What a week it’s been, and there were plenty of things I didn’t have time to talk about. Here are only a few:
–Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said that last year somebody sent each member of the Court, and others,Ã‚Â poisoned cookies. Despite the fact that Federal courts have been poisoning the rest of us for decades, this was a stupid thing for somebody to do. Even dumber was the fact that the sender wrote a note telling the justices that the cookies were poisoned. The sender will now be baking in prison for 15 years.
–The government ended a 14-yearÃ‚Â ban on silicone-gel breast implants yesterday. Boob lovers and half of you actresses in Hollywood: this is your Independence Day!
–Economist Milton Friedman passed away this week, a victim of what he might call biological andÃ‚Â AlmightyÃ‚Â market forces. He’ll be missed, but not by many leftists, whom hisÃ‚Â common-sensicle theories skewered at every turn. Friedman was 94, and liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith was 97 when he died in April. It would appear that the key to longevity has something to do with incessant analysis of supply and demand, spectral decomposition, GDP, and labor productivity.
–NASA is in the early stages of drawing up plans to land on rogue asteroids that may be the celestial equivalent of Billy Joel’s car andÃ‚Â threaten a collision with the Earth, and to eitherÃ‚Â shove them into a different course or blow them up with nuclear weapons. The new Democrat majority in Congress has insteadÃ‚Â drawn up plans to negotiate and offer concessions to the asteroid.
–Michael Moore has a pledge for disheartened conservatives. It’s a 12-point agreement he wants you to sign. Here’s number three: “We will not spend your grandchildren’s money on our personal whims or to enrich our friends. It’s your checkbook, too, and we will balance it for you.” — I believe they’ve already spent my grandchildren’s money, so he’s right on there. Michael Moore’s admitting he’ll have someÃ‚Â control over my checkbook? This is where this entire pledgeÃ‚Â goes from being anÃ‚Â “olive branch” to ending up on my check register as a huge expenditure toÃ‚Â “Olive Garden.”
–A hotel chain in the midwest hasÃ‚Â blocked al-CNN from televisions inÃ‚Â their rooms, saying that a recent al-CNN report showing Iraqi insurgents shooting U.S. troops was “shocking and repulsive” and “supported terrorism.” Al-CNN was soÃ‚Â angered byÃ‚Â the charge that they decided that it would only be fair to show the opposite as well, so in the near future,Ã‚Â be on the lookout forÃ‚Â footage of U.S. troops accidentally shooting other U.S. troops.
–And finally, from the “wasn’t there a better way toÃ‚Â phrase this?” department comes this: A gay rights activist, speaking of the recently outed Reverend Ted Haggard, said “He had to be who he was in the end.”Ã‚Â We couldn’t agree more.
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