My favorite Christmas present. Since Christmas is still around the corner, I haven’t opened all of my gifts yet. But it will be hard to top the delight from one small package I received. It’s the 2012 Barack Obama Out Of Office Countdown calendar. And, yes, it is exactly what the name implies: a day-by-day countdown until the time a new President has been elected. The subtitle is “Yes, The End Is Near!” The list price is a measly $12.99. The message: priceless.
Another person who won’t be flying anywhere. Minnesota’s maverick former governor, Jesse Ventura, refuses to fly anywhere these days because of the Transportation Security Administration’s invasive airport inspections. In fact, he sued the TSA for violating his 4th Amendment rights to privacy. The case was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Ventura hasn’t decided whether to appeal.
Who says Ron Paul can’t win? The Wall Street Journal, among others. In fact, “Why Ron Paul Can’t Win” was the title of a column last week by Journal political analyst Kimberley Strassel. It will be interesting to see if Republicans in Iowa agree with this neoconservative mouthpiece. I have a hunch a lot of folks think Representative Paul has a lot of the right ideas — even if he got only 89 seconds in a nationally televised debate to share them.
Another victim of the OWS protests. Even though those “jobless, clueless, soapless” protesters, as I called them last week, have been forced to vacate New York’s Zuccotti Park, the damage they caused continues. The latest casualty is Milk Street Cafe, a restaurant adjacent to the park. Barricades put up by the city, ostensibly for “protection,” are still blocking access to the cafe, even though the protesters are long gone. Mill Street’s closure will result in the layoff of 70 employees. It laid off 21 people in October because of slower business brought on by the protesters. I wonder if that bothers the “idealists” of OWS even a little bit. Somehow, I doubt it.