Two things: 1) Today turned out to be a horrendous day for trying to post - maybe back tomorrow, and 2) I know I've said practically nothing about Japan, but it's not because I don't care - far from it. It's just that there's no way that I have the bandwidth to come anywhere close to posting on that calamity the way I want to. Covering what is going on, in particular with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, is a job for legitimate news professionals, and I am not professionally employed in that capacity. If anyone has the means and/or desire to help, click here.
OK, that being said, kudos to Anthony Weiner and his sarcasm (here...I still think Ron Paul is the "crazy uncle in the attic," but every once in awhile he nails it too, and he did likewise here...and for what it's worth, Mikey The Beloved voted to kill Elmo)...
(I'm still going to say something a bit sacrilegious, though, and that is - even though it would be political suicide for any politician who votes for it - that part of me wants to see this horrendous budget passed and NPR and the CPB defunded, despite the great efforts of these people; this is coming from someone who supports public programming, by the way. If that's what it will take to get it through the rock-hard skulls of many voters in this country that the Republican Party on the national level will never give a damn about them but instead will do everything they possibly can to reward their deep-pocketed puppet masters on the one hand while, on the other, crying "poor mouth" at everybody else and concocting "values" issues in lieu of practicing actual governance like adults, then so be it. If this is what it will finally take to cement that reality into the brains of everyone else but the "pay no price, bear no burden" bunch, then maybe it should come to pass...and under a Repug President and both houses of Congress, it would.)
...and here's something in honor of this day in particular, which still has about an hour left in this time zone (the kid has good pipes, as they say).