“He needs much more that (sic) 20 or 30 minutes.”

That’s what former FEMA Director Mike “Brownie” Brown’s press secretary Sharon Worthy e-mailed Marty Bahamonde, the only FEMA official on the ground in New Orleans during and immediately following Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Worthy, who had also booked Brown onto a cable news channel talk show for later that evening, was apparently worried that Brown wouldn’t be able to finish a sit-down meal in Baton Rouge, La. Bahamonde fired back that he had just eaten an MRE and “crapped in the hall.”

$1.4 million

That’s the amount of money missing from the check given to Charleston County derived from the half-cent sales tax. According to Stephanie Jones, spokesperson for the state’s Department of Revenue, the problem is due to merchants and vendors misreporting their taxes to the DoR: “It just takes vendors a little time to adjust. If they paid to the wrong tax division, we send them a letter advising them of their mistake. If they did not pay the tax at all, we send them a letter telling them they have 30 days to pay or be assessed interest and late fees … all recovered money will be included in Charleston’s next check.” —Damian Joseph


That’s the percentage of Americans in a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll who think Bush’s presidency has been a failure so far. That same percentage expect the last three years of his presidency to be a failure, too.

Haiku O’The Week

With Harriet gone,
Is Alito Scalito?
Democrats do ask.

“There is no federal or state law which tells people that they must pray or not pray in any particular way, as this would be in directconflict with the express words of the United States and South Carolina constitutions guaranteeing the free exercise of religion.”

S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, in a letter sent last week to state ACLU officials, informing them he would fight them in court if they tried to stop any city or county invoking Jesus’ name in pre-meeting prayers. In related news, the Taliban …

2.4 million

That’s how many pounds of frozen chicken that will be dumped into a Dorchester County landfill after an ammonia leak at a Sumter cold storage plant contaminated the chicken, according to DHEC officials. Mmm … chicken.

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