Thursday, January 25, 2007

Iraq, Politics, Earmarks, Fact Checking The SOTU, And Alexandra Pelosi (Wednesday's Second Hour)

Hi guys. Sometime between doing the first hour review and now I've developed a headache, so I'm not going to go into the stories as much as I wanted for this hour. We begin with an Arwa Damon piece on a recent battle in Baghdad. We're again shown DOD video, but Arwa acknowledges it this time. After much fighting, the US finally just blows up the building the insurgents were in using precision guided missles. Kaboom! Damn. It just goes to show that the Iraqis still need us. This is followed by a repeat of the John Roberts piece.

Transitioning to a conversation with democratic strategist Paul Begala and republican strategist Mike Murphy. There's a lot of barbing back and forth and talking points, but the funny thing is Anderson doesn't really say anything except, "mmm." Was he napping? Next up we have a Joe Johns piece on earmarks-those pesky little pork projects that are quietly slipped into legislation on the down low. The president wants to get rid of them, but if he does then Congress might threaten to start cutting agency's budgets. So...yeah. Our system sucks.

Moving on to a Tom Foreman piece on Bush's plan to reduce our gas use by 20% in the next 10 years. Sounds good, but you have to read the fine print. See, he's actually talking about what we're expected to be using down the road. It's not based on today, which basically makes the pledge meaningless. As we leave the piece we're shown a clip of President Carter talking about our dependence on foreign oil. This is supposed to show that it's the same old problem that we never fix, but really, Carter actually did do some stuff. He put a solar panel on the White House roof and, really, who could forget the sweaters? Sure he failed, but at least he tried leading by example.

Next up we have an interview with Alexandra Pelosi (yes, Nancy's kid) on her documentary "Friends of God," which is about evangelicals. She actually got to know Ted Haggard and filmed him before the whole meth and gay hooker thing broke. She notes that when the scandal erupted all the church leaders left him out to dry because the ultimate sin is bad publicity. Alexandra also points out that there really is no "evangelical" because they are 80 million strong and all different. She thinks what many people think of when they hear "evangelical" is just a stereotype perpetuated by Fox News. Amen to that.

The Shot tonight is this really nasty looking shark that lives 2,000 feet below the sea. Really nasty looking. On another note, since the Shawn Hornbeck story broke, the majority of the people coming to this blog via search engines have been searching for things related to the case. I got an email the other day from someone who set up a blog post on Heather Kullorn, another child that went missing from my area. Go have a look and see if you might know something. I also wanted to have the link here for future searchers.


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