Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The blogger has been very busy, so

Posting has been pretty light the past few days. I have a few things I'm working on, though, so please stay tuned. A few quick thoughts in the meantime:

  • Must Not See TV -- behold one of the most annoying panels possible (Ed Schultz, Barney Frank and Ralph Nader) discussing the role of government, as the man who gave you a large chunk of the banking crisis helpfully explains that "We Are Trying On Every Front To Increase The Role Of Government." Ya think?

  • This is plenty amusing. Money quote: “He is a man of perpetual promise. There used to be a cruel joke that said Brazil is the country of the future, and always will be; Obama is the Brazil of today’s politicians. He has obviously achieved nothing. And in the American context, to be the hero of five Norwegian leftists, is not exactly politically positive.” But he'll be sure to have an excellent table at the best restaurants in Stavanger. That's something.

  • Daniel Ortega pulls an end run to get the Nicaraguan Supreme Court to eliminate term limits. So why is this is a good idea? As you might recall, we're supporting Zelaya in Honduras, who wanted to do the same thing before he was deposed.

  • Lately I've been rereading Mike Royko's Boss, after nearly 40 years still the essential study on the career of Richard J. Daley and the Chicago Machine. If you want to understand Chicago politics, it's still an excellent place to start. Highly recommended.

  • I'm not prepared to talk about Brett Favre yet. Maybe tomorrow.


Gino said...

i used to love royko's columns.
i've never read a book of his though. maybe i should.

Margaret said...

Boss is an excellent book. It was assigned reading for the first class I TA'd for in grad school. Kind of a top to bottom look at machine politics.

my name is Amanda said...

I look forward to your upcoming projects.

No contradictions, just random thoughts - I never got around to saying so on my own blog, but I think that Obama winning the NPP speaks to a growing positivity of the intl community toward the US gov, not just from Norway, and that can't be a bad thing. I do hope he accomplishes something during his presidency which might render a NPP less of a wonderment.

Very curious about your thoughts on Brett Favre...

Churckwagon Boy said...

I am sure the Stavanger Board of Tourism appreciates it too! :o)

Mr. D said...

And we love the Stavanger Board of Tourism, don't we, CB? :)

Anonymous said...


If they awarded Nobel prizes on the basis of optimism (which apparently they now do) they should take a look at my newborn son who provides nothing but optimism, and has not been tainted by corruption. He's at least pure!

K-Rod said...

Talking Point Trap Shoot


"...a growing positivity of the intl community toward the US gov,..."

positivity? Really?

Afganistan? NO
Iran? NO
Iraq? NO
China? NO
North Korea? NO
Venezuela? NO
Somalia? NO

Amanda, here is a hint: They are not laughing with us.

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