News Roundup: Severe Flooding, Snowden, Jobs, IRS

For the last four or five days we’ve had torrential rains with severe flooding which has been unrelenting. We are in a flash flood watch through Sunday evening.

It appears that both Venezuela and Nicaragua are interested in granting Edward Snowden asylum. I know that there have been some Americans who believe that Edward Snowden has done a great thing. They believe that Snowden has become the conversation over safety versus personal liberties. I would suggest, though, that there has been no conversation. Instead, we’ve had pundits yelling at each other without any real discussion over this topic.

The new jobs report is out. The economy picked up 195,000 jobs.  We desperately need more. The economy has gained over a fifth of the jobs lost in the great recession. We’ve got a long way to go.

Remember the huge IRS scandal? You remember that conservatives just went ballistic. Conservative groups were being targeted. There was even some discussion that the Obama White House had specifically targeted conservative groups just as Nixon did in the mid-1970s. Well, as more and more information comes out, we’ve found that this is not true. Conservatives groups were not targeted more than liberal groups. Both liberal and conservative groups were singled out for increased scrutiny. It also appears that nonpolitical groups were also singled out for scrutiny. I’m not saying that the IRS did nothing wrong. Instead, I’m saying that the IRS did not single out conservative groups, which is what was originally reported. I’m also stating that this was a false scandal/controversy. Where are conservatives going to look to find the next false, outrageous, scandal?

Scott Walker decided to sign into law an ultrasound bill similar to the one in Virginia. Of course, he decided to sign it into law on Friday during the Fourth of July holiday. Women of Wisconsin – happy Fourth of July.

If you follow tennis, there was a great match the other day. For some reason, Wimbledon brings out the best. Novak Djokovic verse Juan Martin del Potro. Great match.


2 Responses

  1. Conservatives mandating unneeded medical procedures.  Yea that is fiscally responsible.  This people make me sick.

  2. JeffMahigian I don’t think that these guys make me sick. I understand your frustration. I find them laughable. On one hand they hold of the Bible as the book that defines how we should conduct ourselves, on the other hand, they are trying to stick it to the poor at every opportunity. When you point out this discrepancy, they simply get mad at you and tell you that you don’t understand the Bible. When you point out that Jesus was about compassion and talked about we will be judged by how we take care of the least among us, they look at you with pity. On one hand they talk about the rule of law, on the other hand, they are embracing George Zimmerman as if he’s some hero for shooting an unarmed American walking in his own neighborhood. On one hand they talk about individual freedoms, on the other hand, it is really okay to mandate that women undergo unnecessary vaginal ultrasounds. Simply crazy.
    Thanks for your comments

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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