right, so i have a blog
Hello, gentle readers. Although jet-lagged, sick, and about to head to the airport for the nine millionth time in the last nine weeks, I am, in fact, still alive. In a manner of speaking. La famille Texas in Africa enjoyed our lovely holidays in New Zealand and Australia, where the weather was approximately 50 degrees warmer than the current temperature in Nashvegas. Not only did we take a helicopter to see some glaciers, we also learned to sail in Auckland harbor, tried to convince my father that the large white structure in Sydney harbor is not in fact an "opry," and took enough photos of Japanese tourists doing stupid things that I'll be starting a blog on that subject tout de suite. We also went to a Christmas Eve service at my friend Malie's church that featured a Maori Santa Claus and New Zealand's top rock star singing "Feliz Navidad."
More on all that later. For now, here are a few nuggets to get you through the day:
- Obama's cabinet picks this week are asinine. Surely they could've found another Indian-American doctor with actual public health credentials to be Surgeon-General. (Being a White House Fellow does not count. I have friends who've been White House Fellows. It's a nice credential if you're 25, but it does not qualify you for a cabinet-level position.) And what are the odds that putting a politico in charge of the CIA will help to depoliticize the agency?
- Right before hopping a connection in Auckland on Monday (the first of two Mondays this week, lucky us), I got the news that Tom Craddick will not be Speaker of the Texas House. Thank-you, Jesus. I almost sang "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead" all the way to Los Angeles, which wouldn't have bothered my UT professor and her family seatmates one little bit.
- Israel has legitimate grievances with Hamas, but they are not fighting a just war. 500 Palestinian deaths in two weeks is not a proportinate response to 20 Israeli deaths in three years. What a mess.