Howard Stern slams Roger Waters for boycotting Israel, pointing out that Mr. Waters lives in "America, a country that was founded on white people coming in and obliterating the native population," and asking, therefore, "why don't we all just leave?" That would be a trenchant criticism if Mr. Waters had actually demanded that Israelites themselves leave Israel, which he has not. Acting like any criticism of Israel is an existential threat is the kind of thing I don't tolerate from right-wingers, so why would I tolerate it from anyone else?
Sen. Sanders announces plans to revive the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have allowed workers to form a union using a card-check process instead of a secret ballot election, but he's calling it the Workplace Democracy Act. Which is wise, since the "liberal" media covered the Employee Free Choice Act so, so badly (often, back in the day, I felt like I was literally the only person in America debunking the zombie IT KILLZ TEH SECRET BALLUTZ!!!! claim). Once I get an action alert, you'll hear about it.
Speaking of Bernie Sanders, there's Jeb Bush flogging that ZOMG 18 TRILLYUNZ IN NEW SPENDINGZ!!!!! figure. He knows that number's been thoroughly debunked, right? Of course he does, and he doesn't care. "The Olympic gold medal for most promises made in the year before an election" is an effective meme, though. I can only hope he gets bad advice from his handlers about it.
And we now hear testimony from numerous combat veterans and federal agents that it takes more to foil mass murderers than being "a good guy with a gun." I welcome any expert testimony that shatters this notion we all succumb to sooner or later -- that we can be heroes in exactly the manner of fictional movie characters and fictional first-person video game characters. It takes more to be a hero than one well-placed shot. One might start by helping to change the world from a place where frustrations constantly beset us into one where we have the economic power we used to have as late as the 1970s, which is, luckily, the work we do at this blog every day.
Paul Theroux decries "The Hypocrisy of 'Helping' the Poor" -- the hypocrisy of big corporate titans helping the poor, that is. These are the "grotesquely wealthy American chief executives" who "made their fortunes by impoverishing whole American communities, having outsourced their manufacturing to China or India, Vietnam or Mexico." And then he tells you about his three-year tour of the Deep South, where some small towns have annual tax bases literally smaller than what a CEO makes in a few calendar days, where community organizers never hear from the Clinton Foundation. This is the kind of thing that would make me wish I had a lot of money -- if I didn't already know that the process of getting a lot of money would hopelessly corrupt my soul.
Finally, we check in with So Much to Read, where Erica Avery has nine new book reviews. She's wry as ever: about a book called The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, she notes that "'unspeakable' is a tall order." And I, too, have often wondered (particularly when contemplating the Eisenhower era) if I'd find "stifling conformity and obligatory self-effacement a fair price to pay for a society with the best education system in the world and no real poverty." (And for those of you in a hurry, there's still "Six Words.")