ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Saturday, September 10, 2005

All the News That's Fit to Omit

This post by Captain Ed's points out not only the incompetence of the local and state officials in Louisiana, but it also points out that the paid journalists (who also have readers that have PAID for their efforts) are either incompetent or lying scoundrels. Either way, their readers are being cheated.


Instead, three days after landfall and a full day after the massive flooding, Blanco suddenly came to the conclusion that the buses might be useful. Unfortunately, now they sat under water, along with most of New Orleans and a few thousand of its residents. She got incensed by the lack of buses coming in from the outside -- but all of the eastern access roads to the city got destroyed in the hurricane, and the few left functioning on the west side were being used to bring in relief materials -- which she would deny to the people inside the city for days to come.

All of this has been known to bloggers for a week. I wrote about this on September 4th, and I was not the first (the link above takes you to Junkyard Blog's first report on the subject). The Houston Chronicle reported two days ago that "City officials had 550 municipal buses and hundreds of additional school buses at their disposal but made no plans to use them to get people out of New Orleans before the storm..."

So why can't the New York Times do some research at least equal to that of the Houston Chronicle, and perhaps even as well as the bloggers who have easily researched the New Orleans plan and its requirements?

Read the whole thing... As I watch the news coverage of this disaster, I'm amazed at the distortions, falsehoods, and inaccuracies that are allowed to be pushed by the MSM. It's quite instructive that a few diligent bloggers (aka citizen journalists) can research and disseminate facts which end up being ignored entirely by the MSM. Surely the MSM knows that bloggers are beating them at their game, right?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Friday, September 09, 2005

Luttig for Supreme Court?

Luttig was up for consideration after O'Connor retired... Imagine the howls from the Left when Bush picks him as his second nominee for the Supreme Court. He certainly has proved that he's not an idiot...

Court: 'Dirty Bomb' Suspect Can Be Held
Sep 09 11:00 AM US/Eastern

By KRISTEN GELINEAU
Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va.

A federal appeals court Friday sided with the Bush administration and reversed a judge's order that the government either charge or free "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla.

The three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the president has the authority to detain a U.S. citizen closely associated with al Qaida.

"The exceedingly important question before us is whether the President of the United States possesses the authority to detain militarily a citizen of this country who is closely associated with al Qaeda, an entity with which the United States is at war," Judge Michael Luttig wrote. "We conclude that the President does possess such authority."

A federal judge in South Carolina had ruled in March that the government cannot hold Padilla indefinitely as an "enemy combatant," a designation President Bush gave him in 2002. The government views Padilla as a militant who planned attacks on the United States.

The administration has said Padilla, a former Chicago gang member, sought to blow up hotels and apartment buildings in the United States and planned an attack with a "dirty bomb" radiological device.

Padilla was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in 2002 after returning from Pakistan. The federal government has said he was trained in weapons and explosives by members of al-Qaida.

Oh, wait... the Left already has their panties in a bind over Luttig.

:-D

Michelle Malkin (as always) is covering.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

FEMA - What a Mess, and Not for the Reasons the Left Thinks

Rich Lowry over at NRO has written a short and brilliant piece regarding FEMA, its failures during Katrina, how it works and why. What he says is not going to be a source of satisfaction to The Left and should be a source of chagrin to a Republican administration. The mega-agency, Homeland Security, is a bureaucratic nightmare where the redtape, as they used to say, is cut lengthwise.

What was done with volunteer firemen from around the country who came to help rescue people from flooded buildings in New Orleans? They were sent to Atlanta where they were trained in such invaluable skills as how not to sexually harass their fellow volunteers. After this critical training, while folks were swimming in their attics in the Big Easy, they were dispatched to distribute flyers with FEMA's phone number on it.

Lowry deals with other fiascos, as where FEMA people turned away truckloads of water being provided by The Great Satan, Wal-Mart.

Read the article in its entirety. When your jaws unlock, say something to someone who matters and who can do something about this, like a Congressman. (In my case here on the Central Coast of California, that probably is a total waste of time.) Let them know what you think about this state of affairs.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Aldous Calling

I'm not one for slippery-slope arguments, but does anyone really think that this is too far removed from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and the establishment of Alphas, Betas, Deltas, and Gammas?

September 09, 2005

Scientists win right to create human embryo with three genetic parents
By Mark Henderson
Critics claim that watchdog has ignored public opinion to approve experiment for which it changed its own rules

BRITISH scientists have been given permission to create human embryos that will have three genetic parents.

The fertility watchdog cleared a team at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne yesterday to conduct an experiment to prevent genetic disease by merging single-cell embryos with donated eggs.

The decision to approve the procedure on appeal, after two previous applications were rejected, is controversial because it could eventually lead to the birth of children who carry genes from two mothers and a father.

It also opens the possibility of “germ-line” genetic engineering, because any children born would carry added genes that would be passed to successive generations.

At present, gene therapy to alter defective DNA is permitted only when such changes would not be passed on.

The licence awarded yesterday by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) allows only experimental use of the technique and not the implantation into a womb of any resultant embryo.

The Newcastle team does not envisage applying for permission to conduct such procedures for reproductive purposes until several years of research have shown it to be effective and safe, though the ultimate goal is to employ it to create healthy children.

Given the disdain for individual liberty from the statist left (and some elements of the right) and the eager anticipation for such a future by some, I for one will be heading directly to the Reservation. (Although, I might want to take a case of soma along with me... )

LargeBill agrees...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Kanye West - Well, I'll Be, Even in Boston!

I bet this came as a shock to the elites and their Hollywood friends who think their smarmy nastiness toward the president is a view shared by most Americans. New England was heard from last night on (gasp!) national television. Alright Boston!

From Drudge:

'THE BIG BOO' CROWD HISSES KANYE WEST
Fri Sep 09 2005 10:30:28 ET

The chart topping hip hop rapper star who used a network hurricane fundraiser to charge "George Bush doesn't care about black people" was loudly and lustily booed during last night's NFL kickoff show.

The appearance of Kanye West, who was beamed into the Boston stadium via remote from Los Angeles, received a strongly negative response from the crowd.

"The boos were thunderous and lasted for much of his number," reports the BOSTON GLOBE.

Developing..
.
Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

A vision of thousands of desperate columnists...

Heh:

As the full horror of Hurricane Katrina sinks in, thousands of desperate columnists are asking if this is the end of George Bush's presidency. The answer is almost certainly yes, provided that every copy of the US Constitution was destroyed in the storm. Otherwise President Bush will remain in office until noon on January 20th, 2009, as required by the 20th Amendment, after which he is barred from seeking a third term anyway under the 22nd Amendment.
And
As the full horror of this sinks in, thousands of desperate columnist are asking how a civilised city can descend into anarchy.

The answer is that only a civilised city can descend into anarchy.

Achillea points out an interesting observation in the comments:
It never ceases to amaze me how many of the same people who last week were frothing at the mouth and calling President Bush a fascist tyrant are now crying long and loud complaining that he didn't behave like a fascist tyrant.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

Thursday, September 08, 2005

They've Found Out about the Boss!!!!

OMG! They've found out the truth about Mr. Big! Oh me, oh my, what shall we do? Next thing you know, they'll be looking at Robert Byrd! Oh, the horror.

All I can say is that somebody REALLY needs a job.

Is this what passes for reasoned debate out there?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Thnx to The Buzz over at NRO.

Are You Surprised? - Dems Making Hay While the Bodies Are Being Collected

On Drudge today. Don't know about you, but I'm surprised to see this in News Day. They usually are pretty reliable printers of Democratic press releases. Has the worm turned?

Democrats' anti-Bush petition also seeks political contributions

By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press Writer

September 8, 2005, 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- A new Democratic effort to whip up indignation about the Bush administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina also tried to raise money for Democratic candidates.

Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat and the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued an appeal Thursday urging people to sign an online petition to fire the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency over his handling of the Katrina response.

After an inquiry from the Associated Press, the DSCC quickly pulled down the page and said they would donate to charity any money raised by the anti-FEMA petition.

When recipients clicked on a link to the petition, the top center of the screen _ above the call to "Fire the FEMA director" _ had asked for a donation to the DSCC.

Other DSCC Web pages have the same appeal for contributions, but several do not.

Since Katrina, Democrats have charged Republicans badly botched the response, and some have called for the firing of FEMA chief Michael Brown.

In recent days, Republicans hit back by accusing Democrats of trying to use the human tragedy for political gain. The letter, the GOP said Thursday, was proof.

"It's a disgrace to exploit Hurricane Katrina to raise political funds," said Brian Nick, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

"They should halt this activity because it's way over the line," he said.

DSCC spokesman Phil Singer said: "While the content of the letter is totally valid, it should have never been linked to a Web site that asks people to contribute to political campaigns. We regret it, have removed the letter from our site and will donate any contributions raised as a result of this petition to the Red Cross."

The letter is the latest sign that more than a week after Hurricane Katrina struck, the political fight over what went wrong in the response continues to grow.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for an independent commission to probe government failures before and after Katrina, while House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called Bush "oblivious, in denial, dangerous" in his approach to relief efforts.

Rep. Thomas Reynolds, head of the House Republicans' fund-raising efforts, described Democratic criticism as "reprehensible," saying "this is a tragedy, not an opportunity."

The administration and Republican leaders in Congress are scrambling to launch a number of initiatives to help hurricane refugees and victims, including a new $51 billion aid package.

During the 2004 presidential campaign, some Democrats attacked President Bush for using an image of Sept. 11 devastation in a re-election campaign ad, accusing him of exploiting the tragedy. At the time, Schumer did not join in the criticism.

___P>

On the Net:

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: http://www.dscc.org

National Republican Senatorial Committee: http://www.nrsc.org

Copyright © 2005, The Associated Press



Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

The Blame Game

Major Garrett of Fox News yesterday revealed that the State of Louisiana (ie Governor Blanco) blocked the Red Cross from moving into the city after the storm hit because they didn't want to attract more people to the site and encourage those already there to leave." This story is being widely discussed in the blogosphere, such as the Barking Moonbat Early Warning System.

Add to this the facts on the ground regarding

  1. the buses that were available pre-storm to move people out of the city; and
  2. the revelation on last night's O'Reilly Factor that the Louisiana National Guard is under a gag order, preventing them from disclosing when their involvement was requested by Blanco; and
  3. Blanco and Nagin's animosity towards each other
Given all that we know about the situation surrounding state & local authorities, it's becoming quite clear that the incompetence of the Louisiana government is primarily to blame for letting the situation spin out of control. FEMA's plan for New Orleans called for a response within 3 days (and it took them 3.5 to 4 days before they had a significant presence), so some blame can be allocated to FEMA and the Bush administration in that regard. However, FEMA's responsibilities are greater than Blanco or Nagin's, given that they're supposed to coordinate all of the state and local responders along the gulf coast and not just the efforts in Nagin's city. That means that FEMA is working with 4 governors (LA, MS, AL, and FL) and mayors all along the effected area. Unfortunately for the citizens of New Orleans, their mayor is incompetent and their governor apparently has difficulty making decisions without spending 24 hours with her advisors. It's interesting that only in New Orleans do we see chaos and unnecessary suffering so long after the event.

Here's the blurb regarding the Louisiana National Guard issue:
On a related topic, Fox News military analyst Col. Bill Cowan has been investigating whether Governor Blanco called in the National Guard before the hurricane. "I talked with people in the National Guard, and they are under a gag order. Somebody's hiding something. But in defense of the Guard, two days before Katrina hit they were looking at what kind of equipment they had, and what kind of plan they might have to put into effect." The Factor called on Governor Blanco to step up and tell the truth. "It's a very simple question - did you order the Guard in there, Governor Blanco? And if not, why not? We can't get an answer."
Sounds like the Guard was getting prepared, but were never ordered into the city... why?

Perhaps Kanye West should've said, "Blanco doesn't care about black people."

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

High Crimes & Misdemeanor

[sarcasm] Well, at least the Left is taking a measured, logical approach to the situation on the Gulf Coast. [/sarcasm] (If only they would use this much energy to helping the victims, rather than focusing on how they can take Bush down.)

From Tennessee Guerilla Women (Never knew that gorilla's had moved from sign language to typing!)

mpeach Bush Before More People Die


"Impeach Bush" is number six of the top ten Technorati searches. It appears to be climbing.

I looked around and found a post at Skippy that points to Counter Punch where the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan, Paul Craig Roberts writes: Impeach Bush Before More Die.

The man nails it with the proverbial hammer! Michael Brown should be fired, yes, but the Incompetent-in-Chief will only appoint another fool, since the first and only qualification he requires is complete and abject obedience to this nightmare of a dangerous and destructive Rovian Regime.

The only way to save this country is to impeach the miserable failure before he leads more people to their death!
I had to post on this, not only because it's a clear sign of Bush Derangement Syndrome, but also because of the reference to our little Rovian club.

;-)

BTW, egalia... there are several psychotherapists that can help you with your, umm.... affliction. I believe they established an entire practice in Florida after the 2004 election.

Oh, and we're just 8 months into a 4 year term, so I'd recommend that you seek help immediately.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Conspirator in Training Being Brainwashed

Co-conspirator (Grandpa) MontereyJohn holding Ava Lee Wilson during first round of indoctrination into the Rovian Conspiracy. (Note the diabolical hat.)

OK, that's the last baby pic. Anybody wants to see more they can check out my photoblog.

Back to business.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A New Conspirator Will Soon Be Among Us

Conspirator-To-Be, Ava Lee Wilson, my first grandchild, is set to enter this world today sometime. I'm off to make a couple quick court appearances and then drive up to Sacramento to see the new one and to fully document her first few hours in the world.

So, Lefties, "you won't have old MontereyJohn to kick around" for awhile.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Steyn & N'awlins

Good to see that Mark Steyn is providing a counter to the incessantly anti-Bush coverage over in the UK.

The Big Easy rocked, but didn't roll
By Mark Steyn
(Filed: 06/09/2005)

Readers may recall my words from a week ago on the approaching Katrina: "We relish the opportunity to rise to the occasion. And on the whole we do. Oh, to be sure, there are always folks who panic or loot. But most people don't, and many are capable of extraordinary acts of hastily improvised heroism."

What the hell was I thinking? I should be fired for that. Well, someone should be fired. I say that in the spirit of the Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, the Anti-Giuliani, a Mayor Culpa who always knows where to point the finger.

For some reason, I failed to consider the possibility that the panickers would include Hizzoner the Mayor and the looters would include significant numbers of the police department, though in fairness I wasn't the only one. As General Blum said at Saturday's Defence Department briefing: "No one anticipated the disintegration or the erosion of the civilian police force in New Orleans."

Indeed, they eroded faster than the levees. Several hundred cops are reported to have walked off the job. To give the city credit, it has a lovely "Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan" for hurricanes. The only flaw in the plan is that the person charged with putting it into effect is the mayor. And he didn't.

But I don't want to blame any single figure: the anti-Bush crowd have that act pretty much sewn up. I'd say New Orleans's political failure is symptomatic of a broader failure.

Read the whole thing

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Another Opportunity for Political Grandstanding

H/T Drudge

Well, it looks like there'll be plenty of opportunity for political attacks related to the hurricane. I think that, just as was the case with the 9/11 investigation, many of the actual facts will be glossed over and the MSM will play up only aspects which damage Bush (consistent with the coverage for the past week).

Let's just hope that Mayor (and Bush Derangement Syndrome sufferer) Nagin isn't invited to be a member of the investigatory panel. However, given the inclusion of Jamie Gorelick on the 9/11 panel, I don't have much confidence in this...

Bush, Congress Each Pledge Investigations
Sep 06 12:49 PM US/Eastern
By WILL LESTER
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON

President Bush and Congress pledged separate investigations into the widely panned federal response to Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday as Senate Democrats said the government's share of relief and recovery may top $150 billion.

"Bureaucracy is not going to stand in the way of getting the job done for the people," Bush said after meeting at the White House with his Cabinet on storm recovery efforts.

"Governments at all levels failed," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said at the Capitol. She announced that the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee would hold hearings, adding, "It is difficult to understand the lack of preparedness and the ineffective initial response to a disaster that had been predicted for years, and for which specific, dire warnings had been given for days."

Stung by criticism, Bush called congressional leaders to the White House for a meeting, their first since the hurricane spread death and destruction on a fearsome scope along the Gulf Coast and left much of New Orleans under several feet of floodwaters.

Congress formally returned from a five-week summer break during the day, signaling that the hurricane would take top billing on the agenda in the coming weeks.

I think that any investigation will find fault at all levels of the bureaucracy. However, if it's an honest inquiry, I have a feeling that Mayor Nagin and Blanco will bear the brunt of criticism, given recent news that
  1. Blanco needed 24 hours to decide whether to allow the President to declare that LA was in a state of emergency
  2. Nagin's police force disintegrated within hours of the hurricane and turned into looters themselves
  3. Nagin's inability to implement the local emergency plan that called for evacuation of the civilians.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

What Was Going on in Baton Rouge Pt. II

Last week I asked what was going on in Louisiana government during the crisis last week.

That picture is now beginning to develop.

On The Corner at NRO this morning:

24 HOUR WAIT?

[Kathryn Jean Lopez]I take everything this man says with a grain of salt, but is this
true, what he claimed on CNN yesterday?


NOLA Mayor Nagin interview w/Soledad O'Brien in which he says
Gov. Blanco told the President she needed 24 hours to make a decision for
Federal aid.

NAGIN: The president looked at me. I think he was a little
surprised. He said, "No, you guys stay here. We're going to another section of
the plane, and we're going to make a decision." He called me in that office
after that. And he said, "Mr. Mayor, I offered two options to the governor." I
said -- and I don't remember exactly what. There were two options. I was ready
to move today. The governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision.

S. O'BRIEN: You're telling me the president told you the governor said she needed
24 hours to make a decision?

NAGIN: Yes.

S. O'BRIEN: Regarding what? Bringing troops in?

NAGIN: Whatever they had discussed. As far as what the -- I was
abdicating a clear chain of command, so that we could get resources flowing in
the right places.

S. O'BRIEN: And the governor said no.

NAGIN: She said that she needed 24 hours to make a decision. It would have been great if we could of left Air Force One, walked outside, and told the world that we had this all worked out. It didn't happen, and more people died.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Monday, September 05, 2005

Sean Penn to the Rescue

A little unintentional humor...

Thanks to California Conservative.


Katrina Relief: Sean Penn Bails Water

Filed Under: Hollywood, Humor, Humanitarian
Armed with nothing more than a red
plastic party cup.
AFP reports: Hollywood activist, Sean Penn, was planning a heroic
rescue mission in flooded New Orleans, “but apparently forgot to plug a hole in
the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its
launch.”
And the scene most didn’t see, but was scooped by our “roving”
photo(shop)journalists…
Concluding the story: “With the boat loaded with
members of Penn’s entourage, including a personal photographer, one bystander
taunted the actor: ‘How are you going to get any people in that thing?’”
Everybody’s a critic. Go figure.
UPDATE:Don’t try anything stupid.
Please make a donation to the American Red Cross today, and leave the rescue
and aid efforts to people who know what they’re doing.
TTLB
is keeping a log of money raised.
Kobayashi Moru has more.
UPDATE II:Ace of Spades has
the “Top Ten Rescuers In Sean Penn’s Dingy of Celebrity Mercy”
UPDATE III:Thanks to reader John D, we’ve “uncovered” another
important photo. Cindy Sheehan prays: “Please, dear God, put the attention back
on me, soon…”
RELATED:Sean Penn: Back At It, Again IISean Penn:
Back At It, Again
Rave Reviews for Sean Penn




Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

(Yes, overly sensitive Lefties, we know the picture is doctored. It's called humor.)

I'm Confused

There are numerous complaints from the Left that the Feds haven't jumped onto the crisis quickly enough, deflecting blame from the local mayor (Nagin) who is a complete putz and the Governor (Blanco). Both failed to follow their evac plans and let countless thousands take refuge in the Superdome - which a blogger predicted would turn into a hellhole hours before the storm hit.

Well, now it appears that when the Feds want to remove some of the incompetence at the local and state level (by putting FEMA bureaucrats in charge of the relief effort), the Left is crying foul and suddenly a proponent of state's rights... Check out this post from DU.


Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state's emergency operations center said Saturday.

Blanco made two moves Saturday that protected her independence from the federal government: She created a philanthropic fund for the state's victims and hired James Lee Witt, Federal Emergency Management Agency director in the Clinton administration, to advise her on the relief effort.

Bush keeps pushing country to donate to the Red Cross. Now we know why, Red Cross is more under Government control.

So, the question is: Does the Left really want the Feds to come into Louisiana to save the day? Or do they think that Blanco's performance over the past week merits her continued management of the entire effort? I have a feeling that they want to keep pushing the "Bush is incompetent" theme...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Why The Left Delights in Misery - One Man's View

I can not escape the conclusion that The Left delights in misery in general and for America in particular. I sense, no discern, a cynicism behind this phenomina. It is time to take a hard look at this.

Why do I think that a cynical game is being played?

It seems to manifest itself in numerous ways. The commonality between the various incidents is not all that obvious. However, there is enough there to explore.

1. The Need to Be Offended
It seems that at every opportunity folks on The Left look for something to be offended about and react as though there were a constitutional right not to be offended. The latest, but by no means only, example is that The Revs, Jackson and Sharpton, are offended by description of the folks fleeing New Orleans as being "refugees." They insist they are "evacuees," and to call them anything else is offensive. It reminds of the poor Washington D.C. staffer who had the temerity, not to mention literacy, to call certain tightwad individuals "niggardly." That nearly cost him his job. Why do certain folks on the Left do this? The answer, it seems to me, is power. If the other fellow is offended by something I have said, if I have a conscience, I am put on the defensive. I ask myself if I have done something wrong. I examine myself, and I usually am able to see whether in fact I have been rude or insensitive. Some folks on The Left use this as an opportunity to attack and to assert their own moral superiority and set themselves up as a victom, yet again, of the society's lack of human worth. It has gotten to the point where they do not miss an opportunity to engage in this game, even after a disaster. The disaster, the misery, empowers them. This is cynical with a capital "C." I do not think anyone is offended by being referred to as a "refugee." I think certain folks have chosen to feign indignation. Their purpose in this is becoming clearer the more often it happens.

2. The Need to Besmirch the Motives Those with Whom They Disagree
Honest disagreements with many on The Left are not possible. The tendency to see evil intent behind anything done by anyone with whom they disagree is common among those active on The Left. Today my favorite The Democratic Underground ran a "serious" discussion on whether Karl Rove had in fact hidden Judge Rehnquist's body for several days and not reported his death when it "actually" occurred so as to bail the president out of a tight spot at a good time... like 11:00 on a Saturday night (a peak media hour and day to be sure). The Bush administration is "pure evil" as one writer put it. I could only wish this lunacy was an exception. It is not. The news today brought us "leaders" saying that the response to the disaster in New Orleans was slow because the victims were black... er, African American. That anyone could say such a thing with a straight face, let alone a "leader," can only result in amazement for most of us. The mayor of New Orleans stating, twice, that the CIA was out to get him is but another example. Again the misery. Again the victimization. Again the cynicism. We see this in in other areas as well. Teddy Kennedy perfected the art of "Borking." Judge Bork, according to Teddy, would bring back back-alley abortions, destroy privacy and generally bring judicial approval to a Nazi-like state if he were confirmed. That Bork had no such views or motives was irrelevant to Teddy and his fellow perpetrators. People who think and act like this are not the sort of folks with whom you can engage in rational debate let alone reach compromise.

3. Relishing America Taking Its Lumps
The delight in misery manifests itself no more clearly than it has in The Left's reaction to casualties in Iraq. If twenty men are killed in action or by a mine, their pleasure is impossible to disguise. They say something like, "We have have lost twenty men, see, we told you we should not be there." Were they thinking doing something worthwhile would come free of human loss? No, they were not thinking that. Rather what they were thinking was that they could USE the misery resulting from these deaths to advance their agenda. My sense is that they could not care less about the dead soldiers, though I could be wrong about that. What is clear is that they are using the dead to advance their aims. Again the misery. Again the victimization, in this case that of the dead soldiers. Again the cynicism.

These are but a few examples. I invite anyone who would like to offer further examples to do so. I also invite contrary views.

But for me, I've about reached the view that it's not worth it to try to do business with these people any more. I am sadly coming to the view that we need to do what we need to do and let the chips drop where they may.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Nagin could be a candidate for Bush Derangement Syndrome

From WorldNetDaily:

Last night he told a reporter for the Associated Press: "If the CIA slips me something and next week you don't see me, you'll all know what happened."
Ok, maybe a joke you say?
Today he told interviewers for CNN on a live broadcast he feared the "CIA might take me out."
I don't think he has a lot to worry about. There will be lots of questions for Mr. Nagin when this is over.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

This is an emergency Rovian alert

Operation "Hide the Body" has been discovered! The lefty moonbats have finally cracked the code. All Rovian conspirators are to immediately report to HQ.

H/T to the Corner.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

What Was Going on in Baton Rouge Last Week?

H/T to Little Green Footballs

Blanco Refused to Act

At the Washington Post, in a story with a headline that gives no indication of the important information it contains, we discover that federal officials were desperately trying to get Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco to do something about the disaster in New Orleans—but she refused to act: Thousands Remain To Be Evacuated. (Hat tip: efuseakay.)

Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state’s emergency operations center said Saturday.

The administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. Some officials in the state suspected a political motive behind the request. “Quite frankly, if they’d been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals,” said the source, who does not have the authority to speak publicly.

A senior administration official said that Bush has clear legal authority to federalize National Guard units to quell civil disturbances under the Insurrection Act and will continue to try to unify the chains of command that are split among the president, the Louisiana governor and the New Orleans mayor.

Louisiana did not reach out to a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance until Wednesday, three state and federal officials said. As of Saturday, Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said.

“The federal government stands ready to work with state and local officials to secure New Orleans and the state of Louisiana,” White House spokesman Dan Bartlett said. “The president will not let any form of bureaucracy get in the way of protecting the citizens of Louisiana.”

Blanco made two moves Saturday that protected her independence from the federal government: She created a philanthropic fund for the state’s victims and hired James Lee Witt, Federal Emergency Management Agency director in the Clinton administration, to advise her on the relief effort.


The Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool

The Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool. Hundreds of buses, abandoned and unused during the evacuation, now leaking tons of diesel fuel and motor oil into the already toxic water.




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