All-Volunteer Group in L.A. Needs Donations For Katrina Victims

I’m not sure how many readers we have from the L.A. area, but this inspiring story, has actually made the newswires and touched off similar groups across the country. I’m going to be heading over to donate supplies to the L.A. group dubbed, “Puppies, Babies and Mommies Too,” in a little while. I spoke with Shawn Booth on the phone earlier today. They’ll be out there for the next few days loading up trucks with supplies for the evacuees. There focus is on pet supplies, medical supplies and food and water. Shawn told me tomorrow they would accept donations of clothing, bedding, towels, etc. Here’s the story… KNBC-TV: LOS ANGELES – Many Southern Californians are getting involved by donating boxes … Continue reading

John Kerry: Tax Cuts for the Wealthy? Don’t You Dare!

This is not the time for Congress to be contemplating more tax cuts for the wealthy. John Kerry says, “Don’t You Dare”: Dear Friend, “More tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are off the table.” Those are the words that America is waiting to hear from President Bush. At a time of crisis and enormous need, it should be an easy decision for him to make. He could make the announcement tomorrow. There is hurt and suffering all around us. Estimates are that it will cost as much as $150 billion to help the hard-hit people and communities of the Gulf Coast get back on their feet following Katrina’s devastation. And the Bush administration’s failed policies in Iraq are draining … Continue reading

Cindy Sheehan’s Protests, Strikingly Reminiscent of John Kerry’s

Last year the Lonestar Iconoclast shocked tiny little Crawford, Texas and America by endorsing John Kerry. The Iconclast drew the rath of local residents, but that has not stopped them from continuing to speak out against Crawford resident, George W. Bush. In their latest OP/ED, Battleground Iraq: George Bush vs. Cindy Sheehan And The Rest Of The World, freelance writer Kapil Komireddi, points out that Cindy Sheehan’s protests in Crawford last month, are strikingly reminiscent of John Kerry’s protests of the Vietnam War.

Katrina’s Economic Backlash

A Congressional Budget Office assessment of the first government estimate of Katrina’s economic impact obtained by AP News looks bleak, very bleak. “Hurricane Katrina will reduce employment by 400,000 people in coming months while trimming economic growth by as much as a full percentage point in the second half of this year.”

Internal Documents: FEMA Chief Waited Until After Storm Hit

It’s time for resignations and rolling heads… AP News reports that Michael Brown was a little slow in sending a memo to Chertoff requesting help for what he termed a “near catastrophic event”. Are these people just plain DAFT? The government’s disaster chief waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had already struck the Gulf Coast before asking his boss to dispatch 1,000 Homeland Security employees to the region — and gave them two days to arrive, according to internal documents.

Russert and Imus Team Up to Blast Bush

If you haven’t caught the video of Tim Russert on The Daily Imus, it’s a must watch… You can catch it here courtesy of TheKid. Here’s a few quips from the transcript: Imus: “What Happened?” NBC’s Tim Russert: “We don’t know but we do know the following…Why weren’t troops pre-positioned? Why weren’t supplies pre-positioned, in a way, in a capacity that could deal with hundreds of thousands of evacuees? The one thing that government is suppose to do, the reason we have a government is to protect its people. And the local, state and federal government has failed miserably in protecting its people. No one can question that. Now we have to find out exactly who did not fulfill their … Continue reading

Curt Shilling Steps Up to the Plate to Provide Home for Evacuees

Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and wife Shonda connected with a family needing housing through Web site, openyourhome.com, which matches displaced families with people willing to house them. The Schillings registered Friday and on Saturday anonymously arranged for the Fields family, with seven children between the ages of 5 and 12, to fly to Boston and provide them with housing for a year.