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15 February 2008


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Congress Holds Baseball Steroid Hearings -- As usual, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met in the Rayburn Office Building earlier this week to conduct its business. Testifying before it this time weren’t experts in public policy but rather washed up major league baseball players. The issue before it wasn’t how to find the billions of missing dollars in Iraq-Nam’s reconstruction efforts but whether a trainer gave a pitcher a shot of steroids or human growth hormone in the buttocks. What a farce.

Appeals Court Quashes Students’ Thought-Crime Convictions -- Five British students, all Muslim, had been convicted in an English court for possession of extremist literature. According to the BBC they “were jailed for between two and three years each by the Old Bailey for downloading and sharing extremist terrorism-related material.” On Wednesday, an Appeals Court threw those convictions out. The judges said that there was no evidence that they were planning on committing any terrorist activity. In other words, British courts cannot condemn people to prison for “thought-crime.”

Falling Dollar Shrinks US Trade Gap -- The US trade deficit, that is the imbalance between imports and exports, with the rest of the world uses numbers usually restricted to measuring distances in astronomy. Last year, the US took in goods and services worth $711.6 billion more than it shipped out; more than the defense budget. However, it represents a 6.2% decrease compared to 2006. Of course, the dollar has declined, and just like the textbooks say it should, that cut the deficit.

Valentine’s Day is Really St. Trifon’s Day -- Yesterday allegedly was Valentine’s Day, or so the good people at Hallmark Greeting Cards maintain. For those in happy romances, it is a day to celebrate. For those still seeking one, it can be hard to bear. In the case of the latter, it might be comforting to know that in Bulgaria, at least, yesterday belonged not to St. Valentine but to St. Trifon the Pruner.

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