Happy Valentine’s Day — even though y’all aren’t actually my valentine. Not that I want to hurt y’all’s feelings or anything. I mean, if we were in school, you’d probably get one of those cheap 30-to-a-box valentines (probably with Zorro, or Davy Crockett, on them), but since there’s no teacher making me do that, you’re out of luck. Just the way it is. Sorry. Y’all are still my friends and all. Some of you, that is. It’s complicated.
Anyway, here’s the news:
- Protesters in Tehran tear-gassed (BBC) — Here we go. We knew Iran was next. NYT says these are the biggest protests there since 2009. Not that Iran was ALONE in being next…
- Clashes Erupt in Bahrain as Tumult Ripples Across Mideast (NYT) — Not a big crowd, but could this be the next domino?
- Government Supporters Clash With Protesters in Yemen (NYT) — Are you noticing a pattern here? Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority’s Abbas starts acting like HE cares about democracy, too, and things are still not quite perfect in the new paradise of Egypt.
- Obama Unveils $3.7 Trillion Budget For 2012 (NPR) — Which, to repeat one of my favorite jokes oft-repeated by a newsroom wag I used to work with, is more than I make in a year!
- Ecuador Court Orders Chevron to Pay $8.6 Billion (WSJ) — Wow. The Journal’s website is actually leading at the moment (see screenshot below) with a story from the country where I lived for two-and-a-half years when I was a kid. Which doesn’t happen every day, or even every decade.
- Nation’s top recruit signs with the Gamecocks (thestate.com) — At Rotary today, everybody was going on and on about how exciting it was that “Clowney’s gonna play at USC!” They wanted me to talk about it during Health and Happiness. I was puzzled. Here’s a picture of my fellow Rotarian, Bill Clowney. He’s a great guy and all, but I think he’s a little long in the tooth to be of much use to the Gamecocks. Seems they’d want to sign someone younger. But what do I know about football? We’ll see, I suppose.