While We Look At Prop 8, More Iraqi Gays Die

This morning I wrote a rather in-depth commentary about the continuing plight of LGBTs in the Middle East, in particular Iraq, where more Iraqi gays have been found murdered recently.

I waited until today to let most of the Prop 8 writeups and blogger op-eds dry up so this piece could surface in the LGBT blogosphere.

For those you have not followed any of the articles (few and far between), Network news coverage (little if any) in regards to one of the fallouts of the invasion of Iraq, this may come as quite an eye opener.

Open Thread: More on Fy 2010 Proposed Budget

Along with proposed spending increases in the FY" 2010 budget, the Administration is now fleshing out proposals on how to finance the budget. In this post I am including a link to the OMB fact sheet that details spending proposals.

I was not able to find any first hand information about proposed tax cuts but this is what The Wall Street Journal has to say:

All is quiet on New Year's Day

As each year changes that which we crave peace, universal human rights, redress for the citizenry and good governance continue to escape our grasp. Wars continue in Iraq, the Gaza Strip. Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan: So many more.

In Zimbabwe more than 1,500 people have died from a cholera outbreak which could have been prevented if not for the despotic rule of Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party. Whose only ambitions are to hold power out of fear by fostering fear.

Nothing changes on New Year's Day.

Narratives Change

Narratives are used to describe and shape many aspects of our lives some are subtle while others are direct. But, they are always there pushing and pulling us in directions known and unknown.

By August of 2001 a narrative was developing that George W. Bush would be a one term president as he seemed overwhelmed by his office and uninterested in governance . What’s unfortunate is that the attacks of September 11, 2001 not only saved his presidency but changed the narrative from one of hope and opportunity to that of fear. Fear of our neighbors, fear of those who did not share their religious beliefs, fear of those whose dress or fashion were not theirs and fear of their government which at its founding was meant to be answerable to the people. Fear became then means to invade people’s privacy to accuse people of crimes they would never be convicted of. To hold, people indefinitely both citizen and noncitizen. Fear became the means by which a government meant to be open was suddenly shrouded in secrecy.

Poison Lights; Galloway on the Surge

Alex Johnson/MSNBC: Shining a light on hazards of fluorescent bulbs
. . . while the bulbs are extremely energy-efficient, one problem hasn’t gone away: All CFLs contain mercury, a neurotoxin that can cause kidney and brain damage.

Yes, LEDs are available replacements, and could easily be price-competitive (they are already vastly more energy efficient, and totally non-toxic), but some very huge lighting companies would be stuck with a few billion "old" bulbs. Can't have that now, can we?
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Joe Galloway: Commentary: Iraq surge has failed in its main purpose
Here we are in the final throes of the Bush administration and someone has foolishly let Darth Cheney off his leash again.

And that's only the first line. Enjoy.