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Friday, July 06, 2007

The Meaning of July 7th

Tomorrow is July 7th, a Saturday. OK, that's obvious, except when this blog continues to get older, it will be nice to know what day of week July 7, 2007, was on.

Just think: at 7 minutes and 7 seconds after 7am on July 7th, the clocks will be immortal (for my lifetime) in this century or even millennium: 07/07/07/07/07

What else about July 7th?

Ringo Starr's birthday. His age ends with a 7--67.

Live Earth Day. Actually Live Earth begins tonight, but most of it is tomorrow. Check out the web site; it is cool. (no pun intended)

Update: John Edwards will do another Saturday morning e-cast about Global Warming.

More buzz l8tr...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Birthday America

Taylor Marsh has written a piece that echoed what Keith Olbermann said last night.

After you get back from Taylor's place, visit the Daily Kos, where Be Inspired has an excellent report up about her visit to ACORN and seeing JRE give a fabulous speech.

When you get back, have some birthday cake with me. Today's my birthday too. I am American Made.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Olbermann's Special Comment

Keith Olbermann has come a long way from the days of being sportscaster at ESPN. Since 2005, he has been doing a number of special comments, directly directed at the Bush Administration. They are thoughtful, but very deliberate. His show is now highly rated and has surpassed Bill-O's Spin Zone of spew.

Tonight's special comment took me a little by surprise. I knew that he was going to say something about Bush and his act to commute Scooter Libby's sentence. I knew it would not be pretty, but it would be forceful. I had thought it would be something about impeachment. Instead, it was this:

It is nearly July 4th, Mr. Bush, the commemoration of the moment we Americans decided that rather than live under a King who made up the laws, or erased them, or ignored them—or commuted the sentences of those rightly convicted under them—we would force our independence, and regain our sacred freedoms.

We of this time—and our leaders in Congress, of both parties—must now live up to those standards which echo through our history: Pressure, negotiate, impeach—get you, Mr. Bush, and Mr. Cheney, two men who are now perilous to our Democracy, away from its helm.

For you, Mr. Bush, and for Mr. Cheney, there is a lesser task. You need merely achieve a very low threshold indeed. Display just that iota of patriotism which Richard Nixon showed, on August 9th, 1974.


Wow. Keith speaks.

Click on the link to read and watch. Amazing commentary.

Update: Here's the video.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

The Irony from SiCKO and F 9/11

I'm wondering what Michael Moore is thinking with this AFP piece I grabbed from Raw Story:

Private equity heavyweight The Carlyle Group reached a deal to buy US health care firm Manor Care, Inc. for 6.3 billion dollars, the companies announced Monday.

Washington-headquartered Carlyle has agreed to pay 67 dollars for each. Manor share in an all-cash deal that has been approved by Manor's board of directors.

The deal is just the latest to be initiated by Carlyle, one of the world's biggest private equity firms. Private equity firms specialize in taking public firms private, overhauling their operations and then typically try to take them public again for a handsome profit.

Irony of a group that the Bush family has business connections (whether to Bin Laden or not) related to the 9/11 tragedy are now buying nursing homes.

No really this could be called "sicko". But it is business. I get it, but I guess our health is to be judged by accountants and doctors who are paid bonuses for saving money. Librarians do it every day in saving money for companies, but we are not enough. Like Michael Moore, I hear the stories.

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