Today is Human Rights Day.
Today in Responsible Gun Owners, a Kentucky gentleman with a concealed carry permit had a minor mishap while using the restroom. The unidentified man was answering the call of nature in a restroom at Fazoli’s restaurant in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, when he set his handgun on the toilet paper dispenser, because that’s an excellent place to put a loaded weapon. It slipped from the dispenser and went off, shooting the man in the leg.
The prevailing wind patterns in the United States are northeasterly, making New England the “tail pipe” of the country where air quality is concerned, in the words of John Walke, clean air director at the Natural Resources Defense Council. In the city of New Haven, Connecticut, for example, 93 percent of the ozone pollution is coming from other states, leading Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy to tell The New York Times that Appalachia and the Rust Belt “are getting away with murder…only it’s in our state, not theirs.” Throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic, between 70 percent and 98 percent of ozone air pollution is coming from upwind regions. Governors of the affected states say no matter what regulations they impose or clean-up technology they install in their power plants, the air quality on the East Coast remains intractably poor.
Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said the White House at least twice asked intelligence officials to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor who writes an influential blog that criticized the war.
In an interview, Mr. Carle said his supervisor at the National Intelligence Council told him in 2005 that White House officials wanted “to get” Professor Cole, and made clear that he wanted Mr. Carle to collect information about him, an effort Mr. Carle rebuffed. Months later, Mr. Carle said, he confronted a C.I.A. official after learning of another attempt to collect information about Professor Cole. Mr. Carle said he contended at the time that such actions would have been unlawful.
It is not clear whether the White House received any damaging material about Professor Cole or whether the C.I.A. or other intelligence agencies ever provided any information or spied on him. Mr. Carle said that a memorandum written by his supervisor included derogatory details about Professor Cole, but that it may have been deleted before reaching the White House. Mr. Carle also said he did not know the origins of that information or who at the White House had requested it.