“You want the good news first or the bad news?”
In my experience most people, including myself opt for the bad news first. That way the good news hopefully outweighs or diminishes the earlier bad news. So, in keeping with that perspective, I’ll deliver the bad news first, followed by the good news.
BN – The president has resorted to the old “Executive Privilege” in order to avoid having his Attorney General Eric Holder forced to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious Fiasco. I hate when presidents throw out that catchall. Too easy to hide nefarious stuff behind that door. On the other hand, maybe the Republicans on that investigating committee are purposely demanding things they really aren’t entitled to. But the “E.P.” always smacks of when a probable crook takes the Fifth Amendment.
GN – The president has been remarkably successful at lowering gas prices lately. I mentioned it to my-brother-the-conservative the other night and reminded him of how many times lately he’s ragged on me and what he calls “my guy” for allowing (if not actually causing) gasoline prices to skyrocket. Well, he acknowledged that the president couldn’t legitimately be responsible for raising the price of gas unless he could also be responsible for reducing it. I’ll take that as a win.
BN – Hosni Mubarak, former President/Dictator of Egypt has died and so is unable to serve out his life-in-prison sentence for ordering his troops to kill protesting Egyptians last year.
GN – Hosni Mubarak, former President/Dictator of Egypt has not died and so is able to serve out his life-in-prison sentence, etc., etc.
BN – American children are so obese these days that the American Medical Association has recommended mandatory obesity prevention classes in public schools from elementary through high school. The doctors aren’t in agreement about taxing soft drinks to help pay for those classes.
GN – The doctors of the AMA are aware that childhood obesity is probably a very serious issue and something should be done about it.
BN – Evidently, there are folks actively serving in our military who are not American citizens and evidently some of them have children who, in fact, are illegal or undocumented aliens and therefore are subject to deportation like any other undocumented individuals. (One has to wonder if those children are eligible for the same benefits — housing, medical care, etc. just like families of regular citizens actively serving in the military. And if so, would they continue to be eligible even after being deported?) The system apparently doesn’t know about a prospective non-citizen soldier’s illegal children at time of recruitment or induction? That’s bad news.
GN – The president’s new immigration-related plan would give those children some extra protection from deportation. Maybe this GN will cause somebody to actually look into this cockamamie conundrum.
BN – George Zimmerman and his wife have more money than they led a Florida court to believe. I don’t. George Zimmerman and his wife are in trouble because of that.
GN – I’m not. And more GN — George Zimmerman, his wife and Trayvon Martin probably won’t be on the front page 20 years from now. And I probably won’t be around to care.
BN – A determined despot can stay in power indefinitely if he’s determined enough, and if he rules a country that most other people don’t care much about and that doesn’t have much effect on the rest of the world. It also helps if it’s a country that has a long history of ethnic/religious hatred and strife that can be manipulated with particularly ruthless and savage results. For example: Syria.
GN – We haven’t gone to war there yet. And it can’t last forever.
BN – There’s still four months and a few days before the November election.
GN – There’s only four months and a few days before the November election.
BN – Ducks are force-fed (“inhmanely”) in order to enlarge their livers in order to make duck foie gras. A California law will soon make it illegal for restaurants to sell that kind of foie gras. I don’t know if I’ve ever had that particular kind but probably couldn’t afford it anyway. If I could, I might want to eat it from time to time.
GN – Take your pick.
BN – Many people in the Equatorial Third World are so hot all the time that they’re unhealthy, can’t study properly or get a good night’s sleep so they can’t go to work the next day and be reasonably productive.
GN – Many of those people are starting to get air conditioners that will help them study and sleep and become healthier and more productive. (BN note: Some experts say all those air conditioners are having and will have very severe negative effects on global warming.) (Related BN note: As the price of gasoline goes down, more people will drive their cars thus leading to greater adverse effects on global warming, according to some experts.)
BN – A lot of times, bad news is only bad in the eye of the beholder.
GN – A lot of times, good news is only good in the eye of the beholder.
Chris Daley is a staff writer and columnist for the Mountain Democrat. His column appears each Friday.