The author of this article had the time of his life. I'm not saying that because he got to meet Natalie Portman. I'd love to have the chance to study abroad in Israel. I need to remind myself to get my passport work done because, yes, I am planning to attend Birthright this summer. I'm not sure yet which group I will go with but I am planning to attend this summer.
The Blues Brothers top the 5 movies that are set in Chicago.
The Cardinals play at 4:00 eastern today. It works great with my schedule, especially since today is a fast today. One more game in the series against the Padres and we advance to the NLCS to take on Houston or Atlanta.
The Red Sox are struggling to make the ALCS. But they've been down before and came back to win the series. I have faith that they can win again. They beat the White Sox overall this year with a 4-3 record. The Red Sox play tomorrow at 4:00 PM.
Evan Bayh wants to make sure our country is prepared for the avian flu. The results would be very bad.
Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana has been trying to get the government to pay attention to the threat of a flu pandemic for more than 18 months.I just want to state right there that he actually filed a bill and IT WAS NOT PASSED. Why was it not passed?!?
His bill did not pass, but members of Congress did add $100 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for research into better ways of producing flu vaccines.[...]
Doctors fear if avian flu were to mutate so that people could easily catch it from each other, it could be as deadly as the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic. That epidemic killed about 500,000 in the United States and 20 million worldwide.
The bill does not have a price tag, but it would cost billions. Bayh already had suggested an amendment to the defense spending bill that would spend more than $3 billion on stockpiling antiviral drugs in case of an avian flu outbreak. That amendment passed but still must be negotiated in compromise sessions between the House and Senate before the bill becomes law.
This bill is more comprehensive. In addition to a goal of buying enough antivirals to cover half the American population, it would:
-Pay for avian flu control in Asia;
-Expand Department of Agriculture programs to prevent poultry infection;
-Put more money into vaccine research, as there is no vaccine for the avian flu;
-Create a federal buy-back program for annual flu vaccines, to remove financial risk for drug companies;
-Improve the ability of hospitals to respond to a pandemic;
-Move responsibility for response from the CDC to a special office in the White House.
The failure of government to respond properly to Hurricane Katrina showed, Bayh said, that "we have to plan for the worst and hope for the best. We need a greater sense of urgency, much more aggressive preparing for the eventuality."
The Blues Brothers Band is performing at the University of Arizona soon.
The amendment to prohibit torture against detainees was approved by the Senate with a vote of 90-9. Why nine Senators voted against is beyond me. I think Joe Lieberman was the one abstention due to Rosh HaShanah. Nope, I was wrong. It was Senator Corzine who was not voting.
Jeff Garlin, a comedian, headlines a performance at Park West to benefit Gilda's Club tonight.
Why does LINK still exist?
Gov. Ernie Fletcher's statewide outreach agency, which he pledged to "disband" three weeks ago because of its role in the hiring scandal, remains active and under the direction a former Kentucky Republican Party chairwoman.Then why did Governor-for-now Ernie Fletcher make such a vow to disband it knowing all along he wouldn't? I'm sorry but when politicians make promises, I will hold them to their word and I'm one not to forget a campaign promise! I don't like liars!
Local Initiatives for a New Kentucky, with a $1.1 million budget, was responsible for politically promoting Fletcher in local communities and finding state jobs for his Republican supporters, according to internal records released in this summer's hiring investigation.
Admitting that LINK suffered "a drift from my initial intentions," Fletcher announced at a Sept. 14 news conference that "I am disbanding the LINK program immediately." He also fired two aides, among a total of nine firings that day, who previously led LINK.
But the next day, LINK lost only its title.
Nameless for the moment, the agency still is part of the governor's office, with a pair of agents assigned to each of seven field offices across Kentucky "to spread the governor's vision," officials said yesterday. Former GOP chairwoman Ellen Williams, now on the state payroll, oversees it.
LINK was not disbanded, nor will it be, Fletcher spokesman Brett Hall said.
I have class now.