belated katrina notes

some news of note:

  • George Bush signed and executive order lifting wage restrictions and allowing government contractors rebuilding new orleans to pay workers less than the prevailing wage
  • FEMA’s email server broke.
  • New Orleans being underwater was preventable.
  • Former FEMA head Mike Brown padded his resume
  • FEMA refused help from Amtrak, Wal-Mart, the Coast Guard, firefighters and others.
  • Jay Rosen reiterates the press may have found a spine.
  • Evacuees are stuck — like being in prison.
  • Republicans forced a vote on a relief bill without people having read the bill:

    the Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives limited floor consideration of the $52 billion Katrina relief bill proposed by President Bush and voted to reject any Democratic efforts to amend the bill to include a wider array of relief measures, RAW STORY has learned.

    Democrats said no one had even seen a copy of the legislation.

  • Pat Robertson is once again off his rocker, saying ” John Roberts can ‘be thankful that a tragedy has brought him some good.'”

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