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Bush on Rita: 'I won't get in the way... rest assured.'
By David Edwards on 9/23/2005 10:35am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Bush promises to do what he is best at doing...

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O'Reilly attacks Donahue over Sheehan support
By David Edwards on 9/21/2005 11:00pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Phil Donahue had O'Reilly's number tonight. Bill gets backed into a corner over his support of the Iraq war.

Shaking and nearly beyond the point of "personal accountability", O'Reilly threatens to have Donahue thrown off the set.

Crooks and Liars has the video

ADDED NOTE FROM BRAD: This is Must See TV! Watch the clip! And yes, I do believe that poor Billy was damn near tears! Thanks for getting this up, David!

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'Brownie' Apparently No Longer Doing 'a Heck of a Job'...
By David Edwards on 9/12/2005 12:14pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Michael Brown resigns as director of FEMA. After being removed from the Katrina disaster response effort, officials speculated that Brown would soon resign.

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Overdoses of morphine were given to critically ill patients
By David Edwards on 9/11/2005 12:25pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

In an exclusive report, London's newspaper The Mail revealed that although euthanasia is illegal in Louisiana Doctors were forced to kill patients as the situation became worse in New Orleans:

With gangs of rapists and looters rampaging through wards in the flooded city, senior doctors took the harrowing decision to give massive overdoses of morphine to those they believed could not make it out alive.
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Their families believe their confessions are an indictment of the appalling failure of American authorities to help those in desperate need after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city, claiming thousands of lives and making 500,000 homeless.
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"I injected morphine into those patients who were dying and in agony. If the first dose was not enough, I gave a double dose. And at night I prayed to God to have mercy on my soul."
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Mr McQueen, a utility manager for the town of Abita Springs, half an hour north of New Orleans, told relatives that patients had been 'put down', saying: "They injected them, but nurses stayed with them until they died."
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DNA and Forensic Science Could Solve America's Greatest Crime
By David Edwards on 9/11/2005 9:09am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

According the latest edition of Denver's Boulder Weekly:

...a former Bush appointee is asking why this forensic science has not been used to its fullest in solving what was arguably the greatest crime in American history.

Morgan Reynolds, Bush's chief economist for the Department of Labor from 2001-02, is an outspoken leader in a movement calling for a full-scale, unbiased, independent scientific study into the events of Sept. 11, 2001. He claims the story the government wants Americans to believe is riddled with inconsistencies and untruths, and he recently penned a comprehensive paper detailing those oversights. He thinks the collapse of the World Trade Center, the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Penn., and the attack on the Pentagon were all weaved together as an elaborate inside job, a claim that only forensics can prove.

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"I knew that all of this was a lie," he says. "And it's all been confirmed. This is beyond a reasonable doubt that the Bush/Cheney administration lied us into Iraq, and now it's not going well and more and more people are unhappy."

The Downing Street Memo, which states that intelligence was being fixed around the policy to invade Iraq, supports this claim. His realization that Bush hadn't been truthful about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq led him to doubt Bush on other issues.

More here...

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By David Edwards on 9/10/2005 7:27am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Here are a few video highlights from the latest edition of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.

While the right-wing apologist nonsense of James Glassman greatly detracted from the overall show, Maher treated us to several worthy moments. In particular, Maher's weekly rant made the case for the removal of George W. Bush from the Office of President. Instead of calling for impeachment directly, Maher suggests a "California-style" recall election.

Given the Republican congress, we aren't certain if a recall election is any more realistic than impeachment or if a recall would be allowed under the Constitution. Our friends at Democratic Underground debated this point earlier in the week.

Maher points out the "unintentional racism" of George Bush's mother, Barbara Bush, during an interview at the Astrodome. FEMA, Mike Brown, Halliburton and other favorites of the Bush regime also do not escape Maher's wit unscathed.

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Unrelated but notable: Check out this musical remix (MP3) of Kayne West's comment "George Bush doesn't care about black people" by The Legenday K.O.

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Bush Would Lose To All Modern Presidents
By David Edwards on 9/8/2005 11:08am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Zogby Internation published its latest poll of Bush job approval today. The poll found that at 41% approval, an all time low, Bush "would lose to every modern president."

President Bush�s job approval rating took a hit in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, dropping to a historic low of 41%, a new Zogby America poll reveals. The same survey found the nation�s forty-third president would lose election contests against all of his predecessors since Jimmy Carter.

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The 41% approval rating marks a precipitous drop in the President�s job rating, which has been slumping in a gradual trend that began in late February.


 

Positive

Excellent

Good

Negative

Fair

Poor

9-07-05

41

15

26

59

22

37

7-30-05

45

19

26

55

27

28

6-22-05

44

15

29

56

22

34

5-25-05

46

18

28

53

23

30

4-18-05

46

19

27

53

23

30

2-25-05

47

21

26

53

22

31

2-14-05

50

24

26

50

18

32

The poll also found that the public had a negative view of the president's handling of the Katrina disaster. Only 36% of people gave Bush passing marks. Only 32% of people gave passing marks to government in general.

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By David Edwards on 9/8/2005 9:00am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

As the right-wing talking heads began their lockstep effort to deflect blame and obscure truth about hurricane relief efforts, Media Matters has been monitoring the lies, distractions and talking points. Media Matters has alerted the media about their continuing efforts of helping to enable the spread of these malicious falsehoods:

In the past week, Bush administration officials and conservative commentators have repeatedly used the national media to spread misinformation about the federal government's widely criticized response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

1. Bush: "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees"

2. Chertoff strained credulity in defense of Bush, claimed levee breaks and massive flooding came as a surprise --- more than 12 hours after local media reported them

3. Brown: "We've provided food to the people at the Convention Center so that they've gotten at least one, if not two meals, every single day"

4. Chertoff: "Apparently, some time on Wednesday, people started to go to the convention center spontaneously"

5. Chertoff pointed fingers: "New Orleans officials and the state officials ... called for the Superdome to be the refuge of last resort"

6. Chertoff falsely minimized federal government's role in Katrina response as subordinate to states

7. Wash. Post, Newsweek, Gingrich falsely claimed that Blanco did not declare a state of emergency

8. Gingrich falsely claimed that Nagin could "have kept water pumped out" of city had he ensured that pumps worked

Read the Media Matters article and learn how each of the corporate media organizations quickly went from being the brave first-responders we saw reporting the Katrina story to a mere tool for spreading Bush Administration propagana.

Crooks and Liars also has nice video from MSNBC showing the timeline of lies.

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By David Edwards on 9/8/2005 8:33am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

CNN's Betty Nguyen reports that Houston's Reliant Center including the Astrodome has been 'locked down'. Without notice, all gates have been locked. No one (including press?) is allowed in or out of the center.

I have to tell you about something that's happened right now. We are under a lockdown at the Reliant Center which houses the Astrodome and three of the main shelters.

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As of now there is a lockdown until further notice.

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You're right, it does seem like a pretty extreme measure and actually it happened all of the sudden. All of the gates are locked down meaning that no one can get in or leave this Reliant Park area.

We were really given very little information about this. It's a temporary lockdown but will take place until further notice. We were also told by the Joint Information Center that it's basically to ensure the safety of all the people... There was no mention of people coming here to harass folks...

Video of CNN's lockdown report (Windows Media).

UPDATE: At 11:20am ET, CNN reports that the Astrodome lockdown has been lifted and they were given no further details about the situation.

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Bush shrugs: 'What didn't go right?'
By David Edwards on 9/7/2005 4:38pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Democrats criticized the Bush Administration's response to Hurricane Katrina earlier today.

Nancy Pelosi's comments were directly critical of the president:

She related that she urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Brown.

"He said 'Why would I do that?'" Pelosi said.

"'I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?'"

"Oblivious, in denial, dangerous," she added.

Crooks and Liars has the video of Pelosi's comments.

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By David Edwards on 9/7/2005 3:47pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Think Progress has a good Katrina Timeline complete with links to source articles.

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By David Edwards on 9/7/2005 8:37am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Jon Stewart and Ed Henry examine the response of Bush's administration and FEMA in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. As usual, the Daily Show finds humor in an otherwise sad situation.

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By David Edwards on 9/6/2005 7:03pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Brad was a guest on the "conservative" Lars Larson Show earlier today. The topic was the failed hurricane disaster relief and which officials might be responsible.

Brad comes on air about 2 minutes into this audio clip (MP3).

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By David Edwards on 9/6/2005 5:06pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Call in to the Lars Larson show and toss some softballs to Brad!

Toll Free: 1 (866) HEY-LARS

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Body recovery expected to take 30 to 120 days
By David Edwards on 9/6/2005 10:20am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette is now reporting:

A co-owner of Shelbyville-based Gowen-Smith Chapel has been deployed to Gulfport, Miss., to help with recovery since Hurricane Katrina, and his business partner here has described the grim task there.

"DMort is telling us to expect up to 40,000 bodies," Dan Buckner said, quoting officials with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a volunteer arm of Homeland Security.

...
"Until they search each and every remaining house and remove all the fallen materials ... they will not know how many people are there," Buckner said.

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"My personal opinion is they will be recovering bodies for 30 ... to 120 days," Buckner said.

We pray that this number is the "worst case scenario".

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