November 17th, 2006

My Head Is Going To Explode -OR- Did I Wake Up In A Goddamned Margaret Atwood Novel?

Bush choice for family-planning post criticized
Eric Keroack held post at Christian pregnancy-counseling center
The Bush administration has appointed a new chief of family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who worked at a Christian pregnancy-counseling organization that regards the distribution of contraceptives as "demeaning to women."

Eric Keroack, medical director for A Woman's Concern, a nonprofit group based in Dorchester, Mass., will become deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the next two weeks, department spokeswoman Christina Pearson said yesterday.

Keroack, an obstetrician-gynecologist, will advise Secretary Mike Leavitt on matters such as reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy. He will oversee $283 million in annual family-planning grants that, according to HHS, are "designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them with priority given to low-income persons."

So we're going back to encouraging abstinence and all that rot I see. WOOHOO BIPARTISAN SOLUTION!!

Sorry, I Couldn't Pass On This One.

Thank you, Bob Dornan - thank you.
“I can’t stand the thought of my party having as its three front-runners three open adulterers, Newt Gingrich, Giuliani, and McCain," says Bob Dornan, considering a presidential bid for '08.

"I’ve got one mission left in me, to come up to New Hampshire and tell the truth, and tell the Republicans you better find yourself a fresh face and not Rudy Giuliani who took his mistress around with him and then divorces Donnna who learns she was divorced sitting at home watching TV with her children."

"We need a fresh face if the Republican Party is going to appeal to an Orthodox Jewish, Evangelical or practicing Catholic."

Aside from adultery, Dornan’s other issue is homosexuality, which he called “a cancer in my party.”

“Fifteen hundred bucks (to file for President)? It would be worth it if I could stand in front of a huge audience again and say, folks, is the Republican Party the party of values, the party of life?”

Let's be fair, Bob. The problem is not in those three, the problem is within your entire party. Republicans tout moral values & family as catchphrases and political grandstanding, but not because they actually believe in these principles as a design for living. If that were not true, then the following list wouldn't even be, now would it? Yeah, didn't think so. ONWARD:

Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican.

Music Post: Dif Juz

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I first heard Dif Juz (pronounced di-'fyüs, as in "diffuse") when I bought the 4AD compilation album "Lonely Is An Eyesore", on which their song "No Motion" appeared. I was immediately hooked, and to this day all of my flying dreams are scored by that song. This music is VERY rare and difficult to come by, so download it all.
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Quick News

Military may ask $127,000,000,000 for wars
The Bush administration is preparing its largest spending request yet for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a proposal that could make the conflict the most expensive since World War II.

The Pentagon is considering $127 billion to $160 billion in requests from the armed services for the 2007 fiscal year, which began last month, several lawmakers and congressional staff members said. That's on top of $70 billion already approved for 2007.

Since 2001, Congress has approved $502 billion for the war on terror, roughly two-thirds for Iraq. The latest request, due to reach the incoming Democratic-controlled Congress next spring, would make the war on terror more expensive than the Vietnam War.

McCain: Bush Admin Breaks Laws to Hide Global Warming Data
"They're simply not complying with the law. It's incredible."

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) raised eyebrows yesterday with that comment regarding the Bush administration, made before a crowd of several hundred at a Washington, D.C. event.

At issue is a report on climate change that Congress requires every ten years. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is responsible for producing the document, last filed a report in 2000. A new report -- the first to be filed by the Bush administration -- was due in November 2004, but to date the agency has not done so.

"When you get to that degree of obfuscation, then you get a little depressed," McCain said, according to the trade daily Environment and Energy.

McCain has rapped the administration before over the long-overdue report.

Pentagon Alters Homosexuality Guidelines
Pentagon guidelines that classified homosexuality as a mental disorder now put it among a list of conditions or "circumstances" that range from bed-wetting to fear of flying.

The new rules are related to the military's retirement practices. The change does not affect the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prohibits officials from inquiring about the sex lives of service members and requires discharges of those who openly acknowledge being gay.

The revision came in response to criticism this year when it was discovered that the guidelines listed homosexuality alongside mental retardation and personality disorders.

Mental health professionals said Thursday they were not satisfied by the change.

"We appreciate your good-faith effort to address our concern that the document was not medically accurate," James H. Scully, head of the American Psychiatric Association, wrote David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. "But we remain concerned because we believe that the revised document lacks the clarity necessary to resolve the issue."

Ted Turner Give Rupert Murdoch A Ricky-Fitz Style Bitchslap
Cable-industry legend Ted Turner has traveled the globe urging friendship instead of fighting.

He even donated $1 billion over the past nine years to the United Nations to promote world peace.

But don't ask him to share warm feelings about Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., or Time Warner Inc., which purchased Turner Broadcasting System Inc. in 1996.

"There is one person I don't like," he said of Murdoch.

Turner lambasted Murdoch - whose net worth is $7.7 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

"He gives nothing to charity," said Turner, whose net worth is estimated at $1.9 billion.



CIA acknowledges Bush signed secret directive on interrogating terror suspects
The CIA has acknowledged for the first time the existence of two classified documents, including a directive signed by President George W. Bush, that have guided the agency's interrogation and detention of terror suspects.

The CIA referred to the documents in a letter sent last Friday from the agency's associate general counsel, John McPherson, to lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union.

The contents of the documents were not revealed, but one of them is "a directive signed by President Bush granting the CIA the authority to set up detention facilities outside the United States and outlining interrogation methods that may be used against detainees," the civil liberties union said, based on its review of published accounts.

The second document, according to the group, is a Justice Department legal analysis "specifying interrogation methods that the CIA may use against top Al Qaeda members."