Surrender is not a generally recommended negotiating position.
Short Version: 'Chained-CPI' is code for “let's really impoverish some women in their 90s.” It is a bad policy. Someone should remind Obama that he won.
Asked & Not Answered: UK Prime Minister David Cameron was asked: ”Are the British public now being asked to accept that, despite incontrovertible evidence of multiple criminal acts by bankers, including money-laundering, drug-money-laundering, Libor rigging, multiple frauds and assorted Ponzi schemes, bankers are considered to be immune from prosecution?” Hint: UBS is being fined $1.5 billion for manipulating the Libor interest rate for several years, but no one is going to jail.
Low Price Guarantee: With a $52,000 bribe, Wal-Mart was able to evade Mexican law. Their motto: "Always the low bribe, always."
Junk Yard Dogs: ”In a move that prompted a swift and angry response from China, the US has reportedly agreed to substantially increase its military presence in the Philippines”. 'Substantially' is nicely vague, and the US 'military presence' has lately been extremely low key.
Scroogeism: Just in time for Christmas, House Republicans want to put an anti-gay provision in the defense spending bill. They're not big on elves, either.
Looks, Walks, Quacks: Israel and its apologists react in fury when anyone likens the oppression of Palestinians to South Africa’s white supremacist system of apartheid toward blacks, but the comparison is growing harder and harder to dispute, because Israel's oppression of Palestinians is a supremacist system of apartheid.
Chain of Fools: You'll be hearing a lot about “chained CPI”. Here's the short form: It is a less-than-covert way of cutting Social Security. Any questions?
Vive la différence: Beginning next year, young women in France between the ages of 15 and 18 will have access to birth control free of charge, and without parental notification.
Porn O'Graph: Gentle Ben doubles
The Parting Shot: