Daily Archives: September 9, 2005

No Mirror for the Media

I just read another article about how Bush failed the people of New Orleans. The gist of the article was how obvious such a calamity was to forsee and how the scope of the tragedy was preventable (at the hands of Bush and Bush alone – forget all of the other levels of government that have a more direct role, or all of the other previous administrations dating back a hundred years or so). As I read the article something came to me – where were all of that particular writer’s articles on the subject? Indeed, where where any of the media’s reports on this – before the hurricane hit, that is? If the scope of such a tragedy was so forseeable, and concrete action-steps to prevent it were within reach, where was the media outcry? Where were the editorials, analysis and articles?

Last I checked the media has a vital role to play in a democracy, so much so that freedom of the press is enshrined in the constitution. You see, in a representative democracy, people elect law makers to make decisions for us. In order for the public to make informed decisions about who to elect and what policies are best, we rely on the press to inform us. Armed with adequate information, Mary and Joe voter can go out and vote for the candidate that best represents their interests, and/or support a particular interest group that can directly lobby the government.
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Mike Brown Relieved of Katrina Relief Duties

Per the AP, Mike Brown has been relieved of his Katrina Relief duties but is still the head of Fema.

According to Fox News, Vice Admiral Thad Allen of the US Coast Guard has been put in charge of Katrina Relief efforts.

Crescent of Embrace?


When I first heard about the planned memorial for the heroes of Flight 93 it sounded wonderful, windchimes for each person killed in the terrorist hijacking of the plane.

But at the time, there wasn’t a picture of what it would like.

Now there is:
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How could anyone choose this particular design? Don’t they realize what the crescent means as a religious symbol? Didn’t they think about what the terrorists were representing when they committed their heinious acts? Why does it look like they are honoring the terrorists?

Update: Make it a circle. A circle is all encompassing. A circle is never-ending. The symbology of a circle will better memorialize the Heroes of Flight 93.

For more see:
Michelle Malkin
Little Green Footballs
Captain’s Quarters
Zombie Contact addresses here
The Waterglass
Save the GOP
Sensible Mom
Real Clear Politics picture with Islamic State flags for comparison

Life is Good, Creating Life is Amazing

Our baby girl is here (thanks for the post below Kim). I like to think of myself as kind of a manly man, but I’ve gotta tell you – looking into our new baby girl’s eyes brings tears to mine. Tears of happiness to be sure. But I’m also feeling the enormity of life, of existence, of being. She is so fragile and innocent, so close to still being in the womb, yet when I look into her eyes I see a soul in there. I see a little girl who will one day love, and regret, and rejoice. Life is good indeed, but creating life is a whole other ball game.

It's a Girl!

Mrs. 1999 has successfully delivered a beautiful baby girl! and a big one too, 8-1/2 pounds!

Mother and Child are doing very well. Jeff will have more to post later.

Congratulations on the latest addition to the 1999 family!

Thousands of Desperate Columnists…

Via Blogs for Bush comes this link to Slugger O’Toole’s Ill wind may not blow to the Whitehousereprint of an Irish Times column by Newton Emerson.

It begins:

As the full horror of Hurricane Katrina sinks in, thousands of desperate columnists are asking if this is the end of George Bush’s presidency. The answer is almost certainly yes, provided that every copy of the US Constitution was destroyed in the storm. Otherwise President Bush will remain in office until noon on January 20th, 2009, as required by the 20th Amendment, after which he is barred from seeking a third term anyway under the 22nd Amendment.

Go read the rest.

Parental Consent for Abortion – Legal

An Ohio law requiring parental consent for abortions for girls under 18 years old, passed seven years ago, but held in limbo due to court challenges, has been affirmed as constitutional and enforceable by the US District Court in Cincinnati.

There is an exception, where a judge can give the consent in lieu of a parent.

The law also requires women to meet with a doctor 24 hours prior to an abortion so the doctor can tell the woman about the procedure, the risks and alternatives available.

The ACLU filed suit to stop the law one month before it was due to go into effect.

According to the AP:

“Plaintiffs’ evidence does not demonstrate that H.B. 421 imposes undue burdens on the abortion right even when viewed in a highly deferential manner,” said the opinion by Judge Sandra Beckwith, though she said the law might prevent some women or girls from getting abortions.

The ACLU has not yet decided if it will appeal, attorney Carrie Davis said.

Most states have laws requiring either parental consent or notice. In Ohio, minors had already been required by state law to notify their parents but they had not been required to obtain a parent’s consent.

The federal court ruling means the new law is now in effect unless a higher court orders it suspended during an appeal, said Kim Norris, spokeswoman for Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro.

As a parent, I have to give my consent for my daughter to be given an acetominophen tablet at school. I should certainly have to give my consent for a surgical procedure.