Today’s been one of those days — meeting after meeting — that is interesting, but which makes it hard to get work done. Or keep up with the news. But as I DO check what’s going on out there, I share it with you:
- President to Mideast: ‘Get out ahead of change’ (WashPost) — Hopefully, the U.S. can do the same going forward. So that we can be a part of it, and thereby help define it — so that it’s the good kind, rather than the other kind.
- Iranian Lawmakers Call for Death of Opposition Leaders (NYT) — Boy, these hammerheads just can’t seem to learn a new trick, can they? Somebody wants reform, “Kill ’em!” That’s so old school. As in, millennium before last. But that’s the way they roll. Which is why we need to root for the other guys.
- CBS News’ Lara Logan Was Attacked, Sexually Assaulted In Egypt (NPR) — Speaking of Old School. Some of you may not be over-concerned about what happens to reporters, but I am. Especially when they’re ladies. What worries me about this (or rather, an additional thing that worries me about this) is that I can’t tell from this report who the assailants were. Were they anti-government demonstrators. Were they pro-government demonstrators? Or just run-of-the-mill thugs? The really puzzling thing is that this happened amid the jubilation following Mubarak’s abdication, NOT during the confrontations that preceded…
- S.C. home sales down 4.7 percent in January (thestate.com) — You know, I wish the economy would make up it’s freaking mind. In a positive direction, of course.
- SC college students rally for higher education (AP) — Yeah, they do this every year. Fat lot of good it does them at this State House. But I shouldn’t say things that might make young people jaded about public affairs, should I?
- Sex charge trial for Berlusconi (BBC) — Man, they don’t fool around over there when they want to have a scandal, do they? None of this lame taking a picture of yourself in the bathroom mirror stuff. Sleazy Italian politicos go all out. Especially this one. Of course, he denies having sex with the girl when she was 17. He admits thinking she was Hosni Mubarak’s daughter, which puts this beyond weird, and just goes to prove my long-standing belief that ALL big news stories are related.