9/7: Morning Communique


MacLeans reports Canadian music icon Leonard Cohen is supposedly broke, in a story involving allegations of extortion, SWAT teams, forcible confinement, tax troubles, and betrayal.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) is pushing legislation to take FEMA back out of the Department of Homeland Security.

Everything new is old again: John Emerson, from the blog Seeing the Forest, proposes a national blog tabloid to reach passive voters who primarily pay attention to the talking heads on radio and television.


Deb has heard good news from all her Mississippi relatives at Deborama.


Keep yourself organized through the technology of the PocketMod!

Craptastic print ads from the 1980s selling cheesy snacks and toys! The Fridge joins G.I. Joe??? [via All Dumb]


"Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don't give me the same idiot."

-- Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard on CBS's The Early Show Tuesday

"We found it absolutely incredible that the authorities had no way to get there for four or five days, that they didn't go in and help these people, and we made it in a two-wheel-drive Hyundai."

-- Hans Buder, one of three Duke University sophomores who managed to drive all the way to the New Orleans Convention Center last Saturday evening to assist victims of Hurrican Katrina

"We're angry, Mr. President, and we'll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry. Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That's to the government's shame."

-- Excerpt from An Open Letter to the President in the Times-Picayune

"You have people who don't heed those, those, uh, those warnings, and then put people at risk as a result of uh, not, uh heeding those warnings. So there may be a need to look at tougher penalties, candidly, on those who decide to ride it out and and and understand that there are consequences to not leaving."

-- Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), on WTAE-TV CH 4/Pittsburgh, wanting to fine New Orleans residents who didn't leave

"...As scenes of horror that seemed to be coming from some Third World country flashed before us, official Washington was like a dog watching television. It saw the lights and images, but did not seem to comprehend their meaning or see any link to reality."

-- CBS News anchorman Bob Schieffer

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