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Political Tidbits 3/15/06

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Republican or Democrat, American or Foreign, the politicos are fine subject for speculation, rumination and a bit of derision

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Imitates General Honore

General Honore is some poobah in the National Guard who captured the whimsy of the country after storming into New Orleans with his tough words and in-charge attitude. He also made one of the more popular phrases of this year part of the national dialogue.

I speak specifically of Honore’s famous “stuck on stupid” comment that resonated, if ever, during the mess that was the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

From Sweetness and Light.comImage hosted by Photobucket.com, we have a picture of the fine Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans, all dignified looking as he rides his horse down the streets of his city. How handsome is this fellow who left his citizens to drown as school buses sat up to their wheel wells in water, unused for an evacuation Louisiana politicos did not want to enact?

Does riding that horse give Nagin the respect of General Honore? We thinks not. It only makes him look “stuck on stupid”.

Here’s An Interesting Tidbit on AP’s Famous Nothing Katrina Tape Story

Recall yon reader, if you will, Dan Rather, CBS, and those “fake-but-accurate” documents about Bush’s National Guard service. Move on now to the recent AP story that had “secret tapes” (heh) of the weather service advising a group of administration types that the coming Katrina storm might “overtop” the levees.

The “overtop” word being critical here. Because Bush had stated, before this big secret tape was suddenly “discovered” by the AP, that no one suspected the levees would be breached.

First, that tape was nowhere near secret. Indeed a viewer can see before their lying eyes a whole bunch of news people in the room. If my ageing memory serves me right, I believe I saw that same news clip myself during all the Katrina brouhaha.

Second, the AP called Bush a liar and they had this “secret” tape to prove it. Only the weather guy, who knows nothing about breaching at any rate, said the levees might be “overtopped”.

A breach is when you fill a bowl with water and suddenly a hole breaks in the vessel. All of the water inside will drain out. Overtopping is when too much water is poured into the bowl and the excess the bowl can’t contain will flow over the top until at a level the vessel can contain.

I’m no weather guy and I’ve no degree in engineering. But I can understand the difference between breaching and overtopping.

Here’s a video of that famous secret tape.

From Wizbangblog.com, we discover some interesting connections between the bogus AP story and CBS.

Note the authors in the quote below.


WASHINGTON (AP) – In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans’ Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.

So Wizbang does some more investigating, God Bless America for Google searches. Tada! Guess who was a producer on 60 Minutes II. Read for yourself, copied from CBS’ own web site.

Margaret Ebrahim (2003)
CBS News, 60 Minutes II

Who is this woman and why is she always involved in such lies against this administration? And what kind of name is “Ebrahim” anyway?

Speaking of the AP

From the Drudge Report, let us document for posterity that the AP did make a retraction. It’s almost criminal that they lied like they did to begin with.

In a March 1 story, The Associated Press reported that federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees in New Orleans, citing confidential video footage of an Aug. 28 briefing among U.S. officials.
The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees, rather than the levees breaking.

The day before the storm hit, Bush was told there were grave concerns that the levees could be overrun. It wasn’t until the next morning, as the storm was hitting, that Michael Brown, then head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bush had inquired about reports of breaches. Bush did not participate in that briefing.

Dave Gregory Drunk on Imus

Well I don’t know if he was drunk, although Imus himself labeled him as such. Gregory was in India covering the president and hey, don’t they have water pipes to use with interesting intoxicants in that country?

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The PA Bouncing Checks

From Little Green Footballs we learn that the Palestinian Authority is having money troubles.

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The private Israeli firm that provides gasoline to the Palestinian Authority said a check for more than 22 million dollars bounced last week and announced it has stopped deliveries.

“A check for 103 million shekels (22.4 million dollars) made out to Dor-Allon was returned unpaid last week and we have stopped deliveries because the Palestinian arrears are accumulating,” a Dor-Allon spokesman told AFP Monday.

Amid the threat of a fuel crisis in the Palestinian territories, an Israeli official questioned by AFP said the “government cannot intervene in a matter involving a private contract.”


Elect a terrorist government. That’s the ticket.

Not to worry. The EU covered the check.

Newt for Prez?

From the times I’ve seen Newt Gingrich out and about the man has been anything but coy about his presidential ambitions. By me Newt has a chance to beat John McCain for the Republican nomination because so many conservatives are disgusted with “moderate” McCain.

Below, Newt, founder of “Contract With America”, waxes on about this administration’s PR battle. Assuring us, we must assume, that Newt’s the man to make it all right.

From Opinion Journal.com:

Image hosted by Photobucket.comHere, flush with the recollection of his own accomplishments, impatience sets in. “So if you’re asking me, is it possible to be inarticulate, confused and uncertain and win a major policy battle, the answer is no. Do I think the president, the House and the Senate — if they systematically went to the country and laid out a positive plan that would make more sense — could they win? The answer is yes.”

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About pat fish

  • Great stuff, Pat, especially on the key difference between an ‘overtopping’ and a ‘breach’, which the mainstream media has managed to totally bury. That last comment on Ebrahim’s name might strike some as a bit racist, though.


  • Jackie

    The point is not whether the president was briefed on the leevees being breached OR overrun.
    Either way the water from the lake, would be in the streets of New Orleans
    It is the complete lack of immediate response and the dragging of feet once they did respond, that is the issue.

  • JP

    Nagin is a twit, first off, trying to get reelected. He’s got to try anything. As for breach vs. overtop, there is a difference and it’s likely much less water would have entered had it only been overtopping. Overtopping could lead to what we witnessed, but it would’ve taken a much stronger hurricane to raise the lake and river level that high.

    Still the response was catastrophically bad, and that finger points at all 3 levels–local, state, and federal. The feds can’t escape this one. Even if you assume all the local agencies and such should be sacked, and the governor should go, you still have an impotent response from FEMA.

    A recent article on TomPaine.com sums this one up in my opinion: “There’s a realization going around Washington these days. It goes something like this: If an administration gets elected by saying government is bad, it follows that they will appoint people who don’t care about governing. Hurricane Katrina demostrated this in spades last year.”

    Not caring about government is how the administration allowed a crony like Michael Brown, from the horse administration, to be in charge of a vitally important agency.

  • MCH

    “From the times I’ve seen Newt Gingrich out and about the man has been anything but coy about his presidential ambitions. By me Newt has a chance to beat John McCain for the Republican nomination because so many conservatives are disgusted with “moderate” McCain.”

    I’d vote for John McCain (Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, POW for 7 years) over Newt Gingrich (draft-dodger, four deferments) in a heartbeat.