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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Dirk VanderHart on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

First, a warning. I'll not be blogging about the newborn royal baby this morning. Get your newborn royal baby news elsewhere. It's not even that I don't care. I care too much. The important work of Good Morning, News would never get done if my heart were full-to-bursting with thoughts of an infant king, tiny crown askew, speaking in a cockney accent.

US lawmakers have their first concrete idea of what stepped-up involvement in Syria's continuing civil war might cost: billions of dollars, obviously, with a chance of further mucking up the entire mucked-up situation. “We could inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control," a US general writes.

Half of the nation, and an overwhelming majority of Hispanics,want congress to pass a law providing the country's undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. Republicans—you know, the folks talking about how instrumental Hispanic voters are to their 2016 chances—aren't having it.

Violence continues in Egypt—the fallout of former President Mohamed Morsi's ouster. At least nine people were killed in clashes yesterday.

You know how coyotes are pretty much everywhere these days? Now they're coming for your toddlers.

A staggering (estimated) 500 to 600 prisoners escaped from Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison Monday, after an assault from al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Sometimes people will put on an air of cool tell you, all nonchalant, that they never eat breakfast. They're just not hungry in the morning, they say. Those people have nothing but pain and pestilence ahead of them. Let that content you in the face of their insufferable condescension.

A federal judge in Ohio made perfect sense Monday, ruling that the state should recognize the marriage of two men who wed in Maryland last week, just as it recognizes legal opposite-sex marriages that occur out of state. The ruling's specific to the couple, but expected to lead to more suits aimed at having Ohio's gay marriage ban overturned.

As Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen was returning to work yesterday—following several personal days he took after admitting an affair with a county health department employee—the Oregonian's editorial board was busy laying out reasons he should never come to work again.

Looks like you guys have an excellent week ahead of you. I'll be in the Middle West, inhaling cured meats and cackling in thunderstorms.

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National Rifle Association members apparently have a new darling in Houston attorney "Colion Noir." He makes videos that make me sad.

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