George Will is on the always-worth-reading list; he’s always thought-provoking and intelligent, whether you agree with him on a specific issue or not. Here he is on our Presidential primary system. Excerpt:
The 2012 process will begin 17 months from now — in February rather than January. Under rules adopted by both parties’ national committees, no delegates to the national conventions shall be selected before the first Tuesday in March — except for delegates from New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Iowa may still conduct its caucuses, which do not select delegates, in February.
As we get closer to the next Presidential contest, I’ll do some writing about the Electoral College. Some folks think the E.C. is an archaic oddity, but I maintain that it is even more important today than it was when the Constitution was written; without it, small states would have little or no say in national politics.
Moving along: UN To Appoint Envoy to Extraterrestrials. The UN has become a sad parody in recent years; this is just another drunken lurch towards irrelevancy.
This interesting tidbit from Asia: The Death Of Laughter in China. Excerpt:
The hatred of human joy and happiness that resides within the heart of the totalitarian mind is once again on prominent display — this time in communist China, where Guo Degang, a beloved Chinese comic, has been viciously silenced by the tyrants at large. The Marxist despotism knows all too well that the prerequisite for enslaving man is to purge him of any human impulse or trait that can spawn a smile, or worse, a cheerful laugh.
Finally, on a more science-y note: Seven Terrifying Prehistoric Creatures That Are Still Around.
And with that, we return you to your Monday, already in progress.