Monday, December 29, 2008

Short Takes

Attacks on Gaza continue amid rising tensions. Steve Benen:

One of the many things that makes the Israeli/Palestinian conflict so utterly dispiriting is that it’s impossible to think of anything good coming of any of this. Worse than that, it’s hard to imagine that even the people involved think anything good will come of it.

Almost 1 in 10 Floridians is on food stamps.

In the last two years, the number of Floridians on food stamps has increased more than 40 percent to 1.7 million. That increase is the highest in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And it’s the second-largest jump in the state’s history, surpassed only during the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, said an analyst at the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based think tank.”

Unsafe at Work: OSHA under the Bush administration has caved to industry pressure in the enforcement of workplace safety regulations.

Peter Yarrow is Not Happy: The composer of “Puff, the Magic Dragon” speaks out on the RNC’s parody of his song and the distribution of it by Chip Saltsman, who is running to be the next chair of the RNC.

Virginity Pledges Don’t Work. No kidding. Did anyone really think that a pinky-swear to Jesus and a piece of jewelry would calm the raging hormones of two sixteen-year-olds necking in the back of their family minivan behind the Tastee-Freez on a hot night in July? What’s worse is that they don’t use condoms because as everyone knows, rubbers make the Baby Jesus cry. Actually, not using rubbers makes the baby, period.