Sunday, April 22, 2007


I've been trying to compose a post about the many things that are wrong about our current society. But I keep getting overwhelmed. I'm not sure where to start. I mean, there are so many things going wrong (and, FWIW, so many good blogs about them), that I'm overwhelmed. So here's a short list of things that are wrong:
Drug Laws.
DPA is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We envision new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.

Health care
Americans pay more for health care per person than citizens anywhere else in the
world, doling out half again as much in medical expenses each year as the
second-highest-cost country, according to a new study.

Foreign policy:

CAIRO, Egypt: Iraq's prime minister said Sunday that he has ordered a halt to the U.S. construction of a barrier separating a Sunni enclave from surrounding Shiite areas in Baghdad after fierce criticism over the project at home.

The challenge to the U.S. initiative came as Nouri al-Maliki began a regional
tour to shore up support from mostly Sunni Arab nations for his Shiite-dominated
government as sectarian violence persists despite a nearly 10-week-old security

The U.S. military announced last week that it was building a five kilometer
(three mile) long and 3.6 meter (12 foot) tall concrete wall in Azamiyah, a Sunni stronghold in northern Baghdad whose residents have often been the victims
of retaliatory mortar attacks by Shiite militants following bombings usually
blamed on insurgents.

U.S. and Iraqi officials defended plans for the barrier as an effort to protect the neighborhood, but residents and Sunni leaders complained it was a form of discrimination that would isolate the community and a large protest was
scheduled for Monday in the area.

In his first public comments on the issue, al-Maliki said Sunday that he had
ordered the construction to stop.

Justice (or law enforcement)

NRO's Byron York: "It has been a disastrous morning for Attorney General Alberto

It's really true. Quite apart from the substance of what we've learned since
mid-January and Gonzales' past false statements, Gonzales has been surprisingly
unable even to keep his made-up stories straight. As near as I can tell, only two Republican members of the committee have been even remotely sympathetic to
his testimony. At least two Republican senators called him a liar. One gently -- Graham, and another not so gently, Specter.

Sens. Hatch (R) and Cornyn (R) have been pretty embarrassing in their effort
to clean up Gonzales's mess on his behalf. But what's been most telling is how
much they're the exceptions to the rule. None of the others are making much of
any effort to cover for him.

In a weird way, let us remember that on Earth Day, Richard Nixon died. The ol' bastard did create the EPA. And, as much as I hated him, he was reasonably competent.

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