'Sean Penn Relief Fund':
I was moved to tears by this Armchair Gen. Savin Hill appeal:
"Please won't you help? Sean Penn has sunk in New Orleans. We don't know where he is, or how many days he's gone without punching a paparazzi. Only by making a contribution can you help us find Sean Penn -- and any other Hollywood actor who doesn't know the first thing about water, boats, and why a hole in one is a bad thing."'Chad alert'
: Meanwhile, Reader No. 1 is still trying to pinpoint the hanging-chad of Katrina. He thinks it may be embedded somewhere in noncompatible and nonrechargable mobile radios and cellphones:
"The big story in today's WSJ
(sub. req.) trails Sunday WaPo in details on the reorientation of FEMA and its' big points will surprise no one. ... But there's a whole bunch explaining various communications problems and the potential lethal downside to conducting life and death operations in today's technology environment."
Reader No. 1 also notes the Pentagon's bungled juggling of active-duty troops "as another wonderful example of how bureaucracy trumps common sense."
He adds: "For balance, please check out Bob Williams' op-ed
eviscatering the Mayor of New Orleans and Governor of Louisiana." 'Here's my initial short list': Carpundit
is zooming past the fire-Mike-Brown campaign. ... 'Opportunity for us to show our compassion':
Looks like Massachusetts is rising to the occasion (stories here
). ... Mitt is everywhere. Should we care if his actions are an extension of his ambition? Nope. Ambition often serves as a positive and powerful motivator for the public good. ... Other pols -- such as Mayor Menino -- are shining or will shine, as are everyday citizens. ... Of course this being Massachusetts, we'll inevitably have our share of Brownie hack moments. Speaking of Mike ... 'Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job,' Part II:
Criticism of Brownie mounts. Jeff Jarvis
has the roundup.
... Blame Game Battlefield Update: Could a new conservative 'envelop strategy' be unfolding? While continuing to hammer away with #4s, conservatives appear to be conceding more and more of #5 out of necessity -- letting liberals stream past and into a #5 pocket. The door could be then slammed shut with #1s, #4s and reverse #2s (such as damaging Clinton-era levee memos) and ...
... A subsection of #4 is tried and true media bashing on the right. Here's a Rightwing Nuthouse
fisking of a Paul Krugman column. But notice the nutcase doesn't fisk the part about Brownie. ... Powerline
also selectively fisks Krugman, ignoring Krugman's mention of Brownie. ...
FYI: Following is an abbreviated argumentative points list for those keeping track of the Katrina ideological blame game: 1.) Act of God. 2.) Blame pols for pre-storm levee work etc. 3.) Post-storm fair-game criticism. 4.) Blame locals 5.) Blame Bush.'On the road'
: John Daley
is sending dispatches from the road. ...