FROM THE SEATTLE TIMES (August 6, 2013, page A4): “Taliban secretly talking to Kabul government.” That’s present tense “talking,” meaning it’s supposedly happening now! Is this, like, an example of some form of Associated Press, in-house irony? I mean, if it’s in every newspaper in the world that has an AP line, then it ain’t all that “secret,” is it? READ MORE
BLEEDING HEART LIBERAL PETITION TIME: I just signed another petition—a gay teacher getting fired from a Catholic school for marrying his partner—and added a personal statement to the body of the general petition. I said, “Everybodys rights are everybodys business!” (Yeah yeah yeah the apostrophes are missing but it’s more effective on the ‘Net this way …)
So, did I just coin a new slogan for the ‘new left’ of the new century? READ MORE
ANOTHER AMAZING HEADLINE from The Seattle Times (August 6, 2013, page B4): “Pot consultant advises, warns City Council.” And what do we find? Cognitive dissonance?
“Mark Kleiman, a UCLA professor and head of BOTEC Analysis, told council members on Monday that INCREASED law enforcement against illegal dealers could be helpful to the state’s new legal recreational marijuana system—even if that enforcement leads to short-term racial disparities in prosecuting cases.” READ MORE
SO IT’S NOT BIG CITIES and big city folk; it’s NOT the explosion of post-WWII births, many unplanned if not actually unwanted (that is, the ‘baby boom’); it’s NOT crack cocaine; it’s NOT the penchant for blacks to just go on out there and be a hood in the hood; and it’s definitely NOT Satanic messages backmasked into heavy metal recordings, violent video games, down-and-dirty porn, or reading comic books as a child. READ MORE
YEAH YEAH YEAH! We all know the rant about how the corporations would just pass the cost of the increased wages onto their customers (That’s you and me, son. That’s an us!) and we would all be … well, you know! So, let’s use the world’s largest non-government employer as an example, here’s the downside:
If every Walmart in the US paid every employee a minimum wage of $12 an hour and in turn passed that cost onto their customers, it would increase the total cost of an average buying spree at Walmart by—are you sitting down?—all READ MORE
WHAT THE HEY?!? “Millions in subsidies go to dead farmers” goes the header in The Seattle Times on July 31, 2013. Well, like who needs a good old-fashioned federal government, taxpayer-funded subsidy more than a dead farmer? After all, he’s bloody dead! Who’s gonna run the farm if he’s not there?
Actually, these dead farmers could still be running their farms—if they are zombies. READ MORE
SECTION 4 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 subjected the voting laws in jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to Justice Department scrutiny. This act was a positive part of the Johnson legacy that is too often forgotten because of Viet Nam. Almost immediately following this decision, several states—mostly Southern, mostly already noted for racism—moved to begin altering existing laws so that they would make voting more difficult for people who don’t vote a certain way. READ MORE
OUR LOVELY SENATORS IN DC voted 81-18 to approve interest rates for loans to American students who want to further their education—and perhaps, just maybe compete for a decent job in the ever-expanding ‘global economy. “Senate OKs student-loan interest-rate formula / Rates to drop on coming school year but may go up later.” The new rates are 3.9% for undergraduates, 5.4% for graduate students, and 6.4% for those receiving plus loans. READ MORE
FOUR DAYS AGO, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration, an arm of the federal government—and therefore, an arm of the President of the United States—raided four medical marijuana dispensaries in the Puget Sound area. There are now nineteen states that have legalized medical marijuana, including the three states that make up the west coast on the US. READ MORE