Saturday, January 06, 2007

News Notes

Well this has gotta make you feel good huh?
The Army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.
The letters were sent a few days after Christmas to more than 5,100 Army officers who had recently left the service. Included were letters to about 75 officers killed in action and about 200 wounded in action.

Here's a part of a post from a rightie blog I frequent.“People in our government say free flu shots for all kids and forced lower prescription drug prices....That causes drug companies to stop making the drugs that they are forced to sell for less money and hurt people looking for new medicine. “
Now here is the latest from the real world:
The government approved the first drug for obese canines on Friday. Called Slentrol, the Pfizer Inc. drug is aimed at helping fat Fidos shed extra pounds.
Maybe they could put that doggie money toward helping people live?

Oh, I am so surprised...not
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said yesterday that he believes top officials in the Bush administration have privately concluded they have lost Iraq and are simply trying to postpone disaster so the next president will "be the guy landing helicopters inside the Green Zone, taking people off the roof," in a chaotic withdrawal reminiscent of Vietnam.
The party of personal responsibility strikes again.

Unintended Consequences?
A foundation in Richmond, Va. that promotes socially conservative values is fighting to make divorce more difficult.
Seems to me we should be making marriage more difficult. Regardless wouldn't many just choose not to get married and “live in sin” if they found the onus of marriage and divorce too restrictive?

How obvious is it that this is not “Fair and Balanced”

From Digby
I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Welcome 2007

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have been spending time reading and commenting on other blogs to get perspective and in a wait and see mode since the election. I am interested if the right will shift their rhetoric. The answer to this seems to be no at this point. I still see them calling a majority of Americans unamerican troop haters, Saddam lovers et al, at least among the squakers and bloggers. They are still trying to defend the rich and the multinational corporations while demeaning the poor and underpaid. They are still moving the target for the war and moving the blame. The newest to blame is apparently now one of their own..Gen. Casey. How many times can one point out reality and have it denied by the radical right. How can their fantasy be penetrated? I am not sure it can. Those that are remaining are on the fringe but have no idea they are. They still think they are a part of a great American movement. They have no idea that their ideas were given a chance and failed miserably. Excuses, Excuses , blame somebody else, usually Clinton, draw analogies that are totally meaningless to those who use an ounce of thought. 40,oo0 people die in car accidents. All this has been debunked to the satisfaction of all but the most wingnut of righties.
Thanks for hanging with me and special thanks to those who comment and add more stuff for our reading. You are the ones that I really appreciate. I'll have more posts soon. Happy New Year to everyone. Here is hoping the real world, especially in America is able to move from division and despair to unity and hope.