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Morning Read

The other downside of “swine” flu
American Airlines passengers held for flu test

Passengers on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles were detained for several hours in Tokyo after Japanese officials suspected one passenger of having swine flu, according to the airline.

Mexico to start China flu airlift

Robert Barro has an op-ed column about the economic toll the swine flu could take
Pandemics and Depressions

We’re all waiting with bated breath
Obama assures Hatch he’ll pick a pragmatist

Orrin Hatch: White House may announce Supreme Court nominee this week

G.O.P. Picks Conservative for Senate Judiciary Post

After Specter switch: buyer’s remorse?

GOP, Quo Vadis?
GOP Tries to Dig Out of Its Hole

Young Ross Douthat and David Brooks have some thoughts about how to save the GOP from a massive shrinkage
A Hole in the Center

The Long Voyage Home

The GOP leadership meanwhile is grasping at straws
For GOP, it’s Coleman or bust

With former Sen. Norm Coleman now standing between Democrats and their 60-seat supermajority, the GOP is prepared to back the Republican’s appeal to the federal level if even a shred of doubt emerges in the case currently before the Minnesota Supreme Court.

How do we fix the economy?
Nation Ready To Be Lied To About Economy Again (The Onion via Yves Smith)

Fed Stress Test Results May Show 10 U.S. Banks Need Capita

Matthew Richardson and Nouriel Roubini say we shouldn’t keep throwing money and banks
We Can’t Subsidize the Banks Forever

Wall Street and ZOMBIES

What financial crisis? A George W. Bush library. Quel oxymoron!
Bush Library Raises $100 Million in 100 Days

[T]he Bush center will not be used to “defend or promote something that he did in the past” but will offer a record to help future generations learn about what happened during a presidency, so they make better decisions.”


Obama proposes tax fix. Not everyone is happy

President’s Tax Proposal Riles Business

President Barack Obama’s plan to revamp international tax rules stirred opposition from many multinational businesses and questions among a few leading lawmakers. But even if the proposal doesn’t advance rapidly, policy makers said a broader corporate-tax overhaul is becoming increasingly likely over the next two years.

Corporations cry foul over tax fix

Silicon Valley voices concern over new rules

Tax Salvos

The Obama proposals oversimplify the challenge, both technically and politically.

The other headaches
In Preview of Surge, U.S. Calms Afghan Valley but Peace Is Fragile

U.S. military says Afghan bibles have been destroyed

Stay classy Newt, stay classy
Gingrich: ‘Obama endangering Israel’

Forty-four killed in attack on Turkish wedding

Watch out Blackberry
Companies Shed Initial Resistance to iPhone

Malcolm Gladwell penned a great piece in the New Yorker about David v. Goliath
How David Beats Goliath

Vive La France
Sleeping and eating – the French do it best

True to their reputation as leisure-loving gourmets, the French spend more time sleeping and eating than anyone else among the world’s wealthy nations, according to a study published Monday.

Why we love Europe
US shock-jock, Jewish extremist and Hamas MP on list of 16 banned from UK

The list includes Erich Gliebe, the leader of an American neo-Nazi group, Michael Savage (real name Michael Weiner), a radio presenter in America, Mike Guzovsky, a Jewish extremist, and Stephen “Don” Black, a former Grand Wizard in the Ku Klux Klan.
Also on the list is Fred Waldron Phelps Snr, an American Baptist pastor and his daughter, Shirley, who were barred last year for their homophobic views.

Girl finds condom in McDonald’s Happy Meal

35 Responses

  1. Very interesting, mablue. esp. W’s library and the “good life” in France. Must read more after coffee.

    • purplefinn:

      You have to read WITH coffee, WITH.

      • 🙂 I had my coffee with the birds and my cat on the patio this am. A hummingbird was darting around the lilac bush. Irresistible. Now that library……

  2. Hi MABlue. The Bush library thing sounds very strange. Corporations freaking out over Obama’s tax proposals sounds hopeful. I wish I had time to read all your links, but I’m just too overwhelmed with work today. Nice to get a few bits of news through your post though.

    • I can’t believe believe who’ll rush to throw money at Bush. Anfd for a library.

      I think those were the people he transferred our wealth to.

  3. Bush article re $ raised, “At least so far, none of it has come from overseas, the sources said.” A testament to his foreign relations policy!!!!!

  4. From the “Sleeping and eating – the French do it best” article:

    “The survey showed that the split between work and leisure time within certain countries is striking.

    “Italian men have nearly 80 minutes a day of leisure more than women. Much of the additional work of Italian women is apparently spent cleaning the house,” the OECD said in a statement.”

  5. Ha!ha! Bush library! These 2 words alone make me laugh. Also, remember the hystericals freepers were making over Clinton’s library fundraising?
    Well, they need to finish W’s library (ha!ha!) fast, because Jr.jr needs some help being the decider

  6. Yuck. About the condom.
    I read that there has been more than one incident at Walmart where people have purchased a Nintendo DS and found a bag of pebbles inside the box instead.

  7. I missed this if it was already noted: “Marilyn French, Novelist and Champion of Feminism, Dies at 79” http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/arts/04french.html

    Violet has a post: http://www.reclusiveleftist.com/2009/05/04/marilyn-french-quotes/

    • Oh no! Thanks for posting the news purplefinn. I loved reading The Women’s Room years ago and had been thinking about it recently.

  8. Obama assures Hatch he’ll pick a pragmatist

    Orrin Hatch: White House may announce Supreme Court nominee this week

    Why is Barry assuring Orrin Hatch?? I’d like to see Barry assure a….what are they called?? a Dem? …. about his pick. I’m fearing a Barry ” reaching out to GOP” here. Why are we hearing from Orrin Hatch on this before anyone else? ugh

    • That’s why I put those items up.

      How about reassuring US Liberals about his pick?

      • Indeed. But such a suggestion would make Barry laugh himself silly. In Barryland , Mr. Barry does not put our for his Liberals. We put out for him …..because where else are we gonna go?? etc. ugh

  9. Yes, that Orrin Hatch “reassurance” reminded me of a great New Yorker cartoon I saw this morning

    • It’s worse than I thought, and that always surprises me

      Obama’s phone call to the Utah Republican

      Barry CALLED Orrin ? Are you kidding?

      He loves the cold father figures , but can’t stand the in the bag Mom family .

      • Very good insight and chilling, really.
        Obama shares that trait with a lot of Americans who admire Reagan, the dysfunctional nation’s dysfunctional Daddy figure.

        • Those dysfunctional Dads are ” unavailable ” and apparently , irresistible .lol!

      • Yup, biography is destiny for people who haven’t worked out their psychological problems. Obama has both mommy and daddy issues. He idolizes the unavailable dad and reviles the mom who gave her all for him.

  10. Pragmatist = BOHICA

  11. Holy Mackerel!

    Over at the PuffPost, Lee Stranahan responds to Elizabeth Edwards. IT. IS. UGLY.

    But the guy has a point:
    The Lies Of (And To) Elizabeth Edwards

    So let’s be clear; in equal proportion to her victimhood, Elizabeth Edwards also aided and abetted her husband in deceiving Democratic voters on an unprecedented scale.

    She helped her husband commit an odd sort of fraud – taking money from thousands of people under false premises, in a sort of personality Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff blush. Elizabeth Edwards knew that narrative of the Edwards’s personal relationship was a winner with voters and she helped spin it. She was an active part of his campaign and not just for policy reasons.


  12. Was your title “Why We Love Europe” tongue in cheek? I certainly do not support banning people from the country for their views. I might despise some of these people’s arguments, but is that where we’re heading–banning people from entry into the country, then we are in serious trouble. The First Amendment?

    • Europe is very very sensitive as far as extremism is concerned. They have bad memories with extremists, something we never really had in the US.

      European nations think they were to laissez-faire about some extremists and it brought them disastrous consequences.

      • It’s just a strange and extreme response in itself. I can understand banning terror suspects, but a radio talk show host? Slippery slope…until it’s those outspoken, difficult PUMAs and their ilk.

        • It’s all good until it’s OUR rights being trampled on.

          As Jeebus said, it depends on whose ox is being gored.

  13. My last comment is stuck in moderation. It was in response to the UK banning entry for extremists. Scarey, IMO. I am very worried about censorship in this country, no matter how abhorrent some views might be.

  14. I find it very irritating that BO keeps offering the public all these anti-business PR stunts (business must sacrifice! tax havens curtailed!) while he is giving them sweet deals behind the scenes. More hypocrisy and theater–standard operating procedure.

  15. Did you hear about Hillary’s new perfume?

    “Our distinguished parfumeurs—and, more importantly, Madame Secretary—have created exactly the right tone, a scent that brooks no argument,” spokesperson Etienne Falbaum said. “This is a controlled, competent, and, above all, patient essence that makes men sit up, take notice, and not speak until spoken to.”


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