Archive: January, 2009
I was doing an interview this morning about "Tear Down This Myth" with a young writer from Vanityfair.com; he had not heard the saga of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and the solar panels that used to be on the White House roof. Ironically, I just today see that this sorry tale is now the subject of a new documentary:
Al Gore is scheduled before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday morning to once again testify on the 'urgent need' to combat global warming.
Newspapers as a "low-profit corporation"? That's too perfect!
Which do you think suits me better, driving a bus or clerking in a liquor store?
Any amendment to the Constitution isn't something that should be undertaken lightly. What's more, I believe this problem was resolved with the 17th Amendment -- but apparently it wasn't. So I wholeheartedly endorse this proposal by Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, a new constitutional amendment to require special elections to fill any future U.S. Senate vacancy:
"The controversies surrounding some of the recent gubernatorial appointments to vacant Senate seats make it painfully clear that such appointments are an anachronism that must end. In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution gave the citizens of this country the power to finally elect their senators. They should have the same power in the case of unexpected mid term vacancies, so that the Senate is as responsive as possible to the will of the people."
It's all fine and good that President Obama is keeping those campaign promises about closing Gitmo and taking climate change seriously: These are the things that a majority of Americans elected him to do. But there's one more area where these same folks must continue to pressure the new administration, and that is the promise to curtail the U.S. troop presence in Iraq in 16 months.
Because I don't ever again want to see a story like this, nor do we need to:
I'm all for attytood, having named my own blog as such, but even I'm getting a little tired about this notion that Super Bowl XLIII is going to (insert overused sexual metaphor of choice). I know there's too much hype in sports, and hype is a natural creator of cynicism -- but can't we wait until the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals actually play the game before we decide that it stank?
Here's an example:
....Is either Micah Grimes or his assistant, I can't decide:
A parent at the game said an assistant Covenant coach cheered wildly as the team hit three-pointers in the fourth quarter to edge closer to 100 points. Dallas Academy, with eight girls on the team and 20 girls in the school, specializes teaching students with short attention spans or dyslexia.
Glenn Greenwald takes a whack at some of the most inane chatter in the first week of the new Obama administration -- the idea that the United States of America can't handle the incarceration of alleged anti-U.S. terrorists on our own soil.
National Review's Jim Geraghaty spent all day yesterday fantasizing about all the scary things that could happen if we have Al-Qaeda Terrorists in our communities (near nuclear facilities and airports!). Former Bush aide and chief speechwriter Marc Thiessen warned yesterday in The Washington Post that if there is a Terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Americans will blame Obama because he stopped torturing and closed Guantanamo, and Democrats will be "unelectable for a generation." Today, at National Review, Thiessen, citing yesterday's Executive Orders, declared Obama "to be the most dangerous man ever to occupy the Oval Office." And yesterday, of course, The Washington Post's Fred Hiatt echoed the standard claim that our regular federal courts were inadequate to try dangerous Terrorists.