Saturday, September 10, 2005
Reuben's Recommended Reading
Katrina's Silver Lining By David Brooks [a scum bag]
A response to David Brooks A Phoenix From The Mud by Patrick Doherty
Not Our America? By Bill McKibben
The Titanic Of Our Era By Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Rebuild The Gulf Coast -- And America By Roger Hickey
Friday, September 09, 2005
NH Republican Ray Burton employing known sex offender
Seidensticker was arrested again in
He also said Seidensticker was not necessarily his top campaign worker, even though he was his highest-paid worker last year.
from Union Leader
FEMA strikes again....
Official: state's firefighters could have been put to better use
Rob Farley says the Federal Emergency Management Agency sought help directly from individual fire departments instead of requesting help at the state level.
"I won't say it was wrong for FEMA to do that," Farley said. "It just made it harder for us to be able to coordinate and monitor the resources going out of the state."
He also said firefighters who were sent are being used mostly for clerical work, diminishing the state's ability to deploy teams for actual firefighting.
Spitting corn in the eyes of democracy.
Anyhooo, I have a nice article from Chandlers own, yep his own, local shill, the Conway Sun. I doubt my letters to their editor get any kind of ink like Cornhole Gene. The story follows in its entirety...
From today's Conway SUN. One might have thought he'd have more of a sense of decorum. One would be wrong.
Chandler's annual fall family picnic replaces controversal corn roast
This time, all the papers are filed, says 13-term legistlator
BARTLETT—A picnic, not a corn roast."The reason I'm doing it is because so many people wanted to have one, and it's just a fun event to have every fall," Rep. Gene Chandler, R- Bartlett, said Thursday announcing plans for the first annual Gene's Fall Family Picnic slated for Sunday, Sept. 11, which replace the corn roasts that almost got him kicked out of the House of Representatives.
It was the annual corn roasts that landed the 13-term legislator in political hot water that started when a reporter from New Hampshire Public Radio asked if the money he raised, much of it from lobbyists, was reported as contributions.
The Legislature’s Ethics Committee recommended this spring that Chandler be expelled for the remaining year and a half of his term for not reporting $64,000 in contributions. Raised over the course of several years at corn roast galas, the money was used for car repairs, hotel stays and other personal needs.In June, the House voted to let former House Speaker Chandler keep his seat but had him stand at the front of the hall to accept a public rebuke. Lawmakers voted 189-172 against a recommendation to expel Chandler for ethics violations. They voted 274-86 to censure him, a step above a reprimand in severity, though both actions were symbolic and carried no penalty.Nearly 100 of Chandler's constituents and colleagues went to Concord to show their support for him and he thanked them "for sticking with me through this whole ordeal. It was a long ordeal and I hope it’s over."
"It's unfortunate all of the other things had to take away from what was really about having a good time with friends," Chandler said and explained that the Friends of Gene Chandler Committee is no longer in place.
"I've filed all of the official paperwork," Chandler said, smiling. "We'll be 200 percent legal. I hated to have to pay my attorney (Ovide Lamontagne) for advice but it will all be done right."The picnic will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Glen Ellis Campground in downtown Glen. The cost of a ticket for the evening is $10, and aside from a wide menu, there will also be live musical entertainment."We'll have hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, baked beans, and corn on the cob, of course to go with beverages and other baked goods," Chandler said. "There's always plenty to eat, I can assure you of that.... I'm sure there will be come people who will want to make a big issue out of this, but everything is perfectly legal. Again, I said it before, there were a lot of people who just really enjoyed it and wanted to have another one. It's too bad about the other stuff, but I can assure you this is going to be a good old-fashioned picnic.
"Tickets are available at Patch's Market, The Shannon Door Pub, Chandler, 374-6603 or the day off at the campground.
Pathetic. The Righties deserve more than they get in the way of bad fortune. They are their own monster. I'm going to wash. I feel so dirty from writing about all of this crap. Thanks Susan B for sending this article along. I'm glad we have some clear eyes on that side of the hill.
Now, RISE UP !!!
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Gas prices got you down?
from thinkprogress blog
Reuben's Recommended Reading
The 'Stuff Happens' Presidency By Harold Meyerson
It's Not a 'Blame Game' NY Times Editorial
Dying of stress? Let Uncle Sam pick up the tab by Carl Hiaasen
Editorial by Molly Ivins
Why judicial philosophies matter. By Risa Goluboff and Richard Schragger
Not just FEMA inaction, but their actual actions helped obstruct local efforts.
FEMA not only did not help but actually got in the way of state efforts. Here are some articles on it.
FEMA turns away generators (See entry from 3:32 P.M. by Ben Morris,
from daily kos
Arnold still an asshole.
By Steve Lawrence
Schwarzenegger said the legislation, given final approval Tuesday by lawmakers, would conflict with the intent of voters when they approved Proposition 22. That measure was put on the ballot in 2000 to prevent California from recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
RRRnold, passing the buck. A regular Republican
Legislature OKs Gay Marriage
Assembly action sends the bill to the governor, who has signaled that he will veto the measure.
By Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature made history Tuesday as the Assembly passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
With no votes to spare, California's lawmakers became the first in the United States to act without a court order to sanction gay marriages. The measure was approved after three Democratic lawmakers who abstained on a similar proposal that failed in June changed their minds under intense lobbying by bill author Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and gay and civil rights activists.
No Republicans voted in favor of the bill. ( I'm shocked)Forty-one of the Assembly's 47 Democrats voted yes; four Democrats voted "no," and two abstained.
Recall my post from last week... here
Read the rest from todays LA Times writer here...
Now, can New Hampshire lead this Nation with some sort of logical legislation other than relying on booze, smokes and parlaying for a funding revenue??? Me thinks... NOT!!! We simply are not overrun with the land mark, trend setting types in our Granite Block House.
Thanks for understanding Rick. You know, perhaps you could loan them some of you SUVs.
Reuben Rajala Recommended Reading
An admission last week by a U.S. general confirmed that, while the U.S. Gulf Coast states were drowning in water, the Bush administration was planning a permanent force in the Persian Gulf.
By ERIC MARGOLIS,
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
So it seems that Rove's strategy of blaming the state government and lying about their requests for aid didn't work. Now it's time to change the plan, The new strategy is they can’t redirect the heat try to get it delayed until they can deal with it better. I posted below congressional democrats are on board, again. You know there is NO HOPE for accountability when Sen. Kennedy from MA is parroting White House talking points.
But here is what someone who has seen the horror of New Orleans has to say.
Local officials bitterly expressed frustration with the federal government's sluggish response as the tragedy unfolded.
"Bureaucracy has murdered people in the greater New Orleans area. And bureaucracy needs to stand trial before Congress today," Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, said on CBS' "The Early Show."
"So I'm asking Congress, please investigate this now. Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don't give me the same idiot.”
From yahoo news
White House: Leave Blame Game for Later AP - 1 hour, 12 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Criticized for its sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina, the White House said Tuesday that "we're not going to engage in the blame game" but instead would keep the focus on rescue and recovery efforts across the heavily battered Gulf Coast.
"This is all looking at the blame game," McClellan said. "We're not going to engage in the blame game."
He also rejected suggestions that the poor, and particularly blacks, had been abandoned when New Orleans was evacuated. "I think most Americans dismiss that and know that there's just no basis for making such suggestions," McClellan said. "We are focused on saving and sustaining lives of all those who have been affected."
During a stop at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, several people ran up to meet Bush as he and first ladywandered around the room. But just as many hung back and looked on.
"I need answers," said Mildred Brown, who has been at the center since Tuesday with her husband, mother-in-law and cousin. "I'm not interested in hand-shaking. I'm not interested in photo ops."
US Senate to examine Katrina responseAFP - Mon Sep 5, 8:48 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US senators will make the Hurricane Katrina disaster their first priority when they return to work this week after a month-long holiday, the Senate leader said.
Monday, September 05, 2005
With a mother like this....
Then she added: "What I’m hearing is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this [she chuckles slightly]is working very well for them."
from Daily Kos
Democrats talking points are in.... "LAY DOWN!!"
Well, the talking points are out and all the democratic politicians are saying let’s not look into this until latter. Latter meaning [like the 911 report] when the public isn’t interested anymore OR when the republican spin machine has had enough time to caught up with and redirect public opinion. Thanks Congressional Democrats for towing the line for Bush. On a few occasions the Republicans actually get caught with their pants down and it sure is nice of Democrats to hold the towel up for them. People are howling for blood yet democrats are providing cover for this administration and acting like our country can’t do 2 things at the same time. So we can’t investigate this CATASTROPHIC FAILURE while [finally] providing people in
I just ran across some great quotes from the BillMon Blog [ http://billmon.org/archives/002125.html ]. Some of you may remember that when Hurricanes where headed for Bush’s beloved
Gov. Jeb Bush sought federal help Friday while [Hurricane] Charley was still in the
By Monday afternoon, the cavalry seemed to be in place . . . Cargo planes were shuttling FEMA supplies from a Georgia Air Force base to a staging area in
Unlike Andrew, aid's right on Charley's heels
August 17, 2004
As of noon Monday [two days after
- About one hundred trucks of water and 280 trucks of ice are present or will arrive in the
staging area today. Jacksonville
- 900,000 Meals-Ready-to-Eat are on site in
, ready to be distributed. Jacksonville
- Over 7,000 cases of food (e.g., vegetables, fruits, cheese, ham, and turkey) are scheduled to arrive in
today. Winter Haven
- Disaster medical assistance teams (DMAT) are on the ground and setting up comfort stations. FEMA community relations personnel will coordinate with DMATs to assist victims.
- Urban search and rescue teams are completing reconnaissance missions in coordination with state officials.
- FEMA is coordinating with the Department of Energy and the state to ensure that necessary fuel supplies can be distributed throughout the state, with a special focus on hospitals and other emergency facilities that are running on generators.
- The Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin its efforts to provide tarps to tens of thousands of owners of homes and buildings that have seen damage to their roofs . . .
- The Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and Defense together have organized 300 medical personnel to be on standby. Medical personnel will begin deployment to
tomorrow . . . Florida
Responding to Hurricanes Charley and Frances
September 6, 2004
The post-hurricane survey shows Bush surging ahead of his Democratic challenger by 49 to 41 percent -- an about-face from August, when Bush trailed Sen. John Kerry 41-47 percent,
''The ill winds of the hurricanes have blown some political goodwill for President Bush,'' said Clay F. Richards, a pollster for the independent
''You can't underestimate the impact of a president coming down and promising all this federal aid to people who need it,'' said Richards, noting that Bush toured hurricane-ravaged parts of
"It's like Rudy Giuliani at ground zero on 9/11. The commander in chief is there, on the ground, saying help is on the way.''
Don't let Bush off the hook.
The Governor of Louisiana declared a State of Emergency on 26 August 2005, which is a pre-requisite for invoking the Stafford Act:
Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today issued Proclamation No. 48 KBB 2005, declaring a state of emergency for the state Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina poses an imminent threat, carrying severe storms, high winds, and torrential rain that may cause flooding and damage to private property and public facilities, and threaten the safety and security of the citizens of the state of Louisiana The state of emergency extends from Friday, August 26, 2005, through Sunday, September 25, 2005, unless terminated sooner.The Governor, per the National Response Plan, followed this request with a letter on Saturday, 27 August 2005, invoking the Stafford Act.
from TPM Cafe
Just the kind of integrity you would expect from a republican
Jesse Lee catches Louisiana GOP Congressman Charles Boustany putting Party before country and state, as all Republicans seem to these days:
Boustany three days ago: Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr., (R-La.), said he spent the past 48 hours urging the Bush administration to send help. "I started making calls and trying to impress upon the White House and others that something needed to be done," he said. "The state resources were being overwhelmed, and we needed direct federal assistance, command and control, and security -- all three of which are lacking." Boustany today: BOUSTANY: [M]ost of the red tape and problems have been at the state level. I have to say that the federal response has been focused on New Orleans with search and rescue operations which is going very, very well at this stage. But we've had a completely ineffectual state response and this is being borne by the local communities to help now. And I have asked the president to take this into consideration, consider that the state response is completely ineffectual and the full range of social and health care needs needs to be met.
from Daily Kos
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Why this is his fault, too
Tensions over funding for the New Orleans levees emerged more than a year ago when a local official asserted money had been diverted to pay for the Iraq war. In early 2002, Parker told the U.S. Congress that the war on terrorism required spending cuts elsewhere in government.
Situated below sea level, New Orleans relied on a 300-mile
network of levees, floodgates and pumps to hold back the waters of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain.
Levees were fortified after floods in 1927 and 1965, and Congress approved another ambitious upgrade after a 1995 flood killed six people.
Since 2001, the Army Corps has requested $496 million for that project but the Bush administration only budgeted $166 million, according to figures provided by the office of Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (news, bio, voting record).
Congress ultimately approved $250 million for the project during that time period.
Another project designed to shore up defenses along Lake Pontchartrain was similarly underfunded, as the administration budgeted $22 million of the $99 million requested by the Corps between 2001 and 2005. Congress boosted spending on that project to $42.5 million, according to Landrieu's office.
from Yahoo news
Charles Womack, a 30-year-old roofer, said he saw one man beaten to death and another commit suicide at the Superdome. Womack was beaten with a pipe and treated at the airport center, where bodies were kept in a refrigerated truck.
"One guy jumped off a balcony. I saw him do it. He was talking to a lady about it. He said it reminded him of the war and he couldn't leave," he said.
Three babies died at the convention center from heat exhaustion, said Mark Kyle, a medical relief provider.
from yahoo news
quotes and such....
"I don't think anyone could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center."
Condoleezza Rice - May 17, 2002
"And the PDB was no indication of a terrorist threat. There was not a time and place of an attack... Had I known there was going to be an attack on America, I would have moved mountains to stop the attack. I would have done everything I can. My job is to protect the American people... And had there been actionable intelligence, we would have moved on it."
Bush - April 11, 2004
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
Bush - Sept 1, 2005
"Thank God, George Bush is President"
Jerkoff Giuliani - Aug 30, 2004
"George Bush LOST NEW ORLEANS!"
Pat Buchanan (on The McLaughlin Group) - Sept 2, 2005
"It's fair game for the Democrats to attack the president at this time”
Ed Koch – Sept 1, 2005
The missing demographic context to the images you`re seeing on Tv, 67 percent of the residents of New Orleans are black. Nearly 30 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. Half of all children in Louisiana live in poverty. (1) (2)
from daily kos