[Note: This covers the last two weeks - so enjoy the fortnight in review]
After September 11th, no one ran from the buildings of New York City fearing another attack for the rest of our last President's two terms, almost 8 years. 100 days with the new President and like everything else - that's changed.
Last week Air Force One (well, not at the time technically) flew over New York City - for a photo op with the Statue of Liberty. One small problem - nobody knew it was happening. So when New Yorkers saw a 747 flying around Manhattan, they were more than a little concerned.
Perhaps no one at the White House has heard of photoshop? Perhaps faking the shot seemed too disingenuous to this administration. I doubt it.
Or maybe they were trying to clear out the financial offices, hoping that if everyone just went home our current economic situation wouldn't get any worse.
If that was the goal, they should have buzzed the capitol.
Stay at Home
Who cares about the environment? Drive your SUV, and take that private plane. Vice President Joe Biden says stay off planes and subways (what about trains?).
His office says he was referring to travel to Mexico - although he specifically said he wasn't. Janet Napolitano - White House wordsmith - says that if he could do it again, he would have said, "if you're sick" - while that's clearly not what he meant.
So wash your hands when you shake hands. Cover your mouth when you cough. I know it sounds trivial, but it makes a huge difference.
Of course he's not a doctor, and he didn't reference a doctor, but why would that matter - he speaks, we believe.
Watch That Border
Perhaps the best part of Joe Biden's warning was that you should avoid closed containers. There's not many scenarios I can think of that fit that, other than the scenarios that involve crossing our border illegally.
You hear that Canadians? Because in our ongoing contingency operations against man caused disasters the one border we need to watch is the Canadian border. Because that's where the 9/11 hijackers may have come from according to Janet Napolitano.
Canada, England, France - I'm glad the international crowd all loves us now.
Not quite the event Michael D'Antuono hoped for, the planned unveiling of his Obama as the Messiah painting titled 'The Truth' was canceled. Turns out even the Christians can be offended. Who knew?
Well, he's really sorry - and you should be too. Sorry that there are people who would put that much hope in a man.
While the last story might seem like torture to some, the newly released torture memos just drag on. First there would be no prosecution, then prosecution for some, then maybe prosecution by someone else. So who really knows?
On thing is for sure, all this concern about how those who want to destroy us are treated, while the Supreme Court tries to determine if school students can be abritrally strip searched just doesn't seem right.
In Other News
A Judge orders the defendants mouth taped shut, wow, isn't that torture - cold fusion may be possible, good thing the scientific consensus is always right - a Russian politician resigns after learning his election was rigged, obviously not from Chicago - Cheney's on the loose, and yeah, that's the way we like him - the President puts his own economic advisor asleep at the credit meeting, no wonder Fox wouldn't run the last press conference - Biden is less popular than Cheney was, but let's wait until he shoots someone - GE shareholders aren't too happy with the company's MSNBC, and why would they be?