"Last week, I visited an alternate universe. The real world sees a pandemic of bank misconduct, but to the white-collar defense lawyers of Washington, the banks are the victims as they bow beneath the weight of regulators' remarkably harsh punishments."
Woohoo! Raiders now 1-6. Go Raiders!
(Wait til next year.)
"You really do have to admire the way they've done it. At the federal level, a Supreme Court full of appointed justices opens the sluicegates for unlimited corporate money to flood the system, which results in unprecedented levels of corruption and deceit in the state courts while, at the same time, the unelected judges of the Supreme Court make it more difficult for certain people in those states -- often, the people who find themselves facing the sharp end of a decision handed down in a state court by an elected judge -- to vote out the puppet show that the state courts have become. It is as complete a strategy as any coup d'etat in any banana republic, but far more respectable. "
"Days of news media fixation, mounting public concern and political pot-stirring have created an odd dichotomy in which leadership aides on Capitol Hill are urging caution while candidates on the campaign trail are pressing hot buttons. House Republican leadership aides have repeatedly said lawmakers are not calling for an actual ban of airline flights, even as the likes of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, have done just that."
"Rwanda has not been affected by the current Ebola outbreak, which is centered in West Africa. By contrast, there have been three confirmed cases of Ebola on U.S. soil."
"Yes, the government is talking out of both sides of its mouth when it tells the public what to put in its mouth."
I know, I know, it’s not an easy knot to untangle. Government support for health care and concern for public health and desire to contain health costs and, yes, promote the general welfare and OMG DON’T EAT THAT POTATO CHIP…
Sorry. But, really…
"Bill Frist. A renowned heart and lung transplant surgeon who decided to enter politics…"
"Phillip Lechter said he was visiting the University of Arizona with his family on 11 October when the rickshaw he was travelling in…"
The town of Keene, NH, is just up the road from here and, although I don’t go every year (there are just so many carved pumpkins one can see), I have been there two or three times. Its not as good as the one in Circleville, of course, but it’s almost certainly bigger, as in Guiness-record bigger, so that’s something. Apparently this year it was messier as well.
“…the current drought is just a small fry compared with the one in 1934, which marked the start of a severe dry spell that spanned a decade, and eventually earned the name the Dust Bowl."
"The Pentagon announced Sunday that it will create a 30-person team of medical experts that could quickly leap into a region if new Ebola cases emerge in the United States…"
"Update, October 20, 11 a.m EDT: Forty-two days after Nigeria's last infection, the World Health Organization has officially declared the country 'free of Ebola virus transmission.'"
Or Fox News. Whatever the reason, Nigeria seems to be doing better than Texas.
"One week from now, the Patriots will host the Chicago Bears, kicking off a difficult stretch in which they will play against the aforementioned Bears, as well as the Broncos. Colts, Lions, and Packers, all teams more worthy of the cupcake schedule that New England doggie-paddled over the first seven weeks"
"The birdeater's enormity is evident from the sounds it makes. 'Its feet have hardened tips and claws that produce a very distinct, clicking sound, not unlike that of a horse's hooves hitting the ground,' he wrote, but 'not as loud.'"
Quieter, in other words. So you can’t hear them coming.
"It may be the only time you will find these words in the same sentence: 'Ebola' and 'Add to Wishlist.'"
Sold out, they are, for now. But there are still a lot of fun toys to be had. Why not curl up with this plush bed bug?
"President Obama today named veteran Democratic political operative and former White House staffer Ron Klain to take over the federal response to Ebola.…
“He knows as much as you do about Ebola."
…"a Reuters/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 1,577 Americans 18 or older online, found nearly 80 percent were concerned about the Ebola outbreak. Asked which precautions they were taking in light of the Ebola epidemic, almost half of respondents said they were avoiding international air travel."
I had three long-walk errands on my list, all in different directions, and got one done before the rain started. Now it’s raining pretty hard and the forecast looks, well, wet. I’m thinking I may have to wear these socks for another day.
Also, making lunch, I scorched the soup. Do you know how difficult that is?
"A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday was set to examine what actions federal health officials are taking — and should be taking…"
[Emphasis mine.]I mean, seriously, if you thought you were coming down with Ebola (by the way, you’re not) would you call a congress critter? I know, one of them’s an eye doctor, but still. If you thought your were coming down with Ebola, would you call your eye doctor?
And you wouldn’t call USA Today either, right? Or the New York Daily news. The Daily News, while we’re on that track, today published the single most misleading news graphic I’ve ever seen—it’s here—and that’s saying something.
Whew. I feel better now. I’m going to arrange a flu shot.