Sunday, September 4, 2005

i tried

and i failed. but that's what happens when i work. i work, i come home, i sleep.

job: excellent. i even won a server and i no longer have to pay for hosting where i work.

concerts: dave was last night. without a doubt the best dave concert i've ever been to, and i've been to every dallas date for a number of years now. this year was unusual tho: i at least recognized every single number. they played an astounding seven tunes from their latest album, stand up. they didn't play my fav tune, tho, which will soon be appearing here, as soon as i can transcribe everything.

i believe firmly in the "best available" idea. for this show, that meant i landed fan club seats in the front section, boyd's side, 8th row. it costs a lot sometimes -- $250 a seat for stones tickets through scalpers. and every time sue complains about the expense.

and then when we get to the show she's glad we went.

kids: ian is in school, the special ed class for 3 year olds. he's getting better about being willing to go there every morning. mom walks him to school, and it's a nice routine. there are three other four kids in his class, and except for the kids with a phyiscal issue with his hands i don't know what the other kids have going on with them.

hurricane: a complete and utter disaster, both in terms of the human cost, and in terms of the pre-disaster planning. but this is what happens when you vote for republicans. things i've observed:

- the federal government had ample warning that this store would come ashore a second time. almost a week passed between first and second landfalls, and the hurricane came ashore a second time. yet it still took three days to put together something even approaching a disaster response.

- new orleans is 60% black, and 60% poor. the people who are least likely to get out of the path of an oncoming storm are poor. take a look at pictures of the superdome. you don't see many white people there. why is this? because, in our society, poor people aren't valued as humans too.

there are (were) thousands of busses in southern louisiana, and something on the order of 40,000 slammed the superdome. why could not a caravan of those busses -- even commandeered school busses -- be used to ferry those people away from the storm, rather than leave them stranded in a place built below sea level?

it was well known that the leeves in new orleans were built to withstand a category 3 hurricane. in 2004 the bush administration cut funding for the us army corps of engineers, including repair and improvement of the leeves in new orleans, to fund the mess in iraq.

we have supposedly activated something on the order of 50,000 national guards from around the country to help with the relief effort? why could they not have been called prior to the storm coming ashore, so that they would be in position and ready to move in as soon as the storm passed? i honestly can not imagine any guardsman who would complain about such a call-up, even if they had returned from iraq the previous day. this is the kind of thing many of our citizen soldiers signed up to do. instead, they waited until several days after the disaster to do the call-up, which meant another several-day delay as our guardsmen were notified, reported, and were moved in.

this disaster was entirely predictible and preventable. i'm saddened at the piss-poor impementation by our government, but not surprised.

the chief justice has died. while this isn't exactly a surprise (he was 80 and had aggressive cancer), it is both sad and frightening.

chances are pretty good that our chief justice will be antonin scalia, a strict-constructionist who believes that the constitution is a static document, and that the rights the framers' envisioned are the only ones we should have. which is to say, our panapoly of rights as citizens can't move with the times; it must, instead, stay stuck in the late 18th century.

we now have an 8-member court; a 4-4 decision means that the lower court holding is affirmed. remember that o'conner is still a member of the court, because her retirement is only effective when her successor is confirmed.

still, shrub getting a second justice is a frightening prospect. he chooses judges that continue to live in the 18th and 19th centuries, who look at women as property, who favor the rights of moneyed interests and corporations over the rights of living people, and who are inclined to permit the injection of christianity into public life.

until a new chief justice is selected, the court will be presided over by the most senior associate justice, john paul stevens.

that's all for today.

1 comment:

  1. So, how do you think the other justices feel about shrub appointing Roberts as chief? What a serious kick in the ass.