Archive for August, 2005

Robertson and Kennedy

By Callimachus | Related entries in Partisan Hacks

An odd couple? Hardly. Seems they both buy into the notion that God uses hurricanes as punishment for political positions. Take it from the horse’s mouth. In 1998, Republican icon Pat Robertson warned that hurricanes were likely to hit communities that offended God. Perhaps it was [Mississippi Governor Haley] Barbour’s memo that caused Katrina, at […]

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Flood Relief

By Callimachus | Related entries in News

“The flood came in the night without warning, a fateful combination of freak high tides and gale-force winds that killed 1,835 people.” It was the great North Sea flood that devastated the Netherlands in 1953. To aid the victims in the Netherlands, other countries in the region, including Denmark and Iceland, issues special “NL” overmarked […]

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

How To Help With Katrina

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, Breaking News, Environment, Hurricane Katrina

Frequent Donklephant commenter, N. Mallory, has a listing of relief organizations over on her site The Naked Truth. Just look in the right-hand column. Tweet

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Democrats Not Seen as Religion Friendly

By Montag | Related entries in General Politics, Media, Polls, Religion

An Associated Press headline declares “Poll: Fewer See Dems As Religion-Friendly.” Democrats’ efforts to improve their image with religious voters after the 2004 presidential election appear to be getting off to a bumpy start. Fewer people see Democrats as friendly to religion now than felt that way a year ago, according to a poll released […]

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Sunnis vs. Zarqawi

By Montag | Related entries in The World, War

Today’s Washington Post reports that Sunni groups have turned on Zarqawi and are fighting with his followers. The clashes between Sunni Arab tribes and insurgents, coupled with growing vows by Iraq’s Sunni minority to turn out in force for national voting in the coming months, coincided with U.S. hopes for defusing the two-year-old insurgency. U.S. […]

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Bush And Gas Don’t Mix

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy

A new poll by ABC News shows that people are pissed about gas prices: At home, opinions on gasoline prices are even more dire. Just 22 percent approve of Bush’s work on the problem, while a whopping 73 percent disapprove. Two-thirds say gas prices are causing them financial hardship â€â€? back up after a dip […]

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Release The Abu Ghraib Photos/Videos

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The War On Terrorism

Correction: Sept. 1 I completely missed this correction the New York Times put out about the Abu Ghraib story just three days after the initial story broke. An article on Saturday about a federal judge’s order regarding photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal misstated a deadline and the response by Defense […]

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| 15 Comments »

Poverty Rate Rises

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy

This is sad news, but understandable given that the recession in the 90s took nearly four years to recover from. 9/11 and the stock market swoon can be seen as much worse contributors to an overall decline. However, what isn’t understandable is that while poverty numbers rise, more people are working and producing goods and […]

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Death Toll Rises In South

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Breaking News, Environment, Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf hard. I’ve heard from various news sources that rescue workers are having to do their work around floating bodies, so the following numbers may be WAY underestimated. From Reuters: NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Helicopters plucked frantic survivors from rooftops, debris-fouled water flooded historic New Orleans and hundreds were feared dead […]

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Looting In Katrina’s Wake

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Breaking News, Environment, Hurricane Katrina

In situations like this, looting is inevitable and heartbreaking. NEW ORLEANS — With much of the city flooded by Hurricane Katrina, looters floated garbage cans filled with clothing and jewelry down the street in a dash to grab what they could. In some cases, looting on Tuesday took place in full view of police and […]

August 31st, 2005 | Permalink| 1 Comment »