What used to be sexual assault is now called pre-boarding. Col. Morris Davis
Reality Therapy: The eurozone's economic output fell 0.9%, even powerhouse (sic) Germany contracted 0.6%. Greece, Portugal and Spain were awful. (Greece's unemployment is at 30% & bets are again being placed on its exit from the euro later this year, Spain's inflation rate was over 2.2% in January and its retail sales fell over 10% in December y/y..) Even Japan joined in with a 0.1% drop in GDP. Another round of austerity is the oblivious solution.
Big, Bigger, Biggest: In the race to the top, too big to fail has been topped by RBS, which is "too big to prosecute." When was the last time a regulator or the Justice Department took a big bank to trial? Or found an actual person in charge of a big bank criminally responsible for his criminal behavior?
The Wages of Sin: Here's a plot spoiler: In the name of prudent stewardship and ideological purity, Republicans plan to flush six or seven state's economies “down the toilet”.
Assigned Reading: “The power of government to imprison and to murder its citizens without due process of law is the certain mark of dictatorship. ... Dictatorship is government unconstrained by law.”
Diplomacy: A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards was killed Tuesday – apparently in Syria and apparently by 'Zionists'. At least it wasn't a drone strike. Was it?
Leadership: Virginia's governor has ordered all hourly state employees' work-week cut to 29 or fewer hours to avoid providing them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The governor is a Republican, of course.
Tantrum: The non-stop Republican obstructionist bullshit over the President's choices for leadership positions is unprecedented and unprincipled and inexplicable. They resemble nothing more than a lynch mob. And these people want respect?
Porn O'Graph: Flatlined
The Parting Shot: