1. This post is brought to you by the letters k, w and y. I’m a language freak so when I heard the story about how Portugal’s government approved legislation to add three letters to its alphabet, I knew I had to write about it. Here’s an interesting take on the change from an Englishman who has lived in Portugal for a long time. I dated a guy from Montevideo, Uruguay when I lived in Israel and his roommates were from Brazil so between all of us, we spoke Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese. I think Portuguese, spoken the way the Brazilians speak it, is a gorgeous language. But I’m not really sure what adding three letters is going to do for the Portuguese. It’s an interesting historical development though.
2. A Beachwood resident’s synagogue, family and friends have organized an event to help support him during an illness. Please check to see if you know this gentleman and/or would care to look into it and consider making a donation. (Disclaimer: I do not know the gentleman involved but am noting this event out of respect for another bloggy friend who asked. Best of luck to this gentleman and his family.)
3. I don’t know Joe Hallett really well, but in the few exchanges we have had, I just know that he did not have to note that Mary Taylor is attractive in a column that otherwise does a nice narration about her, but easily could have gone deeper into the issues about the Ohio Republican Party and its subdued enthusiasm over Taylor. Given the waning of GOP women in the state senate, and the seven deadly sins-chasing of Deputy party chair Kevin DeWine, I find that treatment to be very, very curious. But it sure doesn’t have a thing to do with her attractiveness. Hattip to Bring Ohio Home.
4. Speaking of Bring Ohio Home, Paul offers his take on an NYT column I sent around today. Thanks for thinking about it.
5. I really hope people are reading Bad American. Because what he writes is really worth reading.
6. This is sick. What the hell is it anyway? Sheesh.
7. At the symposium yesterday, one of the speakers, I forget which one, spoke about how the press corps recently saw Barack Obama wear jeans for the very first time. Here’s the YouTube of it. I think it’s kind of cute, even if it is silly. You can hear the cameras clicking to catch the rare moment. Since I haven’t been following him closely, I’m not really sure what all is behind the no jeans thing. Feel free to enlighten.