A couple of days ago, we heard that John McCain had made a “double secret” trip to Syria. I suspect, on Sunday, we’ll see John McCain on one, two or possibly three networks. Does anybody believe that Senator McCain is going to say anything else besides how much we need to increase our military presence in Syria? Seriously, would you expect anything else? I would’ve been surprised if John McCain had come back and said, “You know what, the situation in Syria is really complex. We can’t figure out who is who. I don’t know who the good guys or the bad guys are. We need to sit this one out.” Everything that I’ve read about Syria over the last several days suggests that the conflict is getting more and more complex.
I’m not sure whether Eric Holder is an asset or liability to President Obama. What I do know is that liberals who are calling for Holder’s resignation need to step back and think just for a second. The Attorney General must be confirmed by the Senate. Who would the filibuster-loving Republicans confirm? I don’t think that we would get anybody liberal or progressive through the Senate. I think that we’re stuck with Eric Holder for good or for bad.
Terrible ratings for MSNBC. I’m not sure that this is a surprise. The one thing about Keith Olbermann was that he was entertaining. Chris Hayes is not entertaining.
Lincoln Chafee was one of the last moderate Republicans. He was the distinguished Senator from Rhode Island from 1999 through 2007. He ran for governor of Rhode Island as an Independent. As he is milling over running for reelection as governor, it’s been widely reported that he would run as a Democrat. I think this says more about the Republican Party than it does about Lincoln Chafee. There’s no room for moderates in the Republican Party.
Mark Sanford has had a really, really bad week in politics. To be honest, I’m not sure why anybody in South Carolina would vote for this guy. He’s already proven that he is more than happy to lie to voters. Maybe he is a changed man. On the other hand, it seems to me that the voters of South Carolina could probably find some other Republican who is lost on the Appalachian Trail.
It has been a little over a week and we still don’t have a good idea about why a fire started in a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had effective regulations? What if we had regulations which stated that a school or an apartment complex could not be located within one or two miles of the fertilizer plant? What if the fertilizer plant had been forced to place “expensive fire suppression equipment” in their plant which would have snuffed out the fire before it got out of control? What if the volunteer firemen had been adequately trained in such a way that they would’ve known that it was hopeless trying to put out this fire and instead could have focused their attention on evacuating the area?
Oh, if you’re a Dallas Cowboy sports fan, like I am, the thought that the Dallas Cowboys picked a center with their first pick, a center who probably will not start, is so disappointing.
I really don’t understand how a twitter account can get hacked. Specifically, a twitter account of a major news outlet like the Associated Press. How does this happen? The results could have been really, really catastrophic. Yesterday, the Associated Press mistakenly tweeted that the White House was bombed. Wall Street went berserk. Even if it were for a short period of time, this could’ve been a real problem.
Late last week, I was having lunch with my brother and my sister in Dallas. Our waitress was one of those smiley, bubbly twentysomethings who was very pleasant. After small talk and reviewing the menu, she decided that she could “talk” to us. She then launched into the fact that she belonged to some group that is fighting abortions. She stated that the media was not covering the fact that there was some doctor who is performing late-term abortions “legally.” She also said that ObamaCare was going to cover late-term abortions. Well, she was half right. There was a doctor who was performing late-term abortions. He was not doing this legally. The media really wasn’t covering the story until recently. Doctor Kermit Gosnell is currently on trial for several counts of murder. If he did half of what he’s been accused of, he deserves to be locked away for a very long time. As far as the waitress’s other allegation that ObamaCare covers late-term abortions goes, she was wrong.
Many people are currently still trying to digest all of the news that happened last week. They are looking at the Boston Marathon bombings as well as the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Which disaster was worse? I’m not gonna play the equivalency game here. Instead, what I will say is that the explosion in West, Texas, I believe, will be found to be 100% preventable. I believe this will turn out to be a problem with adequate regulations that are poorly enforced. I believe that we will find out that what happened in West, Texas is probably happening in hundreds, if not thousands, of small towns throughout the United States. These small towns are 100% dependent upon these companies because these companies hire a quarter to 50% of the town’s occupants. Industry, not just the fertilizer industry, has been lobbying for years to weaken or remove necessary legislation, complaining that these rules are overly burdensome and expensive.
This is an interesting case surrounding the FBI’s probably investigation of the wrong man in 2011.