Protestors at the White House: Shame on Bush

More than 150 protestors organized today outside of the White House including a few evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. There’s a movement underway to build an encampment of evacuees on the Washington Mall, starting on 9/11, I posted about that last night here. The cries of anger towards the Bush administration are growing louder by the day. With in a couple of weeks thousands of people will mobilize on Washington, DC in a mass protest against the Iraq war (Sept 24 – 26). The LCV is organizing a rally on Sept 20th, Arctic Refuge Action Day. “I want to know what the government is gonna do now … I’m very angry,” said Michelle Augillard, a student who fled her native New … Continue reading

Democratic Leaders to Boycott Republican Led Katrina Committee

Democratic congressional leaders announced today at a press conference that they intended “to boycott a proposed Republican-led congressional committee to investigate the administration’s readiness and response to the storm.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. John Kerry, and Sen. Harry Reid) “I do not believe that the committee proposed by Speaker Hastert and Senator Frist is in the best interest of the American people,” said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Both he and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said they would not appoint members to the panel as currently contemplated. The developments unfolded as the Labor Department reported that an estimated 10,000 workers who lost their jobs because of the storm filed for unemployment benefits last week, the first wave … Continue reading

After Katrina Fiasco, Time for Bush to Go

Gordon Adams, former senior W.H. budget official for national security in the Clinton administration, writes in today’s Baltimore Sun, “The disastrous federal response to Katrina exposes a record of incompetence, misjudgment and ideological blinders that should lead to serious doubts that the Bush administration should be allowed to continue in office.” It just gets better from there, as Adams counts the reasons why, it’s time for Bush to go. Here’s a few quips… When rescue and medical squads are sitting in Manassas and elsewhere in northern Virginia and foreign assistance waits at airports because the government can’t figure out how to insure the workers, how to use the assistance or which jurisdiction should be in charge, it is time for … Continue reading

Democrats Step Up Criticism of White House Response

The NY Times has round up of quotes from Democratic leaders today. Here’s a few quips… After 10 days of often uncertain responses to the Bush administration’s management of Hurricane Katrina, Democratic leaders unleashed a burst of attacks on the White House on Wednesday, saying the wreckage in New Orleans raised doubts about the country’s readiness to endure a terrorist attack and exposed ominous economic rifts that they said had worsened under five years of Republican rule.

Senator Kennedy on Katrina, Poverty, and the Government Response

Below is the text of Ted Kennedy’s Floor Speech today on Hurricane Katrina, Poverty, and the Government Response: “Americans continue to be moved by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and its toll on our fellow Americans from New Orleans and in the Gulf Coast region – particularly in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama. The human tragedy has brought out the generosity of the American spirit as people have opened their homes and pocketbooks to families uprooted by the storm. This is a disaster of biblical proportions. The dimensions of this tragedy almost are beyond human comprehension. And the failures by our government to prepare and to respond run deep and wide.

Evacuee Arrested for Panhandling in Ga.

I suspect we will hear more stories like this in the days, weeks, months to come. Why this police officer could not take this man to church or shelter is beyond me. ATLANTA – A man who fled Louisiana with his family to escape Hurricane Katrina was arrested for asking motorists for money in this city where banning panhandling has been a hotly debated issue. James Scott says he had slept in a car for days with his brother, sister and her two young children before they decided to ask for help. Nearly broke, the family drove to Buckhead, an affluent north Atlanta neighborhood Thursday and got out near a shopping mall, hoping for the charity of others.

Brian Williams Reports Media Suppression in NOLA

I was none too happy with Brian Williams the other night when I read his blog post about couching his report on the weather alert from the National Weather Service. He wins a reprieve tonight for his report on the media being blocked from doing their job in NOLA. Hat tip to Atrios for this and Talk Left has more on the subject here. Here’s a few quips from Brian Williams: An interesting dynamic is taking shape in this city, not altogether positive: after days of rampant lawlessness (making for what I think most would agree was an impossible job for the New Orleans Police Department during those first few crucial days of rising water, pitch-black nights and looting of … Continue reading