Wednesday, September 30, 2009

September 30 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The French-Rooted Word 'Clemency' Might Relate To California's Impending Prisoner Release

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Cabale News ServiceSeptember 30 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Understanding The French Language Rooted Word 'Clemency' And How That Word, In The Western Vernacular, Might Relate To California's Impending Release Of 40,000 State Prisoners

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In The News: A one foot tsunami hit the west coast of the US late last night causing no apparent injury or damage, but American Samoa got hit hard... Hundreds of people killed (at least 89 according to the NYTimes) by five waves generated by the 8.3 undersea earthquake near Pago Pago. Now there's been a 7 plus quake off the coast of Sumatra. There are 75 know dead so far from that diaster.

More bad news in that general region of the planet. A major typhoon hits the Philippines, Vietnam, Burma, killing at least 331 people across Southeast Asia.

The Senate finance committee surgically removes BOTH the Rockefeller and Schumer plans for a 'public option' in the Health Care Reform bill... More. The New York Times "Live Blogs" the proceedings here. More from Time Magazine.

Da Buffalo hopes you didn't REALLY expect there was going to be anything resembling nationalized health insurance for ALL Americans, did you folks?

From the National Priorities Project some details on where A LOT of the money that COULD be used as health care funding for American citizens gets spent every second of every day:
# Total spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will exceed $1 trillion February/March 2010.

# From FY 2001 to FY 2008, federal grants to state and local governments increased 0.57% for every 1% increase in total federal budget authority. Yet, during the same period, federal military expenditures increased 1.47% for every 1% in total federal budget authority.

In other words, as the “budgetary pie” increased, the defense slice got bigger and fatter and the “grants to the states” slice of the pie got smaller .

# Even without including current war allocations, U.S. military spending is at its highest level since World War II. This takes into account the war-time budgets of Vietnam and Korea.

# Despite rhetoric to the contrary, the Obama Administration is not cutting defense. In fact, the Pentagon budget is projected to grow25% over the next decade.

# This is an unprecedented period in our nation’s history. Two wars, staggering national debt, the economic crisis and an impending climate crisis make these extremely challenging times. At the same time, President Obama endeavors to respond to the sweeping mandate for change. [In Full, PDF format]

4,000 US troops are going to be pulled out of Iraq by the end of October leaving approximately 120,000 troops in the theatre.

You'd figure they'd leave some extra troops in Iraq to do water works projects and help out with the drought decimating the country, but most likely they'll be R&R'd and returned to Afghanistan or the Pakistan border war. It IS approximately 10% the number of troops General McChrystal is calling for in Afghanistan or, as he puts it "face the possibility of military failure."

Speaking of Afghanistan, or more correctly Af-Pak-istan, a drone strikes take out the Pakistani Taliban leader. More from Juan Cole @ Informed Comment:
Meanwhile, in Pakistan US drones killed 12 persons in Waziristan. The dead included local commanders of the Pakistan Taliban Movement, along with some unidentified foreigners (typically foreigners associated with the Pakistani Taliban are either Arabs or regional Muslim radicals-- from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or Xianjian). One of the strikes was on Dandey Darpakhel village, the site of a seminary linked to Siraj Haqqani, the son of old-time warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose network in neighboring Afghanistan targets NATO and Afghan troops.
...and just in case you thought the Afghan government was happy about our military presence in their country, professor Cole continues:
ABC News reports [Link] that many high Afghan officials are opposed to the idea of the US sending more foreign troops to Afghanistan. [In Full, and much more at Informed Comment]

Killer clown in outer space!Killer clowns in outer space! A former street performing French Canadian clown who went on to create Cirque du Soleil, one of the largest entertainment 'complexes in the world, has paid $35 million dollars to be the first clown in space.He blasted off today on a rocket from Kazakhstan.

From TimesOnline (UK):

"Before blast-off, the entertainer donned a red clown nose, blew kisses to supporters and held both hands over his heart in a mime’s show of affection. He brought more novelty noses for his crew mates and promised that he will tickle them as they sleep." Click the image for more, and a video.


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