I love Hank Stuever. In today’s Post, he called Ashcroft "God’s own Neil Sedaka." His whole article is good; funny at first:
It feels like your pew is missing its hymnal. You need to shape up, sit up, get with the program, and don’t even think about giggling. Everyone is looking uphill, booing at the arrival of John Kerry on the Jumbotron screen, cheering wildly for . . . Dan and Marilyn Quayle, who have arrived via a time machine that seems always set to keep on redelivering them to this celebratory morning and vantage point.
and then serious:
At Eighth and E streets NW, about 1:20 p.m., a bunch of kids come running around the corner by the Ginger Cove restaurant, past the Penn Camera store. The protesters are wearing black hooded sweatshirts, and red leotards, and gas masks, ski masks, goggles, and for a second you don’t know if they’re running toward something or away from it until you see cops chasing them, too, and weapons being drawn and arms flailing. Everyone has a camera or a picture phone or a digital recorder. Bystanders scramble out of the way. The crowd flows down toward the FBI building. Snipers watch from above.
I’m glad I stayed at home.
I’m in pain, some guy is singing John Ashcroft’s "Let the Eagle Soar" song right now at the inauguration, as the President and the First Lady make their way through the bowels of Congress. The only part that wasn’t too awful, was when ABC got the sound screwed up and all I could hear was the echoes of people walking through the hall. But now what’s-his-name is singing about the letting the Eagle soar from rocky coast to distant shore. At least Ashcroft isn’t singing it himself. Ah, according to Peter Jennings, the song was a special request from Vice President Dick Cheney. Maybe he’s not a robot after all?
When a fetal death occurs without medical attendance, it shall be the woman’s responsibility to report the death to the law-enforcement agency in the jurisdiction of which the delivery occurs within 12 hours after the delivery. A violation of this section shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Furthermore, this bill means that a woman who experiences a spontaneous loss of pregnancy will have her privacy violated significantly more than if she had chosen an abortion. Though Virginia requires that induced terminations of pregnancy be reported, those reporting forms require only a ?patient number? and information on the procedure. The ?report of fetal death? asks for the woman?s full name, her history of prenatal care, her marital status, her education history, her previous deliveries (if any), and a number of other very intrusive data items.