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News Update for Sept. 11

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Hurricane Katrina. Natural Disaster. Hurricane Katrina Relief. Human Disaster.

Old FEMA. Federal Emergency Management Agency. New FEMA. Feeble Effort at Managing Aftermath.

Inept FEMA Director Michael Brown relieved of post-storm operations after President Bush tells “Brownie” he’s doing “a heck of a job.” Ranks right up there with “Mission Accomplished.”

Homeland Security Director says Brown is going back to Washington to deal with potential future disasters. That’s certainly re-assuring.

Bush Administration insists Brown wasn’t fired. And everybody in New Orleans will be visited by the tooth fairy.

Barbara Bush visits Houston Astrodome, says “So many of the people here…were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.” Let ‘em eat cake.

Vice President Cheney finally returns from vacation, tours storm-ravaged states. Probably making sure Halliburton gets its share of reconstruction contracts.

White House decries playing the “Blame Game.” Translation: Don’t blame Bush—He was on vacation.

Ignoring White House admonition, conservative activist Grover Norquist blames post-storm disorder on “looting in a Democratic city run by a Democratic Mayor and a Democratic Governor.” Yo, Grove, what about Katrina? She a Democrat, too?

Speaking of the Blame Game, whatever happened to the Plame Game? Special Prosecutor Ed Fitzgerald must be getting paid by the hour.

Federal government asks media not to show pictures of dead people in New Orleans. Hey, this ain’t Iraq!

President Hosni Mubarek wins re-election in Egypt. What a big surprise!

Investigation into scandal-ridden oil-for-food program in Iraq concludes that Secretary General Kofi Annan failed to curb corruption and mismanagement at the United Nations. Another big surprise! Maybe he can get a consulting job at FEMA.

No pictures allowed at William Rehnquist’s funeral. First Amendment buried along with Chief Justice.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez coming to U.S. for U. N. meeting. Guess he won’t be appearing on the 700 Club.

Venezuela considering trying to extradite Pat Robertson. Let’s make a deal. Venezuela gets Robertson. We get 700 barrels of oil.