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News Roundup – Andrae Couch, Stupid Articles, Oil Prices

The Great Andrae Crouch has died. He injected more soul into gospel in the mid-’70s and his influence can be felt everywhere there is music today.

From CNN: “Crouch was an innovator, a path-finder, a precursor in an industry noted for its conservative, often derivative approach to popular music,” Robert Darden wrote for Christianity Today. “He combined gospel and rock, flavored it with jazz and calypso as the mood struck him and the song called for it.”

Listen to the choir. It is a thing of beauty.

Andrae – RIP.

Under the heading of stupid articles we have this jewel from NYT. This is real breaking news on the relationship between George W Bush and Jeb Bush. Is Jeb going to run? Does GWB have the inside track? Do we care? Look, brothers are brothers. Some are really close and some aren’t. This article is a complete waste of electrons.

DSCC – I got a call from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee the other day. You know the pitch. “We need to fight hard to take back the Senate.” Yak, yak, yak. Guys, I’m so tired of Democrats running around in circles looking for a message, I could just spit. The core principles of the Democratic party have to be that we promote policies which benefit the average working American. It is that simple. Universal Healthcare. Living wage. Marriage equality. Strong Unions. Affordable high quality education. This isn’t rocket science but in this last election cycle Democrats were running away from President Obama and ObamaCare. They had no message for the most part, except vote for us because we ain’t them. Until the Democrats get their act together, they aren’t going to get any money from me. They (we) have to do better.

PTSD is a bear. We need better therapies. We need better access for those who can help. We need to remember that everyday Americans who are in traumatic events can have PTSD also. It is not just those who have been in the military.

The average American should benefit from lower oil prices.

News Roundup: Lies, J.P. Morgan Chase, Best Quarterback in the NFL and More

Dana PerinoWhen I first started this blog, I thought it was very important for me to combat all the lies that are told in the public sphere. That proved extremely fruitless. Yet, there are some lies that we clearly need to call out. George W. Bush’s former White House Press Secretary, Dana Perino, decided that she would tell a little fib on national television. While on Fox News she said, “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.” You don’t have to be a genius or know how to use Google to know that 9/11 occurred while George W. Bush was in his first term as president of our United States. Yet Rudy Giuliani, who was thrust into prominence by those same attacks, repeated the claim only a couple days later. Besides the multiple failures of 9/11, which I will not go into, there was the anthrax attack in which several Americans died and several others became sick. This was a terrorist attack. It happened on George W. Bush’s watch. Frank Rich has more. Look, I really don’t mind you having your own opinion. If you believe that George W. Bush was the greatest president since George Washington, good for you. I do mind when you pretend to have your own set of facts. The facts are clear. The failures of the George W. Bush administration led to 9/11. The failures in the aftermath of 9/11 led to our taking our eyes off the ball and focusing on Iraq instead of Al Qaeda. This allowed us to go into Iraq with too few troops to secure the peace. Now, let’s return to reality.

It would be nice if we had some fairy godmother who could wave a magic wand and change the world for good. Wouldn’t it be nice if corporations would be penalized for gross negligence? If you have a security breach in which 76 million credit card holders have their data exposed to thieves, isn’t that gross negligence? Why can’t we, as Americans, form a class action and sue J.P. Morgan Chase for gross negligence? Oh, that’s right, it’s illegal for us to do it.

It appears that a gay teenager was beaten. Unfortunately, this isn’t news. What is news is that he was hospitalized for the beating and is being charged by police for… I don’t know what exactly. It’s crazy.

Google is working on a really large TV which will fit together like Legos. Sounds cool. Hope it works.

Deaths from heroin overdoses have more than doubled over the last several years.

Conservatives are all up in arms because of voter suppression. I can only laugh. It is conservatives who have pushed voter suppression. They pushed ID cards and several other gimmicks in order to limit the young, the poor and some of the elderly from voting. Now one of their own, Leslie Rutledge, has been kicked off the voter registration. One of the things that I find amusing is that conservatives continue to say that this is a right-leaning country. If so, wouldn’t conservatives push to have more people vote instead of fewer? Continue reading

Ebola victim walks out of Emory Hospital

This is great. It is great for Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. It is also GREAT for Emory Hospital and American medicine.

From Reuters:

Appearing thin but smiling, a Texas doctor who weeks ago entered an Atlanta hospital in a full-body biohazard suit to be treated for Ebola said on Thursday he was “thrilled to be alive” as doctors declared him virus-free and safe for release.

Dr. Kent Brantly’s release came two days after a second U.S. missionary, Nancy Writebol, was quietly allowed to leave Emory University Hospital, where both had been treated after contracting the deadly virus in July while working for Christian organizations in Liberia.

They were each cleared for discharge from the hospital’s isolation unit after their symptoms eased and blood and urine tests showed no evidence of the virus, a doctor who treated them said on Thursday.

The announcement of their release and expected full recovery from a disease that has killed 1,350 people in West Africa prompted an emotional scene in Atlanta. Hospital workers cheered, clapped and cried as a thin but steady Brantly entered a news conference holding his wife Amber’s hand.