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Lessons from our second hurricane

I truly adore Melissa Harris-Perry. She is extremely thoughtful in her analysis of problems and our political circus. She and her husband, James Perry, have written a great piece in The Nation. Enjoy.

From the Nation:

New Orleans hurricane disasters are who we are.

We met in the aftermath of Katrina, both giving speeches about race and recovery at a fair-housing conference. We attempted our first date during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, but the requisite preparations and family evacuations for Hurricane Gustav made it impossible to connect with each other. On our second date, at President Obama’s inauguration, we co-authored a commentary arguing that his election was possible because the televised suffering of Katrina survivors dramatically changed American public opinion toward President Bush and the Republican Party. We were in love by the time President Obama made his first presidential visit to New Orleans. We took the opportunity to write together again, claiming that the lessons of post-Katrina New Orleans offered a blue print for rebuilding our national economy. Continue reading Lessons from our second hurricane

BP reaches deal on gulf disaster

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It should be no surprise that BP has reached a deal. I suspect that their stock price will jump on Monday.

From WaPo:

BP has reached a settlement with private plaintiffs in a massive lawsuit over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on the eve of a trial in a New Orleans district court.

Read more.

From Nola:

BP and the private plaintiffs in the massive Gulf oil spill litigation have reached a settlement that BP estimates will cost $7.8 billion. But that is an uncapped amount, an the court still must supervise the payment of damages. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier also issued an order delaying the trial for a second time in light of the settlement.

In a statement released late Friday, BP said its settlement with private individual and business claimants includes $2.3 billion specifically for Gulf seafood industry claimants. (more…)

What will Beck say?

Traveling back home today. I’m going to miss Glenn Beck’s Washington party. From the steps of the Lincoln memorial, Mr. Beck is going to do something. Now, I have know idea what Beck is going to say. I have no idea if God will speak through him to the American people.

I do have an idea of what Beck will not say. He will not talk about how Martin Luther King discussed Black children graduating high school reading at 8th or 9th grade level. He will not talk about the high rate of unemployment and under-employment in the Black community. (the other America speech)

I’m positive that Glenn Beck will not talk about why Dr. King was in Memphis before his death. He was there to support the garbage workers’ strike. They needed better pay and better working conditions. I don’t think that Beck will touch that.

Martin Luther King stood up for the poor and those who were not able to influence the politic process. He spoke out against the Vietnam war and voter suppression. I don’t suspect that Beck will cover any of the topics that MLK covered.

I don’t think that he will have anything to say on jobs and corporate privilege. I don’t think that he is worried about the millions of people living in the US without healthcare. I don’t think that he will say anything about green energy and getting off of our oil dependence. I don’t think that he will have much to say about the BP oil spill or the recovery on the gulf coast. I don’t think that he will make any attempt at bringing the country together. He will continue to do what has made him popular. He will divide America with inflammatory rhetoric. He will talk about taking America back. He will attack Obama and liberals. The only question that I have is will he cry and why should America care?