Somewhere, over the rainbow, a blog is born. A blog for Kansas. A blog for America. A blog by a reporter with a difficult-to-pronounce last name. But most importantly, a blog that is AMERICA'S ONLY PLACE dedicated to the vital intersection of politics and Sunflowers. The Heartland gods nod in wise approval.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Terror in Training

Posting early today, as I'm spending the entire day in Knight Ridder terror training for the convention. A necessary, slightly unnerving evil -- good for blog fodder (stay tuned) but bad for the psyche. But hey -- if the orange-alert catastrophe comes, KR's prepared.

Security's a continuing theme at the conventions. Although The Washington Post reports that fewer Americans are concerned about terrorism than they were a year ago, most Americans aren't going to be in Boston, a.ka. Target City. The Kansas Democratic Party picks up the theme on its convention-and-blog site, and you can read all about precautions here, along with ongoing dark conspiracy theories about how Republicans are plotting to use terror threats to postpone the election -- a concept that Kansas Republicans reject.

And that's where that all is. Today's DC report focuses on Sen. Pat Roberts' ongoing quest into the massive intelligence failures that helped provoke a war. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's got the spotlight right now, with her proposed cabinet-level Director of National Intelligence, which seems to be gaining momentum. Roberts is noncommittal, ready to spend a lot of time on it, etc. Back in the Sunflower State, the Eagle Eye (not to be confused with the Evil Eye)  notes a new immigration lawsuit that's coming into play in the Kansas 3rd GOP primary, one of the hottest in the nation.

(Note on the Evil Eye: According to the link provided above, the concept transcends culture: "In Hebrew it is ayin ha'ra (the evil eye), which in Yiddish is variously spelled ayin horoh, ayin hora, or ayen hara. In mainland Italian it is mal occhio (the bad eye) and in Spanish mal ojo or el ojo (the bad eye or just the eye). In Sicily it is jettatore (the projection [from the eye]) and in Farsi it is bla band (the eye of evil)." Remember that at your next dinner party.)

On the GOP convention front, Sen. Sam Brownback's been added to the New York speaker roster.  He's been in Israel, telling Knesset members the U.S. should move its embassy to Jerusalem -- in part to get President Bush more votes.

That's the story, morning glories -- more on terror training later today.