Rita Evacuation: "This Is The Worst Planning I've Ever Seen"

“This is the worst planning I’ve ever seen,” said Judie Anderson, who covered just 45 miles in 12 hours after setting out from her home in the Houston suburb of LaPorte. “They say we’ve learned a lot from Hurricane Katrina. Well, you couldn’t prove it by me.” In Galveston: “Residents walked, biked and drove across a bridge linking Galveston to the Texas mainland, abandoning the town where between 8,000 and 12,000 people were killed in a 1900 hurricane, the deadliest natural disaster ever in the United States.” “The Red Cross has never dealt with anything like this before,” said Sam Hilbun of New Orleans, now volunteering for the Red Cross in Baton Rouge. “The system could be better,” he continued, … Continue reading

1969: Relevant and Irrelevant Lessons From a Turbulent Time

Ah Fall 1969: A time of graduation and marriage for many young folk, The Beatles release “Abbey Rd,” (including “Come Together” and “Something”) the Stones release “Let it Bleed with (with “Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”) and the Amazin'(or in my opinion just plain lucky) Mets win the World Series over the unluckly Baltimore Orioles. Also for the first time polls indicated more Americans oppose the Vietnam War than support it. Of course much has changed since then: The music bands are gone (but the ageless Rolling Stones are still here), the Orioles of 1969 just had bad luck, now their just bad (to my great disappointment). But one similarity and one difference are connected: … Continue reading

Abramoff Claimed Ties to Rove

The Abramoff plot thickens… and the cast grows to include Karl Rove… Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff bragged two years ago that he was in contact with White House political aide Karl Rove on behalf of a large, Bermuda-based corporation that wanted to avoid incurring some taxes and continue receiving federal contracts, according to a written statement by President Bush’s nominee to be deputy attorney general.

British Scientist Criticizes U.S. ‘Climate Loonies’

You’ve got to love those Brits for their ability to be so forthright and out-spoken… A leading British scientist said on Friday that the growing ferocity of hurricanes hitting the United States was very probably caused by global warming and criticized “climate loonies in the States.” Sir John Lawton, chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution that advises the government, made what the Independent newspaper said was a thinly disguised attack on the stance of the Bush administration.

Waxman: EPA Is Using Katrina to Undermine the Clean Air Act

Henry Waxman announced today: The EPA has drafted legislation that would allow the agency to waive any provision of the Clean Air Act, nationwide – including limits on toxic emissions and the health-based air quality standards – without any notice or public comment whenever the Administrator chooses to declare an emergency. — Letter to EPA Administrator Johnson (PDF) — Letter to EPA Administrator Johnson (Microsoft Word) — Draft EPA Proposal

John Kerry Fights for Immediate Hurricane Katrina Small Business Assistance

Today, John F. Kerry continued to push for a combination of federal economic aid and disaster assistance for small businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama recovering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Senators Kerry and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) led a bipartisan group of Senators in passing a small business relief package for Gulf-area small businesses last week as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill. Because the House considered its version of the bill before Hurricane Katrina struck, this issue must be resolved in conference. “It’s outrageous to think that after spending $63 billion, Congress has yet to provide a penny for small business relief. We can’t turn our backs on America’s small businesses. Small business owners in … Continue reading

Santorum's Slam on Boston Comes Back to Haunt Him

Rick Santorum made some wild claims back in late July, early August about Boston and the Catholic Church Sex Abuse scandals. At that time Santorum tried to pin the blame on Senators Kennedy and Kerry claiming they “did nothing” about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in 2002. However, Kennedy and Kerry were both quoted about the scandal during 2002. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” on Sunday, July 31st, Santorum said, “’I singled out Boston in 2002. In July of 2002, that was the epicenter. We did not know — .” Stephanopoulos was quick to cut Santorum off saying, “That simply is not true,” noting that stories about abuse in many places had been printed at the … Continue reading