There is no easy way out.
Can't Win: Homeland Security, The Weather Channel, Mayor Bloomberg, and governors from North Carolina to Massachusetts all are accused of over-reacting to the Hurricane Irene threat. Good for them. Now let's hope they note the infrastructure weaknesses the storm pointed out and over-react to them, too.
Day War: August 2011 has seen more Americans killed in Afghanistan than any in the previous ten years. Does anybody remember why we are there? Does anybody think it is worth the lives, the money?
The General Idea: “We have in our power the ability to amend the Constitution of the United States to vastly limit the power of money to manipulate and control the electoral process. Let's do it. Those in our society who unfairly use the power of money to oppress us do not have to prevail” Yes, indeed, let's do it. And soon.
Health vs Profits: The administration says that seven new regulations will cost the economy more than $1 billion a year, but will improve American health, reduce our energy dependence and slow the production of greenhouse gases. The Republicans say that the cost us way overstated because they intend to prevent them from ever being enforced. It is a mater of profits vs. people, and to the GOP profits come first.
Made In the USA: “By debasing the U.S. and its commitment to the rule of law, encouraging unjustified foreign wars, and attempting to re-legitimate torture in a way not seen since the Middle Ages, Dick Cheney has likely done more damage than any other Bush administration official – or anyone else in US history — to our nation’s security and future prospects." - Chip Pitts of Amnesty USA
Grapevine: Did the government funnel every but if America’s electronic communications through NSA's computers? Yes. Do they still? Yes. Did they have a warrant? No. Do they need one? Ah. Yes, under the Fourth Amendment. But, no, under the national security state, where we have to lose our freedoms in order to preserve them.
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The GOP - witness Perry, Bachmann and Romney - is becoming the “anti-science party”, where embracing willful ignorance is required. Some day soon we may wake up and find that our leaders believe in science by opinion poll – or prophetic scribbling.
What Took Them So Long? Republicans want to change the UN budget process so that countries (or Republicans, in the case of the US) can pick which parts of the UN budget they want their money spent on. No more US money would find its way to Palestinians, peace-keeping, etc. This is another in a continuing series of useless noise made by adolescent House Republicans made with the full knowledge that it will never pass the Senate.
Lesson Learned, Briefly: Lenders are making more subprime auto loans again – over 40% of car loans go to people who cannot afford the new car they are 'buying'. No problem, the lenders know that when the loans g0 sour en mass, the taxpayer will once again bail out the lenders and the car companies. They hope.
States (Far) Rights: Republican governors want to 'reform' Medicaid, by 1) giving the money to the states and 2) let them
decide who lives and who dies design their own programs, 3) with no federal oversight 4) of the managed-care programs run by their largest contributors for 5) a few – very few – qualifying voters.
Porn O'Graph: Hey, big spender!