Count your blessings

Mitt! Mitt! Mitt! - NYTimes.com

My job today is to give you a run-through of every book Mitt Romney has ever written. Fortunately, there are only two...

It's not like they haven't been good customers

Qaddafi Troops Fire Cluster Bombs Into Civilian Areas - NYTimes.com

MISURATA, Libya — Military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi have been firing into residential neighborhoods in this embattled city with heavy weapons, including cluster bombs that have been banned by much of the world and ground-to-ground rockets, according to witnesses and survivors, as well as physical evidence.

And now, our new post-reality world

Donald Trump takes lead in GOP primary poll, beats Romney, Huckabee, Palin, Gingrich, Bachmann, Paul

The Donald is trumping his GOP competitors.

The billionaire real estate mogul has taken a rather shocking nine-point lead in a national poll of the hypothetical Republican presidential field, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling.


Quelle surprise

The Associated Press: Canvass shows conservative wins Wis. court race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative state Supreme Court justice overcame efforts to tie him to Wisconsin's polarizing governor and survived a near-upset in a race that drew national attention after a fierce fight over union rights.

County tallies finalized Friday showed Justice David Prosser defeated little-known challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by 7,316 votes.


And you're saying this was some kind of mistake?

Whoops! Stamp features Vegas babe, not New York lady - CNN.com

Washington (CNN) -- When the U.S. Postal Service printed 3 billion stamps last year, it thought the image was of the Statue of Liberty, the iconic symbol of freedom keeping watch over huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

But a sharp-eyed stamp collector uncovered the truth. The image on the 44-cent stamp was of a replica of the Statue of Liberty more than 2,000 miles away, keeping watch over throngs of sweaty Vegas tourists yearning to get rich.



D's win tax-cheat derby,18-7

The Daily Beast Ranks the Party, Democratic or Republican, With the Most Tax Cheats - The Daily Beast

Elected officials are among the defendants in more than 3,000 federal tax crimes referred for prosecution in 2010. With Tax Day coming up, The Daily Beast scours the records to find whether Democrats or Republicans have the worse tax problem.


But the show must go on

Robert Reich (President Obama's Real Proposal (And Why It's Risky))

Let’s get real. Ten or twelve-year budgets are baloney. It’s hard enough to forecast budgets a year or two into the future. Between now and 2022 or 2024 the economy will probably have gone through a recovery (I’ll explain later why I fear it will be anemic at best) and another downturn. America will also have been through a bunch of elections – at least five congressional and three presidential.

You can say they're clueless or you can say they're shameless or both

Pat Tillman's mother 'shocked' by retired general Stanley McChrystal's new gig

The mother of Pat Tillman, the NFL star-turned-Army Ranger killed by friendly fire, said she was shocked at retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal's new gig.

McChrystal...was named co-chairman of a committee on military families this week.

The committee, created by First Lady Michelle Obama, advises military families' assistance programs.

Personally, I'd rather believe clueless. But I'm worried that's not really it. 


OK then, just New

‘Brave New World’ the third most censored book in America, librarians say | The Raw Story

Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel Brave New World placed third in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.


Obama's speech

OK, if you believe it raise your hand.

Hard Landing

iPhone photo: Phil Compton

The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them

Moby-Duck, new to our book list, is everything its sub-title suggests. It's about how the oceans work and who figured it out, how children's toys are made and sold, what happens to the super freighters and the notes in bottles and tennis shoes that float around the globe and, most of all, it's about a high school teacher from Manhattan who spends a few years chasing rubber duckies on the main. It may not be timeless literature but it's refreshingly good journalism and full of fascinating characters and once-in-a-lifetime adventures, and definitely worth a read.

And wait, there's more: Muammar Qaddafi and John Mack's wife

The Real Housewives of Wall Street | Rolling Stone Politics

Republicans go mad over spending on health care and school for Mexican illegals. So why aren't they flipping out over the $9.6 billion in loans the Fed made to the Central Bank of Mexico? How do we explain the $2.2 billion in loans that went to the Korea Development Bank, the biggest state bank of South Korea, whose sole purpose is to promote development in South Korea? And at a time when America is borrowing from the Middle East at interest rates of three percent, why did the Fed extend $35 billion in loans to the Arab Banking Corporation of Bahrain at interest rates as low as one quarter of one point?



iPhone photo: Phil Compton

Wait. What?

Obama and Boehner Are Budget Deal's Odd Couple - The Daily Beast

The deal brokered by Barack Obama and John Boehner helps the president regain his rep as a strong leader...


Obama Is Missing - NYTimes.com

What have they done with President Obama? What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn’t seem to stand for anything in particular?