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Archive for June 4th, 2009

Obama gains a hearing

Posted by Charles II on June 4, 2009

Media reaction in the US to Obama’s speech in Cairo has been mostly ridiculous, FOX Noise most notably. One of the rare sensible voices, Zbigniew Brzezinski (on Olbermann) thought the speech was very good. Daniel Levy provides some important analysis (“The immediate effect though is to buy America space and time. “).

Hurriyet (Turkey) says:

’I haven’t seen a deep-rooted change in his address,’ says one diplomat. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Barack Obama, Conflict in the Middle East, israel, John McCain, Sarah Palin | 1 Comment »

What About Don Siegelman?

Posted by MEC on June 4, 2009

Justice Department Admits New Mistakes

Attorney General Eric Holder asked a court Thursday to release two imprisoned former Alaska state lawmakers after the Justice Department found prosecutors improperly handled evidence in their trials on corruption charges.

So if the Justice Department is reviewing the cases of convicted government officials, when will they get around to noticing that the indictment, trial, conviction, and sentencing of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman comprised a complete travesty?

Posted in Department of Injustice, Don Siegelman | Comments Off on What About Don Siegelman?

This Is What Empathy Looks Like

Posted by MEC on June 4, 2009

Katrina Victims Will Not Have to Vacate FEMA Trailers

Instead of taking the trailers from people who have no resources to get other housing, the government will sell them the trailers for $5. Some of the trailers’ residents are destitute; others have been living in trailers while still waiting for their homes to be repaired.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will give the 3,450 people still living in trailers priority for housing vouchers for which Congress appropriated funds last year.

The Obama administration officials is allocating funds for case managers to help people find permanent housing. A state programs for this purpose seems never to have gotten organized, so a federal agency “will manage the program and hire experienced workers who will visit clients in person”.

A program that provided vouchers for families to rent apartments will be extended until August 31. The news report mentions a “bottleneck” that prevented many of the vouchers from being distributed. I suspect this bottleneck will be miraculously removed.

I also suspect that the boondoggles and delays and bureaucratic roadblocks that have impeded repairs and new construction will miraculously go away.

The Obama Administration understands that these are real people and that the purpose of the housing programs is to provide people with places to live. What a difference an election makes.

Posted in doing the right thing, FEMA, Hurricane Katrina | Comments Off on This Is What Empathy Looks Like

Hal Turner Finally Arrested

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 4, 2009

Arch-right-wing motormouth Hal Turner, who has in the past talked of how peachy it would be if certain people he doesn’t like (such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) were to be taken out via ricin poisoning or other methods, finally threatened the wrong people:

Radio host Hal Turner — accused of hosting a website that incited Connecticut Catholics to “take up arms” and singling out two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official — was taken into custody in New Jersey late today after state Capitol police obtained an arrest warrant for him.

Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. Last week, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the ethics office.


“It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally,” the blog stated. “These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die.”

And, the post continued, “If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they’re going to get uppity with us about this; I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down too.”

He was going to start posting home addresses of these persons, but was arrested before he could do so.

Posted in racism, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, terrorism, WTF? | 22 Comments »

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