WA-01 Republican Congressional candidate John Koster claims "there's no Federal Defense of Marriage Act that I know of" during a debate -- and then "corrects" his mistake by saying that since Mr. Obama stopped defending DOMA in court, gay marriage has been left to the states. Uh, no: refusing to defend a law in court doesn't actually mean the Executive branch gets to ignore the law, unless and until the court actually overturns the law. So why is the headline "John Koster owns up to gaffe on federal gay-marriage law"? Long story short, the author asked the candidates during the debate to describe a mistake they'd made and what they'd learned from it, and Mr. Koster answered him after the debate. Strange that he'd credit Mr. Koster for that, given the timing -- and given Mr. Koster's continued ignorance about how our government works.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports on a massive, and apparently controversial, solar energy project on the California/Nevada border. It could kill birds! Flip airplanes! Attract heat-seeking missiles! But n.b. that the project doesn't use photovoltaic cells -- it uses mirrors and a water tower to generate steam, in what seems (to me, at least) a rather Rube Goldbergian scheme. So when the Times asserts that "(t)here is already documentation linking solar power to bird deaths," you could be forgiven for thinking that putting a few solar panels on your roof might make you a menace to the bird population, though the Mojave desert project doesn't use those panels. It's almost like that's the idea! Also, too, the article doesn't source any of said "documentation," despite running on for almost 40 paragraphs. Also, too, the passive voice sucks.