Inde-Liber-Green-ulist files to run for Senate in MD

When I was working on the Badnarik campaign, Kevin Zeese was my counterpart in the Nader camp. Rumors have abounded for some time that he is running for US Senate in Maryland. They were confirmed today yesterday (I’m back in campaign mode and don’t realize what time of day it is) by the Baltimore Sun and the Business Gazette.

From the Gazette:

Zeese, 49, an attorney, is running as an Independent in the hopes of galvanizing support from the Green, Libertarian and Populist parties while attracting voters from the Democrat and Republican candidates.

He plans to make the war in Iraq a central theme of his campaign, and drew a parallel between the war and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

“Katrina is the Iraq war coming home to roost. Instead of taking care of our crumbling infrastructure, misplaced federal spending priorities have made our entire nation vulnerable,” Zeese said in a statement.

He said anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, is going to headline an event for him at the University of Maryland later this month.

I’ve met with Zeese before (pertaining to a C-SPAN panel I was on, but mostly related to Ohio recount issues), and consumed a couple of cell phone charges with him, too. He’s a good guy, knows his stuff, is well connected, and presents himself well. I’ll be watching the fundraising, but an early prediction is that this may well be a race to watch closely.

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Stop The Bop

If ever in a time our eighth amendment has been violated it is now. This is cruel and unusual punishment. It was bad enough when the song first came out and I would be forced to listen to it on the radio but now it is getting played over and over again.

“Suggested by a few members of the student council, the school is playing Hanson’s 1996 hit “MMMBop” through the loudspeakers before classes begin, between periods and during lunch. The idea? Annoy students into donating; have them pay to stop the music.”

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I imagine if they did this at my school I would pay the three thousand dollars by myself just to get the damn song to stop playing.

We libertarians should join together to stop this cruel and unusual punishment, even now I am starting to think there are exceptions to the first amendment well not really but I did get elected as vice president of the student council because of things less horrible.

Vote Libertarian for student council and we won’t subject you to this kind of punishment from your leaders.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: It’s a private school, so uhhh… sucks to be you, preppy Catholic kids.

Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, Pa.


John Roberts Umpire Tryout: Day Three

Roberts meeting SpecterWell, our coverage yesterday was more on the light-hearted side, so let’s take a deeper look at the confirmation process today (we’ll leave the heavy vetting to Wonkette). More serious coverage availiable at SCOTUSblog.

Most importantly, Roberts answered the question on every property owner’s mind: what are his thoughts on the government taking your property and giving it to another private entity. To keep with the baseball analogies, he smashed it out of the park:

“This body and legislative bodies in the states are protectors of the people’s rights,” Roberts said on the third day of his confirmation hearings.

Congress has been working on legislation that would ban the use of federal funds for any project that gets a go-ahead relying on the Kelo v. City of New London, Conn., decision.

“It’s not simply a question of legislating to address particular needs, but you obviously have to also be cognizant of the people’s rights and you can protect them in situations where the court has determined, as it did 5-4 in Kelo, that they are not going to draw that line,” Roberts told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“This body and legislative bodies in the states are protectors of the people’s rights,” Roberts said on the third day of his confirmation hearings.

So far Roberts can toe the libertarian line on the roles of the three branches of government, and he’s aptly pointed out that it’s up to Congress to write the laws and for the judiciary to say whether they are Constitutional (and not play judicial activist with bizzare interpretations). That said, Roberts has pretty much tossed this ball back at Congress and told them they need to clarify Amendment V — “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” — possibly in a new amendment ensuring that private property cannot be take for private use either.

Hey, it’s not a perfect solution, and things would have been a hell of a lot better if Kelo had gone the other way, but at least it’s a start.

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POTUS Needs to Potty

POTUS needs to potty

Ok, all joking aside (and this is funny)…

Why does president Bush have to ask for permission to take a bathroom break?

Update: From a MeFi comment:

I don’t think anyone anticipated the levees breaking.

SHENANIGANS!!! Retracted, read on: On closer analysis, I call bullshit on the Reuters caption. I have a huge problem with this: Handwriting changes after question mark, this was likely passed from Condi (she is mentioned, so that’s the most logical) someone to Bush and he was replying (style seems to switch, one is hard capitals and moves to lazy cursive).

I have a feeling somebody’s gonna dig up the CSPAN video or whatever and nail Reuters to the wall (showing Bush never started a note pass or other such nonsense, I’m sure someone’s on that road already).

Don’t forget there’s other samples of Bush’s handwriting availiable in photo format (this is called evidence, natch): Let freedom reign, handwriting GIS.

How the caption should probably read:

U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to replies to a note from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice whoever

Again over at MeFi: kokogiak points out that neither looks like Rice’s handwriting either. Someone at Reuters may have either gotten punked by a photog or is just making up captions.

Update (9/15): I’m trying to get confirmation from Reuters on who provided the caption, was it edited, etc. Here’s an email I sent to Stephen Naru, the media contact who was mentioned in this Editor & Publisher article:

I am doing some investigating into the notorious Bush bathroom note and I was wondering if you could tell me who provided the caption. Was it printed verbatim as it was received from Wilking or was it edited by someone at Reuters before being sent across the wires?

Is there a way to get ahold of Wilking? I’d like to ask him to confirm some details if that’s a possibility.

Another Update: Snopes is on the case as well. It seems the truth is still getting its boots on.

Update (9/15 evening): Photo District News got a chance to talk to Rick Wilking and Reuters photo editor Gary Hershorn about the photograph. Based on the interview, it would appear that Bush actually did write the note:

The caption says that Bush was writing the note to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice; Hershorn says Wilking saw Bush write the note and hand the note to Rice.

Hershorn says heads of state seldom attend Security Council meetings, and it’s possible that Bush was simply asking his secretary of state what the proper protocol was to be excused.

I’d like to know whether Wilking saw him write the entire note (I’ll drop my shenanigans charge if he did), but I have a feeling there’s not going to be any more to this story.

MEA CULPA!!!: I retract my shenanigans call. Editor & Publisher follows up (via Wonkette):

The fact is, according to Reuters — and this has not been widely reported — President Bush did indeed take a bathroom break after passing the note to Rice.

This apparently raised some eyebrows around the room, because American representatives (among others) have a reputation for suddenly bolting, though normally for a far different reason than this latest one. Fair or not, the European press has already had a field day with the photo, often centering on the notion that Bush had to ask Rice for permission.

[…]”Rick had no idea what he was shooting, or what Bush was writing,” Hershorn said. “If Rick knew what he was writing we’d have 25 pictures of this, not two.”

[…]Gary Hershorn, news editor-photos for the Americas at Reuters, told E&P today that the photographer, Rick Wilking, informed him yesterday afternoon that he had observed Bush pass the note to Rice, and a little later, rise from his seat, leave the room, and then return.

Ok, everyone, you can go back to making jokes about the presidential poo now (I can’t wait to see The Daily Show on this tonight).


Chertoff Delayed FEMA; Busy Restoring Pipeline

DHS ChertoffHere’s an interesting wrinkle in the Katrina debacle, it now appears that in the days following Katrina, the White House and DHS was more focused on restoring the Gulf coast oil and gas pipelines than in responding to the human emergency:

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina roared through South Mississippi knocking out electricity and communication systems, the White House ordered power restored to a pipeline that sends fuel to the Northeast.

That order – to restart two power substations in Collins that serve Colonial Pipeline Co. – delayed efforts by at least 24 hours to restore power to two rural hospitals and a number of water systems in the Pine Belt.

[…]Dan Jordan, manager of Southern Pines Electric Power Association, said Vice President Dick Cheney’s office called and left voice mails twice shortly after the storm struck, saying the Collins substations needed power restored immediately.

Jordan dated the first call the night of Aug. 30 and the second call the morning of Aug. 31. Southern Pines supplies electricity to the substation that powers the Colonial pipeline.

Cheney’s office referred calls about the pipeline to the Department of Homeland Security.

Ah, so DHS was on the job of making sure the pipeline was restored, but what does this mean for Chertoff, head of Homeland Security? Connect the dots and you’ll understand why the delay in getting FEMA help into New Orleans (hint, it’s not as simple as Michael Brown being incompetent, that only compounded the delay):

But according to a memo obtained by Knight Ridder, Chertoff didn’t shift that power to Brown until late afternoon or evening on Aug. 30, about 36 hours after Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. That same memo suggests that Chertoff may have been confused about his lead role in disaster response and that of his department.

[…]That same day, Aug. 31, the Department of Defense, whose troops and equipment are crucial in such large disasters, activated its Task Force Katrina. But active-duty troops didn’t begin to arrive in large numbers along the Gulf Coast until Saturday.

So the moral of the story is: if you want the federal government to rescue you out of your flooded house in your broke-ass neighborhood, you better hope the flooding is due to a nearby oil or gas pipeline rupturing.


Bush Seeks U.N. Support

The reason he is trying to find U.N. support must be because he can’t find support in his own country. Hispanic Business says the following:

“The heavily-criticized response to hurricane disaster has depressed US President George W. Bush’s job-approval rating to the lowest point of his presidency at 42 percent, according to a latest survey.”

Read more.

“There is broad opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq among the more than 160 presidents, prime ministers and kings gathered for three days of U.N. General Assembly meetings. Many leaders also would rather hear Bush finally relent and support an international treaty on global warming or promise to donate foreign aid at a level more proportionate to other rich nations.”/blockquote>

Read more.

I find it almost funny that anyone thinks this nation is rich after checking and finding out this country is almost eight trillion dollars in debt. And why should we be funding other nations when as Barbara Bush points out we have underprivileged right here in America.


God Outdoes Terrorists Yet Again New Orleans PicEven though it’s a week old, I couldn’t let this gem slip by from The Onion.

Here are some of the subheadlines:

  • Louisiana National Guard Offers Help By Phone From Iraq
  • Government Relief Workers Mosey In To Help
  • Refugees Moved From Sewage-Contaminated Superdome To Hellhole Of Houston
  • White Foragers Report Threat Of Black Looters

It’s good to know we’ll always have The Onion to tell us like it is.


DC Declares Itself “Disaster Area”

In just 4 easy steps, fix your city’s budget problems:

  • Step 1. Offer a place to stay to Katrina victims.
  • Step 2. When none show up, fly them in.
  • Step 3. Declare your town a disaster area, receive federal funds.
  • Step 4. Profit!

Of course, as the article astutely points out. Many of us already knew Washington DC is a disaster area, and we’ve known it for quite some time.

Actually, I’m having a little trouble keeping up with my own bills lately, so if any Katrina victims want to live in a tent outside my lawn, I’m sure we can rough up the grass and make it look disaster-ish.

On the opposite end of the spectrum. Huge thanks are in order for institutions like BU and MIT for opening their doors and letting students in with no tuition or (to my knowledge) rooming charges.

Update: What the hell is going on? A total of 28 states and DC have been approved by Bush to be declared “state of emergencies.” This seems quite peculiar. Is the entire USA going to become a state of emergency? And here I just put my tin foil hat away.

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BlogAds Problems

My apologies to everyone for the site slowdown, apparently BlogAds is having some kind of DNS propagation problem. I turned them off late Sunday and they seem to be somewhat back to normal today so I turned them back on (I’m still having problems here using Adelphia, but the local coffee shop was fine, so meh).

I personally emailed our advertisers and gave them a free week because of this. Do you hear me BlogAds people? I had to cover your ass, not cool.

Update: Turned them back on and visits dropped like a brick (sitemeter loads after the ads), so they are back off for now.

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Roberts Confirmation: Still not over that MLB Stuff

Roberts Senate confirmationIn a manner of speaking, we haven’t seen so many flawed analogies since… well, ever, but the Senate confirmation hearings for John Roberts sure do hit it out of the park:

12:25 — Biden asks about balls and strikes. Can we get some congressional interns to brainstorm some new metaphors please?

2:33 — Fox News lower-thirds: “Roberts: People need to know judges won’t take sides in disputes”. . . “Roberts: People need to know Supreme Court is level playing field.” C’mon team, enough with the baseball.

2:40 — Kyl throws softball –and the metaphor spreads– about Roberts’ pro-bono work for a death row inmate. “I was happy to pitch in and help in that area,” Roberts says.

2:47 — Kohl dismisses baseball speak: “When we look at real [constitutional issues], I wonder whether or not your analogy works.”

At which point Roberts stood up and pointed his gavel into left field before taking a swing at Senator Biden’s head (seriously, would you let the man answer?). And the umpire question we’ve all been wondering — would Robert’s allow the government to steal home? — was still left unanswered. Maybe next inning.

We know there were more crazy anologies, but we’re totally not into hearing about how “juiced” Roberts is going to be when he’s finally confirmed. On a similar tangent, we couldn’t pass up this little joke sent in on Bush’s response to the hearings (Thanks Joe Stump!):

Q: What is Bush’s position on Roe vs. Wade?
A: He really doesn’t care how people get out of New Orleans.

Update: Dang, even Drudge can’t help himself (link to “balk” story):

Drudge on Roberts abortion balk

Posse Comitatus Reconsidered?

Not wanting to let Iraq have all the fun in a post Katrina world, US lawmakers are reconsidering the Posse Comitatus Act. For those of you who don’t read law books for fun, Posse Comitatus is a statute that was passed “back in the good ole days” to prevent the use of the military to enforce domestic law. Basically, the idea was that the army arrest you for speeding by descending upon you in a black hawk helicopter with mounted M-16’s ready to roll (though neither of these forms of transportation existed back in 1878).

I know what some of you are thinking. “But think how effective they’ll be able to take out those pesky gangs now that they have tanks!” If you missed the sarcasm, click the link.

But if this does pass, it certainly would give those backing the Iraq war a good reason for not wanting to bring our troops back home. I know I would certainly think twice about rolling through a stop sign if a sniper would shoot out my back tire, give me a ticket for a stop sign violation, and leave me with a souvenir flat tire.


A Case of Mistaken Identity?

Vibrator bongAccording to this report, police in Joliet, IL intentionally and unnessarily confronted a teen about his mother’s private sex habits:

Police served the first search warrant with the intent to locate marijuana they believed her son, Brandon, then 18, was selling. Dorothy Campbell was not home when police arrived, but her son and four of his friends were, according to the lawsuit.

Officers handcuffed Brandon Campbell and his friends, then “went into (Dorothy Campbell’s) dresser drawers and found (her) personal and private sex toys,” the lawsuit said.

The officers “did not and could not have reasonably believed that (her) private and personal sex toys constituted evidence of possession of cannabis … or any other crime,” according to the lawsuit.

Still, the officers took them from the dresser and showed them to Campbell’s son, asking him what his mother did with them, the lawsuit states. Then, “the raiding party took (her) personal and private sex toys and used

them for their own amusement and left them strewn about the residence,” according to the lawsuit.

The article indicates that no marijuana was found, and no arrest were made. They later produced a second warrant based on what is likely to be a bogus claim of child porn to cover their asses from the first warrant. Watch out for a third warrant, where some weed will appear in the house magicly from thin air (or from the pocket of one of the cops serving the warrant).

To give the cops the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they confused the Vibratex Hungry Bear with drug paraphernalia.

Props: Loretta and Terry


Bush Admits Failure; Pigs Seen Flying

Bush Admits FailureIn one of those startling “when hell freezes over” type scenarios. President Bush finally admitted that the government response to Katrina was a failure and that he was fully responsible.

Now, I know I should be jumping-for-joy-happy about this news, but not. Maybe I’m not being fair or reasonable, but hear me out first.

  1. Anyone can claim they’re sorry, but Bush never gave the impression at any point that he was truly concerned or worried. He displayed indifference or token photo ops at ever turn.
  2. I question his sincerity, particularly when he almost had to save his ass politically. I’m sure he’s sorry. Sorry he got caught. Would he have said a damn thing if the media didn’t finally put the pressure on him? Doubtful.
  3. People will buy the apology, and forget about this in 3 months.

The one huge positive I take away from this entire thing is that the mainstream media finally got up and said something. The finally grew a pair of testicles and attacked officials that merely spewed political rhetoric to important questions. In that regard, I tip my hat to them. They are not out of the woods yet, but it’s a start.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Here’s what was said:

“President Bush said today that ‘I take responsibility’ for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government’s ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.

‘Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government,’ Bush said at joint White House news conference with the president of Iraq.

‘To the extent the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility,’ Bush said.”

Ok, we’re all happy that Bush is apologizing. I mean, we’ll take what we can get from a lame duck president at this point. But the irony here may be that incompetent FEMA chief Brown has been replaced by David “duct tape your windows against terrorists” Paulison.

Another update by Stephen VanDyke: Hit & Run is already calling it a non-apology apology: “[T]hat ‘to the extent’ has a bit of the ring of ‘I’m sorry if I offended anyone.’ Still, let’s hope that’s the start of a trend.”


This Land was Your Land

I blog about third party political reform on another site. Yesterday, I noticed that a new political party seems to have been formed in New London, CT. Ridding the people of New London of the city council which imposed the eminent domain case which still has a good portion of the once-free world pissed off seems to be the driving force of One New London and it’s five declared candidates.

Tom from MuD & PHuD has been covering the One New London story. He commented on my entry from yesterday, which led me back to his site, where I found this news from Kelo v. New London victim Michael Cristofaro:

NLDC has hit a new low. They have decided to ignore the Governors morotorium and have sent out letters stating we need to vacate the property’s in 90 days(Dec. 8th) and we must send them starting Sept 1st. $600/month for rent. There are more stipulations but this is the jist of it. I’ve contacted 2 of the councilors tonight to see where they stand on the issue and if they were even aware of this new tactic. I will let you know what their remarks are if they ever call me back.

In a WorldNetDaily exclusive, Joseph Farah (I borrowed from his heading) (Rick, thanks for the link) also just wrote about this new break in the story. Here is a clip:

He [Cristofaro] said the city officials are apparently persuaded the Supreme Court ruling last June is all they need to proceed with their plans to transfer the properties to a private party for development of an office complex.

Cristofaro said he has attempted to contact two members of the city council to see if they are aware of the plans and approve of them.

In the highly controversial Supreme Court decision, the justices ruled 5-4 that the economic development and increased tax revenue resulting from the eminent domain action qualified as “public use” under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.

We wish Cristafaro and gang the best of luck in CT, as what happens there helps sets the stage for the rest of the country. From New Orleans to New London, the terms “freedom” and “private property” are becoming increasingly oxymoronic with each passing day.


The President speaks…

Well, not until Thursday night at 9PM EST. Our fearless leader will be addressing the nation from Louisiana in what I predict will be a somber rendition of a reworked 9/11 speech. You know, a lot of “We’ve been knocked down, but we will rise again” rhetoric with the sole purpose of raising his poll numbers from the dead. But one thing he can’t avoid referencing is the “race” issue, if you even want to call it an issue. A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released yesterday concluded that “more blacks than whites said they were angry about the government’s response to Katrina, 76 percent to 60 percent, and President Bush is one target of their ire.”

Secretary of State Condoleezza “I’m not running for President” Rice surprisingly stoked the race topic by saying this catastrophe provided evidence that race and poverty can still come together “in a very ugly way” in parts of the “Old South.” Condi went on to say:

The United States should want to do something about that (,” Rice said in an interview Monday with the editorial board of The New York Times. “There are still places that race and poverty are a huge problem in the United States, and we’ve got to deal with that.” (My emphasis)

Do tell Condi, how you will deal with this… race and poverty connection? One of the first steps in resolving a problem is to find its source. Thomas DiLorenzo over at Lew Rockwell’s blog provides a good starting point:

The truth is, we would have observed a very similar scene in the aftermath of a similar disaster in any northern city, since large sections of all American cities have been essentially destroyed by the welfare state.

Welfare, government schools, forced minimum wage, the war on drugs and piss-poor-planning by local elected officials contributed to this problem. Give me a ring Condi and I’ll tell you how you can fix this whole mess…

» Rice: Disaster shows ‘ugly way’ race, poverty collide


Pentagon Wants Nuclear War

I find this amazing but the Pentagon has decided because they have the best damned intelligence in the world (remember Iraq) that they can nuke nuclear weapons and terrorist groups.

I would like to remind the Pentagon that a terrorist group is not a country it is a small group of people probably spread all around the globe. It would provide as much logic as dropping a nuclear bomb in Tim McVeigh’s home town.

“The Pentagon has drafted a revised doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons that envisions commanders requesting presidential approval to use them to preempt an attack by a nation or a terrorist group using weapons of mass destruction. The draft also includes the option of using nuclear arms to destroy known enemy stockpiles of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.”

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Imagine if we would have used this in Iraq. We knew where the stockpiles were we could have just nuked them and been done with it after all they worked with Bin Laden. I know there would be no evidence of nuclear weapons once we were done but has our intelligence ever failed us why would it now. If we would have used this in Afghanistan we would probably be more hated but once we killed all those civilians but Bin Laden would no longer be a threat.

We could use this on the upcoming war in Iran. After all it is like a bumper sticker I once seen “George Bush Four More Wars.”


Editor Openings: Round Two

First off, I want to say thanks to the lovely editors who have volunteered to join Hammer of Truth this past month. Mike, Rick, Jake… you guys are superstars of liberty and your posts have been stellar. Thank you!

That said, I am opening a second round of editor signups. We are trying to build the most influential and widely read libertarian blog (and surpass that by becoming the best damn political blog, period). The only way to do that is by providing timely libertarian opinion and commentary on current events in society and government that disgust us (or makes us proud once in a while).

Preference will be given to anyone who can demonstrate writing skill and an ability to be sarcastic, humorous and snarky in their writing, but more serious writers need not be scared off.

If you know you can stand up here with us, give a shout in the comments or email

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Eichmann and Hooch

Cute puppies: enemies of the state?Being a jackbooted thug is doggone fun to the cops in St. Bernard Parish — quite literally. No longer content with forcing people from their homes or stealing their guns, they are now shooting dogs. I’m not talking about putting down some abandoned, starving, or injured creature — but shooting people’s loved (and presumably well cared for) family pets. The Oxford Press reports:

That left forced evacuee Marie Miller on the verge of tears.

“They shot our dogs!” Miller, a 54-year-old housewife, said of her mixed pit bulls, Angel and Hooch. She had gone inside to collect clothes and personal papers when she heard it.

“Boom! Boom!” Miller said. “Hooch came in and had blood all over him.”

Expect the heartless killing of family pets to be added to the next update of the FEMA Disaster Operations Manual, placed somewhere between victim disarmament and relocation to the gulags.


Breaking news?

Bush Disaster

I wouldn’t really consider this BREAKING news… I think most of the world has known this for some time now.

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George Bush Doesn’t Care About Blackouts

los angeles blackout mapOk, so apparently there was/is some kind of power problem in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. From what we’ve been able to discern, it’s just some worker foul-up, not a terrorist attack (although the timing is peculiar).

Oh, and Disneyland is totally fine.

Try not to loot anything if you live out there… mmmkay? This is just a system hiccup.

PS- We’re totally scoping for the valley girl version of Kanye West to fulfill our title suggestion on live TV.

A comment over at BoiFromTroy (let the L.A. vs LA parody begin):

The Horror…no one to tell you what was happening?! OMYGOD! But you’re all OKAY? You’ve all made it? Thank God…there was 2-3 hours where no one was telling you what was happening…phew

If this had gone for more than 6 hours, the national guard would be air-lifting bottled botox into the Hollywood hills.


“Brownie, You’re the Heck out of a Job”

FEMA incompetence cartoonBreaking news has it that FEMA Director Michael Brown has quit his post after being sent back to Washington over the weekend.

Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown said Monday he has resigned “in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president,” three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

“The focus has got to be on FEMA, what the people are trying to do down there,” Brown told The Associated Press.

We’re not going to speculate whether he resigned on his own or was asked to resign, but one thing remains uncertain: how can he use this to pad his resume?


The Media was Good… At Least for a While

reporters gone wildSome people are enthralled by how the media responded to the government foul-ups after Katrina, that somehow a backbone had sprouted. Here’s a video montage courtesy of Salon that highlights some of the best media moments in demanding government accountability.

What’s sad is that Wonkette nails it on why this video is so important:

We’re really glad someone did this, not just because it’s both heartening and hilarious but because we worry that in three months no one will remember it happened, especially not the journalists.

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So Disturbed with my Keyboard…

We linked to it yesterday, but it seems Radley Balko was so distraught over that video of the old lady being dragged out of her house in NOLA, he lost his ability to spell:

Balko distrubing

Reader Comment: Mike N. forwarded us this email from KTVU reporter Ken Wayne:

I can only tell you what we saw. I have seen other images from other police incidents. It’s clear there’s been no uniform policy on how police are enforcing or not enforcing any evacuations. Policies seemed to be changing day by day.

The California Highway Patrol was under the guidance of a Louisiana State Trooper during our report. It was the state trooper who ordered the woman out of the house. She opened the door, it was not kicked in. The officers talked to her for several minutes to try to get her to put down her gun and knife. (The knife was not clearly visible in the video.) The officers said they tackled her to remove the weapons for officer safety.

I’m not in a position to debate the legalities of who was right or wrong. I know the officers were enforcing a mandatory evacuation order. The woman had a gun and refused to drop it. They never arrested her. Common sense tells you if armed police tell you to put down your gun… you do it and figure out the legalities later… or risk being shot.

All things considered she was lucky. If it had been officers from another agency… she might be dead.

Ken Wayne

Common sense is probably telling New Orleans residents not to invite the cops into their house, I guess.

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