News, Views, stuff I found interesting and hope you do, too, items for the news notebooks of the Common Room Scholars:
From Instapundit, Riehl World has two stories in one- blogs scoop NBC, and the story they scooped NBC on was an abuse of funds by the levee board in NOLA.
“Along with establishing an Airport and Marina, the levee board is said to have also played a key role in establishing a floating casino and a fiber-optic cable network around the levee. Unfortunately, fiber optics don’t hold back much water. However, I would think they, along with a marina, casino and private airport certainly could be good for business. One source indicated that the levee board spent approximately two-million dollars to erect a fountain and light show at a local lake in recent years.”
For more click on the link.
Senator Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, and Slate magazine all have something in common- besides being leftist Democrats, I mean. See No Left Turns to find out what it is.
Lorie Byrd, one of the smartest women in the blogosphere, tells us what she wishes President Bush would say in his speech Thursday night. So, Common Room Scholars- make a copy, amend it to make any additions or deletions, and compare it with what the President actually does say.
Delta Airlines has filed for bankruptcy (via the Corner)
Also from The Corner, Tom Delay’s unbelievable statement that Republicans have trimmed all the fat out of the Federal budge, and why he’s wrong. So Wrong. This is where the DHM reminds her Dear Family that she is not a Republican.
Right Wing News has more on the same, and is just as incredulous as the DHM, though more profane than the DHM- we’d give it a PG. Did the DHM mention that she is not a Republican?
The Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional again. At least in public schools receiving federal funding. Of course, it is unconstitutional for the Federal government to have anything to do with education, so one wonders if one unconstitutional activity cancels out the other so that now both are constitutional. We rather think not, having learnt, once upon a time, that two wrongs do not make a right.
And most of our readers will not be surprised to note that Senator Feinstein lied during her questioning of Judge Roberts yesterday. WEll, that’s a little strong. She wasn’t really doing much questioning- she lied during her speechifying to Judge Roberts yesterday. She claimed “as a member of the California Women’s Board of Terms and Parole, when California had what was called the indeterminate sentence law, I actually sentenced women who committed abortions to prison terms. I saw the morbidity. I saw the injuries they caused. And I don’t want to go back to those days.” It’s been fact-checked and the Corner has the results. Today she’s asking Judge Roberts how he feels, as a man, about something or other. Ew.
I will say that I was surprised and disappointed that she was dishonest. She used to be my SEnator, and while I never, ever agreed with her, I wrote her and Senator Boxer often, and I was always disgusted with Boxer’s replies, and impressed with Feinstein. She never pretended to be other than she was, she never gave weasel worded answers- she was straight-forward and honest, while maintaining civility. I appreciated that. Maybe I was naive. Maybe she only appeared direct and honest in comparison with Barbara Boxer.
This is funny. What are Judge Roberts’ favorite movies, and why should we care? Well, we don’t care, but we are impressed. Go read, it’ll only take a minute, and I promise we will be here when you get back.
WitNit (not always suitable for kids) has done some serious dogsbody work and collected transcripts from the Roberts Confirmation Hearings- I’m not going to take the time to read them, but maybe somebody else needs the information.
We mentioned this briefly, but the POlitical Teen has video footage: 8 term Democrat, member of Congress, senior member of Ways and Means Committee under investigation for bad stuff, “used National Guard troops to check on his property and rescue his personal belongings — even while New Orleans residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops.” This civic minded public servant also set up a special fund for contributions in the aftermath of Katrina. For his legal fees. Thanks to New Orleans resident Paul, from the blog Wizbang, who says that in order to understand NOLA politics, everybody should watch this while changing “It’s good to be king; It’s good to be king…”
RightPUndit catches something in that Blanco tape that we all missed- the tape where Governor Blanco gets caught on tape saying something along the lines of “I really should call for troops, I should have done that right away,” after she’s been telling everybody that she did call for troops…. RightPundit says what we missed is
“Governor Blanco’s statement about not wanting federal troops in New Orleans because they would arrest looters disproves her spin that she thought she was asking for troops when she asked President Bush for everything he had. She can’t have it both ways. She could not have thought she was asking for troops on the Saturday before the storm while at the same time be making a conscious decision to not have troops in Louisiana in order to make sure looters were not being arrested.”
A brave man in China was collecting the stories of women who have suffered from state-forced abortions. Contemplating the Laundry says he’s under house arrest now.
While we were watching the Katrina coverage, Palestinian Muslims were murdering attacking a village of non-Muslims. There is more here, but please, parents should preview this one. It contains some pretty brutal information.
Katrina- one volunteer’s story over at Memento Moron. Information on the best people finder search, and a final detail that breaks your heart. Read it, because we don’t want to forget these people too fast. Blanco, Nagin- they are just bothers at this point. They need to be held accountable, but there are still people who need help.
Ugly, ugly news from Iraq.
Let’s wrap up with this post from Gates of Vienna- an explanation of bureaucracy and why it gets bogged down