Archive for November, 2005

In yet another Iraq War speech, President Bush refused to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, laid out a multi-part, stay-the-course strategy for victory plan, and cheered attendees at the U.S. Naval Academy with the idea that there will be tough days ahead — as opposed to the free-wheeling, good times we’ve […]

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The Supreme Court will be hearing the New Hampshire attempt to introduce a law that would bar doctors from performing an abortion on a girl younger than 18 unless one of her parents has been notified, even when the girl has a health emergency.
Questions include: (a.) How could this be enforced? […]

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US Fueled Iraq Propaganda

Positive articles about the Iraq war are showing up in Iraqi newspapers. They look like good old fashioned journalism, but in actuality, they were written by U.S. troops as part of an “information war” against those in Iraq who don’t embrace the American presence, which is just about everybody. Articles promote […]

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Portland’s School Committee is considering a proposal to limit to seven the number of annual visits military and college recruiters can make to the city’s high schools and create designated spaces where they can recruit… The policy would be the first of its kind in Maine. See the KJ
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The Maine Association of Health Plans is challenging state Insurance Superintendent Alessandro Iuppa’s ruling last month that Dirigo initiatives resulted in $44 million in savings. Why? Because health insurers are required to make a payment based on those savings.
Insurance companies don’t intend to pay that fee any more than they intend to […]

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Quitting as an Exit Strategy

Saying that “Quitting is not an exit strategy,” President Bush as reignited his campaign, “Our National Strategy for Victory in Iraq.”
The question is, if you are fighting a war against an unorganized enemy fighting street-gang style, can you ever expect a “victory” or is a cease fire the best you can hope […]

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Despite the fact that the Bush administration is refusing to confirm or deny reports about any alleged secret prisons, the State Department is promising to be “responsive” to a written request from the presidency of the European Union. Responsive, of course, is a relative term… See the VOA
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Why do I live in Maine?

Because after Bridget the cat fell out of the engine compartment of a pickup truck crossing the Odabashian Bridge, freaked in the oncoming traffic, plummeted 70 feet into the West Coast’s Columbia River and then swam 600 feet to shore, she made national headlines but still ended up alone […]

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Not that this page is going to make slogging through the options any more fun, but we’ve put together the best “doing” links to make it easier to find plans, search by the medications you take, print out Maine plans, and - should all else fail - the 800 number to call. See the […]

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Tom Allen has introduced H.R. 4392 - legislation to allow importation of generic medications, like Tamiflu, in order to fight a pandemic should the U.S. patent-holding manufacturer not be able to make enough to meet public need. The bill reverses a 2003 Bush Administration trade decision that prohibits the importation of generic drugs produced […]

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Film ME

The 2006 House of Representative proceedings will be broadcast thanks to a new video camera! Non stop broadcasts may be used as punishment for minor offenses… See the KJ
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When Bush spokesman Scott McClellan floated the test comment, “I find it baffling that Mr. Murtha is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic Party,” in response to Rep. Murtha’s call for an Iraq troop withdrawal, he never foresaw the hornet’s nest of controversy those […]

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Talkin’ Turkey Takes Butterballs

At White House ceremonies today, Thanksgiving turkeys Marshmallow and Yam, originally scheduled for a pardon, fell victim to the Patriot Act. Whisked via Airforce One from Gitmo to a secret prison in Baghdad, CIA officials would neither confirm nor deny rumors that the two were “stuffed” with intelligence and would be […]

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Senator Collins told Farrington Elementary School fourth-graders that it’s important to know how to read, and a mistake to label anyone who doesn’t agree with the president ‘unpatriotic.’ See the KJ.
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