This was written near a year ago, but is probably the best assessment of the Pickering nomination.
Hanna Rosin’s unsettling editorial in the WaPo today isn’t about racism. It is about injustice and humiliation, and more importantly, incompetence. The INS is a complete basket case, and something serious needs to be done about it. Unfortunately, it probably won’t happen. I am so glad we federalized airline security.
Am I the only person who suspects that the Republican failure to extend unemployment benefits last month was a deliberate ploy to let them bundle the extension in with Dubya’s tax package, to try to make it look a little more balanced?
It sure would have been good politics.
Via Avedon Carol’s Sideshow. I have added The Sideshow to the perma-links. I think I have only agreed with Avedon once, but I like balance (in the links, at least) here, and it is always good to see what the left is thinking, and The Sideshow is a good read.
Senators McCain and Lieberman have introduced legislation to curb global warming and the emission of greenhouse gasses. Both state they will not pimp and posture for every microphone and camera in sight for the next year, thus dramatically reducing the amount of hot air produced by the country.
Former Congressman Bob Barr (R, GA) may be doing more to defend yourcivil liberties than anyone currently in Congress. Check out this op-ed on Minority Report and the Virginia
Temperance Nazi’s Police:
In last year’s mega-hit movie “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise in a mid-21st-century sci-fi thriller, D.C. police identify persons who have not yet committed a crime, but who, based on premonition evidence are going to commit a crime, and then swoop in and arrest these pre-criminals before they can carry out their dastardly deeds.
A fine movie; I saw it and liked it. Well, it isn’t even 2054 (the year in which the movie is set), and already, Washington-area police
My Governor, Bob Wise, discussing the need to streamline state government to make it more efficient, during his State of the State Address:
” It’s not a question of if we change. The only issue is how and when. I say now..”
Yogi Berra was spotted weeping openly in the audience.
My other favorite Wise quote from tonight:
Some may say step back — we say move forward.
And you do the hokie pokie…
Governor Wise did have one really interesting proposal which just goes to show how far the internet has come, and again, shows where we are going in the future:
Last year, we condensed the budget and the bills to two tiny compact discs and gave them to each member on the first day. We’ve made it a tradition. This year, we’re going a step further:
The executive budget, and my legislative proposals are being transferred as I speak to your email accounts. They also being delivered electronically to the press, to state agencies and many citizens — and we’re saving a ton of paper and printing and postage costs in the process.
Good. An outstanding use of technology that no one should be against (now watch the idiots print them out on ther government computers- ruining the whole purpose).