Internal Documents: FEMA Chief Waited Until After Storm Hit

It’s time for resignations and rolling heads… AP News reports that Michael Brown was a little slow in sending a memo to Chertoff requesting help for what he termed a “near catastrophic event”. Are these people just plain DAFT? The government’s disaster chief waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had already struck the Gulf Coast before asking his boss to dispatch 1,000 Homeland Security employees to the region — and gave them two days to arrive, according to internal documents.

Russert and Imus Team Up to Blast Bush

If you haven’t caught the video of Tim Russert on The Daily Imus, it’s a must watch… You can catch it here courtesy of TheKid. Here’s a few quips from the transcript: Imus: “What Happened?” NBC’s Tim Russert: “We don’t know but we do know the following…Why weren’t troops pre-positioned? Why weren’t supplies pre-positioned, in a way, in a capacity that could deal with hundreds of thousands of evacuees? The one thing that government is suppose to do, the reason we have a government is to protect its people. And the local, state and federal government has failed miserably in protecting its people. No one can question that. Now we have to find out exactly who did not fulfill their … Continue reading

Curt Shilling Steps Up to the Plate to Provide Home for Evacuees

Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and wife Shonda connected with a family needing housing through Web site,, which matches displaced families with people willing to house them. The Schillings registered Friday and on Saturday anonymously arranged for the Fields family, with seven children between the ages of 5 and 12, to fly to Boston and provide them with housing for a year.

Katrina: US TV Swings From Deference to Outrage Towards Government

AFP News offers a little round up of “combative interviews and scathing commentary” against “government officials” in the wake of the Katrina disaster. As the scale of carnage became clear and the government was seen as tardy in its response, TV news anchors and reporters dropped their dispassionate reserve in favour of stinging comments straight from the heart.

Olbermann: Twin Disasters, Natural… and Government-Made

Keith Olbermann packed a whallop on Countdown tonight – “The “city” of Louisiana”. The hits to the Bush administration keep on coming… Watch the video here – Hat tip to SECAUCUS — Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said it all, starting his news briefing Saturday afternoon: “Louisiana is a city that is largely underwater…” Well there’s your problem right there.

Why Did Brian Williams “Couch” His Report on Sunday August 28, Regarding Urgent Weather Message from the National Weather Service?

I just finished reading in disbelief this report from Brian Williams on MSNBC – Now it can be told: Notes on the eve of destruction, and I have question… Why, if you received this text by email from the National Weather Service, and it was so “incendiary”… It contained such a strong warning… Why did you very “cautiously couch[ed] the information” in your “live report by phone for Nightly News”? I get the part Mr. Williams, where you say that “our folks were concerned that it wasn’t real…”, but my goodness, if there was even the smallest doubt that it could be true, would it not have been better to flash this TEXT all over every news station in the … Continue reading

Suffering from Labor Pains

No I’m not describing my current medical condition. I may be interesting but I’m not a medical miracle. What I am describing is the painful assault the labor movement is taking and how it affects us all, regardless of whether or not we are union members. I’m a member of the dreaded teacher’s union, as was my dad’s mom. My mother’s dad was a Teamster for 42 years. I don’t argue that unions are perfect. Some are grossly mismanaged while others (usually the more Republican ones) have been downright corrupt. Some folks in the labor unions hold politicians to impossible litmus tests. A case in point is labor’s lukewarm support for Jimmy Carter’s re-election bid in 1980. Carter may not … Continue reading