The Pakistani Taliban ruling council has chosen this man ^, Mullah Fazlullah, as their new leader. This came after their previous leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in an American drone strike, as was the guy before him, and the guy before him, too. Minutes of the ruling council meeting were obtained by the BBC and show that Mr. Fazlullah was the only member missing from their monthly business meeting and goat roast luncheon.
After he was tracked down and given the news of his election, he was reported to have said, "THANKS A LOT MOTHER F__KERS!" *Oh yeah....Allahu Akbar*
And it may not be such a good time to be a Tea Party member, either. Today's headline read, "GOP Weighs Limiting Clout of Right Wing". It goes on to say, "Leaders of the Republican establishment are pushing their party to rethink how it chooses nominees and advocating changes they say would result in less extreme contenders."
They want open primaries instead of state caucuses or conventions, which they say can be more easily hijacked by extremists. Seems they realize the Tea Party is a long term losing cause for them.
And finally, the Big get bigger: Amazon is reaching out to small independent bookstores with a joint marketing scheme. Amazon wants them to sell it's Kindle eReaders, and in return the stores can then also get a cut of whatever Amazon makes selling books to these new Kindle owners (for 2 years). Seems Amazon isn't selling as many new Kindles as they would like since both Target and Walmart stopped carrying them. Win-win?
I have mixed emotions about this one. I'm a big fan of Amazon, and buy lots of stuff from them, including both books and ebooks. They're cheaper, and they come right to my door with free shipping (preferred customer thing). But I still go to the local bookstore and look around there, too. I would hate to see them all go out of business.
Is this Amazon offer a way to keep the small locals alive, or just a way to put a few more nails in their coffin?
Who knows. All I know is I have a load of groceries waiting to be bought. Gotta go. :)