Senator Kerry Stakes Out Ground As a D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T…

By now you have heard or read about Senator Kerry’s speech at Faneuil Hall today. I was there in the back of the Hall, struggling to find a network to let me live-blog something out of the place, but it was not to be. These are some thoughts that I had while listening to the Senator speak: Senator Kerry stakes out ground as a D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T… Senator Kerry was preceeded to the podium by two speakers, Thomas Farrington, who, like Kerry himself, is a prostrate cancer survivor and by the Senator’s youngest daughter, Vanessa Kerry, who is one year away from her medical degree. Mr. Farrington pointed out the particular problems that African-American men have in getting medical treatment because of … Continue reading

Bush In Jail, A Pet Dream

The Presidency or Regency of George Bush the Lesser is nothing more or less than a vast carefully crafted criminal enterprise. The Bush Administration and it’s extended crime family has taken organized crime from the mean streets and ethnic social clubs of urban America and transferred it high above those meager environs into the steel and glass, leather and mahogany world of the American Corporate boardroom. The scale of the criminality of the members of this nefarious organization would make the most experienced and successful Mafiosi or Asian or Russian gangster weep with wildly envious frustration. No criminal organization in history has had the raw and overwhelming economic power, the political clout, the global reach, the enormous public relations network, … Continue reading

The 2006 Rising Tide New Orleans Convention

Announcing The 2006 Rising Tide Convention. DangerBlond has done some really impressive work to make this happen. So stop by and tell her hi. And believe it or not, The Katrinacrat is scheduled to be off work on those days!! Might have to get some shirts made for it. The 2006 Rising Tide New Orleans convention All about rebuilding New Orleans August 25-27, 2006, there will be a convention for all people who care about New Orleans. The Rising Tide Conference will be a gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans’ recovery from the aftermath of the natural disasters of both Hurricane Katrina and Rita, the manmade disaster of the levee and … Continue reading

Katrina Deaths: 49 still unidentified

Almost a year after the storm, and there are still bodies that are not identified. A cold reminder, of how much damage was done to life, property, and the psych of everyone along the Gulf Coast. Images will be forever etched into our minds. Mystery: 49 of Lousiana’s hurricane dead lie unidentified They lie in silvery airtight caskets in a rented warehouse near the Superdome or in black body bags stacked in a refrigerated truck behind an abandoned funeral-home-turned-morgue. Nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina, 49 of the storm’s 1,300-plus victims in Louisiana are stuck in a kind of purgatory, with no final resting place, because their identities are still a mystery. The anonymous souls died undignified deaths, their bodies … Continue reading

Election Secrets, Political Arcana, And Harry Truman In A Bottle

The Washington Post this morning ran an article,  “Bellwethers, Eight Issues That Will Shape The 2006 Elections” or one of a series of articles which is indicative of a coming surf tide of newsprint, virtual and otherwise, which will wash up on the shores of our collective consciousness over the next dozen or so weeks. Predictions about the midterm election will curl whitely and proudly in the air and regularly and rhythmically slap our calm beaches until we are struck silly with predictions, expert opinions, and statistical analyses of the 06 election. The pundits will come at us with all the passionate certitude, the almost messianic zeal, and none of the shyness of hordes of bookies and racing touts, or … Continue reading

Class Warfare 2, Jane Works Overtime At “Big Flo’s”

I stopped by yesterday to visit my friend Jane who I wrote about a few days ago in “Class Warfare At Big Flo’s Diner, Let Them Eat Hash.” I thought it was her day off. I was wrong. It was mid afternoon on a steamy Saturday and she was ironing her uniform for work, but she poured me a beer and we sat on her front porch and talked for an hour or so about the article. She was amazed, as was I, that so many people, hundreds, took the time to comment on our portrayal of her dilemma, and did so, for the most part, in a positive and supportive fashion. There are a few ironies involved in this … Continue reading

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006

Here are the top 25 censored stories of 2006, from Project Censored. Hat Tip to Dizzi Dezzi. Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006: #1 Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government #2 Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Death #3 Another Year of Distorted Election Coverage #4 Surveillance Society Quietly Moves In #5 U.S. Uses Tsunami to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia

Class Warfare At Big Flo’s Diner, Let Them Eat Hash

Editor’s Note: The Democratic Daily welcomes Bob Higgins, from Worldwide Sawdust as a guest contributor: The minimum wage battle continues, with unions and workers fighting for an entry level raise for honest American workers that has been denied for nearly a decade while the dispassionate empty suits of business, their lackeys in local and national Chambers of Commerce, and the evil lick spittle minions they have purchased wholesale in our government at all levels, make pious pronouncements about the “marketplace” and the peril of allowing the government to regulate wages. In the meantime, I’ve been talking to my friend, Jane. Jane is a hardworking person, a decent, honest, American citizen, whose children are grown and now, divorced, has found herself … Continue reading