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Entries by Harry Shearer from 02/2006

This Fact They Could Check

| Posted 02.01.2006 | Media
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SOTU night on Fox, former Mayor Rudy Giulani was on Hannity & Colmes, while the on-screen banner trumpeted "H&C EXCLUSIVE". Moments later, same ex-Ma...

No Big News--FEMA Wasn't Ready. But...

| Posted 02.01.2006 | Media
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Next time you need help in a disaster, call your postmaster.

State of What Union?

| Posted 02.02.2006 | Media
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Major media may not have noticed President Bush's last-minute, two-sentence brushoff of the nation's largest-ever natural (and man-made) disaster, Katrina and the Waves, but media in New Orleans sure did.

I Laugh at Your God

| Posted 02.02.2006 | Media
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Me, personally, I've always thought that making fun of people's religions assumed that most folks view their own religious beliefs with sanity, distan...

The Other Oil for Food Scandal

| Posted 02.03.2006 | Media
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While Sen. Norm Coleman obsesses on the UN's role in Oil for Food kickbacks, it appears that another part of the world was heavily, to borrow a phrase, addicted to oil-for-food.

New Orleans: Where the Ball Was Dropped

| Posted 02.03.2006 | Media
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The Times-Picayune quotes a National Science Foundation expert on levee failures who appears to have found the smoking gun, or at least the smoking copy machine.

Fodder for Iran Skeptics, Wherever They Are

| Posted 02.04.2006 | Media
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Yes, you have go way outside the American media bubble to find skepticism about the drumbeat of accusations regarding the Iranian nuclear threat. In ...

What a Difference a Nipple Makes

| Posted 02.07.2006 | Media
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Two years ago, it seemed as if no media outlet could be found that didn't offer up a heaping helping of Janet Jackson's nipple. So how come so few are willing to show us what the furor over the Danish cartoons is all about?

Man-Made Disaster: A Primer

| Posted 02.07.2006 | Media
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The Times Picayune on Monday runs a story that should be required reading for everyone who continues to describe New Orleans as being a victim of "Katrina's fury."

Living in the Bowl

| Posted 02.07.2006 | Media
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If, in the time of FEMA jokes and Ken Lay's trial, you want to see where the American can-do spirit lives these days, go to the Super Bowl. Seriously...

Disaster Tour: A Learning Experience

| Posted 02.07.2006 | Media
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Louisiana State Sen. Joe McPherson said the tour "helps to put everything in perspective." Too much fucking perspective, to borrow my own phrase, for our national legislators, apparently.

I Want That Job

| Posted 02.09.2006 | Media
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Tired of your boss micromanaging your work? Tired of having to file reports, being held to goals, being subjected to periodic reviews? Become a super-lobbyist.

FEMA--Next Time, Call Fox

| Posted 02.10.2006 | Media
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Today's publication of the most detailed timeline yet of the Katrina disaster, and the Federal response thereto, reminded me of a post here the day the storm made landfall. Fox, it seems, had it right.

Third Time's the Charm

| Posted 02.14.2006 | Media
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Predictably, the Whte House press corps, which sat still and silent for the tragic versions of the Bush administration's media strategy, is up in arms over the farcical one.

The View from the Big Un-Easy

| Posted 02.14.2006 | Media
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I've been out of blogging range for three days, thanks to a United Airlines hostess who spilled wine (intended for my seatmate) into my Powerbook. Th...

Why Now?

| Posted 02.14.2006 | Media
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The Republicans now know what it felt like when the Monica story erupted. Like this in-your-face shooting, that one embodied a cartoon version of what "everyone" in Washington already knew.

Cheney: Planning the Heartfelt

| Posted 02.16.2006 | Media
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Okay, we're deep in the trivia of how Shooter handled the release of the story, so, as Nixon would have had it, let's wallow. Mary Matalin, a former ...

What Kind of Carnival?

| Posted 02.18.2006 | Media
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The next eleven days, New Orleans is having the first Mardi Gras since Katrina: Yes, we're having a big celebration, and yet there is still an almost unchanged large landscape of devastation just a few blocks away.

A Carnival Diary, Part One

| Posted 02.18.2006 | Huffington Post

It's actually too cold here today to get out and see the parades. So I drove east on I-10 to see the part of the town's devstation I haven't seen before. Ever seen a derelict Sam's Club? Spooky.

Rocky Mountain High Point

| Posted 02.18.2006 | Media
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The Rocky Mountain News published the controversial cartoons that have inspired, as the cable nets say, cartoon violence, all over the Muslim world. They bit the bullet, and found it tasted just fine.

Carnival Diary, part two

| Posted 02.19.2006 | Huffington Post

The contrast between today's Barkus parade, with hundreds of well-behaved dogs on display, and last fall when the only mentions of dogs were scrawled by National Guardsmen on house exteriors, is very real.

Don't Be Corrupt--Leave That to Us

| Posted 02.19.2006 | Media
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That seems to be the message from Washington to Louisiana. The nation insists LA clean up its admittedly shady levee board structure (although floodw...

Correcting the Record, Again

| Posted 02.19.2006 | Media
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In reality, almost none of the stories about violent crime during Katrina Week turned out to be true.

Carnival Diary, part 3

| Posted 02.21.2006 | Politics
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Not really a Carnival day, no parades on this Monday, but a joyful little evening inside Donna's, the club on Rampart Street that's been holding high ...

Free Speech Without Cartoons

| Posted 02.21.2006 | Media
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David Irving, a famous Holocaust denier in England, has just been sentenced to three years in jail by an Austrian court.