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Entries by Harry Shearer from 10/2006

Sunday Shows--The Booking is the Message

| Posted 10.01.2006 | Politics
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Dan Bartlett, who bears some such title as White House Director of Communication, is a defensive placeholder, booked on the shows to give the official response to the wave of negative news.

Buried Lede Dept.: Habeas What?

| Posted 10.02.2006 | Politics
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The idea that the notion of abrogating a right that goes back to the Magna Carta was "scarcely even discussed" is highly newsworthy, even in the present degraded context of the word.

New Orleans: Misplaced Priorities?

| Posted 10.04.2006 | Media
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It has been boilerplate liberalism for more than a week that the reopening of the Louisiana Superdome reflects screwed-up priorities in the recovery of New Orleans.

Charles, Would You Like a Clue?

| Posted 10.10.2006 | Media
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Can a longtime network news employee really be so ignorant about how the advertising side of his business works? If so, what else might he be ignorant about?

New Orleans: A Call for Volunteers

| Posted 10.12.2006 | Business
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The weather is nice and cool, the people are great, and the work is important. The folks whose main resource was their house are depending on volunteers to enable their return home.

9/11 Federal Aid Program Filled with Fraud?

| Posted 10.14.2006 | Media
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So says the NY Daily News in a report of a House Homeland Security subcommittee's study of the more than $21 billion program. Nuggetty highlights: ...

New Orleans: the Feds Drowneth and Then Taketh Away

| Posted 10.18.2006 | Politics
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Two government instituitions appear to be administering a lethally effective one-two punch to the hopes of the working poor to return to New Orleans any time soon.

A Democratic Post-Katrina Agenda? Maybe

| Posted 10.20.2006 | Politics
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I asked in this space months ago for the name of one elected Democrat not from the Katrina disaster zone who had spoken out, forcefully and repeatedly, on the issues of the disaster.

New Orleans: A Columnist Faces the Abyss

| Posted 10.23.2006 | Huffington Post

Chris Rose had "found his voice" and nobody from the city could read his columns without laughing and crying in rapid sequence.

Rand--Studying Everywhere but Here

| Posted 10.24.2006 | Media
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A quote from the study's author reveals that he may have studied China and the Netherlands but he doesn't seem to have studied New Orleans.

How to Play Catch-up and Bury the Lede at the Same Time

| Posted 10.25.2006 | Media
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The Army Corps and its contracting practices were at the center of the Post's story, way back when. The Times story leaves out the cozy that explains how such a massive failure could have occurred.

The Corps Report: Take Two?

| Posted 10.27.2006 | Huffington Post

Yes, it's just me that has a case against the US Army of Engineers for their role in drowning New Orleans. Me and the scientists who have reviewed the Corps mea kinda culpa from last summer.