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  "One of the biggest weaknesses we had during Hurricane Katrina is it wasn't clear who was the top authority. The president and the governor were going back and forth. ... In Cuba, you don't have that problem. The government says, 'This is what we're doing, these are the resources we are going to deploy,' and it pretty much happens." — Mayor Ray Nagin to the Associated Press during his six-day trip to Cuba last week. As the AP noted: "In Cuba, Revolutionary Defense Committees on nearly every corner watch their neighbors. They help with evacuations and provide social services such as vaccinations, but also are supposed to report any behavior considered subversive."

  "First, Sen. Vitter thinks that all judges should follow the law as written and not make it up as they go along. Second, it would be amazing for anyone to do a story based on this fringe, left-wing political hack's blog — he's been handcuffed and detained in the past over his guerrilla tactics." Joel DiGrado, a spokesman for Sen. David Vitter, commenting on Keith Bardwell, the Tangipahoa justice of the peace who refused to marry an interracial couple. The "left-wing political hack" is blogger Mike Stark (www.thecrookeddope.com), who had sought comment on the issue from Vitter as the senator was boarding an elevator. At the time, Vitter's only comment to Stark about Bardwell's refusal to marry the couple was "I ... I don't think that's the case."

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