Monday, April 24, 2006

BushCo. The Cause of More 9-11 Deaths

There was, of course, the well known PDB; "bin Laden determined to attack in the US." Something close to 3,000 deaths can be placed on their non-existent consciouses.

In the immediate aftermath there ware FEMA and EPA officials telling New Yorkers that the debris and fumes coming from ground zero were safe. Just like other decisions and non-decisions, this one has had its deadly effects.

The government's point man on Sept. 11 health programs said he is worried that an autopsy linking a retired detective's death to recovery work at ground zero may be a warning sign of other life-threatening cases.

Dr. John Howard also said it will take time to determine whether there is a scientific link between deaths and exposure to toxic dust. Some epidemiologists have said it will take 20 years or more to prove such a link.
More deaths linked directly to the incompetence of BushCo. and their cronies. More reasons not to trust them in anything they do.

Not that we needed more...

Monday, April 03, 2006

Signs of Erosion

On the hill behind my house, in a bare path of dark, moist earth, there are little gullies carved into the dirt. It's been raining here lately and the water, streaming down hill has carved these little signs, left this evidence of the slow erosion of the ridge my house sits on. Depending on how much it rains and on many other factors, my house might be safe for eons. Or it could be washed down into the valley below in an instant.

Our political landscape can sometimes be read just like the a real landscape. You need only know how to read the signs, how to interpret the evidence left behind. Policies and actions that are hurtful to the body politic can leave behind small signs like those in my back yard, or they can alter the political landscape like the landslides in Hawaii this week.

One such sign - among so many lately - is this:

Not a single doctor in South Dakota will perform an abortion, which is why Dr. Miriam McCreary has come out of retirement.

Once or twice a month, the 70-year-old grandmother takes a 45-minute flight from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to perform abortions at the last clinic in the state willing to offer the procedure.
From close enough, following the laws of fractals, the small clefts in the dirt behind my house look like miniature Grand Canyons. It's only a matter of the amount of dirt and rock removed. And once started, such scars grow more rapidly with each new rainfall. Such is the possibility of the erosion of more rights should South Dakota's new and still-untested abortion ban survive its almost certain Supreme Court challenge. And if more states should try the Constitutional waters with their own bans, not only womens' rights will be at risk. Emboldened by any success - or even perceived success - conservatives and the religious fundamentalists who hang from them like leeches - will press for other so-called family friendly or religiously sanctioned inroads on all of our rights.

This is dangerous territory that South Dakota has set us all upon. What has started as a series of small rivulets in the landscape of American politics could be turned into a veritable Badlands of restrictive, fundamentalist and intrusive laws and the near permanent erosion of our valuable and vital civil rights.