Sanity: “A judge invalidated New York City’s limits on large sugary drinks on Monday, one day before they were to go into effect, dealing a significant blow to one of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s signature public-health initiatives and a marquee project of his third term.”
Absurdity to claim it’s absurd. “White House press secretary Jay Carney insisted Monday it was ‘absurd and wrong’ to accuse Organizing for Action, the nonprofit group birthed from President Obama’s reelection campaign, of selling access to the president.”
Clarity is helpful. “In the terrorism trial of Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, a suspected terrorist, his lawyer, is attempting to ban any Jewish New Yorkers from serving on the jury. Shehadeh has been indicted for lying to federal investigators about his attempts to join the Taliban in Afghanistan and insurgent forces in Iraq, and maintaining websites dedicated to supporting al-Qaeda. Attorney Frederick Cohn explained his reasoning for his request by saying, ‘given that there’s going to be inflammatory testimony about Jews and Zionism, I think it would be hard for Jews to cast aside any innate antipathy. The American Jewish community is heavily aligned with Israel and Zionism. Here is a guy who is a Muslim, who is opposed to those things.” Sorry, pal, no right to a Judenfrei jury in this country.
Futilty, in getting the White House to be serious about our debt. Jay Carney says, “Deficit reduction is not a goal unto itself.” No kidding. He wants — you guessed it — to “invest” more.
Mendacity. “Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, once seen as a rising star in Democratic Party politics, was convicted on Monday on two dozen federal charges of corruption and bribery during his seven year tenure. . . . Jurors found Kilpatrick guilty of racketeering, extortion, bribery, mail and wire fraud, and tax charges.”
Audacity. “A consulting firm run by the State Department’s recently departed top Asia official has just joined a bid for a huge contract to revamp the largest airport in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Kurt Campbell, the recently departed assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, started a new consulting firm called the Asia Group with his former deputy assistant secretary Nirav Patel. On Monday, the ACO Investment Group (ACO), a collection of mostly American firms who have joined forces,, announced that the Asia Group will join its consortium to try to secure the contract to upgrade and modernize the Yangon International Airport, which was built in 1947.” Sigh.
Inanity in grabbing for the jugular based on half a sentence. “Governor [Jeb] Bush said it’s hard to imagine that, after the tax increases that went into effect earlier this year, one could argue we have a revenue problem. When pressed by Matt Lauer, however, whether there was any ‘wiggle room,’ Bush said, ‘There may be [room for revenue] if the president is sincere about dealing with our structural problems.’ And he went on to speak about the importance of growth as a way to increase revenues. It didn’t take long for Bush’s critics to strike.”