So claimeth one Eva Lorraine Molina in a diatribe against the behavior of women in general and conservative undergraduettes in particular, which gets the treatment it deserves at Firedoglake: Hee hee. Our society doesn't even hold conservatives to the standard of being against torture or being for decent healthcare. Read more about Comedy Relief: "Society Holds Conservatives To A Higher Standard."
The man credited with pulling the Crescent City out of the muck might be going to go after David Vitter's seat in the Senate. That's a start. Work's ongoing for a hospital -- a joint venture with LSU and Tulane -- to replace the sorely-missed Big Charity Hospital.
So it makes sense to take care of all of New Orleans, at least half of which isn't really below sea level.
We know that the funds to repair the coast of five states -- Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana -- after three big hurricanes -- Wilma, Katrina, and Rita -- were allocated. But allocation isn't provision, and money isn't flood control. Take a look at how it's done in Holland:
and give a listen to the advice of the Netherlanders on "Yes, we can!" then Read more about New Orleans Could Be As Safe As Amsterdam!
In news you may not have heard yet: Some big banks and some not-so-big banks are repaying their bailout money, and the US Treasury is actually seeing a profit.
“The taxpayers want their money back and they want the government out of our banking system,” Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican and a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel examining the relief program, said in an interview.
Democratic members of the House of Representatives are hearing the people. Keep the pressure on! It started with the tenacious Anthony Weiner of New York. California's Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, changed her mind in July and said single payer would get an up-or-down floor vote. Read more about House Leadership Seeks CBO Score for HR676; single-payer will get a floor vote
Four years ago a hurricane slammed into the Gulf Coast of the United States. Early in the morning it looked like the threatened city of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the storm's path, might have "dodged a bullet." The rest of the Coast had been whacked hard, but the storm, unlike Allison in Houston, hadn't "parked" above New Orleans. Then the levees failed. Read more about A Moment's Remembrance, Please: The US Gulf Coast, NOLa, & Katrina
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Jaycee Dugard, missing for 18 years, has been found alive. A 29-year-old woman walked into the Concord Police Department earlier this week. There's a photo of 11-year-old Dugard here, and the El Dorado County SO is planning a press conference this afternoon. Read more about Contrary to expectations, kidnap victim found alive after 18 years
and AFIIG providing the introduction.
Let me set the scene for you. The meeting had been called "Coffee with the Congressman" and set up for the basement of the city's Chamber of Commerce offices. Then they found out more than 1,000 people wanted to come.
Enter the one-block-down First UMC of Lubbock, which offered its Great Hall / gym for the meeting, with a hallway out front to host the coffee, drinking water, cookies and napkins -- and the tables of handouts. The video below is from the local Fox News outlet, Channel 34:
and from the local ABC News website you can see exactly how the stage looked during the town hall, during which the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce representative who introduced the representative from Americans for Integrity in Government to introduce the congressman:
Come over the jump for more: Read more about In Texas' 19th District, A Town Hall: Church Gym, Chamber of Commerce Hosts
In Lakewood Washington last night a town hall for Adam Smith drew a young man carrying a poster of the President altered to resemble Adolf Hitler. Several members of the crowd, among them some older attendees, took exception and the poster was destroyed. Shortly thereafter the young man departed.
From the News Tribune account: Read more about How it's done: elders in a Washington crowd, and Rep. Jim Moran
According to a NYT breaking news update, he passed away Tuesday night at his home. The Senator was 77.
Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 -- 1:31 AM ET
Edward M. Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies at 77
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The GOP is in retreat across the land. They don't want to admit it, but they are. So they're responding with ratcheting up their rhetoric and trying to dodge the truth via dissembling, distraction, and pretty pictures.
Read more about To Everything There Is A Season
We're right back where we've really always been, aren't we?
"I share the President’s conviction that as a nation, we must, to the extent possible, look forward and not backward when it comes to issues such as these. While this Department will follow its obligation to take this preliminary step to examine possible violations of law, we will not allow our important work of keeping the American people safe to be sidetracked.