I've been struggling to put this satisfactorily in re the Kavanaugh nomination, but luckily Dave Lindorff at Counterpunch does it: we do not have to shackle ourselves to a "presumption of innocence" when evaluating an appointment to our nation's highest court, any more than employers shackle themselves to a "presumption of innocence" when considering job applications. I mean, gosh, if we were filling 827 Supreme Court slots, I suppose we might evaluate candidates a little more loosely, but we're hiring for one slot, and even our President could easily find someone else who's qualified, preferably someone who hasn't treated the world as his plaything, as Mr. Kavanaugh has.
Study finds that millennials are actually driving down the divorce rate in America. How? They marry later in life than their boomer parents and grandparents, they wait until they're financially ready -- and, well, a good number of them don't get married to begin with. The first two items are good news -- even though I suspect "not marrying until you're financially ready" wasn't as much a preoccupation with boomers, since they were more likely to be "financially ready" once they entered the workforce -- but the third item suggests we're about to make marriage a privilege of the well-educated and well-paid. A solution presents itself: give everyone opportunities to be well-educated and well-paid.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker generally runs good campaign ads, so I'm totally gobsmacked that his campaign decided to make, and run, this one. You need to see it to believe it, and even then you won't believe it. You can make strange campaign ads -- in Wisconsin alone, Russ Feingold and Ron Johnson are famous for it -- but the strangeness kinda has to make sense after a while, and also (and this is important!) the strangeness can't be unpleasant and off-putting. You can't cut just any ad and say "there is no such thing as bad publicity," not merely because there is such a thing as bad publicity, but also because you don't have infinite money and infinite time to run ads.
Ho hum, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) throws a tantrum near the end of Thursday's hearing on the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling the hearing "the most unethical sham since I've been in politics." Hearing him complain that Democrats want to "hold this seat open and hope (they) win in 2020" is especially rich, considering he had absolutely nothing bad to say about Republicans a) refusing to consider Merrick Garland in 2016 and b) threatening to hold that seat open until 2020 themselves!
Finally, good citizens in small-town Iowa are using a novel strategy to keep from getting swamped in ever-higher levels of factory farm hog manure: they're agreeing to a legal covenant whereby they all agree not to allow factory farms or factory farm waste on their land, a covenant 40 families have joined, and more may join in time. Actual conservatives would no doubt applaud such a move -- one that doesn't institute new regulations and depends on citizens more than the state to police each other -- but too many of today's "conservatives" argue that whatever delivers the most money to CEOs is what's best for America. And anyway Iowa does need better regulations of factory farms, since factory farms tend to pollute folks' drinking water.