In our wonderful Senate the nomination for Surgeon General is in trouble:
The nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, an internist and political ally of the president’s, has come under criticism from the National Rifle Association, and opposition from the gun-rights group has grown so intense that it has placed Democrats from conservative states, several of whom are up for re-election this year, in a difficult spot. Senate aides said Friday that as many as 10 Democrats are believed to be considering a vote against Dr. Murthy, who has voiced support for various gun control measures like an assault weapons ban, mandatory safety training and ammunition sales limits.
The NRA now decides who our chief doctor should be? If the Flat Earth Society gained traction in red states would our chief scientist have to declare the world is flat, the sun revolves around the earth, oh, and global warming does not exist? Really? This is what we elect to high office?
Yesterday it was reported that the Senate had put together a more comprehensive package of aid for Ukraine and sanctions for Russia, except Mitch McConnell and the boys are holding it up until the President agrees to hold up on more stringent IRS regulations to ensure that 501 organizations still get their tax exempt status while they pour billions into political causes. We have a crisis in the world, they want the President to stand tall, and they are willing once again to use political blackmail on an unrelated issue? What a fine group of people. Even John McCain went ballistic on this one.
I see where Scott Brown has moved from Massachusetts to New Hampshire to run for Senator. Once he was a man of Massachusetts, you know, a man of the local people driving around in his pickup truck. Now he is a man of the people in New Hampshire driving around in his pickup truck. Or said another way, he is a man who will go anywhere and say anything if it gets him elected. He ought to fit right in.
I watched an episode of VICE last night reporting on the billions wasted in Afghanistan, and the true nature of Rio and the slums prior to the World Cup and the Olympics. All I could think of was, isn’t this the kind of reporting we used to get from normal news and now we have to turn to HBO and this group to see the world as it is. They are giving us the definitive reporting in Ukraine. Whatever happened to CNN? Oh wait! We do have in depth knowledge of the charges against Justin Bieber.
And finally there is new information that 7-hours after contact was lost with Malaysia Flight 370, there was communication with a satellite indicating it was still flying and apparently the Malaysians have finally decided to investigate the two pilots. Is any of this true or verified? Don’t know, but it came from the Prime Minister of Malaysia who we know is an expert on aviation crashes. The other day I irreverently joked that maybe we should see if there is a used 777 for sale on ebay. Sadly that is not looking so crazy.
Well another Saturday morning sitting on my hill wondering how the human race got as far as they have.