26 August 2006

Voulez Vous Deja Vu? Tu?

In the wake of Katrina, last year, I collage'd the following mashup which was played on the Sept 9, 2005 edition (8 am for those who want to go to www.kopt.com and get the podcast for that date) of "Breakfast With Nancy," where I remain a regular guest on the AirAmerica Radio affiliate, KOPT 1600 AM.

This link appeared on my old blog (Skiing Uphill) on Sept 13, 2005

Download the MP3 of just the mashup (right click and "save as"):

Voulez vous deja vu

Considering the blatant attempts that are being made to rewrite history and play PR games by the Bushies it might be a good thing to listen to what actually happened last year.

Nearly every media outlet in the land uncritically pimped the phony "Rockey Vaccarella" photo-op with Bush. Vaccarella was GOP candidate for County Commissioner for St. Bernard's Parish in 1999. But his "trailer" tour hasn't been much featured by leftie bloggers, who don't seem to have noticed that Vaccarella began the whole thing as a media circus. There is a COMPLETE Itinerary posted on the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE website, predating the photo-op!

It is pure Public Relations, and the "news" media of this country have uncritically published the Press Releases as though they were their own, and not lazy plagiarism.

Click here to see it.

I guess propaganda and a phony photo-op stunt outweigh the astonishing and criminal Administration incompetence and theft WHICH CONTINUES regarding the entire Katrina disaster. So, click on the mashup and listen to last year's disaster.

Then see how you feel about the "rewrite" that's being featured this week.

According to the unimpeachable Sean Hannity (I mean that literally, sad to say), it was the Democrats not sending the buses that was the cause of the disaster.


Bizarrely, today's CNN radio news featured (after the uncritical summation of the Bush Saturday radio speech, which was platitudinous past the point of nausea) the additional story of a couple, who had waited for a year for a FEMA trailer moving in today.

Sadly, because of toxic fumes in the trailer, it almost immediately exploded.

I keed you not. The trailer exploded.

The man's arm was severely burned. The woman is hospitalized.

And the FEMA trailers in Arkansas continue to sink deeper into the mud, still undelivered, still uninhabited: "compassionate conservatism" in action, one supposes.

Isn't that an eerily perfect metaphor for the human response to that natural disaster?


21 August 2006

Unlimited Terms of Endearment Part XIII: The Empire Strikes Back

They held their pep rally in Chicago over the weekend, and they rolled out the first model in their fall advertising campaign:“THE INQUISITOR” -- a one-sheet .pdf pseudo-tabloid cover. I’ll give you the URL in a minute.

Below the fold and below the salt is a photograph that you should look at:

NOT UNLOVED! (whoopee)

That’s right. ALG confirms that while they’re spreading at least $7 million to qualify their ballot measures (our informal total comes to something over $10 million thus far, but the OREGONIAN says $7 million, so let’s leave it at that), they’re too cheap to pay their “interns” a red cent. In other words, the college students have to ‘pay’ for the privilege of working for Howie Rich and his Richie Rich friends, by scraping up gas money, food money, lodging money, laundry, etc. while they’re NOT working on simultaneous political campaigns in states from coast to coast.

But hey! ALG isn’t thin-skinned! They “strike back” with “hilarious” satire. A fake supermarket tabloid with some side-splitting doctored photos!

Get their “hilarious” tabloid satire at:


Or, click here to download the .pdf directly


But hurry, because they note:
For a limited time only:

August 10, 2006
Read the shocking secrets today!

Click here to download a PDF file of the Inquisitor.
And isn’t that SPECIAL? Considering that this little blog is the only media of any sort to have -- thus far -- noticed that the wealthy, if shadowy, benefactors of the ALG initiative machine are staffing their Chicago office with unpaid interns ... we are THRILLED to have had such a salutary effect on their ‘conscience’ -- at least to the extent of offering a sort-of denial and confirming that at least five unpaid college students are being exploited as office workers, even as the Chairman of the Executive Committee’s wife has received nearly $1.7 million from Nebraska petition operations.

(To be fair, she’s paid some back to the barely-paid petition gatherers, as well. What the net is, only they know.)

Believe it or not, these guys are too emotionally stingy to even say that the interns are “LOVED.” Instead they are “not unloved.”

Good lord.

Can you say “Scrooge”?

Well, their “satire” is just SOOOOOOO darned funny that we thought we’d come up with something that’s a bit more to the point. (And better graphic art, frankly. Say, you don’t suppose that they conned some graphic arts student to design their “INQUISITOR” handout for free, too, do you? Naww. Nobody’s THAT cheap. Right? Right?).

Hilarious Satire!