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Congress’s little “accident”

Posted by Charles II on January 28, 2008

Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy (via t/o):

Birth-control advocates are calling it a crisis: Packets of birth-control pills that once cost $5 to $10 for a monthly supply are now selling for $40 to $50. Officials at Planned Parenthood say the higher prices are putting birth control out of reach for many financially strapped students, and they want Congress to make the issue a top priority.

The soaring prices are the result of a quirk in a new federal law that was aimed at saving taxpayers money.

Since 1990, Congress had allowed pharmaceutical companies to offer discounted drugs to college students and low-income people. But when Congress passed its deficit-reduction bill in 2005, it included a provision that disallowed university health clinics from getting access to the reduced-price drugs.

These people get paid a lot of money not to make mistakes like this. So, somehow I don’t think this was an accident.

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Mexico, January 28th 2007

Posted by Charles II on January 28, 2008

When can we start calling them refugees escaping a dictatorial kleptocracy?

From MSN News and Analysis newsletter

Mexico leads the world in migration, with 11.5 million Mexicans leaving their homeland since 2000, the vast majority headed for the US, according to a report by the World Bank…

US-based Halliburton is the leading foreign investor in Mexico’s petroleum sector ….  Halliburton accounts for one-fifth of all foreign investment in the petroleum sector. 

In an historically unprecedented and unconstitutional action, the army assumed responsibility for criminal investigations and prosecutions on January 16 in Baja California. 


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Monday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 28, 2008


The Gazan jailbreak is probably going to be short-lived, as Hamas and Egypt work to reseal the Egyptian side of the prison trapping and starving the residents of Gaza — but at the same time, there are hints that normal border traffic between Gaza and Egypt may soon resume.

Lead exposure in childhood may lead to Alzheimer’s disease later in life.  Lead has been known for over a century to damage brains in general (hence the ban on leaded gas and fishing lures and restrictions on leaded paint, to name but a few controls enacted in the US over the past few decades), and even with the efforts to remove lead from the environment it still collects in urban and industrial areas, where our poorest residents live.

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Why We Fight, Part 2

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 28, 2008

Robert Parry of The Consortium on yet another bit of GOP/Media Complex bamboozlery (synopsis sent via e-mail):

In the real world, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq announced in 2002 that it didn’t have WMD, sent the U.N. a 12,000-page declaration to that effect, and let U.N. inspectors in to check. In George W. Bush’s world — and according to “60 Minutes” — none of that happened.

The full article is here. Throw Bob a few bob if you can manage it.

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George’s World

Posted by MEC on January 28, 2008


This post in Bene Diction Blogs On is an excellent illustration of how, “for George W. Bush, ‘truth’ is whatever gets him what he wants.”*

A painting hanging in the Oval Office depicts a horse and rider galloping through mountainous terrain. Bush tells people that the painting, loaned to him by one of his oil company buddies, is titled “A Charge to Keep”, it was inspired by a hymn by Charles Wesley, and it depicts an evangelist fleeing people who don’t want to hear the gospel.

Sadly, no.

The painting by W.H.D. Koerner was originally an illustration for a short story about a horse thief.

The self-serving myth that completely negates truth is the perfect illustration of Bush’s psyche. The conflation of evangelism and crime is the perfect symbol of the Bush Maladminstration and their theocratic cronies.

The painting’s real meaning is described in the original caption: “Had His Start Been Fifteen Minutes Longer He Would Not Have Been Caught.”

We can only hope that reality catches up with the Commander in Thief before his narcissistic delusions destroy what’s left of our democracy.

(* Quoting Karl Northman in Salon’s Table Talk)

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