Environmental Watch: EPA Wants to Ease Toxic Spill Reporting

Those corporate whores masking as EPA officials, the ones who are in George W. Bush’s back pocket, just keep pushing the envelope… The government wants to quit forcing companies to report small releases of toxic pollutants and allow them to submit reports on their pollution less frequently. Saying it wants to ease its regulatory burden on companies, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adopting a “short form” that would excuse companies from disclosing spills and other releases of toxic substances if: _They claim to release fewer than 5,000 pounds of a specific chemical. The current limit is 500 pounds. _They store onsite but claim to release “zero” amounts of the worst pollutants, such as mercury, DDT and PCBs, that … Continue reading

Bush's Words on Iraq Echo LBJ in 1967: "We Shall Stay the Course"

There have been suggestions and comparisons made regarding the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. The Bush administration always discounts those comparisons. However, AP writer Douglass K. Daniel, has put together a comparison of Bush on Iraq and LBJ on Vietnam in 1967, that shows striking similarites. “America is committed to the defense of South Vietnam until an honorable peace can be negotiated,” Johnson told the Tennessee Legislature on March 15, 1967. Despite the obstacles to victory, the president said, “We shall stay the course.” After 14 Marines died in a roadside bombing on Aug. 3, Bush declared: “We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. And the job is this: We’ll help the Iraqis develop … Continue reading

Memo to Rachelle G. Cohen

Rachelle G. Cohen is “editor of the editorial pages” of the right wing biased Boston Herald. In an OP/ED today she compares John Kerry’s recent speech at Brown University to Donna Brazile’s recent OP/ED in the Washington Post. I’m not sure what, other than the fact that Brazile’s hometown is New Orleans, could have motivated her to to say, “on Thursday night, after watching him speak from the heart, I could not have been prouder of the president.” Quite frankly, I fear Brazile must be suffering from a momentary lapse of reason, because truly, I can not imagine that she bought what Bush was saying as something even close to “from the heart.” Regardless of her lapse of reason, Brazile … Continue reading

Kennedy: No on Roberts

Senator Kennedy went to the Senate floor today to discuss the nomination of John Roberts and why he intends to vote no. I’ve included some excerpts of his remarks below, you can read it in its entirety here . “Supporting or opposing nominees to the Supreme Court should not be a partisan question. In my 43 years in the United States Senate, I have supported more nominees for the Supreme Court by Republican presidents than by Democratic presidents. But, there is clear and convincing evidence that John Roberts is the wrong choice for Chief Justice. I oppose the nomination, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.” “The rule of law is not some mathematical formula for meting out … Continue reading

Remarks by Senator John Kerry on His Opposition to Judge Roberts’ Nomination for Chief Justice

Earlier I posted that John Kerry will vote NO on John Roberts nomination for Supreme Court Chief Justice. Below are Senator John Kerry’s full, prepared remarks on the floor of the Senate today on the upcoming vote on Judge John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States: Mr. President, we all know that there are few things the Senate does which are as important as confirming a Supreme Court Justice, let alone the Chief Justice of the United States. We know that making the decision to support or oppose a nominee is serious and complicated. We don’t need to belabor those points. What we do need to talk about is what kind of process must occur before a … Continue reading

John Kerry Opposes Roberts’ Nomination for Chief Justice

Breaking news: John Kerry Opposes Roberts’ Nomination for Chief Justice Below is a statement by Senator John Kerry on the upcoming vote on Judge John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States: “I can’t in good conscience vote to confirm Judge Roberts to a lifetime leading our third and co-equal branch of government when his confirmation hearings contained no genuine legal engagement, no real exchange of information, and no substantive discussion. The confirmation exercise has become little more than an empty shell. I cannot vote to confirm someone to lead the very branch of government responsible for ensuring equal opportunity and justice when he refuses to say where he stands on things as fundamental as how he would … Continue reading

C-Span Alert – John Kerry to Speak on John Roberts

John Kerry will be speaking soon on C-Span 2 regarding the nomination of John Roberts for Supreme Court Chief Justice. Watch live stream here: C-Span 2 Senator Kennedy is speaking now… “I urge my fellow Senators to vote no.” Live Blogging — John Kerry: “The confirmation excercise has become now nothing more than an empty shell.” “We were Judge Roberts’ clients when he worked in the Solicitor Generals office.” On Roberts refusing to answer questions — “What principles do you bring to the job…” “Not withstanding his impressive legal resume… I can’t say that I know what kind of Justice will he be…” “I have a duty to protect the fundamental rights our constitution protects…”

Statements from John Kerry on Monday's Field Hearing on Small Businesses and Military Reservists

The first and best definition of patriotism is keeping faith with those who wear our uniform. That means giving our troops the resources they need to keep safe while they’re keeping us safe. And it means supporting our troops at home as well as abroad. The recent tragedy of Hurricane Katrina reminds us of the important role reservists serve. Continue reading