The following is a transcript of a speech by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. at the Sierra Club’s National Convention and Expo on September 10, 2005 in San Francisco. Kennedy received the Sierra Club’s William O. Douglas Award on behalf of the Waterkeeper Alliance. I want to tell you how proud I am to accept the William O. Douglas Award. Two of my most poignant memories as a child involved Justice Douglas. One of them was when I was 11 years old. I did a 20-mile hike with my little brother David and with Justice Douglas and my father, which was a bird-watching hike on the C & O Canal, which he played a critical role in protecting. We started at … Continue reading
Oh, those Bush kids… One needs to ask, what kind of “family values” are they teaching them… AUSTIN, Texas – The youngest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was arrested early Friday and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, law enforcement officials said.
1896. The year of the William Jennings Bryan and the “Cross of Gold.” The year that Karl Rove’s idol, William McKinley, was elected president. Of course McKinley had been a prolabor lawyer and Ohio governor, and recent research by Kevin Phillips indicates that McKinley thought poorly of the big trusts, and wanted to break them up in a second term. Still, beginning in 1896 the GOP became a far more progressive party. While this GOP progressivism was not to last, 1896 is still important for Democrats: It was that year that populists and progressives took over the party and rescued it from post-Civil War economic conservatives. Sure some Democrats are more liberal than others, and certain decades (the 1920s, the … Continue reading
Federal officials appear to be seeking proof to blame the flood of New Orleans on environmental groups, documents show. Continue reading
According to an ever reliable (uhem) source, that is, a gossip column I’ve been known to browse, the doctor who (uhem) spoke up to Mr. Cheney, that Ron posted about earlier, Makes Me Proud To Be A Doctor, now has BLOG. There’s pictures, too.
It’s a given that the Bush administration, which tried to turn Iraq into a laboratory for conservative economic policies, will try the same thing on the Gulf Coast. The Heritage Foundation, which has surely been helping Karl Rove develop the administration’s recovery plan, has already published a manifesto on post-Katrina policy. Continue reading
Leadership isn’t a speech or a toll-free number. Leadership is getting the job done. No American doubts that New Orleans will rise again, they doubt the competence and commitment of this Administration. Weeks after Katrina, Americans want an end to politics-as-usual that leaves them dangerously and unforgivably unprepared. Continue reading
The day before the hurricane made landfall, the president of the United States received a briefing on the enormity of the storm. But when floodwaters poured into America’s Gulf Coast, America’s government sat on its hands. Continue reading