Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday stuff

Hey, Michiganders, go out there and do some serious drinking--your governor and her state budget need you:
"Gov. Jennifer Granholm is betting that liquor sales and longer bar hours will bring in more money for Michigan's cash-starved budget. The plan involves liquor stores and restaurants selling spirits on Sunday mornings and bar owners buying permits for their establishments to stay open until 4 a.m. The expanded hours for liquor sales would generate an estimated $13.7 million for the state's general fund, the pot over which the governor and lawmakers have spending discretion. Additional revenue would come from the sale of the special permits priced at $1,500 each."

The good news for Michigan sports fans continues to be the Detroit Red Wings, who were impressive again last night in defeating Anaheim, 5-2. They have a red-hot power play right now, and Ty Conklin played well in goal.

Hmmm. The left's Joe Conason asserts that it's the Republicans who lost big with regard to the passage of the "stimulus" bill:
"Regardless of that bill's manifest imperfections and the messy
legislative process, the new administration achieved a difficult
objective on the tightest possible schedule. His Republican opponents
congratulate themselves for remaining unified in defeat and whine
about the president's refusal to capitulate to them—but in fact it is
they who have failed in the initial episode of a confrontation that
will certainly continue for the coming four years."
Really? I think we'd better wait and see what effect this package has on the economy in the next couple of years, there, Mr. Conason. If the economy doesn't bounce back, we'll see who the winner is then...

And by the way, not only did Pakistan recently cave in to Taliban extremists in their country, but did you see what happened in Great Britain, too? Mark Steyn explains:
"Among that growing population of Yorkshire Pakistanis is a fellow called Lord Ahmed, a Muslim member of Parliament. He was in the news the other day for threatening (as the columnist Melanie Phillips put it) “to bring a force of 10,000 Muslims to lay siege to the House of Lords” if it went ahead with an event at which the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders would have introduced a screening of his controversial film Fitna. Britain’s Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, reacted to this by declaring Minheer Wilders persona non grata and having him arrested at Heathrow and returned to the Netherlands."