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NOTES 124p BUSH -
Two steps to help evacuees:
-- $2000 for every household in emergency disaster relief
-- FEMA and Red Cross teams will work with shelters
1 800 621-FEMA...
Oh, I'm not taking more notes on this because he's just posturing, telling stuff everyone already knew, trying to look concerned, I suppose... -Brad 127p

25,000 body bags!

Soldiers toting M-16s strengthened their grip on swamped New Orleans as concerns grew about the risks posed by the toxic floodwaters and officials braced for what could be a staggering death toll by readying 25,000 body bags.
Ten-Foot Poll on Katrina Dead---RESULT
posted 10a-1140p Thur 9/8/2005
Is FEMA right to tell news media to NOT show photos of dead Katrina victims?
No. FEMA's job isn't to run the news media
717-
49%
Yes. It's a disaster and FEMA's in charge
740-
51%
Total votes 1,457-
 
 

email Ten-Foot Poll
Brad,
I strongly suspect that your 10 Foot Poll is getting an organized
right-wing hit lately. Results were trickling in this morning, with both answers being in the single digits but the 1st response was well in the lead, then all of a sudden a boat-load of votes came in for the second choice, and I mean a boat-load. You'd have thought it was mayor Daley delivering Kennedy votes in the 1960 election!
Your listening audience seems to be distributed across the entire political spectrum but your poll results recently certainly don't reflect that. Considering the disastrous mismanagement by FEMA in New Orleans, I can't imagine how any reasonable person would want Brown in charge for the next disaster, but sure enough, that choice won out the other day. I find that hard to believe. But all it would take is for someone who visits your site to post the link on a conservative blog, like Powerline or Free Republic. Then all the Bush-zombies would dutifully go over to your site and choose the response that puts W in a favorable light.
You should run a test poll tomorrow:
"If George Bush got drunk, smashed the presidential limousine into an orphanage, killing 12 children, I'd:"
A) Expect impeachment hearings
B) Understand that alcoholics sometimes suffer relapses and hope that the
president would make restitution
As always, love your show.
Lance in Sugar Land

email Ten-Foot Poll
Hi Brad. I just wanted to say that I felt that your poll regarding the media taking pictures of dead Katrina victims was a little skewed, making it impossible to vote accurately, at least for me and possibly for others like me.
Though I do not think that the media should be kept from taking pictures because "It's a disaster and FEMA's in charge," I do think that the media shouldn't take and publish pictures of the dead. Imagine if you opened the paper and saw a picture of the corpse of your son or daughter or spouse? Is that how you want to see them presented to you and to the general public? I would personally be heartbroken at first, receiving the news that way (assuming I wasn't aware of their fate), and furious at the media's presumption second.
It would be great if the media would police itself and not take such pictures merely to spare the feelings of friends and family. Unfortunately, the media will NOT do so; it, like other businesses, is driven by profit and would publish the pictures to generate money. I would, in fact, be surprised if it didn't come to some sort of morbid competition to see who could publish the most grisly photos and thereby sell the most papers or reach the most viewers. And that doesn't even bring media bias (of either stripe) to the table; but we all know that too would play a part.
Sadly, compassion and common sense rarely come into anything when money is at stake, and the only thing I can image that will allow either to prevail is a ban on the photos. So, while it isn't FEMA's job to run the media, or the job of any governmental entity, I do see the need for it in this case.
Thanks for your time.
Carmen W.

 

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WWL-TV KATRINA BLOG

7:02 P.M. Wednesday (WWL-TV Katrina Blog) - FEMA Official: If you were hit with any sort of disaster-related loss, you qualify for federal assistance. If you had to spend a night in a hotel, FEMA will cover it. Save your receipts, keep track of everything you’ve bought.

$2000 debit card promise startles S.A. shelter workers
Gov. Rick Perry's office said the cards would be available Wednesday, but some disaster relief officials said they first learned about them by reading the newspaper.

 

202,000 EVACUEES IN TEXAS
6:56 P.M. Wednesday (A.P.) - Governor Rick Perry's office says approximately 97,000 refugees are in Texas shelters operated by the Red Cross, plus civic and faith-based groups. Another 105,000 people are in hotels and other locations, for a total of about 202,000 refugees.
-- 5,193 in San Antonio shelters
-- Texas public schools report have enrolled nearly 11,000 school-age refugees.
-- College students displaced by Hurricane Katrina are eligible for in-state tuition rates at Texas colleges and universities.
-- FEMA has authorized cities and counties to pay for temporary housing assistance for refugees from 12 to 18 months.
-- The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has provided more than 60,000 Louisiana families with emergency food stamps over the past week.
-- The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is providing a number for displaced probation or parole offenders to check in, telling their location and to secure supervision: 1 866 680-6667


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Bring out your pork
Fair warning to Gulf Coast masses: Congress is already talking of concocting "economic stimulus" and "job creation" packages as hurricane recovery tools. That sounds useful, but unfortunately those terms usually signal that the House and the Senate are about to use the crisis of the moment to roll out wasteful tax cuts for the well-off and pork barrel outlays for hometown voters.


 

 

Andy Borowitz

 

FOX REPORTS BAD NEWS

White House Demands Investigation

In a stunning departure from its standard operating procedure, the Fox News Channel began reporting bad news last week, startling its viewers and prompting the White House to launch a full-fledged investigation of the cable news giant.

Initially, the White House elected to take a "wait and see" attitude towards Fox's foray into reporting bad news, hoping perhaps that the network's decision to report stories that were unflattering to the government was merely an aberration, or perhaps the result of a clerical error.

But as the days wore on, the White House grew increasingly impatient with Fox's persistent reporting of bad news and became determined to put a stop to it.

"This is the sort of monkey business we expect to see from CNN or MSNBC, but not Fox," a visibly agitated White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters on Monday. "If Fox continues to report bad news, it could very well have its license revoked."

For his part, on Tuesday President Bush offered a more terse comment about Fox's decision to report bad news: "This will not stand. Not on my watch."

Later, Mr. Bush softened his tone somewhat, telling reporters that the White House "must wean itself from its dependence on Fox and must develop alternative sources of news."

Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the Fox News Channel, could not be reached for comment because he was busy fighting with his relatives, a Fox spokesman said.

Elsewhere, moments after Sen. Hilary Clinton (D-NY) called for an investigation of the government's emergency response, the White House agreed to launch an investigation of Sen. Clinton.

 

 

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New Orleans school buses flooded
Were hundreds of New Orleans school buses really available to help evacuate people before Hurricane Katrina hit?
Another internet email claim to check out at www.snopes.com

Stranded-animal situation worse each day
"We need the government to help us, not with money but with rescuers. We need the Coast Guard, firemen and the National Guard. . . . We'll take care of the animals after they are pulled out."

email Katrina deception
Brad,
[Bush's people] get firemen to act as if they are FEMA reps instead of actually acting like firemen and doing what they do best....
Frustrated: Fire crews to hand out fliers for FEMA
Be sure to read the last sentence. They were to stand next to Bush and be props for his photo ops. Can anyone say Potemkin?
I swear, I never thought I'd hate any group as much as I do this current administration.
Bush. Worst President EVER.
Virginia


Mervyns closing stores in Texas and 7 other states
Mervyns has been steadily losing market share to more nimble competitors for years. Frustrated with the chain's meager returns, Target Corp. sold Mervyns last year

Convoy heads to coast on mission of mercy
Bill Womack, Sarah Butler and a number of local residents left the New Braunfels Marketplace at noon Wednesday on a road trip to Gulfport, Miss.

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