Friday, September 16, 2005

News of the week

The frivolous:
  • Britney Spears and her leech of a husband are the proud parents of a baby boy, Sean Preston.
  • Renee Zellweger filed for an annulment from her husband of four months, country signer Kenny Chesney. The guy wrote a song called "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy." Renee, shouldn't that have tipped you off?

The serious:

  • Congressional hearings with Supreme Court nominee John Roberts come to a close. His "unflappable" performance has created a quandary for Democratic senators. Do they vote against him solely because he's a Bush nominee? Yes, he's a conservative, but conservative presidents tend to nominate conservative judges. That's the way the game is played. In my opinion, we're going to get stuck with a conservative no matter what, and at least Roberts comes across as extremely intelligent, capable, and well-respected in the legal field. And he's never made any jokes about pubic hairs in people's sodas, at least that I'm aware of. We could do a lot worse.
  • Perhaps the most important lesson that Hurricane Katrina has taught us is that there are still a lot of poor people in the United States. The gulf between the haves and the have-nots continues to widen, and frankly, I think it's a shame that in one of the richest countries in the world, if not THE richest, so many people have so little. I could go on and on, but I'll save that post for another day.

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