The Dreaming." During a summer in England, I spent lots of nights at the local pub. The pub had a jukebox. The jukebox had "Wuthering Heights," Kate's 1978 hit. I loved "Wuthering Heights" and kept playing it again and again. Sure, it annoyed the heck out of everyone else there, but so what?

Kate Bush has been laying low for about 12 years. Now, I find out, via The Velvet Rope, that her next album is almost done. Hooray! Yippee! Yay! God exists after all!

Here's a longer piece about Kate Bush and what she's been up to. Basically, she's now a mom, and that's one reason she's been laying low. What's that about good things coming to those who wait? I'm really hoping that the next album will be stunning.

If only we could swap Kate for George W...but that would probably violate some sort of international treaty. Sigh...

(Yeah, I included a partisan dig in here. Gotta problem with that?)

The stupids--err, compassionate conservatives--are at it again

Via Moxiegrrl, I find that the nation's "compassionate conservatives" can't seem to disengage their mouths at the same time that they disengage their brains. More rock-stupid quotes here.

These go beyond the usual stupdity and let-'em-eat-cake blatherings from Babs Bush, Jackasstert, Dubya, and the incompetents at DHS/FEMA. Way, way beyond.


9) "I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.” –Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sept. 6, 2005

12) "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?" –House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX), to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston

13) "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." –Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) to lobbyists, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal


(Note: 2006 is just around the corner. Santorum, Baker, and Delay are up for re-election then. No reason they should be allowed to live this down.)

15) "I also want to encourage anybody who was affected by Hurricane Corina to make sure their children are in school." –First Lady Laura Bush, twice referring to a "Hurricane Corina" while speaking to children and parents in South Haven, Mississippi, Sept. 8, 2005

24) "I understand there are 10,000 people dead. It's terrible. It's tragic. But in a democracy of 300 million people, over years and years and years, these things happen." --GOP strategist Jack Burkman, on MSNBC's "Connected," Sept. 7, 2005

25) "Thank President Clinton and former President Bush for their strong statements of support and comfort today. I thank all the leaders that are coming to Louisiana, and Mississippi and Alabama to our help and rescue. We are grateful for the military assets that are being brought to bear. I want to thank Senator Frist and Senator Reid for their extraordinary efforts. Anderson, tonight, I don't know if you've heard – maybe you all have announced it -- but Congress is going to an unprecedented session to pass a $10 billion supplemental bill tonight to keep FEMA and the Red Cross up and operating." –Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Aug. 31, 2005, to which Cooper responded:

"I haven't heard that, because, for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated. And when they hear politicians slap – you know, thanking one another, it just, you know, it kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours. And there's not enough facilities to take her up. Do you get the anger that is out here?"


(Landrieu sounded a different tune a few days later. She noted that the sheriff's department was doing an outstanding job and she'd punch out anyone--including the president--who said otherwise. Okay, so maybe she's not such a butt-kisser after all.)

Friday, September 09, 2005

What blog is complete without an online personality test or two?

I guess I saw this one coming...


John Fogerty returns to Fantasy

Who would've ever seen this coming?

Breaking: Brownie's out!

Via Crooks and Liars, we learn that FEMA in-over-his-head Mike Brown has been relieved of his responsibilities in Louisiana. But Bush thought Brownie was doing a great job! What happened? And has he been pink-slipped or just sent back to Washington so someone else can handle things down south?

Our compassionate conservatives talk out of their nether regions

Representative Richard Baker, of Baton Rouge, finds the up side of a hurricane: ""We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."

Laura Bush (remember her?) thinks Kanye West's comments are "disgusting." Wonder what Laura thinks of her mother-in-law's remarks about the evacuees at the Houston Astrodome? On second thought I don't want to know.

Oh, this is hilarious. Bush's image czar says looters in NOLA have hurt America's image abroad. No, you imbecile, the government's slow response, seemingly dismissive behavior, and general ass-backwardness are hurting America abroad. The woman's job is obviously to make excuses for the Bush administration.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Jackasstert Update

Jackasstert is now trying to, uh, clarify his statement regarding New Orleans. It turns out he doesn't really want the city torn down after all.

Too late, at least as far as one former elected official is concerned...

In Syracuse, N.Y., President Clinton was discussing New Orleans' dilemma when someone described the comments. Had they been in the same place when the remarks were made, Clinton said, "I'm afraid I would have assaulted him."


Oh yeah, and Jackasstert was at a fundraiser while Congress approved 10.5 billion dollars for hurricane aid. He also attended a car auction, but he claims that the money was given to charity.

Someone run against Jackasstert in 2006, please.

La Hill has an idea: a Katrina Commission

I'm waiting for the wingnuts to accuse La Hill of using the NOLA tragedy to boost her presidential ambitions. But anyway, she is now calling for a Katrina commission to figure out where the government fucked up. She even has a smart idea: legislation to separate FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security and make FEMA a cabinet-level agency.

It is one of the few smart ideas I've heard from Congress so far.

Now, if only La Hill can disassociate herself from the DLC and admit that the Iraq war was a mistake (uh-huh, right), then she'd make a swell presidential nominee.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

"Compassionate conservatism," huh?

Dennis Hastert is a jackass. In fact, I might start calling him Dennis Jackasstert.

The Big Easy Becomes the Big Seriously Scary

It's a Yahoo report, which means it's got the bare details of what's going on in New Orleans. But even the bare details are too awful for words. As a New Yorker, who has some idea of the kind of what kinds of horrors a city can endure, my thoughts are with the people of New Orleans.

I can't even condemn the looters. How are you or I to know why they're looting? As NO's mayor says, "This is a desperate SOS." Desperate people can do things they wouldn't normally dream of doing. Things they might feel embarassed about later on. I doubt anyone down in that city woke up and thought "No one here? Shops closed? Fucking A! I always wanted a new pair of sneakers!"

Let's focus on answering their SOS before we start handing out arrest warrants.

The Big Easy Becomes the Big Scary. . .

...And the president acts like a deer caught in headlights. Okay, that isn't totally true. He spent August 30, when Katrina socked New Orleans and the deep south, giving a speech and jammin' with country singers. He even had his own gee-tar with a presidential seal! Yeeeeeeeeee-hah!

He headed back on 8/31 and gave the lamest of lame presidential speeches. Via Echidne, we find the NYT saying what needed to be said.