Chief Justice William Rehnquist dies Ailing justice served on Supreme Court for 33 years. He was was 80. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening at his home in suburban Virginia, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. A statement from the spokeswoman said he was surrounded by his three children when he died in Arlington. “The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his dues on the court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days,” she said. What does this mean for Democrats as the Roberts nomination hearings begin next week? Early speculation from AP News is it “sets up what’s expected to be an even more … Continue reading
It’s being reported that the Superdome has been fully evacuated, but we still have so many issues to deal with in the striken Gulf Coast. While all eyes have been on New Orleans, people are suffering in so many areas… Patients Fall Ill, Miss. Shelter Closes By Associated Press BILOXI, Miss. — Officials closed a shelter Saturday because more than 20 people there fell ill, and doctors believe the patients may have contracted dysentery from tainted water.
Horrible tales of “rape, murder and trigger happy guards” are coming from New Orleans. Refugees are recanting stories of utter lawlessness within the Superdome and Convention Center. This is insane, absolutely insane! I don’t know what it’s going to take to get a grip on this, but it’s beyond anarchy at this point. The President has failed his people, the President has failed his nation. “Several residents of the impromptu shantytown recounted two horrific incidents where those charged with keeping people safe had killed them instead.” In one, a young man was run down and then shot by a New Orleans police officer, in another a man seeking help was gunned down by a National Guard soldier, witnesses said.
Carnival Cruise Lines has cancelled voyages on 3 ships in order to provide housing for up to 7000 Hurricane Katrina refugees.
Even in the wake of mass destruction, heartbreak and abandonment, 84 year old Milvertha Hendricks wraps herself in the hope of America. Milvertha Hendricks, 84, center waits in the rain with other flood victims outside the convention center in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005. Officials called for a mandatory evacuation of the city, but many resident remained in the city and had to be rescued from flooded homes and hotels and remain in the city awaiting a way out. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
It’s only a matter of time before South Louisiana takes a direct hit from a major hurricane. Billions have been spent to protect us, but we grow more vulnerable every day. Continue reading
Katrina may start a perfect storm in the world economy, write John Garnaut and Los Angeles Times reporter Evelyn Iritani.
It’s easy to think the full impact of the oil crisis is half a world away, where American motorists are paying double what they were three years ago for petrol, after the Gulf Coast was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading
The New Orleans airport has been transformed into a MASH unit. There’s a distribution problem, not enough getting help. With a the mass pandemonium, at this point there is no accurate count on how many have died. “The hallways are filled, the floors are filled. There are thousands of people there,” said Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who was at the airport. “A lot more than eight to 10 people are dying a day. It’s a distribution problem. The doctors are doing a great job, the nurses are doing a great job.” Both the number of people left in the city and the death toll remained unknown, because people continued showing up at evacuation sites and dead bodies were still … Continue reading