WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana’s senior senator on Sunday escalated the Democrats’ rhetoric against the Bush administration’s hurricane response, accusing the White House of a ”full court press” to blame state and local officials for the initial sluggish rescue effort. Continue reading
The Israeli flag has been lowered over Gaza, symbolizing the end of 38 years of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory two weeks ahead of schedule. Continue reading
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee is FED UP with FEMA! He’s not waiting around for FEMA to respond to his requests — he’s handling things locally, like in the case of a local Wal-Mart store that “wanted to open recently but was told by FEMA officials that it could not.” Hat tip to Donnie from Houma, La in our comments. “I am upset with FEMA and some of their regulations,” Lee said.
Pilot with American Airlines speaks about September 11, 2001. Continue reading
Clarence Brown, the singer and guitarist who built a 50-year career playing blues, country, jazz and Cajun music, died Saturday in his hometown of Orange, Texas, where he had gone to escape Hurricane Katrina, his agent said. He was 81. Continue reading
The Lowell Sun has rarely been known to turn tail on the conservatives but they certainly did a bit of an about face today with this article, giving creedence to MA and New England Democrats — Mass. lawmakers: U.S. isn’t prepared for next attack. WASHINGTON — Grim images of unattended corpses and stranded hurricane victims illustrate shocking deficiencies in the nation’s homeland-security systems designed four years ago to prevent and respond to the next 9/11, lawmakers said this week. Ominous doubt on Capitol Hill about the government’s ability to minimize the loss of life in the event of another major terrorist attack was widespread this week, a sharp contrast to the abundant political unity immediately following the nation-changing al Qaeda … Continue reading
Government begins with disaster — in fact, in response to floods. The earliest civilizations were riverbank cultures along the Nile, the Tigris, the Euphrates. And the first truly large-scale collective human endeavor was to build levees to prevent those rivers from overflowing their banks and destroying humankind’s first crops Continue reading
Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration’s first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading