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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron good points all. Regarding the drug companies and their products, the laws inacted in recent Congresses have allowed them ever higher profits and protection for their "free market" bidness. If they can't or won't make their products for the needs of people under different conditions then allow its production and distribution to be done by the government. Its just further proof that an unregulated market can only incidentally provide for the needs of people.

As for the Richmond group and their views on marraige, as with anything else these authoritarians and dominianists use it to enslave others and always have. They are the enimies of humaninty and there can not be justice in the world until they are treated as such.

Larry in New Mexico

1:19 PM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

The right keeps saying that less money for the drug companies will mean they can't make the drugs that help us. How are the biggest companies with access to the best minds unable to do this. Throwing money at it is not going to make it any better. Just cost people that need it more.
The Richmond group is the remenats of the Puritian movement. I admire there goals but reject their solutions. They have the right to rant. They have a right to propose. We have the right to reject them as religious fringe.

2:59 AM, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doudt the fault of "liberals", "outside agitators", "America haters" and "terrorists". This.

Larry in New Meixco

4:46 PM, January 11, 2007  

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