Numbers of the Day: The EPA wants power plants to reduce their CO2 emissions by 30% over the next 15 years. This is far too little to do any good, even if China, India, Europe and Russia do the same. What it will achieve is a lot of braying by the asses on the right, complaining that the American economy and their contributors' profits are far more important than... Florida, etc.
Quickly: Without any great research, I've got two questions about the Bergdahl affair: If he simply put down his gun and abandoned his post in a war zone, isn't he a deserter? If the five Talibansters being released after X years at Guantanamo were and are so essential to the Taliban - including two senior militant commanders - how come it didn't collapse after their capture, instead of putting up enough of a fight to get theUS to declare victory and withdraw?
Asked & Answered: Was YouTube right to take down Elliot Rodger’s video? Yes. And all of the news media should share responsibility for the next copy-cat seeking equal time.
Freedom of the Press? Where'd you get such a weird idea? The Supreme Court, in declining to hear an appeal by NYT reporter James Risen of a lower court decision forcing him to identify the source of a story he wrote, has effectively said that the press can no longer protect its sources from the long reach of a vengeful government.
New And Not Different: There are about 2 million homeowners with modified mortgages now facing interest rate resets. Forty percent of these mortgages are now underwater, and higher payments will not encourage folks to keep pouring money down the drain. Another 18% have less than 9% equity in their houses, which makes them also more likely to default.
God's Lawyers: A Catholic diocese in NJ says that they are not liable for the sex crimes its priests commit, because
Vultures: Detroit's creditors are trying to blackmail the city into selling off the entire holdings of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Whether they are after the money or using this as a way of getting their hands on the art is a good question. Quite how the city's cash problems give it the right to sell off the Art Institutes holdings is also somewhat a mystery.
The Sound Of No Hands Clapping: The mainstream media did a masterful job of either not reporting the annualized 1% decline in GDP in 1Q2014, or pretending that the negative number will act as a springboard for a significant increase in GDP in the next quarter. Besides, either “it's not a big deal” or it was all caused by winter coming in January and February this year.
Protecting And Serving: Police in the US have killed about 500 innocent, unarmed citizens - many of them homeless and most of them non-white – every year since 9/11. That's more than the number of US soldiers killed in the Iraq war.
Porn O'Graph: How can this end well?
The Parting Shot: