A quick bonus highlighting a forgotten anniversary: Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hubert Humphrey. Here’s a man who truly understood public service. A liberal (in the better sense of the word, not as it has been corrupted these days) who was proud of it, and who was also relatively fiscally sensical. My mother was a Humphrey-ite Democrat, and I think I inherited that. Humphrey could have been president, if he hadn’t been saddled with LBJ, and this country might have been much the better for it. For one thing, we wouldn’t have had Nixon and his excesses, and I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have seen the rise of the neo-Conservatives in response.
P.S.: Another quickie: Chinese prisoners are forced to play World of Warcraft, because virtual money is more valuable than real goods.