- That Morris Talansky gave PM Olmert $100,000 worth of "cash-stuffed envelopes" but "didn't expect any favors in return". Talansky told an Israeli court that Olmert preferred cash "for reasons connected to Likud fund-raising regulations" but that he didn't really understand those reasons. (Umm, Mr. Talansky, would you like me to get my 9 year old to explain it to you? It's because bribing a government official is i-l-l-e-g-a-l.)
- That Joe Lieberman, Connecticut's "Orthodox" Jewish Senator, is participating in a conference hosted by Reverend John Hagee, who has said that "God sent Adolph Hitler to help the Jews reach the promised land." (Hagee has also called the Roman Catholic Church "the great whore".) John McCain has rejected Hagee, but Lieberman cheerfully claims that Hagee is a defender of Israel and "a vital force in supporting the war against terrorism". (huh?)
- That a kindergarten teacher in Florida "punished" a 5 year old autistic boy by having him stand in front of the class while the other students made a list of what they didn't like about him: "After informing him that they found him "disgusting" and "annoying", the class was instructed to vote on whether or not Alex should be allowed to stay in the class. By a 14 to 2 margin, they voted him out." Even more incredibly, "an investigation by the state attorney's office concluded that Alex's treatment did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse and no charges have been filed."
Am I stupid, or is the world being run by people who have no business running it?