Long Live New Orleans

From Scout: I rented a bike today to go to the jazz funeral procession from the Superdome to St. Augustine Church. As the guy in the bike shop said when he leaned what I was doing…”I’m so sick of this anniversary shit.” I think many New Orleanians feel that way. As you’ll see there were not many people marching but a whole lot of media was there. I didn’t see any of the big outfits though. The media thinned out by the end and some people joined in along the way. I had the camera in one hand and was … Continue reading Long Live New Orleans

Courage

You know, back during Monicagate I used to tell non-journo friends and relatives worried about “media bias” that the real problem wasn’t bias, it was a lethal cocktail of laziness and stupidity: It was a great two-week story, and a horrific misappropriation of priorities. Think of the thousands of reporters who went chasing after this non-story. Wasn’t there anything else going on in the world? What about a couple of wars? The Washington Post had it on page 1. Did this flimsy news really deserve 2,478 words on the front page of the New York Times? Look at all the … Continue reading Courage

Still In Pony Land

From Holden: There’s a new Quinnipiac Poll out. American voters disapprove 53 – 39 percent of the job President George W. Bush is doing. Approval ratings on specific areas are: Disapprove 54 – 40 percent of his handling of the overseas war on terror; Approve 53 – 42 percent of his policies to prevent terrorism in the U.S. By a 48 – 39 percent margin, American voters would like the Democrats to take control of Congress in the November elections. If a candidate for Congress supports President Bush, 21 percent say they are more likely to vote for that candidate, … Continue reading Still In Pony Land

Your President Speaks!

From Holden:

Chimpy returns to the scene of the crime.

Does He Know What It Means?

We need to get homes available for people. A renewed New Orleans is a New Orleans with new homes. Everybody understands that. The people here, and those who have left, they all tell me one thing — particularly those who — “I miss New Orleans,” is what they say.

I Think I’m Beginning to Be Sick

That’s the spirit we want people who are watching from afar to understand, this home is beginning to be.

Yale Shmale

There needs to be better sewers and better infrastructure, around which a new New Orleans can emerge. I listened carefully, and to the extent there’s bureaucracy standing in the way, me and Don Powell will — or Don Powell and I — excuse me, darlin’ — Don Powell and I — Don Powell and I will work to get rid of them.

Be Charge of the Future

It’s very important, however, that people understand that the best way to make sure the school system delivers excellence is there be local control of schools, that people be charge of the future — local people be in charge of the future of the New Orleans schools.

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Cheney: Against Sanctions On Iran Before He Was For Them

From Holden: Yesterday I pointed out that John Bolton is advocating additional US sanctions against Iran regardless of what the UN Security Council decides to do. Which seems a bit odd as the man from whom Bolton is certainly getting his marching orders, Dick Cheney, is on record as being staunchly against sanctioning Iran, and against economic sanctions in general. During a trip to the Middle East in March 1996, Cheney told some U.S. businessmen that Congress should ease sanctions in Iran and Libya to foster better relationships with those countries. “Let me make a generalized statement about a trend … Continue reading Cheney: Against Sanctions On Iran Before He Was For Them

Bush Less Popular Than Everyone Else

From Holden: There’s a new Cook/RT Strategies Poll out today that shows Chimpy’s approval rating unchanged at 39% (however his disapproval rating has risen four points to 55% since their last poll in July). That’s cool, but check out this question and the compiled responses. For each of the following individuals, please tell me how much you like them as a person, using a scale from 0 to 100, where: 0 means you do not like that person at all, and 100 means you like that person a great deal. George W. Bush 43.6 John Edwards 49.1 Hillary Clinton 43.9 … Continue reading Bush Less Popular Than Everyone Else

”Not This Time”

From Holden: Chimpy admitted today that he turned his back on Katrina victims. US President George W. Bush was to mark one year since Hurricane Katrina with a solemn prayer service, but got the anniversary started with a plateful of pancakes. [snip] But local frustration was also on the menu as a waitress took Bush to task over the botched government response to the killer storm, which ravaged the US Gulf Coast and killed more than 1,500 people and nearly drowned this party city. As Bush tried to squeeze his way through narrow spaces between tables, waitress Joyce Labruzzo asked … Continue reading ”Not This Time”

“Not This Time”

From Holden: Chimpy admitted today that he turned his back on Katrina victims. US President George W. Bush was to mark one year since Hurricane Katrina with a solemn prayer service, but got the anniversary started with a plateful of pancakes. [snip] But local frustration was also on the menu as a waitress took Bush to task over the botched government response to the killer storm, which ravaged the US Gulf Coast and killed more than 1,500 people and nearly drowned this party city. As Bush tried to squeeze his way through narrow spaces between tables, waitress Joyce Labruzzo asked … Continue reading “Not This Time”

Our Bad

From Scout: Much of what I have read recently regarding Katrina and New Orleans tends to be a narrative on race and poverty. While that is an important part of what happened here it misses the larger more important point which directly affects every American. Based on a year’s experience of reading, researching, interviewing people and visiting the Gulf Coast area, mostly NOLA, I would define the narrative rather simply…This is the result of Bad Government. Which of the Bad…. misplaced priorities (Iraq), bureaucracy (DHS), mis-management (FEMA), uncaring politicians (Bush administration), crass opportunism (contractors), lobbyists and cronies (Everywhere) Congressional pork … Continue reading Our Bad

It’s The Economy, Stupid

From Holden: It’s not looking so good. A measure of U.S. consumer confidence slid in August to a nine-month low as worries about job growth and the economy overshadowed the Federal Reserve’s recent pause in some two years of raising interest rates, a survey showed on Tuesday. The Conference Board said its index of consumer sentiment dropped in August to 99.6 — its lowest since November 2005’s reading of 98.3 — from 107.0 in July. Sentiment scaled a year high of 109.8 in April. The median forecast of 86 economists polled by Reuters had called for the index to fall … Continue reading It’s The Economy, Stupid

Your Tuesday Morning Republican Juggernaut Update

From Holden: Katherine Harris, working the corners again. The corner of Manatee Avenue and 26th Street West became a showcase on Monday afternoon for a range of driver reactions – there were “thumbs-up” signs and enthusiastic horn-honking, but also profanities and other less approving gestures. [snip] The honking only became louder when Katherine Harris joined about a dozen of her supporters in the searing afternoon sun. The majority of driver reactions were positive. A smaller number were thumbs-down. A couple were unprintable. Harris, whose campaign for the U.S. Senate has been anything but smooth almost from its inception, walked from … Continue reading Your Tuesday Morning Republican Juggernaut Update

Our Chief Weapon is Ridicule

From Holden: Bush’s idiocy is marketing gold in Canada. The website, http://www.yaleshmale.com of Lakehead University in pastoral Thunder Bay, Ontario, found itself on the Drudge Report yesterday for running a black and white picture of Bush, with the caption: “Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart.” The picture and caption are part of a marketing scheme to bump up student recruitment. [Click the link above to see the ad.] [snip] But Lakehead’s got nothing on simplyaudiobooks.ca, which has saturation coverage on City of Toronto billboards with a picture of a grinning George W. Bush beside the … Continue reading Our Chief Weapon is Ridicule

Things That Never Happened

Compassion, freeper style: With out state of the art levees, NOLA shouldn’t even be a city nor should it be rebuilt. Let another hurricane knock out the city to have the bonehead Government realize that a city shouldn’t be 15 feet below sea level. If anything, put a prison there.A set of D9 cats with some cnchor chain could pull down most of the standing trash for burning or removal. Make most of N.O. a large park or golf course. Make a one time payment and tell people to get on with their lives. A year later and folks are … Continue reading Things That Never Happened

More Relationship Advice From The Experts

at Craigslist: Think about it- way back when, when you were getting your brains fucked out on a regular basis- what were YOU doing differently than you’re doing now? Planning dates, telling her she looked nice, acting like you’re happy to be with her? A thousand dollars says if you do that stuff again you’ll get the same result. I’ve been writing about this stuff lately for Sirens, which is why it’s turned into Dear Abby around here. A. Continue reading More Relationship Advice From The Experts

Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden: Poor Dana Peroxide. UN Ambassador John “Holmes” Bolton has been freelancing again and no one bothered to tell Dana. Q On Iran, I realize that the deadline hasn’t been reached yet, but there appears to be a movement for the United States to go ahead with sanctions without going through the U.N. — is that correct? And also, how soon after August 31st could there be sanctions imposed? MS. PERINO: The question was about Iran and whether or not reports about the United States making decisions about going alone are accurate, and how soon after August 31st there … Continue reading Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

One woman and a city in pain

From Scout: This was a brief interview with Regina Foster-Scott. Yesterday we gutted their family home. (Do watch video of what occurred) The interview is short as it was just too painful for Miss Regina to talk. I debated whether to post this as it is hard to put a camera so intimately on someone’s pain. But I discussed it with lb0313, my host here, and we agreed that people NEED to see the pain that still exists here in almost everyone. Depression and Post Katrina Stress Disorder are epidemic here. It’s not even “Post” as the trauma continues day … Continue reading One woman and a city in pain

Targetting Journalists

From Holden: Yeah, that’s what we do. Reuters news agency urged the U.S. military on Sunday to investigate the killing of one of its journalists by American troops in Baghdad a year ago. An independent inquiry commissioned by Reuters concluded that the soldiers’ shooting of television soundman Waleed Khaled on August 28 last year appeared “unlawful”. But the Pentagon has failed to respond to requests to review the local commander’s ruling, which said the firing of shots at the car was “appropriate”. In April, Reuters gave the U.S. Defense Department the report, which found the soldiers’ own evidence did not … Continue reading Targetting Journalists

The Looting Continues

From Holden: Crap, who knew this stuff was still going on? Before he quit as head of Iraq’s antiquities board, Donny George made a final desperate attempt this summer to safeguard the relics of 5,000 years of history: He ordered the doors of the National Museum plugged with concrete against the near-unbridled looting of ancient artifacts. George, the longtime guardian of Iraqi antiquities under Saddam Hussein and later under a government led by Shiite Muslim religious parties, then left the country and sent in notice of his resignation in early August, Culture Ministry officials confirmed Saturday. George, who first alerted … Continue reading The Looting Continues

Republican Juggernaut Bonus Edition

From Holden: Harris said her religious beliefs “animate” everything she does, including her votes in Congress. Uh-huh. Ruby Brooks, a veteran Tampa Bay Republican activist, said Harris’ remarks “were offensive to me as a Christian and a Republican.” “To me, it’s the height of hubris,” said Brooks, a former Largo Republican Club president and former member of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee. And Jillian Hasner, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said: “I don’t think it’s representative of the Republican Party at all. Our party is much bigger and better than Katherine Harris is trying to make it.” … Continue reading Republican Juggernaut Bonus Edition

The Unbreakable Spirit of New Orleans—PLEASE watch this

From Scout: Yesterday as part of the Rising Tide Conference the Nola Bloggers went out with the Arabi Wrecking Krewe to gut the home of 84 year old Mrs. Cora Foster. The Arabi Wrecking Krewe works on the homes of NOLA musicians in order to make sure they can come home and the music of New Orleans will not die. These guys are Magnificent. Mrs. Cora Foster had lived in their Holly Grove neighborhood home with her daughter. She was not there today but her 2 daughters Miss Sandra and Miss Regina Foster-Scott were. The family had evacuated to Texas … Continue reading The Unbreakable Spirit of New Orleans—PLEASE watch this

DUO*

From Holden: *Driving Under the influence of O’Reilly Click and watch as a belligerent Floridian gets pulled over for speeding and playing his stereo too loud and tries to get out of it by explaining that the law does not apply to him because he was listening to Bill O’Reilly. Continue reading DUO*

Horrid Weekend

From Holden: What a horrid weekend in Iraq where even the headquarters of the country’s security forces are not safe. A suicide car bomber struck at the nerve centre of Iraq’s embattled security forces, killing 14 people and injuring 45 more in an attack on the interior ministry. The attack came as Interior Minister Jawad Bolani was due to hold a meeting with police chiefs, and capped off a torrid 24 hours of carnage in which more than 60 Iraqis and five American soldiers had already been killed. A security official told AFP that eight police commandos were among those … Continue reading Horrid Weekend

Where’s Osama?

From Holden: It’s not clear that the Bush Assministration cares to know. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a longtime and prominent member of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, which notes his role as the suspected mastermind of the deadly U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa on Aug. 7, 1998. But another more infamous date — Sept. 11, 2001 — is nowhere to be found on the same FBI notice. The curious omission underscores the Justice Department’s decision, so far, to not seek formal criminal charges against bin Laden for approving al-Qaeda’s most notorious and successful terrorist attack. The … Continue reading Where’s Osama?

Ponies for the Major Weekly Mags

From Holden: Both Newsweek and Time have new polls out. Newsweek: Bush Job Approval: 36% (down from 38% in previous poll) Sixty-five percent say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States and only 28 percent are satisifed. According to the poll, Democratic congressional candidates continue to hold an edge over their Republican rivals, by a 50-38 percent margin. That’s consistent with other NEWSWEEK polls from earlier in the year. Time: Bush Job Approval: 38% (up from 35% in previous poll) According to a new TIME poll, 54% of those surveyed said the U.S. involvement … Continue reading Ponies for the Major Weekly Mags