Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 16 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: We've Got Those Low-Down California No-Budget Blues... Guess Who's Gonna Have Them The Worst?

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 16 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: We've Got Those Low-Down California No-Budget Blues... And Guess Who's Gonna Have Them The Worst? Health, Education, And The Public Welfare

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In The News: It's the last two weeks before summer recess in Congress and the president is pressing for his health care plan which cleared the Senate Heath committee on a partisan vote... even as the power elite of US politics plan their ill-deserved vacations. An overview of other nations health care plans from the Seattle Times.

The Matthew Shepard bill (The bill is named for Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming college student who was targeted because he was gay in a fatal attack in 1998.) which would add attacks due to sexual preference to the list of federal hate crimes, currently on the Senate back-burner, has been added to the defense appropriations bill. Expect to see some truly homophobic behavior from at least the Republicans who DON'T play footsie in airport bathroom stalls... Also, President Obama says if the F-22 fighter is included in that appropriations bill, he will veto it on that basis alone. See: "Despite Veto Threat, Senators Debate F-22 Funds". The Cloture vote is due today or they WILL go into overtime

The non-aligned nations meeting in Egypt has been told by North Korea that there WILL BE NO OF EXPECTATION OF RESUMPTION of the six party talks and the US is seeking a confrontation. There have also been off-the-camera meetings between India and Pakistan about mutual-interest terrorism issues.

I wouldn't suppose it made them any more productive - Capitol Hill was locked down for a couple of hours yesterday due to a high speed chase with shots fired. No word what it was about... Perhaps an unemployed defense industry lobbyist who had been working the F-22 contract robbed a 7-11.

The Senate confirmed ex-astronaut Bolden to head NASA yesterday and the Space Shuttle Endeavour FINALLY got off the ground for it's trip to the International Space Station with parts and accessories. There will be 13 astronauts on board the ISS... a new record.

The fighting in Helmand province Afghanistan is a go-it-alone affair for the US and NATO with more casualties as the Afghani government offers no more troops to support the offensive and the ones in the field are getting killed. You'd think we've worn out our welcome, if we ever actually had one.

Meanwhile, the US backpedals...
Mullen: Fighting for two Years in Afghanistan; Clinton: Distinctions among Taliban

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged in a major foreign policy speech on Wednesday that:
' "Today we and our Afghan allies stand ready to welcome anyone supporting the Taliban, who renounces Al Qaeda, lays down their arms, and is willing to participate in the free and open society that is enshrined in the Afghan constitution . . . We understand that not all those who fight with the Taliban support Al Qaeda, or believe in the extremist policies the Taliban pursued when in power."'
[In Full @ Juan Cole's Informed Comment]

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