Friday, August 29, 2003
The procedure had allowed minority legislators to block passage of a Republican redistricting plan in the first special session.
In their lawsuit, the Democratic senators argue that the change of procedure is a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act because it could dilute the influence of minority voters.
Kazen told Democratic lawyers that he believes the Voting Rights Act would apply to any plan passed by the Legislature but not to the process of passing the plan.
"The Legislature is not in session now, and it makes perfect sense to allow our senators to return home to their families and their jobs pending the outcome of a hearing before the three-judge panel," Hicks said.
Winning Council Entry:
Endgame / Reality Check by Exultate Justi
Winning Non-Council Entry:
The Long Road Home by L.T. Smash
The entries were fantastic this week and deciding which post to vote for was very difficult. (Although I did vote for both winners so I must have good taste!) If you find any posts you think should be considered, please let myself or another council member know.
Rough is a bit mild in describing the past day which the earth’s rotation has mercifully ended. An hour into my workday, I wiped out a portion of a new client’s data. I was cleaning up some issues and found a configuration problem in the test dataset. I deftly resolved that problem and realized that it may have corrupted a few files in the live dataset. This was not a problem; the live dataset is not being used yet as the client is not “live”. I jumped over to the live directory and blew away the offending data. The document tracking file also had content, but a few keystrokes later that was also no longer an issue.
I glanced at one other related file and saw entries there too…and then the light went on as the acid valve in my stomach opened. A quick call to the project manager (onsite) to ask the question, “They aren’t posting data into the live system yet, are they?” Her affirmative response confirmed my fears but it could have been much worse. She said she would take care of the problem.
A few hours later, I was informed that a key functionality was not functional. The issue was a core function which was configured to happen automatically but did not happen at all when using my custom module. Although I had never seen this particular function before, it needed to be operational for a demo within three hours. It was not relevant that there was no documentation, design specs or even file layouts to assist me.
I knew that I would ultimately have to create these records myself, so my first goal was to create a sample record which I could dissect. After mucking around in programs I had never used before, I managed to create a “Clinical Task” and started looking in the raw data to resolve the following mildly important information: What file are these “Clinical Tasks” records stored in, and what data elements does each record contain. This approach to my problem is called Reverse Engineering. I studied engineering in college, and I am of the opinion that a course dedicated to this approach to problem solving should be part of every undergraduate program. After three hours of frantic analysis, coding and testing, the manually automated creation of “Clinical Tasks” was both functional and installed.
I ended the day performing a demo for the client of all the latest features (bug fixes) and the portions of the module which they had not yet seen. They received it fairly well, although the demo/meeting went very long. Ending the call at 7:00pm, I rushed to the kitchen to find my family finishing up their dinner. Mine was cool but very palatable. The topic of discussion was the package which had arrived today. My parents had sent birthday gifts. The Queen’s (may she live forever) special day was last Monday and Number Two Son is turning 10 on Saturday.
My son, being finished with his dinner, opened the package and found several presents inside. My mom has a habit of sending a minor gift for each child whose birthday it is not, which is a great idea and well received by my kids. There were serious presents for the birthdays as well as small gifts for the remaining two kids. No, there was not anything for me - save an empty box, now filled with tears. (It’s ok Mom – you can make it up on my next birthday!)
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Thursday, August 28, 2003
No injuries were reported in the blasts, which hit around 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. outside two separate buildings, Chiron spokesman John Gallagher said.
ELF needs the Al Qaeda treatment. Their assets need to be frozen and their members need to be questioned. Organizations that provide their funding need to be checked out as well. Groups like PETA and ELF are free to hold any ideology they desire. They are free to assemble and lobby for legislation that favors their views. However, they are not free to infringe on the property rights of others. The War on Terror applies to these organizations too.
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
We are still waiting for Allah's official response to this article.
- Of course Cain killed Abel. He was obviously suffering either from bipolar disorder, low blood sugar, emotional abuse as a child, or societal neglect.
- "The Last Supper" didn't offer an option for people on gluten-free diets, and the fat content on the food was not labeled.
- God should have spent the seventh day not resting, but rather going around putting warning stickers on all potentially dangerous, really pointy things.
Canadians must send a photo with 'a neutral expression -- that means no laughing, smiles, frowning,' said ministry spokeswoman Suzanne Meunier.
'The mouth must be closed,' she added. "
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
California schools to curtail homework from Four Right Wing Wackos
Amnesty by Another Name from Junkyard Blog
NHS 'should offer free IVF' from Samizdata.net
Quotes, context, and spin from The Volokh Conspiracy
Open Range - a review from One Hand Clapping
Dept. of Our Collapsing Schools from The Smallest Minority
The 19-year-old wanted to access the president's website, something he couldn't do under restricted and tightly controlled Internet service during Saddam Hussein's rule.
UPDATE: Power Line has a picture of the cafe here.
Monday, August 25, 2003
Israel responded with force, killing principals in the offending organization. The U.N. responded by blaming the United States. Now the Indians have responded with caution per this FT.com article:
Mr Advani said earlier bomb attacks in Bombay had been carried out by the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, in conjunction with the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group.
But this time he appeared to caution against the apportioning of instant blame. "We must await the findings of a full police investigation," he said.
His relatively muted reaction contrasts with the immediate response to earlier incidents.
In December 2001, a suicide attack on India's parliament that claimed 12 lives was immediately blamed on Lashkar-e-Taiba. The attack was followed by a tense nine-month stand-off with Pakistan that twice almost led to war.
Similarly, an arson attack last year on a train, which killed 58 Hindu passengers, was blamed on a suspected Islamist group. The incident was followed by some of the worst communal strife in India's recent history.
The latest attack comes in the midst of what Atal Behari Vajpayee, India's prime minister, has called his "third and final" attempt at peace with neighbouring Pakistan. Although the four-month-old initiative has been slow to produce results, Mr Vajpayee is believed to be strongly committed to its continuation.
Diplomacy will never be successful with those who choose not to abide by the rules. They respect neither the rules of civilized warfare, nor the rules of negotiated peace. To these people, cease-fire is literally translated as “reload your weapon”.
Everyone has seen the western or the action thriller where the villain is on the ropes and the hero shows mercy. Instead of getting what he deserves, this scoundrel is granted another opportunity to reform. Yet the only opportunity that is taken is one last attempt to kill the hero once his back is turned. Reform never was an option.
So it is in this situation. Reform does not seem to be an option. The hearts of those who have been surrounded by this culture of death and raised for the purpose of hate and destruction are as black as coal and as hardened as diamonds.
What is the appropriate response? It has to be fierce unrelenting pursuit against those who would perpetuate evil, coupled with an equally fierce support for those who would opt to exit the cycle of ruin. Provide no hope for those who would choose evil, and unlimited hope for those who would not. This is the U.S. goal in Iraq. Take out the bad guys with deadly force while rebuilding the schools and infrastructure so those who choose to trade their weapons for a plow can improve their situation.
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Now U.S. troops who have picked up AKs on raids or confiscated them at checkpoints are putting the rifles to use - and they like what they see.
Some complain that standard U.S. military M16 and M4 rifles jam too easily in Iraq's dusty environment. Many say the AK has better 'knockdown' power and can kill with fewer shots.
The survey released Saturday showed that 49 percent of registered voters would not back the president for a second term if the vote were held now. Forty-four percent would support Mr. Bush's re-election.