More 'yellow rain' fallout, should we disconnect, the same-sex marriage debate, designing cities for people, and moose calling in the Superior National Forest.
It's been a never-ending campaign, this presidential election of 2012, which began almost as soon as Barack Obama was elected in 2008. The campaign of 2016 is just a month away.
The lengthy campaigns have done nothing for quality. There's still hope for the presidential debates, which begin this week. But the list of issues absent from the campaign is a who's who of importance.
The Washington Post brings up one: The Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court is almost always the dog that doesn't bark in presidential campaigns, no matter how much scholars and activists on both the left and right lecture about its importance.
They are right, of course, that a Supreme Court justice with life tenure is one of the most lasting legacies a president can leave. Consider that Ronald Reagan's last election was in 1984 but one of his choices, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, is the pivotal justice on today's court.
On a divided court, Kennedy is the justice most likely to decide questions of gay rights, affirmative action, who is eligible for the death penalty and even how the presidential campaign itself is financed.
Kennedy is also one of four justices on the court who are still going strong when most mortals would be planning afternoons of bridge or fishing. Kennedy and fellow Reagan nominee Antonin Scalia are both 76. Among the justices on the left, Justice Stephen G. Breyer is 74 and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79.
That's some serious old.
Today, the Court took a pass on some fairly important issues for the coming term(4 Comments)
This branded film certainly romanticizes the world of the graffiti artist. But is it art? Does it really make you think -- as the movie's taggers insist -- when you see it? Does it have meaning and, thus, value?
The Brazilian film is branded by Asos Black, a clothing company. It's risky marketing.
(h/t: Ad Freak)
It's media day for the Minnesota Timberwolves, a day when the assembled basketball millionaires predict great things for the squad. And, with little doubt, the team should be better this year than last year because it has more talent and fewer Darkos.
Darko Milicic was a bust and from many accounts, wasn't that interested in playing basketball with much, shall we say, intensity.
As coincidence would have it, the Boston Celtics had their media day last week. The Celtics signed Milicic after the Timberwolves bought out his contract, forcing many Timberwolves fans to cross "see Darko dunk in a Timberwolves uniform" off their bucket list.
And Milicic showed he's pretty good at talking in code, too, comparing his new team to his old teammates "thinking about losing."
"It's good when you have somebody pushing you to your limit. Those guys have experience playing in the finals, going deep into the playoffs. That's what they have in mind. They don't think about losing; they think about winning a championship, especially this year. All these guys are getting old now. They're looking forward to winning one or two more championships. I'm here now to help them, whatever it takes."
And then there's this:
"I'll do whatever it takes, whatever I need to do to help this team. So now, if I have to go kill someone on the court, I'll kill someone on the court."
Last season, it was apparent some of his teammates had the same fantasy.
On Deadspin today, some Celtics fans apparently think they've got the next Bill Russell. It couldn't happen to a better city.
The Minneapolis Police Department today released a chronology of events from last week's horrible workplace shooting in the city.
And there were plenty of details to be had, including the order in which people were slain, the personnel records of Andrew Engledinger, the man who did the shooting, Mr. Engledinger's police record (several incidents in which he was a victim), and the kind of gun he used. Over the weekend, we also learned that Mr. Engledinger's family had previous sought help for his apparent mental illness.
There's a lot of personal data there. And yet, there is one piece of information that will remain a secret, according to the FAQ the police department released today:7 Comments)
Posted at 3:42 PM on October 1, 2012
by Bob Collins
Barry Commoner has died.
Commoner, 95, was one of the founders of the ecology movement. On the advent of the first Earth Day in 1970, Time magazine called him the Paul Revere of Ecology.
The New York Times conducted this interview with him 6 years ago for its obituary on him today.
Commoner ran for president in 1980 and was a non-factor, except in matters of political advertising. His radio commercial started with the word, "bullsh*t"." Radio stations complained that they couldn't air an obscenity like that but the rules on political advertising were clear: Radio stations could not dictate political advertising. Commoner knew the law well and worked the loophole.