Slant Right's John Houk correctly wonders if Syria might become a proxy war between the US and Russia. It won't, at least for a while, because there is no solid group for the US to back. The opposition is too diffuse, like nailing a cloud to a wall. John goes on to mindlessly ascribe Russian policy to a continuation of Communist expansionism. Next week, perhaps John will explain how the Italian economic crisis is another plot by Julius Caesar.
Vixen Strangely at Rumproast has a recording of a right wing reporter heckling the President during an announcement of interim immigration action. Remember when such actions were evidence of unruly lack of simple patriotism?
- On the ho-hum dog-bites-man-what-else-is-new side of journalism, Tommy Christopher of Mediaite fame reports another blatant Mitt Romney untruth. But Tommy also comes up with a pretty good encapsulation of how public employees help the economy:
Cops, firemen, and teachers don’t shop in public-sector Gov-Marts, they don’t protect and educate the citizens of Public-O-Stan, and they don’t get paid in ObamaBucks. Their 700,000-strong absence from the workforce has terrible ripples in the private economy, and on private life.
Jerry Critter at Critter's Crap breaks out the data and examines the last government jobs program. John Myste may want to cover his eyes. Jerry actually uses graphs to visually display ... you know ... data points.
Jack Jodell, friend of the working blogger, has a cautionary piece at THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON POST about the voter suppression efforts of Florida Governor Rick Scott. The Governor has gone past photo ID laws to actually knocking voters off the rolls if they have similar name spellings of illegal immigrants or dead people. A large number of legitimate, very much live, voters have been documented to be on the Scott list. But knocking actual voters off is a small price to pay to prevent any potential illegitimate voters from casting ballots, even though the number of such attempts so far has been zero. On the other hand, most of the actual voters to be taken off the rolls by anticipated accident would have voted for people the good Governor doesn't much like. So a bug becomes a feature.
Ned Williams at Wisdom Is Vindicated contrasts J.P. Morgan's mismanagement of funds with California's deficits. He concludes we are jumping toward becoming Greece. He is right in the same way that if we jump we are closer to walking on the sun. An apple is a pear is an orange and Ned's message is a pome to missed comparisons.
Michael John Scott, first among equals at Mad Mike's America, pays attention to Michigan Republicans. Seems they first legislated restrictive abortion laws, then silenced women who had been elected to the legislature because those women mentioned by name the lady parts that Republicans had just regulated. "Vagina" is such an ugly word.
Why do we have to do this, Sir? ruminates on Jeremiah, a prophet who didn't write on a subway wall, but came pretty close for his day. Our erstwhile spiritual leader speculates about modern guidance given by the Lord. My own thoughts can be found here.
If you didn't spend several hours a couple of weeks back staring at the transit of Venus, you are doubly lucky. Infidel 753 has the NASA version, sped up and repeated with several spectral versions. And you didn't go blind from looking at the sun. Spectacular video.
James Wigderson sometimes irritates me. I don't mind his conservatism. In fact, I like his presentation of ideas with which I disagree. But this week, as he goes on vacation, he essentially writes about close to nothing. An entire piece on the fact that he and his wife have planned a trip. That's it. And he makes it entertaining, fun to read!! It isn't fair.
- SJ at RANDOM THOUGHTS may be retiring. His touching last (maybe) entry is about his grief at the death of a wonderful friend. SJ makes us sad for his loss, and perhaps a little envious because we never knew Ezra.
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