'Reform' and 'reduce' didn't used to be synonyms.
Slow, Very Slow, And Not Too Steady: New unemployment claims dropped to 324,000 last week, after five years of studied indifference by the Fed, Congress and the White House.
Alternatively: Approximately 4,700 people, some of them actual terrorists, have been killed by US drone strikes – which are “an alternative to Guantanamo.” Which tells you how bad conditions at Guantanamo are.
Experimental Results: Kiera Wilmot, a 16 year old high school student, wondered what would happen if she mixed some household chemicals in a water bottle. What happened was that the cap popped off, then she got expelled from school, arrested and jailed. Terrorism charges are pending.
Operations in Iraqi Fiefdom: In April, 712 Iraqis were killed in political violence. Democracy, as Rumsfeld pointed out, is messy. Very messy.
Sweet Caroline: ALEC's Republican sock puppets in North Carolina have passed (sic) a bill repealing renewable energy subsidies by the simple process of not counting the votes. Next door in South Carolina, Republicans forced through a bill to “nullify” Obamacare. They empowered their AG to stop “any person who is believed to be causing harm with the implementation of the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” They also banned the non-profit health care exchanges contained in the Act. Lots of luck, folks.
Cup & Lip: Obama set a goal of cutting US CO2 emissions by 17% by 2020 and by 83% by 2050. I certainly hope the Great Recession doesn't last that long. As for getting anywhere near these goals – nothing's been done so far to make it happen and Congress isn’t likely to enact major climate-change legislation until it is far too late.
Performance Pay: Medicare is changing the way it pays hospitals: those that do a good job by not killing or injuring their patients and actually fixing what's wrong will get a bit more, those that insist on killing or injuring patients will get a bit less. Socialism.
Quoted: "If any other country were treating prisoners the way we are treating those in Guantanamo we would roundly and rightly criticize that country. We can never retake the legal and moral high ground when we claim the right to do unto others that which we would vehemently condemn if done to one of us." Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor for terrorism trials at Guantanamo.
Without A Prayer: Researchers claim that “belief in the biblical end-times was a motivating factor behind resistance to curbing climate change.”
Porn O'Graph: The Two Percent solution, interested?
The Parting Shot: