On the Radio: 8-10pm central Tonight

FromScout I’m going to be part of a great radio show tonight from 8-10pm central on WORT radio that Dave Leucinger has put together. You can listen as it will be live streamed on the web… WORT RADIO: New Orleans Show There are going to be numerous guests including experts on the wetlands, levees and insurance. There will also be the development director of NOLA Habitat for Humanity. I will be there for the whole show as well as NOLA bloggerOyster There will be Nola musician Jay Chevalier and also a surprise NOLA musician. Sorry I’m sworn to secrecy. Also … Continue reading On the Radio: 8-10pm central Tonight


“Sometimes in human history, especially in a mass democracy that considers itself to be based on equality and justice, tax cuts for the rich, trickle-down economics, and laissez-faire doctrines simply will not suffice. That is, they will not suffice unless one does not consider oneself part of a society, a nation, a community, or if one is satisfied to seek retreat and protection behind the walls of one’s gated community guarded all about by a well-paid, highly trained, and powerfully armed private army.” —Gary Hart, The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats Mr. A and I used to … Continue reading Security

Foley Resigns

Holy Cow. FL Congressman Mark Foley has decided not to seek re-election and has submitted a letter of resignation… WASHINGTON – Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record), R-Fla., submitted a letter of resignation from Congress on Friday in the wake of questions about e-mails he wrote a former male page, according to a congressional official. Foley, 52, had been considered a shoo-in for re-election until the e-mails surfaced in recent days. Campaign aides had previously acknowledged that the Republican congressman e-mailed the former Capitol page five times, but had said there was nothing inappropriate about the exchange. The page … Continue reading Foley Resigns

Hastert Should Resign

FromScout The resignation rocked the Capitol, and especially Foley’s GOP colleagues, as lawmakers were rushing to adjourn for at least six weeks. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some “contact” between Foley and a 16-year-old page.Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and that Hastert assured him “we’re taking care of it.” It was not immediately clear what actions Hastert took. His spokesman had said earlier that the speaker did not know of the sexually charged e-mails between Foley and the boy. As a … Continue reading Hastert Should Resign

Take A Breath, Take A Drink, And Then Get Off Your Ass

Wise words: We admire Harry Reid’s leadership but, in this monumental moment, his instincts and judgment failed him. And his place in history will be marked by this terrible day. That said, let us not forget who authored this travesty; who stands for torture, for a dictatorial Presidency and against the Constitution and the rule of law–the Rubber Stamp Republican Congress. Harry fucked up. Remember those letters we wrote Harry two years ago? Maybe it’s time to write him again: Harry, see what you get when you trust Republicans? You get screwed. And somebody in your office needs to learn … Continue reading Take A Breath, Take A Drink, And Then Get Off Your Ass

I’ll be on the Radio Saturday night

I’m going to be part of a great radio show tomorrow night 8-10pm central on WORT radio that Dave Leucinger aka Roadmaster has put together. It will be a 2 hour comprehensive look at New Orleans. I think this is going to be a great show. You can listen as it will be live streamed on the web… WORT RADIO: New Orleans Show There are going to be numerous guests including experts on the wetlands, levees and insurance. There will also be the development director of NOLA Habitat for Humanity. I will be there for the whole show as well … Continue reading I’ll be on the Radio Saturday night

Pop-Up Coin

I always forget to include the Redhead Papers in my daily reading, and whenever I do catch up with all the posts I’ve missed, I’m remindedof how dumb that is: The announcer was all, “This beautiful gold coin transforms into a miraculous standing sculpture of the Twin Towers, as if they’re rising from the ashes.” Good holy mother on a macramed hammock. Do they think that the people who died on September 11th want to be commemorated by a fucking POP-UP COIN? I seriously doubt it. Also? This coin is made out of metal recovered from the ashes. METAL RECOVERED … Continue reading Pop-Up Coin

We Get Back Up

It’s tempting, very tempting, to talk aboutwhat’s going on in the Senate in terms of tactics or the upcoming elections or as a symbol of what Democrats and Republicans really are all about, and it’s not exactly hard. Let’s face it, it’s been until today a pretty stark demonstration of what the past six years have wrought: the Republicans wage war on the Constitution and win, Democrats show up in time to shoot the wounded, and everybody goes home feeling sticky and vaguely pissed off. But this is one of those moments, is the thing. It’s one of those times … Continue reading We Get Back Up

The Courage of the People

We are now a nation that officially tortures. Start getting your heads wrapped around that. I still can not. In the end there was no courageous act in Congress today. I honestly do not know how the members of Congress will live with what they have done. I do not know how we will live with it or with them. I am holding to the words of Athenae’s post last night…We Get Back Up. If you haven’t read it I encourage you to do so. What I have to offer is a video inspired by her words to remind us … Continue reading The Courage of the People

GOP: To Coddle or torture tradeable goods…previously known as people

It’s the Cut-N-Run and Coddle-R-Torture campaign. Heckuva a referendum to put before the people. Bushattacked the Dems yesterday claiming they were the “party of cut and run.” The other day SpeakerHasterthad this to say after the House passed the torture bill… “Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 159 of her Democrat colleagues voted today in favor of more rights for terrorists,” Hastert said in a statement. “So the same terrorists who plan to harm innocent Americans and their freedom worldwide would be coddled, if we followed the Democrat plan. Of course the recent NIE now undercuts anything Bush says on … Continue reading GOP: To Coddle or torture tradeable goods…previously known as people

Friday Ferretblogging: Endangered Ferret Edition

Mr. A is on the road with the FerretCam, so today you get thisNPR story about endangered black-footed ferrets. “We had this thing called Robo-Badger. It was this mechanized badger that we would drive around the pens to try and scare the ferrets,” says Marinari. “And, you know, when the ferrets started riding on the back of the badger, we kind of thought, ‘Well, let’s move to something else…’” Adopt an endangered, badger-riding black-footed ferret! A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Endangered Ferret Edition


Elect Democrats who get it: I will never forget the day that two bombs exploded at U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August of 1998. The blasts killed more Africans than they did Americans, but the message was clearly from Usama Bin Laden and directed towards the United States and “United States sympathizers.” By 1998, I had become the leader of our small Crisis Action Team at COMUSNAVCENT (forward deployment of CENTCOM), based in Bahrain. Following the bombings, our office churned with activity for the next few days while local analysts worked with counterterrorism experts in Washington D.C. to … Continue reading Laesch

Hot Ally-On-Ally Action!

Some democracies don’t coddleterror-supporting dictators. President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan came to London today and found himself facing accusations that his country’s intelligence service had indirect ties to Al Qaeda. [snip] A report of a leaked document, saying that Pakistan’s intelligence service indirectly supported the Taliban, played into the argument over the growing insurgency in Afghanistan, where both Britain and the United States have sent forces. The BBC said the document originated in the Defense Academy, a British research agency sponsored by the Ministry of Defense. [snip] The document, details of which were broadcast on Wednesday night on BBC television, … Continue reading Hot Ally-On-Ally Action!

Meanwhile, In Iraq

Out of control. The radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr has lost control of portions of his Mahdi Army militia that are splintering off into freelance death squads and criminal gangs, a senior coalition intelligence official said Wednesday. Get out of town. A quarter of a million Iraqis have fled their homes and registered as refugees in the past seven months, data released on Thursday showed, amid an upsurge in violence that has accompanied the Ramadan holy month. Cut and Run. A dramatic home video obtained by ABC News shows U.S. troops apparently abandoned a truck convoy after it came under … Continue reading Meanwhile, In Iraq

Police Academy 8: Baghdad Bugaloo

The Bush Assministration is burning through $2 billion of your tax dollars every week we stay in Iraq. No one can claim that money is beingspent wisely. A $75 million project to build the largest police academy in Iraq has been so grossly mismanaged that the campus now poses health risks to recruits and might need to be partially demolished, U.S. investigators have found. The Baghdad Police College, hailed as crucial to U.S. efforts to prepare Iraqis to take control of the country’s security, was so poorly constructed that feces and urine rained from the ceilings in student barracks. Floors … Continue reading Police Academy 8: Baghdad Bugaloo


Just Shameful TheHouse approved an administration-backed system of questioning and prosecuting terrorism suspects today, setting clearer limits on CIA interrogation techniques but denying access to courts for detainees seeking to challenge their imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere.The 253-168 vote was a victory for President Bush, who yielded some ground during weeks of negotiations but fully embraced the language that House members approved with support from 34 Democrats and all but seven Republicans. Senators also began debating the measure today and defeated the first of five amendments opposed by the administration. Senators predicted their chamber will approve the legislation … Continue reading SHAMEFUL

Juggernaut Update Part I: Show Me The Money

Um, Kathy? Whatever happeneed toodaddy’s $10 million? In March, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris went on national TV and pledged to spend $10 million of her own money to beat Democrat Bill Nelson in the race for the U.S. Senate. But with five weeks remaining until the election and the Longboat Key congresswoman way behind in the polls, her campaign now refuses to discuss whether she has spent that much or her fundraising strategy in what many political observers believe is a lost cause. On Aug. 16, at the end of the last campaign finance reporting period, Harris reported contributing $3.2 … Continue reading Juggernaut Update Part I: Show Me The Money

Juggernaut Update Part II: Playing Footsy with the Lobbyist

Looks like our Katherine has been playingfast and loose with lobbying laws again. In calling Democrat Bill Nelson a “do-nothing senator,” U.S. Senate challenger Katherine Harris talks up her signature legislation in Congress, the American Dream Downpayment Act, which she tells voters she passed in “record time” to help the poor, little guy buy his first home. But the congresswoman never mentions one person who also benefited from the act: B. Dan Berger, who left his post as chief of staff of her congressional office to lobby for one of the act’s prime backers, America’s Community Bankers. Berger began lobbying … Continue reading Juggernaut Update Part II: Playing Footsy with the Lobbyist

Bush Boom Gets The Vapors

Upon further review the Commerce Department reports that economic growth cooled in the second quarter at amuch steeper rate than previously reported. Economic growth clocked in at a 2.6 percent pace in the spring, even slower than previously thought. The latest reading on the gross domestic product, released Thursday by the Commerce Department, reinforced expectations that the economy is settling into a spell of somewhat sluggish activity. The growth rate was weaker than the 2.9 percent figure estimated for the April-to-June quarter a month ago. Many economists were predicting that this estimate would hold and thus there would be no … Continue reading Bush Boom Gets The Vapors

Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

I’m sorry, but Pony Blow is not a very smart man.During today’s gaggle he wound up conceding every point the press wished to make regarding the NIE.

First, Pony agrees that Bush is wrong to say we are “winning” the War on Terra.

Q A couple things. You said, first of all, that al Qaeda has been degraded. Actually, the report said al Qaeda’s leadership has been degraded, but that its ranks have increased. You also just —

MR. SNOW: But operational — okay.

Q Let me just finish and go through here. You also said that — you’re talking about things the administration has done and, yet, the intelligence estimate is taking this into account and coming up with this conclusion that the factors fueling this growth of the movement, they report, outweigh the vulnerability of the movement and will do so for some time. That’s not “we’re safer.”

MR. SNOW: No. It talks about jihadism.

Q It’s also not “we’re winning.”

MR. SNOW: Well, it doesn’t draw judgments like that. You’ve read the National Intelligence Estimate.

Q I’m practically quoting verbatim from the report. I could read it.


Q Well, again, the report says, “factors fueling the movement outweigh the vulnerabilities.” It says they’re not —

MR. SNOW: Yes, but —

Q — that the movement has grown, and that it’s harder to find and harder to prevent attacks.

MR. SNOW: I believe what it says. You’ve gotten it about right.

Q And they’re training new leaders who are being battle-tested in Iraq.

MR. SNOW: No, it says — let’s run through it, because these are all good questions. First, it says — let’s see — what you’re talking about — I’m sorry. Where are we here? Rephrase the one that you’re going after here.

Q Let’s see —

Q The vulnerabilities question.

Q Right. Well, we can go back over — I can read you verbatim —

MR. SNOW: Holden right, here we go. Yes, the — okay, that’s — thank you.

Q — but we’re also talking about harder — you know, the “confluence of shared purpose and dispersed actors will make it harder to find and undermine jihadist groups.”

MR. SNOW: Right. Which is precisely why the President has said — if you look back at what the President has been saying, he says it’s numerous and more dispersed. We’re not disagreeing with that. I’m not trying to pick a fight with it.

What I’m trying to tell you is, there’s a difference between an al Qaeda that has training camps, that has the operational ability. What this is talking about is the ability to get people to say, I’m a jihadist, and be angry, to identify themselves as part of a movement. It’s not the same —

Q Tony, he says we’re winning the war on terrorism. That’s what he says.

MR. SNOW: I know.

Q And there are more of them. They’re more dispersed. They’re harder to find. And, yet, the President is saying, we’re winning the war on terrorism.

MR. SNOW: That’s right. But we’re also fighting the war on terrorism.

Obsession continues below…

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Thanks A Lot, Pervez

Chimpy’s bestest buddy isgetting American troops killed. AFP/File/Tim Sloan American troops on Afghanistan’s eastern frontier have seen a tripling of attacks since a truce between the Pakistani army and pro-Taliban tribesmen that was supposed to stop cross-border raids by militants, a U.S. military officer said Wednesday. [snip] Raising further questions about the cease-fire, a Pakistani political leader maintained Taliban leader Mullah Omar approved the deal. A government official denied that. [snip] The U.S. officer said the cease-fire that began June 25, cemented by the signing of a peace accord Sept. 5, contributed to the Taliban’s resurgence in Afghanistan. He said … Continue reading Thanks A Lot, Pervez

Sure Plays A Mean Pinball

Late yesterdayFran Townsend tried her hand at spinning the NIE summary released yesterday by the White House. After spending several minutes regurgitating the NIE’s lesser conclusions without touching on its main finding (that Chimpy’s Vanity War has created more terrorists and left us more vulnerable than ever before) she got stumped on the very first question. Q Hi, thank you for doing this. I just have one question. You were going through a lot of the judgments in the document. The one that you didn’t go over was I guess in paragraph two, where it says that activists identifying themselves … Continue reading Sure Plays A Mean Pinball

US General to take charge in Afghanistan

The US had “pushed for a bigger European involvement” in Afghanistan which resulted in NATO taking over in Southern Afghanistan onJuly 31. But it doesn’t look like NATO is the answer for the US in Afghanistan at least yet. NATO commanders had beenasking for more troops. NATO leadership has been reluctant to send more and Rummy is presently meeting with NATO nations in Albania to“remind them of their commitment” and get NATO to provide sufficient troops “though it may take some prodding.” NATO is also suppose to also take over in the eastern part of the country but one wonders … Continue reading US General to take charge in Afghanistan