It didn’t pack the punch that was anticipated but Irene made her mark. Everyone on the east coast knows someone without power. Twenty-one people died. Vermont is flooded, as well as areas in North Carolina and up the coast to Canada. Preparations were unprecedented, but better safe than sorry. Goodnight Irene. (Okay, how many times is that line going to be used?)
It was revealed Sunday that Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al-Qaeda’s current number two guy, was killed by a U.S. predator drone in Pakistan last Monday. While this kind of news might not make you choke on your coffee, it’s a big deal. Al-Qaeda continues to plot against us and plenty of other random targets they find offensive and al-Rahman was their operations guy. David Ignatius at the Washington Post explains more.
A new Gallup poll shows Rick Perry is the Tea Party’s guy right now for the GOP presidential candidate nomination, which leads me to share with you an article from yesterday’s New York Times Magazine by Bill Keller. “Separation of church and state” is not a minor concept.
President Obama appointed Alan Kreuger from Princeton to be his chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, replacing the outgoing Austan Goolsbee. Oh, good luck to you, Alan. That sounds like a fun job right about now.
MTV’s Video Music Awards took place last night here in Los Angeles. It’s not a show I regularly watch, but the husband was there with my cousin from out of town, so I thought I’d tune in and do a “Where’s Waldo?” to see if I could find them among the thousands in attendance. There’s a lot I can say about the show, but none of it is important except this: Adele killed. Every now and then, I get obsessed about a performer or performance. I downloaded Adele’s album “21” quite awhile ago and so had listened to “Someone Like You” plenty of times prior to last night BUT seeing her and listening to her sing it live, well, it was profound and heartbreaking and unforgettable. She wrote it about a break-up with a man she thought she’d marry who, shortly after they parted ways, decided to marry someone else. Watch it. You’re welcome.
I hope you’ve never been called a niddering. Have a brave day.
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