Happy Aniverserary: Four Presidents and 25 years ago, in August 1990, the US responded to Saddam's invasion of Kuwait by beginning a military confrontation that continues to this day, leading to combat and air strikes in not only Iraq, but six other Muslim countries. So far.
Cold Water: Planned Parenthood does not sell unborn baby parts. It does donate fetal tissue to researchers, which is specifically authorized under US law. The entrapment attempted by anti-abortion fanatics (and the doctored videos they made) have provided Republicans who want to roll back women's rights a pretext to abolish federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which currently receives about $500 million a year to provide family planning information, cancer screening and other health services to millions of American women. They are expected to use this as a cudgel to try to shut down the government again this fall – because it worked so well the last time. But that would marginally be better than launching another Civil War, as is being suggested on Fox.
Reunification: It ain't over even when its been over for 150 years.
Fighting A Lost War: Britain and France have called on for the EU to curb the continent's flow of illegal migration which has become about 250,000 desperate people a year fleeing the Middle Eastern and North African wars and climate change devastating Africa. The greatest mass migration since WWII is underway, and fences will not hold them back.
Question: Can you make a sentence that includes the words IMF, QE, recovery and competence?
Civics Lesson: A teacher in Forest Park, IN interrogated a second grade student about his religious beliefs and his mother's church attendance. Discovering the family did not believe in God, she kept the student from sitting with all the little Christians at lunch.
Warming Up: Obama has finally decided that there is no greater threat to America's future than
Beggar Thy Neighbors: The still-secret TPP's major flaws are (1) it's still secret, (2) it is being negotiated by and for multinational corporations at the expense of the general welfare and well-being of the people, (4) it is intended to further evolve and expand its reach after passege with no further public input, notice nor consideration, and (4) it deliberately excludes China, India and Indonesia, the three largest nations in the region.
Talking Point: There are – exactly? - 7,443,580 seriously underwater homes in the US. Discussion of this in connection with our stagnant wage growth is not encouraged.
Porn O'Graph: Inflation be damned, full speed ahead.