Today’s cup: contaminated cantaloupes, the GOP nominees, Dr. Conrad Murray, Rosh Hashanah, and baseball
The listeria outbreak blamed on cantaloupes grown in Colorado has now claimed 16 lives, making it the deadliest outbreak associated with a food item in more than ten years. Since the offending melons from the Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado are not necessarily marked clearly or at all, it would be wise to get rid of cantaloupes you may have in your fridge or on the kitchen counter, even though they issued the recall earlier in September. Healthy adults are hardly at risk, but the elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with a compromised immune system are.
We spoke on Monday about the ridiculous shenanigans going on in Washington again re: a budget dispute that involved an emergency allocation of money for FEMA that turned into a possible government shutdown. FEMA took another look at their coffers and decided they could make it until October 1, when the new fiscal year begins, at which point a stopgap measure to fund the government will kick in. So the threats disappeared and the Senate voted easily to pass the funding measure and the House will follow suit, but once again, the damage has been done. The majority of Americans think our government can’t do the job. I think they can but won’t until we replace some congressional idiots with individuals who understand math, human nature, and urgency. Tough combo.
It’s far away, I know. Most of us don’t personally know a soldier over there and so, in our day-to-day lives, we forget, or don’t care, or try to but come up short. And yet, a new UN report indicates that violence in Afghanistan is up 39% over a year ago. We should at least care enough to ask questions. It wouldn’t get big ratings but is it possible that General John R. Allen could take to the airwaves and illuminate our plan over there? Do we have one? That will ever work?
The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act will be questioned in front of the Supreme Court sooner rather than later. Representatives from twenty-six states and a group of business leaders have asked for their day in front of the nine judges, filing their petitions Wednesday.
The Republican party appears to be at odds within itself regarding the presidential candidates and the primaries which will decide their nominee. Herman Cain, after winning Florida’s straw poll last week, has been dismissed by Sarah Palin as “the flavor of the week.” Will Palin run? Will New Jersey Governor Chris Christie? Why does Florida want to jump the gun and have their primary as early as January 31st?
The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, accused of manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, continues today in Los Angeles. According to the promoter of Jackson’s final concert tour at the Staples Center, Murray asked for a CPR machine and a second doctor to help him take care of the singer. I can’t imagine this will turn out well for Murray, who administered doses of propofol, an anesthetic used in surgeries, to help Jackson fall asleep at night. Listening to Jackson slur his words weeks before his death is disturbing.
“L’shanah tovah” is what I’ll be saying over the next two days to my Jewish friends celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the new year, which begins this evening at sundown. Yonah Bookstein at the Washington Post does a nice job of breaking down the holiday and its traditions.
It’s come down to the wire in Major League Baseball, with playoff contenders still undecided on the final day of the regular season. The Yankees, Phillies, Detroit, Texas, Milwaukee, and Arizona are in, although whom they will play and where is a little muddy. The ‘maybes’ are the Red Sox, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and St. Louis. Big night in baseball.
Via Stumble Upon, these “10 Laws of Productivity” came across my desk(top) and it would be a crime to keep them from all of you. Who doesn’t want to be more productive?
Some posts I write are so much jabberwocky, I won’t even let you read them.