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December 6, 2006

Cleaning up the mess

-- by John Emerson

That should be the Democratic Congress's slogan: "Cleaning up the mess."

There's a lot of work to be done, and it won't be pretty: Iraq, international relations, fiscal policy, New Orleans, environmental policy, habeus corpus, everything.

If the Republicans whine, they should be asked to sit down and shut up. They had their chance, and they blew it.

Posted by John Emerson at December 6, 2006 12:56 PM

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Wow, do I ever agree with this! In order to clean up the mess, we have to figure out the different social factors that caused the mess, and they usually turn out to be Republican social policy. For example, homelessness. This gets blamed on all sorts of things, but the simple root cause is the change in social policy about affordable housing during the Reagan era, which by now has raised rents to the point where a small apartment can cost thousands a month. Affordable health care is equated with socialism. And so on, down the list. We're going to have to break through these attitudes about literally everything that relates to being able to survive if we're going to be able to clean up the huge messes we're inheriting.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2006 1:29 PM

I fucking hate the fucking mainstream "liberal" media. (just like the liberals, always protecting their precious corporations...oh, wait, that's not a Liberal philosophy...could it be that the mainstream corporate media might have a decidedly CONSERVATIVE bias?)

I'm sure this ain't the place for this, but there aren't too many people in my life who care about this bullshit, and I know you do, so excuse me.
(and pardon my colorful fucking language)

It's bullshit that's got me so fucking mad right now; literally bull's shit.
All the stories about the green onions that carried the E. Coli virus and not a single mention of HOW a virus found in cow shit gets on vegetables. NOT A SINGLE MENTION IN "THE LIBERAL MEDIA", only this:
"E. coli is found in the feces of humans and livestock. Most E. coli infections are associated with undercooked meat. The bacteria also can be found on sprouts or leafy vegetables such as spinach. The germs can be spread by people if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after using the bathroom."

The main focus of distraction?: lots of mentions that the green onions might have come from Mexico.
This leads to certain opinions being formed.
AND THAT AIN'T NO ACCIDENT.

Here's a couple opinions from the Yahoo! message boreds (yeah, I know it's spelled boards):

"Read: "...Imported from Mexico..." Need I say more?"

and, my favorite:

"Vegetarians touted their seeming superiority over carnivores with the first Mad Cow outbreak, and now they're 'eating their words'."

The problems in this country start and end with accurate information, or the lack thereof- AND MOST PEOPLE AREN'T GETTING ANY.

MEDIA OWNERSHIP REFORM (imagine that phrase copy/pasted right here 10,000x)

The meat industry is to blame for this. I'm an idiot, but even I can tell you that the simple step of merely boiling the raw shit that is sprayed on vegetables, which is what spreads E. Coli to vegetables would stop this problem by killing the bacteria, but the food industry would rather sacrifice a few children and old folks and sicken a few hundred more than tap into their profits for one slim dime.

But, I'll bet you won't hear ANYTHING said about the origins or possible solutions. Just blame the Mexicans and scoff at the vegetarians.

Sorry, man. I'm done. Thanks for listening.

Posted by: The Cosmic Fluke [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2006 4:09 PM

No, I'm not done.
Reading the message boards on this subject, and on the subject of NYC banning trans-fats has been very revealing.
People there seem to hate government regulation and interference, as long it has anything to do with protecting them from corporate misbehavior. If it's rewriting the bill of rights, suspending habeas corpus,, wiretapping their phones or reading their emails, they're cool with that. But don't you dare insist that a corporation take measures that reduces illness or deaths, you frickin' communist!
Their apparent take: You can take away my freedoms, sure, but don't dare take away my boss's freedoms to profit or exploit!

Once again, I'm feeling like most of these "people" are pr spinners or GOP hacks, just like those guys stormin' the Florida recount.
Either that or they're braindamaged by too much O'Reilly.

This country never ceases to amaze me.
I swear I'm done now.

Posted by: The Cosmic Fluke [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 7, 2006 7:13 AM

it just gets better and better.
U.S. mulls removing lead from list of pollutants

Posted by: The Cosmic Fluke [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 7, 2006 11:33 AM

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