Thankfully, blessedly and mercifully, hurricane season is over, and it was far quieter than last year's Atlantic atmospheric riot. El Nino and West African duststorms will be our friends until Category 5 levees are in place, it seems.
I think we still had more named storms than the University of Miami Hurricanes football team had wins, though. Something tells me the climate in Boise in December isn't conducive to tropical storm development, so expect to see the "Hurricane Season Over" signs figuring prominently alonside the smurf turf.
Speaking of lead balloons, did anyone read the Iranian President's letter to America yesterday? I did. I have to admit, the idea of our nations at least speaking to one another appeals to me, but you'd think, with the international situation being what it is and all, we'd have a little less tolerance on all sides for fluff pieces. The only thing that would make this more sterotypical is if President Bush responded to this letter with his own, written in crayon, complete with many refrences to "nukyalar" technology and with all the "s" and "e" letters written backwards. And, of course, the Beard's name misspelled.
Though I checked, and it seems the Beard's letter had a profound effect on the twin tools of US policymaking: right wing websites and MySpace blogs.
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki took the "hunh?" moment of repose everyone had after looking at the Beard's letter to upstage his regional rival and announce that Iraq will take over Iraqi security on or around June 7. Let us one and all pray that this is the case, so many of our folks can come home and stay home, and someone over there gets their hands on the steering wheel.
I'm sure there will be a host of pundits on the right wing who sing praises to the 'stay the course' policy working, and I'm sure there will be a host of pundits on the left who say this is the result of the Democratic takeover of the Legislature (they still haven't been sworn in) and the aforethreatened timetables of withdrawal. I'm sure that in reality this has far more to do with Iraqis being uncomfortable with the continuation of Iraqis getting blown up by Iraqis. Whoever is responsible, let us hope that by June 7th, 500,000 Iraqis take over security for their own country, bid us a hearty thank you and farewell, and that there are 100,000 Americans on their way back to America, ready for the July 4th Victory Parade for the Ages Days that will undoubtedly follow.
In local news, I'm wondering what, if any, good can come out of this. Double edged swords all around. Open public housing: give folks a place to stay vs. concentrating populations in areas the governments have proven they can't maintain. Redevelop public housing: keep folks homeless or in exile vs. mixed use development & possible sell off to monied interests. So I'm opening the thread for debate, specifically, on the topic of public housing.