All of these posts are on topics that I wanted to address in individual posts, but I’ll instead I’ll stand with the work of these other fine bloggers:
Kathy Kinsley reminds us that USA Patriot Act is not being used against terrorism exclusively. From the article she linked:
“There are many provisions in the Patriot Act that can be used in the general criminal law,” Mark Corallo, a department spokesman, said. “And I think any reasonable person would agree that we have an obligation to do everything we can to protect the lives and liberties of Americans from attack, whether it’s from terrorists or garden-variety criminals.”
The Justice Department uses the laws on the books. It is popular to bash John Ashcroft lately, but even if he does not return for a second term (assuming a Bush re-election) the Patriot Act laws will still be on the books. The next Attorney General will be duty bound to enforce them, and use the latitudes they provide on ANY case. Congress passed this law, and unless the Courts feel like legislating (which is unfortunately all too common), Congress is to only place to affect a change. Every member of the House is up for election this next year. People opposed to the Patriot Act would be wise to start there…
BigWig notes a Glen Frazier post detailing his hectic life. Perhaps knowing that someone else is busier than me is just what the doctor ordered. I’ve got to go change a diaper, finish a report, clean the dishes, gas up the car, etc…
If you’ve not been following the Mephan hazing incident, here’s your chance to catch up. It’s a sickening story. Michele is on the case, which means you’ll be getting better reporting than the dead tree crew is providing.
Deb covers a local story (for me) of a four year old who killed his sister and injured his half brother when he found a loaded semi-automatic weapon in their house. Neither parent was home at the time. I just defer to her rant.