Monday, July 10, 2006

News Notes

****Wendy's unveils the Brutus Buckeye Burger!!!! From the Post: ....Wendy's International Inc. is planning to debut a sandwich next month named after the Ohio State University mascot. The burger - to be available at 125 central Ohio restaurants - will feature a quarter pound of beef, sweet relish, mustard relish, tomatoes, bacon, lettuce, onion and American cheese on a roll.

Wendy's, the nation's No. 3 burger chain, plans to add the Brutus Buckeye Burger to the menu Aug. 28 and offer it through the football season. The company also plans to offer a Fix n' Mix Frosty with mini Buckeye peanut butter and chocolate candies....

>>I am not a big soccer fan. However, I found myself watching the World Cup the last few weeks. I thought that yesterday's victory by Italy over France was a very exciting game, even if I didn't understand the meanings of penalty kicks, off sides, and red cards.

Here is what the Italian newspapers are publishing today about Italy's victory:

>>Ohio Republican Sen. DeWine is another lapdog for the Bush administration. Now DeWine is planning to introduce legislation that was written by a federal agency. Does anyone else see something wrong with this???? Can't DeWine write anything on his own? What about the separation of powers?

>>The match up between Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy and Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce is really heating up. The One America Committee Blog has some interesting insights into the race. Here is an example:

On May 2, 2006 Deborah Pryce read a "One Minute Message" about Energy on the floor of the House.

Mostly, a tirade of Karl Rove's talking poiints against Democrats, she throws out such statements as:

"Democrats just say no . . . but when it comes to offering solutions, a way out of this, they're noticeably silent"

"Democrats want a campaign issue, Republicans want a solutions"
(My take-- what are the republican solutions--take more money from big oil?????)

Mary Jo Kilroy also had an announcement to make regarding Energy on May 2, 2006

Kilroy and Franklin County Commission Pioneer Alternative Fuel Usage For County Fleet

Mary Jo Kilroy and the Franklin County Commission gave the final "go ahead" to the building of an E-85 ethanol refueling station at the county-owned garage. By tanking up its "flex-fuel" cars with E-85, Franklin County will immediately decrease amount of petroleum-based fuel it uses and reduce the amount of green house gases emitted by its fleet of over 400 vehicles by 30 percent.

"I believe government should lead by example. This is the cutting edge in the battle for energy independence, not Washington. This program embodies new priorities," Kilroy said....

>>AlterNet has a good article worth reading: Why Do Republicans Hate America's Veterans?
Here is a highlight---

In his quiet moments, Rep. John Murtha must sometimes catch himself thinking about how much easier his life would be if he had just kept his damn mouth shut and gone along to get along on the Iraq war. The Democrat, who has represented Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District for 32 years, began angering the Republican party in late 2005 when, having seen enough of the Bush administration's incompetence, he became the most vocal critic of the White House's failed and dishonest Iraq policies.

"The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It's a flawed policy wrapped in illusion," said Murtha, in November 2005, in calling for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. "The American public is way ahead of the members of Congress. The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq. But it's time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interest of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf regime."

While our young men and women fight in Iraq, the GOP attacks our vets, denies them medical coverage, and keeps sending them on multiple tours of duty.