** Controversial movie director Rob Reiner, late of the California Children and Families Commission, attacked controversial movie star/director Mel Gibson. Saying that Gibson needs to acknowledge the anti-Semitic underpinnings of his film work, especially The Passion of the Christ, Reiner noted that redemption takes a long time. Which reminds me that I have another Rob Reiner story. I’m getting so forgetful.
** Iran is defying international wishes that it drop its nuclear program, moving forward with an enrichment program that can yield the Mideastern great power nuclear weapons. Just days ahead of a UN session on this, some Iranian leaders warn that there should be no further pressure on Iran to drop its nuclear program, else the people will take to the streets to demand that the Iranian government develop nuclear weapons.
** Senator Barbara Boxer split yesterday with Senator Dianne Feinstein, declining to support the global warming bill proposed by California’s senior Democratic senator. Feinstein wants a cap-and-trade approach on greenhouse gas emissions like that being pushed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Boxer finds that too moderate, preferring command-and-control regulation.
** Track global and national energy futures prices in near real time via Bloomberg. Crude oil prices are hovering a couple dollars over $70 a barrel.
** Continuous coverage of the new global insecurity on Pajamas Media (PJM).