You know, it is stories like this one that make me glad the Republicans who run our govenment consistently choose irresponsible tax cuts over, say, strengthening our public health system. A pandemic of human influenza could kill up to 100 million people around the world, a World Health Organization official said today, significantly raising the [...]
Why did the Rev. Jerry Falwell lie on Meet the Press about his offensive remarks following the September 11 terrorist attacks?
The New York Times editorializes against Republican proposals to eliminate the Senate filibuster, and points out how radically some GOPers’ views on the practice have changed now that they are in the majority: Judicial nominees have never been immune from filibusters. When Republicans opposed President Lyndon Johnson’s choice for chief justice, Abe Fortas, they led [...]
During his appearance on Meet the Press, the Chairperson of the 9-11 Commission wisely decided to put a little pressure on the White House. The Associated Press reports: WASHINGTON – It will take pressure by President Bush on the Republican-controlled Congress to ensure passage of bottled-up legislation to overhaul intelligence agencies, the chairman of the [...]
Catching up on some reading, I see that Salon’s Joe Conason has noted how a newly declassified briefing transcript clears Richard Clarke of the de facto perjury charge made by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in the aftermath of Clarke’s testimony before the 9-11 Commission. Yes, someone took the time to write about this instead [...]
You really should read this Daily Kos diary: Darfurian Women Face Rejection After Rapes Make Them Pregnant.
Professor Juan Cole runs down some statistics about the state of the situation in Iraq. No. The situation is not good. When, for example, “94 percent say Baghdad is more dangerous than it was before the war,” I find it hard to believe we are turning a corner.
Basking in the glow of their 51 percent victory in the presidential election, ultra right-wingers are taking off the gloves and going public with their revolutionary plans. Can you guess who would say something such as this? “When the courts make unconstitutional decisions, we should not enforce them. Federal courts have no army or navy… [...]
Really, must we listen to lectures about family values from officials at top levels of a government that creates problems such as this one? As Alternet’s Rachel Neumann writes: Berly Feliz never got a chance to say goodbye to her eight-year old daughter, Virginia. Within hours of trying to be responsible and handing in some [...]
From my friend Howie: just how many video game sounds can you remember from class 80s and 90s games? I was able to get 14 out of 18 correct. Which probably means I should have spent more time working on making my wiffle ball pitches not quite as hittable as they always were… More cool [...]