I'm not planning on this being a regular thing, but to quote Roseanne Rosannadanna, "It's always something." Let's see... I already covered the State of the Union, but need to add something. Actually, it was Paul Krugman, of the New York Times, who added a bit of fact-checking to Congressman Paul Ryan's blithering nonsense about America going the way of Ireland and Britain...
"Mr. Ryan is widely portrayed as an intellectual leader within the G.O.P., with special expertise on matters of debt and deficits. So the revelation that he literally doesn’t know the first thing about the debt crises currently in progress is, as I said, interesting — and not in a good way."
And while I'm in a kind of right-bashing frame of mind, I can't omit a Sarah related item. Related as in her daughter, Bristol. It seems the former Dancing with the Stars contestant, will not be speaking about abstinence at Washington University in St. Louis next month. The university's Student Health Advisory Committee invited the single mom top speak about prevention of teen pregnancy and abstinence during the university's "Sexual Responsibility Week." Hmmm. Ms. Palin clearly knows a bit about teen pregnancy, but not much about prevention and next to nothing about abstinence. It had been reported that she was to receive between $15,000 and $30,000 to speak. It was reported that a Facebook group called "Keep Bristol Palin out of the sex discussion at Washington University" said, "It's not about conservative or liberal, it's about not wasting our money on people who don't matter... especially people who are only famous for being the teenage pregnant daughter of a politician." Isn't that a bit harsh? I mean, her mom's got a gun or two and has been known to put "surveyors' marks" on her enemies. The Washington University students might think twice before talkin' trash about such a high-profile daughter of white trash royalty. In an unrelated story, Ms. Palin is dating a dreamy new boy who works on the Alaska pipeline but lives in Texas. Huh? I can't make this shit up. She was reported to be trying to extricate former mate and father of her child, Levi Johnson from joint custody. Mr. Johnson was not available for comment.
In business news, Starbucks CEO and founder Howard Schultz's total compensation rose nearly 45% in fiscal year 2010 to $22 million. That's a lot of Lattes-- enough to bail out Seattle, and some left over for Porltand and you can probably throw in Spokane. Plans to open a Starbucks on every block in every city in the country have yet to be announced, but that's the buzz. (groan)
And in sports, my hometown heroes, the Boston Celtics, played their worst game of the season last night in Phoenix. What is it about Arizona? Never mind. It was just an ugly, ugly game.
According to Julian Benbow oof the Boston Globe, "A garden variety gripe between coach and referee turned into a heated exchange where Rivers all but called Steve Javie an egomaniac and Javie, quick on the trigger, tossed Rivers.
Eventually, Rivers was escorted to the Celtics’ locker room by team security.
Like I say, it was ugly. I hope they got it out of their collective system. They're in the Staples Center tomorrow, against the much-despised Lakers.
And, that was the week that was.