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The Times-Picayune looks back at Hurricane Katrina six years after the disaster:

[Memorial] events are important and fitting. We need to gather together to mourn our losses and remember. It is only human to look back.

But Katrina observances aren't limited to retrospection. The disaster that struck on Aug. 29, 2005, was a beginning as well as an ending: the beginning of our recovery as a community, as families, as individuals. The anniversary of the storm is also an occasion to celebrate how far we have come in only six years and to rekindle the energy and hope that has fired our renaissance. [...]

The hard work of rebuilding this community goes on every day, not only on those set apart to commemorate what happened here. But this anniversary is a fitting time to salute that effort and commit to continuing it.

USA Today details the discretionary spending that saves lives during natural disasters and points out it's on the chopping block for ideological reasons:

When lawmakers crow about cuts in discretionary spending, they are being disingenuous at best. They are ignoring the real drivers of government spending while trying to present themselves as fiscally virtuous. What's more, budget cutting often serves as a cover for advancing ulterior motives, typically a desire to hamstring a federal agency.

NOAA, for instance, has been under assault from global-warming deniers — hardly a service to people who simply want to be guided by the best science available, regardless of politics. Meanwhile, the agency needs money for a new weather satellite to replace one that will die in 2016.

This is not to say the discretionary budget is sacrosanct. It most definitely isn't. But a week that featured both an earthquake and a hurricane in the nation's most populous region serves as a reminder of the gap between what Americans expect of their government and their willingness to pay for it. Another term for that gap is the deficit.

Paul Krugman on Rick Perry's radical rejection of climate change and what it means for the GOP:

According to Public Policy Polling, only 21 percent of Republican voters in Iowa believe in global warming (and only 35 percent believe in evolution). Within the G.O.P., willful ignorance has become a litmus test for candidates, one that Mr. Romney is determined to pass at all costs.

So it’s now highly likely that the presidential candidate of one of our two major political parties will either be a man who believes what he wants to believe, even in the teeth of scientific evidence, or a man who pretends to believe whatever he thinks the party’s base wants him to believe. [...]

Now, we don’t know who will win next year’s presidential election. But the odds are that one of these years the world’s greatest nation will find itself ruled by a party that is aggressively anti-science, indeed anti-knowledge. And, in a time of severe challenges — environmental, economic, and more — that’s a terrifying prospect.

The New York Times on Alabama's draconian and cruel immigration law:

The law, which takes effect Sept. 1, is so inhumane that four Alabama church leaders — an Episcopal bishop, a Methodist bishop and a Roman Catholic archbishop and bishop — have sued to block it, saying it criminalizes acts of Christian compassion. It is a sweeping attempt to terrorize undocumented immigrants in every aspect of their lives, and to make potential criminals of anyone who may work or live with them or show them kindness.[...]

You’d think that any state would think twice before embracing a law that so vividly brings to mind the Fugitive Slave Act, the brutal legal and law-enforcement apparatus of the Jim Crow era, and the civil-rights struggle led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But waves of anti-immigrant hostility have made many in this country forget who and what we are.

Congress was once on the brink of an ambitious bipartisan reform that would have enabled millions of immigrants stranded by the failed immigration system to get right with the law. This sensible policy has been abandoned. We hope the church leaders can waken their fellow Alabamans to the moral damage done when forgiveness and justice are so ruthlessly denied. We hope Washington and the rest of the country will also listen.

The Chicago Sun-Times on autism and vaccines:

Belief in a false link between vital childhood vaccinations and autism has persisted for years, fueled by bad science and distressed parents searching for answers.

It is time to put this falsehood to rest.

One study after another has found no link, and now the most comprehensive, independent analysis of research on childhood vaccines has come to the same conclusion.

Paul West on the changing dynamics of the Republican field:

Reporting from Washington— Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may be forced to shake up his strategy to win the Republican presidential nomination now that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has seized the top spot in the latest Gallup poll.

Among Romney's likely shifts: softening his focus on New Hampshire, the first primary state, and starting a more aggressive campaign in Iowa, where the race actually begins.[...]

Also up for discussion inside the Romney camp: an accelerated advertising push, including attack ads against Perry.

E.J. Dionne looks at Dr. King's real legacy:

We tend to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. we want to honor, not the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who actually existed.

We forget the King who at the time of his ministry was labeled an “extremist,” who explicitly called out “moderates” for urging African Americans to slow down their march to justice, who quite brilliantly used the American creed as a seedbed for searing criticisms of the United States as it existed.[...]

We have rendered King safe so we can honor him. But we should honor him because he did not play it safe. He urged us to break loose from “the paralyzing chains of conformity.” Good advice in every generation — and hard advice, too.

Paul Kane reports on the coming onslaught of the Republican rollback agenda:

House Republicans are planning votes for almost every week this fall in an effort to repeal environmental and labor requirements on business that they say have hampered job growth.

With everyone from President Obama to his Republican challengers in the 2012 campaign focusing on ways to spur economic growth, House Republicans will roll out plans Monday to fight regulations from the National Labor Relations Board, pollution rules handed down by the Environmental Protection Agency and regulations that affect health plans for small businesses. In addition, the lawmakers plan to urge a 20 percent tax deduction for small businesses.

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  •  Politico: is Perry Dumb? (4+ / 0-)
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    MartyM, aaraujo, vidanto, amk for obama

    if they have to ask the question....

    •  Repubs love to nominate dumb people. (1+ / 0-)
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      amk for obama

      They stick to the conservo-script.

      Hell, it probably helps his chances that he's an idiot.

      You can't spout that nonsense convincingly if you have a brain.

      That's Mitt's problem. You can tell he doesn't believe half of what he's saying these days -- he stammers, glances around, sweats a little, rolls his eyes up in his head as if he's trying to overrule everything he's learned up until he was given the conservo-script. The Repubs know it and they know the general election voters will know it too.

      No such problems with Perry.

      Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

      by Bush Bites on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:26:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  he is crafty and he is cunning but as far as (0+ / 0-)

      possessing any intellectual curiosity, he has no more than any other member of the ruling class. Watch how they try to defend the right to remain ignorant
      http://scienceblogs.com/...

      which marks the difference between the left and right
      http://beeryblog.wordpress.com/...

  •  It's APPALLING about the Alabama law! (3+ / 0-)
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    DRo, amk for obama, KJG52

    Can't something be done to stop it?  Can the Southern Poverty Law Center sue the state?  Awful, awful!

    Thanks for the roundup, Georgia, although I do feel rather ill now.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 04:40:01 AM PDT

  •  CNN in a Hurricane: Like Pigs in Sh**t (3+ / 0-)
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    amk for obama, Bush Bites, KJG52

    They love this, don’t they?  This is what news is all about in the age of corporate media: pictures and sounds and bells and whistles.  CNN couldn’t have been bothered to discover whether Saddam Hussein really did have weapons of mass destruction or whether Karl Rove orchestrated the outing of a CIA agent or whether those little red blood vessels on George W. Bush’s nose were telling a story the mainstream media didn’t want to report.

    But winds and waves—an entire CNN army patrols the nation’s shorelines ...

    Article:
    CNN in a Hurricane: Like Pigs in Sh**t

    Waging a "War on Ignorance" ... http://beeryblog.wordpress.com/

    by heycoachb on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 04:43:13 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, that was the point of embeds too. (1+ / 0-)
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      amk for obama

      Give 'em great pictures of American firepower and the media won't ask whether the firepower is being used wisely.

      Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

      by Bush Bites on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:35:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Slow news cycle (0+ / 0-)

      What with Obama and Congress on vacation, no expensive remote locations, and a weekend landfall on the east coast, this was prime territory for overhyping by the media (and not just CNN).
      How many times are we going to watch reporters getting blown around in 75 mph winds, or half drowned in sheets of rain before people get bored and turn it off?
      I didn't even turn on the TV this weekend, Twitter was bad enough.

      You will never know what it’s like to work on a farm until your hands are raw, just so people can have fresh marijuana. Jack Handey

      by skohayes on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 06:26:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Mitch McConnell in Texas tomorrow (3+ / 0-)
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    Bush Bites, amk for obama, skohayes

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Trying to get as much attention to the Mitch McConnell visit as I can. The more that show up to greet him in Texas, the better chance the visit will make national news - imagine progressives greet the Minority Leader with requests for JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

  •  small businesses have received 16 tax credits (6+ / 0-)

    since 2009, according to Obama.
    Apparently, Koch is pushing for EPA DEregulations to allow their operations to pollute more rivers.....payback for Koch donations to 230 Congressional candidates during 2010.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/...

    GOP 2012 campaign ads - "Tax the working poor!"

    by MartyM on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 04:47:06 AM PDT

  •  Deniers & teh Crazy Everywhere... (5+ / 0-)

    Climate change deniers.  Vaccine deniers.  Science deniers.  Religious leaders trying to reason with the unreasonable phobic.  And the GOP gearing up for a season of taking this country back to the stone age.  

    Is there something in the water?  How is it that there are so many crazy out there?

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 04:53:57 AM PDT

    •  dunno but diary yesterday chronicles (1+ / 0-)
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      JaxDem

      a preacher who wants a national registry of atheists, ostensibly so they can proselytize and for the resistant ones organize campaigns to boycott their businesses, to threaten their workplaces and generally make their lives miserable, all in the name of the freedom of religion.

      The more I read what this idiot says, the more it seems he is encouraging activity that is unconstitutional and illegal

  •  Perry's Brain (1+ / 0-)
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    skohayes

    http://www.texastribune.org/...

    Rick Perry's Brain Trust

    If eavesdropping on anything you say, write, or do could increase someone's wealth or influence you are a potential target. http://www.xtimeline.com/timeline/History-of-National-Security-Agency--NSA-

    by anyname on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 04:59:06 AM PDT

    •  Dave Carney lives in NH (1+ / 0-)
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      skohayes

      http://www.texastribune.org/...

      Dave Carney, the general consultant to Gov. Rick Perry's re-election campaign — and to his campaigns in 1998, 2002, and 2006 — lives in New Hampshire and commutes and telecommutes to the Texas governor's headquarters (and to other political contests around the country).
      Perry is his biggest client, and he's been on board since Perry ran for lieutenant governor in 1998. Then agriculture commissioner, Perry had been a client of Karl Rove, before Rove was swept to the national stage in the presidential run of George W. Bush. Carney started his political career working for Judd Gregg — now a U.S. senator — in New Hampshire in 1978.

      That led, circuitously, to working for John Sununu (former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff) and then to President George H.W. Bush and then, after some years, to Texas and Perry. He sat for an interview with the Tribune at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas during the GOP's state convention last weekend.

      If eavesdropping on anything you say, write, or do could increase someone's wealth or influence you are a potential target. http://www.xtimeline.com/timeline/History-of-National-Security-Agency--NSA-

      by anyname on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:00:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  NH - Dave Carney (0+ / 0-)

      http://www.texasobserver.org/...

      Can a camera-shy Dave Carney put Rick Perry in the White House?

      If eavesdropping on anything you say, write, or do could increase someone's wealth or influence you are a potential target. http://www.xtimeline.com/timeline/History-of-National-Security-Agency--NSA-

      by anyname on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:29:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Perry must have placed his brain in trust (0+ / 0-)

      before entering politics, meaning he would have no access to it while in office
      http://www.americablog.com/...

  •  I hope the GOP was listening to Chris Christie (6+ / 0-)

    when he was giving one of his LAST press updates during the hurricane... Christie said, right out loud, that GOVERNMENT WORKS and is important in peoples lives and that the gov workers of Jersey worked tirelessly and round the clock...with no sleep, eating 'bad food' and going beyond the extra mile to keep residents of his state SAFE!!

    I point this out not because Christie did a better job than MY Mayor or any of the other mayors, town supervisors, local officials and governors did because they ALL did incredibly well but because Christie is always touted as a possible GOP presidential candidate and he said right on the teevee that GOV WORKS AND IS IMPORTANT which is in direct conflict with the GOP meme about cutting gov cause its useless to people.

    and NOW that the storm is over I cannot wait for BERNIE SANDERS to 'smack' Eric Cantor upside his head in a debate about relief for VERMONT and everywhere else that was devastated by this storm.

    "Orwell was an optimist"

    by KnotIookin on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 04:59:54 AM PDT

  •  Krugman acts like Perry is an outlier. (3+ / 0-)
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    jimreyn, amk for obama, KJG52

    Actually, McCain was the outlier.

    Bush never believed in man-made global climate change either.

    (Which, actually, is the main reason we're in the fix we're in now.)

    Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

    by Bush Bites on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:00:34 AM PDT

  •  NY Times is so cute. (3+ / 0-)
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    jimreyn, amk for obama, KJG52
    You’d think that any state would think twice before embracing a law that so vividly brings to mind the Fugitive Slave Act, the brutal legal and law-enforcement apparatus of the Jim Crow era, and the civil-rights struggle led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But waves of anti-immigrant hostility have made many in this country forget who and what we are.

    You think alabama's whites wouldn't vote to bring back slavery if they could?

    (Anyway, here' s hoping they have the same agricultural problems that Georgia's having.)

    Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

    by Bush Bites on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:02:52 AM PDT

  •  Good Morning. Weird there is a The Sims3 ad on (0+ / 0-)

    my DKos browser LOL

    Always knew that Game was a progressive game ;)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:04:37 AM PDT

  •  Discretionary Spending (3+ / 0-)
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    jimreyn, amk for obama, Bush Bites

    Closing superfluous military bases overseas would be a good way to reduce the deficit and restore some good will among people who now see the U.S. as occupiers.  

    One good thing about the teabaggers, they helped to kill some appropriations for the military pork barrel.  It is a drop in the bucket, though.  As for the argument that military spending generates jobs, there are more effective uses for the money that would actually benefit the country as a whole.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:06:23 AM PDT

  •  OT:kestrels alive and well in VT Northeast Kingdom (5+ / 0-)

    but no internet. On a borrowed verizon wireless connection at the moment.
    Pass it on.......:)

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:06:58 AM PDT

  •  Mitt's in trouble. (3+ / 0-)

    His only chance was to be the (conservative) adult in the room -- doubling down on McCain's straight talk express schtick -- but Huntsman is quickly taking that position away from him while he tries to outwingnut the rest of the field.

    More advertising won't help him.

    Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

    by Bush Bites on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:07:04 AM PDT

  •  Don't be fooled by Cheney and Powell's feud (0+ / 0-)

    they were best-friends for years for a reason.

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:09:55 AM PDT

  •  Post Irene cleanup: basically unscathed here (3+ / 0-)
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    sodalis, amk for obama, skohayes

    a loose fence post or two and a few branches down but that's all

    •  same here; where are you located? (0+ / 0-)

      Youngest daughter called last night from NYC upset with me that hurricanes go north.  She moved there to get out of hurricane alley and then the hurricanes follow her!  I am not sure what I am supposed to do about that.  After all I am not pat robertson

  •  New Japanese PM. Sixth in five years. (2+ / 0-)
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    LaurenMonica, JaxDem
    Japan's governing Democratic Party (DPJ) has chosen Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda as its leader, lining him up to become the country's sixth prime minister in five years.

    Mr Noda secured victory in a run-off against Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, after a first-round vote in which no candidate won a clear majority.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his resignation on Friday.

    He has been criticised for his handling of the quake aftermath.

    Mr Noda, 54, is expected to be confirmed by parliament as prime minister on Tuesday.

    He secured 215 votes in the ballot against Mr Kaieda's 177 votes.

    Supporters of public favourite Seiji Maehara - the former foreign minister who was eliminated in first-round voting - threw their support behind Mr Noda in the second ballot.

    Mr Kaieda was backed by scandal-hit party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, who controls the DPJ's biggest faction.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists. PL poutrage lasts a week, max.
    Call the media when they Lie

    by amk for obama on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:32:04 AM PDT

  •  So sick of hearing the term "not believing..." (1+ / 0-)
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    skohayes

    It makes it sound like some sort of religious tenent rather than science. Global climate change is REAL, whether people choose to accept it or not. Its kinda like hearing about not believing in evolution. What bullshit. Do people say they don't believe germ theory, so there's no such thing as bacteria, or is gravity a hoax?
    The beautiful thing about science is that it's still true even if you don't "believe" it.

    Just another day in Oceania.

    by drshatterhand on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:42:15 AM PDT

    •  Maybe we should start saying... (2+ / 0-)
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      skohayes, cama2008

      ....so and so "doesn't understand" climate change or evolution.

      Probably won't catch on beyond us, but it is more accurate and makes them sound stupid, which they are.

      Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

      by Bush Bites on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:48:56 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  actually there are people who don't accept (0+ / 0-)

      germ theory as homeopathic medicine seems to making a comeback as it is relatively painless, does not involve invasive surgery, does not involve a lot of time, and offers comparatively remarkable results in many cases

  •  GOP goads country towards civil war (0+ / 0-)

    maybe not fought with guns but fought with influence and politics.  Cantor may be a genius, albeit an evil one, in his plotting.  We have just seen the country plunged into turmoil as the GOP demanded draconian cuts in discretionary spending such as FEMA before the debt ceiling could be raised.
    When inclement weather brought with it disaster, Cantor raised the ante by demanding any additional funds be accompanied by corresponding cuts elsewhere in the budget, starving FEMA.  Now the natural consequences of his actions are that FEMA has stopped work in Joplin and shifted those funds to the East Coast to cover rescue work for earthquake and hurricane damage.
    GOP response?  It is all Obama's fault.
      http://crooksandliars.com/...

    The midwest may well exact a price from the GOP for these antics as they are not amused by Cantor at this point

  •  Bachmann blows off New Hampshire (0+ / 0-)
    Bachmann has spent so little time in New Hampshire, she’s one of the few candidates yet to appear at campaign trail staples like Politics & Eggs or WMUR’s “Conversations with the Candidates” series. She has held no town hall meetings. Hers is one of the last campaigns without an office.

    Not that voters wouldn’t like to meet Bachmann. Interest was strong enough for the Windham event that local Republicans moved the venue and rented a bigger hall. But a week out, Bachmann cancelled on them. The stated reason was the condition of Bachmann’s mother’s health.

    A Windham organizer wanted to give the Bachmann campaign the benefit of the doubt. “Maybe they just committed prematurely,” the person said, not buying the pretext about Bachmann’s mom. “If it’s a scheduling issue, just say so,” the Windham voter said.

    http://www.frumforum.com/...

    That overtly religious stuff doesn't poll so well in New Hampshire.

    You will never know what it’s like to work on a farm until your hands are raw, just so people can have fresh marijuana. Jack Handey

    by skohayes on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 06:34:07 AM PDT

  •  Climate Events Around The Country Were Forecast By (0+ / 0-)

    climate scientists beginning from 1850, developing to a scientific consensus and a global climate change treaty signed by Bush I in 1992.

    Climate change denial is of recent republican vintage by comparison to the scientific consensus.

    A university professor gives a lecture that lays it out in detail.

  •  And Americans will be shocked, SHOCKED (0+ / 0-)
    But the odds are that one of these years the world’s greatest nation will find itself ruled by a party that is aggressively anti-science, indeed anti-knowledge.
    when our students lag others in the developed world in science education.

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 08:40:20 AM PDT

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