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Entries by Harry Shearer from 02/2008

Super (and Fat) Tuesday

| Posted 02.06.2008 | Politics

Most of the national media have long since given up bringing the facts of why New Orleans flooded to the public's attention. Now, the candidates, all working their poll-approved themes, choose not to.

Waterboarding: The Best Defense

| Posted 02.06.2008 | Politics

Okay, we've moved the ball a little bit on the subject of waterboarding. After an unseemly period of dodges and feints adding up to "We don't torture...

What Obama Brought to New Orleans

| Posted 02.07.2008 | Politics

In the wake of the catastrophic failure of that system, some serious questions have had to be asked, and answered. Mr. Obama seemed oblivious to this development.

What (Mr.) Clinton Brought to New Orleans

| Posted 02.09.2008 | Politics

Bill Clinton focused entirely on issues of recovery in his appearance in New Orleans. What was missing? Exactly what's been missing from Sens. Edwards' and Obama's statements.

The Crime Problem in New Orleans Public Housing

| Posted 02.12.2008 | Politics

People like to assert a contrast between a culture of corruption in New Orleans and what goes on in Washington. Yes, everybody's got a sense of humor these days.

Baseball: When a Broadcast Isn't a Report

| Posted 02.14.2008 | Media

The most absurd moment in an absurd day on Capitol Hill came midway through the Clemens-McNamee tussle Wednesday, and it centered on the most absurd issue raised at the hearing.

The Other Shoe Drops on the FEMA Trailers

| Posted 02.14.2008 | Politics

The Centers for Disease Control came out with the results of testing on the formaldehyde levels in the FEMA trailers on the Gulf Coast, and the bottom line is: get the people out of those trailers.

The Corps Just Keeps The Hits Comin'

| Posted 02.14.2008 | Politics

Lost in all of the major-league screw-ups is one crucial fact: the Corps of Engineers did not have large sandbags pre-stationed as the hurricane approached.

What Happened in Vegas Stayed in Vegas

| Posted 02.21.2008 | Entertainment

All reports from New Orleans indicate a generally peaceful and happy week of All-Star events, with quotes of satisfaction from NBA officials and locals alike.

The Unasked Question About the McCain Story

| Posted 02.21.2008 | Politics

It's understandable, if unfortunate, that the angle that most appeals to TV news talking heads -- would-be journalists, after all -- is the journalistic angle.

The Pulitzer for Getting Katrina Right is Yet to be Awarded

| Posted 02.25.2008 | Media

One of these years, a major paper will reveal in a dramatic series that New Orleans flooded because of design and construction flaws by the Army Corps and Engineers, and will win a Pulitzer for its efforts.

FEMA Trailers -- Test Them Yourself, Then Go Screw Yourself

| Posted 02.28.2008 | Politics

A volunteer for the local Sierra Club was testing in New Orleans, as soon as she heard reports of symptoms from the toxic gas, and the Feds -- guess what? -- ignored her reports.

Plagiarism: The Other Shoe Drops

| Posted 02.29.2008 | Media

An Indiana blogger exposes a serial plagiarist in an interesting locale: the White House. The offender has already copped to the most recent offense.