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Monday, May 09, 2005

Roundup - A Look at the News from All Over

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Starting on a bittersweet note, this story from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (my hometown paper) is about the touching ceremony to mark the unveiling of a statue commemorating Willie McCool.

To stay in Lubbock for a moment, this story reveals how the Texas Republicans believe that infighting is a sign of health in their "family". Talk about screwed up family values.

A last gasp from Lubbock has Texas Democratic Party Chair David Teal solving his party's problems. "I think how we have to reverse the tide is we have to speak to the needs of the everyday working people in rural, West Texas," Teal said. "We have to speak to people in everyday terms." Wow, talking to people in a way they understand you. Such a revolutionary idea.

An update on the "Baptists for Bush" (or Democrats are Satan) faction in North Carolina comes from CBS news. I think there's a lot more going on in this church than has come to light so far. This story from the AP via Yahoo warms my heart because it has lawyers actually attending Sunday School. I'm wondering if they were served the same crappy milk and cookies I got when I learned a Bible verse properly.

Victor Davis Hanson, from the National Review Online via CBS News, talks here about the lack of compelling rhetoric from Democrats. Apparently, he believes that it matters what you say. Who'd've thunk it?

From the frontlines of the war on faith, arch-culture-destroyer FOX NEWS reports here about a brave pharmacist that is resisting the gubmints rules that he dispense medication. So, if Bill Frist says it isn't radical to ask Senators to vote, then why is it so radical for pharmacists to fill prescriptions?

From the "You can tell we aren't in the UK by more than the tea bags" department, Tony Blair emerges here from a historic third electoral victory as a humbled man. Compare this with President Bush's remark that one of the closest elections in history gives him the right to ram his beliefs down the gullet of America.

Elen Goodman, of the Boston Globe via the Houston Chronicle (notice how I'm not mentioning Kerry's hometown paper being ripped off by Poppy Bush's hometown paper), here brings up the idea that the best way to honor Mom is not flowers on Mother's Day, but health care throughout the year. Drive a stake in her radical liberal heart! How will Mom's be able to guilt unruly kids into eating their vegetables if their "nine months of carrying you inside my body" are actually paid for?

NPR is closely following the attempts of Kansas to cecede from the universe as we know it here. I'm waiting for some opponent of evolution to make the argument, "If evolution worked, then idiots like me would have disappeared by now." Perhaps living in Kansas is tantamout to disappearance.

Proving Rousseau's complaint that "Some nondescript scientific jargon, even more contemptible than ignorance, had usurped the name of knowledge, and posed a nearly invincible obstacle to its return" is probably more prophetic than he dreamt, this site invites you to a cult indoctrination of denial.

From the "We Didn't Screw Up as Badly as We Thought" department, the emergence of the ivory-billed woodpecker has appeared to stick its tongue out at the Bush Administration's attempts to destory environmental protections. However, I think this story may go overboard in calling it "an environmental resurrection".

Since we're talking about the environment, this story describes what passes for environmentalism in Texas. It shows how an environmental tax that will raise $57 million dollars in the next two years will only contribute $4 million to cutting pollution. I'm sure the millions of children suffering from athsma will understand that it's more important to avoid a state income tax than to clean up the air, given them medical care, or even fund the schools they will attend. Of course, if enough children die, then we don't need medical care or schools. Is this the Republican plan for Texas?

From the "Shocked - Shocked" deparment, the New York Times explains here that big pharmaceutical companies are the primary beneficiaries of the tax boondoggle President Bush whorishly endorsed as the American Jobs Creation Act. "Whorishly" may be the right term as that profession may be the only one left for Americans before long.

This headline was just too funny, considering the Pope used to be a Nazi Youth "Benedict continues reaching out to Jews" and that the international day of Holocaust memorial is just past. The effort, however, as this Star-Ledger report examines, is long overdue.

In Hoboken, this story tells how Mayor David Roberts may have sown the seeds of his own defeat by running as a "reform" candidate four years ago. Now his reform compadres are his reform opponents and, with the elections tomorrow, he looks vulnerable - though well-funded.

David Rebovich writes here that good ideas do sometimes come from academics. Hey, there's hope for me yet!

More proof that New Jersey needs some media of its own is here. I didn't know that Jersey City was trying to fund a new women's shelter nor did I know that Bill Moyers was in town.

From the world's worst newspaper website (AKA The Bergen Record), we get this story that claims New Jersey has a problem with political appointments being clogged with partisan favorites. Really? Did the sun rise in the east today, too? Maybe that should be the headline.

A good first step against corruption is detailed here. Look, if you are convicted of being on the take while being paid by taxpayers, I think you should pay back all the money you accepted as pay. I'll settle for taking back the pensions, for now.

Anita Allen also weighs in on the trumped-up "pharmacist ethics" rap here. Why is it that the only people that don't see this "movement" as hipocritical are the ones pushing it? Deborah Jerome-Cohen adds her own views on the dangers of paranoid religious surety here.

Paul Mulshine writes here that the problem with schools in New Jersey is that the people in charge of them are robbing them blind.

Finally, from CNN, we find this story about the mayoral run-off in San Antonio. Bringing up memories of the Ronald Reagan - Walter Mondale debate (I won't hold my opponent's youth against him), the race pits a 30 year old against a 70 year old. I'm thinking they won't have a footrace to decide the matter. There's also a note at the end of the story where Sue Speck beat out her dead opponent for the mayorship of Hedwig Village. I hear the competition in this one was, uh, stiff.

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