October 29, 2008
The age issue
If elected, John McCain would be the oldest president at inauguration ever. Remarkably, the age issue has not come up much during the campaign, being seen as too insensitive or offensive a topic to mention. But the actuarial tables of average life expectancy indicate that a 72 year old man would, on statistical average, not live an additional four years. Many newspapers that normally would endorse Republicans that instead endorsed Obama cited the selection of Sarah Palin, saying she's simply not ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, and yet she might be the vice president most likely to succeed a sitting president.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 9:15 AM
October 26, 2008
Propositon 11 (redistricting)
Nearly every newspaper in California has endorsed the redistricting measure, Prop. 11 as being, while imperfect, a good start in reforming the drawing of Assembly and State Senate districts. The current districts, drawn by the lawmakers themselves, solidly favor one party or the other, making it easier for incumbents to get re-elected and harder for moderate candidates to win against party loyalists.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 2:47 AM
October 21, 2008
Barack Obama has been racking up an amazing array of endorsements from directions that normally lean conservative; in fact, the Chicago Tribune has never endorsed a Democrat for president in its history. Nationwide, he is leading in newspaper endorsements by 112 to 39 at this writing, probably unprecedented considering the general conservative leaning of the American press (big-city East Coast dailies notwithstanding).
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:12 AM
October 19, 2008
Gay marriage ballot proposition
Some proponents of this divisive measure have placed it in near-apocalyptical terms.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:00 AM
October 15, 2008
Prop. 2 (animal cruelty)
Proposition 2 on the November ballot mandates that animals being raised commercially for food be kept in humane pens... in many cases currently, livestock and poultry are kept in extremely restrictive cages and pens with very limited ability to move, in the name of efficiency.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:36 AM
October 12, 2008
Dropping like a rock
The Dow had probably its worst week ever, going into free-fall despite the government's $700 billion bailout plan and the cutting of interest rates worldwide. It started the week around 10,326 and ended around 8,451.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:17 AM
October 7, 2008
Buddy, can you spare $10 billion?
Even without its record-late budget, California is in a cash crunch. It typically needs to borrow money from the federal government in the fall when times are tight, then pays it back when revenue, such as from state income taxes, comes in during the spring. But this year, Uncle Sam is in pretty tight financial straits himself.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:02 AM
October 3, 2008
Texting while driving
Confirmation of what everyone dreaded: the engineer of the Metrolink train in the Chatsworth head-on collision was text-messaging just seconds before the fatal crash. This has implications beyond trains -- a British study found the impairment in driving a car was much worse during texting than it was under alcohol, with younger drivers vastly more likely to engage in that dangerous behavior.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:31 AM