I have two young boys, and many times when I write articles I tend to compose them over several days. The last paragraph was all that I had completed as of last night. I check the news this morning…Jackpot! I could probably write five more posts based on a few well-timed sound bytes and quotes! What never fails to astonish me is how far some people will go in an attempt to prove a point that has no grounding in reality. Happy New Year! Hopefully 2010 will be better than this poop-stain of a year!
The Tiger Woods situation has been permeating the media for a few weeks now- in case you missed it, he’s been sleeping with a lot of women all across the country and he got busted for all of it. By his wife. And then he got in a car accident and now it’s public.
Most of Woods’ sponsors have been sticking by him, probably as much out of their own desire to hang on to their investment as any kind of stand-up moral cause. Accenture and Gilette have both dropped Woods from their endorsement roster, and now AT&T. The political sphere saw its share of sex scandals this year as well, and it’s instructive to look at how the two public arenas handle these things differently.
"Term deposits would be one of several tools that the Federal Reserve could employ to drain reserves to support the effective implementation of monetary policy," said the Fed.
Food production is one of the non-negotiables that we have to deal with as a global economy- people need to eat, and they need that food that they eat to be both healthy and safe. Setting environmental and water-use concerns aside for a moment, the health issues raised by mass food consumption because of the pure economics of the situation are massive. It’s hard to make a lot of food, plain and simple. To do it with plants, the U.S. has created a gigantic bio-engineering industry that is changing the very seeds we use, in essence changing the very food we eat, in order to make enough. And with meat, the U.S.
All White House personnel be advised that as of midnight on December 25th we have all been in official holiday mode. This being the first time in eight years that a new Commander in Chief has occupied the house, a number of old traditions will be discontinued while some new customs will be instituted as per President Obama's wishes. Please be advised as to the following changes in Christmas procedure.
President Obama caused a big political stir when he announced that he would try to begin withdrawing troops form Afghanistan in mid July of 2011. Republicans like Senator John McCain jumped down his throat, claiming that this kind of message will show weakness to the Taliban and al Qaeda. Others questioned whether the country would be secure, whether the goals and objectives would be attained, and whether the army of Afghanistan would actually be ready to take over for the U.S. army. Well, all those are legitimate complaints and possible problems. But Obama and the administration announced their decision and perspective anyway- just before entering all of the overshadowing issues of the summit of Copenhagen and the health care reform legislation debate.
I was listening to Friday’s Morning Edition on NPR this morning, which threw the timing off a little for me as it’s Sunday morning, but on the program, Ben Nelson was saying that he didn’t think there was much of anything that anyone could say to change his mind and get him to sign on to the health care reform bill before the Christmas recess. He said that the language around abortion wasn’t strong enough, and that that was only the tip of the iceberg about his issues and reservations about the bill.
The bill also carries provisions to extend jobless aid and sends money to supplement Medicare payments and rates for another 2 months, but the thrust of it is to fund military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s a pretty simple jump to say, “Where are our priorities?”
1. It’s about time. The last deadline that the senate was racing against was the one that Obama suggested and that was… August. So, for the last 4 months they have essentially worked on one piece of legislation, and yeah, it’s not at all out of the box thinking or pressuring anyone about anything to think about passing it… sometime… this… year…
Where we’re at with health care:
During the Holidays, if you stop someone on the street and ask them whether they can find it in their heart and spirit to help take care of someone in need, chances are you will get something out of most people- well, outside the city anyway… But if you stop those same people someday in mid-January, they may tell you about how the holidays were tough financially, how they are starting the new year trying to save money, or just that they don’t have time for you or your cause right now.