Hey, thanks Rick.Comment Posted By Jay On 15.11.2005 @ 10:12
Here is a compromise. They definitely don't have any right to a U.S. trial. However, something should happen to keep people from torturing them. However, the definition of torture should be defined allowing some roughing em up in there. No making them naked bowling pins, but slapping them around, absolutely.Comment Posted By Jay On 15.11.2005 @ 09:50
The ever popular? lol! You need to call me again.Comment Posted By Jay On 14.10.2005 @ 19:10
Happy birthday to your blog!Comment Posted By Jay On 23.09.2005 @ 09:57
Are these supposed to be examples of successful Federal Programs?
"The interstate highway system, the public Internet, the FDA, SEC, and FCC."
The Interstate highway system, although conceived and funded (largely) through federal dollars, was executed at the state and local level. Still, I wonder if those driving through traffic here in Atlanta, or LA, think this is a terribly succesful program.
The public Internet? I am not sure we can give the Federal government too much credit for the Internet, other than their willingness to fund DARPA and their (so far) ability to keep their hands off it. It's pretty much a public/private partnership, and anyone with a semi-technical background would understand that the Internet isn't some wonderful huge network that the Feds maintain and we all connect to.
The FDA? Please!
The SEC? You seem to not like Enron or WorldCom, and yet, this is an agency held up as a success?
The FCC? The agency that presides over the current cable monopoly system. I hardly call them a success.
In all those cases, the free market, yes, with it's focus on unyielding efficiency and maximization of profit, would provide better solutions than any of the aforementioned examples.
In the case of N.O. though (returning to topic), the one successful, federally-managed organization to be able to have a success here, is the all-volunteer, US Military. The one time people we cheered in NO was when these guys arrived, for they knew that someone who knew a little something about operating in duress was there.
Were Blanco and Nagin nearly criminally incompetent? Yes. Nagin couldn't hold his police department together, and his constant complaining only painted him as a poor leader who could do little other than complain. Blanco failed to aggressively bring the Louisiana National Guard into the city and declare martial law (in fact, both had to be pressured by GWB to issue the mandatory evacuation order).
Was Bush slow to respond? I am not sure, the levees didn't break until late Monday, and he was over the city on Tuesday.
The bottom line for us politically is that this disaster shows that Liberals want the Federal Government to be an all powerful nanny state, taking care of our every need, while conservatives still believe that which governs closest, governs best, and governs least. Interestingly, we saw that in MS and AL, and in FL last year in most cases.Comment Posted By Jay On 5.09.2005 @ 23:02
I think it is important to realize that this disaster is really nothing new to the nation's disaster mitigation and relief agencies.
Yes, it appears to be larger than many in recent times, but the same sorts of things have been dealt with in the past. Hurricane Andrew was one such example. The midwest floods on 1993 is another. In that one, 250,000 people were without water in one day, in Des Moines, Iowa. Granted, some people are still feeling the long-term effects of Andrew and others, but that event didn't signal the end of Western Society as we know it, and neither will this one. As we read this, unprecedented amounts of aid, manpower, and resources are being surged toward the region. People are being rescued, relocated, and set up in refuges. Plans are being made to mitigate and repair the damage. All these things take some time, and massive cooperation and coordination, but they are happening.
The best thing we can do, if we're not directly involved, is to not give up on the area. Keep supporting the Red Cross and Salvation Army, so they can provide the support they ALREADY KNOW HOW to give. The disaster services folks, KNOW HOW to get the resources where they are needed. The Guard, and civilian authorities, like FEMA, KNOW HOW to deal with this. Give them the time and support they need to do their jobs.Comment Posted By Jay On 31.08.2005 @ 14:19
Lots of good ones this week.Comment Posted By Jay On 30.08.2005 @ 14:14
Thank you so much Rick.Comment Posted By Jay On 21.08.2005 @ 11:08
I'm glad to see some people pointing out this woman's absurdity and looniness, cuz the MSM is ignoring it.Comment Posted By Jay On 15.08.2005 @ 10:02
Great research, great job.Comment Posted By Jay On 15.08.2005 @ 06:34