Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Tuesday Post 2006 edition

Hey hey, all.

This will be a short post, as I really don't have much to write about.

The New Years' festivities were low-key and not altogether bad. Great food.

On the news fronts, I haven't even had a chance to check the papers today for anything good. The major news at the moment seems to be reports on the mine collapse in West Virginia. And what's better, the miners have been rescued. Looking at the ages of the miners as they were flashed across the screens on CNN and Fox today, I think that a lot of the reason for the miners' ability to survive depended on the accumulated knowledge of the mine. Most of those miners were close to retirement age. Here's hoping they all live to see it.

A little red meat for Washington junkies: Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleads guilty to corruption charges including fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials. (registration is required for this article) The Washington Post is playing up his connection to Texas Congressman Tom DeLay (Abramoff's partner in this mess is a former aide to Rep. DeLay), but Abramoff has been plying both parties with money, as I found in November with the issue of Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) using Abramoff's influence to get campaign money from a Central Plains tribe of Indians. Max Baucus, Democrat Senator of Montana (and a long-serving one at that) is also implicated. Jack Abramoff liked having politicians of all stripes in his pocketfrom the looks of this. I hope this will open up more Americans' eyes to the problems with Washington's insulated political culture. We want honest government, but a lot of other people don't. How do we get past this short of running brand new slates of candidates, no incumbents allowed? I have no quick solution for that one, folks.

Oh, wait. Here's some more amusing news of an American and international bent: A boneheaded American teenager of Iraqi descent decided to skip school for a Christmas break vacation to sunny Iraq. The student apparently did this so he could "experience Iraq" for his journalism class. Boneheaded is about the nicest thing I can say at the moment.

In the sports world, the Indianapolis Colts have found themselves with a 14-2 season and a nice view of their playoff opponents. Sure, it wasn't the perfect season I'd hoped for, but it's still very nice. Tony Dungy proves once again he can take a contender and make it nigh-unstoppable. He did the same thing a few years back with Tampa Bay, if you'll recall.

Well, all, I think that's going to be it for me. have a great week, and I'll post again soon.

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