Friday, April 1, 2016
“The Republican Party today is a joke maintained by the media.” Bernie Sanders
Greasing The Wheels: Halliburton, Rolls-Royce, Samsung, Hyundai, Leighton Holdings and lots more have been identified as practicing capitalism by bribing their way into contracts, creating political instability, turning citizens against their governments, and fueling the rage that would erupt during the Arab Spring — and be exploited by terrorist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Companies and individuals pay at least $1 trillion in bribes to public sector officials annually. That's what public service is all about.
The Money Quote: “America’s infrastructure is so bad the self-driving cars can’t even find the lanes on the road”. Experts estimate that 65% of US roads are in poor condition, and rate the US transportation infrastructure as, at best, 12th in the world.
Knock Knock: In an attack on Sanders, Clinton insists that Americans cannot “hold out for the perfect,” then offers herself as being less than perfect. Far less.
The New Economy: One way of looking at the new, gig, Uberized economy is that it is something it is not – it is not new and it is not exciting and we certainly hope it is not the future – for nearly all of the growth in employment in the US in the last decade has been in the use of self-employed contractors and 'temps'. Day laborers, one and all; no benefits, no future, no power.
Ribbons, Booties? Mississippi, like a bunch of the other slave states, has passed a law making it explicitly legal for both private and public sectors to discriminate against LGBT people. It is not clear what will happen if they chose to refuse service to a gay who turns out not to be gay. How are the good people of Mississippi to know who they are to discriminate against, now that color alone won't do? Will the targets be required to wear different colored ribbons, or patches?
If Only: The FTC is suing VW for over $15 billion for its false advertising - when will they get around to Trump and Cruz?
Once Around: Fort Worth officer indicted in shooting of man holding barbecue fork Woman killed by Arizona officer held scissors... Arizona Capitol protester booked on felony charge for safety pin on his pants... Denver Police Seized Phone As Woman Recorded Arrests... Fort Worth police office claims he used mace on bikers because he "couldn’t safely approach" the truck he'd pulled over... ‘Please don’t shoot me,’ unarmed man begs — before being shot dead by Arizona police... Officers not charged in Minneapolis police killing of Jamar Clark... California deputy accused of bribing witnesses who saw colleagues beating unarmed man... Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year... Since 2000, at least 143 people in Minnesota have died after being shot, tased or restrained by a police officer, to date, not a single officer has been charged in any of those deaths... Maui officer arrested 5 times in 1 year; still on force... Alabama police officer arrested, accused of sexually assaulting woman while on duty...
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 6:54 AM