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Renewed faith

The beginnings of Gitmo

There was no reason not to believe that our egregious treatment of detainees was the Bush administration’s fault, but it’s nice to read how the military initially reacted to the task at hand (managing detainees) and to highlight exactly where the blame needs to fall – not on the servicemen and women, but the civilian administrators who ordered harsh treatment and denied the Geneva convention.

Even though I knew that the Obama administration would be a huuge change in tone and message from the Bush administration, it’s always nice to get shining reminders of that fact and to realize we’re hopefully returning to an America with integrity.

Thank God

Obama lifts the global gag rule!

Thank God we finally have a president with brains and common sense again!

“We look forward to working with President Obama on common-sense policies such as reversing Bush’s midnight HHS rule, funding comprehensive sex education to keep our teens healthy, and increasing access to affordable family planning that help prevent unintended and teen pregnancies and lead to healthy outcomes for women,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“We know from available evidence that voluntary access to contraception is the best way to reduce the number of abortions in the developing world,” said Dana Hovig of Marie Stopes International, a London-based group that provides reproductive health care in 43 countries and was denied U.S. funding under the policy. “We now have an opportunity to demonstrate this fact once and for all.”

The International Planned Parenthood Federation estimates it lost about $100 million in U.S. funding in the past eight years, which it estimates could have prevented 36 million pregnancies and 15 million abortions. That does not include funding that was cut off to its affiliates, such as programs in Kenya and Ghana.

“This is the true legacy of the global gag rule,” Greer said.

Trivial as these issues may seem next to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the crumbling economy, these are some of the issues I’m most passionate about.  The Bush administration’s insistence on abstinence-only sex-education for students and their refusals to allow women to control their own bodies and to allow people to protect themselves are completely infuriating.  I’m excited we’re moving forward.

I won’t preach tonight, maybe some other time.


Re-administration of the oath of office

I know reporters are supposed to be unbiased, but I love the line 

“After flubbing his one role on Inauguration Day — administering the oath of office to Obama — Roberts traveled to the White House to re-administer the oath.”

At least they’re sure now

Inauguration fever

Although I am in Paris, I had a wonderful inauguration evening.  I watched it in a crowded Canadian bar full of American students.  It was the quietest I’ve ever heard a crowded bar.

The oath upset me, I already don’t like Justice Roberts, why couldn’t he get it right?  This is one GOOD thing he might do in his career and he flubbed it.

I thought the speech was good, but not as moving as some of his others.

Here’s my post-mortem

Did Obama really sport a bullet-resistant suit? (that was the article I got to following links from other websites, I have no idea if it’s true or not)

The speech Obama gave Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial was also a good one…

My favorite moment (which was actually after the fact):

The first couple’s first dance to Beyonce’s cover of “At Last” (which was really quite good).  I know it’s more of a love song, but I like the double meaning and how happy they look dancing. 

All in all, as exciting as it would have been to be in Washington, I wouldn’t’ve gone down to the Mall, it was waaaay too cold and crowded.  I mean, traffic jams at 5 am?  There’s a much better view from the TV…

Ding dong the witch is dead

Cheney moves boxes?  Somehow I think THIS is more likely the sort of thing that hurt his back…

I wish I could be there…

but then again maybe not….  Do you see the 5:21 am time stamp?