Month: March 2007

Bush’s Amerika: Unlimited Money for War, But Not Health

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Since Bush took office in 2000, the number of uninsured Americans grew from an already alarming 40 million people (over 13% of the population) to 47 million (almost 16% of the population).

I don’t have time run the numbers comparing the cost of making sure everyone has coverage, but you can bet that it pales in comparison to the $400 billion and counting we (US taxpayers) are spending on Bush’s illegal war. Now on to the article:

From the March 5, 2007, New York Times:

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Article: Japan’s Boom May Explode Yen-Carry Trade

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Article: Japan’s Boom May Explode Yen-Carry Trade

The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSE: FXY): 3:10 AM NYC time, December 30th: Just a quick post on the new Yen currency ETF. Why should you care about they Yen? See article below. Cheers!

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Homeless In America? Here’s a Bus Ticket, Now GTF Out of Town

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This is one of the things I don’t understand about George Bush’s Amerika. We have billions of dollars and thousands of lives to throw at illegal wars, but no money to help homeless people (no money for healthcare and insurance either, but that’s another story). We have Exxon making obscene amounts of money as it, along with countless other Bush buddies, profits from one of the most calculated crimes in modern history. They saw what happened…

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And the Dumbest Criminal of the Week Goes to…

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Let’s forget George Bush for a minute and enjoy a nice human interest story from Montana… about a guy who thought it was a good idea to rob a bar full of construction workers at happy hour… seriously. What do you think happened? Whatever you just thought this is even funnier!

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Return of the Swift Boat Idiots

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From the March 2, 2007, LA Times:

The lunatic right returns
Bad news for Republicans: Leading conservatives are embracing former Swift Boaters.
By Rosa Brooks

IF YOU HATED IT the first time, you might like the sequel better.

Remember Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the right-wing goon squad whose defamatory insinuations helped sink John Kerry’s presidential campaign? They’re back! This afternoon, key Swift boaters George “Bud” Day, Mary Jane McManus and Carlton Sherwood are holding a little reunion, in the guise of a panel discussion at the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference. The panel topic? “The Left’s Repeated Campaign Against the American Soldier.”

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Article: New Profiling Program Raises Privacy Concerns

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NOTE: I’m in favor of intelligence gathering that makes sense, minimizes/eliminates further erosion of privacy rights, and THAT IS DONE LEGALLY! Sheesh! Is that too much to ask?!

From the February 28, 2007, Washington Post:

New Profiling Program Raises Privacy Concerns

By Ellen Nakashima and Alec Klein
Washington Post Staff Writers

The Department of Homeland Security is testing a data-mining program that would attempt to spot terrorists by combing vast amounts of information about average Americans, such as flight and hotel reservations. Similar to a Pentagon program killed by Congress in 2003 over concerns about civil liberties, the new program could take effect as soon as next year.

But researchers testing the system are likely to already have violated privacy laws by reviewing real information, instead of fake data, according to a source familiar with a congressional investigation into the $42.5 million program.

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