Morning Coffee Break — London Olympics, Syria, India, Milton Friedman –Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We cover some overseas topics this morning before returning to home turf.   Topics du jour — London Olympics, Syria, India, and Milton Friedman.

  • Maybe Mitt Romney had it right after all.  His comment about “disconcerting” can certainly be shared by parents of athletes and other ticket holders, while thousands of Olympic venue seats go empty.  One of the reasons I subscribe to the British online tabloids (UK Guardian, Daily Mail Online, UK Telegraph) —  you get the news and photos that the US press won’t touch.
  • From this morning’s news feed at The Guardian, more disconcerting (I’m beginning to like that word) and chilling news from Syria,  Al-Quaida turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern Syria.  The Guardian’s reporterGhaith Abdul-Ahad, interviews a former Syrian army fighter, who turned against the regime.  From the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to Al-Quaida,  Abdul-Ahad’s interview relates the ideology and methodology of the fighters of Al-Quaida, not only in Syria but wherever they operate.  Whether Romney wins in November, or Obama is re-elected, the President has to forego the political correctness, and come to grips with the harsh reality of the violent Islamic jihadist movement, with its continuing terrorism in the Middle East, its infiltration into Africa and South America, and I daresay, its border-crossing into the United States.
  • Electricity Grids fail across half of India (h/t Drudge).  While I’m sitting here in blissful A/C, I read that one-third of India’s population doesn’t have enough electric power to light a bulb in their homes.  Their centralized planning system and aging infrastructure cannot keep up with demand as their economy grows.  Lessons to be learned here, if anyone in the US is listening.
  • Happy birthday to the memory of Milton Friedman.  Today would have been the 100th birthday of one of the world’s greatest economists.  His book, Free to Choose, remains a classic, puts economics in plain, simple terms, and is a celebration not only of capitalism and free markets, but of the liberty and free spirit of the individual.  Here’s a link to the entire Free to Choose video series, followed by my favorite Phil Donahue smack down.

And yes, it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.  From klatch to “break”.  How many more revisions I’ll go through, I’m not sure!

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