Showing posts from September, 2005

How Bush Blew It

Bureaucratic timidity. Bad phone lines. And a failure of imagination. Why the government was so slow to respond to catastrophe.

By Evan Thomas
Sept. 19, 2005 issue - It's a standing joke among the president's top aides: who gets to deliver the bad news? Warm and hearty in public, Bush can be cold and snappish in private, and aides sometimes cringe before the displeasure of the president of the United States, or, as he is known in West Wing jargon, POTUS. The bad news on this early morning, Tuesday, Aug. 30, some 24 hours after Hurricane Katrina had ripped through New Orleans, was that the president would have to cut short his five-week vacation by a couple of days and return to Washington. The president's chief of staff, Andrew Card; his deputy chief of staff, Joe Hagin; his counselor, Dan Bartlett, and his spokesman, Scott McClellan, held a conference call to discuss the question of the president's early return and the delicate task of telling him. Hagin, it was…

O Zone Reality Check??

10:30 Monday:
The usual prograstination before I finally disnii'sh (I am beginning to work)...
is the biggest vulnerability of someone with my level of ADD!

I have so many things to do, but I would rather talk to you for a few minutes, especially after the current love of my life tells me how beautiful I am. M wants to hold my shaved head in between her awaiting mammary glands. She wants me to stop by KC on the way back to my
"I'll just hop a lear jet back to my desert airstrip at the foot of my backyard in front of my Mt. Serendipachi."
(I kissed her and she bit, but she made me feel so good after I climbed her.)

M gave me good news from Lillian, my favorite webmistress, can help me publish my book through the net with a special colored cover and in spiral for only $7.00 and only 3 cents a page after that! Wow to be a published novelist! We will have to find the meatiest and most humorous essays cutting down white anglo saxon rednecks and wannabee Stepfor…

Lunch with Andre



by David Holzel

Soup, cabbage and surrealism with poet Andrei Codrescu.

A Joke:
The people are waiting in a long line to enter the food store. A commissar arrives. "The Jews must leave the line," he orders.

After an hour, the wait is still interminable, so the commissar announces: "Non-party members must leave the line."

An hour later the commissar returns. "There's nothing in the store. Everybody go home!"

The people leave, grumbling, "The Jews always have it good."

You can't take Eastern Europe out of Andrei Codrescu. Even after three decades in America, the Romanian-born poet, novelist and guardian of the jokes that made life bearable in the communist world still sees through the eyes of a Jew raised in that fallen utopia.
"Stories are what define us, what keeps us knowing who we are," says Codrescu, 51, known for his sardonic commentaries on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." "Being…

Where's the National Guard??

Watching In Shock From Afar

BAGHDAD, Sept. 1, 2005
Katrina Hits La. GIs In Iraq
Capt. Terence Ryan of the Louisiana National Guard, on The Early Show Thursday (Photo: CBS/EARLY SHOW)

"I've been to (Operation) Desert Storm (in the first Gulf War) and deployed overseas prior to this, but this pretty much takes the cake."
Capt. Terence Ryan, Louisiana National Guard

(CBS) Soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard are in New Orleans, taking part in rescue and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

But nearly 3,000 of their comrades can't help. They're thousands of miles away, deployed in Iraq.

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan reports from Baghdad that many have lost their houses back home, and they're anxious about the safety of loved ones.

When they're not out on combat operations or doing their jobs in Iraq, Logan says, they've been glued to the TV, "watching in shock from afar."

One is Capt. Terence Ryan, who tells Logan, "We're st…