Posted: 04 May 2009 09:36 AM PDT
There are many serious matters, and of course the sad passing of Jack Kemp.
Yet I reserving today as a day for levity with a routine from my friend Evan Sayet.
eric aka the Tygrrrr Express
Posted: 04 May 2009 07:31 AM PDT
Newt Gingrich received a standing ovation for his speech at AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), where he slammed the Obama administration for their handling of Iran in relation to Israel, by stating "There's almost an eagerness to take on the Israeli government to make a point with the Arab world."
He takes it a step further by calling Obama's method of dealing with Iran a "fantasy" and "the clearest adoption of weakness since Jimmy Carter."
OUCH. True, needed to be said, but ouch.
Other highlights from Gingrich's speech are;
"There are some regimes you will not have a deal with because they are inherently evil";
Talking in good faith with Adolph Hitler would have been a complete dead loser. Ahmedinejad, if he had the weapons, would be every bit as dangerous";
"A world which destroys Israel will surely destroy the United States."
You can listen to Gingrich's speech yourself here (opens your mp3 player) and find more at AIPAC and JPost.
Gingrich received a standing ovation for his speech, from a group that understands that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable. It will be interesting to see the contrast when Joe Biden speaks before them and how hard he tries to sell Obama's approach and his willingness to speak to Iran while they continue to work towards obtaining nuclear weapons.
Posted: 04 May 2009 06:57 AM PDT
The New York Times has been in financial trouble for a while now, blaming the loss of advertising sales primarily for their dwindling profits but seeing the facts in black and white show exactly how bad that situation has grown.
But the Times Co. itself is under strong financial pressure. It recently mortgaged its new Manhattan headquarters, borrowed $250 million from a Mexican billionaire at 14 percent interest, laid off 100 newsroom staffers and cut salaries by 5 percent.
Whether they intend to shutter The Boston Globe, which Times co. bought in 1993, or whether it is a tactic being used because negotiations failed to produce $20 million in concessions from the unions, Times co. has filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN, which according to the law must be filed 60 days prior to shutting it down.
The move could amount to a negotiating ploy to extract further concessions from the Globe's unions, since the notice does not require the Times Co. to close the paper after 60 days. The deadline, however, would put the unions under fierce pressure to produce additional savings, and the Boston Newspaper Guild promptly called the step a "bullying" tactic by the company.
Former Globe columnist Eileen McNamara had some harsh words on the topic of Times Co. saying "From the moment the Times Co. purchased The Globe in 1993, it has treated New England's largest newspaper like a cheap whore. It pimped her out for profit during the booming 1990s and then pillaged her when times got tough. It closed her foreign bureaus and cheapened her coverage of everything from the fine arts to the hard sciences."
McNamara, who now teaches journalism at Brandeis University, ridiculed Sulzberger as "the boy genius whose crack management skills have helped drive the parent company of two of journalism's most respected newspapers to the brink of bankruptcy."
She has a point, under the Times Co. management, The Boston Globe is expected to take a $85 million dollar loss this year alone.
Unfortunately this is what happens when a media outlet produces more opinion and pretends it is news.
Posted: 04 May 2009 06:46 AM PDT
According to the CDC, Swine Flu aka H1N1 Flu has reached 226 laboratory confirmed cases in the U.S., in 30 different states, with one death in Texas.
The CDC has scheduled the transfer of influenza antiviral drugs equaling 25 percent of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)across the country for those with severe cases.
The World Health Organization reports that 20 countries have reported confirmed cases.
Mexico has reported 590 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 25 deaths. The higher number of cases from Mexico reflects ongoing testing of previously collected specimens. The United States has reported 226 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
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