by Parker, Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 01:31:06 AM EDT
Breaux and his DLC/NDN cronies
make a play to take over NOLA reparations.
Former U.S. Sen. John Breaux, along with other former Louisiana congressional members, engineers, urban planners and economic developers, are banding together to examine Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, Breaux said Saturday.
The Hurricane Katrina Commission will focus on how New Orleans should be rebuilt, not whether it should be rebuilt, he said. "Just as the commission formed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center never sought to recommend whether the twin towers should be rebuilt."
But Breaux said despite what could have been done before Katrina hit to protect New Orleans from the massive flood waters that blanketed the city when its levees failed, neither he nor the national commission he is working to form will be part of "the blame game."
"This is not the time or forum," he said, to blame local, state or federal officials. "Blame does not save lives, feed families or compensate for loss."
He praised city officials for working with Gov. Blanco and the National Guard to evacuate the thousands who were evacuated before the storm and continue to be evacuated and said that each day, the situation is improving.
Breaux rejected the idea that food, water and supplies were slow to reach those stranded at the Superdome and Convention Center because of racial motivations.
"Mayor Ray Nagin is an African American, almost the entire New Orleans City Council is made up of African-Americans. To suggest that these African-American leaders would shortchange their own citizens is a suggestion that is absolutely without merit."[No fingers pointed here!!]
Breaux said areas surrounding New Orleans with a higher percentage of white were just as slow to receive supplies.
by Parker, Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 12:30:42 AM EDT
When Democrats attack!!!
Once, the White House could use its surrogates to intimidate critics. Especially after Sept. 11, Democrats were concerned -- for both patriotic and opportunistic reasons -- that certain criticisms of Bush might be seen as "giving aid and comfort to the enemy."You can't be accused of giving aid and comfort to a hurricane.
by Parker, Fri Sep 09, 2005 at 03:17:08 AM EDT
by Parker, Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 02:57:28 PM EDT
This is now getting downright scary!!!
Read a first hand account of a REAL FEMA Detainment Camp being set up in Oklahoma.
FEMA will not allow any of the kitchen facilities in any of the cabins to be used by the occupants due to fire hazards. FEMA will deliver meals to the cabins. The refugees will be given two meals per day by FEMA. They will not be able to cook.
In fact, the "host" goes on to explain, some churches had already enquired about whether they could come in on weekends and fix meals for the people staying in their cabin. FEMA won't allow it because there could be a situation where one cabin gets steaks and another gets hot dogs - and...
it could cause a riot.
It gets worse.
by Parker, Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 11:41:29 PM EDT
Where the hell are all of our "Security Dems" and left-wing "Military Hawks"?
There is only one TRUTH in this whole fiasco:
Republicans can not Keep America safe
The GOP won the 2004 presidency and the swept the COngress on the fact that they were "trigger-happy"... it is a shame that their bluster has no relevance to actual threats to the US and Americans... but only to the vested interest ie Oil
Katrina shows clearly, that this adminstration has absolutly NO INTENTION on keeping Americans safe...
Even the most ardent GOPer fluffers like Brooks and Russert can see that... why aren't the "Security Democrats" and the left-wing "military Hawks" talking about American Security???
"Batman" aka Al From and his "Robin" aka Simon Rosenberg are trying to promote any candidate that has worn a uniform since WWII...(even Republicans ie Massa). Why are they not telling the truth that:
Trigger-Happiness...does NOT equal a National Security Plan.
This is even evident to all the "Security Moms", and wingnuts who voted for Bush because 9/11 scared the shit out of them and they wanted a "Bad Motherfucker" in charge who wasn't bashful about going "Mid-evil" on some terrorists ass...
LIEberman was outraged when Dean called DHS on the use of "Security Alerts" as political... and they were.
Thousands of people have died this past week (some estimate say 10 time the amount of 9/11), 1.5 million were made homeless and a landmass the size of Great Britain (or the size of a nuclear attack) lay in ruins and the "Security Alert"never moved up from YELLOW... so what does that tell you. This adminstration has no clue on how to keep Americans safe... and really could not give a shit as illustrated in their actions on the first three days of this catatrophe.
What was the "National Security" response... "Shoot at it"
and kill the story
It is the SECURITY...Stupid
by Parker, Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 09:42:07 AM EDT
That is the meme... that is what Russert was screaming about on IMUS today...
So where the hell are all of those so-called "Security Dems"???? This is was the one reason he was re-elected... he told the country that he could keep the US safer than the Democrats...that is not true.
So why is not Al From and Simon Rosenberg screaming that this is a failure in keeping the US safe... why??...
The Centrists like Al From, Simon Rosenberg, Joe LIEberman, Breaux and Bull Clinton... security means one thing... funding from the military industry... keeping them in enough dough to swagger around with big guns... so they keep reenforcing the credibility of the Iraq War... all advocating that the "War on Terror" a GOP construct created in a right wing "think tank"...can be won... yeah and I got a bridge in Brooklyn I wanna sell... they just want to get rich(er) by selling the Democratic party to the military lobbyists.
The only Real "Security Dem" I have seen in the past three years... has been Dean. He warned in the primaries that Iraq was no place for the National Guard. Dean warned that we were dangerously low on first responders... He warned that great photo ops like Saddam being captured did not make America safe... but our Democratic "Military Hawks" poo poo'd him... no place for dirty hippy talk.
No Dean is not a "Military Hawk" because the definition of war is a Diplomatic FAILURE ... and two ingnorant entities have decided to slug it out instead.
So... for all those Dems wringing their hands that people don't vote for Democrats is because we don't prance around bullying people... well here is the reality...
WE ARE NOT SAFE... AND HAVE NOT BEEN SINCE 9/11
All those Military-Hawks-Security-Dems are strangely silent....
by Parker, Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 08:04:24 AM EDT
Seems like even Bull Clinton can't wash away this stink
. So he is going to invesigate himself... sounds like the Governor in Kentucky who "pre-pardoned" himself before going to trail.
by Parker, Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 05:55:14 AM EDT
Stolen from DK
As speculated here, Bush was pressuring La. Gov. Blanco to federalize the National Guard.
Blanco resisted fearing she would lose control of the rescure and reconstruction effort. Apparently this battle went on Friday night. On Saturday, before the president's speech, she faxed Bush a letter confirming that she would not allow the Guard to be federalized. Apparently they would lose their power to aid in police efforts.
So, so far, so good. Maybe Blanco was wrong.
The kicker, though, is that Gen. Russell Honoree, The Ragin' Cajun who is in charge of the relief effort, said HE didn't need the Guard federalized either. Honoree was pissed and said "the big brains" better get together to figure this stuff out.
Maybe a military coup would be a positive thing?
My question is is there really a need to Federalize? What is the precedent?
IS THIS ALL ABOUT FUCKING MONEY AND ENSURING THAT HALLIBURTON GETS NO BID CONTRACTS
If so I am on Blancos side... it is digsuting to "Politicize" aid money in this tragedy. The GOP refuses to acknowledge 49.5 % of the population that did not vote for Bush.
by Parker, Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 04:25:15 AM EDT
President George W. Bush announced on Monday that he wants appeals court judge John Roberts, who is awaiting Senate confirmation hearings this week to serve on the Supreme Court, to succeed the late William Rehnquist as U.S. chief justice.
Ted Kennedy was there to "congratulate" Roberts.
by Parker, Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 05:25:42 AM EDT
The Storm After the Storm
David Brooks puts an historical perspective on race and natural disasters.
Hurricanes come in two waves. First comes the rainstorm, and then comes what the historian John Barry calls the "human storm" - the recriminations, the political conflict and the battle over compensation. Floods wash away the surface of society, the settled way things have been done. They expose the underlying power structures, the injustices, the patterns of corruption and the unacknowledged inequalities. When you look back over the meteorological turbulence in this nation's history, it's striking how often political turbulence followed.