"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Surprised?

Nope. Not at all.


Five days before Labor Day,



President Bush has announced he will recess appoint Paul DeCamp — a corporate lawyer who represented Wal-Mart and built a career fighting against unions — as head of the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, which oversees “the nation’s wage and hour laws, including overtime laws, workplace discrimination laws, and child labor laws.” More [...]


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One More Time

Some expanded thoughts on Olbermann from Wednesday night.


Olbermann’s Great Moment



I heard a little buzz about Olbermann’s great moment in TV history late last night, but had not found the time to go watch the video. Stuart O’Neill of Political Dogfight emailed me a while ago to let me know he had the video and transcript up on his blog. I watched the video a [...]


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Our Tax Dollars in Action

Looks the the big Iraq PR push is going to extend well beyong 9/11.


$20 million:



The price for good news about Iraq. “U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of [...]


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Lies, and the Lying Liars

Sorry, Mr. Franken.  But your book title is simply too appropriate not to "borrow".


Bush, Cheney and Rummy are just making stuff up



They've got no plan, they've got no agenda. So what's their strategy? Make stuff up: "Bush suggested last week that Democrats are promising voters to block additional money for continuing the war. Vice President Cheney this week said critics "claim retreat from Iraq would satisfy the appetite of the terrorists and get them to [...]


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Power of the Blogs

Quite frankly, this is incredible!  Check out the numbers!


Olberman Speaks Boldly, Book Sales Soar



As a way of showing our appreciation to Keith Olberman for taking Donald Rumsfeld to the much-deserved woodshed, earlier today we posted a link to his book The Worst Person in the World: And 202 Strong Contenders on Amazon and asked people to buy it.  It subsequently moved from #19,000 on the sales ranking [...]


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Another Outstanding Example

Another outstanding example of how intelligent, progressive, politicians can make their point in a quite spectacular way. First, Olbermann.  Now...


SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson: A Righteous Dude in a Wr...



...we also need to appreciate Salt Lake City Mayor Ross "Rocky" Anderson's visceral take on President Bush, who is visiting Utah today. "Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism. A patriot is a person who loves his or her country," said Anderson, during a fiery speech in Salt Lake City's Washington Square on Wednesday. "A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of [...]


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It's Going SO Well

Check out the numbers.


Bush ups number of US forces in Iraq by 13,000



Things are going so well that we're moving EVEN MORE American troops into Iraq. We now have 140,000 men and women there. I guess [...]



All  because of THIS, I assume:


Bomb Barrage In Iraq Kills 47 Within 30 Minutes...



A barrage of coordinated bomb and rocket attacks on eastern Baghdad neighborhoods killed at least 47 people and wounded more than 200 within half an hour on Thursday, police and hospital officials said. The latest spasm of violence -- which included explosives planted in apartments, car bombs and [...]




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Decay in America

Portions of this have been posted before, but Shakespeare's Sister has done such a spectacular job of pulling multiple points together that she deserves a moment of your time. 


Crumble



“[T]he first signs of decay are starting. … Subtle things, that no one else seems to notice, as they happen ever so slowly. The schools and the library and other public buildings aren’t quite as clean, quite as kept-up, as they used to be. The streets aren’t quite as clean. The potholes and the cracked sidewalks don’t get fixed as quickly, or at all. There are more houses around town that need fresh paint, more vacant [...]


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Our State

Out state is looking surprisingly red.


In Arkansas, Poll Gives Sweep to Democrats



In the election were held in Arkansas today, Democrats would win in contests for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General, according to a SurveyUSA poll [...]


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Straw-Men. Again.

The big PR push is officially underway.


When 'some' equals 'none'



The WaPo had a good, front-page piece today on the White House's latest "major public-relations offensive" on Iraq, and included a couple of tidbits that haven't been reported elsewhere. In particular, the Post noted the repeated use of straw-men arguments emanating from the administration, and did what reporters should do far more often: asked the Bush [...]


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Military Loans

There can be NO justification.


400+% interest on widespread predatory loans to military families



You.  Have.  Got.  To.  Be.  Kidding.  Me. As if being sent halfway around the world to fight for a lie and greed of the neocon war criminals without proper armor or equipment, severe cuts in veterans benefits including treatment for PTSD as well as multiple extensions of tour duty  to "stay a course" that no one can even define, there is this kick in the teeth to military families who are cash strapped. A 90+ page Pentagon report released a few weeks ago (with surprise, surprise, little to no [...]


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Bad Timing

REALLY bad timing on TV today.  The President is speaking in Salt Lake City,  day one of the big PR push building up to the anniversary of 9/11.  Then, on CNN, Breaking News --


Screenshot of the day



Unfortunate timing for the vaunted White House communications team. During today's presidential speech on "progress" in Iraq: Sometimes, a picture says a thousand words [...]


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Another Reason I'm Glad I Stopped Smoking

It was  years ago.  When our first-born shamed me into it - he was about three at the time - by putting his hands on my shoulders and saying, "Daddy, you need to stop. I don't want you to die."  Worked for me.  Stopped that day. For good.


Nicotine Levels In Cigarettes Steadily Increasing...



The level of nicotine that smokers typically consume per cigarette has risen about 10 percent in the past six years, making it harder to quit and easier to get hooked, according to a new report released Tuesday by [...]


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Olbermann Redux

It deserves a second look. ( You HAVE read the transcript and watched the video of Olbermann's editorial last night, haven't you?)  And make sure you read the comments on the link below.


Open Thread - Channeling Murrow Edition



Keith Olbermann stepped into Edward R. Murrow’s shoes for a night with a devastating critique of Rummy and the Bush Administration. The shoes fit pretty well, and there is a lot [...]


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Tip of The Iceberg

Indeed, the voting problems are likely much deeper and widespread than anyone has figured out.


Funny Numbers



Ken Blackwell, the Ohio secretary of state who is running for Governor, would probably prefer to destroy the ballots cast in Ohio for presidential candidates in 2004. Researchers who have recently obtained access to the ballots are questioning the integrity of the Ohio vote tabulation that he supervised.  "After eight months inspecting 35,000 ballots from 75 rural and urban precincts, the critics say that they have found many with signs of tampering and that in some precincts the [...]


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Just So You Know....

As the big PR campaign begins in the ramp-up to 9/11,  we must keep track of how things are going in Iraq.



BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Police say a series of attacks in Baghdad have killed 39 people and wounded 115 [...]




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Terrorist Tool Kit

Via PunditGuy, who makes some VERY good points. This latest round of security crackdowns at airports is really getting ridiculous.  You can't bring eye drops on board, but you can carry a bottle of "personal lubricant" with you!  That's the humorous side of things.  PunditGuy makes a serious point.


The Terrorists' Next Tool in the Skies - Approved by the FAA!



I have logged over a half million air miles in the past five years.  That put's me platinum elite in almost any airline miles program.  I'm no noob when it comes to traveling and I never have a problem with TSA taking extra precautions at the security checkpoints and the gate.  One airport will tell me to take off my shoes, the next says leave them on...no problem, I comply with a smile.  Also, I'm a fairly early adopter when [...]


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Olbermann on Rumsfeld

I posted a link to this in a short "housekeeping" post last night, but it deserves to be featured on its own.  Keith Olbermann had a spectacular commentary at the end of Countdown tonight.  Here, via Eschaton blog, is a transcript and a link to video.  It is, as I said earlier, a definite keeper.


Olbermann



The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack.  Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet. Mr. Rumsfeld’s remarkable speech to the American Legion yesterday demands the deep analysis—and the sober contemplation—of every American. For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or [...]


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Historical Perspective

Fascinating comparison.


What Would Rummy Sound Like in 1974?



I have doctored Rumsfeld's speech before the American Legion yesterday. I have merely changed some place names and events to reflect what this speech would have sounded like if it had been given in 1974. Rumsfeld became Secretary of Defense for the first time in 1975, shortly after Saigon fell and was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. James R. Schlesinger was the Defense Secretary during [...]


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Tin-Foil Hats Time

Ya just gotta love it!


"The real wars will be over water, not oil."



You know how I LOVE a conspiracy theory -- check this one out! Conspiracy theorists fear the United States is secretly taking control of South America's largest underground reservoir of fresh water. Oh Boy! [...]


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The President Stopped By

George W. was in Little Rock for a fundraiser today.  He wasn't here long, but the folks over at The Arkansas Times were nice enough to post a little something that gives us a great advance look at what we'll be hearing from the president over the coming days.


The pool report



Because it gives you a feel for Bush political strategy in coming days, we pass along the first pool report on his visit to LR, now concluded. This is written by a member of the press corps and distributed to those not traveling with [...]


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A Hint of Good News

We have to share it when we get it!


Gasoline prices could keep falling (USA Today)



Gasoline prices are falling fast and could keep dropping for months.  —  "The only place they have to go is down," says Fred Rozell, gasoline analyst at the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS).  "We'll be closer to $2 than $3 come [...]


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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Republican Rift

Even conservative writers are admitting there's a widening rift in the GOP.


Gaining 'insight' into the GOP divide



As part of my ongoing fascination with the oddly anti-GOP articles appearing in Insight magazine, an off-shoot of Sun Myung Moon's far-right Washington Times, the latest issue suggests the Bush White House is trying — and failing — to contain a growing split within the Republican Party. President Bush has been trying to maintain a united [...]


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Pessimistic Outlook

This blogger isn't seeing much of a bright future for our neighbors in NOLA.


New Orleans Has No Future:



Once he drove around and walked the haunted, empty streets of New Orleans, the Rude Pundit lost all hope for the city. When, just a couple of weeks ago, he went through two of the most devastated neighborhoods, Lakeview and the Lower Ninth Ward, he expected to see construction crews and clean-up crews and road crews every few blocks. What he saw was sporadic [...]


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The Porkbuster Database Bill Debate

This has been a hot topic in the blogosphere, but I've deferred most of the writing to those who consistently chase Congressional issues.  Until I noticed an Arkansas newspaper report that slipped under the bloggers' collective radar and has now been confirmed.


Coburn: Stevens Blocked My Bill



Twelve days ago, at a town meeting in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) accused Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) of obstructing his porkbuster-database bill with an anonymous hold. That's according to an Aug. 18 article in the Fort Smith (Ark.)...



Then, just this afternoon, comes this:


"MASKED" BILL-BLOCKER REVEALS SELF



A spokesman for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) just confirmed his boss was the man behind the secret hold on the Coburn/Obama spending database bill, which has captivated a segment of the political blogging community in recent days. "Sen. Stevens does [...]


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Credibility For Bloggers

From an unlikely source. 


NSA: Blogs Are Media Too



In a recent directive to its employees, the National Security Agency explains that "the media," in its opinion, includes bloggers. The document defines "media" as "any print, electronic, or broadcast outlet (including blogs) where information is made available to the [...]


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Desperation at Fox News

This sure looks like a desperate move by a cable news operation that's seeing dramatically declining viewership numbers.  Just like the Bush Administration, they fall back on "tried and true" tricks to attract their base.


From Hype To Hysteria: Fox News Selling Preemptive War Against Iran



Tomorrow marks the deadline for Iran to comply with U.N. demands to suspend portions of its nuclear program. Fox is using the opportunity to sell another preemptive war. Today Fox has aired multiple segments featuring pundits who claim that a U.S. military attack on Iran is both essential and imminent. Fox anchors repeatedly parrot these [...]


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Housekeeping

Just a couple of notes tonight:


1.  Thanks to the folks over at tailrank dot com my traffic today is through the roof.  Thanks, guys, for sending folks our way to read about Kyra Phillips and her mic problems on CNN.  Look around while you're here - there's quite a bit to read!


2.  Olbermann's "Commentary" at the end of Countdown tonight was extraordinary. You'll be treated to a clip or transcript, just as soon as I can find one. UPDATE: Transcript and a link to video here: Olbermann  It, my friends, is a keeper.  Until I find that, this post from BlondeSense will give you something to read.  Check out the 14 points of Fascism they link to.


HEY! They stole OUR word for THEM......(Fascists)



DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT Check out this story from CNN -- The new GOP buzzword: Fascism Another fine example of "those that scream the loudest" Do they really think we are that stupid? Can they possibly spin this to really make themselves out as the father's of freedom and not the true fascists that they are [...]



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Housekeeping

Just a couple of notes tonight:


1.  Thanks to the folks over at tailrank dot com my traffic today is through the roof.  Thanks, guys, for sending folks our way to read about Kyra Phillips and her mic problems on CNN.  Look around while you're here - there's quite a bit to read!


2.  Olbermann's "Commentary" at the end of Countdown tonight was extraordinary. You'll be treated to a clip or transcript, just as soon as I can find one.  It, my friends, is a keeper.


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The Runup To War

You'll find yourself getting lost in this one.  It's an amazing resource.


Lie By Lie



Mother Jones has rolled out a nifty timeline tool tonight called "Lie by Lie: Chronicle of a War Foretold." It takes a few seconds to load, but once it's up it provides a comprehensive collection of statements made [...]


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Terrorism? Give Me A Break!

Talk about a non-issue to get all worked up about.  This is it.


Why Are Righties So Pathetic???



So a fella named Omeed Aziz Popal inexplicably went on a rampage in San Francisco and deliberately ran down fourteen people with his car. Half are critically injured. Popal is suspected to have killed a man in a hit-and-run incident earlier the same day. Naturally, the righties are shrieking that we’re under a terrorist attack. You [...]


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They Are Young Republicans

And they are not happy campers these days. 


The Wheels Are Squeeking



KKKarl has a big problem on his hands - he's losing young males. Yesterday, some of the younger GOC(CA)R [Good Orange County (CA) Republicans) began to discuss what a bad president George is. They did this on their own, unprompted [....]


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Take A Closer Look

There's been so much else going on lately, that the Iraq War truly has become "forgotten", at least in terms of any in-deptch reporting.  At times like this, Juan Cole seems to be among the best at pulling together the real story.  Some days, I just skim his blog.  Other days, like today, he deserves much more attention.    Click.  And read.


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The Rumsfeld "Fascism" Remark

They're coming at him from all sides tonight, pouncing on Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, for that speech yesterday in Salt Lake City.  The pouncing seems, to me, to be valid in this circumstance.


Paul Begala About Rumsfeld: “He Sounded Like a Batty Old Man”



John King had Torie Clarke and Paul Begala on The Situation Room to talk about Rumsfeld’s "Hitler appeasement" comments. While Clarke did her best to stroll down the party lines, Begala had some great words to describe Rumsfeld. Video - WMV  Video - QT Begala: "He sounded like a batty old man. A more decent society would [...]



And, then, there's Keith Olbermann and a promised "commentary" on it tonight. Here's a bit of a preview.  Clips and full transcript a bit later.


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How's It Going in Baghdad?

Here's today's uplifting slice of Iraqi life. And death.


Death Squads Abducting Sunnis at Hospitals



In Baghdad these days, not even the hospitals are safe. In growing numbers, sick and wounded Sunnis have been abducted from public hospitals operated by Iraq's Shiite-run Health Ministry and later killed, according to [...]


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A New-Found Favorite

Another blogger pointed me to Bob Geiger's work.  He quickly joined my other "must-reads" that I've added to my bloglines.  He's articulate, political, and has a biting sense of humor.  Case in point:


Blogger Confesses to Kennedy Assassination



I'm putting Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (DailyKos), John Amato (Crooks & Liars), Duncan Black (Eschaton), John Aravosis (AMERICAblog) and Jane Hamsher (Firedoglake) all on notice that, by this time next week, I will have more hits on my web site than all of them combined. Actually, I'll probably have more readers than all blogs -- period.  How do I plan to pull this off with little ol' BobGeiger.com? Because I have discovered the secret to getting the kind of non-stop media attention that was formerly reserved for something like a moon landing. Big-time fame is easy if [...]


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Stopping in New Orleans

Fresh quotes and classics from the past.  Dig in.


Oh brother



“I know you love New Orleans, and New Orleans needs you. She needs people coming home. She needs people — she needs those saints to come marching back, is what she needs.” (NY times) Meanwhile, have a gander at some stupid post-Katrina quotes from [...]


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Are You Ready For Some Football?

Is the NFL the next target for steroids?


The NFL "Almost Certainly Has A...Drug Problem That Makes Barry Bonds Looks Like A Jenny Craig Spokesman"...



The National Football League is a lovely fantasy. It generates millions and millions in revenue, clobbers everything in the television ratings, and is a national obsession.  What no one wants to talk about is that the sport almost certainly has a performance drug problem that makes Barry Bonds look like a Jenny Craig spokesman. Or do you really believe that in the last 20 years the average linebacker has grown from [...]


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Climate Change

The impact widens.  It only makes sense.  When the fields dry up and the cattle can't eat, the food supply dwindles and, suddenly, we wake up to an empty cupboard.  But, that's just my over-simplified version.  The impact of climate change actually is much broader.


Report: Climate Change Severely Threatens International Economic Growth



Global warming, of course, is a serious economic problem. According to a new report released today by the World Bank, it’s also a problem that threatens economic growth worldwide. The range of economic impacts of global warming is astounding. From the World Bank summary: The report says that the consequences of such changes include decreased water availability [...]


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Historically Accurate?

I'm wondering just how accurate these programs will be, even if they are based on the 9/11 Commission Report.  At any rate, they certainly have the conservative bloggers drooling.


ABC to Air Miniseries on Clinton Admin Failures



Fascinating: One astonishing sequence in "The Path to 9/11" shows the CIA and the Northern Alliance surrounding Bin Laden’s house in Afghanistan. They're on the verge of capturing Bin Laden, but they need final approval from the Clinton administration in order to go ahead. They phone Clinton, but he [...]


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All They Want

All they want is to get their dog back.  That's it.


Daily Kos: "Katrina Blog Project: Iraq Veteran/Katrina Survivor Still Screwed One Year Later"



Heartbreaking story about how Katrina families cannot get their pets back from shelters which adopt the pets to other families deemed more "fit," apparently based upon racial and economic considerations, to raise the dog. Soldier needs help to pay lawyer to [...] 


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America's Edukashun System

It appears to be broken.


Average Scores on SAT Show Significant Decline



Officials of the College Board dismissed the suggestion that students were getting tired out by the new [..]


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Thom Hartmann

I first heard Thom Hartmann's talk radio program when I bought my Sirius satellite radio.  He impresses me as one of the more well-read and intelligent people on radio.  He is decidedly "progressive", but back his criticism of the Bush Administration with examples and facts.  He's also a prolific writer, with several books and dozens of editorial columns to his credit.  Here's his latest:


Thom Hartmann; JonBenet Died - And Bush Lied?



I was on the air doing my radio program two weeks ago when the story came down the wire that the killer of JonBenet Ramsey had been captured in Thailand just hours earlier. I opened the microphone and said words to the effect of, "Today there must be something really awful going down for the Republicans. Maybe Rove really will be indicted. Maybe Cheney. Apparently it was worse than [...]


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Control Freaks

And, no, I'm not digging up the Kyra Phillips/CNN blooper story again today.  Today's control freaks are in Washington, D.C. They are The Bush Team.


The Bush doctrine of ignorance



The Bush doctrine of ignorance is the title of an article by Leonard Pitts Jr. He notes that John Kennedy was the first TV president in that he was the first to understand the power of TV and to use [...]


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No Secrets Here

True Confessions.  Washington-style.  But, it's still not over.  Not by a long shot.


Armitage Admits to Being First Source of C.I.A. Leak, Lawyer Says



A lawyer involved in the Plame case said on Tuesday that Richard Armitage has “acknowledged that he was the person whose conversation with a columnist in 2003 prompted a long, politically laden criminal investigation in what became known as the C.I.A. leak case.” Mr. Armitage did not return calls for comment. But the lawyer and [...]



Over at FireDogLake, former prosecutor Christy Hardin Smith has some excellent thoughts.




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It's Not Just Alaska and the North Pole

That global warming stuff is starting to his the lower 48. As if our consistently hotter-than-usual summer isn't enough proof, try this.


"Washington State's Glaciers are Melting, and That Has Scientists Concerned"



"With more glaciers than any state in the Lower 48, Washington state has emerged as a bellwether for global warming. The signs are [...]



Speaking of the hot summer -


Blistering Drought Ravages Plains Farms



The severe drought in the Plains states has left farmers and ranchers with conditions that they compare to those of the Dust Bowl of [...]




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Here's A Bit of Classic Cafferty

Just in time for your lunchtime break.  As usual, it's good stuff.


Cafferty: Katrina may be Viewed as the Defining Moment of the Bush Presidency



Jack Cafferty went through and described what happened (or didn’t happen) a year ago and the same today when it comes to the Gulf Coast. Jack: "I find it absolutely amazing John that any politician who had anything to do with Katrina had nerve enough to walk into the city of [...]


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And It's Only Wednesday

It's been a rough one for George W.  By the way, did you see his interview with NBC's Brian Wilson last night? I'm looking for a clip.UPDATE: Here's the clip, via Crooksandliars.  It was, honestly, a pathetic performance on the President's part.


Bush's Miserable Vacation



Love him or hate him, President Bush is having a terrible week while trying to catch some downtime in Maine.  Watching the self-immolation of the Bush Presidency is certainly a spectacularly sad show.  When this week is over and opinion polls are taken, we are likely to see Bush close in on low thirties or high twenties in terms of public support for his Presidency.  The drumbeat of bad news is incessant.  Consider the following: TV screens are filled with documentaries about the Federal debacle in failing to effectively respond [...]


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Having Your Cake And Eating It, Too

Is EVERYBODY corrupt in the administration?


Top "Hedge Fund" Prober Gets $2.5M Buyout -- From Hedge Fund



Here's a fun one: the Bush Administration official leading a federal inquiry into so-called "hedge funds" stands to collect $2.5 million -- from a hedge fund he helped start. Did we mention the review he's leading is an entirely closed-door [...]



UPDATE:  Want another example?  The hits just keep on comin'.


State Department report shows massive corruption of senior Bush official



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Watching The Federal Budget

And making some last minute tweaks. Another flabbergasting report from Washington.


Too Clever by Half



Guess what? The end of the federal government's fiscal year - September 30 - is rapidly approaching, and George Bush's minions have had a brainstorm: federal bureaucrats should put off as many purchases as possible until October [...]


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The Katrina Tour

The president has been on the move again. They're stacking photo ops on top of photo ops, but some of the reporters are seeing through it.


Noticing The Obvious - For Now



As we prepare for another day of meaningless photo ops in the Katrina-ravaged Gulf today by George and Laura, the New York Times exposes the scam high up in its story today: "In an event with echoes [...]


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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Reporters Revisiting Katrina

This is a bit of "shoptalk", but it's also some fascinating insight into how broadcast reporters really "feel" about covering New Orleans and the Katrina Anniversary.  It comes courtesy of the media website, TVNewser.  Here's a sample:



"I reached a point today early this afternoon where I felt like either I wanted to take a nap or have a drink," CBS's Harry Smith writes. "It's a God awful mess in New Orleans and being back here for the umpteenth time -- [...]


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Taking The Heat

George W. Bush really doesn't want to take the heat for much of anything.  There are a couple of great examples in this post, beginning with an amazing tale from Michael Brown.



Poor little Brownie is telling the truth:  "Former Director Michael Brown told ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" Sunday he stood by comments in a Playboy interview, and President Bush wanted him to take the heat for the bungling. [...]


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You Know I Like Him

Jack Cafferty.  On a roll.


Cafferty: Katrina may be Viewed as the Defining Moment of the Bush Presidency



Jack Cafferty went through and described what happened (or didn’t happen) a year ago and the same today when it comes to the Gulf Coast. Video - WMV   Video - QT Jack: "I find it absolutely amazing John that any politician who had anything to do with Katrina had nerve enough to walk into the city of [...]


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The Latest Tactic

When all else fails....


No one will listen, so Whistleblower goes public..on YouTube



Its 10 minutes long, but if you want to see what he tried to do and who ignored him..watch..Its sickening..and Lockheed Martin..you guys suck, you carpetbagging [...]




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Kudos For Good Work

Because she's from here.  You go, Susan. She and her husband (a print photog) are both getting great marks for Katrina reports.


A Year Of Katrina: Susan Roesgen Represents CNN's Commitment To Gulf



Talk about timing.Susan Roesgen, then an anchor at WGNO in New Orleans, interviewed for a correspondent's position at CNN one [...]


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Kudos For Good Work

Because she's from here.  You go, Susan.


A Year Of Katrina: Susan Roesgen Represents CNN's Commitment To Gulf



Talk about timing.Susan Roesgen, then an anchor at WGNO in New Orleans, interviewed for a correspondent's position at CNN one [...]


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The Bush Poll

This is just TOO amusing.


Bush: Very, Very Unpopular



How unpopular, you ask? So unpopular that CNN.com's running an online poll of who would win a debate between Bush and Ahmadinejad, and Ahmadinejad is winning by 63%-37% (with more than 70,000 votes [...]


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Reid vs. Rumsfeld

Nice fight.


Harry Reid strikes...



Harry Reid strikes back at Don Rumsfeld: Secretary Rumsfeld’s reckless comments show why America is not as safe as it can or should be five years after 9/11. The Bush White House is more interested in lashing out at its political enemies and distracting from its failures than it is in winning the War on Terror and in bringing an end to the war in Iraq. If there's one person who has failed to [...]


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Who's Writing What About Iraq

Many comments. Many posts.  Many thoughts.  Christy at FireDogLake has pulled them all together and asks some pertinent questions about some of what's been said.  It's not all Katrina today.  Iraq is still there.  And the violence continues.


Explain This…



Hmmmm…this whole "last throes" concept sure is confusing.  But at least there is no civil war in Iraq, right?  As the Iraqis stand up, we’ll stand down…isn’t that still the talking point du jour? So, why is it that the last 24-hours has seen headlines like this: – Group of Iraqi Soldiers Refuses to [...]


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Not Exactly As It Seems

The prisoners have been moved.  Begging the question, "have we created another secret prison somewhere else?"  Also, note that the report is from the U.K.  There's been precious little written about this my American media.


U.S. Closes Abu Ghraib



THE prison that came to symbolise the abuse of Iraqis by US soldiers and the dark side of America's war on terror has closed. [The Times (UK)] [...]


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A Judge Rules For The People

And their right to vote.


Whoop! Jeb's FL voting laws stricken down!!



A federal judge on Monday declared a new Florida voter registration law unconstitutional, ruling that its stiff penalties for violations threaten free speech rights and that political parties were improperly exempted.  The 48-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz means that [...]


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Katrina Contributions From The Kids

This has been posted before, but it deserves a moment or two of your attention today.


Katrina: Kids more charitable than big oil



On this anniversary, let’s not forget: School children across the United States have raised more money for Katrina relief efforts than many major U.S. corporations, according to a non-profit group, RandomKid, which has tracked donations by children. Over $10 million was raised by school kids through bake sales, lemonade stands, car washes and other fundraisers, according to [...]


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Rule Number One

In television, NEVER leave your mic on when you go to the restroom.


Kyra and her open mic: “His wife is a control freak”



Kyra Phillips was in the bathroom and talked over the President’s speech with a friend not knowing her mic was live…rough transcript:  Kyra: That’s how you figure it all out.–Mom’s got a good vibe?–He’s married, three kids, but his wife is just a control freak.. KYRA: Yeah baby… Woman: Your [...]


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The Great Debate

I'm sure this debate proposal got a chuckle from Bush and Rove. 


wow! Iran’s leader calls for TV debate with Bush He would eat Bush Alive, It will never happen!



Iranian President Ahmadinejad has called on President Bush to participate in a “direct television debate so Iran can voice its point of view on how to end world predicaments. [...]


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Why Rebuild New Orleans?

Interesting perspective from Confederate Yankee.  New Orleans will still be a sitting duck for future storms and rising oceans.


Lesson Unlearned



One year ago today, Hurricane Katrina made its second and third landfalls as a Category 3 Hurricane. While the media continues to portray Katrina as [...]


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Cable News Viewership

I know this is really "shoptalk", but it's honestly beginning to look like the Fox News slant isn't working anymore.  And not just by a little bit.  Take a look at the swing in viewership from last August to this month.  Stunning.


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Rumsfeld's "Animal House"

This would be really funny, if Rumsfeld's comments weren't so incredibly tacky.  Click and read.  Hint as to content: Otter was in the movie,  "Animal House".  I can't pull a quote without give the entire thing away, so click away.


Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer


If you want more detail, here's another post on Rumsfeld's speech to the American Legion.


For his latest...



For his latest trick, in a speech to the American Legion, Don Rumsfeld gives the full wingnut monte. America faces an undifferentiated fascist menace. Bush's critics are appeasers who don't understand the lessons of history who blame America first and hate freedom. The media is treasonous and a free press is a luxury we can ill-afford in this time of crisis. Etc. This, I think we can assume, [...]



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Time to Remember

I know we're all inundated with Katrina material today, but this short music video is worth watching. Just to make sure you really do take time to remember.


Can’t Just Wash It Away



I spent some time going through a lot of Katrina videos for today, but this one, set to the haunting voice of Aaron Neville, broke me down into tears and brought back all that anger and frustration and sadness from last year.  The issues of poverty and race relations and governmental ineptitude and personal responsibility and [...]


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Term Paper Time

Fairly lengthy read coming up, but it's very well done.  And the backstory is fascinating!


Hurricane Katrina for Dummies and those who Weren’t Paying Attention



I wrote this paper this past spring for my final exam in a natural disasters course in college. As dictated by the assignment, I read the paper aloud to the class, and when I was finished everybody just looked stunned and then slowly broke into loud applause. Later, the professor pulled me aside and told [...]


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Controlling the Foreign Press

The foreign press has been particularly critical of the Bush Administration and the War in Iraq.  So, what do we do?  We make it tougher for overseas reporters to get into the United States. Follow the link below, via Shakespeare's Sister, and scroll down to the I-Visa story.  The originating blogger doesn't do permalinks, so you'll have to scroll down a bit to find the story.


To be a Journalist today.......



Check this story out over at Wayne Madsen "Aug. 28, 2006 -- SPECIAL REPORT FROM EUROPE Information visas (I-Visa) -- a Bush administration method for controlling the foreign media's coverage of the United States [...]


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It's Just So Obvious

Michael Brown is looking better and better. 


Chertoff is a Dunce



Michael Chertoff is incompetent. He has an editorial in this morning's Washington Post that is almost completely incoherent. It's entitled A Tool We Need to Stop the Next Airliner Plot, but he never precisely identifies the tool, nor what we might do to get the tool. Instead he just engages in whining. The U.S. government has collected PNR [passenger name record] data on travelers aboard international flights to the United States since the early 1990s. This information is of such value that after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Congress mandated [...]


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Bank Accounts and Checkbooks

Yet another example of how you just can't keep repeating falsehoods (the economy is doing great!) and expect them to come true.  At some point, the true numbers begin to surface.  And they're not pretty.


Consumer Index Lowest in Nine Months



Pay no attention to the economic reports… the Bush administration is confident that there is nothing wrong with the economy. Contrary to what Bush would like Americans to believe, AP News reports today that “worries about the job market caused consumers’ confidence in the U.S. economy to tumble more than expected in August to its [...]



And, the hits just keep on comin' --


New Census Report: Uninsured Up, Real Income Down For Men and Women, Poverty Unchanged



This morning, the Census Bureau released new figures about health insurance, income, and poverty. It’s not a pretty picture. The number of Americans without health insurance continues to rise at an alarming rate, men and women are earning less money and there are as many people living in poverty as there have ever been. Some [...]



And, while we're on the subject -


No wonder the GOP wanted to kill the census report



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Medical Progress

Wow!  This could be really spectacular.  Just not in time to help so many good people.


Cancer Cell Suicide Switch



A molecule which triggers cell death in cancer cells has been discovered, with testing so far indicating that healthy cells are far less susceptible to this compound. Good luck to the researchers, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for this [...]


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Wiretap Shocker

Just to prove that we're not "All Katrina, All the Time",  here's an post that caught my attention just now.


Raw Story: White House To Be Subpoenaed In Wiretap Case...



Two attorneys representing claimants in a lawsuit over wiretapping by the National Security Agency will subpoena the White House today, RAW STORY has learned.  Bruce Afran and Carl Mayer, who represent hundreds of plaintiffs in lawsuits against Verizon, AT&T, and the US Government, will announnce today that they are serving both the [...]


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You Can't Make This Stuff Up

Who does he think he's kidding?  You can't rewrite history just by saying it ain't so.


Rumsfeld now says US troops DIDN'T kill civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan



thought about not posting such graphic photos on the blog, but since we know now, via Rumsfeld, that none of these photos are of real dead people or real US troops, I guess it's okay. You see, you've heard about the death at the hands of US troops in Haditha, at Abu Ghraib, the guy the US troops ran over in Afghanistan, but it's all a lie. And an al Qaeda lie at that. And America's media [...]


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American Ingenuity

Ah, yes.  They put their heads together and come up with a plan/stunt.


"The Yes Men"...



"The Yes Men" strike in New Orleans: political hoaxsters create fake persona of a HUD official to announce millions in public health efforts, and billions in private grants for wetlands rebuilding. The administration calls the stunt "sick, [...]


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The Katrina Saga Continues

Amazing statistics in this post by Digby - not to mention some great analysis of the Katrina debacle.



It's not neglect. It's design. The Republicans took a hit for their incompetence in handling Katrina, but in the long run they stand to benefit greatly from the African American displacement outside the state. The reconstruction delays and "not so blind" neglect serve the goal of a much lower black population in New Orleans. Louisiana is likely to be a deep red state from now on [...]


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Why, Oh Why?

The President is wandering around the Gulf Coast for the Katrina Anniversary photo ops.  I'm sitting here finding articles that continue to boggle the mind.


Hurricane Expert Threatened for Pre-Katrina Warnings



DON'T blame the Lady. Katrina killed no one in this town. In fact, Katrina missed the city completely, going wide to the east. It wasn't the hurricane that drowned, suffocated, de-hydrated and starved 1,500 people that week. The killing was done by a deadly duo: a failed emergency evacuation plan combined with faulty levees. Behind these twin failures lies a tale of cronyism, profiteering and [...]


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