July 29, 2008

News of the Day: July 29

Posted in News, Offbeat tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:42 pm by Katharine Lackey

  • An Israeli student has apologized for taking Obama’s prayer, which was published in a paper, Religous News Service reports. I updated my previous blog on the subject earlier.
  • Olympic horses are being treated like rock-stars aboard their flight to Beijing, the New York Times reports. “The horses fly with an entourage — team grooms, veterinarians and at least one ‘flying groom,’ an equine flight attendant whose job is to make the horse as comfortable as possible,” Times reports
  • Officials at an animal shelter in Camden County, NJ, were surprised to receive a 44-pound cat who appears to have escaped from its house, the Courier-Post reports. Nicknamed Princess Chunk, it is unclear how the cat escaped its rightful owner, “She’s built like a quarterback,” said one shelter volunteer. “I mean, how do you lose a 44-pound cat?!”
  • A British family has fulfilled its quest of visiting all 50 states (plus D.C.) in the U.S., the Hattiesburg American reports. “People in America don’t realize what history they do have,” the wife and mother says. Yes, because our history only dates back 300 years, whereas England’s goes back many more centuries.
  • A New Zealand inventor has created a jetpack that he plans to market next year at $100,000 a piece, the New York Times reports. “There is nothing that even comes close to the dream that the jetpack allows you to achieve,” one man says.
  • Two groups in St. Louis are holding prayers at gasoline pumps to ask God for lower prices, The News & Observer reports. The group thinks their prayers are being answered as gas prices have lowered in the past two weeks. What happens when they go back up again?
  • A phony Joker was arrested in Michigan after he attempted to steal items related to “The Dark Knight” movie from a local theater in Three Rivers, the Detroit Free Press reports. “…police officers who were dispatched early Sunday to the Three Rivers 6 theater arrived to find employees restraining a man wearing a purple suit, a green wig and face paint in the style of Batman’s nemesis in ‘The Dark Knight.'”
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July 28, 2008

Mr. Almost President

Posted in Politics tagged , , , at 11:09 pm by Katharine Lackey

While focus has exceedingly been on Barack Obama’s recent foreign trip, the New York Times is quick to point out that both Obama and McCain have their own far-reaching faux pas.

While Obama has stood on a podium with a faux presidential seal and adorned his jet “O-Force One,” McCain gave a speech looking back on his first term in office and recently began giving radio addresses every Saturday.

It is unclear when the two presidential candidates will hold their first state dinners, spend their first weekends at Camp David or welcome this year’s N.B.A. champions, the Boston Celtics, to the Rose Garden.

Oh, wait, neither of these guys has been elected yet.

The article is extremely interesting and I cannot do it justice by paraphrasing it — so go read it!

Also, read the Times Opinion piece by Frank Rich, which also touches on the same subject.

July 13, 2008

Obama’s Center

Posted in Politics tagged , , , at 12:22 am by Katharine Lackey

Apparently Barack Obama supporters who lean to the far-left aren’t too happy with the candidate these days, reports the New York Times.

“I’m disgusted with him,” said Ms. Shade, an artist. “I can’t even listen to him anymore. He had such an opportunity, but all this ‘audacity of hope’ stuff, it’s blah, blah, blah. For all the independents he’s going to gain, he’s going to lose a lot of progressives.”

Here’s the problem, my dear Ms. Shade, while Obama is a Democrat, his policies are geared toward the center, and rightly so, since he wishes to get rid of blue and red states, and to unify America. Where did you think this unification would come from? The far left?

A very good op-ed piece in the New York Times last week discussed this topic of Obama’s move to the center:

When an extremely intelligent politician tells you over and over and over that he is tired of the take-no-prisoners politics of the last several decades, that he is going to get things done and build a “new consensus,” he is trying to explain that he is all about compromise.

Critics are accusing Obama of flip-flopping and shifting positions on key issues in his campaign, including the war in Iraq, and just last week, the wiretapping bill that passed through Congress, among others.

On the Iraq war issue, for one, I believe his plan is still far superior to John McCain’s, in that we will actually be on the road to withdrawal once Obama’s in office. And I think its important for Obama to talk to our military leaders to determine how quickly that withdrawal can proceed without putting American troops at risk.

As for FISA, his compromise also makes sense, although I would hope that once in office, the senator takes a closer look at the wiretapping program and revises it.

July 11, 2008

Stuff Silly People Like: Waiting in Line

Posted in News tagged , , , , , at 4:55 pm by Katharine Lackey

If you haven’t heard that the new iPhone was released today… well, frankly, you’ve been living under a rock.

Because of the obsession that is the iPhone, thousands of people throughout the country stood in line during the early hours of the morning today trying to be the first to get their hands on the iPhone 3G, which features faster connections, among other things.

The New York Times greets us with an interesting first-hand survey of the people closest to the front of the line.

“In the early-morning light, the line of Apple aficionados stretched to the corner and down the block, past F.A.O. Schwarz, and around another corner. Some of the people had been there long enough that they were admiring their own photos in a morning paper.”

Meanwhile, in what’s being hailed as the iPocalypse, AT&T and Apple stores were apparently having trouble activating the phones, Fortune reports. Epic FAIL, my friends.

At least Wimbush or Bumpers didn’t show up, or there would have been severed fingers.