Monday, February 04, 2013

Cruising the Web

Every time I listen to the Star Spangled Banner, I think about how the tune came originally from an English drinking song, "To Anacreon in Heaven." Gee, the 18th century pubs and taverns must have been rather more staid than I envisioned if this was considered a popular tune to get smashed to.

Oh, the irony. The Energy Department just last week touted New Orleans as leading on the "Energy Efficient Forefront."

It would be a blessing if the Republican Party minimizes debates and who can host them for the 2016 cycle.

Now he admits it. Leon Panetta has acknowledged that the CIA did use information gained from waterboarding to find Osama bin Laden.

In one infographic, check out how Congress is not like America.

Here's a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of what went in American policy circles on before Israel bombed the nuclear reactor that North Korea had built in Syria. Does anyone have more confidence in that scenario playing out with Secretaries Kerry and Panetta?

So why would former White House Press Secretary even say anything implying that Chuck Hagel's service in Vietnam gives him more insight on defense policy than John McCain's service during that war?

The British have found Richard III's skeleton buried in a parking lot. Can Jimmy Hoffa's remains be far behind?

Have progressives given up on Andrew Jackson because he was just too populist and not politically correct for them?

Now a picture of a gun can get a kid suspended from school. When will school administrators start using some common sense about what constitutes a real threat. As Glenn Reynolds reminds us, "Remember, these are the people who claim that they teach critical thinking."

Yesterday was the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment giving Congress the power to impose an income tax.

Glenn Reynolds has a good suggestion of how multi-millionaires could do more to influence politics than spending hundreds of millions of dollars on election contributions.