Daily Archives: Jan. 25, 2007

Thanks for a great meet-up

Thanks to all the bloggers (about 25) who attended the meet-up tonight. A good time was had by all. It was fun to meet some of you again and others for the first time. Thanks also for your good suggestions on how we might improve the blog.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee

Graver threat is in Pakistan

While we’re getting ready to surge in Iraq, Bush administration terrorism experts are saying that a graver and more immediate threat is in Pakistan’s tribal areas, where al-Qaida and Taliban fighters have regrouped. And the experts and an intelligence assessment given to Congress call for more troops and funding in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But we’re unable to adequately respond because, as one State Department official said, "we’re trapped in . . . this overwhelming Iraq focus."
Posted by Phillip Brownlee

Why you shouldn’t count out Hillary

Kevin Drum at the Washington Monthly offers several reasons why he likes the presidential chances of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., including her ability to raise "insane amounts of money" and her strength in the black community.
He also makes an interesting point about her perceived negatives: "She has nowhere to go but up. Seriously. Every nasty thing that can possibly be said about her has already been said. Her negatives may be high, but that’s mostly among Republicans who won’t influence her primary chances and wouldn’t vote for a Democrat in the general election anyway. Rush Limbaugh will spew his usual swill to the dittoheads, but for the most part all the old attacks will seem, well, old."
Cal Thomas also noted in a column in Wednesday’s Eagle that women voters could be a powerful force. "Some conservative Web sites are already claiming Clinton will unite the Republican base like no other Democratic candidate," Thomas wrote. "Maybe, but that base is too small to counter what surely will be a surge in female voters. A recent USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll found that 6 out of 10 women were likely to support Clinton in her run for the White House."
Posted by Randy Scholfield

Open thread

Be there or be trolled

Tonight’s the big night for the WE Blog meet-up. Here are the how and where:
The Eagle building is located at 825 E. Douglas, across the street from Old Town. Parking and the entrance are behind the building. You’ll sign in with security, then walk to the front of the building, where you can either take the elevator or stairs to the mezzanine level.
We’ll meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m., most of which will be spent visiting with other bloggers. We’ll also do a short Q&A and a building tour for anyone interested. Hope to see you there.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee

Finders keepers on found cash?

The two Sedgwick County workers who turned in $17,000 they found in an old paint can deserve kudos for their honesty. But do they also deserve the money? That’s doubtful.
After their supervisors failed to trace the money, the workers sued the county, saying the money rightfully belongs to them. But the workers found the money while on the job, which argues for the windfall going to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility where they work. A better idea might be distributing it among worthy local charities.
You wonder if the legal route could have been avoided if the workers had received a small reward for turning in the money. What would it hurt? Honesty is its own reward, but sometimes a little cash doesn’t hurt, either.
Posted by Randy Scholfield

America isn’t playing well abroad

The state of America’s image abroad continues to sharply decline, according to a BBC poll released on the eve of the president’s State of the Union speech. In a survey of foreigners in 25 countries, only 29 percent thought the United States had a generally positive influence in the world — a decline from 36 percent with the same view in 2006 and 40 percent in 2005.
Poll analysts called it a “horrible slide,” and pointed to the Iraq war and global warming as two top issues where America’s influence is seen as negative. A common theme abroad is “hypocrisy” in U.S. policy, a gap between our stated ideals and our practices.
This historic loss of prestige, good will and influence is perhaps President Bush’s most damaging foreign policy legacy.
Posted by Randy Scholfield

How Moran got one of the best seats in the House

Having read in the Washington Post that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., “claimed her favorite seat on the aisle at 8:06 a.m. — 11 hours and 54 minutes before” Tuesday’s State of the Union speech — we wondered when Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, put dibs on his own aisle seat. Moran’s press secretary, Nicole Young, told The Eagle editorial board that the congressman secured the seat “after 5 p.m.,” passing the time by working on his BlackBerry. That positioned Moran to shake President Bush’s hand and wish him well as he entered the House chamber, have a brief conversation with Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, and then get the president’s autograph after the address.
Posted by Rhonda Holman