Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 8:27 pm

Odds and ends for 11/18

The Securities and Exchange Commission: Not so secure. Oy.

Recovery.gov needs to recover: Some of the government Web site’s job-creation/recovery stats are wrong, including attributing job creation to a nonexistent congressional district, and the Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, David Obey, is not happy about it. That said, for the first time in the history of ginormous emergency government spending initiatives, there’s a boatload of data online that anyone can access and analyze.

Biting the moose that feeds, etc.,: Sarah Palin hates the media. This isn’t just a fact. This isn’t just an insight one can glean from her new book. This is largely what the book is ALL ABOUT. However, Sarah Palin is getting, by some reports, up to $7 million to write, publish and promote her book, all of which are media-related practices. To paraphrase “Calvin and Hobbes,” cognitive dissonance goes CLANK. Too bad Sarah Palin is talking too much to hear it.

Dead Bank Walking: More legal problems for Bank of America.

And Republicans wonder why people call them racist: Sen. David “Diapers” Vitter, R-La., says he doesn’t know whether Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court case striking down bans on interracial marriage, was properly decided. (Yes, I know that, hypothetically, one could argue that the case was wrongly decided but that there were other legal/constitutional routes to the same desireable conclusion. But that doesn’t appear to be what Vitter’s doing here.)

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