The words “in some circumstances” do not appear in the Constitution.
Demonstrations: Egypt's generals demonstrated their contempt for even the pretense of democracy and an open society by sending their security forces into 17 NGO offices, confiscating paperwork and computers and hauling off some of the workers – all in the name of stemming criticism of the corruption, abuse and torture routinely practiced by the military. The West has dutifully wrung its hands and said tsk, tsk.
Plain Plan: Let's all agree that the federal budget with deficits as far as the eye can see is unsustainable. Let's agree: Something Must Be Done. Start with 1) Temporarily – a couple of years - undertake massive deficit spending on infrastructure projects, putting America back to work. 2) Cut spending on the War Machine. 3) Terminate the Bush tax cuts and raise taxes on all income – including capital gains and interest and dividends. 4) Accept that for-profit medicine is non-affordable and act accordingly. And remember there is little or no correspondence between your household budget and those of the government unless you have a printing press in the basement...
Clarification: The IMF and EU say that Hungary's new banking law will compromise the central bank's independence from politics. Hungary says that's the whole point. S&P has downgraded Hungarian debt to junk levels. The government, too, has reached junk level.
If I Tell You, Then It's Not Secret: The administration continues to refuse to tell Congress about the clandestine undeclared wars it is carrying on with drones, nor the extent of the drone warfare being carried out in Pakistan and Yemen. It especially does not want to talk about using drones to assassinate Americans. Congress, after all, long since gave up its right to declare war and oversee the President's use of deadly force.
Camping In: About 40% of homeowners in serious default on their loans - that means not making their payments - have been living rent free for at least two years. Why more folks who are woefully underwater on their loans do not default-in-place is a mystery. Many feel their house is the exception, that it has held its price or will soon rebound. A very large percent think that not paying when you can afford to - even though it is throwing money away - is simply immoral. It is not. Just ask American Airlines – or the example set by the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Yes, Mother... It's simple. You are not saving enough. You need to set aside 15% of your pay. That's the minimum. A house is a place to live, it is not an investment. We're running out of greater fools. Make saving a priority. Pay yourself first. If you want to “invest” do it out of what's left after savings, after living expenses, after everything else.
End Run: A federal appeals court has ruled that private parties can do things that the government is constitutionally prevented from doing, and that the private parties may do so at the request of the government without fear of retribution from those whose rights get trampled.
Porn O'Graph: Bushwhacked