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

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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.

...
"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".




Cobb & Badnarik take case to N.M. Supreme Court
By David Edwards on 9/6/2005 5:40am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

On Monday September 5, lawyers representing presidential candidates David Cobb of the Green Party and Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian petitioned New Mexico's highest court to order a recount of 2004 election.

This appeal to New Mexico's Supreme Court came after refusals of the state Canvassing Board and Gov. Bill Richardson to conduct a recount as set forth under New Mexico election law.

John Boyd, a lawyer for Cobb and Badnarik, said a recount of paper ballots and a recheck of voting machine results was still needed to highlight problems with New Mexico's election system.

"There is no more important issue than the purity of elections in this state," Boyd told justices during an hour-long hearing. "And I will tell ... the court that the elections are not pure."

...
Cobb and Badnarik said the canvassing board had exceeded its powers in demanding more than $1 million in advance. The candidates filed a lawsuit, lost in district court and then appealed.

Boyd, the lawyer for Cobb and Badnarik, said the court should decide the case dispute because similar problems could occur in future elections if the canvassing board has "unfettered discretion" in deciding how much to charge candidates in advance for a recount.




The Sun Has Set...
And Here We Is In Texas Yet.
By Brad Friedman on 9/5/2005 7:40pm PT  

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Speaking of which, any opinions on how you all like the generally increased amount of BRAD BLOG items in my general absense now that we've got the GB's cranking it out with a bit more regularity than I do when I'm running the usual one-man-band here? Should we continue with the additional voices even when I'm finally back? Your thoughts are appreciated...




By David Edwards on 9/5/2005 7:17pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Tonight, on MSNBC's countdown, Kieth Olbermann nailed the Bush Administration and other officials for their handling of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans:

The seeming definition of our time and our leaders had been their insistence on slashing federal budgets for projects that might�ve saved New Orleans. The seeming characterization of our government that it was on vacation when the city was lost, and could barely tear itself away from commemorating V.J. Day and watching Monty Python's Flying Circus, to at least pretend to get back to work. The seeming identification of these hapless bureaucrats: their pathetic use of the future tense in terms of relief they could�ve brought last Monday and Tuesday � like the President, whose statements have looked like they�re being transmitted to us by some kind of four-day tape-delay.

...
But, nationally, these are leaders who won re-election last year largely by portraying their opponents as incapable of keeping the country safe. These are leaders who regularly pressure the news media in this country to report the reopening of a school or a power station in Iraq, and defies its citizens not to stand up and cheer. Yet they couldn't even keep one school or power station from being devastated by infrastructure collapse in New Orleans � even though the government had heard all the "chatter" from the scientists and city planners and hurricane centers and some group whose purposes the government couldn't quite discern... a group called The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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.

...
Mr. Bush has now twice insisted that, "we are not satisfied," with the response to the manifold tragedies along the Gulf Coast. I wonder which "we" he thinks he's speaking for on this point. Perhaps it's the administration, although we still don't know where some of them are. Anybody seen the Vice President lately? The man whose message this time last year was, 'I'll Protect You, The Other Guy Will Let You Die'?

You can find the rest of the remarks in Keith Olbermann's Blog. A video clip of the statement is here (Windows Media).




By Winter Patriot on 9/5/2005 2:45pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

I've been reading Stan Goff now and then, but not regularly. My bad. I was forcefully reminded of this when a friend sent me an excerpt from The Butterfly Effect --- Katrina and Occupation. In my humble view it's monsterpiece, and I recommend it most heartily.

Here's a quick teaser:

The reaction of the US government to Katrina is as ugly a picture as you might want of capitalism, and make no doubt that this response is a capitalist response. You're on your own... if you're poor, too fucking bad.
...
It's all out in the open now, exposed like an open wound. The Gulf of Mexico meets the Persian Gulf... meets the gulf between Black and white, between poor and rich. The misery of Katrina's refugees is just the culmination of the violence and misery of poverty, of being a colonized nation... an exclamation point to punctuate the system.

Is this the threshhold? Is this when someone says it is intolerable? Is this when we become the Haitian National Popular Party, the Iraqi Patriotic Alliance, the indigenous rebellions in Latin America? Time will tell.

Please read this essay. And then, if you have any words left at all, you are more than welcome to share them with us here.




14 Perish in French Blaze!!
MSNBC has YOUR news agenda!!
By Winter Patriot on 9/4/2005 12:16pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The following comparison is anecdotal and it's circumstantial evidence at best, but look at what these three major North American news providers are feeding my hotmail news page (as of noon PT Sunday):

from CBC the #1 story is: U.S. must be prepared for what's coming - thousands dead from Katrina and the #2 story is "Rehnquist is dead".

from CTV the main headline reads: New Orleans death toll reaches the 'thousands'; and the second story is "Alberta sends more oil to US", with the "Rehnquist dead" story 3rd

but from MSNBC the lead story is about the upcoming trial of Saddam Hussein!!! Guess what? They've set a date!! No kidding! October 19th!!! Can you believe it??? That is SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT!! especially now, of course, since there's nothing of greater significance going on! Or is there?

Or is there?? Look! What have we here? The second story is a gripper: "French Blaze Kills 14" Wow! All of a sudden we care about France! We care so much about France --- home of our timeless allies the cheese-eating surrender monkeys, after whom we so graciously named our favorite fastfood junkbomb, whose ancestors gave our ancestors the Statue of Liberty ... yeah, those French people ... the very same French people whom we have been always taught to love and respect ... suffered fourteen deaths in a fire. How awful! How tragic! How utterly earth-shattering! Mind-bending important stuff, for sure, and right up there with the trial of Saddam Hussein.

Third on the list, the minor little tragedy still unfolding in the USA.

Who said "spin-meister"?
Who said "damage-control"?
Who said "Location, location, location"?

Here's the 3rd ranked story from MSNBC: Storm exposed disarray at the top

Who controls the selection of stories?
And who controls their placement?
Is this a deliberate dereliction of editorial duty??
Or is it just more of the same, more of the same, more of the same??

Who said "Media Whores"??
Who said "The Horror! The Horror!!"??
Who said "God bless us, every one"??




Presidential visit to disaster area was faked, media hype...
By David Edwards on 9/4/2005 10:10am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

President of Jefferson Parish, Aaron Broussard, says he still doesn't have the resources needed to save the lives in his Parish.

At the end of this interview on Meet the Press, Broussard tells a heart wrenching story of a co-worker's mother that was trapped in a nursing home. She called four days in a row for help but help never came. Broussard breaks into tears as he explains that the Cavalry never came and she died by drowning.

Folks, people are still trapped. People still don't have food and water. President Bush has staged some photo-ops to make it look like the Cavalry had arrived and everything was under control. As Winter Patriot noted, this was a staged photo-op. It was faked. It was media hype.

George Bush's Administration and the federal government agencies that he is responsible for have still not responded in proportion to the disaster. They have not fulfilled their duties to the Americans that are depending on them.

Please watch and listen to all of Aaron Brousard's comments in this video.

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UPDATE: Pam Spaulding keeps an eye on the sad and embarrassing state of the Freepers who seem to have deleted the words "accountability" and "responsibility" from their dictionary once their Savior and King succeeded in purchasing his way into the White House. What a world...




By Winter Patriot on 9/4/2005 8:13am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The first few items on today's menu at The Whispering Campaign provide a quick sketch of the so-called leadership we are seeing from our Chimperial Highness and his retinue of Chimperial Spin-Meisters:

They built a fake food-distribution center to use as a backdrop for the Chimperial visit:
Food Distribution Was Staged For Photo Op by Laura Rozen
and they even pretended they were fixing the levee, so the image of the Chimperor could be framed against such a comforting background
Levee Repair Was Staged For Photo Op by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu
but in fact, the actual relief effort was shut down while the Chimperor was in the area:
Bush Visit Halts Food Delivery For Photo Op by Michelle Krupa

This Chimpire surely must be in its final throes.

We must end this Chimperial madness!!

Chimpeach!! Chimpeach!! Chimpeach!!

Knowledge Is Power! Pass It On!!.




weekend open thread
By Winter Patriot on 9/4/2005 7:34am PT  

Guest Blogged by Winter Patriot

A bit of a SNAFU backstage at The BRAD BLOG has prevented us guest bloggers from posting new items for the past few days ... more on that later, maybe ... and Brad has been on the road and out of net range for the most part, and unable to do anything about it until this morning ... more on that later too, maybe ... so we're All Fupped Uck indeed!! And we're not the only ones!

We're scrambling to put it back together, but in the meantime ... we haven't even had an open thread for a while ... so let's use this one.




By Brad Friedman on 9/3/2005 9:45pm PT  

IBC Radio is replaying our "Operation Noble Cause" coverage from Crawford, Texas continuously all weekend long. Or so I'm told...Enjoy.




By Brad Friedman on 9/2/2005 10:40pm PT  

The filter is gone. This is the No Spin Zone...

Listen all the way to the end to Mayor Ray Nagin. Heartbreaking.




CNN lets Dobbs' racism shine for the cameras
By David Edwards on 9/2/2005 5:38pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Cable news networks are setting ratings records. More people are tuning in than ever to see coverage of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. All the cable news shows have suspended their normal topics to focus on the crisis.

For example, on a given night it is not unusual to hear thinly veiled racist undertones on one of Lou Dobbs regular reports about immigration issues. Seldom, if ever, has Dobb's bigotry been as obvious and disturbing as it was on tonight's broadcast concerning race, class and the failure of emergency management during the the current crisis.

CHRISTINE ROMANS: Now these tax paying Americans left behind from their jobs... it could be months before they get paid again but how insulting that before they worry about that they must find food, water and a way out.

LOU DOBBS: It is also important because Reverend Jesse Jackson, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP have injected a straightforward and dramatic and PERHAPS EVEN TRUTHFUL charge, that the failure here is because of race. We should put in context, it seems to me, that the City of New Orleans is 70% black. Its' mayor is black. Its' principle power structure is black. If there is a failure to the Black Americans who live in poverty and in the city of New Orleans, those officials have to bear much of the responsibility.

...
LISA SYLVESTER: Our nation has been quick to help those in other countries in need which is why many are asking the question, "Why has it taken so long to come the the aid of American Citizens on our own soil? Lou."

LOU DOBBS: ...There is in this charge from particularly Reverend Jesse Jackson, from the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus among others, there has been no mention of Mayor Ray Nagin, who is black, a predominantly black power structure in the City of New Orleans. Why is that?

LISA SYLVESTER: We heard from Ray Nagin earlier today and he is somewhat irate. The sense is that the Federal Government has somehow dropped the ball. These politicians... [she is interrupted by Dobbs]

LOU DOBBS: I don't think that anybody would argue with that, Lisa, but why would not black leaders concerned about black poor people in this case, who are the predominant victims here who remain in their city stranded, why would they not also focus on a black mayor of that city and it's black power structure?

Is it just me or is Lou totally missing the point? I was going to title this piece "Lou Dobbs is a fucking racist" but "we report, you decide"...

Watch the video of CNN's Lou Dobbs and decide for yourself (Windows Media). The transcript is here.




Bush: 'Out of the rubble of Trent Lott's house... will come a fantastic house'
By David Edwards on 9/2/2005 10:50am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards


"Out of the rubble of Trent Lott's house is going to come a fantastic house...
...and I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch."

"It's as if the entire gulf coast was obliterated by the worst kind of weapon you can imagine...
...and now we're going to try to comfort people in that part of the world. Thank you."

The failure of leadership continues...

Watch the video (Windows Media)




Highlights from our 'Operation Noble Cause' Coverage on the Ground in Crawford, TX!
Saturday 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT), ReBRADCast Noon ET on Sunday - www.BradShow.com
By Brad Friedman on 9/2/2005 10:41am PT  

Thanks to our great engineer Otie Maclay (who we found on the side of the road on our way to Crawford), this Saturday Night's BRAD SHOW will feature many of the highlights from our 50+ hours of LIVE daily broadcasts from on the ground at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas.

Highlights to include interviews with: CINDY SHEEHAN, JOAN BAEZ, REP. JOHN CONYERS, RANDI RHODES, Goldstart Mom KAREN MEREDITH, Iraqi Vet TOMAS ANDREWS, plus musical highlights and much much more!

And yes, your DONATIONS are still greatly appreciated to help us pay for the Radio Miracle that was "Operation Noble Cause"!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this historic series of broadcasts possible!




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