Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Oops Part III

Box of British Leaflets Kills Afghan Girl

London (AP) -- Britain's Ministry of Defense has confirmed
that a box of leaflets dropped from a British plane killed a
girl in Afghanistan.

bound to happen from time to time - stiff upper lip and all that

Good Plan

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed a plan Tuesday to radically alter the way Californians pay taxes, calling on state lawmakers to make dramatic changes before year's end to take the state off the "roller coaster ride" of boom-and-bust budgets.

The governor called a special session of the Legislature to consider proposals in a 415-page report from a government commission that spent nine months studying ways to modernize the state's tax system. Among the ideas from the bipartisan Commission on the 21st Century Economy presented in the report and draft legislation are dramatically reduced income levies and a revolutionary new business tax that would replace existing retail sales and corporation taxes.

"I would sign it immediately," Schwarzenegger declared at a Capitol news conference. "It's an unbelievable compromise between Democrats and Republicans."

But the commission's proposals quickly came under fire from all sides, including labor unions and business groups. Among the criticisms were that the plan unfairly favors the very rich while potentially hurting California businesses and exporting jobs.

Other than that, it's a great plan.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gov. Mark Sanford To Move to Iran

Iranian Leader Says He'll Seek Leniency for Hikers


Berlin (dpa) -- German diplomats are prepared to walk out in protest if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeats before the UN General
Assembly his past denials of the Holocaust, Berlin officials confirmed Tuesday.

Oops, Part II

Plane Crash Mars Iran Military Parade

Tehran, Iran (AP) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran is stronger than ever and warned that its military will "cut the hand" of anyone who attacks. But a military parade where he spoke was marred when an air force plane crashed, killing seven people, according to state radio.

Oops, Part I

Thousands of Florida's Walt Disney World theme park visitors were stranded for hours Thursday as officials inspected the entire fleet of 300 buses when a suspicious device reported on a bus led a bomb squad to investigate. However, bus service resumed once the object was identified as a prototype tire-pressure monitor utilizing wireless technology.

Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said Monday a maintenance crew was unfamiliar with the device, which was installed on a single bus in 1998.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Your Congress at Work

House Resolution 185

Expressing the sense of Congress that the President should issue, and Congress should hold hearings
on, a report and a certification regarding the responsibilities, authorities, and powers of his “czars”.


The U.S. recession probably ended in late July or August, Paul Krugman said in Helsinki today.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Townhall Crazies Were Never Winning

Josh Marshall writes:
Who'da Thunk It

Public opinion and polling expert Professor Charles Franklin, a Professor at the University of Wisconsin, has posted a fascinating analysis of a ton of recent polling data on health care reform. And the upshot is that contrary to what I would imagine most of our expectations would be, the decline in support for reform began slowing in August and has now basically stopped. Meanwhile, support for reform firmed up and started to grow at around the same time. In other words, the inflection point seems to have been during the heat of the townhall craziness, and in advance of the presidential speech.

If he's right, the history of August was very different from what we thought. This is a very interesting read.

This is what I've been saying.
Here's the link to Professor Franklin's analysis.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Guns On A Train

Washington (AP) -- The Senate voted Wednesday to permit
passengers on the Amtrak passenger railroad to transport
handguns in their checked baggage. The proposal, approved by
a 68-30 vote, seeks to givehandguns in their checked baggage.
The proposal, approved by a 68-30 vote, seeks to give Amtrak
riders rights comparable to those enjoyed by airline passengers,
who are permitted to transport firearms provided that they declare
they are doing so and that the arms are unloaded and in a securely
locked container.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Landrieu on Health Reform

STEPHANOPOULOS: So what's the problem with the public health option?

LANDRIEU: Well, many of us believe, George, that it will undermine the private insurance system.


For the two-minute Bobblespeak versions, see This Week and Meet The Press translations.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Ashcroft Liable for Violating Constitution

Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft can be sued by an American citizen held as a witness suspected of having information in a terrorism case, the Ninth Circuit has ruled. Abdullah al-Kidd accused Ashcroft
of violating his constitutional rights in 2003, when he was held for without charges for 16 days. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also said the government's policy was "a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history" and detention of witnesses without charge after the 9/11 attacks was "repugnant to
the constitution". The judges said even qualified immunity does not allow the Attorney General to carry out national security functions
in violation of the law.