Archive for March 29, 2011
Remember the Gerber baby?
Voila. This is the new Gerber, the Wall Street how-can-we-rip-people-off-beginning-at-birth version: The “Gerber Life Insurance Company:
They want our itty-bitty babies to be indebted to them from birth.
Oy. Just saw an ad for my local “CBS4 Morning News” (Denver).
They want me to watch because they’ve got a new daily feature: The “word of the day!”
So, they want me to sit through an hour-long show that cycles through the same three “news” stories and the weather and traffic every ten minutes so I can learn a new word? As if there aren’t other, less painful and boring ways of learning new words?
I don’t think so.
It seems to me that one of the obvious contradictions and hypocrisies of Obama’s — and NATO’s — decision to create a no-fly zone over Libya (and possibly send in ground troops), is that it begs the question of why we aren’t doing the same in other countries whose rulers are killing their people.
Like the Ivory Coast:
Some 30,000 people are trapped in a church compound in Ivory Coast as fighting worsens in the west of the country, a missionary has told the BBC.
The priest at a Roman Catholic mission in Duekoue said people had been arriving there with gunshot wounds.
Forces loyal to UN-backed President-elect Alassane Ouattara are on the offensive on several fronts against the army loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo.
Mr Gbagbo refuses to stand down despite the UN saying he lost November’s poll.
The UN has accused pro-Gbagbo forces of shooting at civilians in the country’s largest city, Abidjan, on Monday, killing at least 10 people.
It said a group of Gbagbo supporters had burnt another man alive in the city.
Some one million people have fled the violence – mostly in Abidjan – the UN says.
I think we’ve set a terrible precedent in Libya. What stops the people in the Ivory Coast from hoping — expecting even — that we will swoop in and rescue them? They have every right to hope and think we will — given Libya – but understandably, they will be tremendously resentful if we don’t. And how do we explain it if we don’t?
The “humanitarian intervention” standard should apply to all countries.
IMHO, we’re digging ourselves a huge hole.
It’s break time folks.
Look at this collection of homemade colored eggs. Love the creativity and and all the colors!
The picture is via Epicurious which is having an egg decorating contest.
Check out this headline running right now (3:53 p.m. EDT) at the WashingtonPost.com (bottom right hand corner): “Obama speech on Libya doesn’t satisfy all critics.”
(FYI – here’s the article you go to if you click on that headline.)
Since when is it humanly possible for a president to “satisfy all critics?”
Calling all news and media junkies:
The political movement that drove a busload of freshman lawmakers into office last fall will be revving up small-government feelings again this Thursday.
The Tea Party Patriots want to encourage Congress to keep pressing the pedal down on budget cuts with a noon rally on Capitol Hill.
“Members of Congress have abandoned their service to the people by passing continuing resolutions instead of cutting the $100 billion budget,” said Tea Party Patriot representatives Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin.
Tea Party notables Michelle Backman and Mike Pence will be on hand to ratchet up support. The gathering will take place at the Robert A. Taft Memorial, northwest of the Capitol building.
Let’s pay attention to the “news” on the “liberal media” Thursday and watch for coverage of this event, bearing in mind that when 80,000 to 100,000 people gathered in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 5 there was literally no coverage on either MSNBC, CNN or Fox. No, I didn’t watch all day but I flipped around throughout the afternoon and didn’t see a thing.
If the “liberal media” lands on Thursday’s rally and gives it many minutes or even hours of coverage, especially if there are only a few hundred people there, be prepared to be pissed.
Oh geez. This guy is going to make Michele Bachmann look sane:
Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who lost his job after erecting a monument of the Ten Commandments outside the state’s courthouse, plans to announce in mid-April that he is setting up a presidential exploratory committee, an aide told CBS News.
The aide, Zachery Michael, said Moore’s platform will be focused on repealing the health care overhaul law, replacing the progressive income tax with a flat tax and bringing “commonsense solutions” on immigration and border control.
Michael said Moore is entering the fray because “we’re just seeing the same type of politicians run for president.” He said Moore is someone “who can connect with over 300 million Americans across the country, which is something we’ve been lacking with today’s leaders across society.”
Michael said Moore should not be thought of simply as a culture warrior, arguing that he has been a strong advocate for limited government.
“He not only stood up for his faith, he stood up against the tyranny of government,” he said.
Radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant has been detected in Glasgow, Scotland:
Low levels of radioactive iodine believed to be from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have been detected in air samples in Glasgow.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said the concentration of iodine found was “extremely low” and “not of concern for the public”.
Another week or so and it will have circled the globe.