Archive: July, 2009
OK, this is funny:
In an effort to foster better understanding between police and the people they have recently handcuffed in their own homes, President Barack Obama today named this Thursday "Drink a Beer With Someone Who Arrested You Day."
If it's a good idea for people to bring their guns into national parks or into a crowded bar -- the better to defend themselves against real bad guys -- then by that logic it only stands to reason that allowing guns in the halls of Congress would be a GREAT idea. That's what E.J. Dionne says:
He went on: "The benefits of conceal and carry extend to more than just the individuals who actually carry the firearms. Since criminals are unable to tell who is and who is not carrying a firearm just by looking at a potential victim, they are less likely to commit a crime when they fear they may come in direct contact with an individual who is armed."
According to my Magic 8-Ball, "Signs point to 'No.'" Poor Ruben Amaro Jr., the Phillies' rookie GM. He doesn't want to look like a -- pardon the expression -- "rube" by giving away the entire farm to get Toronto's Roy Halladay, but the Blue Jays, who don't absolutely have to trade Halliday if they don't want to, know that, so they say it's the farm...or nothing.
I think the trade will happen if the Phillies can make one substitution for the three players that Toronto wants -- J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, and Dominic Brown. But the Jays may not let Amaro do that.
Meet Connie Schultz. If you care about politics more than about journalism, which would make you like most people, then you might know that she is Mrs. Sherrod Brown, the wife of a Democratic U.S. senator from Ohio. But those of us in the newspaper world know her as a columnist for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and a damn good one, winner of numerous journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize.
Lately, though, Connie Schultz has become something else...the Queen of the Curmudgeons. It's a little inside baseball, but the curmudgeons are the people in the newspaper world who are still telling the kids, the bloggers and the hyperactive commenters and the citizen journalists, to get off our lawn that we've manicured for all these decades, even while the big house fell into such disrepair.
So the House Democrats introduced a resolution today honoring Hawaii as President Obama's birthplace, and Attytood's favorite (for new material, anyway) member of Congress, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Black Helicopter World) stepped up for the block. Just in case you were wondering what your elected officials were up to today instead of passing a healthcare plan.
UPDATE: OK, she was for Obama's birthplace after she was appearing to be against it -- fair enough. But where's the health care bill?
The ultimate Yogi Berra-ism is when the Yankees' great said about a particular restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore -- it's too crowded." It actually makes sense in the context of the "somebodies" not going to the restaurant are presumably the people Berra knows and that matter to him. In the same sense, you could say that Joe Sestak's big selling point in a primary challenge to suddenly-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter is that "nobody" supports him:
Sarah Palin's resignation tonight -- honestly, it seems like Nixon's resignation didn't get this much coverage -- is a train wreck that could not be avoided, which I guess was her whole intention. I would say of the following quote that truer words were never spoken...
Stapleton said Palin is still deciding what her future will be.
Should you be surprised that the "woman in red" who confronted Delaware Rep. Mike Castle about Obama's birth certificate also believes that aliens walk among us? Probably not. Should be alarmed that the reliably blue state of Delaware has a group called the Sussex County Community Organized Regiment? Maybe.
Maybe President Obama can bring "Crazy Eileen" and Mike Castle together at the White House for a beer. If he pulls that off, he'll be a lock for the Nobel Peace Prize.