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The news confounds, the mind boggles. Maybe this is what happens in an all -information world. Or in August. Or when people are unable to distinguish between fact and fantasy or between critical and less so.  Or when they feel disenfranchised. Or hungry. Or tired. Or when they’re married to Bill Clinton. You get the picture.

What I thought I’d do this week is something called: What can you say? Below are tidbits I’ve come across this week in the news. Don’t think there’s necessarily anything that needs to be said; in fact this may be a rhetorical question. To tell the truth, I was stopped dead in my tracks by much of this. NOTE: As usual, this is a mix of the deadly serious, the seriously weird, and the weirdly logical. I apologize for the juxtaposition but that’s what the news is these days.

1. “This is about the dismantling of the country…we don’t want this country to turn into RUSSIA.” images(a woman speaking at a town hall meeting on health care in Lebanon, Pennsylvania).

 

2. This man

mitchell_190was hired to help structure the United States interrogation program, although he had never carried out a real interrogation, had no relevant scholarship, no language skills and no Al Qada expertise.

 

 3.  “Children are killed, women are raped and the world closes its eyes.” (comment by a woman in refugee camp on the outskirts of Goma in the DRC where Secretary of State Clinton toured recently) 535a19442c

 4. Yale University Press has determined a new book about the controversy surrounding the Danish cartoons book-3-190depicting Muhammad, a controversy that subsequently incited riots around the world, cannot include those twelve drawings, nor any other illustrations of the prophet.

 

5.  New research suggests that “the physical stress of marital loss continues long after emotional wounds have broken heartshealed and those who become single… suffer from a decline in physical health from which they never fully recover.

 

 

6. Paula Abdul, announcing her departure from “American Idol” on her Twitter feed, insisted her week is “idol-75filled with network meetings” about potential projects.

 

(I mean really, what can you say?)

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The new season of Lost, ABC’s hit TV show, is one of the few that doesn’t debut this week; fans have to wait until February 08. Still there was enough lost in the past week to make one’s head spin. The Mets’ roller coaster season ended in a stunning loss last weekend. Britney Spears lost custody of her kids and could lose her dog too, if PETA has its way. Then Larry Craig lost his bid to remove his guilty plea for misconduct in Minneapolis but chose to stay in the Senate despite having already lost several key committee positions. Fred Thompson has certainly lost some of his luster as a candidate, if his recent performances are any indication. On a far more serious note, a distraught mother of three trying to make a plane to take her to a rehab facility lost her life in a holding cell in a Phoenix airport under somewhat suspicious circumstances. Myanmar, aka Burma, lost contact with the outside world when the repressive government attempted to shut off all communications in order to deflect attention away from its brutality against pro-democracy forces. Soldiers and civilians alike continue to lose their lives in Iraq and elsewhere in this troubled world of ours. I’m wondering, not for the first time, if here in the US, we’ve lost our way. Mostly I’m still waiting to hear exactly what our leaders, present and future, are going to do about it. And I don’t want to wait until February of 08 to find out.

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