At a press conference this afternoon, President George H. W. Bush singled out the Walton Family for their generosity to Katrina relief efforts:
I don’t think anyone would mind if I singled out the chairman and CEO of Wal-Mart, Lee Scott, who is right here. He told us that they gave the Bush-Clinton fund a total of $23 million…$15 million from the company and then $8 million more from the Walton family, the marvelous philanthropists that they are.
Let’s put that in perspective. The Walton family’s net worth is $90 billion. So $8 million dollars represents .009 percent of their total.
From Arthur Ruger, who spoke to Lietta Ruger of Military Families Speak Out
She was pumpted up tonight.
"We just finished a super great rally tonight in Cincinnati." More on Cincinnati later.
Before leaving Indianapolis we met with aides to both Senator Evan Bayh (D) and Richard Lugar (R).
The meeting with Bayh's aide was productive and we felt that he "got" our message. The aide was responsive, with questions the reflected engagement and interest. At the end of the interview, Lietta gave him her card and told him, "I'd like the Senator to call me." She said the aide appeared somewhat astonished.
Cindy Sheehan’s Protests, Strikingly Reminiscent of John Kerry’s
By Kapil Komireddi
SPECIAL TO THE ICONOCLAST
September 6, 2005 6:20 PM
Knowingly or unknowingly, President Bush has put America in a great predicament. This evening I was talking to an Iraqi expatriate about the ongoing situation in his country. “If the Americans leave,
FULL COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE
Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515-0128
September 7, 2005
TO: MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
You are respectfully requested to attend an OPEN markup of the Committee on International Relations, to be held in Room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building:
DATE: Wednesday, September 14, 2005
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
MARKUP OF: H. Res. 375, Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution all information in the possession of the President and the Secretary of State relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq;
A top Bush administration official today told a House Appropriations subcommittee that the White House now supports new funding for an inspector general who has been critical of how the administration has spent billions Iraq reconstruction money.
President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget request sought no extra money for the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The foreign operations appropriations bill passed by the House in June did not extend the office, which is currently scheduled to expire next summer, long before most of the reconstruction money is spent.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Conyers Decries White House Attempts to Evade Accountability
Requests Nonpartisan Legal Assessment of Hurricane Katrina Responsibilities
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee sent the following letter today to the Congressional Research Service to review the law and legal requests pertaining to Hurricane Katrina:
September 7, 2005
Ms. Elizabeth Bazan
Posted by GaYellowDawg
It's not about blame. It's about responsibility. Let us not forget that the first of the inalienable rights listed by the Declaration of Independence is the right to life, and it is the primary responsibility of the American government to safeguard American lives. When American lives are in danger, it is the responsibility of government to act, not to cut cakes, strum guitars, buy a house, attend a baseball game, or cut a swath through Manhattan's finest shops.
While George Bush was eating cake with John McCain, rats were eating American corpses in American cities. While George Bush was strumming a dissonant chord with a country singer, a dissonant, desperate cry for help went unheeded from American voices in American cities. While Dick Cheney was closing on a posh new house, floodwaters were closing in on many more American houses, and, even worse, their owners. While Donald Rumsfeld was enjoying a game in an American baseball stadium, American citizens were dying in an American football stadium. While Condoleeza Rice was delightedly prancing through Manhattan shops in search of shoes, American citizens were desperately sloshing through New Orleans buildings in search of drinkable water. The largest natural disaster in modern American history is no time for absentee government, but that's what we got.
U.S. agency blocks photos of New Orleans dead
07 Sep 2005 00:56:29 GMT
NEW ORLEANS, Sept 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. government agency leading the rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina said on Tuesday it does not want the news media to take photographs of the dead as they are recovered from the flooded New Orleans area.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, heavily criticized for its slow response to the devastation caused by the hurricane, rejected requests from journalists to accompany rescue boats as they went out to search for storm victims.
An agency spokeswoman said space was needed on the rescue boats and that "the recovery of the victims is being treated with dignity and the utmost respect."
Firefighters as props; off-the-record lies
Wed Sep 7th, 2005 at 12:15:48 PDT
(Editor's note: picture added)
So here's the primer. In short, firefighters who volunteered to help save and help people, were instead forced to act as human props as Bush walked around pretending to do stuff.
Billmon responds in his usual brilliant way:
I guess this is what Bush was talking about yesterday when he called himself a "problem solver." But one of these days he and the Rovians really ought to take a stab at trying to solve other people's problems.
By Scott Galindez
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Wednesday 07 September 2005
If Osama is still alive, he is now George W. Bush's #1 supporter.
Osama bin Laden wanted Saddam overthrown as much as the neo-cons did, if not more. The Baath Party that Saddam led did not share Osama's fundamentalist beliefs. Osama didn't like the fact that women were educated in Iraq. Osama didn't like that Saddam went to war with Iran, a Shiite theocracy. Osama wanted Iraq to be run by the Shia, hmmm ...
Back in 1991, when many wanted US troops to go to Baghdad and take down Saddam, those who feared a united Iran and Iraq prevailed and convinced Bush Sr. to stop at the Iraq-Kuwait border. A policy of containing Saddam was adopted and was succeeding right up until the invasion in 2003.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
The chronic, bald-faced lying of the Bush Administration has been a BuzzFlash focus since before George even assumed office, and regular readers of our news and commentary site are familiar with our documentation of just a small fraction of the daily mendacity of the Bush Cartel.
Admittedly, no one would accuse politics of being a field that is noted for its veracity. But there are small lies, there are big lies, and there are lies that are beyond the pale of comprehension in terms of civilized interaction and responsibility to the nation.
It is the third category of Bush lies that BuzzFlash has noted for five years. And it the third category that Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush and their minions disseminate with such frequency that we are left like swirling dervishes trying to keep up with their pathological betrayal of the truth.
After spending the weekend with my family, and watching with amazement and horror the devastation of hurricane Katrina, I am preparing to rejoin the Bring Them Home Now bus tour and hope you’ll come out to support the tour when it passes through your community.
The news for the past week has centered on New Orleans - and rightly so - but we can't forget that the war and devastation in Iraq continues even as we face this tragedy here at home. In just the last week, 12 US troops were killed in Iraq, and countless Iraqi civilians. And in so many ways, the devastation of the hurricane and the disgraceful federal emergency response are intimately linked with Iraq -- the money that went to Iraq instead of to repair the levee; the national guard troops from Louisiana and Mississippi who are in Iraq instead of helping here at home; the botched relief operation that led to so many deaths.
Dems Assail White House on Katrina Effort
Sep 07 12:52 PM US/Eastern
By JENNIFER LOVEN and DAVID ESPO
Associated Press Writers
(Editor's note: "Deny and Lie" seems to be this administrations motto. Deny Iraq is heading towards Civil War; Deny the incompetent war planning; and deny incompetent rescue operations in New Orleans. Then lie, lie, lie--weapons of mass destruction, "last throes of insurgency..." and now: "Those that stayed in New Orleans chose to stay and FEMA did nothing wrong.")
Congress' top two Democrats furiously criticized the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina on Wednesday, with Sen. Harry Reid demanding to know whether President Bush's Texas vacation impeded relief efforts and Rep. Nancy Pelosi assailing the chief executive as "oblivious, in denial" about the difficulties.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Contact: Dena Graziano, 202-226-6888
September 7, 2005
Conyers and 32 Other Members to Introduce Anti- Price Gouging Bill
Cosponsors Include Members of the Affected Mississippi and Louisiana Delegation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee issued the following statement regarding the introduction of the "Anti-Price Gouging Act of 2005," legislation that makes price gouging during a time of a national disaster a federal crime. Currently, the bill has been cosponsored by Representatives Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Linda Sanchez, Jerrold Nadler, Martin Meehan, Sheila Jackson Lee, Bennie Thompson, William Jefferson, Adam Schiff, Joe Crowley, William Delahunt, Zoe Lofgren, Gene Taylor, Chris Van Hollen, Diane Watson, Bobby Scott, Ed Case, Bernie Sanders, Mike Capuano, Dennis Kucinich, Bob Filner, Dan Boren, Jim McDermott, George Miller, John Larson, Al Green, Julia Carson, Carolyn Kilpatrick, Carolyn Maloney, Emanuel Cleaver, Barbara Lee, Betty McCollum, Anthony Weiner.
The Real Costs of a Culture of Greed
By Robert Scheer, AlterNet. Posted September 6, 2005.
What the world has witnessed this past week is an image of poverty and social disarray that tears away the affluent mask of the United States.
Instead of the much-celebrated American can-do machine that promises to bring freedom and prosperity to less fortunate people abroad, we have seen a callous official incompetence that puts even Third World rulers to shame. The well-reported litany of mistakes by the Bush administration in failing to prevent and respond to Katrina's destruction grew longer with each hour's grim revelation from the streets of an apocalyptic New Orleans.
Ordeal of a Whistleblower
By Evelyn Pringle, AlterNet. Posted September 7, 2005.
With the recent demotion of the woman who dared speak out, the list of lies about Halliburton's no-bid Iraq reconstruction contracts grows even longer.
In October 2004, Bunnatine Greenhouse, a top military official responsible for making sure the Army Corps of Engineers complies with contracting rules, came forward and revealed that top Pentagon officials showed improper favoritism to Halliburton when awarding military contracts.
The allegations made by this official were first reported by Time magazine.
Bush on the Gulf Coast in his role as Slim Witless, the yodeling moron. At least Saddam Hussein didn't play the guitar while he killed his own people.
LINK TO ORIGINAL
Bush Blows Katrina
Following the media trail of Dubya's disaster: Doesn't anyone at the White House read National Geographic?
by Chuck Taylor
Thursday, Sept. 1: Relatives anguish over an 89-year-old woman who is near death at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
(Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
President Bush had that My Pet Goat look last Friday, Sept. 2, as he was briefed in an airplane hangar in Mobile, Ala. The clenched jaw, the grimace, the thousand-mile stare. Was this the expression of a man who was about to finally take charge, or a man in over his head? He stood before the cameras while the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Michael Brown, who just four years ago was essentially fired from his post as the judges-and-stewards commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association, described to the commander in chief in alarmingly simple terms the disaster that covered the map spread before them. This was for show. The president already knew exactly how bad it was. Which made it an incredibly stupid photo op, an unintentional symbol of his weeklong failure. If you took this event at face value, the president of the United States ostensibly was just then getting up to speed on the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which had swept through five days earlier.
Will Our Teens Be Drafted?
Recruiting, counter-recruiting, & the draft
Youth and adults are urged to join our discussion on recruiting and draft issues. Find out what's happening, what you can do, how you can get involved.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7 to 9 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204 - southwest corner of Route 50 (Arlington Blvd) & George Mason Dr.
J.E. McNeil, Exec. Director, Center on Conscience and War
John Judge, Counter-recruitment activist
Libby Garvey, Arlington County School Board
Pat Elder, Montgomery County parent/counter-recruitment organizer,
Not content with destroying Bagdad, the neocons decided to take out New Orleans. When the recovery is over, we must make a list of these people and when "we the people" take over Congress next year, we must hound them out of media (you reading this Wolf Blitzer?) and the government, especially the Pentagon.
Brian Baird (D-WA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) signed on today. What about YOUR Congress Member? Please ask them now!
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Purchase your bus tickets now for the September 24th antiwar mobilization in Washington, DC
Momentum is building for what promises to be an historic demonstration in Washington, DC. On Saturday, Sept. 24th, people from every corner of the country will be arriving in the nation's capital to say no to the outrageous war in Iraq, and yes to full funding for those in need because of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Bus tickets for the trip are available online at http://unitedforpeace.org/nycbuses
Wonkette says that federal bureaucrats angry over the funding cuts for levee projects and related anti-flood programs in New Orleans have come up with a name for the mess down there: Lake George.
And she had email from "a friend at the EPA." If this can be verfied, it will show that the Iraq-related slowdown in federal levee work is directly related to the breach that caused the flooding that has killed at least hundreds. Here's what her federal source reports:
We're naming it Lake George, 'cause it's his frickin fault. Have you seen all that data about the levee projects' funding being cut over the past three years by the Prez, and the funding transferred to Iraq? The levee, as designed, might not have held back the surge from a direct Class 5 hit, but it certainly would not have crumbled on Monday night from saturation and scour erosion following a glancing blow from a Class 3. The failure was in a spot that had just been rebuilt, not yet compacted, not planted, and not armed (hardened with rock/concrete). The project should have been done two years ago, but the federal gov't diverted 80% of the funding to Iraq. Other areas had settled by a few feet from their design specs, and the money to repair them was diverted to Iraq.
Iraq 100, Louisiana 8: "The Garden of Eden" vs. "Hell on Earth"
Is it possible to actually quantify how screwed up the priorities of the Bush cabal in Washington have been? Usually not. But when it comes to the issue of wetlands -- the natural buffer that could have protected New Orleans against a deadly storm surge liked the one that essentially wiped out the city last week -- the answer is "yes."
In 2004 -- at a time when George W. Bush was running for re-election and presumably courting votes in Louisiana, a potential swing state -- the White House proposed spending a whopping 12 1/3 times as much taxpayer money restoring wetlands in southern Iraq as he planned to spend on the same task in the Mississippi Delta.
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism
Statement September 3, 2005
When earlier this year people in our country began to tell pollsters they did not feel the country was moving in the right direction they had no idea where we might end up. And then disaster struck; now it has become painfully clear.
The tragedy of New Orleans didn't have to happen.
The Bush Administration's policies before disaster struck and its response to its consequences has caused the death of thousands of people and unimaginable suffering, especially among the sick, the old and the very young. It has demonstrated utter disregard for the welfare and the fate of millions of people in the storm ravaged area - most of whom are disadvantaged African American working people.
Action 10 News WTHI Staff
9/5/2005 5:40:05 PM
End the War on Iraq and bring the troops home, a message voiced today in Terre Haute.
The "Bring Them Home Now" tour made a stop right here in Terre Haute earlier today in front of Books-A-Million.
The three bus tour group is travelling from Texas to Washington D.C. after a month long vigil outside President Bush's ranch.
Those with family in the military spoke out at the protest.
"We are protesting the war and miss appropriation American funds and resources to ends that do not lead us anywhere except more violence and deaths for American families resulting in Iraq and New Orleans," said Specialist Benjamin Hart Biges of the Airborne Infantry.
How U.S. forces set the stage for...
Tragedy in Baghdad
By Eric Ruder | September 9, 2005 | Page 16
AS ANTIWAR activists from Cindy Sheehan’s vigil in Crawford, Texas, left on a bus tour across the U.S., Iraq witnessed a terrible new tragedy that underlines the suffering caused by Washington’s occupation.
Nearly 1,000 Iraqis died and hundreds more were injured August 31 in a stampede on a crowded bridge in Baghdad. The victims were primarily Shiite religious pilgrims. The stampede--on a bridge that connects a Shiite district of Baghdad with an area that supports the predominantly Sunni resistance--began when a rumor ran through the crowd that a suicide bomber was about to strike.
By: Jason Miller
What is it that enables George Bush to sleep at night when his avarice and iniquity as a ruler exceed that of Marie Antoinette? Could it be that he slept through his history lectures about the French Revolution while he was at Yale? Perhaps his capacity to sleep soundly stems from having the most powerful military in the history of humanity at his disposal. Being a member of a dynasty dating back to the 1930's would also tend to endow one with a sense of serenity as one plundered a nation's resources, shredded the U.S. Constitution, initiated illegal wars, bullied most of the world, slaughtered innocents in the name of "spreading freedom".