Posts Tagged: Hurricane Katrina

Journalist under criminal charges for filming Katrina evacuees

A journalist and a TV producer working on a piece about Katrina refugees have been charged with the crime of videotaping a “critical national security structure” in Louisiana… Palast Charged with Journalism in the First Degree: On August 22, for LinkTV and Democracy Now! we videotaped the thousands of Katrina evacuees still held behind a

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Handmade Quilts for Katrina Victims

I mentioned back in April of 2004 that my mom has made hats for premies babies and hats for soldiers. Lately, though she volunteered with the Quiltmakers shop in Fishers that coordinated a large-scale event last Saturday where quilters sewed quilts for Katrina victims using materials donated by fabric companies. They made 51 quilts. That’s

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Pipelines more important than hospitals to Dick Cheney

According to the Hattiesburg America, a small Mississippi newspaper, Dick Cheney’s office called the South Mississippi Electric Power Association and ordered them to prioritize restoring power to Colonial Pipeline Co. before restoring power to two rural hospitals. “I considered it a presidential directive to get those pipelines operating,” said Jim Compton, general manager of the

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Unbelievably Racist E-mail

This is the other racist e-mail that was sent to me by someone I thought was a friend. I got this a week and a half ago, I believe. I’m putting the entire text of the e-mail below the fold because I want to be sure that my friends know, before they see it, that

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A Completely Racist Diatribe

A friend forwarded the following diatribe to me. She sent me another one earlier in the week that was equally bad and which originated with the KKK. This is apparently the kind of crap that’s getting passed around by right-wing nut jobs though e-mail. I know I keep saying this, but it needs to be

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I’m more qualified to run FEMA than Michael Brown

Newsday and Time magazine are both doing investigations into FEMA (Fucking Everything More than it is Already) Director Michael Brown’s background, and discovering a bit of resume padding. To put it lightly. They’re checking each bullet point on his FEMA bio and contacting the businesses, universities and associations he claimed to work for and asking

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Because of Katrina, Bush Wants to Privatize Social Security

From the Mother Jones blog: It’s an old business myth that the Chinese character for “crisis” combines the characters for “danger” and “opportunity.” It doesn’t. But I’m not sure anyone’s told the Bush administration, judging from this little tidbit in CongressDaily today: “[White House spokesman Trent] Duffy asserted that the vast spending that would be

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It’s about a nuclear terrorist attack, stupid.

Forget about who did or didn’t fix the levees, how long we knew about Katrina coming, people who refused to evacuate, building below sea level; forget all of that — because it’s just noise from the Republican spin machine. In the event of a nuclear terrorist attack, your President and Republican-run federal government would do

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8 great lies the Bush Administration is telling

Media Matters examines the facts surrounding each of these bogus Republican claims. 1. Bush: “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees” 2. Chertoff strained credulity in defense of Bush, claimed levee breaks and massive flooding came as a surprise — more than 12 hours after local media reported them 3. Brown: “We’ve

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Paramedics give their account of being stranded in New Orleans

From Metamute comes this story; please read it… by Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky Two paramedics stranded in New Orleans in the wake of hurricane Katrina give their account of self-organisation and abandonment in the disaster zone From a woman with a battery powered radio we learned that the media was talking about us.

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Sen. Landrieu Threatens to ‘Punch’ President

From Editor and Publisher: Sen. Landrieu Threatens to ‘Punch’ President if He Keeps Hitting Local Response to Katrina Senator Mary Landrieu, the Democrat of Louisiana (whose father was a mayor of New Orleans), appears to have finally found her voice after offering only cautious criticism of the federal relief effort in the hurricane catastrophe earlier

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I was forced to watch Faux News

Turns out the only 24-hour “news” channel at Stephanie’s house on basic cable is Fox. (She hardly watches TV, so she doesn’t have a full package). No wonder so many lower-income people who can only afford basic cable have such a skewed idea of what’s going on in the world. While we were watching the

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Evil Republicans are blaming the Governor and Mayor

Before the hurricane struck, the Mayor and Governor were begging for federal help to put sandbags at the levees and to get rescue trucks in to evacuate people; they weren’t just asking people to leave, they were asking for federal help to get people who didn’t have transportation out. See the letter asking for help

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Dead grandmothers in wheelchairs, while Condi shops for shoes

From Gawker: According to Drudge, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has recently enjoyed a little Broadway entertainment. And Page Six reports that she’s also working on her backhand with Monica Seles. So the Gulf Coast has gone all Mad Max, women are being raped in the Superdome, and Rice is enjoying a brief vacation in

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An article from 2001 predicting this disaster

The Houston Chronicle had an article about what would happen in New Orleans if a major hurricane should hit — back in December of 2001. Amazing that the White House intended to cut funding for for the Army Corp. of Engineers, given that it was well known what the problems were.

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