News Roundup: Gov. Chris Christie, Syrian Rebels, Baseball Hall Of Fame

I watched the story building for several days. I was thinking, there is no way that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be involved in something as stupid, as petty, and as blatantly disrespectful to the constituents of New Jersey as intentionally gridlocking a city. I was wrong.

From New York Times:

The mystery of who closed two lanes onto the George Washington Bridge — turning the borough of Fort Lee, N.J., into a parking lot for four days in September — exploded into a full-bore political scandal for Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. Emails and texts revealed that a top aide had ordered the closings to punish the town’s mayor after he did not endorse the governor for re-election.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, emailed David Wildstein, a high school friend of the governor who worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the bridge.

Later text messages mocked concerns that school buses filled with students were stuck in gridlock: “They are the children of Buono voters,” Mr. Wildstein wrote, referring to Mr. Christie’s opponent Barbara Buono.

That sound you hear is Chris Christie’s presidential aspirations being flushed down the toilet. I don’t know whether Chris Christie was personally involved in shutting down the city of Fort Lee. It really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that he did not show the leadership that is necessary to fix the problem or to intervene early in a problem that was generated directly from his office.

It seems to me that President Obama is looking smarter and smarter the more we know about the Syrian rebels. Currently, the Syrian rebels are fighting another faction of Syrian rebels that seem to be more radical and possibly have ties to Al Qaeda. I guess you could describe this as a civil war within a Civil War.

Congratulations to Greg Maddux, Tommy Glavine and Frank Thomas. They were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Interestingly, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were not elected. Steroids.

Guess who is really, really mad about the turn of events in Fallujah? You are absolutely right. John McCain is mad, yet again. I suspect over the next several days he will come up with something, some sort of legislation, supporting a re-invasion of Iraq.

Awful ideas sometimes never die. Eric Cantor is in a public war of words with the new New York mayor. The New York mayor is not all that enamored with charter schools. Neither am I. I look at charter schools as an excellent opportunity to siphon money away from the public school system and to weaken teachers unions.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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