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Grrr... [Dec. 10th, 2004|02:23 pm]
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answerman2004
Finals took me hostage yesterday, but I'm going to try and catch up on today's and yesterday's news this evening and tomorrow.

~Answerman
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(no subject) [Dec. 9th, 2004|01:42 pm]
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answerman2004
Classic Crossfire appearance by Frank Zappa. About 20 years old, but still worth a look:

http://www.ifilm.com/viralvideo?ifilmid=2658805
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Progress? [Dec. 9th, 2004|09:50 am]
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answerman2004
The U.S. Army Court of Criminals Appeals may have taken the first step in removing the infamous "don't ask, don't tell" policy:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45181-2004Dec7.html

Hard to say whether or not this is going to hold up, or if the court intended to open the door to striking down the ban on gays in the military. But I think people are starting to realize that what happens behind closed door between consenting adults is of no business of the state. Something to keep an eye on...

~Answerman
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More Bush Hypocrisy... [Dec. 8th, 2004|10:51 pm]
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answerman2004
Here's a link to an article in today's Washington Post, citing a double standard by the Bush administration in which the federal government is allowed to import drugs, but pharmacists inside the U.S. cannot:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43296-2004Dec7.html

I still can't get over that inane comment Bush made in the second debate, where he said he worried about imported drugs coming from a third world country. Maybe Canada is a third world country, I don't know... It's clear the ban has a lot more to do with the large drug companies which back the Republican party than anything else.

I still don't understand this unholy alliance in the Republican party. On the one hand, you have good, hardworking people who want a job and maintain their way of life. On the other hand, and incidentally the more powerful hand in Washington, you have the large corporate interests and rich millionaires. Here is a classic example, where the average person, who is having trouble paying the rapidly rising prices of perscription drugs, isn't able to buy them because of the corporate protectionism.

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Quick fact [Dec. 8th, 2004|07:54 pm]
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answerman2004
Time cited the following statistics I found amusing, originally posted in the Washington Post:

$168 million: Amount of federal money allocated for abstinence programs in the U.S. schools next year, more than twice the amount spent in 2001

88%: Percentage of U.S. teens who have premarital sex after taking virginity pledges

~Answerman
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Prayer is in da house! [Dec. 8th, 2004|12:15 am]
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journeygirl1
[mood |aggravatedReligiousized!]
[music |"Somebody" By: Bonnie McKee]

http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.html

Imagine someone who is a huge 1st amendment advocator, this being myself, going to the House Floor Summary for December 7th, 2004 and discovering that in this Government centered session they have an opening prayer!!!

"10:05 A.M. - Today's prayer was offered by Rev. Stanley G. Peterson, Senior Pastor, Monmouth Christian Church, Monmouth, Oregon. "

:-O That's all I could think. I came to look for the 9/11 commission report debate of today and found religion in a government establishment!

In case you're fuzzy on the Bill Of Rights...which no one should be, here is the element of them that I am referring to in this rant of mine:

"AMENDMENT I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

Okay, I'm done for tonight, I have to sleep!!!!

~JourneyGirl
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Catch 22 [Dec. 7th, 2004|06:59 pm]
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answerman2004
Doesn't look like we're going to pull out any time soon:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/07/international/middleeast/07rumsfeld.html?oref=login

Doesn't this remind anyone of that Joseph Heller book "Catch-22"? We have an army that's fighting a nearly endless war, and everytime they think their tour is up, the military extends it just at little bit longer, just out of their reach... Life imitating art...

~Answerman
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More truth starting to come out... [Dec. 7th, 2004|05:27 pm]
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answerman2004
It looks like the government isn't going to be able to deny what's going on at Guantanamo Bay much longer:

http://nytimes.com/2004/12/07/national/07gitmo.html?pagewanted=all

I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of news about these abuses. It usually tends to work like this. A little bit of information is leaked, and the government denies it. A little more is leaked, and more denials ensue. Eventually, the evidence becomes overwhelming, and the administration needs to finally owe up to its deeds. That's what happened at Abu Ghraib.

~Answerman
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Truth starting to come out... [Dec. 7th, 2004|05:21 pm]
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answerman2004
Maybe the government really doesn't believe the picture is all that rosy after all...

http://nytimes.com/2004/12/07/international/middleeast/07intell.html?pagewanted=all

It's too bad the government can't give us this kind of candor in their public briefings about Iraq. However, I believe President Bush really did think that we would go into Iraq, we'd install a democratic government, and we'd withdraw, everything going very smoothly. I think he sees these problems in Iraq as slight bumps in the road. However, these are real problems that need real addressing, not simply dismissing the problems in these reports as a mere "guess".

~Answerman
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Depressing news... [Dec. 7th, 2004|05:12 pm]
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answerman2004
Not to surprising, but still worth a look, here's an article by the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41332-2004Dec6.html

Hard to find where to point the blame in this situation, the public, who desperately wants to find a pill that will make them feel better and help them deal with their problems, or the doctors, who willingly let their patients do this.

~Answerman
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