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Friday, February 23, 2024

My weekend away from Politics

I can think of nothing better than Pac 10 football. Of course in my day it was Pac 8. Even inflation has hit the College Football numbers.

My family is 4 generations into the Pacific College teams and we grew up watching who would represent and win in the Rose Bowl New Years day. Pacific Colleges and Universities are basically of one athletic team and today I watched UCLA winning the game against ASU (Arizona State University).

My mother and dad both graduated from USC, my older girl from UC Santa Cruz and JJ from UC Berkeley. My husband got his PhD from UCLA and taught physics at CalTech. We are Pacific to the bone.

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Thanksgiving 2009

This is a day given over to thanking God for our bounty. I would like it as a day to hope (I can’t pray) for our troops to come home before Christmas. I hope for rational government to guarantee to all of us that we will never again use our troops to fight an enemy for oil, or God.

If I could pray it would be for a movement based on freedoms for every single human born on America soil. Our Republican Party showed us their lack of intelligence, respect for not only our human values but our dollar value. There is not much more the government can do to us and I shudder at what they want to do for us.

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Feds will drop some charges in Blackwater shooting

Blackwater USAThe Justice Department intends to drop manslaughter and weapons charges against one of the Blackwater Worldwide security guards involved in a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting, prosecutors said in court documents Friday.

The shooting in busy Nisoor Square left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad. It touched off a string of investigations that ultimately led the State Department to cancel the company’s lucrative contract to guard diplomats in Iraq.

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Republicans: See, we told you so

Republicans are seizing on this week’s recommendations for fewer Pap smears and mammograms to fuel concern about government-rationed medical care — and to try to chip away support by women for President Barack Obama’s proposed health care overhaul.

“This is how rationing starts,” declared Jon Kyl of Arizona, the party’s second-in-command in the Senate, during a news conference. “This is what we’re going to expect in the future.”

Said Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: “Those recommendations will be used by the insurance companies as they make a determination as to what they’re going to cover.”

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Obama’s job approval rating below 50 percent

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped below 50 percent in a second major poll in an indication he is suffering from the long healthcare debate and weakness in the economy, Gallup said on Friday.

Gallup said 49 percent of Americans approved of Obama’s job performance. A survey by Quinnipiac University on Wednesday had a similar finding, putting him at 48 percent support.

It was the first time he had fallen below majority support in those two polls. He had been polling in the low 50s for months after taking office in January with an approval rating just under 70 percent.

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Crucial test vote on health care reform tonight

A crucial first Senate vote on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in a rare Saturday night session looms as a test of Democratic unity and the president’s prestige.

Democratic leaders are optimistic of success, but they need every Democrat and both independents to vote “yes,” and two moderates remained uncommitted ahead of the roll call, which is expected around 8 p.m. The vote will determine whether debate can go forward on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 2,074-page bill to dramatically remake the U.S. health care system over the next decade.

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No punishment planned for Roland Burris

The Senate ethics committee on Friday admonished Democratic Sen. Roland Burris for misleading investigators about his maneuvering to get Barack Obama’s old Senate seat from the governor who was ousted for trying to sell it.

Burris was appointed by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and driven from office after he was accused of trying to sell the seat.

The committee placed special emphasis on a phone conversation between Burris and the governor’s brother, where Burris linked his willingness to raise funds for the governor with his desire for appointment to the Senate.

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