Free Forum Friday May 13th Edition

Happy Friday the 13th!

The bin Laden saga has quieted down though there continue to be new details that come to light. Already Fox News is on to some story of outrage at hip-hop artist Common being invited to the White House poetry slam. Other networks and comedians have had a field day with it.

Mississippi River from Cairo to Memphis

We’ve been watching tragedy unfold along the Mississippi as the past year’s record snowfall combined with heavy spring rains have caused the mighty Mississippi River to reach flood levels not seen since 1927. The Army Corps of Engineers has been fighting to minimize the damage but it’s heart wrenching to know that some homes will have to be flooded to save others. The above satellite image was taken after the levee had been blown to save the town of Cairo, Illinois. That large lake below Cairo was 130,000 acres of farmland and 90 homes. All of that water is now on its way to New Orleans.

In politics, the 2012 Presidential field is filling out. Ron Paul is feeling lucky this Friday the 13th. He officially commits today. Mike Huckabee makes an announcement tomorrow on his Fox show. Some sources predict he will bow out. Still a couple of conspicuous hold-outs in Palin and Trump. Will they throw their hat in the ring or are they just milking the free PR for all they can get for the future book deals? Also, Democratic Senator Herb Kohl (WI) announces his retirement.

And talk about scandal! Sordid details about former Senator John Ensign have surfaced that even Hollywood screenwriters would be hard pressed to make believable. There is a complete article coming up on this later today.

But it’s Friday and that means it’s time for you to talk. What did you think about last week? The floor is open.

Free Forum Fridays are an open discussion where commenters are invited to bring up topics that may not have been covered in the previous week. Got something on your mind? Throw your opinion out there.


About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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