Some days, it sucks to read the news, because it’s a reminder that our country appears to be being run by a bunch of frat boys, out on a lark and hoping that a grown-up might come along and fix it (all the while forgiving and forgetting who was responsible for the bull$#!% in the first place)! Unfortunately, these hazy days are not ones that we will soon wake from and it will take many generations of grown-ups to fix.
1. Tazing a few sheep to tame the sheeple…
More and more it seems as though the cops have been told to use the tasers first and ask questions later, and have let them know there won’t be any repercussions, even if they kill the tasee.
2. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas, anymore…”
The Huffington Post: Court Confirms President’s Dictatorial Powers in Case of US “Enemy Combatant”
Wake up, America! On July 15, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled by 5 votes to 4 in the case of Al-Marri v. Pucciarelli (PDF) that the President can arrest US citizens and legal residents inside the United States and imprison them indefinitely, without charge or trial, based solely on his assertion that they are “enemy combatants.” Have a little think about it, and you’ll see that the Fourth Circuit judges have just endorsed dictatorial powers.
3. Getting answers for the family of LaVena Johnsona is a step towards getting answers for every family who has lost a soldier to foul-play in Iraq.
Shakesville: ColorofChange.org launches LaVena petition
The online grassroots organization ColorofChange.org, a black advocacy group founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has lent its support to the family of LaVena Johnson. The group has launched a new petition addressed to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and its chairman, Representative Henry Waxman.
4. Sometimes the universe offers up a few interesting little twists.
TechCrunch: Finalist In McDonalds/MySpace Jingle Contest Is Former McDonalds Armed Robber
Well, here’s something that’s so ridiculous it couldn’t be made up. McDonald’s teamed up with MySpace to create a new jingle for the 40th anniversary of the Big Mac. The original song (two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce…) was created back in 1974. Over 1,000 user created songs and videos were submitted – the winner’s jingle becomes the official Big Mac song and will be featured in a McDonald’s Big Mac TV commercial.
5. He was against McCain before he was for him. I guess he just really despises the idea of an Obama candidacy more than he loathes “The Maverick”.
BlondeSense: Another Flip-Flopper for McCain
I know this really isn’t news and it just makes people who were once deemed “Christian” reconsider their religious affiliation, but James Dobson of Focus on the Family who once swore he’d never vote for John McCain has changed his tune, flip-flopped, if you will. The self proclaimed “family values spokesman” now supports the candidate who dumped his first wife.
6. It’s nice to see there is still some good in the world.
NYTimes.com: With No Frills or Tuition, a College Draws Notice
Actually, what buys that education is Berea’s $1.1 billion endowment, which puts the college among the nation’s wealthiest. But unlike most well-endowed colleges, Berea has no football team, coed dorms, hot tubs or climbing walls. Instead, it has a no-frills budget, with food from the college farm, handmade furniture from the college crafts workshops, and 10-hour-a-week campus jobs for every student.
7. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…
Signs of the Times News: Blame your genes for being lazy!
Are you a couch potato who hates getting up and working out? Well, as it turns out you may just be able to blame your genes for your lazy disposition.
8. If the Religious (hardly) Right gets their way, women would have no say about the course of their own lives without first getting permission from a man.
Brilliant at Breakfast: This is what happens when women are not permitted to control their own
He doesn’t believe women have the right to prevent unwanted pregnancy, and he pals around with guys who believe women should be subservient to their husbands. Now please remind me again how their dream vision of a male-controlled America in which men make health care decisions for women differs from that in sub-Saharan Africa.
9. The Republicans are a tad upset that the Iraqis do not seem to be on board with their big plans of “indefinite” occupation.
The Carpetbagger Report: Moving the ball forward on Maliki’s support for Obama, withdrawal
For McCain, this is rather devastating. Josh Marshall explained, “Maliki has now handed Obama the trump card of all trump cards with which to parry all of McCain’s attacks.” Or, as a prominent Republican strategist who occasionally provides advice to the McCain campaign told the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, “We’re fucked.”
10. Very interesting development, that…
WSJ.com: FDIC Faces Mortgage Mess After Running Failed Bank
It turns out that the U.S. government itself was one of the lenders giving out high-interest, subprime mortgages, some of them predatory, according to government documents filed in federal court.
“Karma usually has a wing man.”
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