Sunday Evening News Roundup – Update

(I’m going to the OR. I’ll add the links in a sec.)

I’m currently watching Slavery by Another Name. So sad.

Rick Santorum, God love him, is on a roll. He was on This Week with George Stephanopoulos whining about college students being ridiculed for being conservative. All I know is that when I went to college students were ridiculed for being morons. If you weren’t a moron, you weren’t ridiculed. There are multiple religious groups on campus. There are multiple political groups on campus. There was no tension or hazing between the groups. Maybe it’s just Rick Santorum who was ridiculed when he was on campus. Of course, this is part of the conservative culture, seeing themselves as downtrodden and oppressed. The only place that they are downtrodden and oppressed are in their minds.

So, let me get this straight. Going to college is bad, according to Rick Santorum? College is a place we go to get brainwashed? Really? Didn’t Rick Santorum go to college? Penn State? Then more schooling with an MBA from University of Pittsburgh? Then decided to go get a law degree at Dickinson University? How did he avoid getting brainwashed? Did he have some sort of super repellent? Perhaps he’s simply lying to get votes and attention.

Finally, in my Rick Santorum trifecta, the president should not have apologized over the burning of a Koran? Really? This guy is really depressing me. Let me move onto another subject.

Bernie Sanders is going to try to save the U.S. Postal Service. Personally, I think the U.S. Postal Service is in deep trouble. It has to be radically changed. We just do things much differently today than we did 30 or 40 years ago. When I’m having a party, I go to eVite and send invitations. When I’m paying my bills, I pay online. When I want to catch up with a friend, I send an e-mail. If I have a letter that I really want to get somewhere, I send it FedEx. I simply don’t use the Postal Service that much anymore. It used to be that I was down there every week. That was 25 years ago. We’ve changed. The post office needs to change. At the same time, small communities desperately need their post offices. Those post offices continue to be their lifeline to the outside world.

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker has appropriately labeled Mitt Romney as a dork. I can’t argue with that.

Syria continues to be a disaster. The International Red Cross is still trying to negotiate with Syrian officials to try to get aid to those people who need it.

I love the new rule that the House GOP has enacted in which you are supposed to state what part of the Constitution gives you your authority for that bill. Like, for some reason, that’s going to change the legislative process. Legislators will do exactly what they’ve done for the past 250 years. If they don’t know what part of the Constitution applies, they will make something up.

On a related note, House Bill 358 (the Protect Life Act) does not cite constitutional authority that the new House Rule asks for.

Update: George Will points to some of the craziness over gas prices. I think it’s funny. On one hand, Republicans embrace the free market, yet, as Newt said, we have a right to $2.50/gallon gas? How does that happen?