August 21st, 2003


what's for dinner?

Sunday: beef enchiladas with Spanish-style rice
Monday: chicken in a mole sauce, plus Sunday left-overs
Tuesday: spaghetti with garlic & herb bread
Last night: chicken soup with ham & cheese grilled sandwich
Tonight: I'm thinking about tuna casserole. Dunno yet.

once again, Vets get shafted

WASHINGTON -- Veterans are condemning House Republicans' failure to deliver a $3.2 billion boost for the Veterans Affairs Department that would have shrunk the agency's waiting list for medical care.

"A shameless betrayal" is how AMVETS sums it up.

"A moral outrage," the American Legion said.

"Abominable" is the word from the Non Commissioned Officers Association.

"Veterans have been pushed to the limits," said Joe Violante, national legislative director for Disabled American Veterans. "They're being lied to, and they're not tolerating it."

The broken promise -- the second time in a year Congress has reneged on a pledge to veterans -- has veterans vowing to remember at the ballot box.

[Full story] - by Dennis Camire for Gannett News Service
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from "The Cheney plan for more blackouts"

Those regulatory tigers at FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), the guys who stood by doing nothing while California got ripped off for $45 billion, have in fact presciently warned that the Midwestern grid is a mess. So they get lots of points in the "I told you so" category. Not that they did anything about it.

The Clinton administration, in the person of former energy secretary and now governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, is also in the clear, having tried to Do Something back in 1998, to the usual chorus of boos and jeers from the Republican Congress. This naturally did not stop Rep. Tom DeLay, the Exterminator, from blaming it all on the Democrats as soon the lights went out.

The Republican theme song is that if only Congress had passed Dick Cheney's perfectly darling National Energy Plan, this would never have happened.

[Read more] - by Molly Ivins
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