Saturday, October 23, 2004

Socks in the news

No, not the Boston Red Sox, but rather socks. Like, what you wear on your feet. Think I'm kidding? Read this.

Signaling that it plans to get tough with China, the Bush administration said Friday that it would curb imports of socks from that Asian nation because they posed a "significant" threat to the U.S. sock industry.

James Jochum, assistant secretary of commerce, said a 4,200% surge in imports from China of wool, synthetic-fiber and cotton socks over the last three years threatened U.S. makers, contributing to a 15% decrease in their production and employment. Over that time, the average wholesale price of Chinese-made socks dropped by more than half to $5.11 from $11.54, he said.

"This administration, when it is presented with a strong factual case, will not hesitate to enforce our trade laws," Jochum said.

Do not mess with the U.S. sock industry!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Thursday, October 14, 2004

...and we all breathed freely again.

My sister got a new job (did I mention she left the last one a month ago?) and I am now much relieved.

Back to normal life.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Superman Dead?

Drudge Report breaks news that Christopher Reeve has died suddenly today. If the report is true, the family will make a statement on Monday. I certainly hope it is not true, but I am sure that if it is, Reeve walks in heaven, once more.

Everyone will mention Superman and Somewhere in Time as his most well known performances. I personally loved him in The Remains of the Day. Not a huge role for him, but he is wonderful in the film (which is rather timely, now that I think about it) playing a Senator who goes to England and tries to convince British aristocracy that they should not follow the appeasement of Neville Chamberlain, but rather stay vigilant of Hitler and beware his motives.

I will continue to hope against hope that this report is untrue, though I note sadly that it is unlikely Drudge would break the news if it wasn't...

Saturday, October 09, 2004

My home town makes the L.A. Times

Wow. My hometown of Morton, Illinois is written up in the Los Angeles Times. I'm too stunned to comment. Here's the link.