Today’s cup: the Solyndra scandal, priests should marry, poverty, and Missoni at Target

Solyndra, the solar power company that secured a large government loan and then proceeded to go bankrupt, is getting a lot of press today.  Republicans smell a scandal on which to grow and thrive.  Democrats are trying to get to the bottom of it all and decide what part political influence played in awarding the loan to Solyndra.  But let’s not poo-poo solar power just because of this.  It’s a growing, evolving industry that will become a mainstay in our efforts to harness new sources of power.  My friend Brad Plumer at the Washington Post (I don’t know him at all) breaks down the Solyndra scandal beautifully.

A Taliban faction laid siege to the US Embassy in Kabul on Tuesday.  Reports now confirm that the last of the nearly dozen men responsible for the attack have been killed.  From the Wall Street Journal: “…by Wednesday afternoon five policemen and 11 civilians—half of them children—were confirmed dead.”

Edward Daly, the former bishop of Derry in Ireland, believes the Vatican should end celibacy for Catholic priests and allow them to marry.  Ya think?!  Don’t get me started.  Celibacy for the clergy, like so many other conventions within the religion I grew up with, is a man-made policy that Jesus and his Dad are still slapping their foreheads over.  End it now!  (I realize there are more subtle and gracious examinations of the policy of abstinence and bachelor-hood.  I choose not to entertain them.)

Republicans are saying that their win on Tuesday in New York, where GOP Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin in the contest to replace former congressman Anthony Weiner, is a referendum on the Obama presidency.  I say it’s a referendum on Democrats continued inability to get their act together and take it on the road.

“We Are What We Loathe” was an article much cited on Facebook and elsewhere last Sunday on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  While I don’t agree with all that former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges implies, it is a reminder that our reaction to 9/11, and subsequent actions, have often been misguided and as tragic as the events that unfolded that Tuesday ten years ago.  The case of  Shoshana Hebshi-Holt, an Arab-American woman who was removed from a flight last Sunday in handcuffs, speaks to this.

Read this article, “Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on ‘Lost Decade’” by Sabrina Tavernise, at the New York Times.  Over two and a half million more people in this country fell into poverty last year and the average middle class income hasn’t changed since 1997.  There are causes still worth examining – wars paid entirely with credit, the subprime loan debacle, tax cuts for those who don’t need them – in order to develop solutions for the short and long term.  That’s just talk, I know, but there is value in believing in a way out and a way forward.  If only we could get our elected leaders to take action and stop campaigning.

The Tuesday launch of the Missoni line at Target was madness.  Sartorially conscious consumers just wanted to enhance their wardrobe at prices they could afford, so nasty eBay-ers took advantage, smelled an opportunity, and bought up what wasn’t already purchased.  Now, you can get a Missoni throw pillow, sold yesterday at Target for $29.99, for the Buy-It-Now price of $134.75.  This makes no sense.

I’m looking forward to the series premiere of “Up All Night” on NBC this evening at 10pm.  (Its regular time-slot will be 8pm.)  Though I know the stars are Will Arnett and Christina Applegate, it’s Maya Rudolph that’s got me interested.

Use the word ‘distaff‘ today in a sentence.  My husband is outnumbered in our largely distaff family.

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