Woo hoo! 2005. That's almost 2006, when we can get rid of Man-on-Dog Santorum and help him take a big loss into his vice-presidential bid. (BushCo-Santorum - you heard it hear first)
Jordan asks why didn't any of the bobble heads care when the announcement of $60B cuts in the defense budget came down? Kerry's mythical cuts certainly stirred up enough dust.
Gail Burns-Smith, one of several dozen experts who vetted the protocol during its three-year development by Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, said emergency contraception was included in an early draft, and she does not know of anyone who opposed it.
"But in the climate in which we are currently operating, politically it's a hot potato," said Burns-Smith, retired director of Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services.
Emergency contraception is a sensible precaution, particularly in the case of rape, that's being turned into a hot potato by clever wingers who know how to scream and the bobble heads that facillitate them. It's up to us to scream just as loudly now that the DOJ is sanctioning sub-standard medical care for female victims of rape. Interested women's groups need to get visible on this.
The NYT has been paying some front-page attention to the burgeoning class war in China. I've only read four of the stories from the series called, The Great Divide, but they've all been informative. The gist is no surprise; the Chinese rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer - and angry:
The encounter, at first, seemed purely pedestrian. A man carrying a bag passed a husband and wife on a sidewalk. The man's bag brushed the woman's pants leg, leaving a trace of mud. Words were exchanged. A scuffle ensued.
Easily forgettable, except that one of the men, Yu Jikui, was a lowly porter. The other, Hu Quanzong, boasted that he was a ranking government official. Mr. Hu beat Mr. Yu using the porter's own carrying stick, then threatened to have him killed.
For Wanzhou, a Yangtze River port city, the script was incendiary. Onlookers spread word that a senior official had abused a helpless porter. By nightfall, tens of thousands of people had swarmed Wanzhou's central square, where they tipped over government vehicles, pummeled policemen and set fire to city hall.
Minor street quarrel provokes mass riot. The Communist Party, obsessed with enforcing social stability, has few worse fears. Yet the Wanzhou uprising, which occurred on Oct. 18, is one of nearly a dozen such incidents in the past three months, many touched off by government corruption, police abuse and the inequality of the riches accruing to the powerful and well connected.
"People can see how corrupt the government is while they barely have enough to eat," said Mr. Yu, reflecting on the uprising that made him an instant proletarian hero - and later forced him into seclusion. "Our society has a short fuse, just waiting for a spark."
The Chinese government won't be able to stop the tide when it rises. Put that in a cookie and shove it down Hu Jintao's throat. What's disturbing is that it's easy to see the similarities between the problems in China and the problems here. Class war is class war is class war. How short is our fuse?