Archive: February, 2011
One of those days that happens from time to time -- lots o' off-line work distractions, including an assignment for the newspaper that hasn't worked out yet (Breaking news -- I actually left the office :-) ) and some editing help, and so now I could stay an hour extra to write another brilliant expose on the stupidity of Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin* or I could just declare tomorrow's another day and let you guys debate the Middle East, Lara Logan, and what we talk about when we talk about deficit reduction (nothing, apparently).
I think the latter.
Here's one of those facts that manages to be unsurprising yet fascinating at the same time:
A 51% majority of national GOP primary voters erroneously think President Obama was not born in the U.S. 28% know that he was. With the latter, Palin's favorability rating is 41-52 -- other than Ron Paul, the only candidate these voters view negatively. But with birthers, she has a soaring 83-12, far higher than for any of the others.
Tucson — The leader of an anti-illegal-immigrant group was convicted Monday in a home invasion robbery that left a 9-year-old girl and her father dead in what prosecutors said was an attempt to steal drug money to fund the group's operations.
Remember the case of the powerful and sophisticated backpack bomb found along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, a case of what the FBI called "domestic terrorism" yet nonetheless was underreported by the national media?
Kudos to the New York Times, which has the resources to send a reporter to Spokane, for not forgetting:
OK, actually that sounds a little ridiculous, doesn't it? I mean, Paul's an affable guy who's right in a stopped-watch kind of a way on a couple of major issues but overall I'd give the darling of the John Birch Society about as much chance of beating President Obama in 2012 as the Pittsburgh Pirates do of winning the World Series in 2012.
That's why it drives me crazy when the cable news networks make it into a major headline that Paul won the presidential straw poll at CPAC this weekend. The whole point of a straw poll is that you can win simply by paying or at least convincing more of your people to show up. To me, if there was anything significant to come out of Saturday's exercise (other than a decent placement for New Mexico's legalize-de-marijuana Gary Johnson), it was the strong No. 2 showing for Mitt Romney, who unlike Paul might actually be nominated by the GOP.
Notice anything missing from Saturday's front page? I'll be back with the answer in a bit
HINT: Do not answer "Fear for Felines" as that is actually on there.
UPDATED: People win! Go crazy, folks! Go Crazy!
FROM LAST NIGHT: Sometimes the personal can trump everything else. At the end of a long day. Hosni Mubarak did not go because Hosni Mubarak did not want to go. It is now up to others -- people whose incredible bravery I can only admire from a distance -- to make this happen:
More to come on a momentous day for Egypt -- and for humankind.
UPDATE: Or it could just be your old-fashioned military coup...stay tuned.