Monday, February 04, 2008
Smirk's Last Gift
The usual mumbo jumbo accompanied the announcement of the budget.
- "Two key principles guided the development of my budget — keeping America safe and ensuring our continued prosperity," Bush said in his budget message to Congress. "As commander in chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people."
- AP: WASHINGTON -The $515.4 billion in Pentagon spending for 2009 that President Bush proposed to Congress on Monday does not include the cost of fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Bush asked for $70 billion as an "emergency allowance" for war costs for the first part of the budget year, which begins Oct. 1. The White House said it would request more — probably at least another $100 billion, if current war costs are a guide — "once the specific needs of our troops are better known."
Current Turkish government is dominated by conservative Muslims. The BBC reported:
Thousands of Turks have rallied in Ankara to protest against a government plan to allow women to wear the Islamic headscarf in Turkish universities.
The protestors fear such a move would usher in a stricter form of Islam in Turkey, which is a secular state.
Turkey's parliament is expected to approve a constitutional amendment to ease the ban next week.