Archive for March 20th, 2007
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
Steve points me over to some shots of the new design of Time Magazine. Looks pretty nice, I like the layout of the big stories with the bold titles. I see the illustrations are still prevalent as well – Time has always produced exceptional graphical depictions detailing news and information.
I’ve been kicking around the idea of subscribing to Time for a while now but just haven’t gotten around to it. I used to love reading it as a kid – my folks, like most parents back in the 70s and 80s had a subscription. I’ll always remember sitting down with the latest copy in the living room on sunny afternoons when there was nothing better to do outside. I enjoyed the articles and illustrations on current events, even though a lot of times I didn’t exactly understand everything that I was reading. Time was and I’m sure still is an exceptionally well written window into world events.
I’m sure some are rolling their eyes thinking – dead tree publishing is on it’s way out, but I think that’s a bit premature. Laptops are clunky and heavy, produce heat and are largely too delicate. For me they can’t compare to a good paper back or magazine you can flip and fold and toss around. Dead trees also seem to produce a more personable experience, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
A few Republicans are at least considering a vote for the bill, including Reps. Wayne T. Gilchrest and Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland. Some conservative Democrats who had been expected to vote no on Thursday are wavering.
To get them off the fence and on the bill, Democrats have a key weapon at their disposal: cold, hard cash. The bill contains billions for agriculture and drought relief, children’s health care and Gulf Coast hurricane recovery.
For Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), there is $25 million for spinach growers hurt by last year’s E. coli scare. For three conservative Democrats in Georgia, there is $75 million for peanut storage. For lawmakers from the bone-dry West, there is $500 million for wildfire suppression. An additional $120 million is earmarked for shrimp and Atlantic menhaden fishermen.
So far, at least in public pronouncements, the $21 billion in funding beyond President Bush’s request has earned Democrats nothing but scorn.
For more than a year, Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R) has tried unsuccessfully to secure federal funds to prevent salt water from intruding on rice fields in his lowland Louisiana district. So it came as a surprise last week when Boustany found $15 million in the House’s huge war spending bill for his rice farmers. He hadn’t even asked that the bill include it.
“It gives me no satisfaction to vote against measures that I have been working for since even before [Hurricane] Katrina, but I cannot in good conscience vote for a bill that does this to our troops,” Boustany said yesterday, decrying what he called the “cheap politics” of using disaster aid to win votes on a measure this controversial.
Will the dems successfully bribe reps into voting for this boondoggle? It’ll be interesting to see if the reps learned anything from last fall’s election. Thankfully even if they haven’t and it passes, it’ll get a Presidential veto, and rightly so.