Insomnia, Blog Break

Why I am awake at 2:30 AM when I'm this tired is a question – but in any event, here I am. I don't often get real insomnia – when I'm wide awake, with no hope of sleep. I guess it's that there is so much going on, and so much that seems to need to be done, that my brain can't slow down.

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Something we're unprepared for

A report released Friday suggests that as many as a half-million people could die of a bird flu pandemic in the US. The article is a sobering read. While we're busy pouring money into the Iraq and homeland security money pit, we're letting our health care system languish, and are completely unprepared for something like this.

Thanks to AmericaBlog for this one.

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Gary Bauer

I know, putting Gary Bauer in my list of "People who are out of their minds" is not at all a surprise. Here's a new one. The UCC has three resoultions on the table at their Synod, geared toward issues of peace in the Middle East. Gary wants people (I assume his constituents) to sign a petition urging the UCC to vote against these resolutions.

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The Empathy Squeeze

This is an amazing article, by Arlie Hochschild, who is a professor of sociology at University of California, Berkeley. Everyone should read it. It's a well reasoned article, about why, specifically lower- and middle-income men will support current economic policies of Bush, like the tax cut. It is along the lines of (but much more incredibly well done than) my post on class a couple of weeks ago.

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Karl Rove must go??

I am getting upset by the whole Karl Rove brou-ha-ha and subsequent storm in the blogosphere. For those of you who are wisely not watching the news, Karl Rove said some things in a conservative forum last night, and is being raked across the coals by democrats. He said, among other things,

"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers,"

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