Monday, August 28, 2006

The Week Ahead

As always, here’s a handy-dandy list of a few things to pay attention to and keep your eyes on as this week that’s part August and part September gets underway.

  • Keep an eye on former Vice President Al Gore. On Sunday, he said that ever-tighter political and economic control of the media is a major threat to democracy and that “Democracy is under attack. Democracy as a system for self-governance is facing more serious challenges now than it has faced for a long time.” (Hmmmm, he certainly seems like someone who may be ‘running’ for something in two years… but only time will tell, so stay tuned…)
  • Speaking of possible presidential candidates, keep an eye on Senator John McClain (R-AZ)… he’s acting funny, saying things like he suppors “President” Bush but immediately counters that with a ‘Bush lied to America’ in order to get involved in Iraq. It sounds as if he is trying to appease the GOP and Moderates in an attempt to solidify a nomination in 2008…
  • Keep your eyes on the thoroughly entertaining senate campaign of Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL). Apparently, she gave an interview to a Baptist magazine, and in it see stated that unless “tried and true” Christians were elected, those in power would “legislate sin.” She immediately backpeddaled and said that she did not mean to exclude Jews and other non-Christians from public office when she said that. (That wacky Kathy… you can always count on her for hours and hours of quality entertainment…)
  • Pay attention to the amount of money being spent on campaign ads for the November mid-terms. So far, it’s up 45% from 2004 levels as many candidates and consultants apparently and recently made the ‘discovery’ of cable TV. (Great… as if the endless myriad of “reality” shows wasn’t ennough, now we’ll have more political ads that convey so much truthfulness… at least it’s not more episodes of “The War at Home”)
  • Pay attention as poltical analysts across the country and across the political spectrum finally make the realization (that others made a LONG time ago) that the “Bush Doctrine” (it of preventive war, choking the basis of terrorism by sowing democracy, and brandishing power to force others into line) has failedwell, duhhhhhhhhh…
  • Keep both eyes on a piece of legislation that would have opened up government contracting to public scrutiny. It’s been derailed by a secret parliamentary maneuver as an unidentified senator has placed a “secret hold” on it (the legislation was introduced by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Barack Obama (D-IL)) and would have created a searchable database (think ‘Google’) of government contracts, grants, insurance, loans and financial assistance. Now it’s on hold, and under Senate rules, the bill will not be brought up for a vote unless the senator who placed the hold decides to lift it (If this little maneuver infuriates you – it does me – and you want to know where your senator stands, click this link HERE and then contact them to let them know you’re PISSED as hell!!!!!)
  • Please pay attention and keep an eye on the shifty-moves of the Bush administration. They have plans to “move rapidly” in order to impose international economic sanctions on Iran after this Thursday’s U.N. mandated deadline passes. While Russia has rejected talk of sanctions, former Defense Tool… sorry… I meant ‘secretary,’ William Cohen said sanctions are necessary or the risk of war in the region will increase. (Personally, since it is the Bush administration we’re talking about, there’s always a risk of war. Remember their doctrine; “War first, ask questions later.”)
  • In case you’ve been living under a rock and hadn’t heard; the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall is this week and all of the networks and news channels are planning hours and hours of special programming. This will come to an end in two weeks with the fifth anniversary of 9/11. Trumped-up media circus in three... two... one...
  • “President” Bush is marking the anniversary of Katrina’s landfall by giving a plethora of speechs in the Gulf states… (I don’t even know where to begin with this one… just keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t, you know, lie…)

Take ‘em as you will…

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