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Gotta watch that spending, cut that budget, and let the market decide
6 out of 10 say Bush stinks as President
When I first heard the word "refugee" used to describe displaced people rendered at least temporarily homeless by Katrina, it seemed reasonable to me. They needed "refuge," right? Refugees have to go somewhere in large numbers and people elsewhere need to deal with it.
NOT IN OUR TOWN!...think of the children.
The French novelist Balzac famously wrote, "Behind every great fortune there is a great crime," and over the past century and a half and more, no one has proved him wrong. Indeed events forcefully remind one of his phrase nearly every day in contemporary America. Nowhere else has the ruling elite so successfully reorganized public life according to the proposition that the accumulation of personal wealth, at no matter what cost, should be society's guiding principle. The American population is currently paying a horrible price for this 'success.'
Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreen's store at the corner of Royal and Iberville streets remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing. The milk, yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat.
on 10.May.2005 23:33 I posted ½What will final Break the Amerikan Empire and cause Revolutions and Partitioning½. Now that the war has become worse, the oil prices are rising, Katrina has demonstrated the Fascist lack of responsibilty to the people... let us revisit my warning.
Sisters and Brothers it is time to focus on ourselves, our local economy, our bioregion, our future, our needs and our people.
Time to awake.
Below is Peter Young's statement on the grand jury situation in San Diego.
Only three months ago an event happened in New Orleans which attracted little national attention. Today, the dominant media is exposing the horrific results of flood control project funding which was diverted to support America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stories of thugs looting and shooting in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans are now front page news. Good people everywhere are asking how people could do these things to their fellow citizens. Part of the answer lies in the fact that New Orleans already had already become a war-zone of violence between its community and law enforcement.
The Sieur de Bienville, born Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, was an early
governor of Louisiana and was the founder of New Orleans. He laid out
a city that was destroyed by hurricanes in nearly every one of its
first four years of existence. One might have taken such events as an
indicator of problems to come. We talk of "natural disasters" but as
it has been said: "While nature provides hazards, it is man who
Mel Brooks once said, "it's good to be king." Well when it comes to hurricanes, it's even better being the President's brother. Especially in a vital swing state. In an election year.
Louisiana's Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco is learning that the hard way. While her state suffered through a disastrous, disorganized and delayed response to Katrina from FEMA and the Bush administration, Florida governor Jeb Bush had no such problems as his state weathered four hurricanes in 2004.
The refugees' greatest needs NOW are arguably housing and employment, not hippie buses full of donated food and cooking gear. If anyone can suggest progressive avenues for making donations to help people with housing and jobs, PLEASE post that information!
Tax cuts and free enterprise - its always the most cost effective solution...
The residents of New Orleans wish to be called "Residents", not "Refugees", according to Cynthia McKinney and Prometheus. See listserve excerpt below.
They have no clue. Are they playing the fiddle while Rome burns?
Even for the well-intentioned, sometimes racism runs deep
The Real BS Begins-only available on Cable!
This country needs to get it's priorities straight.
this is a letter i just faxed to my congressman and senators....i encourage others to do the same
What to do about the supreme court appointment?
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The war criminal Al Gore is spealking in Portland tomorrow. Hell, its even the indymedia calendar
Something to ponder. After studying 7 fascist regimes, Laurence W. Britt distilled these 14 common points of fascism. He studied: Adolph Hitlers Nazi Germany; Benito Musolini's Italy; Francisco Franco's Spain; Antonio De Oliveiro Salazar's Portugal; George Papadopolous's Greece; Agosto Pinochet's Chile; and Mohamed Suharto's Indonesia.
Despite rumors of people marching on DC with pitchforks, I thought I'd go through the usual blah, blah channels.
When I used to live in New Orleans (1999), there were always rumors that when 'the big one' hit, New Orleans would be underwater, and many would die as a result. In 2001, this was confirmed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which rated a hurricane in New Orleans to be one of the three most likely, most catastrophic disasters in this country. There was plenty of warning that this was coming....like this article from the Houston Chronicle from 2001, which says, in part:
" In the face of an approaching [Category 3 or above hurricane] storm, scientists say, the city's less-than-adequate evacuation routes would strand 250,000 people or more, and probably kill one of 10 left behind as the city drowned under 20 feet of water. Thousands of refugees could land in Houston. Economically, the toll would be shattering."
The buckets are only for donations at Christmas.
Katrina was a methodical murder of innocents by the government during America's largest nation emergency. I suppose the reason they murder them through inaction is that they didn't want to pay the health care costs of this disaster. Might as well let the weak ones die...
Impeach Bush for murder!
What becomes obvious when a Katrina comes along is that for the many "born to lead," there is only a scant few "committed to serve."
See also the "Shaka Sankofa" and the "English" sections in the Clajadep web http://clajadep.lahaine.org
As the White House launches its sociopathic defense of the FuckYou Government response to Huricain Katrina the latest from the dry ground in New Orleans is that even neighborhoods that did not flood, that are high and dry must be evacuated.
Now is the Time? Now is the Time! The Potential of the Gulf Coast Crisis: Points for Discussion and Intervention
"FEMA head Michael D Brown has defended the federal response, saying that his agency had prepared for the storm, but that the widespread flooding had hampered the operation."
Some thoughts on the catastrophe in New Orleans
Very scary information.
Instead of sheltering them in 3 close-by, modern convention centers, work is mounting to restore closed school(s)
Tuned into 1190 AM radio right now, yes it's clearchannel, but coasttocoast has become a better source than Pacifica for critical reporting on the Bush administration and both the Democrat and Republican complicity with its imperialist agenda and war on our Bill of Rights.
"Anarchy Disrupts US Storm Relief"claims the BBC. "Scenes of Anarchy in Super dome" declares CNN. "Anarchy in the streets". But what's really going on in New Orleans? Whether or not the hurricane itself is the result of human actions is questionable, but what is clear is that the chaos and death in the Big Easy are anything but the result of anarchy.
Michael Chertov was holding a press conference today and he chided a reporter for being "argumentative" for asking him to explain the excuse he had just repeated umpteen times that Homeland Security was caught off guard by being hit with two disasters at once - the hurricane and the levy breaking. He called the combination of those two events "not reasonably foreseeable" as an excuse for the five day delay of relief. He also kept harping on "Mother Nature" as the enemy. So we need to prepare for a new "War on Nature".
Defending the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff argued Saturday that government planners did not predict such a disaster ever could occur.
Supreme Court Rehnquist has just died. We must not lose sight of our new Supreme Court battles.
An employer can request an employee to submit to a polygraph test if "the test is being administered in connection with an ongoing investigation." Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). 1988. Applicable to George W. Bush, Public Servant, USA.
You might have watched the Red Cross relief concert for hurricane Katrina last night on channel eight. I watched the washed out singers sing songs that no one has listened to since the late 80's. I watched actors preach about how there was still hope for the people of New Orleans and that all we had to do was give money. Face-lifts whose voice and spirit was nothing more than the words on the teleprompter someone else conveniently wrote for them, blurted words like prayer and hope.
I kept watching until I noticed this was a repeat, a repeat of the relief concert for 9/11. These actors and musicians did not come there to voice their opinions, they came reassure the public that Red Cross was helping as best as it could and all it would need is more money. And then, when I was about to change the channel, a brave voice told the story not covered by the media. Kanye West went off script to voice the real problem. He talked about the racism in New Orleans. He talked about how the police are murdering innocent families who are just trying to survive. He talked about how the busses never came for them. He talked about how black people are dying and not being supported as "best as they could" based on the color of their skin. The truth was finally being heard.
"Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud...hatch out!" said Emperor Claudius.
Something is not right with the US response to Katrina.
We aren't the only ones watching with dismay and anger...
September 1st, three of the worst looters appeared on CNN. President Bush himself along with two former presidents, Bush the father and Bill Clinton. The current Bush brought the two former one's in as fundraisers. What hypocrites these characters are.
natural disaster or God, this is a wake-up call - Do not build shitty housing below sea-level. This is a call to not waste tax money in a really stupid reinvestment.
I was searching for something on Yahoo just now and came across this news pages. WOW! Yahoo is collecting stories about the economic and energy collapse that is happening right now. Did you know that there are imposed energy blackout in California right now? Read these yahoo headlines.
Who will get prioritized? The old poor or the new poor? This is a serious dilemma. And my experience says that when middle class people lose things, everyone rushes to buy them replacement houses, cars, etc. But if you are poor, they are only gonna replace your poverty.
Who's Dick Cheney? Who's Dick Hertz? Is there a doctor in the House? Or even the Senate for that matter?
The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)
GOVERNOR RILEY: He'll be glad to have you."...
Vows reprisal against hurricane perpetrators
In the aftermath of one of the most ravaging storms ever to touch US shores, the people of New Orleans remain stranded. Even with several days to prepare, the federal government failed to render assistance, and the local government buckled under the strain. While people die in the streets, the Lousianna National Guard is unable to help, because they were all sent away to Iraq. Meanwhile, as poor people of color suffer in the South, oil companies profit from their misery, cops guard rich people's possessions, and wal mart bitches about "looting." This is occupied earth, in a microcosm.
The catastrophe that is unfolding in New Orleans and on the Gulf coast of Mississippi has been transformed into a national humiliation without parallel in the history of the United States.
The scenes of intense human suffering, hopelessness, squalor, and neglect amidst the wreckage of what was once New Orleans have exposed the rotten core of American capitalist society before the eyes of the entire world—and, most significantly, before those of its own stunned people.
I have not seen one person of color saying that the response to Katrina in New Orleans had "nothing to do with race." The mere fact that the ONLY people saying that are white says it all to me. Last night, I saw the Mayor of Houston whose name is ironically "Mr. White" pooh-poohing the race card...
While New Orleans was reeling from the first deadly effects of "Hurricane Katrina," Neocon Jonah Goldberg mocked the idea of placing some of the city's refugees in the Superdome. This is the same warmonger who once wrote that the U.S. should "bomb Canada!" When France refused to go along with the Bush-Cheney Gang's scheme to invade Iraq, he smeared the French people as a nation of "liars," who were only interested in a "desire for oil."
Just trying to make sense of all this.
OK- I admit it. I watch the 10pm fox news a couple times a week. Running a TV set which draws 300 watts for an hour in portland spins the electric meter just over two cents. It's always entertaining, and they have a few really attractive "reporters"
With a million new homeless, and jobless it doesn't take Nostradamus to figure where these young men and woman will turn for employment.
The lack of help for Katrina victims is now being blamed on the lack of a "strong leader" on Fox, CNN, etc.
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