What a great song. Billy Vera:
I just love that Dar Williams wrote a song about therapy:
The mainstream media are shrugging at Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, who has started an interesting campaign to bring Dick Cheney to justice for war crimes…
Was coverage of the hurricane too intense? A better question is why don’t politicians and the media put the same amount of energy into covering the economic disaster still unfolding right under their noses?
First of all, most judges won’t enforce this for someone who isn’t strategically important. Second, it will be seen as coerced under duress — and third, it very well could be forged. Hope someone steps up to help her!
Hotter than yesterday, but not too humid. The last day of August, and you know what that means: Only 30 days until my birthday!
I went out to Murph’s for pizza with my friend last night, and we were talking about how really awful the long-term outlook is now. “But in a strange sort of way, it’s so overwhelming that it’s become really useful in keeping me more in the moment,” I told him. “You know? Like right now, I’m sitting here having dinner with my friend and we’re talking and it’s all good, right this moment. And that’s all there is, but it’s a lot.”
I keep reminding myself.
Alex Pareene at Salon points out how repeatedly lucky Rick Perry has been with his investments:
Rick Perry is a millionaire. Nothing odd about that — lots of people who run for president are millionaires! — but he’s never really had a job outside of government and he didn’t inherit his fortune. Where did his millions of dollars come from? The Fort Worth Star-Telegram answers that question: He’s very good at making investments that look remarkably like examples of blatant corruption.
There was the time Perry bought some random undeveloped land in 1993, and then it turned out that rich businessman Michael Dell needed that land to connect his new house to the sewer lines. Perry made $342,994 selling it to him. And he’s made decent sums trading in stock in companies founded by Perry donors. And there was this bit:
Perry purchased the land from state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, in 2001 for $314,770. Six years later, Perry sold it for $1.1 million, pulling a profit of $823,776. Perry has attributed the gain to a favorable market for Hill Country land.
“We bought a piece of property, the property appreciated and we sold it,” Perry said last year.
Critics, including the liberal watchdog group Texans for Public Justice, have suggested a dubious dealing considering that the man Fraser bought the land from and the man Perry sold the land to were business partners.
Conor Friedersdorf and David Frum think this all looks a bit crooked but the National Review’s Jim Geraghty says Perry is just constantly lucky, over and over again. Rick Perry should play the slots! (But only if the slots are owned by someone who needs the governor of Texas to grant him some sort of favor.)