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Hard day's news

We have two big stories up top tonight and both go right to the heart of everyday life. The first is confirmation of a story that I think we all already know: health care depends on your class and other socioeconomic factors. Specifically, there are entire subgroups of women who receive alarmingly poor cancer care, based simply on who they are, and certain judgments that are made about them.

The second story involves a magazine, and our most precious cargo: the most prominent consumer publication in the country, CONSUMER REPORTS, is taking back their last big story: car seat safety. While they hired an outside firm to test the seats, the outside firm got it wrong. A lot of seat makers got praised and slimed in the process, and a lot of families spent a lot of money on safety -- based on bad data.

From the political/Iraq category: when you consider that the Bush policy on Iraq is based in large part on the performance of one man, this can't be welcome news. Maliki gave a print interview last night and said some unkind things about the U.S. role.

Weather across parts of the nation is still miserable. As you switch off your lights tonight and set your heat to the nighttime setting, please think of the 200,000 Americans who have neither because of the ice storms.

We have a wonderful story tonight from Lester Holt (you may have seen the promo) featuring new assistance for people with disabilities.

Finally: we lost Art Buchwald. He was an American original, a Marine veteran and a Pulitzer winner. A Washington fixture for several decades -- and a man who had the best friends in the world. One of them was Tom Brokaw, and in looking through the material today I realized that the best way to remember Art is to re-air some of Tom's last conversation with him.

I was asked to write this story in this space today. I had a meeting with a co-worker from Tulsa, Okla., this morning and explained to him why I've never gotten over my feelings about Tulsa. Almost 25 years ago, while living in Kansas and working across the state line in Missouri, I found myself driving a new car on the interstate in Tulsa. My previous car, a slant-6 Dodge Dart, threw a rod one day, and to be honest, I parked it where it died, in a cornfield outside Cherokee, Kansas. It may still be there. My boss at the time worked a deal with Coffeyville Motors in Coffeyville, Kansas, to sell me a Ford Escort demonstrator vehicle (it had some miles on it and was painted what I used to call "chick-magnet beige") at a good price. I was making $168 a week (and could afford no health insurance -- for seven long years, for that matter), so I made a deal with my boss to work overtime and a 7-day-a-week schedule to pay it off. I had owned my car for a week when, just as Oral Roberts University came into sight on the interstate, the rear trap door of a gravel truck opened in front of me, and the stones broke my headlights, windshield and pockmarked by hood and roof. I was crestfallen, broke and couldn't afford my own deductible. I'm not sure where I found the money or how I got it all fixed, but I've never gotten over Tulsa -- which I know is a great city in a state I've traveled thoroughly (especially Oklahoma City, the Pitcher, Commerce and Miami area, and Grand Lake) that is full of great people. But those pebbles will get you every time. That's the story I was asked to tell.

So many of my friends at this network have already written for the new World Blog -- Paul in Tel Aviv, Mary in Havana -- yesterday's posting by Richard Engel is required reading for anyone wanting to understand Iraq right now. This is a great idea, and we've got to get some of this on the air tonight.

We hope you can join our broadcast tonight.

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Dear Brian, that story about your father was great news. We can all be happy for stories like that. It may not be of great interest to young people but we are all getting older and so are our loved ones.
Great JOB our parents should not be shelved away. And your father is in great shape and God Bless for more stories like those. Now I know why I enjoy NBC news for over 10 years.

I am very reluctant to arm the Iraqi army considering how badly the Islamic religious violence has spiraled out of control. Do we really want the militias even better arnmed?

this is from my son, who is serving in Iraq. I think it is eloquent, articulate and shows wisdom beyond his years. I'd like to share it with you, in the event you could ever use it.

This story has stolen into my mind and incessantly pulls at my thoughts. This place is not friendly. It does not desire our presence, it is impartial to us only as long as we remain behind large stone walls and do not venture beyond. It accepts us the same way as we would a fly buzzing around. It does not try to understand us, and it would just as soon knock us from the sky as it would have us leave. Either way it does not listen to our whispers or explanations, it would just as soon close its eyes, and have us disappear forever.

Yet this place beckons young men and women to it. We are drawn by adventure, by mystique. It is a far off land, one that our ancestor's ancestors never considered venturing to and yet we do so as if it were simply our backyard. We treat it like weeds which have overgrown and simply need a routine cutting to bring under control. Instead this place, these people, are a living and breathing thing like fire. People presume they will control a flame, but in truth it will go and do as it wishes. We can hold back the wild fire, but the ground will still burn.

There is something about the concept of war which appeals to children. Playing cowboys and Indians, fighting amongst each other. It is a competition which from the very beginning represents the strength of the individual. War may seem a team event where you put your side against another, but in its simplest form, it is the actions of the individual that make the difference. Unlike sports, the loser in war does not come back another day, but lay dead on the field of battle and the victor will tell the story.

When that first bullet is fired. The distinctive sound a round makes when it leaves the chamber of the weapon, instills a moment of sheer terror in everyone nearby. Training became drill, and drill became reflex. It kicks in and you immediately dive to the ground to seek cover and seek the enemy. Our job, is to maneuver on and eliminate the threat. Nothing could be simpler. You simply lift your weapon, place your face against the stock, and the world seems to slow down around you. There is a moment when you actually feel your breath in your body cease. Your eyes squint a hair, and you pull the trigger at the natural pause. Once, twice, again and again. Fire superiority. You place rounds where you saw the target, where the muzzle flash revealed the shooter. You scream at the top of your lungs and run as fast as you can under all your added armor and weight. It is a moment when you cease to be everything that society worked so hard to instill in you. You are more animal than human with a single goal - eliminate the threat. Doing so means you can survive. Doing so means those around you have a better chance of surviving. It means balance. You would not recognize yourself if you saw it from a distance. Everyone wonders what war is, war is honesty. It is brutality of a sort that breaks down everything that made you you. It is laughing at things that no one else will ever understand and friendships that transcend race, religion, skin color, and net worth. It is what we all are at the simplest form of ourselves. It delivers us to hell, but shows us the good in each other.

Nowhere else will men and women experience the type of bonds that are found in war. No one will understand our struggles or pains. They will stare when we laugh, and wonder when we cry. This cannot be empathized. This place cannot be conveyed, through pictures, movies, or anything but experience. Our tears are not simply our loss, but our guilt, our frustrations, our releasing everything from within. What we cannot hold back, we leave on the ground. Our blood and our tears soak the soil of countries far from home. We are not forgotten, but we are not understood. The incredible support gives us strength, but when their 9-5 job is over they go home and don't have to worry. When our 'day' is over, and it is time for us not to worry, that day will have stretched into a year and we will be again on friendlier shores.
Sgt. Kyle Soler

Why hasn't NBC news reported the fact that the first request for weapons and equipment for the "new Iraqi army" was only made
by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Sept. 19, 2006
more than two years after we started out "fast track training" of Iraqi forces?
How could we train these guys at all if their basic military equipment
such as pistols, rifles, ammunition and armored vehicles have not even been sent to Iraq yet?
Also why are we selling Iraq 900 million dollars in surveillance aircraft and associated equipment when they have no functioning air force of their own?
Won't all this new technology require many more years of training
in Iraq before we can leave?

Isn't what Makili is doing called "standing up"?

oooops I meant 30 Rock, not scrubs. Oh well my post never get thru anyway so no one will know. :-)
Both shows had me laughing hard, but the 30 Rock where they were suppose to be cleaning your office was very funny.

Everything comes down to poo. Can't believe you didn't tip us off to last night's Scrubs show.


Car seat safety would have been a much bigger story if Consumer Reports had under tested and found 10 out of 12 seats passed. The problem with the testing and follow up by them is not asking the obvious question. How could only 2 of 12 seats have pass a test certain to have been results based on the designs? This is statistically improbable and should have been scrutinized by CR more thoroughly.

I still believe in Consumer Reports and do not think we'll see another breakdown like this one any time soon. Again, although it alarmed many people and forced them to spend money on other infant safety seats, it didn't place children in harms way. So this isn't the type of story that should paint CR as bad guy's or as an incompetent testing and reporting body.

As a side note, it should be referred to as "infant car seat" not "car seat" as that involves many other seat types.

Didn't see Conan, but did see the web video of the anchor woman falling, it was the best thing i seen on the news in a long time! Haven't watched the "news" in years cause it is now main stream tabloid, your only fooling yourselves, so since it isn't "news" anymore why not make it FUN.

Lester Holt's piece on the intelligent, trained monkeys that assist people with severe disabilities was extremely interesting. However, there's something I'm curious about--it was mentioned in the piece that it's difficult to match monkeys with people because monkeys are more complicated to care for than dogs or cats. If the people being helped by the monkeys are as physically challenged as they are, how are the monkeys being cared for?

It was really something to see such a touching interview from Tom at the end of the broadcast tonight (and almost shed a tear himself).



When it comes to Maliki, he is just acting like everyone else who was hired for a job and found lacking. The minute they are called on their poor performance, the lash out claiming that they have not yet been given the chance. This is why he is asking for the reigns so to speak. In the real world you continue to cover the overall problems until they are solved or a better person is placed in authority.

Dear Brian,
“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”
“OKLAHOMA GRUDGE” – from $168/week to THIS…I find it inspirational! Hard work pay off after all…

Brian, I really wish you would address this week's story about the 51% of American women who now "choose" to remain single. Not one word was said about the men's role in this predicament. I know a lot of single career women in their 30's who are still looking for a mate. What is happening? Men are taking a lot longer to grow up and try to establish a family. And both men and women are taking too long to "make up their minds". Yet the biological clock keeps ticking and so women in many cases are having their children much too late which is unwise. Why is nothing said about the roles of both men and women in this phenomenon? Linda Sneed Oregon

I listened to your talk today on MN Public Radio and was fascinated. Your ability to talk fluently and understandbly is a great gift and you it well. We watch your evening news program regularly, that is, unless it is dinner time - then you take second place. Sorry about that. Thanks again, you really are the best.

Dear Sir: The American income tax was immmorally passed to relieve the J.P. Morgans of the world the burden to provide institutional communistic revenue and corporate welfare to the wealthy of America through the faces of their godless souls of the corporations of Wall Street.
Currently under the Bush adminstration, This President has allowed the wealthy to visit the land of milk and honey of the taxpayers who provide 80% or more of the monies in this nation! Deficit spending is the new gold mine of the 20th century. The middle class on down who suffer the eternal pains of the trickle down theory and the supply side economics that keeps us in poverty and debit!
Now, having said all these things. Why is 80% of the taxes paid by the American people in this country controlled by the proxies of the wealthy in Washington who represent 1% of this nation. All the rules of life are written by the obscene 10,000th of 1 percent of this country. In fact, they define for 99.99999999% of this nation concept of their god is our god-the great redemmer the almighty dollar; In God we Trust.
Having laid the foundation for my responce for healthcare. Let me say this! There is no health care or Social Security problems. If 80% or more of the taxes are paid by the everyday American, it should be safe to say, it is a matter of priority,.
We the people can give ourselves a 1,000% increase in our own benefits. Let us say that a current Social Security payee gets a $1,000 a month. Because we pay 80% of the taxes we can pay those on Social Security $2,000 dollars a month or to $5,000 a month. It is our money and our taxes. It is a just a case of prority. We could take 20% of the defense department to fund all the poverty programs, education, health care, and Social Security administration. It is our money!!!!
The Wealthy in American has convinced the poor and the middle class that the money they pay to Uncle Sam is not theirs. They have no say about their own money! All taxes belong to the Wealthy families of this nation. It is a question of who has the power.
Their is no health care, educational,social spending, or any other funding problems for all of GOD's children. We have been decieved.
When the children of Israel was a young nation living in the land of milk and honey and GOD was their only KING. The selfish and greedy of the leadership of the 12 tribes of Israel conspired against Samuel the Prophet. They wanted to be like all the other nations to be able to exploit their brothers and sisters; to rule over them; to control the breath of life; to be like GOD to demand a portion of the land of milk and honey as payment for being their masters. They picked their own king, like George Bush, whos name was Saul.
The Prophet Samuel wanted GOD to kill then all! The ungratefull Isralites had a great KING in the LORD GOD of Israel. GOD said no! Let them have their way. Let them have they king. Israel, the state of,their death was written on the wall on that day.
Nothing has change unto this day. We the people are no longer in command of our own souls. We have allowed the Wealthy to take GODS place. They wealthy have taken by force our democracy in conspiring amoung themselfs to put their own king to rule over us, to command our breath of of life, whos every beating of the heart declares the glory of GOD-not man!
30% of all dollars collected in taxes goes to negative spending. Can a F-18 plow corn. Can an Aircraft carrier make furniture. The wealthy believe in a strong military. There is a reason for that position. In the next Great Depression, all of the middle class who have known the good life who end up on the streets of America in poverty and hungar will not be forgiving as the poor who have know nothing but poverty. The wealthy will need the military to save their own souls who have made themselfs gods and masters over GODs children without HIS permission.
So, I say, there is no health-care or any other crisis in America. These sitution are synthetic delusion created by evil men who want to live in the land of milk and honey at the expence of others.
Thank You

As a long, long time fan and regular watcher of NBC Nightly News, today I was deeply disappointed.

Not only did the story mysteriously disappear from one of the mornings top stories on, it was not even mentioned in tonight’s broadcast.

The failure to report the D.E.A. raid on California’s medical Marijuana dispensaries is inexcusable, and almost smells of corporate foul play.

When the Federal Government (The D.E.A. top spot is now a member of the Executive Branch by the way) invades a state and bypasses laws passed by the people of that state, you don't think that's news?

It really makes me wonder just how close this news organization is to the Big Drug Companies and the executive branch of our government to pass up on a human rights story as large as this.

Brian, I would have expected a few more arguments from you to get this story in.

Keep on trying, and thank you for what you do get through.

My condolences go to the family of the late Art Buchwald. May his soul and spirit live long after his death in the heart of many satirists all over the world.
In Europe there was bad weather too, winds reaching 135 mph and Germany's rail system collapsed, because long-distance, short-distance and city services were put on pause mode because of possible derailments of trains.

If it hasn't become apparent, Maliki is in the driver's seat. Bush cannot get rid of him due to what the clammor might be about this failure. So Maliki can argue for more funds making Bush look like the estranged slacker that he appears to be. In other words, Bush has created a monster in Maliki in that Maliki knows how the winds blow in Washington. The White House can't berate Maliki with his recent European press statements about lacking apppropriate weaponry and so forth. Bush will be come the exploted one with the upcoming supplimental request coming from Congress. Maliki can pull the levers as he will making Bush look more uncomfortable!

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