Uh oh: Bradley Manning's military judge will allow the prosecution to try to convict Mr. Manning of "aiding the enemy." It's not outlandish to fear that, in time, any government will attempt to convict anyone of exercising free speech rights because of the "aid" it might provide to some "enemy." Against whom, exactly, did Congress declare war?
You've heard about the "advice" Visa and McDonald's gave to McDonald's workers about how to budget? The "advice" that blithely assumed that those workers would get a second job and not pay for healthcare or heat? Well, some people tried that, and came up with a "daily spending money goal" in the negative numbers. As we all know, only the big banks can spend negative amounts of money.
FEMA uses outdated data to encourage (or, oftentimes, require) homeowners to buy flood insurance -- which costs homeowners a lot of time and money to contest. I presume many of them don't contest it because buying flood insurance is easier, which would indicate the kind of corruption we have governments to fix, not perpetuate. Perhaps not coincidentally, FEMA's floodmap funding has been cut in half since 2010.
Citizens for Tax Justice tells us that right-wingers are wrong to want to cut the IRS budget (further). Going after the IRS always seems popular -- until you remind people that cutting the IRS means less money for finding tax cheats, who are, themselves, not as popular as the used to be.
The New York Times reports on the "bipartisan" backlash against domestic surveillance. While I recognize that many of my friends on the right oppose the scope of domestic surveillance as I do, and that many of them also opposed Mr. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program, I don't remember the "liberal" media reporting the backlash against Mr. Bush's program as "bipartisan," despite then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter being, at several points, the Senate's main representative of the backlash.