Sunday, September 30, 2007

A Great Night at the Old Ballpark!

On Friday night I had the opportunity to see the Red Sox beat the Twins at Fenway Park. On hour after the game was over the Red Sox became division champions with a little help from Baltimore who beat the Yanks. Hadn't been to Fenway Park for a couple of years. It was a great experience.

Congratulations to Cubs fans on clinching their division! A Cubs-Red Sox World Series would be a real treat.

Monday, September 24, 2007

We have a visitor from Iran!

The folks in New York are sure getting worked up about the arrival of Ahmadinejad in town. Looks like he has replaced Saddam Hussein as the reincarnation of Adolph Hitler.

The visit provides a golden opportunity for the NeoCons to whip up support for a bombing campaign against Iran. Then we will have a real disaster on our hands...considering that all the American bases in Iraq and Afganistan are within striking distance for the Iranians. Too scary to think about.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Panic in Red Sox Nation...

With the Red Sox just one game ahead of the dreaded Yankees...and slumping badly ...there is fear and loathing in Red Sox Nation. Things are so bad that we are not able to enjoy the beatiful fall weather. Maybe we didn't get rid of "the curse" after all!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Politicians debate and the war goes on...

Terri Gurrola, returning from a seven-month tour in Iraq, greets her daughter at the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Sixty-one women in the US military have been killed by hostile fire in Iraq, indicating women are playing new roles in combat zones.

While the politicians in Washington debate the merits of the "surge" real American families are carrying the burden of this illegal and immoral war.

(Photo: Louie Favorite / AP)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Saturation Coverage of the "Surge"...

I've already heard more than enough of the pro and con arguments regarding the troop surge in Iraq. My response has been to turn off the television. Can't take it any more!

The Great Debate is going on in Washington while lots of people are getting killed and wounded in Iraq. Many seem to forget that this occupation was originally based on a pack of NeoCon lies...and that we are not welcome in that part of the world as occupiers.

It is really unfortunate that Bush and Company is framing the Iraq War as part of the "war on terror" and as a consequence of 9/11.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Owners of St.Rita's Nursing Home found not guilty...

Flanked by their defense attorneys Jim Cobb,left, and John Reed, far right in red tie, Mabel Mangano and husband Sal walk out into the rain following the not guilty verdict at the West Feliciana Parish Courthouse in St. Francisville,Louisiana Friday. (Times-Picyune Staff Photo)

The jury found the owners of a St. Bernard Parish nursing home not guilty Friday night in the deaths of 35 residents who drowned during Hurricane Katrina.

The jury's decision capped a three-week trial that brought the state's highest official to the witness stand as attorneys tried to assign blame for the deaths of the elderly people at St. Rita's nursing home.

Sal and Mabel Mangano, who owned the nursing home near Poydras, faced 35 counts of negligent homicide for the residents who died and 24 counts of cruelty to the infirm for the residents who survived the flood but had to be floated out of the building on mattresses and taken by boat to a makeshift shelter.

The jury deliberated around four hours. The couple was found not guilty on all counts.

Like many of the stories associated with Hurricane Katrina this is a very sad story in which there are no winners. Hopefully, all the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy can put this story behind them.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Celebrating worker's rights...

After almost three weeks visiting family and friends in Ireland I'm back and ejoying the beautiful fall weather we are having in New England.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Bread and Roses Festival in Lawrence, Massachusetts. It's a wonderful event that honors the memory of those mill workers who organized themselves almost one hundred years ago in defense of their rights.

Beginning this week I'll be posting on a regular basis. On the visit to Ireland I was pretty much "out of touch" with what was happening politically in the United States. It will take a while to catch up with what is happening.