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Entries by Harry Shearer from 09/2005

Just Getting Started--Not Yet

| Posted 09.01.2005 | Huffington Post

WWL TV has been airing pleas from the Presidents of St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes (county executives in American parlance) begging for food and...

Sandbags and More

| Posted 09.01.2005 | Huffington Post

At the Governor's 2 p.m. emergency ops news conference, an official announced that: the Corps of Engineers has in fact been dropping sandbags into the...

We Can't Handle The Truth

| Posted 09.01.2005 | Media
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MSNBC photojournalist Tony Zambado and a reporter for CNN have barely been able to contain their outrage at the scene of so many people abandoned by all legally constituted authority.

Lookin' Good

| Posted 09.01.2005 | Media
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I was at a television facility this afternoon, doing a remote interview with CNN Headline News, when I heard the audio from the next studio. A corresp...

Gen. Strock Meets the Press

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Huffington Post

The cable nets cut away early from the news conference by Gen. Carl Strock of the Army Corps of Engineers, but I watched it all, and "I haven't got an answer for that" became a sad mantra.

The Second Dome Closes

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Media
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I was almost as shocked as the busloads turned away from the Astrodome when I read the Houston Chronicle report that the dome had "reached its capacit...

Mid Day Friday, and it gets worse

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Politics
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"State police can't understand why...why...why more help isn't coming in here." A reporter for WWL-TV at the Interstate 10-Causeway Blvd. intersectio...

"Nobody Could Have Known"

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Entertainment
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Dr. Ivor von Heerden of the LSU Hurricane Center is being interviewed on WWL TV. He says their models predicted the damage, predicted the civil unres...

They Weren't All Natives at the Dome

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Media
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This today, from the Times-Picayune's online edition: At the Wyndham Canal Place, which housed 1,500 guests, employees and their families during the s...

Attn Jared

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Media
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Yes, Bush declared an emergency on Saturday. This from that story: The president’s emergency declaration authorizes the FEMA to coordinate all dis...

A Plea Not Heard

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Politics
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WWL TV reports that officials of beleaguered St. Bernard parish have not yet heard from FEMA, despite st. bernard’s continued pleas for help. ...

It's Not Just New Orleans

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Politics
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The (do I need to say this? white) emergency official in St. Tammany Parish just was seen in a taped piece on WWL TV issuing a blistering, profanity-l...

The Disaster Moves West

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Business
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A state policeman, asked why the buses weren't coming, started to phrase a response, stopped, took a breath, and sighed. "It's government, okay?" was all he said.

Ain't Live TV a Bitch

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Media
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During the live feed of the NBC hurricane aid telethon, Mike Myers and rapper Kanye West were scheduled to co-read some prompter copy about the disast...

From My Friend Keb' Mo'

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Politics
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I am working on collecting clothing, bedding, towels, household goods, non-perishable foods and toiletries for the hurricane victims. If you know of anyone that has clothes, blankets, or any of the above items and they can pay to ship them directly, please put them in touch with me.

"It's Government, okay?" part two

| Posted 09.02.2005 | Media
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From the NO Times-Picayne: The Forest Service has offered fixed plane aircraft used to fight forest fires to help extinguish blazes in New Orleans, a...

It's Not Just New Orleans, Cont.

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Media
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If your heart isn't broken and your head isn't exploding already, read this piece about Jefferson Parish's Emergency Preparedness Director's blast at ...

Weekend Reading

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Media
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This piece from Scientific American in 2001 lays out the scenarios we're going through right now, and the planned remedies. And why isn't Sean Penlan...

First World or Third?

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Politics
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This by my friend Lolis Eric Elie, who writes for the NO Times-Picayune: Years ago, a young South African scholar told me about his trip to America, ...

A Hard Number

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Politics
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FEMA Director Mike Brown said that "no one has been shot at in the past forty-eight hours." Yet security has been used to explain delays since then.

Looking Forward

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Politics
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Now that the horribleness in New Orleans seems to have passed its peak, it might be useful to think about the next disaster in line: as the toxic soup...

The Fear Factor

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Politics
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New Orleans City Councilman Oliver Thomas just asserted on WWL TV that a couple of hundred New Orleanians--and he named their professions, white colla...

Rumor Control, Cont.

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Media
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Lt. Jack West of the Covington, La Police Department (Covington is a community on the North Shore of Lake Ponchartrain) has just recounted on WWL TV t...

SOP

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Media
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Andrew Sullivan's blog reprints an email from a Corps of Engineer vet who speaks volumes about what he knows, and what the cya spokespeople aren't say...

Who Asked, and Who Didn't

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Media
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Some conservative bloggers are trying to deflect blame from the Bush Administration's slow-footing to Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco. I must admit, as...