Friday fodder: from Chilean miners to “As the World Turns”

The tale of the Chilean miners is morbidly fascinating.  Good news came their way today when the “Plan B” bore hole reached the 33 men trapped in the mine since early August.  Work will now focus on making the bore hole big enough for the men to fit through.  Instead of a Christmas-time rescue, the workers may see the light of the day as early as the end of October or early November.

Mahmoud Abbas has not walked away from the negotiating table yet, during the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Jerusalem this week, and thus gets an “atta-boy”.  Hillary Rodham Clinton and friends are trying to convince “Bibi” Netanyahu to extend the freeze on Israeli settlements in the West Bank for three months while boundaries are discussed and established.  Let’s face it.  Peace probably won’t happen.  Abbas does not speak for Hamas and that’s an issue.  But it’s nice to know diplomatic discourse continues, rather than the alternative.

BP has informed anyone who cares that the Deepwater Horizon well will be completely sealed by Saturday.  Some numbers: 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked into the gulf after the rig exploded on April 20th.  Eleven people were killed.  BP has spent $350 million so far on clean up and it’s been estimated that, when all is said and done, the oil spill will cost BP over ten billion dollars.  215 miles of coastline was contaminated.  Deepwater Horizon is the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the industry.

Afghanistan votes tomorrow for their lower house of Parliament, called the Wolesi Jirga.  Threats of violence and fraud have already marred the elections and voter turnout is a question mark.  The Taliban is lurking.  Our “war of necessity” continues its nefarious march into its 11th year.

There’s no good news from our other war either.  According to the Government Accountability Office, Iraq has a budget surplus of $52.1 billion and the GAO believes the country can pay more of its own expenses.  This, just as our government is about to vote on a $2 billion funding request for Iraqi security forces.  Nauseating, isn’t it?

Here’s some good news: crime rates fell 5% around our nation in 2009.

Jon Stewart last night announced his Rally to Restore Sanity, taking place on the mall in Washington D.C. on October 30th, as a call to the “70-80% of Americans who aren’t extremists on the right or the left”.  Faux “Daily Show” rival Stephen Colbert announced later his own March to Keep Fear Alive, at the same place on the same date! I’ve already bought my plane ticket.  Who’s joining me?

More primary results filtered in heading toward November.  The biggest news this week was Christine O’Donnell pulling the rug out from underneath incumbent Mike Castle (R-Delaware) on Tuesday.  Check out for the 2010 Election Map.

After 54 years, “As the World Turns” comes to an end today on CBS, 1pm.

In baseball, Texas, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay lead their American League divisions.  The Yanks, Boston and Chicago are wildcards heading into the stretch.  In the National League, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and San Francisco are in first place in their divisions, with Atlanta, San Diego and Colorado not far behind.

Football all weekend.  My Jets will beat play New England Sunday afternoon.

I’m tired.  Off to find a half-caff with room.

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  1. Nadine says

    I heard a comment that Stephen Colbert made. It was that “reason” was just one letter away from “treason”. So be careful with that Rally to Restore Sanity, though I admire the thought behind it completely

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