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, openyourhome.com, 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 Canofun.com 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

Cameron Kerry: Katrina: Keeping Americans Safe

Cameron Kerry, brother of John Kerry has a insightful post on the Huffington today (hat tip the Daou Report.) Katrina: Keeping Americans Safe Hurricane Katrina blew away the foundation of George Bush’s political survival just as brutally as it scattered rooftops along the Gulf Shores. What has sustained George Bush has been the perception that he would keep Americans safe at home. Whatever else voters thought about him, large numbers shared this perception. This was the levee Karl Rove and the Republicans built to keep out doubts about Iraq, anemic jobs numbers, and other rising waters. How many times have we heard them repeat “9/11,” “war on terrorism,” and “protecting us from terrorists”?

Ted Kennedy on the Nomination of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

The Democratic Daily received the following statement from Ted Kennedy on the nomination of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: Over the last several weeks, we’ve begun to review John Roberts record and overall fitness to sit on the nation’s highest court in preparation for our hearings on his nomination to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Today, those stakes became greater when the President announced he would make a new nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States, an even higher position. Only 17 Americans have held this position since the birth of our country. The Chief Justice is the most important judge in the country, with even more … Continue reading