Just some thoughts on things going on before the long weekend.
* The Gazette had an interesting editorial about whether we need a Lt. Governor. I get their point. My own take is yes we should have a duly elected second in command, but that person should also take on responsibility for running an agency or something like that. For example, pick an LG who could serve at your Department of Labor Commissioner and that's their day except on those rare occassions when they have LG functions (whatever that may be.)
* The NYTimes had a piece about Governor Paterson and Joe Bruno being in a state of detente and wrote in a way that made this seem amazing. Well, this is they way things used to be. Elections should be fought at election time and in between, the political warfare should at least tame down to get some stuff done. It was the Steamroller who thought that you could negotiate with your loyal opposition while you were trying to destroy them at the same time.
* Rumor has it that the Democrats will endorse Don Hobel of the so-called three-minute crowd to run against Senator Maziarz. While I assume you're expecting me to take a shot at the Dems here, I'm actually applauding Hobel for going from consistent critic to someone willing to step forward and try to do something about it.
* I read that the Fox Network (Channel 29 locally) is now the most watched network in the country, beating ABC, CBS and NBC for the first time since its inception in 1987. Wow, the network has come a long way since it's lineup included Herman's Head, the Tracy Ullman Show and Married With Children.
* There's just something that feels sleazy in Hillary Clinton's attempt to get Michigan and Florida delegates seated at the convention. If HRC had been a constant critic of disqualifying these delegates from the get-go then her argument would have some merit. Even one of her staunchest suppoters, Governor Paterson, called her out on this yesterday.
* In the midst of mowing your lawn, eating hotdogs and unpacking patio furntiture this weekend, take a second remember there is a reason for Memorial Day...from wikipedia...
Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed in 2008 on May 26). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.