TPP: We Need Some Trust-but-Verify

“Trust me — it’s going to be a good thing for everyone. It’s one of the strongest trade agreements ever.

Just trust me.”

President Obama’s message on the Trans-Pacific Pact, the secret trade agreement affecting 40% of the world’s commerce, is beginning to ring pretty hollow. As pointed out by Senator Warren in her staff report “Broken Promises,” the same statements have been made about every so-called “free trade” agreement for the past 20 years.

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Same Old Bobby?

If you follow UofL football, or college football in general, you know that this past Wednesday was National Signing Day — the day when high school players make their commitments final to their chosen colleges by signing a Letter of Intent.

As a rule, I dislike all the hype put into recruiting, especially the over-the-top attention paid to some 17-year-olds simply because they can do skillful things with a ball. I tend to agree with Mike Wilbon of PTI:

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dbPoweramp Comes to the Mac!

As some of you know, I recently switched from a PC laptop (Toshiba) to a MacBook Pro. I love the machine, I’m getting used to the differences, and eventually I’ll know the ins and outs on this box as well as I did on the Windows side.

One of the challenges, though, of switching platforms is replacing software. Some things are easy (Office to Office is fairly straightforward), some things are harder (Quicken Mac is a shell of Quicken Windows).

Then there are those special pieces of software that you just come to rely on, and that you miss on the new platform. One of those for me was dbPoweramp. It’s a multi-faceted audio tool, but my main use for it was ripping an entire CD and adding it to my music collection. Imagine my happiness, then, to find out that dbPoweramp Converter is doing an open beta for the Mac!

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DUI Senator Misreads Constitution

Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith, already famous for his amazingly bad misreading of climate science, has now added a bad misreading of the state Constitution to his repertoire. And so far, a judge is letting him get away with it.

Arrested on January 6 — the first day of this year’s legislative session — for drunk driving, Sen. Smith is now claiming that all charges should be dropped because of this clause in the state Constitution:

“The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach or surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place.”

The judge and the county attorney in the case have delayed the case until February 12 so they can “review the documents.” Let me give them some help.

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Can A Loss Be A Win?

My wife and I traveled to a funeral on Saturday, and listened to the game on the way back to Louisville from Dayton. We were able to pick up the game at halftime, and listened to the end. And while I was disappointed in the loss, I have to say:

Outside of the score, this was a win for Louisville.

I’m Back

After many months away from all my sites, after many months of combining work with campaigning, after many months of doing no writing except for campaign blurbs and publicity pieces, I am very pleased and excited to share this important news:

I’m back.