Looks as though the Governator is taking another page out of the Bush guide to choosing environmental appointees. When first elected Arhnold wowed some environmentalists in California by showing himself to be on the green side of the environment. Now it seems that the only green Arhnold cares about is $$$, when it comes to the environment. Many Californians who voted for Arhnold and feeling a similar pang of Buyer’s Remorse, that Bush voters are now feeling. Schwarzenegger’s effort to be a green Republican has been one of the principal ways the governor has depicted himself as being above Sacramento’s traditional partisan divides. But in a reversal from the beginning of his tenure, it is now environmentalists who are objecting … Continue reading
Late last night I posted that Senators Lugar and Obama were detained before departing from Russia yesterday. They were there on a fact finding mission, touring nuclear weapon destruction sites. Jeff Zeleny, a Chicago Tribune correspondent posed this question about the incident: “Wasn’t the Cold War supposed to be over?” Here’s a few quips from his story: What began as a seeming bureaucratic misunderstanding escalated into an incident involving the White House, the State Department and several U.S. military officials in Washington and their Russian counterparts in Moscow.
Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Info, Updated September 1, 2005, 11:30 p.m., pst. Our updated list can be found here. We will continue to update this list as more organizations get involved. Relief Organizations: America’s Second Harvest: 800-344-8070. Adventist Community Services: 800-381-7171. B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund: http://www.bnaibrith.org/ Catholic Charities: 1-800-919-9338 or http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/ Christian Disaster Response: 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554. Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: 800-848-5818. Church World Service: 800-297-1516. Convoy of Hope: 417-823-8998.
Hurricane Katrine rages on in the Gulf Coast. Here’s a round-up of headlines from news including damage, insurance estimates, the effects on oil refineries, and the pending environmental disaster casued by the hurricane… Plowing through New Orleans, the below sea level city experienced “howling, 145-mph winds and blinding rain that flooded some homes to the ceilings and ripped away part of the roof of the Superdome, where thousands of people had taken shelter.” National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield warned that New Orleans would be pounded throughout the day and that Katrina’s potential 15-foot storm surge, down from a feared 28 feet, was still substantial enough to cause extensive flooding. As Ron reported below, another issue created by the powerful … Continue reading
Peter Daou of the Daou Report looks at some of the ethical issues at the heart of the left-right divide on Iraq and terrorism. The Ethics of Iraq: Moral Strength vs. Material Strength “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” – Matthew 16:26
New SBA reports show that billions of dollars have been given to Corporate machine while real Small Businesses are left by the wayside. One of the reports was prompted by a request from John Kerry. Last week, the SBA’s Office of Inspector General “released the results of three investigations in the past year that found the SBA has intentionally included awards to large businesses in their small business contracting statistics.” Report 5-14 was prompted by a request from Senator John Kerry. It stated, “The SBA awarded four of the six high dollar procurements, reported as small business procurements, to large companies at the time of the procurements.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of war protesters outside of Bush’s Crawford, TX ranch, at Camp Casey, for an interfaith service today. He said he felt compelled to meet with Cindy Sheehan, who started the anti-war rally three weeks earlier outside of Bush’s ranch. Sharpton joined Sheehan in laying roses at the crosses near Camp Casey today. “I feel that it is our moral obligation to stand and to be courageous with these families, and particularly Cindy, that have become the conscience of this nation,” said Sharpton, an activist and former Democratic presidential candidate.
Senators Lugar and Obama and their aides ended a three day visit to Russia on a strange note… They were in Russia “visiting sites where warheads are stored before destruction under the U.S.-funded Comprehensive Threat Reduction program.” The plane carrying Lugar, Obama and their aides “was detained for several hours Sunday while trying to leave Russia, before being permitted to leave the country for Ukraine, according to spokesmen for the lawmakers.” “I am in Ukraine with Sen. Lugar,” Lugar’s spokesman, Andy Fisher, said in a message sent from a personal messaging device Sunday afternoon.