Bush to Country: I Don’t Have a Magic Wand, So Stop Pestering Me! (And More!)
And now (drumroll please) the news with Kandy Korrespondent
As the price at the pump soars beyond $4 in some parts of the country, President Bush attempted to distance himself from the crisis, stating during Tuesday’s news conferences,
“I firmly believe that, you know, if there was a magic wand to wave, I’d be waving it, of course […] I’ve repeatedly submitted proposals to help address these problems, yet time after time Congress chose to block them.”
These proposals for the most part have to do with allowing the construction of more coal and nuclear plants and opening of an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer then responded to the President’s criticism of Congress by stating,
“The president has proclaimed that he is ‘the decider,’ but this morning all he tried to do is pass the buck to someone else rather than accept responsibility for his administration’s failed economic policies and escalating gas prices.”
In related news, on Tuesday Federal Judge Claudia Wilken ordered the Bush administration to decide on whether to place the polar bear on the endangered species list by May 15th. The inclusion of the polar bear on the list will hamper the future of oil and gas development in the Artic circle.
On Tuesday, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama denounced Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s comments made on Monday at the National Press Club as hatemongering and “divisive”. He told reporters in Winston Salem, North Carolina, that “Whatever relationship I had with Reverend Wright has changed as a consequence of this.”
Family members of the 81 victims linked to tainted Herapin, a blood thinner used during kidney dialysis, called upon Congress to take measures to protect patients from unsafe drugs. The drug was recalled in February following the FDA’s discovery of a contaminant in several batches of the drug. There is some thought that the contamination was deliberate.
A Story to Keep an Eye on:
Tensions are building up to a dangerous level between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway province of Azbhazia. An unmanned Georgian drone was shot down last week while flying over Azbhazia. Georgia claims a Russian jet shot it down, Russia of course denies this, and Azbkhaz rebels meanwhile claim that they actually they shot it down—so who knows what really happened. On Tuesday, Georgia retaliated by warning it will block Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization.
And Now for Something Completely Different…
(…and rather disgusting)
Seven German artists along with their lice, yes lice, are being hosted at the Museum of Bat Yam in Israel as part of the gallery’s exhibit around the theme of “hosting”. In addition to stirring controversy in the art world, the exhibit indirectly touches upon the tainted relations between Germans and Jews–Nazi propaganda characterized Jews as parasites. But so far the exhibit seems to be going well; one of the artists, Stefan Reuter, said “People ask about it – we had one woman who came and thanked us for making such a great statement against the fascist rhetoric of German history.”
Ick. I’m sorry… as moving as this all is given the history of these two groups, they have head lice!
That’s it for today. See you tomorrow!