Thursday, February 24, 2005

Today's Miscellany

Pope John Paul II is back in the hospital with a relapse of influenza, as reported by the New York Times. This doesn't look good.

The Miami Herald reported that the Florida Legislature is working on a bill to expand the right of citizens to shoot other people. Although self-defense is already legal, this would remove the citizen's "duty to retreat." Note that Florida law permits most Floridians to carry concealed handguns. My views are at Gun Control.

The Washington Post has published an excellent graphic comparing various plans for Social Security. You have to see this.

Joe Hagan in the New York Observer provides updated news on CBS and memogate. Rather is limited to a few controlled press conferences; CBS hired a private investigator; and an unusual reference to the fact that forging government documents is a crime.

The International Herald Tribune reported on serious increases in anti-Semitism in France, along with growing anti-Arab sentiment.

Robert Kuttner, in a Boston Globe column, took a lefty look at how neocons disapprove of Bush's tour de force in Europe. According to Kuttner the neocons, the left's new collective antichrist, are unhappy with Bush because they see Europe as a menace.

Thomas Friedman wrote about the declining value of the dollar in his New York Times column. As he explains, Bush's economic policies are a big part of the problem. Very interesting, especially to one who spends most of his time in Europe. More in the Times' editorial.

Mohammed Ayoob, a professor at Michigan State University, has it all figured out in his column in the International Herald Tribune. There really isn't a problem between the U.S. and Europe, which he says form a "Concert" determined to protect its wealth through control of the international economic regime.

The Washington Post reported that New York City authorities have announced a "pause" in efforts to identify over 1,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks. The city will freeze-dry 9,720 unidentified body parts until more advanced DNA identification procedures are developed.

Ruth Marcus, in a column in the Washington Post, wrote about a meeting between Senator Arlen Specter, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Post's editorial board. The Senator's comments on nominating and approving Supreme Court justices hint at the battles to come.

The Austin American-Statesman (that's in Texas, y'all) reported that hometown favorite Lance Armstrong will ride in the Tour de France this year, seeking an unheard-of seventh straight victory. Great news! I know most Americans don't know follow cycling, but watch the Tour on TV this year. It's amazing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Col. Carter,

Thanks for dropping by the Cutter. I appreciate the link, as well. I will link you soon.

Nice blog you have here. Keep up the good work.

1:32 PM, February 24, 2005  
Anonymous Amanda said...

With a tracheostomy in place, the Pope needs to step down. If he doesn't, then we know what we're dealing with: another overinflated ego unwilling to let go of all that power and glory.

12:05 AM, February 25, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Amanda, I don't think we can fairly characterize the Pope as "another overinflated ego unwilling to let go of all that power and glory." I'm not a Catholic, but I admire him for his strength and his dedication to his faith. I'm sure he sincerely believes that as Pope he serves as an instrument of God, and in that sense he doesn't have the option of stepping down. Events may force him to do so, but I really don't think ego has anything to do with his thinking.

8:48 AM, February 25, 2005  

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