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Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Brain Dead Executive Branch

Lead Paint Watch

I think I've finally figured out what is wrong at the highest levels of our government: they are all into eating massive amounts of lead paint chips. This makes them ignorant, violent, and forgetful. Perfect for Republicans, of course, but not so good for running the country. Former Rove aide Sara Taylor appeared before the Senate Judiciary committee yesterday, although she claimed she didn't have to because she admired the President. She had the usual bout of amnesia that overtakes this administration when they testify. And Patrick Leahy had to correct her twice on the fact that she took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not a loyalty oath to Dim Son.

Also, apparently Bush has "ordered" Harriet Miers not to testify before Congress. Seeing as how she doesn't work for him anymore, it's not clear what that means. It may also be a felony.

Sicko Watch

Michael Moore had a second half of his interview with Wolf Blitzer and a debate with Sanjay Gupta on Larry King's show. While Gupta tried to nitpick Moore's numbers (with no real success I'd say, since Moore knows his sources well), the entire segment missed the big picture: That Cuba, while spending about 1/25 of what the US spends per capita on healthcare, provides almost as good healthcare to its citizens as we do.

Hordes of citizens have risen up against CNN to defend Moore. Again, thank goodness for the internet so people can read their own sources and check to see who is actually right. There is also a large backlash against Kyra Phillips, a CNN talking head who introduced the second part of Blitzer's interview with Moore by saying "if you can stomach it".

The larger picture here is of pharmaceutical companies and health insurers trying to cast doubt on Moore's credibility. This is the same crew that smeared "Hillarycare" in the early 90s. But Moore's basic message, that we spend much more and get much less for our healthcare dollars, just cannot be denied.

Holy Papa Watch

It's nice to see the Pope telling other Christians they don't have the keys of salvation. Reminds me just how rational religion is.

Politicization Watch

The last Surgeon General was, of course, told what he could and couldn't say by the Bushies.

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