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Entries by Harry Shearer from 07/2006

The Corps: Forced to Back Away?

| Posted 07.01.2006 | Media
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Senator Mary Landrieu thought she'd authored a law requiring the Corps of Engineers to deliver a plan for so-called Category 5 hurricane protection for New Orleans and southern Louisiana.

It's Now Embedded as MSM Wisdom...

| Posted 07.03.2006 | Media
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That somehow a hurricane that brushed by New Orleans actually succeeded in flooding 80% of it--has become the conventional un-wisdom.

What Do You Mean, You Don't Need Your Trailer Any More?

| Posted 07.03.2006 | Media
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For those who may have thought we had finally understood the extent of FEMA's fecklessness, today's Times-Picayune brings news of a new frontier crossed.

CNN Presents--Celebralism

| Posted 07.06.2006 | Media
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Anderson Cooper's interview of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw added nothing to what anyone sentient knows about the story of New Orleans and the Gulf.

Celebralism--A Follow-Up

| Posted 07.08.2006 | Media
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No, AC, there is no "The Plan," Soviet-style, imposed from above. But what has transpired could well turn out to be the best possible outcome, under the circumstances.

Why Can't Murdoch's US Media Report This?

| Posted 07.10.2006 | Media
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Rupert Murdoch's London Sunday Times prints a long piece by a reporter who's actually spent more time in Afghanistan than, say, Geraldo.

The State of the Hurricane-Warming Debate

| Posted 07.11.2006 | Media
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There actually appears to be one, unlike the phoney global warming debate ginned up by--well, the ginners.

Yes, You Can Sue the Corps--Twice

| Posted 07.12.2006 | Media
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Gee, if MSNBC hadn't just cancelled their "program of record" on legal issues, The Abrams Report, this might be a newsworthy story beyond the state line.

Red Buttons

| Posted 07.13.2006 | Politics
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I saw him performing a couple of years ago at a friend's first wedding anniversary party. Buttons was razor sharp, fresh, unpredictable, with the delivery of a master.

Maybe Mitt Romney Should Run for Governor of Louisiana

| Posted 07.14.2006 | Politics
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Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has introduced emergency legislation to take inspection of the highway and tunnel system away from the Turnpike Authority.

Why Wasn't Brad Pitt Prepared?

| Posted 07.15.2006 | Media
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You probably saw the quote right here--Brad Pitt was unprepared for the scale of devastation he saw as he toured New Orleans. Most Senators and Congr...

The Missing Point of "Yo, Blair!"

| Posted 07.19.2006 | Media
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Somebody should ask Tony whether he's ever before noticed the President's keen sense of irony.

Don't Call FEMA in a Disaster, Call USDA

| Posted 07.22.2006 | Politics
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A warm and wonderful counterpoint to the distressing tales of FEMA's feckless response to Katrina is this report about the US Department of Agriculture's Livestock Compensation Program.

Frat Boy or Rapper?

| Posted 07.23.2006 | Politics
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My take on George W. Bush's shitspeak to Tony Blair last week, aired on Sunday's Le Show nationwide and worldwide, is available here.

Doing Their Roots

| Posted 07.25.2006 | Huffington Post

Now, as a defense against calls for an immediate cease fire, conservatives--at least the Administration variety--embrace the addressing of "root causes".

Remember New Orleans?

| Posted 07.27.2006 | Media
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I know it's tough, with AC on the other side of the world, but New Orleans hurtles, or crawls forward toward its reunion with the MSM on August 29.

New Orleans: Not Waiting for The Plan

| Posted 07.30.2006 | Media
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Despite the cant of those who want to see the folks down there as lazy parasites, it's clear to anyone who spends time in the city that there's a whole lot of bootstrappin' going on.

Maybe He's Found the Secret Formula

| Posted 07.31.2006 | Media
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CNN viewers are still waiting for the "layered sense" of what is behind the failure of the levees and floodwalls.