January 24th, 2011

News

Monday's top reads

"This is America, where a white Catholic male Republican judge was murdered on his way to greet a Democratic Jewish woman member of Congress, who was his friend. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year old Mexican-American gay college student, and eventually by a Korean-American combat surgeon, all eulogized by our African American...... President."
-Mark Shields, PBS Newshour

FIVE EASY PIECES:
* '30 years after the Iran hostage crisis, we're still fighting Reagan's war.'
* Ugh. Congressional hearings hidden Islamic radicalism echo McCarthy's Red Scare.
* New study of Arctic sea ice and snow show we've been underestimating the effects of climate change.
* Some phony scandals some Republicans want to spend your tax dollars investigating.
* Nice. Teacher eats 162 school lunches and lives to blog the tale.

News

the crumbling of America

"...Here is something we should consider: One in four of our bridges is either in need of repair or obsolete in terms of handling modern traffic and loads. That startling fact comes from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which every few years consults with dozens of the nation's experts on all sorts of infrastructure matters. The society gives U.S. bridges a grade of C. And bridges aren't the only problem in what we could call the State of the Union's Infrastructure. Roads, airports, water supplies, railways, dams, schools and on and on it goes; all are, according to the engineers' latest report in 2009, in pretty dire shape."