I suspect we will hear more stories like this in the days, weeks, months to come. Why this police officer could not take this man to church or shelter is beyond me. ATLANTA – A man who fled Louisiana with his family to escape Hurricane Katrina was arrested for asking motorists for money in this city where banning panhandling has been a hotly debated issue. James Scott says he had slept in a car for days with his brother, sister and her two young children before they decided to ask for help. Nearly broke, the family drove to Buckhead, an affluent north Atlanta neighborhood Thursday and got out near a shopping mall, hoping for the charity of others.
Information about Bushville.org came via our comments… American’s have had all they can take… And so it begins… The People Will Rise Up… On 9/11 survivors of Katrina will commit a NONVIOLENT act of Civil Disobedience – building an encampment on the Washington DC Mall.
I was none too happy with Brian Williams the other night when I read his blog post about couching his report on the weather alert from the National Weather Service. He wins a reprieve tonight for his report on the media being blocked from doing their job in NOLA. Hat tip to Atrios for this and Talk Left has more on the subject here. Here’s a few quips from Brian Williams: An interesting dynamic is taking shape in this city, not altogether positive: after days of rampant lawlessness (making for what I think most would agree was an impossible job for the New Orleans Police Department during those first few crucial days of rising water, pitch-black nights and looting of … Continue reading
Speaking to the National Baptist Convention of America today, Howard Dean was frank and to the point about his opinions on the Katrina disaster. While I have not always agreed with Howard Dean I respect his candor, at a time when we can use all the candor we can get. Dean referenced the proposed estate tax breaks that are due for a vote any day. We have a petition below on the estate tax breaks from John Kerry. Please sign it if you have not. “We must … come to terms with the ugly truth that skin color, age and economics played a deadly role in who survived and who did not,” Dean said. Dean said Americans have a moral … Continue reading
I’m not sure how many readers we have from the L.A. area, but this inspiring story, has actually made the newswires and touched off similar groups across the country. I’m going to be heading over to donate supplies to the L.A. group dubbed, “Puppies, Babies and Mommies Too,” in a little while. I spoke with Shawn Booth on the phone earlier today. They’ll be out there for the next few days loading up trucks with supplies for the evacuees. There focus is on pet supplies, medical supplies and food and water. Shawn told me tomorrow they would accept donations of clothing, bedding, towels, etc. Here’s the story… KNBC-TV: LOS ANGELES – Many Southern Californians are getting involved by donating boxes … Continue reading
This is not the time for Congress to be contemplating more tax cuts for the wealthy. John Kerry says, “Don’t You Dare”: Dear Friend, “More tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are off the table.” Those are the words that America is waiting to hear from President Bush. At a time of crisis and enormous need, it should be an easy decision for him to make. He could make the announcement tomorrow. There is hurt and suffering all around us. Estimates are that it will cost as much as $150 billion to help the hard-hit people and communities of the Gulf Coast get back on their feet following Katrina’s devastation. And the Bush administration’s failed policies in Iraq are draining … Continue reading
Last year the Lonestar Iconoclast shocked tiny little Crawford, Texas and America by endorsing John Kerry. The Iconclast drew the rath of local residents, but that has not stopped them from continuing to speak out against Crawford resident, George W. Bush. In their latest OP/ED, Battleground Iraq: George Bush vs. Cindy Sheehan And The Rest Of The World, freelance writer Kapil Komireddi, points out that Cindy Sheehan’s protests in Crawford last month, are strikingly reminiscent of John Kerry’s protests of the Vietnam War.
A Congressional Budget Office assessment of the first government estimate of Katrina’s economic impact obtained by AP News looks bleak, very bleak. “Hurricane Katrina will reduce employment by 400,000 people in coming months while trimming economic growth by as much as a full percentage point in the second half of this year.”