A report released Monday by the Society of Environmental Journalists found that delayed non-response to a FOIA request are becoming commonplace. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mark Schleifstein, hurricane reporter of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans “filed a request under the federal Freedom of Information Act, asking for any reports on spills, accidents or fires.” After badgering the Environmental Protection Agency for days to learn where dangerous chemicals were leaking after Hurricane Katrina, still couldn’t get a clear answer. More than a week later, he has received no response.
We must speak up. We must make our voices heard. I know many of us are concerned with the effects of Katrina and other pressing issues, but the confirmation of John Roberts must not happen because of the complicity of our silence. Continue reading
If you’re not paying attention — you should be. The first day of the Roberts nomination hearing has come to a close. The day was filled with statements on the nomination by the various members of the Judiciary committee, there’s more on that here, here and here. I checked around the blogosphere to see what’s being posted about the hearings… not much, considering this nomination could affect the direction of the Supreme court for the next 20 – 30 years and involve 8 – 9 presidential terms. There are some major issues at stake. Issues that will affect the future of our country for generations to come. We simply cannot sit back and wring our hands and say well, they … Continue reading
EDITORS NOTE: The following post was to be posted in our comments by Donnie from Houma, LA. Donnie appeared on The Democratic Daily about a week or so ago, fresh from the Katrina disaster in LA, Donnie and I struck up a conversation about what was really going on in LA. Donnie is registered Republican, who’s not at all happy with the way things are going down there. I’ve invited Donnie from Houma, LA to share his insight with our readers. Here’s his first post in what we hope will be a series based on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Donnie from Houma, LA: As promised, get ready for my own style of shock and awe. This is the gift … Continue reading
In the aftermath of this unbelievable tragedy, emotions are running high, fear being one of them. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind, but in the midst of the horror, some beautiful, uplifting stories are unfolding. Colorado has invited 1000 survivors to make a new home in this sun-filled, high-spirited, DRY, infinitely friendly place. The people are overjoyed at this opportunity to embrace these Americans who have just been through hell. Here are some excerpts from the Rocky Mountain News: Volunteers canceled Labor Day weekend plans and worked around the clock to cart off truckloads of debris and mop away years of grime. In a massive outpouring of support — from pastors to policy wonks, from cops to … Continue reading
Based on these federalism grounds, the Court has wiped out all or key parts of legislation addressing issues such as: gun free schools, religious freedom, overtime protections, age discrimination, violence against women, and discrimination against people with disabilities. Continue reading
The lesson of Katrina is simple. We must always be honest about the challenges we face, and never reserve our compassion only for disasters. People must not allow the Administration to continue sugar-coating the true state of this nation. ~~John Kerry Continue reading
Michael Brown has resigned as the head of FEMA. I just recieved the following brief statement from John Kerry’s press office. Kerry is in Louisiana today delivering supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. I think this statement just about says it all… no need to say more! BATON ROUGE – Below is a statement from Senator John Kerry on the resignation of FEMA Director Michael Brown. “Long overdue. Too little, too late.”