October 20, 2006

You and James Read the News

You and James must be a little bit crazy, because you and James are about to read the news. But go ahead. Knock yourself out.

N.Korea said not planning more nuke tests

Not only that, but:

Kim told the Chinese delegation that "he is sorry about the nuclear test," the newspaper reported.

Jeepers, folks. Sorry about the nuke! This doesn't really give me the warm fuzzies. You know, it baffles me listening to some conservative radio on North Korea. I think I caught a snipped of the Laura Inghram show the other day and Laura and a guest were shaking their heads at the Bush Administration's handling of North Korea (the sanctions) but what got me was that their alternative seemed to be to bomb North Korea. No talk of how things have gotten worse as we've moved from Clinton engagement to Bush containment. Just bomb them, Cheney-style.

Massachusetts state funds will be scarce in coming years

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (a non-partisan and business-backed nonprofit research group -- see here ) says that MA has already spent the surplus and that at the current rate, the state is headed for a rather large budget gap:

...projected cost of projects to improve roads, build schools and maintain town infrastructures are expected to exceed the state's surplus by $840 million in 2008. In 2012, the state is expected to be $3.3 billion short of its budget needs.
And that's with the cuts the Romney administration has made to local aid.

People who are still screaming for the tax rollback are living in cloud cuckoo land. Somehow, they think that if the populace votes on the tax rate, the books will magically balance themselves. Meanwhile, Healey's supporters are trying to scare people into believing the Deval Patrick is the root of all tax increases. Guess what folks, you're already on that road if the MTF's report is even close to right. No matter who the governor is. The question is, what do we do about it, not how can we dodge the question and tar the other candidate.

JD Hayworth Continues His Christ-Killer Outreach Program

OK, this one is coming from Wonkette rather than the news. A spokesperson for Representative JD Hayworth (R-AZ) appeared at a synagogue in his stead, possibly so he could avoid answering some sensitive questions about past support of anti-Semitic ideas. But his surrogates...

[...]repeatedly lectured the audience at Temple Beth Israel in Scottsdale and proclaimed that Hayworth ?is a more observant Jew? than those present.

Hayworth isn't Jewish.It actually gets worse than that, but I'll let you read it.

Bush Campaigns For Two Endangered Republicans

Another way to look at it is that the only Republicans who seem to want Bush to campaign for them are some folks with serious PR issues. These are issues so bad that the president's low approval rating is actually a boost and not a detriment.

But maybe it's an indication of how bad things have gotten for the president when he makes time in his ostensibly busy schedule to make sure that George Allen (riding high off his "macaca" comment) and Don Sherwood (perhaps not your average family values Republican) keep their seats.

Obligatory lame press secretary dodge:

Press Secretary Tony Snow says Bush has no qualms about helping either candidate.

As to Sherwood, Snow says Bush believes "we're all sinners" who deserve forgiveness.
Ok, granted. But we don't all deserve to represent the people. If these people don't get re-elected, I'm sure McDonalds has an opening. And I forgive them.


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Posted by James at October 20, 2006 9:51 AM
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Hey are you inplying Wonkette isn't news? Damn!

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at October 20, 2006 10:00 AM

Heh, yeah. SInce the details of that story come from the otehr campaign, it's somewhat less authoritative than a premiere news organization like CNN. More like a Fox News level.

Posted by: James at October 20, 2006 10:06 AM

I'm losing interest in CNN's website as it slowly morphs into a left-leaning tabloid. Too many front page stories about celebrity and politician scandals for my tastes. It doesn't have to be all updates about stocks and bonds but Madonna's adoption isn't newsworthy for five minutes, never mind several days.

Posted by: Mike at October 20, 2006 10:35 AM

I actually sent a gripe-o-gram to CNN a few weeks ago telling them that I didn't feel that opinion pieces, quirky tales and celebrity comments belonged among their top headlines. I told them we already have USA Today and Fox Nooz if we want to read that kind of crap.

I'm sure they all read my email and were filled with shame. NOT.

Posted by: Julie at October 20, 2006 10:38 AM

Or implying even.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at October 20, 2006 10:45 AM

I'd rather see you inply than implode.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 20, 2006 11:52 AM

It's not just lack of sleep that's bad for kids.

Read the article:

Obesity puts children at risk
Ten years ago, doctors saw these diseases like Type 2 diabetes, gallstones and liver failure in adults. Now, as the number of overweight kids rises, so does the danger.


"In Atlanta, as across the country, doctors are seeing young patients with Type 2 diabetes, gallstones, and even non-alcoholic cirrhosis that can require a liver transplant."

Posted by: Patti M. at October 20, 2006 12:38 PM

By the way, the article sites poverty as a major factor. However, as I have seen in my own extended family, that isn't the only cause.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 20, 2006 12:39 PM

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