Friday, September 09, 2005

Round the Horn. An Irwin J. McIckleson Production



Hello all. This is Irwin J. McIckleson, 1910's fictional plutocrat. Today, like every Friday, I will be guiding you through a discussion of various posts by members of the Liberal Coalition.

firedoglake has
some news about one of the principles in that bounder Karl Rove's case. Apparently Judith Miller is considering testifying after all, after getting somewhat better legal advice than she had been getting.

Respectful of Otters has
a piece discussing how the Federal Government might have approached the tragedy in New Orleans a bit more forcefully.

rubber hose has
an interesting map of Louisiana. I see there are far more parishes than there were in my day. There is some question about which parishes are getting hurricane relief; but it appears to have been settled.

Rick's Cafe Americaine has
some news about playing poker for charity to help out victims of the recent hurricane.

Speedkill has
a discussion of what the limits of governmental power should be and the morality of taxation. It is a complicated issue; obviously you don't want a strong government that could interfere in the workings of a plutocrats empire. On the other hand having to provide individualized police forces and military units would be a vast drain on a plutocrats funds (although I understand some are willing to pay that price). This may be a bit naive but I would stipulate this is why we have a democracy - to allow the people to express how best to protect plutocratic wealth without interfering in a negative way.

Scrutiny Hooligans
has reports from those who are escaping New Orleans. It is very sad, as you might expect.

The Invisible Library
points out that President Bush apparently ended his vacation early once previously on behalf of one person, but was unable to end his vacation early on behalf of an entire city.

THE NEWS BLOG has a
comments on the person President Bush has put in charge of emergency relief. Apparently he's something of a lay-about.

Steve Bates, the Yellow Doggeral Democrat,
has information about a Bush Administration trick that I have to admire. Apparently they are delaying delivery of individual funds to various victims of the hurricane in hopes that they won't have to distribute all the monies. Apparently they've done this before; promised lots of money and then failed to deliver. It is a smart policy; more people will remember the announcement of charity than the charity itself. Still in this case the main priority should probably be providing help to the people in New Orleans and surrounding areas who need it.

At any rate, I hope you all enjoy a productive weekend, and I will see you next week.

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