Mass. Lawmakers Reject Gay Marriage Ban, from AP, courtesy of Alison.

Everybody Poops, from Wonkette.

Where To Hide From Mother Nature: Wyoming? Nope. West Virginia? Think again, from Slate.

Homeland Security's Lousy Morale: Only the Small Business Administration has unhappier employees, from Slate.

This man almost died because of Bush's FEMA, from the Philadelphia Daily News blog.

An irritating speck?, from Universal Hub. Oh Mitt Romney. Just go home already.

Corruption, from the Interdictor.

Confirmation Report: Oh, the Humanity!, from Slate.

Bi-blog Coverage of the Tennessee State Fair, from Nashville Stitch 'n Bitch. Some of these entries will take your breath away. Creepy dolls, crochet, 9/11 -- need I say more?



After the Flood, from This American Life. Definitely worth a listen.


Meet the F**kers, from the Daily Show (video). Key quote: "Prior to heading FEMA, Brown spent the '90s as the commissioner (this is true) of the International Arabian Horse Association. I guess he stands out in that most Bush appointees are beholden to Arabian people."

"Oblivious, In Denial, Dangerous", from Atrios.

What's My Motivation?: The Department of Homeland Security is doomed to failure without a structural overhaul, from Slate.

An Imperfect Storm: How race shaped Bush's response to Katrina, from Slate. "I don't think Kanye West can support his view that George W. Bush just doesn't care about black people. But it's a demonstrable matter of fact that Bush doesn't care much about black votes. And that, in the end, may amount to the same thing."

FEMA Head Bears the Brunt of Katrina Anger, from AP, courtesy of Mark A. Quote from Trent Lott: "I did threaten to physically beat a couple of people in the last couple of days, figuratively speaking."

Gay marriage up to governor now, from the San Francisco Chronicle, courtesy of Mark A. Mark writes: "A tiny glimmer of good news amid all the incompetence. How I long for the old days of a_i which featured mostly odds and ends from the Globe."

No Relief: Why we shouldn't aid Katrina's victims too much, from Slate. It's an interesting argument, though the author doesn't take into consideration the inconvenience and opportunity cost of being displaced due to a natural disaster.

Summer-House Lit, Part 1: On not owning a vacation home, from Slate.


Chertoff's Reading Habits, from Wonkette.

The Beautiful Mind Strikes Again, from Daily Kos. Barbara Bush: Things Working Out 'Very Well' for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans, from Editor & Publisher (first heard about this from Mark A).

A blog from New Orleans, in the thick of it, from Blue Mass. Group.

FEMA chief: Victims bear some responsibility, from CNN, courtesy of Mark A.

Frustrated: Fire crews to hand out fliers for FEMA, from The Salt Lake Tribune.

N'Orleans and the 2008 GOP Convention: Laissez bontemps roulez!, from Reason's Hit & Run.

Can FEMA Do Anything Right?, from Daily Kos, courtesy of Josh. "Just take a look at this list of stories."

Time To "Swift Boat" NorthCom Commander, from Daily Kos.

A flood of words, from the Chicago Sun-Times, courtesy of Mark A. "Context is required to understand Kanye West's latest outburst -- criticizing President Bush on national TV during telethon."

The city where the dead are left lying on the streets, from the Independent, courtesy of Mark A.

In Europe, High-Tech Flood Control, With Nature's Help, from The New York Times.


Department of Homeland Screw-Up: What is the Bush administration doing?, from Slate.

Government Saw Flood Risk but Not Levee Failure, from The New York Times.

From Margins of Society to Center of the Tragedy, from The New York Times.

Katrina's response hits first hurdle, from the BBC.

Local Officials Criticize Federal Government Over Response, from The New York Times.

Flushing out the ugly truth, from Salon (watch ad for free site pass). "The horror in New Orleans has exposed the nation's dirty secrets of race and poverty. Americans are ready to help. Will our leaders show the way?"

Remain silent!, from Salon (watch ad for free site pass). "As they've done after every crisis, right-wingers are insisting that to question the Bush administration is unpatriotic. But no one should be afraid to hold our incompetent leaders to account."

Bush fought funding in Energy Bill for Gulf Coast protection, from Salon (watch ad for free site pass). "The administration strongly opposed the new funding as 'inconsistent with the budget.' "

Anatomy of an unnatural disaster, from Salon (watch ad for free site pass). "With FEMA gutted for Homeland Security and flood projects delayed for lack of funding, the New Orleans nightmare should surprise no one."

A Tragedy By Any Other Name, from Wonkette. "A tipster informs us that down in New Orleans, they have a name for the flood waters that have invaded the city: Lake George. Email attributed by tipster to 'friend at the EPA'..."

Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen? 'Times-Picayune' Had Repeatedly Raised Federal Spending Issues, from Editor & Publsher.

Budget cuts delayed New Orleans flood control work, from Reuters.

Storm disaster fuels doubts over US terror plans, from Reuters.

Gone With the Water, from National Geographic (October 2004). "The Louisiana bayou, hardest working marsh in America, is in big trouble -- with dire consequences for residents, the nearby city of New Orleans, and seafood lovers everywhere."

FEMA Dir. Mike Brown fired from prior job at Horse Association, from Daily Kos.

Nagin's Nightmare: Full Transcript, from Wonkette.