My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Quick Hits 

:Democrat's Screwed-Up Priorities

The House broke for a week’s recess Thursday without renewing terrorist surveillance authority demanded by President Bush, leading him to warn of risky intelligence gaps while Democrats accused him of reckless fear mongering.

The refusal of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, to schedule a vote on a surveillance measure approved Tuesday by the Senate . . .

Couldn't bother to protect the country, but there was plenty of time for this:

In a four-hour hearing in which Mr. Clemens and Mr. McNamee shared the same table but never seemed to directly look at each other, Mr. Clemens continued to insist, under sometimes strenuous questioning, that Mr. McNamee never injected him with steroids and human growth hormone, as Mr. McNamee maintains.

How refreshing that at least one Democrat is possessed of a tiny share of self-awareness:

A day after a dramatic, nationally televised hearing that pitted Roger Clemens against his former personal trainer and Democrats against Republicans, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Thursday that he regretted holding the hearing in the first place.

The chairman, Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, said the four-hour hearing unnecessarily embarrassed Clemens . . .

Now, if only some Republicans could learn from him:

A day after meeting with N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the videotaping controversy that has entangled the league, Senator Arlen Specter said that he was “more determined” to continue probing.

:CU Should Have A New President Soon

Both the faculty, by a 40-4 vote of Reps, and the student union, by a 9-2 vote of Reps, oppose the hiring of Bruce Benson.

To my mind, that makes him very nearly the perfect person for the job.

:Laughably Stupid if it Weren't So Tragic

If there were lessons learned after the Virginia Tech massacre, they were: Lock down and notify. . .

Thursday's shootings at Northern Illinois provided the first test of one of those plans.

By many preliminary accounts, the university did well: Within 30 seconds of a report of shots fired at Cole Hall, the first officer was on the scene. But he was too late.

Maybe those weren't--or, at least, shouldn't have been--the lessons learned. It would seem the actual correct lesson was learned at New Life.

:Is THIS Bi-Partisanship?

Remember how Governor Ritter promised to be bi-partisan, to seek common ground to work from? Here's hilarious evidence of that:

The story title: "Ritter's Task Gets Tougher as Group Seeks Tax Increase"
The story subheading: "Governor Hoping For Consensus on Levies for Drilling"
BUT the caption on the photo that accompanies the story: "Ritter said he is listening to supporters of tax measure."

So, would those be Republican supporters of the tax measure? I don't think so.

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