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Friday, March 03, 2006

Too many outrages

Sometimes I think I need to focus; other times it seems as if there is any purpose to this blog, it is to help make you aware of just how many outrageous things are happening on every front. Of course, that requires way more time than I have. The best I can do sometimes is just a quick summary of some of these things, even though each is worth thousands of pages. Here are some of today's outrages:
  • Predictably, the Bushies are arguing that McCain's anti-torture bill doesn't apply to the people we're actually torturing.
  • As water, a resource far more precious than oil, slowly disappears into the west, a former lobbyist for heavily-subsidized California farmers is making sure that his old employers get all the water they need and much more.
  • AWol, as predicted, is hyping outsourcing in India. Here's an idea--let's outsource the presidency! I'm sure there are a billion Indians who could run this country better than he does, and for a lot less money.
  • Jonathan at A Tiny Revolution points out that American outrage (government and media) about the Dujail executions for which Saddam Hussein is being tried was non-existent when he was our ally.
  • The Senate approved the renewal of the Patriot Act yesterday, with only cosmetic changes. Only ten senators stood up for our rights: Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Carl Levin (D-MI), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Ron Wyden (D-OR), James Jeffords (I-VT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Russ Feingold (D-WI), and Robert Byrd (D-WV). Daniel Inouye (D-HI) didn't vote. Why does the US Senate hate us?
  • Of course, the Bush quagmires in Iraq, Afghanistan and New Orleans are just as bad or worse than ever.