Thursday, June 22, 2006

Early morning news reading

The increase in murders has brought the National Guard to New Orleans. At the same time, the suicide rate in The Big Easy has more than tripled since Katrina. Care has found the town that it forgot.

The Senate voted down an increase in the minimum wage. It's been $5.15 an hour or $10,700 a year for a full time job, for ten years now. In the same time frame, Senators have increased their pay by $30,000 a year.

North Korea is rattling nuclear sabers.

The War in Iraq's death toll has risen to over 2500, and the brutality of the attacks on our boys and girls is frightening. At the same time, American soldiers are being accused of murders committed during this nightmare war. In Afghanistan, four more soldiers have been killed.

The Senate is planning on investigating the Executive Office's use of signing statements to selectively avoid obeying the law, in particular laws forbidding the use of torture.

In Indiana, the Porter County library system is banning homeless children from checking out books.

There are landslides and floods in Indonesia, and the San Andreas fault is overdue for a big quake.

::stepping up on my soap box::

Pray, my children, pray.

::channeling ET::

Be good.

::changing that to Bill and Ted::

Be excellent to one another.

That is really our best hope and only hope.


Blogger Lisa :-] said...

Sometimes it just all comes crashing down...

June 22, 2006 1:20 PM  
Blogger Theresa Williams said...

That thing about the minimum wage really gets to me. Everywhere people are struggling and going into debt just to eat and keep a roof over their heads. TWO people working minimum wage jobs could not support a family! I need to find out who voted against this bill.

June 22, 2006 4:25 PM  
Blogger emmapeelDallas said...

I agree with Theresa. The rich get richer, and the poor definitely get poorer. It's incredibly upsetting.


June 23, 2006 12:53 AM  
Blogger redsneakz said...

We're back in the gilded age, the age of the robber baron. And you know what it took to end the gilded age? It didn't end until Great Depression.

G-d help us all.

June 23, 2006 7:35 AM  
Anonymous elleme said...

Maybe we should be able to set a MAXIMUM wage for members of Congress, with any increase in that ceiling requiring approval of the voters nationwide. That'd fix 'em!

June 23, 2006 8:21 AM  

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