A Clockwork Orange


MORE DRUDGE RETORT
In case you're sick of Fox News being the only outlet to knock Bush and FEMA for their bungling of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath (and beforemath), consider this DT roundup:

Coast Guard Asked to Rescue FEMA

The "Stuff Happens" Presidency

It's Your Failure, Too, Mr. President

Krugman: Lethal Ineptitude

White House Tries to Ease Damage ... To Bush

FEMA assigns firefighters to Bush photo op

Bush: Too Little, Too Late


BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
From the roundup atHuffington Post:

Bush's Visit Stopped Three Tons Of Food From Being Delivered To Starving New Orleans

Three Top FEMA Officials Are Bush Cronies With No Disaster Experience...

And blogs:

Jerry And Joe Long: Bush, Cheney, Rummy "Go Down To New Orleans And Drink A Cup Of Street Water"...

Arinna Huffington: George Bush, David Caruso, and Katrina: Why Now Is Precisely the Time for Finger-Pointing

David Corn: William Kristol Admits Bush is Often Weak in Execution (Snarky Clockwork addition: But not on Executin')

Wendy Button: Where Are the Great Words in This Time of Darkness?


IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Republicans can crow all they want about their moral, deeply religious, war-time president--excuse me: gotta spew. There, that's better--but one thing they gotta admit, even if we'll argue until Doomsday about the reasons, is that the economy was humming before Doofus came to office, it sputtered until showing signs of a possible rebound, and then 9/11 hit and mucked it all up again. Seems ol' Bushie's snakebitten in this regard, because as the summer came to a close, economic indicators were finally showing signs of a healthy recovery when it came to production, retail sales and jobs. And then Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. Now the Congressional Budget Office is saying that Kat could cost as many as 400,000 U.S. jobs and slash economic growth by up to 1 percentage point.

Rising fuel costs heading into the colder months couldn't be happening at a worse time, but the leaders of OPEC claim they have been cranking out 1 million barrels of oil per day OVER market demands, which should be enough to stockpile supplies and ease prices. And if you can't trust the leaders of OPEC in times of crisis, who can you trust? But why, oh why, did Clockwork just get done paying $2.95 a gallon for regular unleaded in Oakland and $2.99 a gallon in San Francisco and looking out my window, in downtown Santa Ana where petrol is much cheaper, I can see it's a slightly more reasonable—YOW! $3.12 a gallon; okay, well at least down the street at that indie station it'll be the lowest of them .... FUCK ME! $3.01 a gallon. So, yeah, back to my original point: WHY! WHY!! WHY!!! Perhaps it has something to do with Big Oil closing refineries to spike prices and boost their own profits. Thank God we have those oil company watchdogs in the White House!


DANA, SPREADING THE LOVE
Clockwork's favorite eagle-eye reader Hanna Hill spotted this interesting letter in the Long Beach Press Telegram:

LNG terminal
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher certainly showed his true colors — and where his allegiances lie — in the letter to Mayor O'Neill, which was also presented to the Long Beach City Council and the public. In it, he threatened the loss of federal financial support for any Long Beach projects unless they opposed any timely effort to stop the LNG project.

We could call that blatant blackmail. He admonished the thousands of Long Beach residents who oppose such a risky project. It didn't seem to register on his radar that our port, our economy, the lives of thousands of people living in the one-to-three mile radius "death zone" would be at risk. Ironically, he chastised us for allowing the terrorists to "win" by showing fear of them, yet his president made our security from terrorists a very large part of the Republican strategy to give Bush and the congressman another term in office.
Ann Denison
Long Beach


GOO-GOO-GOOGLE-Y-GOO!
Vanity Fair's annual powerbroker ranking New Establishment, which hit newsstands today, has Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page at the top the list, a first for the pair, and ahead of such luminaries as Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott Jr. (last year's numero uno), Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone and News Corp. chairman Satan. Brin and Page--interesting, Clockwork has worked in Orange County, the REAL Orange County, with a newspaper freelancer named Brin and publisher named Page; wonder if they're related?--took Google public last year at $85 a share and it surpassed the $300 mark over the summer.

Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders claims Internet powerhouse Yahoo helped Chinese authorities convict and jail a journalist in the latest instance in which a prominent high-tech company supposedly cooperated with Beijing to gain favor in a country expected to become an Internet gold mine. The French media watchdog ridiculed Sunnyvale-based Yahoo after court papers apparently showed Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. gave Chinese investigators information that helped them trace a personal Yahoo e-mail allegedly containing state secrets to journalist Shi Tao's computer. Shi, a former journalist for the financial publication Contemporary Business News (which has a great foldout Contemporary Business News Bunny of the Month), was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for illegally providing state secrets to foreigners. Reporters Without Borders described Shi as a "good journalist who has paid dearly for trying to get the news out." Last month, Yahoo paid $1 billion for a 40 percent stake in China's biggest online commerce firm, Alibaba.com. Google and Microsoft have also come under fire for aiding the Red Chinese.

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