“No law can replace personal responsibility. And the more power you have and the more influence you have, the more responsibility you have.” Bill Clinton.
Quoted: Sarah Palin's spokesperson aide says “Our cross-hairs map had nothing to do with violence or guns.”
Twitter Tattler: The US secretly subpoenaed the complete personal records of 635,561 Twitter users thought to be co-conspirators with Julian Assange in the WikiLeaks cable releases. In addition, Twitter was to identify everyone else each of these 635,561 people follow on Twitter. It is assumed that similar no-tell subpoenas have been served on Google and Facebook, Papal for the records of those who sent money, and most likely on the internet service providers for the 635,561 and their millions of friends. Guilt by association used to require that someone be found guilty first.
Down for the Count: A number of prominent economists say that the future does not look good for the US, not this year, not in 10 years. It is also acknowledged that the United States has abandoned even the pretense of fairness at the economic level. That era of American history is over.
Mirror Image: Germany and France are trying to force Portugal to turn the country over to the IMF now, before it goes Irish. This is more to keep the contagion from spreading to Spain than any great concern for Portugal's fate. Citigroup cites fears that the chain of defaults will spread to Japan and the US.
No Rights, No Liberties: The Republicans are changing the name of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties to the Constitution Subcommittee. Part of their deficit cutting – this will save on ink.
Slippery Slope: Legal experts say that BP and Halliburton will face criminal charges over last year's oil spill now that the National Commission concluded there had been “a failure of management”.
Our Town: Plans are underway to develop a mandatory national online digital identity system that will officials claim will
let them have complete access to your life reduce fraud and identity theft and allow people complete confidence that their personal information was safe. “We are not talking about a national ID card.” It is one, but they're not talking about it.
Turning Up The Heat: New Mexico's Republican governor Martinez has killed state regulations calling for 3% annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions “because it would be burdensome for industry and harmful to the state's economy.” And after a few more decades the ever hotter, ever dryer climate will be profitable? The governor also dismissed the Environmental Improvement Board
informing them that environmental improvement was a socialist plot.
Scare Headline: Illinois to Raise Taxes 75%! From 3% to 5.25%.
Two Wrongs: The Massachusetts foreclosure ruling – that the banks' cavalier disregard for the long-established documentary requirements for recording real estate transactions invalidated their foreclosure actions – is undoubtedly the legally correct view. But morally, the plaintiffs should not get their houses back, even though in these cases they will. It is also easy to imagine that the houses in question had been bought out of foreclosure – and hard to imagine how that situation would, should, or could be resolved.
The New One, Two: The State Department has changed passport application forms to ask for the names of Parent One and Parent Two, “in recognition of different types of families.” When it's time, it's time.
Porn O'Graph: Where the boys (and girls) aren't.