Roberts’ Nomination Hearings Set to Start

C-Span will broadcast the Roberts nomination hearings tomorrow starting at 11:30 am, est on C-Span 3. There are many questions ahead for John Roberts, tough questions that America deserves answers to. The WaPo has summary of some the key issues that will come into play in the hearings, here. The WaPo reports that, “in the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, concerns about the treatment of poor people and minorities could heavily influence the thrust of some of the questioning.”

Handling Things Locally – Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee Commandeers Sam’s Wal-Mart Stores

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.

Kerry, Lawmakers: U.S. Isn’t Prepared for Next Attack

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 and Floods

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