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Entries by Harry Shearer from 08/2007

New Orleans: The Anniversary Stories Begin

| Posted 08.03.2007 | Media
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At last, a non-New Orleanian who grasps, and communicates, what happened to the Big Easy. Will Grunwald's powerful and early-in-the-anniversary-storystakes start a rethink at other MSM outlets?

"Too Many Weak Links"

| Posted 08.05.2007 | Politics
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Katrina's surge at this spot was no more than ten feet. The American people paid the Corps to be almost four feet short of protecting the city. Too many weak links indeed.

The Template Rules

| Posted 08.06.2007 | Media
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Editors at CNN and elsewhere have dismissed the Corps story as "too complicated" or "inside baseball", but the reality is doing that story would require correcting the template.

Who's Using Whom?

| Posted 08.07.2007 | Media
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If you're going to be making fun of politicians, you don't hang out with them.

Suggested Homework for Dem Committee Chairmen

| Posted 08.08.2007 | Politics
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A higher percentage of Congressmen and Senators have visited Iraq than have visited Mississippi and New Orleans.

Why New Orleanians Feel Nervous

| Posted 08.09.2007 | Politics
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The long-term future of the city depends on the restoration of the wetlands. But the immediate and short-term future of New Orleans depends on a stronger, smarter storm surge protection system.

The Feds Won't Let Us

| Posted 08.12.2007 | Politics
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For all those who've been suggesting that New Orleanians are whiny beggars demanding things from the federal government that they should be doing on their own, here comes the Times-Picayune with a deadly rebuttal.

He Found the Cow

| Posted 08.14.2007 | Politics
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What started out as stunning rumors over the weekend, for those interested in New Orleans city politics, ended up as a guilty plea on Monday.

So Visiting Isn't Enough

| Posted 08.14.2007 | Politics
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, leading a tour of selected Congressional Dems to New Orleans, was trying to send the message that she understands and cares, and instead put her foot in it.

An Aha! Moment

| Posted 08.17.2007 | Politics
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For those who've kept insisting that the federal government isn't responsible for the flooding of New Orleans here comes an Aha! moment from an officer of the U.S. Department of Justice, Robin Smith.

Outside the Bubble: Iraq's Med Crisis

| Posted 08.21.2007 | Media
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The mainstream media seem to be embubbled -- still listening to the officials returning from their Green Zone dog-and-pony shows, while ignoring the reality of life in the other 99% of the country.

New Orleans' Medical Crisis, and the Solution

| Posted 08.24.2007 | Politics
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As the state and the Feds continue to wrangle over the future of the city's health care structure, it's important to know who's getting the job done in the meantime.

The Flooding Didn't Destroy Enough Houses

| Posted 08.28.2007 | Politics
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New Orleans, if you want real help, please schedule your next failure of the federal levees during an even-numbered year, like the subprime borrowers did. READ MORE K Plus 2 Equals... People I know here are aghast at the notion that DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff's name was even floated as a replacement for Alberto Gonzales. READ MORE Timing is Everything Can't they ever get it right? Tonight, NBC New Orleans Bureau Chief Martin Savidge said bells rang in New Orleans today at approximately 9:30 a.m., the "moment the first levee breached". READ MORE
Harry Shearer's Two Years of New Orleans Coverage

K Plus 2 Equals...

| Posted 08.29.2007 | Politics
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People I know here are aghast at the notion that DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff's name was even floated as a replacement for Alberto Gonzales. It was Chertoff, not Brown, who was busy in Atlanta on Katrina Tuesday, attending a bird flu conference.

Timing is Everything

| Posted 08.29.2007 | Media
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Can't they ever get it right? Tonight, NBC New Orleans Bureau Chief Martin Savidge said bells rang in New Orleans today at approximately 9:30 a.m., the "moment the first levee breached."

New Orleans: K Plus 3 Begins

| Posted 08.30.2007 | Media

The most undercovered story in the anniversary derby: the political fight between Washington and the state and locals over the future of public housing and medical care for the indigent.

Tonight's Hot Political Rumor

| Posted 08.31.2007 | Politics

Republican Senator Larry Craig of Idaho will announce tomorrow that he's resigning from the Senate to spend more time with his men's room.