Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Yum 

New Orleans' Taco Bells remain closed since Katrina, yet they still have fewer rats than the open Taco Bells in New York City.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Fitzmas 

According to most news outlets, Scooter Libby was found guilty on 4 of 5 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice. He was the first senior White House official to be indicted since the Ulysses S. Grant administration. Now he is headed towards prison, unless Bush makes an embarrassing pardon.

Scooter was guilty of lying to protect his boss Dick Cheney, who initiated the outing of a clandestine CIA officer who worked on WMD proliferation. After several years of following the case, I'm still dumbstruck by its rotten core.

As former CIA asset William F. Buckley asserted, "The sacredness of the law against betraying a clandestine soldier of the republic cannot be slighted."

Yet, according to Kos, many conservatives think that "lying about a blow job was an impeachable offense, but lying about outing a CIA agent focused on the Iranian nuclear program is much ado about nothing".

Michael coined the term "Fitzmas", so due props to him. Merry Fitzmas. And thank Jeebus there are still a few tall, "embedded patriots" at various levels of government who put their work above politics. Thank goodness Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Comey appointed the "absolutely apolitical" Patrick Fitzgerald to the case. As long as we have people like him working for us, all is not lost.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Giuliani praises Lincoln at Conservative gathering. 

Bad Idea.

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It's Witching Hour for our Skeleton Coast 

The Times Picayune begins a very good 3-part series on the loss of our coast. Their point is that we have less than 10 years to do something about Louisiana's vanishing wetlands before it will be too late (and too prohibitively expensive) for coastal restoration efforts. Part 2 is here.

Jeffrey highlights some quotes and links to an interactive graphic. (Update: Here's Jeffrey's post on part 2.)

Tim posts his recent editorial as to why 100 year hurricane protection is not enough. In terms of coastal issues, Tim is actually a contrarian. He believes the evidence shows that coastal wetlands are not effective storm surge buffers. (I disagree.)


Incredibly, the Dead Pelican displays the Coastal Erosion story as the DP's headline image and link! Never thought I'd see the day...
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Update: I was glad to see the T-P article validate some of my "inside" political reporting in 2004.

From T-P "Losing Ground" part 2:

By 2000, state and corps planners had begun to turn Coast 2050 into a detailed 30-year, $14 billion blueprint called the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Plan.

After polishing the plan for another two years at Washington's behest, in 2002 the state and corps officials presented their effort to the Bush administration -- and ran into a brick wall.

The administration's Office of Management and Budget ordered the plan downsized to include only the first 10 years of projects, drastically cutting the price tag to between $1.2 billion and $1.9 billion. The reduction stemmed from unprecedented budget deficits spurred by a wave of tax cuts and the invasion of Iraq. The White House Council on Environmental Quality also weighed in, saying the larger projects weren't backed by solid science.

Of course, there was "solid science", apparently, for wetlands restoration in Iraq. Back on 11/15/04 I wrote:

The gret stet has lost nearly 2000 square miles of protective coastal marshlands (not a misprint) since 1932-- so what's another 1000? Sure we can invest $14 billion now to confront this federal issue, or pay, scientists estimate, a cool $100 billion later. The Bush administration, who proposed giving $100 million to Iraq for its wetlands programs, has continuously shut out Louisiana until this election year where it coughed up a paltry $8 million for our urgent coastal needs. When the President visited this year, he shared a limo with Gov. Blanco, and she asked him for $50 million to address our initial coastal restoration efforts. According to my sources, he replied that current solutions are not based on "solid science".

This pronouncement on science comes from a man who contends that the "jury is out" on evolution, while simultaneously proposing exploration to Mars.

Our state is getting rolled under the bus by Duhbya, and yet still licks his political boot. Maybe one day, perhaps when we're using our tax cuts to invest in houseboats, we'll realize how badly the Shrub rooked us.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Heh, we feel his pain 

Paul is a conservative New Orleanian who posts* at Wizbang!, and once again he tries in vain to make the Wizbang Wingnuttians understand what happened in the Federal Flood. (If only N.O.'s floodwalls could be as stubborn and dense as the commenters in this thread...)

Here are Paul's Katrina archives, and they're by far the best analysis you'll read from the conservative blogosphere on the Katrina aftermath.


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* I thought Paul quit blogging back in July because of a feud with Ace of Spades.... but you know how those things go.
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Milwaukee's Best Mardis Gras 

Oh, how uncool:

Councilman Arnie Fielkow urged the Nagin administration Wednesday to continue working to find a corporate sponsor for Carnival-- with a new strategy, a new firm and as soon as possible.
Let me just say that I'm totally against the corporate infiltration of Carnival. I know times are tough and the budget is tight, but corporate sponsorship is not the way to go. I'm certain there are other, better ways to whore ourselves. But some things should remain inviolable. Like Carnival... and the "Big Chief".
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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Naming johns 

An alleged "D.C. Madam" may sell her business' voluminous phone records in order to raise money for her legal defense fund. This would greatly assist reporters in identifying which high-profile clients frequented her East Coast "bunny ranch".

Should New Orleans' "Canal Street Madam" follow suit? I think so.
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Oh my 

Looka! finds a newspaper quote you're not gonna believe. Read it.


Tavernkeeper: "Quick, put the Barq's on ice! The high school dances are letting out, and those teens need a place to party. No 2am 'last calls', either. This is our customer base we're talking about here!"
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Loki plans to rebuke Bush 

The President is visiting a local school today, and loki has organized a protest.

Frameshop has more.
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Instead of a rebuke, I prefer Schroeder's constructive approach.
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