9/5: Morning Communique

THESE DAYS

The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina. When tragedy strikes, our nation once again asks, how can we give Halliburton more money???

President Bush has used a constitutional provision to bypass the Senate and fill a top Justice Department slot with Alice S. Fisher, whose nomination stalled over tactics at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval facility.

Arizona Rattlers coach Todd Shell resigned Thursday, two days after being arrested behind a Mesa business and telling police he had been snorting cocaine.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Brian lived on a farm, now he lives in the suburbs. Next thing you know he'll have a blog called A Day In The Life and unload on the Department of Homeland Security for their slow response to the Katrina catastophe.

TIME WASTERS

This little program proves if I dig a whole straight through the earth, I'll end up in the middle of the Indian Ocean and not in China, like my lying parents told me!!!

Academy Award winner Charlize Theron brings the Jenson v. Eveleth sexual-harassment class-action lawsuit to the big screen in North Country. Embarrassingly bad Minnesota accents abound!

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed."

-- Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL), on New Orleans


"I am pleased with the federal government response. And by the way, while they're hurting, and I understand it, this is not a time for complaining."

-- Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), on CNN, telling hurricane victims to suck it up


"We got a lot of rebuilding to do.... the good news is and it's hard for some to see it now but out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic gulf coast... out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- the guy lost his entire house -- there's going to be fantastic house. I look forward to sitting on the porch."

-- President George W. Bush, in Mississippi


"George Bush doesn't care about black people."

-- Singer Kanye West during NBC's A Concert for Hurricane Relief


"By censoring Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West's remarks critical of President Bush during its West Coast feed of the program Friday night, the network violated the most moving and essential moment in an otherwise sterile, self-serving corporate broadcast."

-- Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Robert Hilburn


"The City of New Orleans and its residents owe the President a profound debt of gratitude."

-- Powerline blogger John Hinderaker


"New Orleans now is abortion free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras free. New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion -- it's free of all of those things now. God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there -- and now we're going to start over again."

-- Rev. Bill Shanks, pastor of New Covenant Fellowship of New Orleans, forgetting to mention all the elderly, the young, and the infirmed that were also purged


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