So Obama is for women's health, right? I mean, he reversed the global gag rule and generally likes women, plus he has daughters. But he's clearly hoping that his daughters never end up poor and in need of birth control from Medicaid.
Those of you who aren't following the TakeBackBarack news-articles RSS feed, you should be - I continue to update that every day, sometimes multiple times a day, with stories from all over the Web about Obama's moves, decisions, and their significance. I promise you'll find interesting stuff there - I spend a good chunk of time digging around, and Google Reader's a big help, too.
A brief summary of my thoughts since Inauguration Day:
-Closing Gitmo is great. Even spending a night in one of those cells was pretty bad - much less being waterboarded, starved, and otherwise tortured.
-Putting back the Geneva Conventions and the Army interrogation manual is also really a good sign for human rights around the world, as well as to restore America's standing among nations.
A comment by Quincy Jones, the musician/composer/general arts supporter (and FOB - that's Friend of Barack, now), made during a post-election interview with has spawned an online petition drive to create a cabinet-level Secretary of Arts position. While it's unclear exactly what such a person would do, the very existence of the position would certainly raise the profile of arts and their contribution to national life, economic activity, and culture.
The Take Back Barack effort is on TV throughout January around the nation, thanks to Liberty News TV. (It's a non-profit progressive outfit based here in Portland, and they accept donations!)
Here's the clip - click here for a map to see where you can watch the whole show on your TV!
First up, what about this whole Leon Panetta as CIA director thing? On the good side, he's a civilian with long experience navigating the halls of power in DC. On the bad side, the CIA is badly screwed up and Panetta has no real prior knowledge of running an intel operation (sure, he handled some intel stuff as Clinton's chief of staff, but that's pretty different).