Ceremonial Slip
January 21, 2009

Oh, the inauguration was going so smoothly until Chief Justice John Roberts and President Barack Obama got tongue tied.  What happened?  The Washington Post explains and reports that wasn’t the only mistake.  And if you want to read Obama’s speech, CNN posted it.

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Dr. King’s Prediction; Obama Overdue
January 20, 2009

The Drudge Report linked to this fun little nugget from the BBC: “BBC World News America has unearthed a fascinating clip of Dr Martin Luther King speaking to the BBC’s Bob McKenzie in 1964 in which Dr King predicts an African-American president ‘in less than 40 years.'”

Here’s the story/video link.

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Show Them The Money
January 7, 2009

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Congress gets a $4,700 raise this year.  We’re paying for it, obviously.  It’s automatic unless enough of them give it back.  Not sure if “automatic” means the raise was already added to their checks via direct deposit or something.  Heck, it might even be too late to stop it.  Either way, some congressman say they won’t take it and have been against it from the beginning.  Others believe public servants are underpaid already.  This was a tough story to find.  It seems it flew under some news editors’ radars.  One blogger in particular was really annoyed by the whole thing.  No surprise at the frustration when some teachers around the country are being asked to forget pay raises.  If teachers, why not politicians?

Bailout Application
January 5, 2009

For real…. here it is:

http://www.ustreas.gov/press/releases/reports/applicationguidelines.pdf

Iraq Pullout: Moot Point?
November 3, 2008

Wouldn’t it be crazy if all the debating we had over if/when to pull our troops from Iraq was rendered a humongous waste of time?  It might be.  On the last day of this year, the United Nations doctrine that allowed our troops to jump into Iraq will expire.  If that happened, our brave men and women would either have to hunker down on Iraqi bases and do nothing, or come home.  I don’t think either option will actually happen, but it’s an interesting story.  Here’s what’s on the table: Iraqi leaders have to convince their parliament to keep us around.  Or, they have to get the U.N. to extend the deal.  Or, we need our own deal with Iraq to postpone the debate until the next administration.  Amidst all the election coverage, this news item seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.  But it’s worth keeping an eye on.  It’ll be tough for Iraq to find a solution that all Iraqis approve, specifically the hard-line clerics and their supporters.  But a U.N. Security Council vote to extend the mission is no shoe-in with China and Russia having a say.  If we’re forced to leave, at least we’d save $10 billion a month, which would help balance the budget.