Rush Limbaugh said today that he will leave the country if the health care reform bill passes. He said he'd go to Costa Rica, but if he's principled, he'll have to go somewhere else: Costa Rica has universal health coverage. Rush could have some real problems finding a place to live in the style to … Continue reading Limbaugh could be between a rock and a place with universal health care.
Democrats in the House of Representatives have proposed a bill that would legislatively create a twenty-year period of “Post-Birth Fetal Development,” during which abortion would be completely illegal. Rep. Roberta Goldwaithe, the bill’s primary sponsor, thinks this is an idea whose time has come. “Neurologists have established that the human brain isn’t completely developed through … Continue reading Proposed Post-Birth Abortion Ban Could Shut Down Iraq War
Dick Cheney’s jet, Air Force 2, was attacked by a suicide bomber, specifically a bird that threw itself into the right engine just before the jet's landing at O’Hare airstrip. No particular group of birds has claimed responsibility for the attack, though analysts believe the VP’s favorite prey -- farm-raised quail -- were involved. Cheney, unharmed but … Continue reading The Swiftian news
Using meaningless language is a standard tool of politics, brought to high art by the present administration. Dick Cheney has added a new gloss on the old game, repeating an old argument about Iraq that has lost all meaning. Here's the way Cheney put it recent speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee 2007 … Continue reading Cheney’s Empty Argument On Iraq
It appears that Anna Nicole Smith, like any great artist, is more popular dead than alive -- at least as measured by the continuing stream of stories about her in papers, magazines and news shows. The media's mock self-reflection involved reaches new levels. There are stories about her, then stories about the media's fascination with … Continue reading Anna Nicole Smith is still successfully dead; VP Cheney still unsuccessfully alive
Playboy Magazine's site contains an excellent, recent article on the Bush administration's efforts to minimize the existence and human costs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) left untreated in troops returning from Iraq. Mental health problems tend to be easy to ignore. There are no physical scars, or missing limbs. The public prefers to believe troops … Continue reading An historical description of PTSD
Ed, I know we haven't always seen eye to eye, but today you've won my heart. Today you had the nerve to ask Bush why the hell anyone should trust his accusations that Iranian weapons are being used against Americans in Iraq. Bush was clearly shocked that anyone would suggest his administration would fabricate evidence … Continue reading Ed Henry, My Valentine
Germany — An enemy of the US during the early 1940’s. At that time, Germany was led by Adolf Hitler, a very bad man. America and its allies (including the USSR, led at the time by Joseph Stalin) fought and defeated Hitler. USSR — An enemy of the US during Cold War, from the mid-1940’s … Continue reading A Short Primer on Select Enemies of the United States
In case you haven't heard the really big news: Anna Nicole Smith died on February 8, 2007. Of course you probably have heard all about it. A quick Google news search of her name and the word "died" indicate over 3,000 hits at this time, 8 p.m. Eastern, Feb. 9. In other news, 33 Americans … Continue reading This Just In
I recently had the opportunity to interview the Director of the Executive Non-Communications Office in Washington, D.C. It had been trying to contact ENCO for years, but they never returned my calls, so you can imagine my pleased surprise when I received the invitation. I arrived at the State Department HQ at the appointed time, … Continue reading Mum’s the Word
The upcoming escalation.... excuse me, "augmentation"... of 21,500 US troops in Iraq has been reduced to political football. Most of the press concentrates on the political battle, which begs the question -- is Bush right? Is there evidence that additional troops at this time will make some significant difference? Bush defined the strategy of the … Continue reading Bush takes a do-over
I've become confused about some pretty basic facts concerning the "War in Iraq". And I'm concerned I might not be the only one. Who are the parties to this war? Who is the enemy? Perhaps most importantly, to paraphrase Colin Powell, how do we know when we're done? I know that whatever we're doing in … Continue reading How do we know we’re done?