(Quote from long NPR segment on why it will be tough for a woman to become President. The clothes, the makeup... )
I can't imagine why this would be so:
Marijuana is the top cash crop in the US, a report released on Monday says.
It says that despite intensive eradication plans, $35bn (Â£18bn) worth of the illegal drug is produced a year - more than corn and wheat combined.
The study was prepared by Jon Gettman, a public policy analyst who advocates reform of US marijuana laws.
The accelerating rush to re-amalgamate the entire US phone system (the breakup of which was just about the last gasp of active antitrust enforcement) has hit a speed bump. One of the FCC commissioners whose vote is needed to allow the merger of BellSouth (my phone company, and the only source of broadband Internet in my exceedingly rural area) and the resurgent AT&T is refusing to vote on the matter. He made this decision final today. Robert McDowell says it would be unethical for him to vote on the matter as he has recently done lobbying for the telecommunications industry. Read more about Republican Found to Have (Gasp!) Ethics
As we know, the Moderate Republican Maine Girls, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, are holding one of the last bastions of Red-ness in Blue England. (This must end!) Not only that, they're both right at the rancid heart, fanning away the odor of the decades-long Republican project to replace Constitutional government with authoritarian rule, Snowe on the Senate Select Committe on Intelligence, Collins on Armed Services and, along with The Last Honest Man, Homeland Security. Read more about Help me nail one of The Maine Girls
Video greetings from overseas are a time-honored tradition, featuring service members on permanent assignment far from home. But this year -- no mention of holidays, no mention of Hanukkah. Every service member or overseas family featured locally so far has also said, "And God Bless YOU" or "And the Lord bless YOU" to the home-folks. Read more about Must've Missed Another Memo ...
Times whitewashes Christianist who proselytized during class, lied about it, but had been caught on tape
What part did they whitewash? The lying part, of course.
Actually, the story was broken back in November 22 by the Newark Star-Ledger. For some reason, it took the Times a month--and an intervening midterm victory by Democrats--to get round to "covering" [cough] the story.
Here is the crucial material that the Times omits. The teacher lied: Read more about Times whitewashes Christianist who proselytized during class, lied about it, but had been caught on tape
A two-year corruption investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into a Ã‚Â£60 million "slush fund" that was allegedly set up for members of Saudi Arabia's royal family was discontinued today.
Payments, in the form of lavish holidays, a fleet of luxury cars including a gold Rolls-Royce, rented apartments and other perks, are alleged to have been paid to ensure the Saudis continued to buy from BAE under the so-called Al-Yamamah deal.