"There's nothing more pathetic, in my view, than a politician who announces they're only leaving public life to spend more time with their family," - Sen Christopher Dodd
"We Americans too seem to have passed a tipping point. Like the glaciers of the high Himalaya, long-familiar aspects of our nation are beginning to seem as if they are, in a sense, melting away." - Orville Schell
tiger, tiger burning bright...
Here is a special link to the Daily Beast. Instead of asking an unrepentant Brit Hume about Tiger's spiritual crisis, they interviewed 10 psychics and asked, Where Is Tiger Woods? The answers don't seem very psychic to me and no better than anybody else's opinion. And like all fluff pieces, the comments are often funnier than the story:
This is idiocy. There is no such thing as a "psychic". Do you guys still have a holiday hangover? Here, I'll do better. I feel Tiger is at sea...unless he's on land. He may be with his friends and family. Or not. He will make a golf comeback unless he does not.
Next week I'm counting on you to interview Paris Hilton for some in-depth foreign policy analysis. - sezme
LEAVE TIGER ALONE.
I did, however get an email today saying he may be working with a pharmaceutical maker on a new drug called Tiagra. Not sure if it is true. - flyoverland
Aren't all the women involved in this scandal someone's daughters? And these women are a pretty gamey lot, I'd say. - ElzeeM
all the federales say, we could have had him any day...
almost, could have had him, but only if they had intercepted him in flight: "U.S. border-security officials learned of intelligence about the alleged extremist links of the Christmas Day airline bomber as he was in the air en route to Detroit and had decided to question him when he landed, officials said in new disclosures Wednesday... If the intelligence had been discovered sooner, it could have resulted in the interrogation and search of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before he boarded the Detroit-bound flight, according to senior law enforcement officials." This, of course, is just butt-saving bull, made up to try and put a less damaging spin on the US security system. Also, it appears that he didn't buy a one-way ticked to Detroit, as that would surely have raised an immediate flag.
Other articles also make crap up, such as the one that conjectures what young Umar might have done during his time spent in Yemen, a pice of fiction that poses as a front page headline. Oh, he probably met with a radical cleric or two. The only real news is that he has been formally indicted in federal court on six counts, including: "... attempted murder on a plane, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
The indictment disclosed that the bomb allegedly concealed in his underwear contained not only the explosive known as PETN, which had been known, but also triacetone triperoxide, or TATP. But it otherwise offered few new details about the attempted attack on Northwest Flight 253, which was carrying 289 other people."
Another bogus study said that its usually young men who are attracted to the extreme forms of Islam and become our home-grown recruits. Of course they are. Young people at the end of puberty are wonderfully passionate and naive about the world. We depend on them for joining our own armed forces and believing all of the patriotic ideals we spoon feed them, and young students are leading the Green Movement in Iran. When young males feel lonely and not part of the pack, they drift off into different forms of nihilism and negativity, searching for like-minded groups and philosophies to join. That's why the Goth movement was so popular for awhile and why vampires are at the top of the cultural charts right now.
All forms of crime has drastically been lowered in the city of Los Angeles this past year. Its the lowest reported crime rate in the last 50 years. Los Angeles also has one of the highest number of medical marijuana dispensaries, second only to Denver. Coincidence? I don't think so. Look for the Denver crime statistics next year and see if it hasn't gone down, too. If marijuana were legalized, then the enormous profit margins would be eliminated from the drug cartels, as the prices would become competitively lowered, especially if it were monitored by the FDA or some other agency that would allow you to just make your $20 dollar co-pay for the weekly or monthly supply...
Of course Jane Norton is kicking herself in the butt right now. She entered the senate race because she didn't think she could beat Governor Ritter. She now would have a much better chance to win as Governor than Scott McInnis, as she is more likable than substance, just how we want our governors... What ever happens, and whomever switches races, the race for the governor's seat has gotten much more interesting. Maybe we can even get a few policy debates instead of kissing up to the tea parties. Heck. let's have Sarah Palin and the other fake tea party candidates come into our state and pick someone to support, it might bring some revenue along with the notoriety. Maybe we could have a photo-op of Sarah and Todd visiting a local medical marijuana dispensary, good for the country, good for me and you...