I believe a certain Carnival season is keeping Pat from the computer (and likely most of our New Orleans readership with him). In his absence, I'm going to take a moment to put together a quick list of important happenings:
1. Bayh just wants out. He's done. He's just tired of Washington. He can either comfortably retire or make a fat paycheck lobbying at this point. If he feels he's in a grind where he's at now, why not take those other options? There's a lot of talk that this will hurt Democrats in the Senate, but as long as they put a strong candidate out there, they'll be fine. The only real disadvantage is that the Republicans can point out that the Democratic candidate was anointed by the Party instead of chosen by the people. With a good candidate, that won't matter.
Warning! We're going to slant right for a moment...
2. I was talking to a liberal friend of mine the other day about why you don't hear anything about Iraq anymore in the news. The simple answer is that things are working so there's nothing of shock value to report. But beyond that, the two troop surges worked. Dick Cheney thinks Obama owes Bush a thank you for things working out. And that's sorta fair in my book. This is yet another moment where Dick Cheney shows us why I love him so much. He doesn't give a @#*$ what you think. He's going to say and do what he thinks is right.
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4. Are we getting a little too fancy for our own good? Some whack-a-doo magic throttle gizmo is failing on Toyotas left and right. I'm wondering as a society if we're not making things more complicated than they need to be. Is there any reason we really need a throttle by wire? What happens when it's steering by wire that goes awry? Toyota is in a world of trouble here. The best thing that can happen is a class action lawsuit at this point. They really don't want to spend years and tons of money on legal fees battling each and every case they'll be up against.
5. You ever notice that Wal-Mart just doesn't have as much stuff as it used to? Well, it's going to get worse. Why are we still shopping there? They don't have everything anymore. (Almost a month ago I tried to find a coat for my daughter there and they didn't have any because coats were "out of season.") They're prices aren't particularly competitive. I still have to wait FOREVER to check out. Given their prevalence I'd prefer they just turn into a store with a decent shopping experience, but I'd sure not cry myself to sleep if they fell of the face of the earth, and I don't even care about all that evil corporation globalization evil evil evil stuff.