Archive: November, 2010
Some blog posts don't require much additional commentary:
The School District of Philadelphia has a new chief communications officer.
Waste, fraud, or abuse? Somebody alert the Tea Party!
Pretty funny that New York had "Client No. 9," and now New Jersey has "U.S. Attorney C." Here in PA, we're stuck now in "Corbett Canyon," at least until God smites this state full of sinners with a massive flood of Biblical proportions, presumably in retaliation for state liquor stores.
The road to the White House, 2012, has to begin somewhere, and for me that road is Route 611 in Plumsteadville. The combination of "Sarah Palin" and "Plumstead Christian School" was just too much to resist -- a chance to see if for all the hype about the Tea Party, the real route to the Oval Office still passes through evangelical voters. So that is where I'll be tomorrow night.
That said, Palin may not be the most interesting speaker in the history of the Plumstead Christian School. That honor might remain with the Rev. Paul Veit, the so-called "Dino Pastor," who came to Plumsteadville in October 2008 to tear down the myth of evolution. (From the Bucks County Courier-Times, via Nexis):
Back when I did more travel writing, editors always wanted something to accompany the story that they called a "fugo," which actually means "if you go." It's the little box with practical information such as what airlines fly to the the destination in question, or the names of a few good hotels and restaurants. I bring this up because in the wake of last week's election, one of the most popular articles on the liberal website Daily Kos tonight is a "fugo" for the European Union.
As in, if you go...for good:
Here's a story that's a metaphor for everything that's happening in America:
A Morgan Stanley wealth manager will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because Colorado prosecutors don't want him to lose his job.
Keith Olbermann will return to the air on Tuesday after being suspended for two shows (this past Friday and the upcoming episode on Monday).
HBO's "Politically Incorrect" Bill Maher has some of the same problems with the definition of "sanity" in American politics, and thus with Jon Stewart's recent rally, that I had. Here some of the transcript of what he said over the weekend -- powerful stuff:
But the message of the rally, as I heard it, was that if the media would just stop giving voice to the crazies on both sides, then maybe we could restore sanity. It was all non-partisan, and urged cooperation with the moderates on the other side, forgetting that Obama tried that, and found out there are no moderates on the other side.
The incoming Congress may cause Americans to view some of our nation's past moments -- like the McCarthy era, or maybe even the Salem witch trials -- more favorably. There's increasing evidence that the GOP-led House will be taking its medieval crusade against modern science to the hearing rooms of Capitol Hill, embarassing the nation in the eyes of the world and -- for what it's worth -- probably destroying our reputation as a place for high-tech firms to do business:
Compromise on renewable energy standards is possible, but the posturing between Rep. Joe Barton, the chairman of the energy committee, and the administration, may make this terribly difficult. The GOP plans to hold high profile hearings examining the alleged "scientific fraud" behind global warming, a sleeper issue in this election that motivated the base quite a bit.