Ten Post Round-Up: Big News In Digestible Bits (Friday, November 7th)

It seems as if everybody is coming down from their collective presidential election hang-over.  President-elect Barack Obama has already begun picking the people who will be in his administration (much to the chagrin of many Progressives).  President Bush is continuing his lame-duck administration, unfortunately, that doesn’t include another lengthy vacation on the Crawford ranch. Right now, I am feeling part, light-hearted and part, apprehensive.  We finally have a president who will bring change and I am confident that he will be a far better president than the guy who currently has the job, so I’m not stressing Obama, right now.  But, then, we still have GWB in office and the news isn’t good, as he’s trying to mix up as … Continue reading

Alaska Hawaii The Election Smells So Fishy

Weirdness in Alaska. We have this odd situation where Ted Stevens, who was polled 22 points down to his challenger after his conviction on seven felony counts of bribery and corruption, is, oddly, winning an Alaskan election where voter turnout is LOWER than it was in 2004.

Ten Post Round-Up: Big News In Digestible Bits (Thursday, November 6th)

Well, the good news is, the presidential election is finally over.  Obama/Biden clinched it and McCain/Palin are slinking off into the sunset, but not without leaving a trail of “shoulda-coulda-woulda” in their wake.  We are very, very lucky that Bible Spice did not get anywhere near the Oval office in any kind of “official” capacity, is all I’m sayin’. Of course, the bad news, if the blogosphere is any indication, is that right out of the gate, Obama has made a pick for Chief of Staff that not many progressives are very pleased with.  Too bad for Obama, that halo was starting to fit nicely.  It is kind of a relief to be reassured that our President-elect is, indeed, a … Continue reading

Post-Election Irony

Oceans of ink are being spilt as the nation (and the world) collectively pats itself on the back. It is fitting and proper that we do, of course, but Americans being Americans, we’ll manage to carry it too far in about 48 hours, I fear. Lincoln as a Monkey, holding a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation David H. Strother [attributed], Pencil on paper, Richmond, 14 Jan. 1863. I have nothing profound or zippy, or anything to compete with all those clever writers, and I won’t try. But I do have this asterisk, this one small piece of history rattling around in the back of my head.

Pundit Parlor Game: Name the New Cabinet

Now that the election is over pundits will soon begin to speculate as to who Barack Obama will select for his cabinet.  While I’m hardly a pundit, and just a simply country doctor, I thought I’d put in my two cents on health care related appointees before all the real pundits drown me out.  I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again, I hope the President Elect nominates former Governor of Oregon John Kitzhaber as either  Secretary of Health and Human Services or as Surgeon General of the United States.  Here’s Dr. Kitzhaber’s brief resume from wecandoit.org: Born in Colfax, Washington on March 5, 1947 South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon in 1965 Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Dartmouth College, 1969 … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up: Proud To Be An American Edition

Before we just roll right into today’s Ten Post Round-Up, I just gotta say, “Wow!  Just: Wow!”. Wow: At the voter turnout.  Young folks finally got off their humps to vote for a change. (No pun, intended) Wow: At the fact, that despite all the shenanigans perpetrated by electronic voting machines and some “operatives” at the polls and some operatives trying to trick people into missing the polls, FINALLY, this was on election that they couldn’t flip. Wow: At the fact that for whatever reasons: the economy, the war, civil rights (particularly for LGBT citizens), or women’s rights, even Americans who said they would never vote for a black person, voted for a man who is not only African-American, but … Continue reading