Monthly Archives: September 2005

‘They’ Are Our Fellow Citizens

From the Beaumont Enterprise: LeBlanc was one of about 3,000 evacuees who fled Hurricane Rita aboard a convoy of about 50 Beaumont Independent School District school buses. The drivers originally were scheduled to pull into Lufkin, but were prevented from … Continue reading

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This Is Why We’re Not Post-Racist

So for those who think New Orleans was about class, not race, I would call your attention to two articles. The first is the ‘op-ed that never was’ by Rick Perlstein: My friend says: “There were rumors that there were … Continue reading

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A Stupid Experiment

From the Wall Street Journal, by way of Digby (italics mine): Some new measures are already taking shape. In the past week, the Bush administration has suspended some union-friendly rules that require federal contractors pay prevailing wages, moved to ease … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Constitution

I guess in Bush’s America, federal court orders don’t mean too much (emphasis mine): Outside one house on Kentucky Street, a member of the Army 82nd Airborne Division summoned a reporter and photographer standing nearby and told them that if … Continue reading

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Blackwater in NOLA: Crossing the Rubicon?

Am I the only one who is very disturbed that Blackwater Security is patrolling the streets of New Orleans? Never in U.S. history has this happened–even the Pinkertons were private security forces (granted, they often worked hand in glove with … Continue reading

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Sometimes the Personal Is Very Political

There were quite a few systemic and ideological failures that led to the Katrina catastrophe. But for the next 3+ years, the personal will matter too. Unfortunately, the kind of person that George W. Bush is will make a difference … Continue reading

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This Is What Gets Me Too

When you look at the aftermath of Katrina, one thing I can’t get my head around is Bush’s personal reaction. There are more important issues to deal with, such as the role of modern conservative ideology in all of this … Continue reading

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