Pop quiz:

Which institution is lying?

A.) The International Red Cross: Gaza is mired in a full-blown humanitarian crisis. (The U.N. concurs.)

-OR-

B.) The Government of Israel: There is no humanitarian crisis.

Hint: Which one is keeping journalists and U.N. investigators out of Gaza?
Outraged yet?

Karl Rove, defying a congressional subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on the attorney firing scandal, has fled the country, without notifying congress:

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/91181

And, just in case the Democrats grow a spine, and hold him in contempt, he's apparently gone to Ukraine, a country without an extradition treaty with the U.S. How convenient.


And, in other news, reports are now surfacing that the International Red Cross has taken the position that the Bush administration has engaged in torture, and any administration official who ordered torture can be held liable for war crimes:

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/07/12/international-committee-of-red-cross-says-bush-administration-guilty-of-war-crimes/


Buckle your seat belts. I have a feeling this ride is about to get a whole lot more interesting.
Got an email from Mom tonight:
Will not be able to answer messages for a few days. Received a call from Red Cross this evening to pack a bag and report to their offices in Louisville early in the morning. Do not know if it will be one day or more. Will have my cell phone with. Love ME
This headline in the NY Times is the most probable explanation:
Toll of Deadly Tornadoes in South Climbs Past 50

So Mom's possibly on her way to Tennessee or Arkansas. She's an ex-nun/retired Lieutenant Colonel army nurse with M.A.S.H. experience, and now she volunteers her skills with the Red Cross any time there's an emergency situation. (She was activated during Katrina, too.)

No one has shaped my life more than this woman. I'm really proud, and really lucky, to have a Mama like her.
As I wrote last week, my sister Nettie is a U.S. Army EMT/medic, whose unit in Kentucky was called up to assist in relief efforts in New Orleans.

After several days of having all their gear packed up, ready to go, just awaiting the go order, they were told to stand down.

I guess they just weren't needed after all.

At least Mom is helping out with the Red Cross.

I'm going back to bed.
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