Muse’s Monday Menagerie

I hope all you mothers out there had a wonderful day yesterday!

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is $20 million in debt.. Sheesh! If I were a hundred bucks overdrawn, my husband would take away the checkbook!

Is Hillary vying for the VP spot? CNN reports..

So, what would a Gore presidency have possibly looked like (if Gore had actually been allowed to serve the presidency that he was rightfully elected to)? The Presidency of Al Gore 2001 – 2009.

There was a huge earthquake in China today that was felt as far away as Pakistan, Vietnam and Thailand. 900 students were reportedly buried, and there is the potential for thousands of deaths:

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake was among the worst to strike China in decades, devastating a hilly region of small cities and towns in Sichuan and nearby provinces. The official Xinhua News Agency said 8,533 people died in Sichuan and dozens of other deaths were reported elsewhere.

The BBC reports that at least 8,500 people were killed in the quake.

On Truthdig, Scott Ritter writes about Chicago’s Taking A Stand Against War (with Iran). Wouldn’t it be wonderful if other cities around this country followed suit and took a stand against this administration’s war-mongering?

Juan Cole of Informed Comment writes for Salon on the coverage of the Democratic race for the presidential nomination through the eyes and reporting of Al-Jazeera.

For the latest on this War in Iraq, ‘Ghost city’ Mosul braces for assault on last bastion of al-Qa’ida in Iraq:

Mosul looks like a city of the dead. American and Iraqi troops have launched an attack aimed at crushing the last bastion of al- Qa’ida in Iraq and in doing so have turned the country’s northern capital into a ghost town.

Soldiers shoot at any civilian vehicle on the streets in defiance of a strict curfew. Two men, a woman and child in one car which failed to stop were shot dead yesterday by US troops, who issued a statement saying the men were armed and one made “threatening movements”.

Mosul, on the Tigris river, is inhabited by 1.4 million people, but has been sealed off from the outside world by hundreds of police and army checkpoints since the Iraqi government offensive against al-Qa’ida began at 4am on Saturday. The operation is a critical part of an attempt to reassert military control over Iraq which has led to heavy fighting in Baghdad and Basra.

From ThinkProgress: Lieberman Dismisses Iraqis Who Oppose A McCain Presidency. We all know Joe Liebermann is a closet neocon and overt war-mongerer, but is he vying to be McCain’s VP running-mate?

On the environment front.. From AlterNet: It Isn’t Morning in America Anymore — It’s Dusk on Planet Earth:

Even for Americans, constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start — even for us, the world looks a little Terminal right now.

It’s not just the economy. We’ve gone through swoons before. It’s that gas at $4 a gallon means we’re running out, at least of the cheap stuff that built our sprawling society. It’s that when we try to turn corn into gas, it sends the price of a loaf of bread shooting upwards and starts food riots on three continents. It’s that everything is so inextricably tied together. It’s that, all of a sudden, those grim Club of Rome types who, way back in the 1970s, went on and on about the “limits to growth” suddenly seem how best to put it, right.

All of a sudden it isn’t morning in America, it’s dusk on planet Earth. Read on…

To end on a happier note.. Also from AlterNet, The Healing Power of Pets

5 thoughts on “Muse’s Monday Menagerie

  1. I hope Hillary isn’t hoping for a VP spot. It would be a terrible mistake on Obama’s part. She would be a liability and not an asset. I won’t say more because it would sound too mean.

  2. I totally agree Cats. I would like to see him pick that woman governor who gave the Democratic response after the SOTU speech in January. I think she’d be wonderful. (I can’t remember her name..)

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