Well, other things kept me tied up a lot today (metaphorically, that is), so here is a late news round-up. In the first piece, we have a black writer's perspective on the comments made by Bennet yesterday. The second is a commentary on the Veterans Administration and the desire by some to dismantle it. The other day, I commented about a friend who discussed with me the possiblity of affording universal health care if we negotiated prices on drugs and if we controlled waste better. He was a senior member of the VA team in the late 80's and early 90's. Looks like he did pretty good work. The final one is a link to a clip from Scarborough country. He is interviewing one of those folks who sees Katrina as God's punishment for sin. Stay with it until the very end, Scarborough gives a fine analysis of the fellow's comments (unfortunately, the guy seeing Katrina as punishment from God for sin is a state congressman).