There have been a number of diaries posted about the shooting of Roy Middleton by Escambia County, Florida sheriff's deputies, including the front page diary yesterday:
Although I certainly may have missed it, what I have not seen yet is mention of the Escambia County Sheriff's Department's longstanding history of racially-related issues.
I'm a native and life-long resident of Escambia County, Florida. My County has a history of racial tension associated with the Escambia County Sheriff's department. About ten years ago, the ACLU and local civil rights organizations called for an investigation of the large number of shootings in Escambia County, many of which were viewed as linked to race. More recently, the DOJ issued a report critical of the conditions at the Escambia County Jail. Among the findings was the fact that, until February of this year, inmates at the jail were being segregated by race.
I don't comment much, and I don't write diaries, so this will have to be a short one. If someone wants to give the issue a much deserved better treatment, I enthusiastically encourage you to do so. I just want the big picture to get out there. Racism is much more deeply ingrained in Escambia County, Florida than just the Middleton shooting.
Here are a few sources of information. I'm sure there are more, and perhaps better (the last one is a PDF):
I'm tired of living in this racist County.
I've witnessed a lot of people over the past few months decide to leave Daily Kos. Today I join them. Yes, it's a GBCW diary, so let's get the jokes out of the way at the start.
I've witnessed the conversation here at Daily Kos deteriorate in the time that I've been here. I'm a trusted user here, and I've got plenty of mojo. I'm not some newbie just off the street. But I've had enough.
In the Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu Would Like to Punch George W. Bush
diary, which is currently on the recommended list, someone asked where Louisiana Senator David Vitter has been during the Katrina catastrophe. The implication was that Vitter, a Republican, was no where to be seen in the criticism of the Bush adminstration.
I remembered Vitter making a statement shortly after the storm in which he criticized the Bush administration response, giving them an "F".
Vitter, speaking to reporters at the emergency response center in Baton Rouge, also said he gave the federal government a grade 'F' for its response to the disaster so far.
What I didn't realize was that two short months ago, Vitter predicted the magnitude of the current catastrophe in testimony before Congress.
Folks, I've been reading Daily Kos for hours at a time since before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. I've read every major diary and front page post about the hurricane, and made numerous comments myself. In all that time I have not seen, besides one or two passing comments, anything substantial about
In July 2004, "emergency officials from 50 parish, state, federal and volunteer organizations" met in a five-day exercise to model what would happen if a major hurricane hit New Orleans. FEMA was a major component of this planning exercise. The following is from the FEMA website:
Hurricane Pam brought sustained winds of 120 mph, up to 20 inches of rain in parts of southeast Louisiana and storm surge that topped levees in the New Orleans area.
That's right, FEMA knew the flooding would occur. But not only did FEMA know, the WHITE HOUSE knew as well.
More below the fold.
Here's what that fucking piece of shit FEMA director Brown
had to say about the dead and dying citizens of New Orleans:
"Unfortunately, that's going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings," Brown told CNN.
"I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans," he said.
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Susanhu had this over at Booman Tribune
Three rockets were fired at two U.S. Navy ships in Jordan's Aqaba port on Friday. They missed their targets and instead hit a warehouse and a hospital, killing a Jordanian soldier, and struck the Israeli port of Eilat.
Here's the link to the Yahoo News story: "Qaeda" group claims rocket attack on U.S. ships.
Thought this was worthy of a diary. I expected Susanhu to post it here on dKos, but since she hasn't yet I encourage everyone to check out the articles she has linked.
Not sure what this will mean in terms of the Bush administration's credibility, etc. It will be interesting to see the poll numbers a few days from now.
Oh yeah, Terror Alert! Terror Alert!
Well, we've finally got what all you Al Gore watchers have been waiting for, a direct quote from the man himself about his intentions in 2008. Will Al run? Will he stay out of politics forever? The answer below the fold.
In a recent diary
, Maryscott OConnor posted the following:
Fuck it. I'm here, I've wasted a diary, I might as well put it down on paper, so to speak.
It's a bad day. Lots of crying for no good reason. Thoughts of suicide -- not actually doing it, just wishing I COULD.
Can't explain it. If you've no experience with manic-depression, it's hard to be told in a way that makes any sense at all.
I wish I were dead. I'm sure it will be different tomorrow, but there it is.
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Over the past few weeks I've participated in a number of discussions on Daily Kos about the possibility of Al Gore running for president in 2008. Without fail, persons have posted comments in these discussions stating as fact that Al Gore will not to run in 2008. In response to a couple of these comments, I and others have asked for a solid source showing that Gore does not intend to run in 2008. To date, I have yet to see such a source.
I have no idea whether or not Gore intends to run in 2008. I also don't make statements to the fact that Gore will run. As I said, I don't know one way or the other.
But I am tired of folks coming on here and stating with certainty that Gore will not run without having anything to back it up.
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I've been watching the polls over the past couple of months and, along with everyone else, I've been cheering the free fall of Bush's numbers on everything from job approval to social security. But despite the good news in these polls, one of Bush's numbers never seems to fall. That number is for terrorism.
Bush's falling numbers should come as no surprise. Bush sucks at everything, and it's long past time that Americans began to catch on. But Bush also sucks at terrorism. So what gives?
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Frist blinks! Here's what Harry Reid wrote in a letter
to Mitch McConnell a few days ago:
"For example, you are absolutely right that 'our transportation infrastructure needs improving.' That is why I issued a public call last week for the Senate to take up the highway bill. Once we finish the supplemental appropriations bill, the Majority Leader has a clear choice: if he moves to proceed to the highway bill he can allow us to do the work that the American people sent us here to do. If, on the other hand, he chooses to launch what Senator Lott dubbed "the nuclear option," it will be clear that the Republican agenda is not based on the needs of the American people but rather on the demands of radical ideological elements in the Republican Party base."
This is from today's Washington Post :
"Some senators thought the rule-change showdown might occur next week, but the Senate will take up the highway bill instead. The following week, the Senate is in recess."
Frist takes up the highway bill. Frist blinks!
In a front page post today, Kos relates the story of his interaction with an individual at a conference who believed in the idea of "visualization". I was going to comment on this in the comments section of the post, but things became longer than what is appropriate for the comments section, so I thought that I would put my thoughts into a diary. Those who haven't read the original post can read it here
For my thoughts on the post, continue below the fold.