In other news from the Fabulous 48th, our good friends at OC Blog and CA-48 picked up a breaking Orange County Register report that has registrar Rodermund issuing an apology for scheduling the special congressional election on Rosh Hashana. Jeez, it was bad enough Gilchrist can't use Minuteman. Now they're totally mucking up his Get Out the Jew voter drive! Wait a tick: Didn't Rodermund schedule that election weeks if not months ago? And he just now got to the page in his calendar that shows Oct. 4 is Rosh Hashana? To be fair, Rodermund is not much of a reader; how else to explain him having missed the reams that has been written (and internetted) about this slight to our fine Jewish brethren?

But wait, there's more: CA-48 also tracks Republican candidate John Campbell's campaign treasurer Kelly Lawler to a stint doing the same for T.E.A.M. PAC, a political action committee that, CA-48 reports, donated $6,500 to Republican candidates in 2005.

"T.E.A.M. PAC's backers? (Among others,) Casino Jack and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians."

Now surely THAT won't come up during the sure-to-be bruising campaign.

That Nero dude fiddled while Rome burned, and this photo shows our fearless leader doing the modern equivilent as Louisiana and Mississippi flood. A cheap shot? You betcha! But at least Clockwork is not blaming Hurricane Katrina on Dubya. No, we're linking to someone down there who is. Besides the obvious: many of the National Guardsmen, heavy equipment and potential rescue copters currently stationed in Iraq could have been used in the area of devastation, the story claims that funds earmarked by Congress for the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA)--established after killer floods in 1995 and before--have been diverted by the Bush White House for the war in Iraq, homeland security and those federal tax cuts for the rich fucks now leading Chris Cox by his nipple rings.

"At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars," the item reports. "The 2004 hurricane season, as you probably recall, was the worst in decades. In spite of that, the federal government came back this spring with the steepest reduction in hurricane- and flood-control funding for New Orleans in history. Because of the proposed cuts, the [Army] Corps [of Engineers] office there imposed a hiring freeze. Officials said that money targeted for the SELA project--$10.4 million, down from $36.5 million--was not enough to start any new jobs."

As the funding was being cut, there was "a growing recognition that more research was needed to see what New Orleans must do to protect itself from a Category 4 or 5 hurricane. But once again, the money was not there."

A Times-Picayune report from Sept. 22, 2004, is cited:

That second study would take about four years to complete and would cost about $4 million, said Army Corps of Engineers project manager Al Naomi. About $300,000 in federal money was proposed for the 2005 fiscal-year budget, and the state had agreed to match that amount.

But the cost of the Iraq war forced the Bush administration to order the New Orleans district office not to begin any new studies, and the 2005 budget no longer includes the needed money, he said.

The U.S. Senate was seeking to restore some of the SELA funding cuts for 2006. But now it's too late. Funds will now have to be found for massive repairs--if and when the water stops rising. The report hopes "Congress will investigate what went wrong here"--like the Republican-controlled Congress investigates anything that goes wrong with the Bush Administration. Perhaps they'll agree this time since Underwatergate has such a nice ring to it.

"The president told us that we needed to fight in Iraq to save lives here at home, and yet--after moving billions of domestic dollars to the Persian Gulf--there are bodies floating through the streets of Louisiana," the report concludes. "What does George W. Bush have to say for himself now?"

Rising gas prizes. Part of the country under water. A mom of a dead soldier gaining more support daily. Clockwork suspects Dubya don't have much to say about any of it.

Not all news of environmental devastation is bad. For instance, you can now spray your aersols in the air like you just don't care, because the eggheads say the depletion of the ozone layer is leveling off. Whew. That's great news. How about if we all celebrate by going outside and taking a nice, big whiff of . . . not so fast: new rules being pushed by the Bush Administration would allow power plants to emit more pollution. Which will doubt destroy more of the ozone layer, which will make our celebration very short lived indeed. Okay, back inside everybody.

But before you close the door, grab the nearest arroyo toad. The Bush Administration is being sued for nudging Kermit's cousins to extinction. It really ain't easy being green!

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