We assume that our goals are attainable, that the map leads somewhere.
Brouhaha: The referees were correct in penalizing the Muslim KC Chief player for praying in the endzone. That's a good rule and should be extended to cover all such “thank you god for preferring our team” crap, which the Christians seem to think doesn't offend the rest of us.
Take A Memo: Exxon's Russian partner claims that just before the sanctions were imposed the joint venture's exploratory well in the Arctic discovered “a vast amount of oil” - around a billion barrels – and that the neighboring formations may contain more oil that the US areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Then again, they may not.
Voting Right: The Supremes have ruled that, at least in Ohio, early voting only has to be available between 9 and 5, Monday through Friday. Because numerous studies have shown that allowing early voting on evenings and weekends encourages working people, the poor, the elderly and other Democrats to vote. Can't have that.
Flash Mob: Having served as the ultimate rationale for bombing Syria, an alleged group of exceptionally dangerous nut jobs called (by the White House if no one else) the Khorasan Group disappeared as quickly as it appeared. Since then no media group has been able to verify that such a group exists, or ever existed. Really effective airstrike, no?
Look! Over There! In a classic case of misdirection, a British MP is blaming a reporter for 'making' the MP send an explicit photo of himself to someone he thought was a young lady but he was another man... hum along now.
Fairly Unbalanced: Fox radio thingy Lauara Ingraham says that the man who jumped the fence and made it into the White House is an example of how much appointing a woman to head the Secret Service has hurt its performance. Even more frightening, the folks at Fox & Friends have assured the public that Obama's efforts at gun control (sic) will result in widespread beheadings.
Noted: Iceland is going to hold a conference on gender equality – for men only.
Rocking The Cradle: UK Conservatives are advocating a law that would require “extremists" to get their postings on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police. The legislation would bar “extremists” from speaking at public events, especially celebrations of the Magna Carta and such because they are a threat to "the functioning of democracy".
Bottom Line: It is finally beginning to dawn on those rich, sophisticated investors that the only thing hedge funds excel at is taking their money. They have vastly under-performed the S&P 500 over the past 1, 3, and 5 years. But boy was it impressive at the cocktail parites out in the Hamptons to be able to talk about 'your hedge fund.'
Silly Season: You cannot
The Spoiled Of War: Since the US bombing campaign against ISIS began, the stock of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and General Dynamics have each reached all-time highs.
Deadcibles: The man who whipped out his gun and killed a black teen for playing rap music says he's not sorry and that he “meant to pull [the trigger] 50 times if that's what it took to save my life.” Now I don't much care for rap music either, but, hey, it's not life threatening.