Sunday Evening News Roundup

  • It is hard for me to be disappointed in the US women’s soccer team. I’m not sure who thought they were going to the finals of the World Cup, I certainly didn’t. I’m sorry they lost. I’m glad they played as well as they did. What with baseball mired in what Roger Clemens’ says on-again and off-again trial and with football and basketball neck-deep in labor disputes, it was nice to see some United States court in which the athletes excelled. (Oh, I should add the British Open, in which Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson were all within striking distance and all faded at the end. Congratulations to Darren Clarke.)
  • Being close to President Karzai seems to decrease your life expectancy. Another close advisor has been killed in Afghanistan. We need to get out of there.
  • A leading herbicide promoted as environmentally friendly seems to be killing trees. That’s not good.
  • The News Corp scandal continues to grow. Even Fox News talked about it today. The head of Scotland Yard has resigned. Rebekah Brooks has been arrested. Somebody get me some popcorn, please. I’m gonna sit back and watch this.
  • It appears the president is not going to nominate liberal favorite, Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Instead, he’s nominated someone I’ve never heard of. This time, the president has rolled with the political wind and we all are going to suffer for it. It is hard to imagine anyone who is as smart and as tough as Elizabeth Warren. We knew that she would actually look out for the American People.
  • How is it that Michele Bachmann only raised $3.6 million? I don’t understand. Herman Cain only raised $2.6 million.
  • Dallas was going to give 100 families vouchers for low-income housing. Over 5000 people showed up. It was chaos and sad; only by the grace of God did no one get seriously hurt. It reminded me of the general admission seating to a Who concert at which 11 people died as eager fans pushed their way in to the arena.
  • Finally, in the category of you really can’t get much dumber than this – Dallas Cowboys receiver Roy Williams sent a $75,000 engagement ring through the mail. She said no and kept the ring. First of all, how do you buy a $75,000 ring for somebody if you don’t know the answer is going to be yes? Secondly, how do you send a $75,000 ring through the mail? You don’t deliver that bad boy in person? If you can afford to send a $75,000 ring to a woman who’s going to turn you down, you need your head examined.
  • Matt

    E, remember my comments of a few (6) days ago? You responded that my assessment was “very harsh…I can’t go there.” Sorry, but passing on Elizabeth Warren?!!! Goldman Sachs does know how to get returns on their investments. You say “This time the president rolled with the political wind”; I wrote: ” He (Obama) IS an effective representative for his true constituencies: Goldman Sachs,et al and the MIC (i.e. the war industry…our only real industry). It was their money/support that put him in the oval office, and he is counting on their money/support to keep him there. To say ” he (Obama) isn’t afraid to take out a can of whoop ass” is as far off base as his campaign promises…remember the (in)famous: “We are going to change the way business is done in Washington!” Goldman Sachs,et al and the MIC have laughed all the way…the fix is in; they’ve found their man!”  I stand by my comments. Shame, shame…who was Brooksley Born anyway?

  • Goldman Sachs? I’m not buying it. When George Bush was in the White House we said that Goldman Sachs ran the treasury. Now, are we going to say that George Bush and Barack Obama both bowed to the great Goldman Sachs? I don’t think so. I do think that the rich and powerful have undue access to our politicians. I do think that our politicians listen to Wall Street far more than they will ever listen to us.

    Elizabeth Warren is a breath of fresh air. She is wickedly smart. She’s one of the most articulate advocates for the middle class that we’ve seen since Robert Reich. Personally, I don’t think that she belongs in government. I think that that will silence her voice. I said that almost a year ago. In the administration, she was muzzled. Out of the administration she can take her case to the American people. I think that Barack Obama has made a huge mistake by playing politics and trying to capitulate with the Republican Party.

    by the way, Brooksley Born should get the presidential medal of freedom.

    As usual, I appreciate your thoughtful comments.