Mourning In America

A New York Democrat on politics, journalism, and the Mets

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Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Happy New Year! MIA has been on an abbreviated publishing schedule to the holiday, and due to the author's childcare responsibilities, which for some reason interfere with his web-browsing time. Thanks for your support this year, and look forward to more frequent update as the election year dawns.

Off-Message Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., threw a wrench into the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to leaven its terror threat warnings with happy talk by telling a Hartford television station that he would not go to Times Square "for anything." He also criticized Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge, saying it was irresponsible to make people think they did not need to take precautions.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg took to NBC's Today Show to retort that the congressman should have more confidence in the "world's greatest police department," and to suggest that former Prisoner of War Shoshana Johnson could have a few things to teach Shays about courage.

Did he really want to liken the risk of attending New Year's Eve in Times Square to the risks faced by U.S. soldiers in battle?