This post will be a jumble of different news items that struck me today as somewhat important.
First up, to paraphrase Tom Hanks, there's no crying in presidential politics! According to Yahoo News! a teary-eyed Hillary Clinton pushed for support on Monday as polls showed her poised for a huge New Hampshire loss to Democratic rival Barack Obama, but the former front-runner vowed to carry on with her presidential quest even if she loses. How pathetic! And she has had my support up until now. Nobody wants a crying president, especially when it just reeks of "Oh, poor me, I'm losing." Perhaps if she was overcoming a personal tragedy or something, but not losing Iowa and being behind in the NH polls. I may have to switch my support over to Obama.
Of course, none of the other candidates have to face troglodytes shouting "iron my shirt!" the way Hillary Clinton does, so perhaps she deserves some understanding.
At the same time, the federal budget deficit continues to grow. The budget deficit is $27 billion higher after the first three months of the 2008 budget year that began Oct. 1 than it was after a comparable period for 2007, said the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. We need some fiscal discipline and, believe it or not, I think that will come from Democrats, not Republicans. You cannot decrease taxes and increase spending on a long-term basis folks... it just won't work.
And then there is the Middle East. Yahoo News! reports: Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff, the commander of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, which is based in the Gulf, said five Iranian fast boats moved aggressively toward the U.S. ships in international waters and their actions were "unduly provocative." "The ships received a radio call that was threatening in nature, to the effect that they were closing on our ships and ... the U.S. ships would explode," Cosgriff told reporters at the Pentagon via videolink from his Bahrain headquarters.
Conversely, Iran on Monday downplayed the significant of an incident which involved three U.S. Navy ships and Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said the act taken during the weakend in connection with the American navy ship "is something normal."
It'd be a lot easier if we had on-going diplomatic communications with Iran, wouldn't it?
And finally, The McLaughlin Group voted on whether the "atheism trend" would continue in popular culture. I didn't see it (haven't watched McLaughlin in ages), but I get this vision of Dana Carvey shouting "Wrong!" at Pat Buchanon as he says it will. Wow... I think I'd like to watch this just to see Pat saying that!
How about you?