9/9: Morning Communique
CITY PAGES BLOGS
Pizza Man is having trouble "having a day" on the Streets of Pizza.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent three Freedom of Information Act requests to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of State, asking for records and communications regarding the federal government's preparedness and response to Hurricane Katrina.
In an internal memorandum distributed to Customs Enforcement employees, the agency's director of human resources, Christine M. Greco, directed workers to withdraw offers to volunteer for hurricane relief duty with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY
Don't let the crappy blockquote design keep you from checking out Rook's Rant.
Upon receipt of a valid $100,000 bid at eBay, award-winning investigative journalist/bestselling author Mark Ebner will officially change his name to "Ron Bon Jovi" and donate the auction proceeds to the American Red Cross hurricane relief fund.
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH
"He's said a lot of dumb-ass things lately."
-- An anonymous Department of Homeland Security official on FEMA Director Brown
"Unless the federal government adopts New Orleans as its ward and pays all its bills for the next 20 years -- an unlikely to absurd proposition -- the place won't be rebuilt."
-- Slate's Jack Shafer
"Nobody, especially the president, would have left people unattended on the
basis of race... The Lord Jesus Christ is going to come on time--if we just wait."
-- Condoleezza Rice touring Alabama last Sunday
"The bottom line is that despite the fact the president was strapped with two governors who bungled this crisis badly, in the end it is the president who sends in the National Guard and FEMA relief. The president's suggestion that the size of this storm caught all by surprise just doesn't get it. His administration was 48 hours late sending in the National Guard and poor Americans got raped and killed because of those mistakes."
-- Conservative pundit Joe Scarborough on MSNBC
"Now, for you people who are saying, 'Well, stop pointing fingers at the president...left-wing...the media's being too hard': No. SHUT...UP! No! This is inarguably -- inarguably -- a failure of leadership from the top of the federal government. Remember when Bill Clinton went out with Monica Lewinsky? That was inarguably a failure of judgment at the top. Democrats had to come out and risk losing credibility if they did not condemn Bill Clinton for his behavior. I believe Republicans are in the same position right now. And I will say this: Hurricane Katrina is George Bush's Monica Lewinsky. The only difference is that tens of thousands of people weren't stranded in Monica Lewinsky's vagina."
-- Jon Stewart, on The Daily Show