Explanations, like fashion, change inexplicably, and rapidly.
Coals to Newcastle: In northern Syria security forces opened fire on a funeral for a leading opposition leader, killing two. In Damascus they fired on a funeral possession for three protesters they had killed earlier.
Enough Is Too Much: Wannabe Mitt Romney is promising to increase defense spending. Don't point out that we spend too much already, or ask how much Social Security he would cut to do this.
Slow Learner: Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh says (again, he reneged the last time) he will step down soon. " I reject power and I will continue to reject it, and I will be leaving power in the coming days. He has been in power since 1978 but recently discovered he didn't like it.
Promises, Promises: Why can a politician happily renege on a promise – no new taxes, bring the troops home, single payer healthcare – with little or no hazard, but if you renege on a promise to a bank, they come take your house away?
Hypocrites Oath: The CDC reports that doctors' improper/over-prescription of painkillers and stimulants kill far more people than illegal drug dealers do, and even more than die in car accidents.
Word to the Wise: Drivers on the US East Coast - where most gasoline comes from European refineries - should note that cargoes of gasoline destined to the US have dropped 35% as refineries in both Europe and the US cut back while they switch over to winter blends.
Thumb on the Scale: The environmental impact study for the Keystone XL pipeline is being done by a company that has a financial stake in the pipeline getting built.
Crop Circles: Suburban municipalities, filled with folks escaping from taxes closer in, soon find they need to expand their infrastructure to get new taxpayers to help pay off the loans that went to expand the infrastructure for the previous wave of settlers. And round and round it goes, and the maintenance costs increase every year and no one dares raise taxes and eventually it will all fall apart. God bless the near-sighted.
Criminal Offenses: Patarick Howley, an assistant editor for the right-wing American Spectator, admits that he committed trespass, simple assault, and inciting a riot - all to bring discredit on the people who wanted to protest the use of drones to assassinate Americans, who resolutely refused to be confrontational. Thanks to Howley a large number of peaceful protesters were maced - including tourists who happened to be in the area. Don't hold your breath waiting for Howley's arrest.
It's The Thought That Counts: Jeff Immelt, GE's CEO, wants corporate taxes to be cut, even thugh GE hasn't paid a cent in taxes for some time.
Amen: "Europe is demonstrating that a sovereign nation without a true central bank is just an uninsured bank, liable to be tipped over by the markets." James Saft.