The NY Times has always been critical of shady business practices at large corporations. The past week or so has been providing us with an interesting test of whether Howell Raines will maintain consistent standards of reporting and editorializing about corporate mischief.
"Archaeologists who last year unearthed the remains of a Bronze Age archer at Stonehenge said Wednesday they have found six more bodies near the mysterious ring of ancient monoliths. The remains of four adults and two children were found about half a mile from that of the archer, dubbed “The King of Stonehenge” by Britain’s tabloid press. Archaeologists said he came from Switzerland and may have been involved in building the monument."
Duh. Switzerland didn't exist until 1291 A.D. (or C.E. for you P.C. types).
Here is some anectdotal evidence that the Democrats in the West may be facing defections based upon their "green" politics. Democratic party officials rationalize this away saying that Pat Hamilton was really just a do-nothing Republican in Democratic clothing anyways, but I see something else going on here. As mentioned before, there is a latent shift towards a modest libertarian conservativism out west that I think Republicans could capitalize on in the next election cycle. In a down economy, where housing and land prices are starting to soften, the hardline that the Democrats are taking on environmental and land use policies may be costing them some.
The world's most astute political observer -- Elinor Clift -- is now calling Bush and his administration masters at communication. (Remember, Bush is the guy who mispronounciates everything.) Here is one of my favorite lines.
"IN AN AUDACIOUS ACT of political alchemy, the Bush administration turned the terrorist strike in Saudi Arabia to its advantage."
She really doesn't say how this is accomplished other than that Bush uses this to shame people into avoiding criticism of his presidency. I'm not sure how, Elinor, given that you are criticizing him. But perhaps you have no shame. Here is another doozy:
"Bush travels the country demanding that Washington exercise fiscal sanity when he’s the biggest inmate on the loose. His tax cut is irresponsible and will jeopardize Social Security, but it is smart politics."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but has Bush proposed a cut in the payroll (Social Security) tax? He's mentioned privatizing a small portion of it, which could be considered a tax cut by some, but I don't think that proposal is actively on the table, is it? And how is cutting social security, if that is indeed what is happening, smart politics? Clift argues that it energizes the GOP base while cutting off the financial lifeblood of Democratic constituencies (who apparently can't vote without a government check in hand). (I will grant Clift that Bush has not been as fiscally prudent as rhetoric suggests -- cf. the farm bill of last year.)
Elinor might just be the biggest fish in the barrel.
If any of you astute readers noticed tonight, John Lemon was featured prominently on The Simpsons for all of about 15 seconds. Bart and Milhouse sneak into Ned Flandersesesesesss house and then stumble upon Ned's secret Beatles room. Here they find all sorts of Beatles paraphenalia, with special attention paid to two novelty sodas -- Mango Starr and John Lemon. Bart drinks the Mango and Milhouse the Lemon.
I'm sure that if I had a hit counter on this blog, I would be registering my 500,000th hit tomorrow right about noon. Now, some of you who have wondered if I have a hit counter, or who may skeptical to my educated extrapolation...just leave me in my delusional peace about the popularity of this site. I shall fix myself a lemon martini tomorrow and celebrate my 15 seconds of fame. (Somebody still owes me 14 minutes and 45 seconds...Andy?)