You may have heard about that building collapse in Philadelphia late last week, the one that killed six folks shopping at the Salvation Army thrift shop next door; you may also have heard that the crane operator might have been quite, quite high while demolishing the building. You may not have heard, however, that OSHA inspected the site last month, but didn't shut it down, despite numerous local complaints. Well, that will surely comfort the families of the dead.
Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) said Mr. Snowden's leaks to the press in re Mr. Obama's collection of Verizon phone data was "an act of treason." Setting aside my visceral disgust with anyone who demonstrates difficulty understanding Article III, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, Ms. Feinstein insists these are legal activities, and therefore, presumably, known to any self-respecting terrorist, so it's hard to say Mr. Snowden's loose lips have even sunk any ships.
Some "liberal" media punditoids take a different tack in re bashing Mr. Snowden: narcissism. Don't any of you little people dare try to change the world, they seem to say, because that would be narcissistic of you -- never mind that most objective observers would say that if anyone suffers from the ravages of too much self-love, it's Our Glorious Elites. Postscript: you may not be prepared for David Brooks's ramblings on the subject. They're profoundly awful.
The Washington Post's Neil Irwin seems sanguine about the rate at which the economy's adding jobs. And though he wishes the economy would add more higher-paying jobs, if more people were working, he tells us, wages might be even lower, and anyway it's better than the alternative, which is Spain. Actually, another alternative might be Australia, where the minimum wage is $15/hr and the unemployment rate's a little over five percent, but strangely this doesn't rate a mention.
Northeastern Colorado county mulls seceeding from the state, complaining that Democrats in the state legislature have gone just absolutely wild. What a bunch of whiners these wannabe secessionists are! If they were leaving the country I'd just say let them go, but if they go the way of West Virginia they'll put two more Republicans in the Senate, so perhaps we should also encourage the secession of Atlanta and its suburbs from Georgia.