Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Unacceptably High Costs

Bush shrinks federal pay raises - 28 Nov 2007 at 3:10pm - WASHINGTON -- President Bush ordered Wednesday that federal workers living in more expensive regions of the country will get smaller pay raises than expected, citing what he called unacceptably high costs to the nation.
Funny how he never seems to mention the unacceptably high cost of continuing the War To Take Non-Existent Weapons Away From A Dead Man.

4th-graders losing ground on literacy - 28 Nov 2007 at 1:28pm - WASHINGTON -- U.S. fourth-graders have lost ground in reading ability compared with kids around the world, according to results of a global reading test.
Heckuva job, NCLB.

Iraq to give US$8 million to Jordan for hosting refugees - November 28, 2007 03:27:00 PM - AMMAN, 28 November 2007 (IRIN) - The Iraqi government will give Jordan US$8 million to help host the estimated 500,000 Iraqi refugees now living in the country.

U.S. general wants big cuts in Iraqi detainees - 28 Nov 2007 at 8:44am - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The commander of U.S. prison camps in Iraq said he wants to cut the number of Iraqis in his custody by around two thirds by the end of 2008 as part of a wider counter-insurgency plan to bring down violence.

U.S. Military Struggles to Keep Army Captains - 28 Nov 2007 at 10:20am - Some of the Army's best captains are getting out of the war in Iraq. They are tired of long deployments and the strain on their families. But in hopes of getting captains to re-enlist for another three years, the military is offering a $35,000 bonus.

Army Captains Critique Iraq War - 28 Nov 2007 at 10:19am - A dozen former Army captains recently wrote a critical column for The Washington Post titled "The Real Iraq We Knew." They describe the war they experienced, sometimes during multiple tours. Many have questioned the officers' patriotism and political motivations.

12 states sue EPA for data on toxins - 28 Nov 2007 at 12:04pm - ALBANY, N.Y. -- Twelve states sued the Bush administration on Wednesday to force greater disclosure of data on toxic chemicals that companies store, use and release into the environment.

Thought for the day:
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. -Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)


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