Monday, September 19, 2005

Once Around - In Living Color

Majikthise links us to an interview with the mayor of Gretna, Louisiana via Help Chalk.

"The wrath of God struck New Orleans, and it spared us. We were hurt, but we did not see the wrath of God."

J. Miller Rampant leads us to this in the Huffington Post.

"The evidence of the administration’s folly is iron clad. As NBC reported back in March of 2004 military planners had drawn up plans to take out Zarqawi at least three separate times before the start of the war but Condoleezza Rice and the National Security Council consistently vetoed that action. Now I know Ms. Rice a bit. She was one of my advisors on a college panel I was on at Stanford. I found her charming and understanding. Yet her blindness to Al Qaeda’s plans to hijack an airliner despite bold-type warnings in her briefings, and then her and her administration’s actually scrapping plans to take out Zarqawi when they could amount to lethal blunders (or worse) of historic proportion."

The Bush Administration could be the most evil and underhanded in American history, OR they could just be the most incompetent.

At the Pen and Sword, Commander Huber has the neocons list of ten bad reasons to stay the course in Iraq. Here's a sample:

"5. We need to support our troops.

I applaud and deeply respect our men and women in uniform for their magnificent service and sacrifice. These are my people, remember? However, comma...

In the first place, we are supporting our troops--to the tune of nearly half a trillion dollars a year.

Second, when we continue to commit those men and women in uniform to a struggle for which there is no military solution, we are abusing them, not supporting them.

Third--and most importantly--America does not exist for the purpose of supporting its military. Our military exists to support America. And if it's not defending us at home or achieving our national aims overseas, it's not supporting our country."

It can't possibly be good for Tom Delay, George Bush or the Republican Party that David Hossein Safavian, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget and former Chief of Staff at the General Services Administration, was arrested today on a based on a "three- count criminal complaint filed at federal court in Washington, D.C. The complaint charges Safavian with making false statements to a GSA ethics officer and the GSA-OIG, along with obstruction of a GSA-OIG investigation."

"The affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint alleges that from May 16, 2002 until January 10, 2004, Safavian served as Chief of Staff at the GSA. During that time he allegedly aided a Washington D.C. lobbyist in the lobbyist's attempts to acquire GSA-controlled property in and around Washington, D.C. In August 2002, this lobbyist allegedly took Safavian and others on a golf trip to Scotland."

The lobbyist in question? Jack Abramoff, perhaps. Other members of the foursome include, Congressman Tom Delay. Read the fine print at TPM.

Democratic Veteran read the blog of someone who listens to AM radio. How quaint. Much the same as the idea that political patronage won't influence rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

"I'm listening to WWL-AM in New Orleans. They have thus far received several calls from local contractors who say that FEMA is not allowing them to help with the recovery effort, that only out-of-state contractors are on the ground. One guy reports that the only way he can get hired as a subcontractor is to give a kickback to the contractor hired by FEMA."

Like global warming, no one could have seen that one coming.

Quote of the day:

"A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy." Benjamin Disraeli