There is a real estate “boom” reported in New Orleans and other devastated areas as desperate people sell shattered houses and the speculators move in, buying up land to make money. Perhaps a future New Orleans will be gentrified with the aid of snorkels.
As thousands celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on Aug. 6, the media re-aired black and white images of nonviolent Black Americans being tear gassed and clubbed on “Bloody Sunday” while marching for the right to vote. The images were, for many, faded memories of a bygone era.
Perhaps no single government appointment has the potential to affect a citizen’s quality of life more than that of a Supreme Court justice. Yet, by nominating his White House counsel, Harriet Miers, a person previously responsible for reviewing possible replacements for outgoing Justice O’Connor, George W. Bush demonstrates a lack of understanding and insensitivity to the needs and concerns of the public.
An outpouring of Philadelphians came to pay their last respects to widely beloved City Councilman David Cohen, known as the “people’s champion.” Cohen died Oct. 3 at age 90.
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the White House gang that day; The score stood four to two with just an inning more to play. Then Ken Lay got indicted and DeLay he got the same, A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.
Compared to the medieval European plague-inspired, scary skeletons of Halloween, the skeletons of Día de los Muertos are a whimsical lot. They drive cars or play in small orchestras; the guys smoke cigars and the ladies wear enormous hats. And through the art of José Guadalupe Posada, they engage in political debate as well.
The World Meteorological Organization has run out the alphabet in naming hurricanes. With a whole month left to go in the hurricane season, remaining storms will be designated by Greek letters.
What does a number mean? When the death toll of U.S. troops killed in Iraq was 1,900, or 500, or even 1, it was a terrible, criminal tragedy. But now that one more needless death has put the toll into the 2,000s, somehow the criminality of this war becomes even more shocking.
It’s a scenario that could happen to any one of us. No, not Hurricane Katrina, but the aftermath of simply driving down a quiet rural road — minding the speed limit and minding one’s own business. Suddenly, out of nowhere, an oncoming car crosses the double yellow line and veers into your lane. Disaster strikes.
Will tap into network of convicted CEOs, congressman says Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) said today that even if he is convicted of crimes for which he has been indicted in the state of Texas, he will continue fundraising for future political campaigns while serving time in prison.