Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
- Fun review of George W. Bush’s forthcoming bio. We shouldn’t lose sight of what a truly awful president he was. The point about him citing botched photo ops as his biggest mistakes—as opposed to the actual decisions he made—is well taken. It’s also telling that his efforts to rehabilitate his image involve things like getting word out that he nearly dumped Cheney in 2004 to show he was still in charge. Rehabilitation isn’t about making up for his mistakes, it’s about showing that he really was the one who made them, and has no regrets about having made them.
- Cool article on an exhibit of 1920s German modernist sculptures hidden by the Nazis.
- Inspector General finds that our old friend Mary Beth Buchanan had a taste for fine hotels, and had no problem having taxpayers pick up the tab. The total she overbilled, about $4,000, isn’t much. But as the article points out, it’s sort of petty offense for which Mary Beth Buchanan had no problem prosecuting people.
- Jonathan Cohn wishes that Obama would make the case that “government serves a vital role, as champion and protector of the everyday American.”
- Officials in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania county take a couple’s children from them because the mother failed a drug test given shortly after she gave birth that was given without her consent. The reason she failed: She had eaten a poppy seed bagel. Champion and protector of the everyday American, indeed.
- While the federal, state, and city governments are increasingly bullying the food industry and micromanaging our diets, they’re also paying millions of taxpayer dollars to help fast food companies develop and market products dripping with cheese. In fact, the same agency running the federal government’s main anti-obesity campaign (the Department of Agriculture) is behind the cheese push. Champion and protector of the everyday American, indeed!
- Famous movie posters reimagined in Art Deco.