FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010
Those wanting petition signatures to remain private can't be encouraged by the questioning that arose from the Supreme Court hearing. Alito is on board. Roberts is a maybe. Thomas? Who knows since he doesn't ask questions. Hopes for Scalia might've been dashed:Declaring that the rough-and-tumble...
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010
A North Idaho teenager with too much time on his hands and not enough substance in his head turns out to have been the author of a Craig's List offer to sell a 4-year-old boy. Now authorities are trying to figure out what, if anything,...
MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010
FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010
Does Wall Street need to change its ways? Should government force that? Along those lines, the headline of the day goes to The Atlantic for "Did porn cause the financial crisis?"Here's a primer/analysis on the issue -- financial reform, that is.Unlike those SEC guys, keep...
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010
Tax cut, anyone? Well, not anyone, but most people would apparently get one under this plan backed by William Gates Sr. Tim Eyman is for lower taxes. Wonder if he'll sign the petition?"It is the Holy Grail of the progressive movement," Eyman said of the...
MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
For those who care about these things, the Website WashingtonVotes.org has posted its account of missed votes from this year's regular and special sessions of the Legislature. It's a valuable site if you like to keep track of legislative activity. The lawmaker who missed the...
Pew is out with a poll about a record level of distrust in government. This item notes that distrust has been typical since the 1970s, with only 9/11 and its immediate aftermath breaking the cycle. Recessions fuel spikes, even though the country relies more on...
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010
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TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "a nice person." Then went on to say more. I'm 180 degrees in opposition to the speaker -- she's a nice lady," he said. The crowd could be heard responding unfavorably to his characterization. "Come...
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010
Myth busters 42
Nice article on the husband-wife team that debunks Internet fiction at snopes.comEver used that site or others like them? What is behind the gullibility of so many people? A distrust of media is, of course, one reason. But what I find interesting is that no...
THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010
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