September 16th, 2005

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Josh Marshall seeing the light

As I've been saying, repressive governments mix administrative
clumsiness and inefficiency with authoritarian tendencies. That's
almost always the pattern. The direction the president wants to go in
is one in which, in emergencies, the federal government will have
trouble moving water into or enabling transportation out of the
disaster zone but will be well-equipped to declare martial law on a
moment's notice.

Another pack of lies. Right in front of everyone.

We must be rid of Bush, but we do nothing about it. We do not even so
much as demand it in speech and print. If there is another huge
disaster in the three and a half years we supposedly 'must' wait, what
price might we pay for our inaction?

And what if the tabulating machines are hacked in 2006, 2008,
and beyond? Do we dare take that chance? Do we dare let even the
demand in speech and print
that these open doors to cheating be
closed reside almost solely with those, like myself, who do not believe
the results of the last election?

Who will be the first and who will be the last to broach the subject
of whether the president's chief political operative should be in
charge of the largest domestic reconstruction effort since the Civil

Let's list off some of the worthies ... Russert, Brian Williams, Times
editorial page, Post editorial page, Stephanopoulos, Schiefer, Hume,
Matthews, Wallace, Juan Williams, Will, Mitchell.

We'll make a list and put it up on a separate page. Let us know who
broaches the subject and when. And we'll see who's the last one

Our media are killing us, even post Katrina. It will take a loud voice
to make them stop doing it. There is no way to finesse it,
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Brian Williams reporting

Brian Williams reporting on the Leader's threat-lecture last night:

I am duty-bound to report the talk of the New Orleans warehouse district last night: there was rejoicing (well, there would have been without the curfew, but the few people I saw on the streets were excited) when the power came back on for blocks on end. Kevin Tibbles was positively jubilant on the live update edition of Nightly News that we fed to the West Coast. The mini-mart, long ago cleaned out by looters, was nonetheless bathed in light, including the empty, roped-off gas pumps. The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before [the quasi-simian Leader of the American People] drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the [Leader] departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It's enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it…jump to certain conclusions.

This was relayed to me via Talking Points Memo.