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Stray Voltage

A very interesting piece in the LA Times about some European muslims who failed at the job of “holy warrior – or did they?

Pakistan is discovering that their unwelcome guests in the Swat Valley are harder to get rid of than cockroaches.

Apparently Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.), the outspoken Democratic chairman of the Agriculture panel, isn’t happy with the Waxman/Markey Cap-and-Trade bill and is promising trouble.

It seems even the NY Times is catching on to the Obama rhetorical devices.  Helene Cooper points out that some of Obama’s “enemies” are “straw men” and Sheryl Gay Stolberg notes that many of Obama’s “nuanced” positions would be flip-flops if it was anyone else.  Of course both articles were published in the Saturday NY Times, so its not like they’re really calling Obama to task.

The Washington Post, examining Venezuela strong man Hugo Chavez’s latest attempt to destroy any domestic opposition, wonders if the Obama administration’s silence on the matter constitutes sanction by silence.  Well if that’s the case, what does Nancy Peolsi’s silence about the use of waterboarding constitute?

A porn star is considering a run for the US Senate from Louisiana.  Given the fact  that she’s only worked in a different type of porn than what goes on in the US Senate, she ought to fit right in.

The NY “bomb plot” has apparently degenerated into an “aspirational” one.

And finally, it looks like Brits are finally fed up.  According to reports, a big “vote the bums out” movement is taking shape in the UK.  We should be so lucky.

3 Responses to Stray Voltage

  • And finally, it looks like Brits are finally fed up. According to reports, a big “vote the bums out” movement is taking shape in the UK. We should be so lucky.

    Bruce; I heard your comment on the show this week, indicating you didn’t think there would be much in the way of an uprising, here. As I’ve indicated in a couple of venues, I’m not quite so sure that I am as pessimistic as you about 2010. I think you make the judgment based on static conditions. I make my judgment, on the other hand, based on things getting substantially worse under the current administration. I would certainly rather that it didn’t take that kind of abject failure to bring about a change , but there it is. I think that’s precisely what will happen. Just think; conservatives will get to use the line “we should be more like the Europeans”.

  • But imagine if you were the reporter and editor who had the Watergate scandal land on your lap – handed to you by the acting direcor of the FBI no less – in 1972 and you did, well, pretty much nothing. Nearly 37 years later, the New York Times has the sorry story here of how two of its staff, reporter Robert M. Smith and editor Robert H. Phelps, let the Watergate story go.

  • Steven Chu, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appointed by President Obama as Energy Secretary, wants to paint the world white. A global initiative to change the colour of roofs, roads and pavements so that they reflect more sunlight and heat could play a big part in containing global warming, he said yesterday.

    How about he just try holding his breath for 30 minutes or so.