Jerome Liebling's Minnesota, a good paddling, who pays no taxes, people who do good (cont'd), and cellphones, cancer, and kids.
One of the difficulties of covering the debt crisis in Washington is politicians are better at giving stump speeches than providing solutions.
"We need solutions and not deals," Rep. Tim Huelskamp told CNBC this morning.
On the debt he said, "We gotta find a way to bring that down."
Those are exactly the kind of things that a politician would say if he's running for office and giving a speech at the Rotary Club. But they're not (a) a solution or (b) a way to bring that down which are what you're supposed to provide once you're elected to office.
The representative said his solution is "cut, cap, and balance." Cut the spending immediately (he didn't say what), cap future spending (he didn't say where), and pass a balanced-budget amendment (he hasn't filed such a bill, though it's worth noting that Speaker John Boehner has added such an amendment to his solution.).
Huelskamp called his proposal "a compromise."
"How can you say it's a compromise if no one else is going to bite?" a CNBC anchor asked.
"Where's Harry Reid's compromise?" Huelskamp responded, which -- if you look carefully -- doesn't answer the question asked.
And while Huelskamp is a Tea Party member, this method of communication is favored by almost all politicians currently engaged in this "crisis;" allegations rather than answers, stump speeches rather than details.
Give credit to CNBC's David Faber, one of the few CNBC on-air questioners with a spine, who insisted on details to the stump speech, pointing out , for example, that half of the stimulus package that Huelskamp objects to was tax cuts that Huelskamp embrace.
But it was a wasted effort ...
Huelskamp said the problem is Washington's status quo, which he unintentionally demonstrated, though perhaps not in the way he imagined.
You can watch the full interview here or just wait until the next politician is interviewed about the debt crisis.
Attention, Air Force and Alabama National Guard pilots: The world's largest general aviation show is probably a bad place and time to ...
Land your plane too fast...
.. run out of runway...
... and nose your $25 million airplane into the ground.
There were a lot of people with cameras when it happened yesterday in Oshkosh.
(Photos from Brian Leach)
Update 1:52 p.m. -- And now we've got video!(2 Comments)
Roy McBride, the Minneapolis "street poet," and subject of a local documentary not long ago called "A Poet's Poet," has died.
In January, Bao Phi, another local poet of note, wrote in the Star Tribune:
In the 70's, he was one of the few African American students writing poetry at Macalester (also my alma mater) back in the day, where he was introduced to touring poets like Amiri Baraka, Sonja Sanchez, and Etheridge Knight. But part of the reason why Roy is really special to me is that he has that Minneapolis flavor - soul poetry by the way of Powderhorn Park. The blues of Lake Street and the 21A. His work was amongst the first I encountered to really give the Twin Cities a lyrical flavor. I am not ashamed to tell you he is one of the few local poets who has ever beaten me at a Minnesota Grand Poetry Slam, and I was honored to lose to him. The right thing happened.
Roy Chester McBride is originally from Magnolia, Arkansas.
It's Friday and Friday is for not being depressed about the news. These days, that means ignoring the news, a tough task for someone who's paid to write about the news.
And now here's sports....
According to Huffington Post...
Not wanting to miss the chance to get an up close picture of his favorite player, the young fan began snapping photos. Then without warning, (Josh) Beckett handed him a ball. The gift came as such a surprise that Dylan immediately lost all control and burst into tears of joy
This has been a good week for stories about kids and baseball that make you forget about a world of jerks.
Pass it on, kid.
(h/t: Jeanne Souldorn)(5 Comments)