9/14: Morning Communique

THESE DAYS

Biloxi is being cleaned up by undocumented workers who believe their work should entitle them to temporary visas.

After years of warnings, community leaders this summer prepared a video guide to hurricane evacuations with a stark message: Many of this city's poor, including 134,000 without cars, could be left behind in a killer storm. But the 30-minute DVD still has not arrived. Some 70,000 of the newly minted videos that were to be released this month remain on warehouse shelves in Los Angeles.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Relive memories of New Orleans through the embellishments of the Dead Postman.

TIME WASTERS

They're young, they're beautiful, and they can't sing, but can you tell whether they're Porn Stars or Pop Stars?

The Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security


FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"This [Congressional Research Service] report closes the book on the Bush Administration's attempts to evade accountability by shifting the blame to the Governor of Louisiana for the Administration's tragically sluggish response to Katrina. It confirms that the Governor did everything she could to secure relief for the people of Louisiana and the Bush Administration was caught napping at a critical time."

-- Representative John Conyers (D-MI)


"Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government, and to the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility."

-- President George W. Bush


"What we've seen in Louisiana -- the breakdown of law and order in the aftermath of disaster -- is exactly the kind of situation where the second amendment was intended to allow citizens to protect themselves."

-- NRA head Wayne LaPierre


"Are we capable of dealing with a severe attack? That's a very important question and it's in the national interest that we find out what went on so we can better respond."

-- President George W. Bush, punting when asked by a reporter whether the federal government could resond to another terrorist attack on the scal of 9/11

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