The EPA can't clean up Superfund sites, the CDC can't help stop a salmonella outbreak, the FDA can't do food inspections -- but the war in Afghanistan just began its 13th year! Yay priorities! And I am reminded that today we have nearly twice the number of troops in Afghanistan than we did when Mr. Bush occupied the Oval Office -- some of that, no doubt, because Mr. Bush really tried to win that war on the cheap, but still it sticks in our craw. Hence Roots Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to end the Afghanistan war right now. In your missive to your Congressfolk, you may want to mention that H.R. 200, the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act, is still available for their consideration. And, also, remind them that if they say the bill would "put our troops in harm's way," they're idiots, because the bill only funds troop and contractor withdrawal. Presumably Mr. Obama, as a more competent servant of empire, would be more likely to accomplish a safe withdrawal than Mr. Bush.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi Department of Transportation apparently harassed one Jagjeet Singh, a commercial truck driver and devout Sikh, after he was pulled over for a flat tire. The officers on the scene asked him to remove his kirpan, a small sword devout Sikhs wear, but he would not, so the cops made fun of him, called him a "terrorist," and arrested him. (Punchline: Sikhism originated in India in the 15th century, and is completely unrelated to Islam.) It gets better: on his day in court (and Mr. Singh lives in California, by the way!), the judge, one Aubrey Rimes, asked Mr. Singh to remove his turban -- well, to be more precise, he asked him to remove "that rag." For only Judge Rimes is bold enough to give utterance to the thoughts of those who have deserved all of life's reversals! The ACLU helps you tell the Mississippi DOT to investigate the incident and punish its officers as necessary. The Mississippi DOT may not care what I think, but I see telling them what I think as my duty, so tough toodles for them.