SDB Evening News Reads for 082411: Katrina, Third Party Wonder and No Evolution or Planned Parenthood

Good evening, here are your news reads for this afternoon.

There are some real good articles below, so take the time read them all…Especially the two from Black Agenda Report. So let’s get on with the show.

I had the BAR link ready to go for this post, and then I saw the picture on this TruthDig article which discusses the BAR post and I just had to include it here:  Hurricane Katrina Pain Index 2011 – Truthdig

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Many homes trashed by Katrina in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward sit scarred and empty today.

With Hurricane Irene fixing to beat up much of the American Mid-Atlantic, now may be a good time to examine the legacy of Hurricane Katrina and U.S. “government bungling” for many of the still-stunned inhabitants of New Orleans.

Bill Quigley and Davida Finger, professors of law at Loyola University in New Orleans, have assembled a brief sociological survey of Gulf Coast residents after the storm, using figures reported in the press. The statistics reflect the condition of Katrina survivors and those who came afterward by race, gender and economic class.

So that is the background for this Black Agenda Report here:  Katrina Pain Index 2011: Race, Gender, Poverty | Black Agenda Report

by Bill Quigley and Davida Finger

There may never be a moral reckoning or a just payback for the crimes that are gathered under the heading, Katrina, but we can at least attempt to weigh and measure the abominations. For example, less than ten percent of the 3,000 families whose homes in public housing were bulldozed have “made it back to into the apartments built on the renovated sites.” The disaster also drove away proportionately more African American women and girls.

In the New Orleans metropolitan area, there are now 65,423 fewer African American women and girls than when Katrina hit.”

Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast. The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people left behind. It is impossible to understand what happened and what still remains without considering race, gender, and poverty. The following offer some hints of what remains.

Click on the link to get the numbers…they are such a depressing and disappointing representation of the situation in New Orleans, a summary of statistics that give a rounded picture of what Dakinikat has written about for years. I wonder if any of BAR’s writers will be at the Rising Tide conference Kat will be attending later this week.

I have another BAR article to highlight for you today,  CBC: Impotent, Irrelevant, and Tied to the President in 2012, Even If Obama is the Black Herbert Hoover | Black Agenda Report

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Why does the Congressional Black Caucus, forty of the most senior members of the House of Representatives, pretend that touring the country with a phony, embarrassing “job fair” is a substitute for the massive jobs and poverty-reduction programs they should have fought for during the four years they held an overwhelming majority in the Congress, two of them with a black Democrat in the White House? What kind of Colt 45 bottle has the CBC and the black political class crawled into? And is there a way out?

Is Barack Obama the new Herbert Hoover? Like Hoover, Obama believes that government cannot create jobs…”

The Congressional Black Caucus is in a terrible bind. What do you do at the beginning of a new Great Depression, when congressional Republicans are the evil crackers they’ve always been and your First Black President, a Democrat, is Herbert Hoover?

I love when BAR’s new articles get published, they always push forward thoughts and ideas for us to discuss.

Obama, however, isn’t your great-grandma‘s Herbert Hoover. He’s slicker, new and improved. Hoover was, after all, a white Republican, and faced noisy, persistent and often unlawful opposition in the streets, like the hunger marches of 1930, 31 and 32, along with organized groups that reversed evictions.Thousands were beaten and jailed, some killed, tens of thousands risked arrest, and hundreds of thousands more peacefully protested Hoover’s policies in that first Great Depression. But Barack Obama’s party affiliation and black face earn him an automatic pass from the corporate sponsored black political class, who would vigorously protest the same policies pursued by a white Republican. Blacks who demand action from the First Black President on record black joblessness and child poverty can be branded ungrateful Uncle Toms. The antiwar movement, which put millions in the street to protest Bush’s wars has virtually silenced itself to free the hands of the new Herbert Hoover.

Faced with a black Herbert Hoover, what can the Congressional Black Caucus do? Their whole careers are tied into the hopelessly corrupt Democratic party, the machinery that uses rich people’s money and poor peoples’ votes to elect corporate-friendly candidates. Like the rest of the black political class, they supported Obama absolutely while silencing any who would make substantive demands on him, thus rendering themselves and their constituencies irrelevant. The CBC enabled Barack Obama to ignore mushrooming black poverty and soaring black unemployment.

All I can say is read the entire article, because I can’t do it justice just quoting tidbits.  Dixon has some stern words for the Black Caucus, including Maxine Waters.  Since we have talked about Waters a lot lately, this article is very timely, and I am curious to know what you all think about it.

Rick Perry signed the Susan B. Anthony pledge, that is not any real news, I thought he already had signed the pledge which pretty much vows that the “pledgee” will completely destroy women, girls and their human rights.  Rick Perry Vows to Defund Planned Parenthood | Mother Jones

Pledges, if you haven’t heard, are all the rage in the Republican party, so now that he’s squarely in the running for the GOP presidential nomination, Texas Governor Rick Perry has some catching up to do. On Wednesday, Perry became the sixth candidate to sign an anti-abortion pledge from the Susan B. Anthony List that commits him to a set of radical anti-abortion measures if elected president. The Dallas Morning-News has the nuts and bolts:

The pledge has four parts:
* a promise only to pick federal judges who adhere to the strict “original meaning of the Constitution,”
* to “select only pro-life appointees” for attorney general and assorted posts at the National Institutes of Health, Justice Departmentand Department of Health& Human Services.
* to defund Planned Parenthoodand any other organization that performs or funds abortions and to end all taxpayer funding of abortion, domestically or overseas and
* to sign into law the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” to ban abortion based on the premise that fetuses can feel pain.

And of course, once these fetuses are no longer “unborn” then these GOP assholes don’t give a damn about what pain the person feels…like the pain of hunger and poverty. Pain of sickness and breast cancer and cervical cancer…Pain of being forced to give birth after rape or incest. I can go on and on with the list of pain this pledge will give to women and girls who were former fetuses, but I am just preaching to the choir…

The Atlantic believes evolution will play a part in the 2012 GOP race to the nomination.  Evolution, Climate Change Could Divide the Republican Party – Ronald Brownstein – Politics – The Atlantic

The collision between Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry over climate change and the evolution of human life threatens to widen the central rift in the Republican electoral coalition even as it helps each man sharpen his image in the party’s crowded 2012 presidential field.

The confrontation represents more of a gamble for Huntsman, the former Utah governor lagging in the polls, than it does for Texas Gov. Perry, who immediately catapulted into the race’s top tier after entering it in mid-August. Although an overwhelming majority of scientists agree that carbon pollution is contributing to global climate change, and virtually all accept that an evolutionary process of natural selection explains the emergence of human life, polls show that most Republican voters second Perry’s rejection of both beliefs.

Yes, the Republican Party has become a party of religious right extremist, with an agenda to drag our society back to the days of burning witches at the stake and inquisitions which led to torture and death. Some may say that is taking the actions of the extreme GOP too far, but I don’t think so.

This of course brings the discussion forward with an article by Matthew Dowd:  How Would a Third-Party Candidate Fare in 2012? – Matthew Dowd – Politics – The Atlantic

In the dog days of summer and in the aftermath of the unusual earthquake that hit the Washington area and other parts of the East Coast, maybe it’s time to play a little parlor game related to next year’s presidential election and a major disruption that just might occur. I am talking about the increasing probability that a serious independent third-party run might just occur. And by the manner in which former Utah governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is conducting himself this week in high-profile criticizing of his own party, he and his campaign might also be eyeing this probability.


If Republicans nominate an extremely polarizing figure who has a difficult time getting independent votes (especially in the crucial Midwest states) or one who instills no passion at all in the conservative base, and if Obama’s approval numbers stay low, then we basically would have two unelectable candidates facing each other in the general election.

Further, in an analysis I did a few years back on the composition of a general-election electorate, it signals an opening for a more-moderate independent candidate as well. The Republican Party base–for smaller government, low taxes, and socially conservative–represents about 26 percent of all voters. The Democratic Party’s bloc–for larger government, higher taxes, and more socially progressive–represents about 23 percent of all voters. Thus, 51 percent of the electorate is a mishmash of independents, not ideological members of either political party.

Dowd then has come up with three scenarios for the possibility and outcomes of a third-party run, which does not bode well for Obama, the GOP nominee or the third-party candidate.  But my concern is that neither Obama or the 2012 GOP offering will bode well for the people…and that seems to be something that many of those in the media are forgetting.

This last link is from Jezebel, and it gives Possible Explanations For The Earthquake the east coast experienced yesterday.

A series of earthquakes around the country today and yesterday shook places that don’t usually get shook. There are a number of possible explanations for this. Here are the most plausible:

  • 1. We weren’t freaked out enough about Hurricane Irene, so the earth decided to kick it up a notch.
  • 2. The giant serpent coiled around the earth’s core is waking.
  • 3. Three months late, Harold Camping finally got his wish.
  • 4. Invisible Godzilla.
  • 5. “God is all like, ‘DSK is freaking guilty'”
  • 6. Twitter has discovered a genius marketing strategy, and has employed a team of evil seismologists to put it into action.
  • 7. Today is 8/23/11. 8 + 23 = 31, and 31/11 = 2.81818182. See? See?!?
  • 8. The tectonic plates want their own commemorative wine.
  • 9. Like, geology.
  • 10. The reported separation of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has caused the earth to split open. The only person who can save us from this disaster, as it happens, is Will Smith. His bravery will cause his estranged wife to fall in love with him all over again, and everyone will live happily ever after, despite the destruction of every major city. Coming this fall.

Don’t forget, Irene is getting stronger:  National Hurricane Center

Those of you along the East Coast and in the Northeast, pay attention: Irene called ‘big threat’ to U.S. coast –

Well, there you go…see y’all in the comments!


14 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads for 082411: Katrina, Third Party Wonder and No Evolution or Planned Parenthood”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Update on Libya:
    Gaddafi military chief in fight with rebels: report | Reuters

    Libyan rebels fought a fierce battle with Muammar Gaddafi’s top military commander at his farm in Tripoli on Wednesday, a rebel spokesman said in comments broadcast on Al Arabiya TV.

    Abdel Salam Abu Zaakouk said that heavy fighting was under way in a farm belonging to the chief of staff of the Libyan armed forces, Abdul Rahman Al Sayd.

    “He (Sayd) is leading the battle with the rebels and he is still inside the farm,” Abu Zaakouk told the Dubai-based channel without giving further details.

  2. ralphb says:

    The reasons for the earthquake are hilarious. I expect to hear most of them on RW blogs soon, but for real.

    Huntsman should run 3rd party, NOW!

    Bruce Dixon and Glen Ford are wonderful.

    The thought of Perry v Obama is excruciating.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    I just got an e-mail from Politico saying that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. Not that I care, but here’s his resignation letter for anyone who does.

    In a letter to the Apple Board of Directors and “the Apple Community,” the tech visionary writes: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee. As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple. I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role. I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.”

  4. northwestrain says:

    Reasons for earthquake — to hit two of patriarchy’s biggest symbols — a church and that huge phallic symbol in DC. HA!


    Perry — a real in your face sexist pig — yep exactly who the GOP would choose. They must want a full blown depression — so the US can start selling off assets. Like National Parks, Interstate “Free”way system. Land Land Land. In my state the GOP wants to get their hands on all the land held in trust by the Feds for Native American tribes.

    Now I’m going to read the Black Agenda Report — it takes brave/strong people to speak the truth.

    • northwestrain says:

      BAR captures 0bowma’s snotty rich boy pose. That’s a learned pose and I remember the Punahou boys had that pose down to perfection. The Punahou girls as well — wearing the most expensive cloths to their school — Cashmere sweaters etc. I asked one of the girls — why wear a sweater during the day — in the summer?? She responded — because I’m rich. True story from way back when I was in the 8th grade. She assumed we (non-Punahou kids) would be jealous. We thought that she was out of touch with reality — along with the rest of her classmates.

      0bowma has never left that rich bubble — and his wife with her expensive vacations and taste in expensive food etc — remind me of the Punahou students so careful not to speak or even pretend to understand pidgin English. That arrogant Punahou rich boy pose.

  5. Minkoff Minx says:

    They are having this movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Has anyone seen this? Am I just crazy, cause man I don’t like it. I can just imagine the pitch to make this movie. It’s Forrest Gump, meets Little Big Man, meets Jack…that movie with Robin Williams.

    Anyway, here is something interesting:
    Megyn Kelly Fox News | Megyn Kelly Pedophilia | Video | Mediaite

  6. B KIlpatrick says:

    As far as the supposed right to return to the projects goes, the reaction of pretty much everyone in the city other than Bill Quigley to the fact that the projects aren’t coming back was pretty much “buh-bye!” Hell, barely a fifth (or so) of the people who lived in them wanted to come back to them. That’s why the only people you saw really pushing for them were either extremely comfortable socialists like Quigley or people like Sharon “Shut up, white boy!” Jasper(*) Sharon Jasper is pretty much the kind of person that we’re glad to be relieved of, having been alive for 58 years and unemployed and on welfare for 57 of them.

    *Sharon Jasper became locally infamous after she appeared in a Times-Picayune article complaining about the “slum” housing she had been forced to live in after the projects were closed. She was photographed for the article sitting across from her GIANT plasma screen TV in what is, to all appearances, a pretty damn nice apartment.

  7. Fannie says:

    I hope the poor people movement gets on track, and when they do, they won’t be wearing high heels and suits, with resumes in their hands………Lord, let them come with their worn out bodies and minds.