According to several sources including the Washington Post tourists to Florida are being warned not to offend Florida residents because a new law on the books, as of October, makes it easier to claim self-defense in a shooting. Residents can even apply the same criteria to shooting someone in their car as they would to someone invading their home - a change intended to thwart car jackers.
According to the New York Times Home Depot is having troubles with day workers hanging out in front of their stores. Some arrests have been made. It seems that the day workers think that the parking lot of Home Depot is the best place to hang out in order to find work.
Giles Turnbull on weblogs.oreilly.com
There's something that Microsoft is doing much better than Apple. Not only doing it better, but improving with each and every day that goes by. It is a cutting-edge activity for large corporations, something that few businesses today have even tried, let alone got right. But Microsoft has got it right and is reaping the benefits.
What is this mysterious activity I'm talking about?
This country is in poor health. I know because I am one of the ones who regularly visits a doctor. I was searching the web for some health information and found a relevant article at Forbes. But search engines sometimes turn up strange results. In the "Health" section at Forbes.com I found another article (from the AP wire) about our unhealthy credit card debt. The increase in debt is just a symptom of our underlying sickness. Too many americans are out-of-work.
Almost no one would deny that Steve Jobs pretty much single-handedly saved the record industry from piracy (and from themselves). But the time is approaching when Apple will need to renew the license from which the whole iTunes price structure has been based. So wouldn't you know we get this news on the wire:
Record executives, however, are seeking some flexibility in prices, including the ability to charge more for some songs and less for others, the way they do in the traditional retail world.
I was reading an article in the SF Chronicle about the Bush Administration's approval of the new plans for NASA and the eventual replacement of the aged shuttle. And it struck me that like most things the administration has done, it is a return to the past. The Bush republican conservatism is not conservative at all. It is just nostalgia. Our energy policy, our environmental policy, our space exploration, our foreign policy are all just retro.
If any of you watch "The Daily Show" with Jon Stuart then you've probably seen a better criticism of the handling of the hurricane then anything that I could write in 10,000 words or less. If you get your news from network television instead of getting it (and your laughs) from Jon Stewart then you are probably sadly misinformed.
Just when I though the most stupid, insensitive thing had been said, along comes the president's wife and proves me wrong. Read this if you don't believe it.
And meanwhile the president himself is proving that his face on the news is more important than people. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued a statement which I quote partially: