For a brief while, 'democracy' included letting even the poor vote...
And Another Thing... Now Romney says he isn't going to release his tax returns on religious grounds, because it would make public his donations to the Church of the Latter Day Saints. “It’s a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church." So has he been giving them more than the standard 10%? Nah, I didn't think so either.
Numb-ers: Initial unemployment claims were up (4,000) for a second week of smallish increases. Existing home sales rose in July, for the fifth straight month, according to the NAR, and the median home price increased 9.4% y/y to $187,300.
Back At It: Thousands of students marched in Montreal – just as they have on the 22nd of each of the last six months – protesting the Liberal government of Premier Charest. There are two weeks left before Quebec's parliamentary elections.
Free And Independent: As many as 1 out of 3 US workers are “freelancers, temporary workers, on contract, or on call...” Which means low pay, no benefits, no security and no future. But given current trends, they are the future.
Bon Mot: Is Obama responsible for Isaac's heading towards Florida come Monday because he runs the National Hurricane Center? Do you think the Republican base will buy it? Don't Rush your answer...
Check's In The Mail: Opening the mid-Atlantic coast and the national parks to oil drilling and letting the states manage energy production on federal land will create 3 million jobs and make the US, Canada and Mexico energy independent within the next 8 years. According to The Mitten, "This is not some pie in the sky kind of thing." Nope, it's two or three pies in the sky.
Freedom Of The Press: Reporters may interview The Mitten, as long as no questions are asked about abortion, Todd Akin, or his tax returns. “The press, Watson, is a most valuable institution, if you only know how to use it.” Sherlock Holmes.
In The Hinterlands: In Alaska, candidate Mark Ewing wants the state to stop “spending millions and millions of dollars educating children that have a hard time making their wheelchair move...” Fella running for Senate in Washington state told a blogger via email to “go fuck yourself”. And a man that wants to be the sheriff in Hillsborough County , NH assures voters that if elected he will use deadly force “stop doctors from performing abortions.”
Porn O'Graph: Something's happening here...
The Parting Shot: