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Sunday, September 11, 2005

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie

    In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

    In Flanders fields. 

Sunday, September 04, 2005

There have been some really ridiculous attacks made on the Bush administration's response to the Katrina disaster. I've been commenting in some places like Winds of Change and Protein Wisdom regarding this. Its a shame that Democrats have decided to use this horrendous disaster to make ludicrous, ignorant and vile attacks. The reality is that there was too much dithering in the Louisiana governor's and New Orleans mayor's office leading up to the hurricane ( Gov. Blanco admitted that the President had to call her and Nagin to urge mandatory evacuation be declared ). As well, the New Orleans city government just collapsed. This briefing by the National Guard commander is pretty interesting and fills in some gaps on the National Guard response but interesting is Gen. Blum's estimate that only one-third of New Orleans' police force is still on duty. That's just one symptom of the failure of preparation and leadership in New Orleans.

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Chief Justice Reinquist leaves the court the only way I think he ever intended to leave.

My condolences to his family.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Some of the responses I've seen to Katrina have been astonishing in their stupidity. The Democratic National Committee has evidently criticized Secretary of State Rice for going shopping when people in New Orleans are suffering.

First of all, the Secretary of State is one of the few cabinet officials in the Administration with absolutely no responsibility for hurricane disaster relief in any form, and literally no resources to allocate to the effort.

But more importantly, it is long long long past time for the Democrats to grow up. The adults in this country are working on serious problems like the Iraq War and the near destruction of a major city. The children should buckle up in the back seat and shut up.

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