157. Thoughts from the news

Thursday, September 08, 2005

A lot is happening in the world today. Courtesy of Alison Kent's blog, we have a link to a post made on Radio Blogger on September 7th. If what is stated in the radio interview is true, the Red Cross is getting the blame that isn’t necessary. They weren’t allowed into the area to help those that desperately needed the help immediately following the tragedy. The division of Homeland Security stopped them.

I don’t even know if I can express how this makes me feel. The reason given for them not being allowed into the area to deliver goods to the Superdome and elsewhere in the city was that if they did come in, the people still there would never want to leave. So, let me get this right. Allow thousands upon thousands of people starve, in hopes this will get them to leave? That’s what it sounds like to me, and that just upsets me.

Other stories coming out of the area include this from Brian Williams’ blog over at MSNBC, in which he talks about something new happening in the area, censorship of the press. One scene described of a guard officer pointing her gun at some members of the media. Sounds definitely like a scary situation. The press has been on top of this story since the tragedy began. Many have been in the area covering the tragedy, and even assisting when they can. Stopping them from doing so just seems so very wrong to me. It is censorship plain and simple.

In news unrelated to Katrina, I’ve also been following the news coming out of California about the bill passing through the assembly and senate that would make gay marriages legal in that state. The bill is now being sent to Gov. Arnold, but it is not clear if he will sign it into law. Even if he does, the law will have a battle to fight. As a writer of gay fiction, I am quite interested in the outcome of this. If the bill does become law, it could mean something huge for the GLBT community. As I’ve stated in the past when the RWA had its definition of romance mess, love is love. It doesn’t matter if it is a man and a woman, two men or two women. It’s the feelings there, and not the body parts used. I really hope this passes, and other states soon follow. California is quite influential when it comes to things of this nature due to its size.

In personal news, my review of last night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance is up on my review blog. I’ve also included a song list since so many viewers miss the songs when the shows air, and are always asking for them afterwards. Tonight is the season premiere of The O.C. I will be watching, and I’ve heard some of the buzz surrounding the episode already. Some good, and some not so good, so I am definitely looking forward to watching.

The football season also gets underway tonight, and I am excited for that as well. I’m a football nut, and I even have a fantasy football team with my brother. We take our team way too seriously, but it is all in good fun.

Still haven’t much time to work on my fiction, but I did do another edit of my completed short last night. It needed to be done. One of the members of my critique group made some good suggestions, and I went through and fixed a few problem areas. One more read through and I think I will send it off.

Hope you have a great day everyone!


Kelly Parra said...

Good luck with the short fic, Gina! I hope it goes well. =)

Heather said...

"Other stories coming out of the area include this from Brian Williams’ blog over at MSNBC, in which he talks about something new happening in the area, censorship of the press."

Rather ironic - not to mention sad and infuriating - that this is happening during the month in which Banned Books Week (Sept 24 -Oct 1) occurs, isn't it? Guess some people in this country (inc. Bush) need to be reminded of the First Ammendment. *sigh*

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