A few quite predictable things...
-NorthWest Airlines & Delta are headed for bankruptcy
. Honestly, it's been like that for so long now that it shouldn't count as news. About the only airline doing any good is AirTran, and with the fuel costs shooting up, even that
might come to an end.
-We are getting absolutely nowhere w/ North Korea
Negotiators from six countries will try again on Thursday to break a deadlock in talks designed to end North Korea's nuclear arms program, but there is little sign of an end to a nearly three-year-old crisis.
The negotiations in Beijing between the United States, North and South Korea, Japan, Russia and host China enter a third day with an impasse over Pyongyang's insistence on a right to nuclear energy programs for civilian use.
Failure to reach an accord in Beijing could prompt the United States to take the issue to the U.N. Security Council and press for sanctions. China opposes such a move, and communist North Korea has said sanctions would be tantamount to war.
One thing I don't get about this: why does China even care anymore? Their relationship is parasitic, there is nothing that North Korea provides to China, at all. If I were in charge there, I'd cut 'em completely off, build a damn wall at the border and be done with it. The goal of disarmament is a lost cause, what we should be trying to do instead is encourage the Chinese to support an isolation strategy so as to speed up Kim's fall.
-"Problems? What problems?" says the UN
-"Squawk! I'm open-minded! SquawkSquawk!" says John Roberts
. Big whoop, everyone says they're open-minded. He's breezing through this and will be confirmed easily -- without so much as a peep towards actual constitutional matters rather than Democrat pressure group talking points. They aren't "liberals", people...
-Iraq is proving to be unstable
A dozen explosions ripped through the Iraqi capital in rapid succession Wednesday, killing at least 152 people and wounding 542 in a series of attacks that began with a suicide car bombing that targeted laborers assembled to find work for the day. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility.
The one-day death toll was believed to be the worst in the capital since major combat ended in May 2003, and Al-Jazeera said Al-Qaida in Iraq linked the attacks to the recent rout of militants from the city of Tal Afar by U.S. and Iraqi forces.
and one huge surprise...Bush acknowledged that the awkward response to Hurricane Katrina revealed critical vulnerabilities
that we previously thought were being addressed by that whole "homeland security" mess:
President George W. Bush said Hurricane Katrina ``exposed serious problems'' in the nation's capability to handle another severe storm or a terrorist attack and took responsibility for the federal government's failures.
The slow reaction to the disaster on the U.S. Gulf Coast uncovered flaws ``at all levels of government,'' Bush said in response to a question during a news conference today with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Washington.
``To the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility,'' he said.
FINALLY it's acknowledged...
On a related note: the "progressives" out there claiming that the fallout from this vindicates bloating up government even more are showing themselves to be excruciatingly desperate. How freakin diseased do you have to be to look at an unadulterated failure
of government at ALL levels
and say to yourself "y'know, we need more of that"?
I've seen reports online that at the same time that the feds were saying "oh, it's too DANGEROUS to go there! The entire area is INSANE!!", private citizens were already doing their part. One example of the contradiction that really stuck with me though was of a musician from Mississippi buying up supplies and sending his own damn tour bus to go help.
That musician? David freakin Banner...
Even a person that gets paid to act like a madman on BET can outpace Big Government.
Now put that one in your pipe an' smoke it.