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January 20, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

DISASTER POLITICS....Michael "Heckuva Job" Brown turns on his erstwhile colleagues:

"Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking, 'We had to federalize Louisiana because she's a white, female Democratic governor, and we have a chance to rub her nose in it,'" he said, without naming names. "'We can't do it to Haley (Barbour) because Haley's a white male Republican governor. And we can't do a thing to him. So we're just gonna federalize Louisiana.'"

Needless to say, the White House denies it.

Via Sullivan.

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is anyone surprised? btw, heckuva job, brownie!!

Posted by: trrwv on January 20, 2007 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

Republican corruption knows no bounds. Even the knowledge that citizens would die didn't keep them from playing power-politics.

This continues to be a factor in their brand of politics. Look for many, many cover ups between now and 2008 when those who could have acted differently did not and try to explain why we should consider them for the presidency.

...and I do look forward to the drill down direction that congressional investigations will take.

Posted by: jcricket on January 20, 2007 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

Needless to say, the White House denies it.

Well DUH! It was Michael Brown's fault things didn't work out right in New Orleans. He's just another disgruntled ex-employee who was fired by Bush and now is trying to play the blame game by passing the buck to others. And the liberal media buys it. Suckers!

Al

Posted This

Posted by: cbklsff on January 20, 2007 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

Look! It's a Al! He's a crazy person!

Well, more seriously, he's living proof that when confronted with cognitive dissonance, people will most often reject the inconvenient truth for a comfortable lie.

Posted by: Soullite on January 20, 2007 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

Can we prosecute now?

Posted by: Mooser on January 20, 2007 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

What Michael Brown says rings true.

Brownie may have been way over his head as FEMA Director (as would have 99% of us), but that fiasco no more makes him a complete fool than it would have the rest of us -- Al and egbert excepted.

Remember those infamous videos of Brownie's conference calls with Homeland Security Director Ming the Merciless and President Cuckoo-for-Cocoa-Puffs? He was imploring them to recognize the approaching Hurricane Katrina for what it truly was, and to send assistance immediately, before it made landfall.

Their response to that entreaty, as has been their responses to most everything over the past six years, was instead that of crass and callous political opportunists.

Brownie was the fall guy. Nobody is holding accountable those who applied the Peter Principle when first appointing him, and then ignored him as he literally pleaded for them to pay attention in the face of an oncoming calamity.

Brownie hardly did "a heckuva job", but at least he tried, to the extent of his very real limitations -- which is one "heckuva" lot more than we can say for his boss in the White House.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 20, 2007 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Brown is a disgruntled former civil servant who was dismissed from his job for incompetence, and now he's trying to smear his former boss. Naturally liberals accept everything he says as truth, and refuse to believe anything the administration says.

Katrina was a natural disaster of unprecedented proportions, and in the "fog of disaster", just as in the fog of war, nothing goes perfectly. But liberals only look for a way to attack their opponents, not understand what happened.

Posted by: Al on January 20, 2007 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

...and I do look forward to the drill down direction that congressional investigations will take.

Don't worry. I'm sure senator Lieberman is shocked and will be all over this like Giuliani on a cute press secretary.

Posted by: toast on January 20, 2007 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Somebody call the Last Honest Man. I'm sure he'll get right to investigating this.

Posted by: Chief Brodie on January 20, 2007 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

These are awful people, but even so, I do take everything Brownie says with a big grain of salt.

Posted by: Royko on January 20, 2007 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

katrina was hillary's fault

Posted by: right wing nut job on January 20, 2007 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

(The) Al(-bot): " ... and in the 'fog of disaster', just as in the fog of war, nothing goes perfectly."

And (The) Al(-bot) should know, as he's been living in a fog for longer than anyone who knows him cares to remember.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 20, 2007 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

And just think, George Bush learned all he knows about politics from Karl Rove.

Posted by: TruthProbe on January 20, 2007 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK

Exhibit H in the Articles of Impeachment against George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on January 20, 2007 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

Seems unlikely that the White House would see Blanco being female is a good reason to "federalize" Louisiana. Many of the strongest influences Bush has are female, and he tried to nominate a completely unqualified woman for Scotus. Sexism isn't one of Bush's problems (although cronyism is).

Sounds like blame-shifting from a man out of his depth, who failed in a very public and humiliating fashion.

Posted by: WetCajun on January 20, 2007 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

For the last year or so none of you would have believed Brown if he had told you the sun rose in the east. It's amazing how the credibility of a hated figure suddenly improves when he starts telling you something you want to hear. Usually having to do with attacking Bush.

See also: Woodward, Buchanan, and many others.

Posted by: carlton on January 20, 2007 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

Many of the strongest influences Bush has are subservient females...

There, that fixed it.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 20, 2007 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, thanks for playing, but the knock on Brown always has been that he was just another well-connected good ol' boy who was ill-suited for his job, and not a serial liar. Thanks for playing, your parting gift will be at least several years of a Democractic government thanks in no small part to Great Leader and his Party fiddling while New Orleans sank into the Gulf.

Posted by: Doug H. on January 20, 2007 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking

How exactly does he have credibility reporting on thoughts that were unbeknownst to him?

Posted by: calibantwo on January 20, 2007 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking

That definitely leaves Bush out...

Posted by: olds88 on January 20, 2007 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

How exactly does he have credibility reporting on thoughts that were unbeknownst to him?

...[Brownie] said, without naming names.

Ever had anyone do something behind your back until a friend or associate took you aside and told you what was happening unbeknownst to you?

Now who was WH deputy chief of staff before Katrina and who was assigned by Bush to "oversee the administration's political 'damage control' effort following Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana?" Hmmmmm.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 20, 2007 at 5:41 PM | PERMALINK

The only thing remarkable about this quote is that it's taken him this long to recognize that fact. I'm waiting for his follow-up comment : "Unbeknownst to me, the hurricane was bigger than the 3 inches it took up on the Doppler."

Anyway, I give Bush more credit than this. He's an equal opportunity slime. He'd do his level best to fuck over any Democrat, under any circumstances, no matter their race or gender. So much the better that he also got to fuck over a bunch of people who didn't vote for him, anyway. The only thing he finds more delicious is the fact that they had the nerve to be poor in spite of all those tax cuts. Serves 'em right.

Posted by: chaunceyatrest on January 20, 2007 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

Anybody know what Hillary's wearing today?

Posted by: ROTFLMLiberalAO on January 20, 2007 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

WetCajun,
It wasn't that she was a woman, it was that she was a Democrat.

Posted by: Ghost of Tom Joad on January 20, 2007 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

Even as late as last April, partisans were showing approval that Aftican-Americans forced out of New Orleans would put Louisiana in play for Republicans
...But if a substantial number of blacks have permanently left the state, the Republican party will be considerably strengthened…...
I recall others after Katrina having the same hope.

Posted by: Mike on January 20, 2007 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

While this sounds plausible, I want some 3rd party confirmation before I believe Brown. It's not like Brown has earned anyone's trust, and he has every reason to badmouth Bush and the administration given the way they threw him under the bus. Now his badmouthing has more punch if it also happens to be true, but I am reluctant to just take him at his word.

I do hope, however, that some reporters follow up on this (and I mean follow up more vigorously than just calling up an administration spokesperson).

Unfortuntely, Lieberman has ruled out hearings on the Katrina debacle--which means that for one of the worst natural disasters in American history, and the criminal government incompetence and neglect that exacerbated it, no one will have to testify under oath. Thanks Joe.

Posted by: RWB on January 20, 2007 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

I CALL BULLSHIT ON THE UNCARING ADMINISTRATION
Former Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality, Martha Madden, now national security/environmental consultant, said the lack of immediate federal help, specifically in the form of military assistance, was "incomprehensible." "How many people are going to die, per hour, before you get 40,000 troops in there? I think it has cost lives...they can go into Iraq and do this and that, but they can't drop some food on Canal Street in New Orleans, Lousiana, right now? It is just mind-boggling."
Let us never forget that tens of thousands of citizens remained stranded on the streets because the federal response to the disaster was UNACCEPTABLY SLOW--and WE ALL WATCHED IT ON OUR TV's...
Ted Ebbert, head of New Orlean's emergency operations, said the federal response was INADEQUATE."
Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr., REPUBLICAN, said he spend hours urging the Bush administration to send help.
Defense specialists said the deployment of thousands of National Guard troops to Iraq diminished the number available for disaster relief.
US Senator Mary Landrieu, DEMOCRAT, said "24 hours after BUSH did an tour of regional devasation he still did not answer her call for a cabinet level person to lead the efforts. FEMA DRAGGED ITS FEET."
"We witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a presidential photo opportunity, and the desperately needed resources we saw there were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment."

Posted by: consider wisely always on January 20, 2007 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

This is nothing new. Brown grew tired of being hung out to dry about one year ago, and has been badmouthing the admin ever since. I wouldn't have been inclined to believe him either, until that conference call video (which Donald referred to above) came out that showed that Brown, tragically, was the only official who seemed to give a damn. As incompetent and unsuited for the job that he was, absent Brown, things might have even been worse, which only underscores the heights (or is it depths?) of incompetence to which the GWB admin has risen (sunk).

Posted by: Disputo on January 20, 2007 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

Oops... here, let me correct your typo in your earlier post...

...your parting gift will be at least several years of a Democratic government thanks in no small part to Great Leader and her Party fiddling while New Orleans sank into the Gulf.

I believe most of us here in New Orleans blame Gov. Blanco for ineptitude and lack of timely decision-making around the Katrina debacle. Some early polls in the state show Blanco substantially behind the likely opponent Bobby Jindal (Repub) as a favorite for the upcoming election.

As for Mike Brown... @#$%hole!!

Posted by: pencarrow on January 20, 2007 at 7:16 PM | PERMALINK

Back then Michael Brown had urged the nation to "take a collective deep breath" and recognize that federal officials were doing all they could to save people. THAT WAS BULLSHIT.
Brown defended the inadequate response--too bad he comes clean years later. Guilty conscience, or pay back to his bosses--bull. Thanks to him, too, this was a goddamn national disgrace.
Let us not forget that the census bureau's annual economic report, released right in the middle of Hurricane Katrina, found that an additional 4.1 million US citizens slipped into poverty between 2001 and 2004--BUSH'S FIRST ADMINISTRATION

Posted by: consider wisely always on January 20, 2007 at 7:22 PM | PERMALINK

I believe most of us here in New Orleans blame Gov. Blanco for ineptitude and lack of timely decision-making around the Katrina debacle.

Sure, but I think we can all agree that Blanco did not act out of malice or political considerations involving creating a refugee class that would tilt the electorate in favor of her future GOP opponent.

Posted by: Disputo on January 20, 2007 at 7:24 PM | PERMALINK

As Hurricane Katrina pushed 40-feet high walls of water to the gulf coast, Michael Brown emailed his top aide--"Tie, or not, for tonight? Button-down blue shirt?" ...If you look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god."
Marty Bahamonde, the only FEMA worker in New Orleans in the first days, emailed Michael Brown, saying it was "past critical"--People dying, food gone, water going, homeless/hungry massing in the streets."
Brownie's response? "Thanks for the update--anything specific I need to tweak?"

And Bahamonde emailed a colleague--"I just ate an MRE, crapped in the hallway of the Superdome with 30,000 other close friends( as an assistant was getting FEMA Director Michael Brown dinner reservations at a restaurant safely elsewhere in the Gulf Coast)
ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES, BUSH AND BROWNIE, AND MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU ARE WORKING

Posted by: consider wisely on January 20, 2007 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

This is pathetic--an email with subject "Medical Help" 9/2/05 5:57 p.m. from aide carolyn--"Mike, Mickey and other medical equipment people have a 42 ft. trailer full of beds, wheelchairs, oxygen concentrators, etc. They are wanting to take them where they can be used BUT NEED DIRECTION. Mickey specializes in ventilator patients so can be very helpful with acute care patients. If you have someone contact him and let him know if he can be of assistance, he would appreciate it. Know you are busy but they really want to help."
Email from FEMA Director Mike Brown FOUR DAYS LATER to Brooks Altshuler, Michael Lowder, 9/6/05 11:22 a.m-- subject forward: Medical Help: "Can we use these people?"

DEPLORABLE--IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED THEN FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION

Posted by: consider wisely on January 20, 2007 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

Apollo 13: Ever had anyone do something behind your back until a friend or associate took you aside and told you what was happening unbeknownst to you?

It hasn't happened to me, but I have read of it happening to others.

In this context, why does Brown have credibility? How likely is it that anyone in the administration who knew of those thoughts would share them with Brown. All he had to qualify him for the job were social connections, and the resignation from his position severed the connections that had influence. No one with expertise has ever credited him with doing a good job at Katrina, have they? If Brown told you who in his opinion did a good job, would you credit his opinion?

Posted by: calibantwo on January 20, 2007 at 9:01 PM | PERMALINK

Brown is a disgruntled former civil servant who was dismissed from his job for incompetence, and now he's trying to smear his former boss.

Weird, though, how Bush seems to have more of those than any other president in recent history. Just plagued with 'em. Lots of 'em--maybe not this one, but lots of 'em--were highly respected civil servants with impeccable bipartisan credentials until Bush came along. At which point they suddenly became irrational disgruntled traitorous backstabbers. Weird.

Either that. of course, or Bush just really is the incompetent bozo this remarkable number of "disgruntleds" all say he is. But of course the authoritarian, leader-worshipping mindset (i.e., conservatism) can not tolerate such a thought for even an instant. So they must be declared unpersons. Cognitive dissonance: what can't be faced must be rejected.

Posted by: DrBB on January 20, 2007 at 9:11 PM | PERMALINK

In this context, why does Brown have credibility? How likely is it that anyone in the administration who knew of those thoughts would share them with Brown

I distilled the essence of your post for application to future discussions of Bush:

"In this context, why does Bush have credibility? All he had to qualify him for the job were social connections. No one with expertise has ever credited him with doing a good job waging a war in Iraq, have they? If Bush told you who in his opinion the war would suddenly get better, would you credit his opinion?

He was utterly and disastrously wrong if not deceitful about every aspect of the Iraq invasion; wht would you believe what he says about Iran?"

Etc, etc.

Posted by: Windhorse on January 20, 2007 at 11:20 PM | PERMALINK

there are aspects of katrina that all too often go unmentioned...

for example, the republican governors of ms and al were every bit as incompetent as blanco. anyone knowing anything about the imminent arrival of a cat 5 plotted to make landfall at pilot's town, responsible for coastal ms/al who failed to order mandatory evacuations was derelict.

in many respects, blanco was/is a southern dem[that is virtually tantamount to a rep]. her major crime was refusing to declare martial law - taking control of all the state law enforcement entities. this failure is what allowed the gretna parish sherrif to seize the crescent connection bridge and confine all those who could have escaped from days of death, malnutrition, and horror.

this is a sherrif that should have been arrested. but i don't think that happened/has happened.

the ugliest part of this story is the TIMES-PICAYUNE. its reporters knew that bridge was open. after all, they traversed it daily to go to work. they knew. but unless someone informs me otherwise, refrained from raising a stink.

and then there was anderson cooper[cnn] and some other well-groomed reporter from fox, who also had to know that the crescent city connection bridge was open. and who failed to say a work about how all those in the superdome could have been evacuated. easily evacuated.

and of course, the coast guard, the louisiana state police, et alia knew this as well. but indigent, elderly blacks dying in nola seems to have been an objective.

in all the stys on nola and katrina, this is the sty that is mostly covered-up. would have remained covered-up had it not been for the paramedics that attempted to walk over and out but were turned back by rifle fire from gretna law enforment.

lorrie beth slonky and larry bradshaw. i think that you can find their account at maria gillardin's site tucradio.org.

i think this is the most important story about katrina and nola.

this is the story, of course, that none want to deal with. MOST OF ALL HOLY JOE!

Posted by: albertchampion on January 21, 2007 at 1:10 AM | PERMALINK

Windhorse on January 20, 2007 at 11:20 PM

That's pretty smart. And the answer, naturally, is that Bush has just about no credibility, and hardly anyone believes him.

Does that imply that anyone should believe Brown?

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on January 21, 2007 at 2:25 AM | PERMALINK

calibantwo: In this context, why does Brown have credibility?

Because other credible sources have reiterated how "hyper-political" the Bush Admin is (John DiIulio's "Mayberry Machiavellis" and John Dean's "Worse Than Watergate" come to mind.).

Because the actions of Bush, Cheney, and Rove have already spoken louder than Brownie's words... so the story rings true based on their history.

Bush didn't interrupt his vacation for the infamous Aug. 6, 2001 PDB but he did for the Terri Shiavo bill. Politics gets attention. Bush has shown no shame in calling Dems cut-and-run cowards waving "the white flag of surrender." And Rove, I distinctly remember, said that Dems "wanted to offer therapy and understanding" to the 9/11 terrorists.

How likely is it that anyone in the administration who knew of those thoughts would share them with Brown.

Why not? Maybe someone who told Brownie he was doing a heckuva job. Bush is arrogant enough to think he can talk freely to a potential scapegoat who could be thoroughly discredited. Or maybe Brown overhead it from a WH aide after the damage was done... like the way Ron Suskind overhead Rove rant about a political operative who had displeased Karl, "We will fuck him. Do you hear me? We will fuck him. We will ruin him. Like no one has ever fucked him!" If they will eat their own, maybe others have stories to tell and did.

Lots of former Bush WH officials out and about now... Andy Card comes to mind.

But the point isn't so much believing Brown's credibility as it is that the story is believable.

Do you comprehend the mendacity and dirty political manuevering that emanates from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Do you understand how it's totally believable that a Oval Office cabal would plot to screw over a Dem governor and a Dem-leaning state?

See also Bushie retaliation against their own -- former Bush SecTreasury Paul O'Neill, Richard Clarke, Joe Wilson, and Valerie Plame.

See also Donald from Hawaii on January 20, 2007 at 3:40 PM who makes good points.

I don't think there's a limit on what this WH would or would not do. They're cleaning out federal prosecutors investigating Repub corruption and replacing them with GOP cronies.

IMO, Nixon-Agnew were small-time crooks compared to this WH. John Dean seems to agree.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 21, 2007 at 4:37 AM | PERMALINK

This kind of reporting is beneath you. It's not even unsubstantiated hearsay about what somebody said. It's unsubstantiated hearsay about what a group of people were thinking. It's unsubstantiated mind-reading.

Not to mention it's from a person with absolutely zero credibility.

There are just too many real things to report/comment on to waste time on this crap.

Posted by: Jersey Citizen on January 21, 2007 at 8:02 AM | PERMALINK

>the likely opponent Bobby Jindal (Repub) as a favorite for the upcoming election.

Runs screaming from the room. 'Noooooooooooooo!'

Posted by: MsNThrope on January 21, 2007 at 8:33 AM | PERMALINK

Not to mention it's from a person with absolutely zero credibility.

Credibility comes from being backed up by facts.

Brown's February 2006 testimony before Congress:

"For them to claim that we didn’t have awareness of it is just baloney" referring to knowledge concerning risks to the levee system prior to landfall.

Max Mayfield in pre-hurricane presidential video conference, transcript released in May 2006:

"I don't think anyone can tell you with confidence right now whether the levees will be topped or not, but that's obviously a very, very great concern"

Posted by: B on January 21, 2007 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

"Needless to say, the White House denies it." - Kevin


So Kevin, tell me how you fwwl about a Democrat prosecutor shopping trumped-up to SEVEN different grand juries, hoping to find that one favorable jury to issue the indictment in the case of Delay who has yet to have even remotely been found guilty of ANYTHING, yet was pressured to resign from office. (of course Earles prosecution of Hutchinson went well too)

Blanco is still the incompetent Governor she use to be right?


"Karl Rove was playing politics while our people were dying," Blanco said through a spokeswoman, referring to Bush's top political strategist. "The federal effort was delayed, and now the public knows why. It's disgusting." - the Incompetent Governor Blanco


The Federal effort was DELAYED because of your reluctance to call them in early. And where in the HELL was the STATE effort?

Posted by: Jay on January 21, 2007 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

"On the Saturday edition of the NBC Nightly News, anchored by John Seigenthaler, correspondent Lisa Myers reported several critical mistakes made by Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco in handling the Hurricane Katrina crisis. The story even showcased a whispered conversation, recorded by CNN, between Blanco and an aide in which Blanco admitted she had been too slow in asking for federal troops. Blanco: "I really need to call for the military ... and I should have started that in the first call."

Myers also relayed that when Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation 20 hours before Katrina hit, they were ignoring the advice of experts who had warned it would take 48 hours. Additionally, Blanco was slow to get National Guard troops to restore order. A complete transcript of the story follows:"

http://newsbusters.org/node/2072

Heckava job Blanco and Nagy.

Posted by: Jay on January 21, 2007 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

Apollo 13: Ever had anyone do something behind your back until a friend or associate took you aside and told you what was happening unbeknownst to you?


Why do I have the feeling this happens to you daily Apollo?

Posted by: Jay on January 21, 2007 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

And for an encore I'll streak through the infield and demostrate the power of fairy dust and clapping.

Posted by: Jay on January 21, 2007 at 1:48 PM | PERMALINK

FEMA was NOT A FIRST RESPONDER!

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis on January 21, 2007 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

This little factoid illustrates just what it is about natural disasters that makes FEMA and the Red Cross necessary. The local first responders have families in the path of the beast. Two New Orleans police officers have killed themselves, they simply couldn't take it any more. Relief should have come before the storm, and competent administrators should have been in place instead of cronies like Michael Brown. (Even Michelle Malkin is calling for his head on a pike.) There is plenty of blame to cast upon the waters, that's for damned sure. But it ultimately rests at the top, and the amount of oil and commerce that travel through that port, the busiest in the country, demanded a better response from the federal government than we saw.
">I have some thoughts

about FEMA and first response capabilities - having spent a decade as a first responder.

Many of the policemen, firefighters, nurses, doctors, and paramedics were directly affected by the storm, or had family members who were.
This little factoid illustrates just what it is about natural disasters that makes FEMA and the Red Cross necessary. The local first responders have families in the path of the beast. Two New Orleans police officers have killed themselves, they simply couldn't take it any more. Relief should have come before the storm, and competent administrators should have been in place instead of cronies like Michael Brown. (Even Michelle Malkin is calling for his head on a pike.) There is plenty of blame to cast upon the waters, that's for damned sure. But it ultimately rests at the top, and the amount of oil and commerce that travel through that port, the busiest in the country, demanded a better response from the federal government than we saw.
Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 21, 2007 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

Damn. Here is that link I messed up.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 21, 2007 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, dear Walter E Wallis came out of the woodwork - Please tell us, how the French Battery saved you that night in Korea. Were they First Responders to your needs?

Posted by: thethirdPaul on January 21, 2007 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

The evidence was there before our very eyes, and remains so today. Everything is politics to these people. If there is no Hell, it seems unfair for so abject criminal behavior which caused so much suffering.

Posted by: Sparko on January 21, 2007 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

Why do I have the feeling this happens to you daily Apollo?

Because you're off your meds again. Delusional as usual.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 21, 2007 at 3:55 PM | PERMALINK

Louisiana's 10 term Republican Representative Richard Baker from Baton Rouge said the following ourtrageous remark: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."

Posted by: consider wisely always on January 21, 2007 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

Nancy P, Rangel et al have been accused of pulling punches in getting up, or at least talking up, "the investigations" of the Reptilican machinations. I sure hope they don't, and that includes a take-down of the vote-scam operation. Comments?

Posted by: Neil B. on January 21, 2007 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

Neil B. -- I fully expect investigations. Back in May 06, Rep. Henry Waxman, senior dem on the house's principal investigatory committee said in an interview that a "high priority--to investigate abuse of prisoners, the manipulation of intelligence that got us into Iraq, waste of taxpayers money by private contractors whether in Iraq reconstruction, or work in the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Region, or for homeland security."
Back then Nancy Pelosi said she'd be looking at the medicare prescription drug benefit plan abuses--and she did that in the first 40 some hours.

Other dems like Ike Skeleton said he'd pay particular attention to troops and their families, and Dennis Kucinich noted he would "piece the veil of the illusion" of the Bush administration's policy in Iraq.
We'll hear from John Conyers as well.

Posted by: consider wisely always on January 21, 2007 at 6:34 PM | PERMALINK

Al: "Brown is a disgruntled former civil servant who was dismissed from his job for incompetence, and now he's trying to smear his former boss."

Yadda, yadda, yadda. Nothing is ever addressed on the merits; everything is, "so-and-so voted for a Democrat once, had a questionable sex life, agreed with someone I don't like about something or other," etc.

It's playground-bully stuff and perfectly in keeping with the Bush style. You guys are really bad Americans and should be ashamed of yourselves.

But you are not.

Posted by: Kenji on January 21, 2007 at 9:57 PM | PERMALINK

Michael Brown emailed his top aide--"Tie, or not, for tonight? Button-down blue shirt?" ...If you look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god."

Can't both what Brown says was going on inside the White House and every lousy thing uncovered about Brown be true?

I think the answer is yes, and more than that, it's likely.

Posted by: Mike Fenton on January 23, 2007 at 4:37 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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