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Destruction at 8 m.p.h.

When the US Senate held a debate earlier this year about a federal catastrophic insurance plan, many said that it was a bail out for hurricane zone residents; i.e. why should the Midwest pay for coastal states problems? There is no doubt in my mind that we all will end up paying to help these Midwesterner's rebuild (just like we are all still paying for Katrina). Maybe now is the time for the government to conduct an honest discussion of a national natural disaster insurance plan.  (Jun 17, 2008 | post #1)

Chicago Tribune

What's in your water?

You know that the government has something to hide when their response to the finding is criticize the testing method and spout off how safe the water is.  (Apr 17, 2008 | post #9)

Chicago Tribune

Meat recall alerts retailers, not consumers

"Amanda Eamich of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the department's recall directly named only Hallmark/Westland, not its customers. But USDA did tell Hallmark/Westland to ask the manufacturers that use its meat to pull their products. She acknowledged that the agency did not ask that consumers be notified." This type of logic - conduct a recall, but don't tell anyone who uses the product - explains how this maladministration can claim that water boarding and such is not torture. Hurry up and get here, January 19, 2009!  (Mar 8, 2008 | post #6)

Chicago Tribune

White House intensifies spying standoff

If the Intel community/white house/DOJ all know about these "dangers ", why haven't they gotten warrants to enable wiretaps or other intelligence gathering mechanisms? Just remember: Be Afraid, Very Afraid.  (Feb 23, 2008 | post #8)

Chicago Tribune

Mukasey Text Doesn't Include Torture

Now really folks, is anyone surprised at the AG's position? The man was nominated by the Idiot-in Chief, never really answered torture questions during his confirmation hearings (actually,it was the congress blovating, but that's another story), and is letting his departmetn stonewall an investigation into Gonzales tenure as AG. Anyone who expected a different response is welcome to contact me as I have bridges in NYC for sale as well as oceanfront property in Nevada for you.  (Jan 29, 2008 | post #1)

Chicago Tribune

Dog's fix gives insurer pause

Sounds as though the insurance company stiffs most of its customers unless an embarrassing story in the newspaper looms. According to the story, her, she did contact them to dispute the denial and was rebuffed; so much for contacting the "dispute " department. Better to put the monthly premium in an interest -bearing account until you need it.  (Dec 19, 2007 | post #1)

Chicago Tribune

Judge: White House Logs Are Public

What makes anyone think that these logs are ever going to "found", since they are in White House custody. This will be a repeat of Rove & company's political e-mails on the gov't dime, since those records can't be found either.  (Dec 17, 2007 | post #40)

Chicago Tribune

Oral Roberts president resigns

The religious right had its turn for a few years, now the pendulum has begun to swing back toward the middle and the free spenders are caught in the backwash. Too damn bad for them, maybe some time in jail will allow these miscreants all the time they need to rethink their cheating behavior.  (Nov 23, 2007 | post #1)

Chicago Tribune

Universal need causes a rift

We,as a nation, are so hung up on stupid, petty things. First, let's stop calling the toilet area a "rest area" - let's acknowledge that the room is a toilet area. Second, discontinue the use of male/female toilet rooms and simply have signs that indicate on the door(drum roll):toilet. Put a lock on the damn door and include a urinal and toilet bowl. Then, let's find more important things to worry about.  (Oct 21, 2007 | post #26)

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Police Department disbanding Special Operations S...

All of these folks who want to be part of an elite butt-kicking group have an alternative: the US military. But, there they are constrained by squad leaders who enforce rules, regulations and discipline. Those who don't conform suffer the consequences (think Ft. Leavenworth). As things stand now, all of these elite cop squads are the same as Blackwater guards in Iraq: out of control and beholding to no one.  (Oct 9, 2007 | post #7)

Chicago Tribune

20 years and still cooking

I'm glad you enjoyed the evening; sounds like a lot of fun to watch the pros let their hair down (even if just a little) knowing that you were watching.  (Sep 30, 2007 | post #4)

Chicago Tribune

Firefighter Awakes to Fire Station Fire

The really scary story is that only one person was on duty: 1 person CPR is futile, one person is supposed to drive the fire truck, drag the hose, raise the ground ladder, haul someone's **** out of a burning building, extricate someone from a vehicle, etc., come on, why have anyone on the job? Building insurance would be cheaper for the local government and that way no one in the community would suffer from the false impression that they are "protected " by the local FD.  (Sep 27, 2007 | post #4)