Brian Williams Reports Media Suppression in NOLA

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

Howard Dean: Race Played Role in Katrina Death Toll

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

All-Volunteer Group in L.A. Needs Donations For Katrina Victims

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

John Kerry: Tax Cuts for the Wealthy? Don’t You Dare!

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

Cindy Sheehan’s Protests, Strikingly Reminiscent of John Kerry’s

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.

Katrina’s Economic Backlash

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.”