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Entries by Harry Shearer from 03/2006

Carnival Diary, The End

| Posted 03.01.2006 | Politics
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The time of benign insanity is sadly, suddenly, finally over, and the city and the area now return to the malign insanity of the real situation.

Zero Learning Curve, continued

| Posted 03.01.2006 | Media
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Hurricane-buckled? Lost members to Katrina? The storm that smashed thousands of homes? Sorry, AP writer, join the Gang of Ignorance.

Carnival Diary Postscript

| Posted 03.02.2006 | Huffington Post

Our gratitude for those who really do keep the flame burning reminded the crowd--black, white, young, old--why we keep coming back.

Learn While You Earn

| Posted 03.03.2006 | Media
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Nancy Grace's staff was ordered to attend a workshop on reporting basics to help remedy lax journalistic standards.

Correcting the Katrina Record, cont.

| Posted 03.04.2006 | Media
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We all know by now that the early "reports"--i.e., unsubstantiated rumors repeated on air--regarding conditions in Katrina-time New Orleans were, to p...

Overtopping vs. Breaching

| Posted 03.04.2006 | Media
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A major GOP talking point on the Katrina briefing video has focused on the distinction between "breaching" and "overtopping". But those two terms have been confused for months.

Good Game of Catchup

| Posted 03.06.2006 | Media
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Somebody, some day, is going to do a good, long, multi-part investigative piece about the Army Corps, the way it works, and the way it doesn't work.

What's Wrong with the Dems?

| Posted 03.08.2006 | Huffington Post

The Democrats borrowed their new slogan from John Kerry, and now they're arguing about its syntax. Case closed.

Playing Katrina Catchup, Cont.

| Posted 03.08.2006 | Media
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Two different independent engineering groups are finding serious fault with the materials used to repair the levee on the east side of New Orleans.

Fantasy Assignment Desk--What's Taking FEMA So Long?

| Posted 03.10.2006 | Media
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Without flood plain maps, insurers, lenders and others crucial to the rebuilding sit on the sidelines and wait. What's taking FEMA so long with those maps?

The Other Trial

| Posted 03.13.2006 | Media
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When you're busy creating the new Yugoslavia in the Middle East, there's not really any need for the old one.

New Orleans: The View from Mid-City

| Posted 03.13.2006 | Media
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For a wonderful, feet-on-the-street slice of how New Orleans is, right now, you can't beat Chris Rose's column in today's T-P.

Fantasy Assignment Desk--the Federal Katrina Money

| Posted 03.15.2006 | Media
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What's hard to discern as the debate sharpens in the House Appropriations Jungle is how much of the money has been spent, and on what.

The King Thing

| Posted 03.16.2006 | Media
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A recent spate of articles allege that Larry King--hold on to your chairs, America--doesn't research his subjects and focuses to an immoderate degree on celebrities.

Good Knight, and Good Luck

| Posted 03.17.2006 | Media
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What's missing from the mainstream business media's stories about the forced Knight-Ridder sale? Any sense of what's at stake.

Where the Money Went -- A Followup

| Posted 03.19.2006 | Media
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Much of the federal money, though certainly not all, is paying back what the citizens of New Orleans invested in their own future. How's that, Cato Institute?

Breaking News -- Oh, Never Mind

| Posted 03.19.2006 | Media
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Jim Muir doesn't usually do news media coverage, but "news" of Operation Swarmer was apparently too weird for him.

Where the Katrina Money Went, cont.

| Posted 03.20.2006 | Media
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Now we're getting somewhere. Today's Washington Post makes it clear that, when billions of federal dollars are involved in emergency-response operati...

The Last Word on the Levees--Maybe

| Posted 03.21.2006 | Media
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The Army Corps of Engineers meets a much lower standard in constructing levees than it does in constructing dams, even earthen dams.

Self-Promotion, Bloggy Style

| Posted 03.22.2006 | Huffington Post

The major NYC press have been happy to ignore both my presence and the promotional purpose of my visit.

Fact-Checking: It's So Old Media. Not.

| Posted 03.23.2006 | Media
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Bill Keller's NYTimes is turning page two into a regular Sorry We Didn't Check That Department.

Two Differerent Worlds

| Posted 03.23.2006 | Media
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In one world, people's homes have been destroyed by federal incompetence and compensation may never come. In the other, they can be compensated for their property and yet retain it intact.

And a Third Different World

| Posted 03.24.2006 | Media
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Katrina, the Endangered Species payouts, and the contracting corruption in Iraq need to be sewn together so people can see the larger picture.

Is Chris Matthews, or His Booker, Kidding?

| Posted 03.24.2006 | Media
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Arguing against Christopher Hitchens on Hardball was...the Rev. Al Sharpton. I'm not kidding. What, Queen Latifah wasn't available?

The Red Cross, Busted

| Posted 03.26.2006 | Media
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Sunday's Washington Post reports on an investigation of the Red Cross (and the Humane Society) by the La. Attorney General.