Archive: August, 2010
Another glorious victory for free markets and unregulation in America against the dark forces of socialism!
Faced with a crisis more than a decade ago in which thousands of people were sickened from salmonella in infected eggs, farmers in Britain began vaccinating their hens against the bacteria. That simple but decisive step virtually wiped out the health threat.
Tied up right now with a story about, um, bedbugs but meanwhile here's a dose of today's news today. A lot of you contacted me over the weekend and yesterday about Philadelphia's so-called "blogger tax," so I did a story about it. It goes something like this:
The good news for bloggers in Philadelphia - even those raking in the princely sum of $11 a year - is that there's not a secret team in the basement of City Hall reading your Web site and looking to hit you up for taxes and business fees.
This week Glenn Beck has gone out of his way to hit the ball right down the middle of 2010 whacked-out right-wing thought -- a place where every Muslim is a radical extremist/terrorist, and where the sensibilities of 9-11 families trumps all else, even the better American angels of religious freedom and tolerance. Indeed, over the course of several days Beck's comments about the proposal from moderate Manhattan Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf have veered into Newt Gingrich territory and beyond, as Beck even called the proposed Islamic center roughly two blocks in lower Manhattan an "Allah tells me to blow up America mosque."
But Beck insists his opposition for to the mosque is driven by nothing more than his love and respect for the survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The other day Beck asked: "[A]fter you've killed 3,000 people, you're going to now build your mosque?" -- one of a number of expressions of concern for those who suffered loss in the terror attacks nine years ago.
The Bush tax cuts in pictures. Very well done, and very alarming.
Read it and weep. From the always great Talking Points Memo.
Whether espousing an America so strong that no nation would dare insult it or promising to ''get the Federal Government out of the classroom,'' Mr. Reagan's message connected with Middle American audiences in a way that made Mr. Carter's blandishments seem pale in comparison. Mr. Reagan was the good-news candidate when it came to the getting and keeping of wealth. ''That is not materialism,'' he said. ''That is Americanism.''
-- The New York Times, Nov. 6, 1980.
An American soldier was killed in a rocket attack at the Basra airport in southern Iraq this weekend. The man's name has not yet been released -- I will come back and update the post when it is -- but one imagines he was much like his comrades sent to the Persian Gulf, a can-do American focused on doing his job and getting it right. That doesn't change the fact that it is a mission that -- no fault of his own -- was badly mistaken from Day One. More than seven years later, good people -- Americans and Iraqi civilians -- are dying still from the wreckless and treacherous mistakes of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and their cronies.
There was no call for a celebration when the news dribbled out last week that the last U.S. combat units had withdrawn from Iraq. It is only mildly satisfying that President Obama is finally sticking to a timetable to end a war that was launched under false pretenses way back in 2003. Today, there are still 50,000 American soldiers in a volitile region of the world, and the soldier who died this weekend won't be the last, unfortunately. It was nearly four decades ago that John Kerry asked who would be the last to die for the mistakes of Vietnam, and it's been three years since Bruce Springsteen asked the same question about Iraq.
The Obama administration works to halt a new war in the Middle East -- at least for now:
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, citing evidence of continued troubles inside Iran’s nuclear program, has persuaded Israel that it would take roughly a year — and perhaps longer — for Iran to complete what one senior official called a “dash” for a nuclear weapon, according to American officials.