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Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Kings and Queens, GOP Style

"Rudy Giuliani has been married more times than Mitt Romney’s been hunting,"
-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV)

Did anyone happen to see a recent picture of Rudy Giuliani and Wife Number 3, Judith Nathan-Giuliani? If it weren't so disturbing, it might actually have been funny. The picture and film were taken as the couple attended a recent event (I don't really care where). The two were walking the makeshift receiving line. Rudy was wearing a black and his wife, Nathan, and registered nurse, was wearing a sequin gown with - are you ready for this? - a tiara.

I got it... She thinks she's going to be The Queen! And why not? The current President (Bush) acts like a King, so it fits that the wife of the next guy would think she's royalty.

In fact, the whole bunch o'Bushies think that they're made of things royal. Vice President Dick Cheney and the other ten (or so) people who are being sued by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wilson for the latter's outing as a CIA undercover operative are claiming "sovereign immunity" to get out of paying for their misdeeds. After all, because of the stalling and blocking that went on prior to and after the conviction of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a criminal trial would have been a moot point. Left for the Wilsons' satisfaction is a civil suit and the President's underlings are claiming that they're immune from - well, anything - by mere proximity to the Oval Office.

The idea behind sovereign immunity is to say the President can do no wrong, therefore he can't be liable for anything wrong which we might do and be liable for. However, acts such as the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Tucker Act have allowed for civil action when warranted. And in the case of Mrs. Wilson (a.k.a. Valerie Plame), it is warranted.

Using the logic which our GOP leaders are using, it's no wonder why they feel that they can do whatever they want. All they have to do is say "sovereign immunity" and walk away.

Think about this: Just what would a President Giuliani use sovereign immunity for?

-Noah Greenberg

Still Ignoring Health Care

The New York Times, for some reason, is still ignoring the fact that 48 million Americans have no health care coverage; They're still ignoring the fact that somewhere around 86 million Americans have had to go without health care coverage sometime during the Bush years; and they're still not printing or editorializing on the one thing that we're all afraid of losing: Health Care coverage.

When someone says to you that the New York Times is a bastion of American Liberalism, make them aware of the "Paper of Record's" silence on the most important of all "Liberal" issues which all Americans care about.

What, you may ask, is taking up the Times' health care space? Well, if one were to look on their website under the "Health" section", one would see such articles as "Tyson to sell chicken free of antibiotics", "Erasing Tattoos, Out of Regret or for a New Canvas", and, my personal favorite, "Pigs With Cellphones, but No Condoms".

I'm just flabbergasted!

Of course, if one were to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, one would see the interactive graphic "Regional Differences in Cost and Care". Although activating the plug-in to allow you to view health care costs around the nation is a nice way to keep you busy for awhile, it's no substitute for a real dialogue about the very real (and getting more real) health care crisis is in this nation.

Is it the fear of losing advertisers which is scaring the Times away from reporting on health care? Maybe they feel that most of their readers don't care because, after all, "they got theirs"? Perhaps the Time won't contribute to the debate because they have the best health care coverage money can buy, so why rock the boat?

And let's not leave the Washington Post - the newspaper which forced a President to resign - out of the discussion. First, you have to scroll all the way down on their main page to finally find the words health care. Then you click on the word and only if you're registered will you be allowed to view the contents. Once on the page you'll also see a lack of a debate on the most important topic in America today.

But it gets worse. They actually have the temerity to include a section called "Health Discussions". Too bad that there is no "discussion" on health care reform there. Here are the topics listed:
Lean Plate Club: Talk About Nutrition and Health
Tuesday, June 12, 11 a.m. ET: Ask the MisFits
Slate: Beyond Sympathy Pains: This is Your Brain on Fatherhood
Lean Plate Club: Talk About Nutrition and Health
Tuesday, June 12, 11 a.m. ET: Ask the MisFits

Do they mean to tell us that no one wants to talk about health care?


-Noah Greenberg

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