Saturday, October 31, 2009
In 1987, in the midst of the HIV-AIDS panic here in the United States, the government added being HIV-positive to the list of diseases that would bar emigres or visitors from entering this country. For the last 22 years that has been the law.
Friday, October 30, 2009
According to the media, the recession we've been in for the past year is finally over. They're basing this on the fact that the nations Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a broad measure of the country's economic activity, was up by 3.5% in the third quarter of 2009. The stock market was so happy with the news that it gained 199 points (the best day in three months).
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The United States has a new weapon in its arsenal -- unmanned flying drones that can be armed with missles or bombs and be used as an attack weapon. This is an excellent weapon that can be effective without endangering the lives of any pilots or soldiers. But it looks like the U.S. may be misusing this weapon and violating international law.
I have never bought or sold anything on eBay. I didn't have anything against them. It's just not how I like to make my purchases. But I have to admit, my estimation of the site has gone way up since their refusal to host an auction for terrorist-murderer Scott Roeder's defense.
Unbelievably, there are still those who believe the Republican primary race for governor is between a far right-winger (Rick Perry) and a moderately right-winger (Kay Bailey Hutchison). This is just not true. Hutchison is about as moderate as a "teabagger" on methamphetamines.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the American people are split down the middle on supporting the war in Afghanistan. The poll was conducted on October 22-25 by Democrat Peter D. Hart and Republican Bill McInturff, and has a statistical error of 3.1 points. Here are the polls findings about Afghanistan:
Liberals tried to tell Harry Reid and Barack Obama months ago that Joe Lieberman shouldn't be allowed into the Democratic Caucus or be allowed be allowed to assume any Democratic committee positions. After all, he had run against the Democratic candidate in Connecticut (and defeated him) and had supported George Bush's illegal wars. Then he not only supported Republican John McCain for president, and spoke for him at the Republican Convention and on the campaign trail.
Here in the United States, the courts give religions of all ilks a wide berth lest they be accused of denying religious freedom. Religious nuts can pretty much suck their adherents dry of their money, and their is nothing the law will do about it (just look at the TV "preachers" who are little more than shameless money machines preying on the dim-witted).
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Nearly one out of every four Texans does not have any kind of health insurance, and throughout the South the numbers are nearly as bad. It's not surprising, because in this part of the country if your employer doesn't provide health insurance then you probably can't afford to buy it. That's because there are few unions and working-class salaries lag far behind most other parts of the country.
There has been an ongoing discussion over the last couple of years over whether newspapers can survive in the age of television and the internet. More and more people are said to be getting their news from television and the huge number of internet sources. New figures show that the circulation numbers of newspapers are still falling.
A week or so ago, Ernestina Mondragon was driving in Dallas and made an illegal u-turn. She was ticketed for that and found guilty by a judge. There is no problem with that. She broke a traffic law and will have to pay a fine.
Monday, October 26, 2009
As we all know, the Republicans have had virtually nothing to offer in the way of health care reform. It seems like the only thing they are interested in is protecting the obscene profits of the huge private insurance companies.
Rep. Sam Johnson ----- Rep. C.W. Bill Young
Rep. Howard Coble ----- Sen. Jim Bunning
Sen. Richard G. Lugar ----- Rep. Don Young
Sen. Charles E. Grassley ----- Sen. Robert F. Bennett
Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers ----- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch
Sen. Richard C. Shelby ----- Rep. Jerry Lewis
Sen. James M. Inhofe ----- Rep. Ron Paul
Rep. Henry E. Brown ----- Sen. Pat Roberts
Sen. George V. Voinovich ----- Sen. John McCain
Rep. Judy Biggert ----- Sen. Thad Cochran
Rep. Harold Rogers ----- Rep. Dan Burton
Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon ----- Rep. Frank R. Wolf
Sen. Christopher S. Bond ----- Rep. Michael N. Castle
Rep. Joe Pitts ----- Rep. Tom Petri
Sen. Lamar Alexander ----- Rep. Doc Hastings
Rep. Cliff Stearns ----- Rep. Sue Myrick
Rep. John Carter ----- Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sen. Jon Kyl ----- Rep. Phil Gingrey
Rep. Nathan Deal ----- Rep. John Linder
Rep. Kay Granger ----- Rep. John L. Mica
Rep. Walter B. Jones ----- Sen. Jim Risch
Rep. Ed Whitfield ----- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner
Rep. Virginia Foxx ----- Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite ----- Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Sen. Michael B. Enzi ----- Rep. Elton Gallegly
Rep. Donald Manzullo ----- Rep. Peter T. King
Rep. Ander Crenshaw
A year ago, apartment owners thought the economy and the large number of home foreclosures would create a boon in apartment rentals. The National Apartment Association predicted a rise in the demand for apartments because of "the combination of a stagnant, recessionary-like economic environment, a shift toward renting, weak job reports, declining payrolls and general uncertainty."
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Just last month, Governor Rick Perry appointed Catherine Evans, a former Dallas County juvenile court judge, to be the ombudsman for the Texas Youth Commission. The ombudsman's job is to be the representative of the incarcerated youth of the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) and make sure the rights of those youth are not being violated.
A few months ago, the stock market was cratering and our entire financial system was on the brink of collapse. The federal government pumped billions of dollars into some of the largest financial institutions in an effort to keep them from failing and taking many others with them.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Sometimes the right-wing can be amazingly stupid, and I believe this may be one of those cases. A man named James Marcotte has proposed to alter the California constitution to ban divorces in the state. Yesterday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that Marcotte has 150 days to gather the required signatures to get the initiative on next year's election ballot.
ELIMINATES THE LAW ALLOWING MARRIED COUPLES TO DIVORCE. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Changes the California Constitution to eliminate the ability of married couples to get divorced in California. Preserves the ability of married couples to seek an annulment. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Savings to the state of up to hundreds of millions of dollars annually for support of the court system due to the elimination of divorce proceedings. (09-0026.)
The Republicans are counting on taking some seats back from the Democrats in next year's elections. And they seem to think the way to do it is just to say no to everything President Obama proposes.