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Entries by Harry Shearer from 04/2007

The Corps: Slipping and Sliding in Sacramento

| Posted 04.03.2007 | Politics
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In the "it's not just New Orleans" file comes a story indicating that the Army Corps of Engineers doesn't confine its building of faulty levees and floodwalls to the Crescent City.

The David Hicks "Plea": Only an Australian Story?

| Posted 04.04.2007 | Media
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This story from Australia's ABC unearths Hicks' sworn statement to British authorities, in which he details the torture he now has sworn to the Americans he won't say happened.

The "War on Terror"--Is the War Model All Wrong?

| Posted 04.08.2007 | Politics
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Since the war model has served us so well regarding drugs, we might--that is to say, those not in or supporting the administration might--take this lesson to heart.

Imus in the Twilight

| Posted 04.10.2007 | Media
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Most cogent moment: amidst the welter of calls for "something good to come from this"--including Imus' pledge to "build something positive out of this"--that something has already been found.

Imus--When is a Supension Not a Suspension?

| Posted 04.11.2007 | Media
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Is Imus' two-week suspension from his radio show and simulcast gigs paid or unpaid? If it's a paid suspension, it's what we civilians would call a "vacation."

All the News that Fits--Eventually

| Posted 04.11.2007 | Media
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This is as good a barometer as any of where the New Orleans story sits in the American (east coast) news ecology--we'll get to it eventually.

Proof: Bush is Worse than Nagin

| Posted 04.11.2007 | Politics
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That the White House is now, in the fifth year of the Iraq war, trying to find a "czar," proves that there are "leaders" in this country who take even longer to grasp the obvious than does Mr. Nagin.

The Imus Story is Over; The Wolfowitz Story is Buried Under It

| Posted 04.13.2007 | Media
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Don't waste all your schadenfreude on Imus. At the World Bank, Wolfowitz is pushing through promotions and raises for his squeeze while lecturing the poor countries of the world about corruption and good governance.

Bad News in New Orleans: the Corps says "Trust Us" Again

| Posted 04.14.2007 | Politics
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Amid murmurings of reassurance from Corps spokespeople, the Corps is having its work overseen by...the Corps.

A Media-Savvy Murderer

| Posted 04.18.2007 | Media
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A society in which it's easier to become famous for killing people than for doing something useful or constructive is one remarkable place in which to live.

A New Orleans Landmark Moment

| Posted 04.19.2007 | Politics
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Even in a normal news week, this would receive zero attention from the national media, but it's a remarkable story of the New Orleans comeback, a revi...

A Visit Inside the Bubble

| Posted 04.22.2007 | Politics
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Saturday night's White House Correspondents' dinner was no doubt to be the only time in my life when I occupied the same room as Condi Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, and Sanjaya.

Just a Question, Wolfie

| Posted 04.23.2007 | Politics
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Why is your girlfriend's salary tax-free?

New Orleans: "A Lot of People Want to Come Home"

| Posted 04.27.2007 | Politics
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Some people outside New Orleans appear to assume that everything's okay now, because we're having Mardi Gras and Jazzfest. Others seem to imagine that the city is still substantially under water.