Swiftboating scum-bag Ted Sampley is back in the news this week, by virtue of his relationship with this asshole, who is spending his retirement from the Army harassing the NO OLF grannies in Washington, North Carolina.
Lots of people ask me why we don't make more effort to get representatives from the lunatic right-wing fringe involved at BlueNC. Whenever I'm tempted to consider the idea, I visit Ed's Place and find the latest from Big Bad Bubba. In my progressive opinion, we'd all be better off if people like Bubba would simply disappear from the face of the earth. I'm sure he would say the same about me.
In other news, to no one's surprise, the "surge" is proving to be just the latest example of George Bush's unrelenting incompetence. The surge is nothing but an expensive and deadly expansion of Whack-A-Mole, and there is no end in sight.
Finally, the N&O manages to take yet another wishy-washy stand in what would otherwise be a good editorial. Instead of stating clearly that an increase in the federal gas tax would be a smart fiscal move, they frame the issue as a question and ask Congress to "consider" doing something instead of nothing. I'm afraid Steve Ford and the gang have actually lost the ability to offer a declarative sentence that isn't hedged and hemmed and hawed into meaninglessness.
Pump it up?
Everyone is for efficiency, but fixing the road system's potholes and pitfalls takes money. Is there a better place to collect it than at the pump, where a motorist has at least some control over how much fuel he or she uses? Rather than dismissing the idea of the extra nickel, Congress and the president should consider it carefully. A long-delayed federal fuel tax increase, limited to 5 cents a gallon and aimed at bringing about a big improvement in bridge safety, would be an effective national response to the Minneapolis collapse. (Emphasis added.)
Any news from your end of the world? What's coming up in the week ahead?