October 15, 2009 Leave a comment
Yea boy! Definitely a great cause for celebration though I will be working. Here are some fun news stories for your thoughts and consideration today.
First, in Sweden thousands of rabbits which are “culled every year” from parks in Stockholm are being used to fuel a heating plant in central Sweden. They are using bunnies as “bio-energy”. Now the rabbits are killed every year anyway in order to protect the trees and shrubbery in the park they live in. Last year nearly 6,000 rabbits were killed and removed from the cities parks.
This story about President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize took me a little by surprise. Apparently the committee set aside to select the winner was far from unanimous in their decision according to the dissenters. The chairman of the committee, Thorbjoern Jagland, was adamantly in favor of President Obama receiving the prize according to the news release. The dissenters did, in the end, support the committee’s final decision. I wonder if Norwegian politics is involved here somehow but I cannot speak to that. Also, a British newsman stationed in America has noticed President Obama is rather proud of his Nobel Peace Prize. Read here.
Next, Rush Limbaugh! Mr. Limbaugh, who is quite wealthy, decided he wanted to try and purchase a football team with some other investors and turn it around. Rush was “outed” and has been dropped from the ownership bid. Rush was attacked, in part, for comments he reportedly made but which have no factual basis. Read the previous link to get the scoop on those. Rush thinks, and I have to agree with him in part, that he was “outed” by the liberal media as an attempt to prevent conservatives from appearing mainstream. Limbaugh’s full opinion/counterattack is contained here and here and here.
I am particularly disappointed by this final piece of information. Some Senators have diverted approximately $2.6 billion of defense funds which would go towards “expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan”. Come on guys, give the troops the money they need to fight! I do not like to think our elected representatives are deliberately attempting to undermine our national security by defunding our troops like some extremists do but that is what this looks like. The money was diverted to 778 pet projects including “$25 million for a new World War II museum at the University of New Orleans and $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.” Guys, without that defense money there will no longer be a United States of America. How about you divert some stimulus money instead? That spending is more “discretionary” anyway.