John Kerry to Deliver Major Address at Brown University on Monday

Senator John Kerry will deliver a major address at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, on Monday, September 19. Senator Kerry is speaking at Brown as part of the Licht lecture series. Who: Senator John Kerry When: Monday, September 19 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Where: Brown University Salomon Room 101 Providence, R.I. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available through the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions newsletter, here. Look for more on the upcoming speech here tomorrow.

The Winds of Katrina

It’s no secret that I’m a strong John Kerry supporter, as are many of the posters here at The Democratic Daily. While Frank’s Rich’s column in today’s New York Times might seem to be only a blast at Bush, I didn’t read it that way. I read Rich’s column and felt a measure of hope I hadn’t felt in years… that finally, the Bush MisAdministration had been stripped bare to the bone. All the attempts by so many of us, worldwide, over the years to “huff and puff and blow GWB’s house down” were not in vain, although in the end, it was Bush himself who blew it down, helped along by nature; the winds of Katrina. I implore you… … Continue reading

A Toxic Gumbo

Food for thought… Contaminated floodwaters and air pollution have devastated the Gulf Coast ecosystem. As Hurricane Katrina victims try to rebuild their lives after one of the worst natural disasters in American history, the environmental impact remains a looming threat. In the coming weeks and months, all eyes will be on the clean-up and reconstruction of the Gulf Coast. Many have concerns over the environment and the well known fact that the Bush administration has turned back the clock on many environmental protections. Instead of having people who actually care about the environment in the key agencies that oversee environmental concerns, Bush has filled those positions with corporate energy whores. Many are speaking out, but we need to make certain … Continue reading

Douglas Brinkley: Chronicling 'The Great Deluge'

Historian Douglas Brinkley, author of the John Kerry biography Tour of Duty, was on NPR’s Fresh Air on Friday morning talking about his experiences in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Brinkley teaches at Tulane University and was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. After Katrina, Brinkley got his family out and relocated them to Houston, TX and then returned to New Orleans to chronicle the history of the aftermath of Katrina. He is in the process of documenting “the catastrophe by gathering oral histories — he hopes to collect as many as 20,000 — for a book, tentatively titled The Great Deluge.” Brinkley said in the interview that he was determined to document everything that he could, “because if our government can … Continue reading

The FEMA Ice Follies — “Millions of Dollars are Being Wasted”

FEMA… the government agency synonymous with the F word (in reference to their treatment of the American people in the Gulf). Nothing much seems to have changed since Brownie was replaced and the duct tape man cometh and it appears that FEMA can’t seem to coordinate the ice man cometh, either… Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit, have done what journalists do when they are doing their jobs and have investigated why it’s such a problem for FEMA to bring ice to the ravaged Gulf Coast. Friday, NBC News located hundreds of trucks full of ice sitting around the country: in Maryland, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. Some had been on trips to nowhere for the past two … Continue reading

BuzzFlash Reviews “Misuse of Power” by Burt Hall and Ed Asner

BuzzFlash has a review of “Misuse of Power,” by Burt Hall and Ed Asner. Many of our readers will remember my interview with Ed Asner in late August: “From the moment he [Bush] was ‘selected,’ he hit the ground running with an agenda the right wing conservatives have been cooking up since Goldwater. What a program! The Democrats were caught fat, floored and flabbergasted. Al Gore was discounted and dismounted. And even stumbling Republicans accepted and approved. It felt like Alice in Wonderland.” BuzzFlash Reviews has given that interview a nod, and used excerpts from the interview in their review of “Misuse of Power.”