Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
Frat Boy In Chief
Check this out:
"God bless George Bush. The Middle East is in flames, and how does he answer the call? He rolls up to the side entrance of a four-star Washington hotel, slips unobserved into a select gathering of the richest fatheads in his dad's Rolodex, spends a few tortured minutes exposing his half-assed policies like a campus flasher and then ducks back into his rabbit hole while he waits for his next speech to be written by paid liars."
Ha, ha. Read the whole thing; it’s good.
Labels: george w. bush
Oh, Yeah...Our Freedoms
“Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.”
Okay…So here’s my question: Why are we Americans increasingly less free to speak, to vote, and to assemble?
And as for that freedom of religion thing…
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Culture of Life, Indeed
According to the United Health Foundation, “[f]or the first time in 40 years, the infant mortality rate in the U.S. has increased, with seven out of every 1,000 children born in America dying within their first year of life…”
Further, “[d]uring the 1990s, health in the United States advanced by an annual rate of 1.5 percent each year, according to the report. However, during the 2000s, health improvement in the country slowed to an annual rate of only 0.2 percent each year–1/8th the rate of the 1990s.”
Not to worry, though: HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt touts something called “health information technology” which will enable “consumers…to make better choices among prevention and treatment options” and put them “in control of their health choices to lead healthy lives and customize care delivery to meet their needs.”
That sounds great, doesn’t it? Except, I guess, to those 45 million uninsured Americans who will never get a chance to “consume” some of that yummy, longed-for, oh-so-expensive (that’s how you know it’s good*) US health care. Oh well, fuck ‘em if they don’t want to be part of the ownership society.
* "the eighth leading cause of death in this country"
Labels: health care