A Taste of Palast’s Armed MadHouse: 1927. Again.

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Excerpted from Armed Madhouse, a new book by Greg Palast.

1927. Again.

The National Public Radio news anchor was so excited I thought she’d pee herself: The President of the United States had flown his plane down to 1,700 feet to get a better look at the flood damage! Later, I saw the photo of him looking out of the window of Air Force One. The President looked very serious and concerned. That was on Wednesday, August 31, 2005, two days after the levees broke and Lake Ponchartrain swallowed New Orleans.

The President had waited the extra days to stop first at the Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course in Arizona. I’m sure the people of New Orleans would have liked to show their appreciation for the official Presidential photo-strafing, but their surface-to-air missiles were wet. I don’t want to give the impression the President did nothing. He swiftly ordered the federal government to dispatch to New Orleans 18 water purification units, 50 tons of food, two mobile hospitals, expert search teams, and 20 lighting units with generators. However, that was President Chávez, whose equipment was refused entry to the disaster zone by the U.S. State Department. ——Read the rest here

Jesse Jackson calls for ‘Right of Return’ for Katrina Survivors

by Matt Pascarella

[New York] On Sunday, January 8th, Reverend Jesse Jackson attacked Republican plans to buy up and eliminate African-American neighborhoods in New Orleans.

In a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel in New York, Jackson decried what he considers a systematic program by the Washington Administration to turn “survivors” into a permanent Diaspora of refugees denied both their homes and the political power of their concentrated votes in the city.

Citing the findings of investigative reporter Greg Palast, who joined Jackson on his national radio broadcast earlier that morning, the civil rights leader called for a “Right of Return” for Katrina survivors. —–Read more here

Bush Rushes to Flood Site Orders Emergency Tax-Cuts

By Greg Palast

New Orleans – Reminding the residents of Gulf Coast that, if can they can find their missing loved ones, they will qualify for the new higher exemption on inheritance taxes. “Don’t think of them as lost, think of them as floating tax deductions!”

Surrounded by several dry millionaires on high ground, the President noted that the tax break ends in 2009. “Let us give thanks they expired before the exemption!”

Mr. Bush added that, “The Gulf Coast produces one-fourth of America’s oil and gas. As Paul Wolfowitz said about Iraq, ‘They’ve got a lot of oil. They can pay for their own reconstruction. This won’t have to cost the US taxpayer a dime.’”

Quoting Ronald Reagan, the President concluded, “A rising tide raises all yachts.” Then he turned to Vice-President Cheney and asked, “Hey, is this thing on?”

(Some of my readers may think this is a sick joke.

Yes, he is.)

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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Subscribe to his commentaries or view his investigative reports for BBC Television at www.GregPalast.com.

Bush Strafes New Orleans Where is our Huey Long?

By Greg Palast

The National Public Radio news anchor was so excited I thought she’d piss on herself: the President of the United States had flown his plane down to 1700 feet to get a better look at the flood damage! And there was a photo of our Commander-in-Chief taken looking out the window. He looked very serious and concerned.

That was yesterday. Today he was at a Golf Resort. No kidding.

I’m sure the people of New Orleans would have liked to show their appreciation for the official Presidential photo-strafing, but their surface-to-air missiles were wet.

There is nothing new under the sun. In 1927, a Republican President had his photo taken as the Mississippi rolled over New Orleans. Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover promised to rebuild the state. They didn’t. Instead, They left to play golf with Ken Lay or the Ken Lay railroad baron equivalent of their day.

In 1927, the Democratic Party had died and was awaiting burial. As depression approached, the coma-Dems, like Franklin Roosevelt, called for balancing the budget. ————Read the rest here