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September 26, 2005
Glancing At the News

Nigeria. Security Men Terrorise Villagers As Chevron Resumes Production

SECURITY men deployed to protect the Idama Flow Station owned by US oil giant, Chevron, Saturday, invaded a nearby village, severely beating the residents during a hunt for stolen weapons.

New Orleans. Getting Home Before It's Gone

As corporations get rich, real estate developers circle and Katrina evacuees resettle far from home, grassroots organizations are shifting from relief to demanding the right of return.

Washington D.C. Government By Temper Tantrum

Bush responds to women's health official's resignation by appointing a veterinarian.

Update: FDA Commissioner Crawford Resigns

Crawford, a veterinarian and a food safety expert, became FDA deputy commissioner in 2002 and later became acting agency commissioner. The Senate confirmed Crawford as permanent FDA commissioner in July. Christina Pearson, a spokesperson for HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, declined to comment on whether the Bush administration had asked Crawford to resign, which she called a personnel issue. One federal official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the resignation involved financial information Crawford did not fully disclose to the Senate before his confirmation

Hillbilly country Pennsylvania. Evolution Debate In Federal Court

Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial, the latest legal chapter in the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools is to unfold in federal court.

(Ed. - That site's redesign is ugly and obnoxious.)

Afghanistan. New guns, new drive for Taliban

An internal debate within the Taliban - whether to launch increasingly aggressive attacks against the US-led coalition or to allow the insurgency to bleed the Afghan government over time - has been settled this year, according to a rebel commander and Afghan security officials.

Iraq. Trashed: Some myths about Iraq

A new study by a Washington-based think tank has trashed American and Iraqi government claims that foreign fighters dominate the insurgency in Iraq.

Iraq. Aid to Iraq Ministries To Shift to Pentagon

The U.S. military plans to take over responsibility from the State Department for providing assistance to Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries, following a determination that greater resources and technical expertise are needed.

Iraq. Gunmen kill Iraq school teachers

Gunmen in Iraq have killed five school teachers - all Shias - at a school near Iskandariya, south of Baghdad.

Rita. Huge search for hurricane victims

Rescue teams are resuming their search for victims in coastal communities of the US states of Texas and Louisiana, two days after Hurricane Rita struck.

Rita. Rita search, rescue complete

Katrina-Rita. Katrina Redux? Beaumont Paper Finds Federal Storm Failure in Texas

In Beaumont, Texas, claims that federal relief agencies learned their lessons from Hurricane Katrina and are on the ball in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita are apparently ringing hollow. The Beaumont (Tex.) Enterprise reported tonight that disaster response coordinators in the area hard hit by Rita say they are seeing the same foot-dragging federal response this weekend witnessed two weeks ago in New Orleans and Mississippi.

Bush plea for cash to rebuild Iraq raises $600

An extraordinary appeal to Americans from the Bush administration for money to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq has raised only $600 (337), The Observer has learnt. Yet since the appeal was launched earlier this month, donations to rebuild New Orleans have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars.

Washington D. C. Frist's selling of stock triggers investigations

Both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Attorney for the southern district of New York are investigating whether insider information prompted Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to sell off stock in his family's hospital company before a negative earnings report sent its shares falling.

(SEC chairman recuses himself from investigating Senate leader)

(Frist knew contents of blind trust)

I keep going away on these little mini-vacations (in truth, I have a new hobby), and then coming back to find that y'all have not cleaned up the mess in my absence. What's up with that?

Overall? What to Do About the Bush Problem

As more and more crises flood in on the United States -- from the Iraq War to the budget deficit to the Katrina debacle -- the nation must confront a hard question: Can the country afford to drift along through an additional three-plus years of George W. Bush's presidency? If not, is impeachment or some forced resignation a realistic alternative?

Okay, I'm all over throwing the rascals out. The problem is, we don't have anything or anyone to replace them with.

We used to have this thing called the Democratic Party that was populated and inspired by social liberalism and the notion of giving social and economic "equality" a helping hand while keeping a protective eye on the rights of the individual.

Sometimes I miss the Democratic Party, don't you? I wonder where they are now....

Posted by AnneZook at 10:32 AM


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"Bush responds to women's health official's resignation by appointing a veterinarian."

Now that is funny!

Posted by: Bagley at September 26, 2005 07:24 PM

"Sometimes I miss the Democratic Party, don't you? I wonder where they are now...."

I love this line. I only wish there was more historical truth to the lament.


"We used to have this thing called the Democratic Party that was populated and inspired by social liberalism and the notion of giving social and economic "equality" a helping hand while keeping a protective eye on the rights of the individual."

Maybe I'm being stupid, but did this Democratic party ever really exist? There was a long stretch when it was on the verge of existing, and there were some very brave men and women who made it seem as if it really did exist, but did it?

Think of all the bad guys of the early 1960s. They're all Democrats aren't they? Sherrif Bull Connor. Mayor Daley. The governor of Mississippi during the Freedom Rides.

It seems to me you're engaging in a bit of nostalgia for the way things never were. Sort of like when the Christian right-wing suggests that America in the 1950s was utopia, till the feminists and the gays and the leftists and the rock musicians and the black nationalists ruined everything.

At least since FDR, part of the Democratic party has fit your description. But there has always been another part, much darker, that tainted everything else.

The problem we face, it seems to me, is making the Democratic party live up to its own best ideals, and then making America live up to its own best ideals.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at October 8, 2005 09:18 PM