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Entries by Harry Shearer from 05/2006

A Jazzfest Diary, Part 4

| Posted 05.01.2006 | Media
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The city was never that great at keeping the streets paved--that sort of thing takes organization--but the potholes springing up right now are works the Corps of Engineers would be proud of.

A Jazzfest Diary, part 5

| Posted 05.03.2006 | Media
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We watched a long, slow, ethereal sunset tainted only by the first real sighting of our previous main nemesis (before the Corps), Formosan termites.

Cornering the Corps

| Posted 05.03.2006 | Media
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Listen and see if you'd trust your life and property to these people. We are. Elected representatives and media pundits focused on FEMA, but the Corps remains a far more intractable problem.

A Surprise a Day

| Posted 05.04.2006 | Media
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Not properly designed. That's engineer-speak for "the Corps of Engineers drowned New Orleans and came close to drowning Jefferson Parish."

Two Surprises a Day

| Posted 05.05.2006 | Media
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The fix of the side of the Industrial Canal that flooded the lower Ninth Ward will entail raising that side. The other side, facing the main part of the city, has not been raised -- yet.

A Jazzfest Diary, part 6

| Posted 05.08.2006 | Huffington Post

Hard to keep up a diary during the last week, the days and nights too full, and the city's vaunted free wi-fi system too recalcitrant. But some conversations were too disturbing not to be reported...

Holding Up a Cracked Mirror

| Posted 05.09.2006 | Media
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I emailed Kurtz with the question of why he, like the media he criticized, conflated the hurricane with the floods (which did the damage he observed, under the equally clueless tutelage of Brian Wiliams).

An ACE Up Their Sleeve

| Posted 05.12.2006 | Huffington Post

I guess you could say it serves New Orleanians right for believing any promises being issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, but after months of heari...

Ready for the Next One?

| Posted 05.13.2006 | Huffington Post

Saturday's Times-Picayune carries a story on FEMA's supposedly much-improved posture regarding preparation for this year's hurricane season: Even bef...

Someone Else Notices That the Corps Is Rotten

| Posted 05.14.2006 | Media
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All those commenters who've thought I was "nit-picking" or being "obsessive" in my focus on the culpability of the Army Corps of Engineers for the drowning of New Orleans: it's not just me.

We Fail to Report, You Conclude, We Report on Your Conclusion

| Posted 05.17.2006 | Media
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The crystalline moment of what I've feared, the political consequences of the national media's failure to report on the "why" of the Katrina disaster, came during last night's New Orleans mayoral debate.

Checking the Restaurant Numbers in New Orleans

| Posted 05.18.2006 | Huffington Post

There are many bad-news stories about New Orleans, but the restaurant scene isn't one of them.

Landrieu -- A True Democrat

| Posted 05.21.2006 | Huffington Post

Landrieu's debate stance was, as a New Orleans friend wrote, courteous, in line with New Orleans traditions. But if there was ever a time to put the courtesy aside, this was it.

A Nutty Scenario

| Posted 05.22.2006 | Huffington Post

Given that the "anti-cut-and-run" position is now that the reduction of violence is the key to the withdrawal of the Americans, wouldn't it be in the interest of the insurgents to, contrarily, ramp up the violence?

Dr. Seed Plants One on the Corps

| Posted 05.22.2006 | Media
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Explain to me how a story with this second-paragraph quote belongs on Page 19. Is the cause of the drowning of a major American city really just a local story?

NYT Says Levees Are Front-Page News, As Long as It's Good News

| Posted 05.25.2006 | Media
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This kind of good-news-on-the-front- page, bad-news-deep-inside approach would delight the Administration were it applied to Iraq. But it's just applied to the drowning of a great American city.

It Really IS Another Hemisphere

| Posted 05.27.2006 | Huffington Post

Does the idea of a general sent in by the national government to keep the contractors and insurance companies in line after a disaster sound remotely like something that could happen here?

Whaddaya Know? A Big Corps Oops.

| Posted 05.30.2006 | Huffington Post

For those, unlike Eugene Robinson in today's WaPo, who still think Hurricane Katrina was the primary cause of the disaster that struck New Orleans, here's a confounding story.