""We only have to recall the colour of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi who are most devastated by Katrina to know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans."
- Former President Jimmy Carter.
Coretta Scott King
was laid to rest Tuesday
after a six-hour service attended by four presidents and 10,000 ordinary people who came to pay tribute to the first lady of the civil rights movement - and one of its last icons. But at an event designed to remember the lady who was as memorable as her late husband in fighting for civil rights, politics entered the fray with both former President Jimmy Carter and Rev Joseph Lowery taking swipes
at the Bush Administration. They say that there's a time and a place, and while this was clearly not the place, with thousands of Katrina victims
(mostly African-American) about to be evicted because of budget cuts
by the Bush administration, was it the time
posted by Effigy2000
on Feb 8, 2006 -
is what the Republicans are calling their budget cut plan to pay for Hurricane Katrina. Will there be tax cuts for the rich? Nope. The great majority of the proposed cuts target the elderly
and the poor, heavily targeting Medicare
. They eliminate all federal funding for energy conservation, the "Energy Star" program
, energy efficient vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, high-speed rail
, light rail
, PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, AmeriCorps, the "Even Start"
program, the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, security/anti-drug funding for innercity schools, and all federal loans to grad students. Also facing cuts are the Global AIDS Initiative, the EPA, the Center for Disease Control, pensions and healthcare plans for retired federal workers, job programs and revitalization funds for poor neighborhoods, the school lunch program, community health centers, and health care for soldiers.
posted by insomnia_lj
on Sep 27, 2005 -
How Bush Blew It
offers a fascinating peek behind the scenes of the Bush administration in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Behold a President who has to be given a custom DVD of news clips because he knows less about the situation than someone watching CNN! Watch as frightened aides debate which unlucky bastard has to tell the President to cut short his vacation! Witness intergovernmental squabbling aboard Air Force One!
posted by pardonyou?
on Sep 12, 2005 -
Reading the news after the Katrina Hurricane and the lack-of-response disaster, a pattern began to emerge. Mainstream media compilation - Collective Bellaciao via xymphora, which has several other uniquely critical posts on Katrina
posted by ism
on Sep 7, 2005 -
Barbara Bush insults Katrina survivors.
Said today while visiting relief efforts at the Houston Astrodome:
"Almost everyone I've talked to said we're going to move to Houston. What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. (Said with concern.) Everybody is so overwhelmed by all the hospitality. And so many of the peoples in the arena here, you know, they're underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."
I'd be curious what she'd think after after living there
for just a week, much less for months on end, before being sent off to somewhere even further from their homes, friends, and relatives.
Please note: This woman raised our president. Did the acorn fall far from the tree?
posted by insomnia_lj
on Sep 6, 2005 -
Oh, the irony... The Bush administration, long critical of the
United Nations, has accepted a U.N. offer of help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and a U.N. team has gone to Washington to see how it can complement American efforts.
posted by saketini99
on Sep 4, 2005 -
The Matrix shatters before the eyes of the nation (sorry, WMP link) --
and on Fox News! For those old enough to remember, it's so significant that Geraldo Rivera says of conditions in the New Orleans Convention Center, "it's like Willowbrook in there." (Rivera became famous in 1972 by
exposing the horrendous conditions in a home for the mentally retarded called Willowbrook; finally, after decades of degrading himself, he remembers what his job is.) And Slate's Jack Shafer on "the rebellion of the talking heads
" -- the refusal of reporters on the ground in New Orleans to regurgitate the official spin. [via TalkLeft
posted by digaman
on Sep 3, 2005 -