Rep. John Lewis, U.S. congressman from the Fifth District of Georgia calls for a Marshall-type plan to rebuild New Orleans in an OP/ED in Newsweek. Of the response from the Federal Government Lewis says, “But this is America. We’re not a Third World country. This is an embarrassment. It’s a shame. It’s a national disgrace.” Lewis encourages Americans to rise up and speak out…
Three words, three simple words… GOD HELP US. Dave Martin / AP A makeshift tomb on a New Orleans street corner Sunday contains a body that had been lying on the sidewalk for days in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
UPDATED (4:00 pm, pst)… WE’RE GETTING CONFLICTING REPORTS ON THIS STORY: First report was up to 8 were shot at by police on the bridge. Then Fox reported that those shot were contractors sent to repair the bridge. Now Fox reports: Police shot and killed some gunmen who had fired upon a group of contractors traveling across a city bridge on Sunday on their way to make repairs.
Just a few minutes ago I was in the grocery store, picking through fresh green beans, trying to ignore the two guys next to me who were dishing, loud, about New Orleans. The guys were probably in their 60′s. They were talking about how dumb it was to live 30 feet below sea level, about all the people that stayed despite warnings to leave. Then one of the men said, “I don’t feel at all sorry for any of those people.”
There’s a wealth of OP/ED’s today exposing the lies and injustices of miserable (putting it mildly) job the Bush administration has done handling the Katrina disaster… Here’s one from the center of the destruction… OUR OPINIONS: An open letter to the President Dear Mr. President: We heard you loud and clear Friday when you visited our devastated city and the Gulf Coast and said, “What is not working, we’re going to make it right.” Please forgive us if we wait to see proof of your promise before believing you. But we have good reason for our skepticism.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist: “This is a time of great loss for our nation. Vicki and I join the nation in mourning the death of Chief Justice Rehnquist and we hold his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. Chief Justice Rehnquist served this country with the greatest distinction, and I respected his leadership of the federal judiciary and his strong commitment to the integrity and independence of the courts.
In a virtual replay of their unprecedented union in the wake of 9-11, the six broadcast networks are setting aside their traditional rivalries and joining together to produce a prime-time benefit concert to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading
Just received this… For Immediate Release: United States Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) issued the following statement on the passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. “Chief Justice Rehnquist served our country for more than thirty-three years on our nation’s highest court, and every American recognizes the courage and commitment to the Supreme Court that sustained him as he battled serious illness through the very end. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. “America mourns Chief Justice Rehnquist, and also stops to remember the central role of the Supreme Court in the life of our nation. We know that as it has for hundreds of years, the changing Supreme Court will have an impact on our country … Continue reading