Daily Archives: December 29, 2008

Three NFL Teams Fire Head Coaches

The Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets wasted no time in firing their head coaches just one day after the 2008 NFL regular season ended.

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Three NFL Teams Fire Head Coaches

The Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets wasted no time in firing their head coaches just one day after the 2008 NFL regular season ended.

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Today in History for December 29th

Noblemen in Russia murder Gregory Rasputin; Wounded Knee massacre takes place; Texas joins the United States as the 28th state; Dissident playwright Vaclav Havel is elected president of Czechoslovakia; First YMCA opens in Boston. (Dec. 29)

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Today in History for December 29th

Noblemen in Russia murder Gregory Rasputin; Wounded Knee massacre takes place; Texas joins the United States as the 28th state; Dissident playwright Vaclav Havel is elected president of Czechoslovakia; First YMCA opens in Boston. (Dec. 29)

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>Where Do We Go from Here?

>Sen. Bernie Sanders  from Vermont has an interesting essay posted on the Hill’s Congress blog today. It outlines some of the failures of the past eight years and what will be waiting for Barack Obama when he takes office on January 20th. 

Sanders also lists a few initiatives that he will be working on in the Senate come the new year, it’s good stuff:

The next few months will be a pivotal period in the history of the United States and for much of the world. The Bush Administration, perhaps the most reactionary and incompetent that our country has ever seen, is leaving office after eight disastrous years. President Barack Obama and an increased Democratic majority take power amidst the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The decisions that are made early on will send an important signal as to whether Obama’s campaign of “hope” and “change” will be seriously pursued and realized, or whether the power of the Big Money interests will persist — regardless of which president is in office or which party has the majority. Will a new president and a new and more Democratic Congress finally respond to the needs of the middle class and working families of our country, or will Wall Street, insurance and drug companies, the military-industrial-complex, the oil and coal companies, big media, and the other powerful special interests continue to hold sway?

Here are just a few of the issues that President Obama, the Congress and all Americans must confront:

The middle class is continuing its steep decline with unemployment soaring, and millions of people in danger of losing their homes, savings, and health insurance. The dream of a college education is fading away for many working families as college costs go up while incomes go down. This year, as a result of the economic downturn, the bailout of Wall Street, ongoing tax breaks for the very rich and the war in Iraq, our nation will have a record-breaking deficit and a huge $10.4 trillion national debt. The United States continues to have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country, and the most unequal distribution of wealth and income.

As a result of Wall Street greed, recklessness, and dishonesty, our entire financial system is in danger of collapsing. The taxpayers of this country have seen trillions of their dollars placed at risk in the largest bailout in world history.

Our incredibly inefficient health care system is disintegrating. Despite spending far more per capita than any other country, 47 million Americans have no health insurance. Even more are underinsured. And we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.


Finish reading Berinie Sanders’s blog posting >>>Here

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Filed under Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Congress, Congress Blog, Democratic Majority, Great Depression, Healthcare, Iraq War, national debt, poverty, President Bush, The Hill, Vermont, Wall Street

Where Do We Go from Here?

Sen. Bernie Sanders  from Vermont has an interesting essay posted on the Hill’s Congress blog today. It outlines some of the failures of the past eight years and what will be waiting for Barack Obama when he takes office on January 20th. 

Sanders also lists a few initiatives that he will be working on in the Senate come the new year, it’s good stuff:

The next few months will be a pivotal period in the history of the United States and for much of the world. The Bush Administration, perhaps the most reactionary and incompetent that our country has ever seen, is leaving office after eight disastrous years. President Barack Obama and an increased Democratic majority take power amidst the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The decisions that are made early on will send an important signal as to whether Obama’s campaign of “hope” and “change” will be seriously pursued and realized, or whether the power of the Big Money interests will persist — regardless of which president is in office or which party has the majority. Will a new president and a new and more Democratic Congress finally respond to the needs of the middle class and working families of our country, or will Wall Street, insurance and drug companies, the military-industrial-complex, the oil and coal companies, big media, and the other powerful special interests continue to hold sway?

Here are just a few of the issues that President Obama, the Congress and all Americans must confront:

The middle class is continuing its steep decline with unemployment soaring, and millions of people in danger of losing their homes, savings, and health insurance. The dream of a college education is fading away for many working families as college costs go up while incomes go down. This year, as a result of the economic downturn, the bailout of Wall Street, ongoing tax breaks for the very rich and the war in Iraq, our nation will have a record-breaking deficit and a huge $10.4 trillion national debt. The United States continues to have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country, and the most unequal distribution of wealth and income.

As a result of Wall Street greed, recklessness, and dishonesty, our entire financial system is in danger of collapsing. The taxpayers of this country have seen trillions of their dollars placed at risk in the largest bailout in world history.

Our incredibly inefficient health care system is disintegrating. Despite spending far more per capita than any other country, 47 million Americans have no health insurance. Even more are underinsured. And we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.


Finish reading Berinie Sanders’s blog posting >>>Here

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Bush’s Books: 95 read in 3 Years?

Can anyone believe this? I certainly can’t, it’s just to unbelievable to take seriously.

The presidential point man in charge of President Bush’s legacy project, Karl Rove, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Mr. Bush has read 95 books in the past 3 years!

However, Rove claims victory in their book reading competition, having read 110.

Writes Rove: “The president lamely insisted he’d lost because he’d been busy as Leader of the Free World.”

Now unless Mr. Bush has read “My pet goat” 95 times I find this highly unlikely. The President would have had to have read nearly six books a month over 3 years to reach the 95 books that Mr. Rove claims the president has read. 
After reading so many books when would have the president had time to read all of those daily briefings or newspapers that he must read. 
 After all, when asked by reporters over the years to name a book that he has read, President Bush has had a hard time naming anything other than the Bible. 
I agree with others on this one, I think that Mr. Rove is just a pathological liar trying to shed a new light on Bush’s legacy.

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