Countdown

Today, Keith Olbermann of Countdown had a great little editorial piece about the way the Bush administration has handled the unfurling crisis in New Orleans. The full editorial can be viewed here.

… But now, at least, it is has stopped getting exponentially worse in Mississippi and Alabama and New Orleans and Louisiana (the state, not the city). And, having given our leaders what we know now is the week or so they need to get their act together, that period of editorial silence I mentioned, should come to an end.

No one is suggesting that mayors or governors in the afflicted areas, nor the federal government, should be able to stop hurricanes. Lord knows, no one is suggesting that we should ever prioritize levee improvement for a below-sea-level city, ahead of $454 million worth of trophy bridges for the politicians of Alaska.

… And most chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection — or at least amelioration — against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological.

It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water.

Definitely worth 10 minutes of your time to read.

Update: Video of Keith's editorial here

The “Good Old Boy” Network

Loads of news stations are now reporting on the outstanding r{e'}sum{e'} of the current FEMA director, Michael Brown. His r{e'}sum{e'} is outstanding – if you're a fan of Arabian Horses. Seems that prior to joining FEMA, Michael Brown was a commisioner of the International Arabian Horse Association. For nine years. I'd say that makes him perfectly capable of running FEMA. Of course, he did score a great position as legal counsel to FEMA after leaving the IAHA, “following a dispute over a contribution to the group's legal defense fund.” Seems his way in was by knowing people:

Brown's ticket to FEMA was Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's 2000 campaign manager and an old friend of Brown's in Oklahoma. Brown told several horse association officials that if Bush were elected, he'd be in line for a good job.

In his nine years as a commissioner with the International Arabian Horse Association, which has since changed its name, Brown oversaw judges in the often-controversial and high-priced world of Arabian horse competitions.

Former association board member Karl V. Hart of Florida alleges that in 2000 Brown improperly accepted a check for nearly $50,000 from a prominent breeder and put it toward his own legal defense for his work as commissioner. Board members thought this was improper because Brown already had protection, from the association's legal team, Hart said.

Because of the money dispute, Brown was asked to resign, Hart said.

The Denver Post has coverage here.

Take That, Supreme Court!

From Philip, article here

Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.

Justice Souter's vote in the “Kelo vs. City of New London” decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.

More Political Irony

While reading the new George Carlin book I bought yesterday, I stumbled across this very fitting quote by Herman Goering:

Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.

Incidentally, Mr. Goering said this while on trial for war crimes at Nuremburg. And it's true, as per snopes.com.

Irony of Politics

As reported and seen on CNN this morning:

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Yep, no early recount allowed in Ohio as per a probably “non-activist” judge. Oh, wait, what's that breaking news item up there? Bush administration says the Ukrainian election was a sham? Funny, we didn't listen to anyone else in 2000 when they said that about our election.

Presidential Elections

In light of all the great media-spin going on around the upcoming Presidential Elections, Trey had this great quote this morning:

<@Trey> he's also the first president to ever call to congratulate the winner of an x-prize. i guess that proves that bush is more committed to space travel than any prior president.

Fahrenheit 9/11

So, I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 a few weeks ago. A much better movie than I expected. Then I'm browsing CNN today, and I notice this article. It discusses that some theater chains in the midwest aren't going to carry the movie because they view it as “propoganda”. Fair enough, that's their right as theater owners, but these two paragraphs got me (emphasis mine):

In a statement to a local newspaper, GKC Theatres president Beth Karasotes confirmed that her chain, with 270 screens at 29 theaters, will not show Moore's film as long as the country is at war.

“We believe in Michael Moore's freedom to make this movie,” Karasotes told the Michigan-based Mining Journal. “We trust that our customers will recognize and respect our own freedom to choose not to show it. During a time of war, the American troops in Iraq need and deserve our undivided support.”

Hmm, I understand that last bit, but I could've sworn that the war was over. After all, didn't Dubya say that on May 1, 2003 (again, emphasis mine, original transcript is here)?

Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.

Again, left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.

state of the union..

So, am I the only who thought the mention of Steroid Use in Professional Sports was a wee bit out of place in the State of the Union address a few nights ago?

I mean, I'm all for proper drug laws, and I think that should be a big pushing point for the President that drug laws (in general) should make it into the SOTU; but picking in pro sports about it?

I think Jon Stewart said it best while being interviewed by Tom Brokaw right afterwards: why didn't he deal with instant replay and artificial turf?!