Stewart Simonson, the Bush administration’s “point man for just about every health emergency that may hit our shores, ranging from anthrax attacks to an avian flu pandemic,” has resigned. It’s about time: Simonson had “no background in medicine, public health, or bioterrorism preparedness.”
The Bush administration “has rejected hurricane disaster-recovery loans at a higher rate than any other administration in the last 15 years.” Katrina victims aren’t taking the neglect sitting down. Yesterday they joined Iraq war veterans in a march against the Bush administration.
The FBI undertook surveillance of a Pennsylvania antiwar group, the Thomas Merton Center. An FBI memo noted that the group passed out leaflets claiming “Iraq does not possess weapons of mass destruction,” and that “one of the leaflet distributors ‘appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent.’”
Conservative Washington state columnist Adele Ferguson promotes school vouchers, defends slavery: “The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people.”
Just in time for Sunshine Week, the Pentagon’s NORAD reportedly ordered that a transcript from an open, public hearing in January be removed from the web. “That’s a new one, with Big Brotherish overtones.” Read more