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Random shit roundup: 1/1/2007

In Celebrities, Democrats, Libertarian, Politics on January 1, 2007 at 8:34 pm

So a bunch of new laws go into effect today.

Shit laws:

Seven states — Arizona, California, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — are raising their minimum wage. The federal minimum is $5.15 an hour. The new wages go as high as $7.50 an hour.

Frustrated by what some see as inaction in Washington, California passed a law that seeks to force coal-burning plants in the western U.S. to install cleaner technology if they want to sell power in the nation’s most populous state.

States also dealt with immigration (Nurses from other countries must have English language proficiency to practice in South Carolina)

campaign finance (North Carolina and Pennsylvania set stricter rules)

South Dakota and Texas raised taxes on cigarettes.

Massachusetts’ new health care law allows those earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level to buy into subsidized plans. (Those at or below the poverty level are being signed up for virtually free health care).

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And so we’re told this is the golden age, and gold is the reason for the wars we wage…

In Iraq War, Middle East, War on January 1, 2007 at 7:11 pm

Happy fucking New Year’s Day.

The U.S. military on Sunday announced its 3,000th fatality from the Iraq war.

The identity of the 3,000th military death could not be precisely determined as the exact times of deaths late last week were not immediately available.

On Monday, the military said two soldiers were killed Sunday in an explosion in Iraq’s Diyala province, north of Baghdad, bringing the death toll to 3,002.

The U.S. military death toll includes seven civilians working for the Department of Defense.

More than 22,000 other U.S. troops have been wounded in Iraq since the war began nearly four years ago.

What a way to ring in the new year. Dammit Bush, Congress, someone, get us out of there.

Saddam Hussein is dead.

In Iraq War, Middle East, War on January 1, 2007 at 6:55 pm

*WARNING: SADDAM DIES. KINDA SORTA GRAPHIC. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.*

And good riddance.

Was it worth the death and mayhem of the invasion? No. But fuck it, let’s take our silver linings where we can get them.

One murderous despot down, hundreds to go.