Saturday, May 23, 2009

Weekly Address: Sacrifice



On this Memorial Day weekend, President Obama calls on the American people to join him in paying tribute to America’s veterans, servicemen and women – particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice - and their families...

Health insurance companies: Can't live with 'em, can't die with 'em, and you certainly can't get sick with 'em. Paul Krugman writes:
That didn’t take long. Less than two weeks have passed since much of the medical-industrial complex made a big show of working with President Obama on health care reform — and the double-crossing is already well under way. Indeed, it’s now clear that even as they met with the president, pretending to be cooperative, insurers were gearing up to play the same destructive role they did the last time health reform was on the agenda.
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The June 1 issue of The Nation has a series of excellent articles on the auto industry, including steps that can be taken toward its recovery...


Sylvia From Over The Hill writes about denial and the real costs of war:
We are brutally and cold-bloodedly sacrificing the psychological well-being of these men and women, which should be a scandal. If these wars are so important to our national security, we should all be engaging in some form of serious sacrifice and many more of us should be serving.
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Bob Herbert adds his voice:
I couldn’t have been less surprised to read last week that an American G.I. had been charged with gunning down five of his fellow service members in Iraq. The fact that this occurred at a mental health counseling center in the war zone just served to add an extra layer of poignancy and a chilling ironic element to the fundamental tragedy.
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Read more about the tragedy to which Herbert refers here...

Don't forget about the Bonnie and Clyde Festival!...

The Sporting News asked "a panel of 100 Hall of Famers, major award winners and other baseball personalities" to choose the best fifty players in the game today. The results are here. Citizen K. doesn'y buy Derek Jeter at #8: He can still hit, but his range at short is severely diminished...

Rushbo Stupidism Of The Week: Mileage Standards Are Liberal Plot To Do Something Or Other. Tuesday was huge for Rushbo, so huge that I couldn't pick a clear winner. So, as a Memorial Day weekend special, Citizen K. presents two stupidisms from Tuesday's program:
Now, admittedly, I -- mostly, I run around with people who are simpatico with me. I run around with people who think and live life the same way I do -- think about issues and all that. I actually had a guy who's a little older than I am over the weekend say to me -- we were talking about all of these economic changes and all of the destruction and all the things that are happening: the banks, the automobile industry, Obama with his fuel standards and so forth, and the general wrecking ball that has been taken to capitalism here by the Obama administration. The guy actually said to me -- I thought he was joking at first, but he wasn't -- he said he's actually happy he's going to die before all of this crap finally settles in...

The DNA of the American human being is no different than the DNA of any human being anywhere in the world. We were not born with special God-given privileges that other people don't have. We were constituted and formed as a nation in ways that allowed the full spread and depth of human potential to flower and prosper. And it was the flowering and the prospering of that human potential, which led and created the greatest nation for people in the history of humanity. And now, it's being dismantled.

It's being dismantled by a man [President Obama] who has no appreciation for the greatness of the country; in fact, resents it. Blames this country for whatever evils and problems he sees around the world. And that's what 39 miles a gallon's all about. And that's what all these taxes and increased prices cost of living is. It's what it's all about. It's about chopping us down in size.

5 comments:

New Orleans Ladder said...

Oh K...
I am so conflicted over Obama!
I really really enjoyed his latest speech in front of the US Constitution. I am beginning to see a deliberative and consistently LEGAL approach to the crimes of the past admin.
However, I cannot swallow the EPA granting 43 NEW Mountaintop Removal Permits! This is crazy! Crazy Crazy Crazy!

I personally do not agree with Harry Shearer that Obama has given NOLA the finger, but has indeed situated people from the region in important places to effect real change in the way of doing business in that disaster-prone area.

But but but... we are talking well over 100,000 acres of the dirtiest strip-mining every devised.

Hrmph! What's a po'boy to do?
Jus'sayin... when I go off hard on our President, don't get too worried or woogie on me.
I love the earth and oppose anyone who would kill us with it.

Still wit'him though... it is just so nice to have such an interesting president no lie.
Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

Roy said...

Yup, that's a pretty stupid Rushbo-ism. Hey, but what can you expect?

I'm glad to see Youk, Josh Beckett, and Dustin Pedroia in that top 50.

And while Hannity still seems to be ducking that challenge to undergo waterboarding, a conservative radio talk show host,Erich "Mancow" Muller of the Mancow & Cassidy Show on WLS-AM in Chicago, underwent a civilianized version, and it changed his mind! He now admits that waterboarding is torture. Check it out here.

You might also want to check out today's entry on my blog. I have a little piece of musical history I think you'll get a kick out of.

K. said...

Obama will engaged with New Orleans when Louisiana politicians push him. The budget bill is a great example of that not happening. Instead of Vitter voting against the bill and Jindal grandstanding by turning down funds, how much better would it have been if the three of them had worked with Landrieu and Cao to secure major appropriations for NOLA and the Gulf Coast. The south Louisiana delegation needs to set aside ideology and speak with a single voice.

Renegade Eye said...

I will have to investigate Obama and the NOLA issue more.

I'm sure you notice the total lack of news about Iraq, in the press, like the war is over.

K. said...

Iraq? What Iraq?