Surveying this and that while we wait for the caffeine to kick in:
ANDREW SULLIVAN ON POT:
Obama has not forgotten who elected him but the stoners will soon forget who they voted for. Or whether they voted.
IRKSOME MATH METAPHORS:
The new inquiries shine a spotlight on a question that is exponentially bigger, in dollars, than the $165 million in bonuses that A.I.G. paid out this month...
"Exponentially bigger"? Hey, paI, I got something exponentially bigger for you right here. Geez, this is a real quantum leap in their coverage. Grr. Well, we all know what they mean, which is "orders of magnitude", and since we all know, I will move on...
As to the story itself, the fickle finger of populist outrage is pointing in a new direction now that our "leaders" have mastered the spelling of "AIG". There is a pretty strong Goldman connection here:
Critics have also pointed out that then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who left Goldman in 2006 as CEO, played a lead role in the government's rescue efforts. Meanwhile, the chairman of the New York Fed is former Goldman head Steve Friedman.
BEGGING FOR AGE AND PERSPECTIVE:
A Times story about caffeine as a sports enhancing drugs for athletes tells us this but not that:
Every athlete of a certain age knows that Frank Shorter won the 1972 Olympic Marathon quaffing de-fizzed Coke. C'mon, if they are going to plug Coke anyway, go all in.
THEY'RE EVERYWHERE! The Times discovers that retention bonuses are pretty common, since it is not always good business to let all the rates desert the sinking ship.
THE REVOLVING DOOR SPINS SO FAST IT BECOMES A BLUR: Donna Brazile, a vice-chair of the DNC, will be speaking at a Justice Department event. However, this does not represent politicization of the DoJ, as Ms. Brazile explains:
“During my remarks, I will pay tribute to women who dare, women of courage and the many milestones we have achieved and the path ahead,” Brazile said in an e-mail. “I am going in my capacity as an Adjunct Professor in the Women and Gender Studies at Georgetown University — not as a CNN contributor, ABC news consultant or Vice Chair of the DNC [Democratic National Committee].
So when she outlines "the path ahead", she will be describing the agenda favored by the Georgetown faculty, not the Democratic National Committee. So it's all good.
DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE A** ON THE WAY... OOPS!
KABUL, March 26 (Reuters) - A would-be suicide bomber accidentally blew himself up on Thursday, killing six other militants as he was bidding them farewell to leave for his intended target, the Interior Ministry said.
Is that 72 virgins divided by seven?
MY NEWFOUND RESPECT FOR EZRA KLEIN:
The can't be paying him enough to read this bilge.