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Sunday Mr. Deity Blogging


Mr. Deity has some billboard issues.

From Joe. My. God, by way of Bigezbear.

2 comments April 29th, 2007 at 08:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Mr. Deity,Religion

David Broder, Professional Concern Troll

David Broder is the Joe Lieberman of pundits.

Just read Foser.

April 29th, 2007 at 04:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Wankers

The Bush Administration Hates New Orleans.

This goes beyond simple incompetence. Like Bush’s refusal to waive the 10% matching requirement for federal aid, this is deliberate malice:

As the winds and water of Hurricane Katrina were receding, presidential confidante Karen Hughes sent a cable from her State Department office to U.S. ambassadors worldwide.

Titled “Echo-Chamber Message” — a public relations term for talking points designed to be repeated again and again — the Sept. 7, 2005, directive was unmistakable: Assure the scores of countries that had pledged or donated aid at the height of the disaster that their largesse had provided Americans “practical help and moral support” and “highlight the concrete benefits hurricane victims are receiving.”

Many of the U.S. diplomats who received the message, however, were beginning to witness a more embarrassing reality. They knew the U.S. government was turning down many allies’ offers of manpower, supplies and expertise worth untold millions of dollars. Eventually the United States also would fail to collect most of the unprecedented outpouring of international cash assistance for Katrina’s victims.

Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil. Some offers were withdrawn or redirected to private groups such as the Red Cross. The rest has been delayed by red tape and bureaucratic limits on how it can be spent.

(…)

The struggle to apply foreign aid in the aftermath of the hurricane, which has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $125 billion so far, is another reminder of the federal government’s difficulty leading the recovery. Reports of government waste and delays or denials of assistance have surfaced repeatedly since hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck in 2005.

(…)

In one exchange, State Department officials anguished over whether to tell Italy that its shipments of medicine, gauze and other medical supplies spoiled in the elements for weeks after Katrina’s landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, and were destroyed. “Tell them we blew it,” one disgusted official wrote. But she hedged: “The flip side is just to dispose of it and not come clean. I could be persuaded.”

(…)

And while television sets worldwide showed images of New Orleans residents begging to be rescued from rooftops as floodwaters rose, U.S. officials turned down countless offers of allied troops and search-and-rescue teams. The most common responses: “sent letter of thanks” and “will keep offer on hand,” the new documents show.

Overall, the United States declined 54 of 77 recorded aid offers from three of its staunchest allies: Canada, Britain and Israel, according to a 40-page State Department table of the offers that had been received as of January 2006.

(h/t CREW)

But wait, there’s more. Consider this story from September ’05:

The Ministry of Defence in London said last night that 400,000 operational ration packs had been shipped to the US.

But officials blamed the US Department of Agriculture, which impounded the shipment under regulations relating to the import and export of meat.

The aid worker, who would not be named, said: “This is the most appalling act of sickening senselessness while people starve.

“The FDA has recalled aid from Britain because it has been condemned as unfit for human consumption, despite the fact that these are NATO approved rations of exactly the same type fed to British soldiers in Iraq.

Under NATO, American soldiers are also entitled to eat such rations, yet the starving of the American South will see them go up in smoke because of FDA red tape madness.”

The worker added: “There will be a cloud of smoke above Little Rock soon – of burned food, of anger and of shame that the world’s richest nation couldn’t organise a p**s up in a brewery and lets Americans starve while they arrogantly observe petty regulations.

“Everyone is revolted by the chaotic shambles the US is making of this crisis. Guys from UNICEF are walking around spitting blood.

(…)

“It is perfectly good NATO approved food of the type British servicemen have. Yet the FDA are saying that because there is a meat content and it has come from Britain it must be destroyed.

“If they are trying to argue there is a BSE reason then that is ludicrously out of date. There is more BSE in the States than there ever was in Britain and UK meat has been safe for years.”

Bush. Hates. NOLA.

4 comments April 29th, 2007 at 01:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Katrina,Republicans,Wankers

What Does George W. Bush Have In Common With The Iraq War?

Other than starting it, of course…

President Bush’s unpopularity and a string of political setbacks have created a toxic climate for the Republican Party, making it harder to raise money and recruit candidates for its drive to retake control of Congress.

Some of the GOP’s top choices to run for the House next year have declined, citing what Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) called a “poisonous” environment. And Republicans’ fundraising edge, an important advantage over the last five years, has dwindled.

(…)

The problems can be seen in such places as Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, which hugs the coast north of Fort Lauderdale. Republicans held that House seat for a quarter-century. But since losing it last year, the party has had trouble finding a top-tier candidate for it.

Two of the GOP’s choices, both state legislators, declined to run. A third, Boca Raton’s mayor, said he was weighing whether a Republican had any hope of retaking the district.

“You have to sort of lay a bet down now on what will be the environment in 18 months,” said Mayor Steven Abrams, who must leave his current office because of term limits.

Though Republicans have recruited many solid candidates in their effort to retake Capitol Hill – and they have more than 18 months to improve their fortunes – the environment could get worse.

Damaged by ethics scandals in 2006, the GOP in recent weeks has seen FBI raids at businesses or homes connected to two of its congressmen. A federal agency last week began an investigation into Bush advisor Karl Rove’s political operation, and congressional panels authorized a flurry of subpoenas related to White House political activities and the run-up to the Iraq war.

Three-term Rep. Rob Simmons of Connecticut, who lost his seat last year by 83 votes, said he turned down an appeal from the GOP to run again in 2008, partly because of the dismal political climate. In a district dominated by Democrats, he said, it has become impossible for even a moderate Republican like himself to win – especially since he voted to authorize the war in Iraq. Republicans in recent days said they had found a solid candidate to run in Simmons’ place: the former commander of the area’s naval base.

In Colorado, Republican Sen. Wayne Allard’s decision not to seek reelection set the stage for one of the nation’s most competitive 2008 races. But the top choice of party leaders, former Rep. Scott McInnis, has taken a pass, citing family reasons. McInnis had nearly $1 million stockpiled for the race.

I guess the GOP will have to start lowering their recruiting standards and taking candidates with low IQs, mental health issues, and/or criminal records. Or has that ship already sailed?

1 comment April 29th, 2007 at 12:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Elections,Politics,Republicans

Question Of The Day

David Kurtz of TPM, referring to Powerline’s inability to think of any Bush administration scandals(!):

At what point does the internal dissonance of those who read and write such garbage exact a personal toll–morally, emotionally, spiritually?

I would guess that it already has. They just don’t care.

April 29th, 2007 at 12:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Republicans,Wankers

Deep Dish

Ohhh my…

ABC News’ Brian Ross revealed tonight that the list of customers of an alleged Washington-based prostitution service includes White House and Pentagon officials as well as prominent attorneys.

“There are thousands of names, tens of thousands of phone numbers,” Ross said. “And there are people there at the Pentagon, lobbyists, others at the White House, prominent lawyers – a long, long list.”

(…)

Ross… asked Tobias in a telephone interview “if he knew any of the young women, their names. He said he didn’t remember them at all. He said it was like ordering pizza.”

Would that be by the slice, or, um, the whole pie? And can I start calling Tobias “Papa John”?

April 29th, 2007 at 11:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans


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