What's Going On – News Round Up

I’ll repeat my top story – George Carlin died last night of heart failure.

  • The Washington Post’s Michael Dobbs who runs their Fact Checker blog has given Barack Obama three Pinocchio’s for his “reversal” on campaign finance. I don’t know. I guess if I was a McCain supporter I would be furious over this. Obama has made the right decision. It will allow him to compete in all 50 states.
  • Atlanta Magazine is completely dedicated to the water shortage in Atlanta in specific and Georgia in general. They even delve into the good intentions and bad ideas of the Georgia Legislature. If you live anywhere which has the potential of being water starved this is clearly worth a read. By the way, could conservatism be to blame for the current water shortage?
  • The rival faction in Zimbabwe has pulled out of the election runoff because of the violence against his supporters. I continue to be amazed at the lack of coverage that this is getting in the major news papers and newscasts.
  • Frank Rich has a fabulous op-ed on the forgotten war — Iraq. Although I mention the 51 deaths in a recent car bombing here on my blog, most major newscasts did not cover it. Most Americans agree that we need to get out of a rack. Therefore, we’re just waiting to sign the final papers.
  • Over 800 people are missing from a capsized ferry in the Philippines. A major typhoon hit the island on Saturday. Maybe it’s just me but it appears that the Philippines may have the worst natural disasters in the world.
  • Do you remember Boone Pickens? Don’t vomit. He was a billionaire who funded The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. He offered $1 million to anyone who could prove that their allegations were wrong. 10 of John Kerry’s mates have written a 13 page report refuting The Swift Boat Veterans. I wonder if Mr. Pickens will keep his word.
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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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