Random Roundup is going to my new series of articles where there is a bunch of stuff I want to talk about, but don't feel they belong in separate articles.
He's Our Manning!
The Berkeley City Council will consider a resolution that would declare the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks a hero and call for his release.
The council plans a vote Tuesday on the resolution in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held in a military brig in Virginia. A city commission already has approved it.
Bob Meola, who authored the resolution, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Manning is a patriot who deserves a medal.
Right... Ok... What?
Oh, who am I kidding? This is Berkeley for we are talking about here. This is just another reason to saw off California and let it float out to sea.
Speaking of outrages...
Florida's Turnpike Bans Christmas
It's funny that a road named "Ronald Reagan Turnpike" has banned Christmas. I'm outraged, OUTRAGED!!!! BAHHH!!!
A toll booth is no place for holiday cheer.
That's the message from the Florida Department of Transportation, which announced it is banning holiday decorations of any kind at toll booths along the Florida Turnpike.
You'd think motorists should be at least allowed to see a bobble head Santa or a mini Christmas tree while they are being raided for quarters by the Turnpike toll booth operator, but not this year.
While the rule has always been not to allow decorations in the toll booths, the Turnpike Enterprise went out of its way to make a public announcement Tuesday, likely because of complaints from a Christian organization during Halloween about some ghoulish decorations.
Ops. So boys and girls, what have we learned today? Something about stones and glass houses?
Speaking of deal breakers...
Look, I don't like this deal Obama made with Republicans. Extending unemployment 13 MONTHS is beyond the realm of the silly. This extension is not paid for and will add to the debt, something I'm totally against.
However I don't think I'll lose sleep if it passes. I made a passionate plea for the current tax rates to be extended on behalf of small business people like my friend Bill and I will fight for him first. I don't want to see him being hurt. I hope (and I assume) Republicans have a plan to get a pound of flesh from Obama to pay for extending the unemployment and they are not saying anything, because they don't want to play their hand too early.
Besides, I don't have much standing in fighting it. My US House Representative (Ginny Brown-Waite) is retiring and I'd never vote for either of my current Senators (Bill Nelson or George LeMieux*), so me saying I won't vote for them if they vote for this will be an emepty threat.
Speaking of 'fighting' it...
Obama Blasts Democrats AND Republicans
Alternate Headline: Obama Vs The World
"I know that there’s some folks who are angry about it," he said. "They are confused about the extensions on the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and there are policy and political objections. Some people are saying, 'Well, did we fight hard enough for our position? Did we position ourselves properly on this?'"
The president said the bottom line is the votes weren't there.
"We put up the best and smartest fight that we could under the circumstances. That means without 60 votes in the Senate," the president said, "not a single Republican would support our position in the Senate, and as a consequence we could not get the 60 vote we needed to overcome their filibuster."
But hey, I can also live with Obama sinking this deal. Republicans can come in on Januray 3rd and make the current tax rates permanent. At this late state in the game and no matter what happens, we won the debate. Obama also ate his lunch just agreeing to a deal.
However if this goes down, Barack Obama's reputation as a leader (if he ever had one to begin with) will go down with it. When you make a deal like this that goes against a campaign promise, you better make sure you have votes or you might want to call it a day. Insulting both Democrats and Republicans after making a deal, is not helping this along.
Speaking of leadership...
End Of An Era
In six seasons at Florida, [Urban] Meyer led the Gators to two national championships, three SEC East crowns, and he has a 64-15 record entering the Outback Bowl matchup against Penn State. The Gators won a school-record 22 consecutive games during Meyer’s tenure -- the fourth-longest streak by an SEC team and the longest in 15 years – and re-established their dominance over traditional rivals Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State, going 16-2 against the trio.
Read the whole thing. I salute Urban Meyer, a true leader. I do not blame him, for the odds were stacked against the Gators when this season started. I wish him luck in his future endeavors.
*Talking about primary season. I'm coming right out and say that I will not support George LeMieux for the Republican nomination in 2012. I'll vote for him over Bill Nelson, but honestly, I want someone else.