In reverse order of importance:
Lance Armstrong managed to make headlines every day last week, from rumors that he would appear on Oprah’s show and admit doping to the announcement that he really would appear on Oprah’s show to admit doping to Oprah’s thoughts about the interview to the actual airing of the interview to the airing of the second part of the interview to the reaction of other athletes to the interview. Maybe this week they will announce a DVD release with Lance and Oprah’s line-by-line commentary on the interview…
Stan The Man Musial died. If you like baseball but don’t know how cool this dude was because you’re not from St. Louis, read this seven-page article from 2010.
A Notre Dame football player’s inspirational story last year apparently involved a dead girlfriend who never existed. Unsurprisingly, the media found this hoax more interesting than a real dead girl driven to suicide by sexual assault from another Notre Dame football player.
Republican Congressman went on a retreat and came back deciding that they want to extend the debt ceiling for three more months. Something must be missing because that doesn’t sound obstructionist enough.
New York passed the most sweeping gun control laws in the country, banning weapons and limiting clips and stuff. It was so sweeping they forgot to exempt police from it.
The United States passed no gun control laws, but Obama talked about the laws he wants to pass while surrounded by very smart policy-making children. Come on, guys, it’s for the children.
The Institute for Justice helped independent tax preparers beat the IRS, which had illegally created new regulatory hurdles to hurt small businesses and benefit big businesses like the H&R Block that the IRS’s new chief conveniently used to work for. On the one hand it’s depressing how hard people have to work just to keep the invasive government from making the status quo even worse; on the other hand it’s encouraging how organized and successful many of the opposing forces are becoming.
A cyberattack on governments around the world that had been running for five years was only just discovered last week and dubbed “Red October.” After the news broke, the espionage campaign quietly shut down. What? That’s it? A lot of unknown information on this story.
France’s interventions continued in Mali. Meanwhile, an al-Qaeda group from Algeria took dozens of Westerners hostage to try to get them to halt, and lots of people ended up dead. Apparently these guys have all been getting their weapons from the collapse of Libya that we helped engineer a couple years ago. Seriously? Have we learned nothing from the last four decades? Ugh.
Remember that China/Japan island dispute from Week 11? Apparently things are “escalating” again, with harsh words and military exercises and ship movements and other things that are often called “escalations.” I’m still biased to hope that economic incentives will stop anyone from doing anything stupid, but I’ve been wrong before. Wake me when somebody starts firing shots.