Rumble in the Heartland

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.”

New Orleans Times-Picayune: An Open Letter to the President

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.

Ted Kennedy on the Passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist

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.

Senator John Kerry on the Passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist

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

Debunking the WaPo and Bush Administration: Gov. Blanco Requested Federal Aid from Bush on Sunday, August 28th – 2 Days Before Katrina Struck

In a well detailed letter to President Bush, Governor Kathleen Blanco requested that Bush declare an “expedited state of disaster for the State of Louisiana… beginning on August 28, 2005 and continuing.” It appears there is some confusion over at the White House about when Governor Blanco requested aid and for that matter when she declared a State of Emergency for the State of Louisiana. According to the WaPo, “As of Saturday, Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said.” That’s rather curious because the letter from Governor Blanco to President Bush clearly states that she declared a State of Emergency on August 26, 2005. Perhaps the two journalists for the WaPo don’t frequent … Continue reading

Breaking News: William Rehnquist is Dead

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

Biloxi Shelter Closed for Health Issues

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.