Take note, good folks: on Sunday, a Republican Congressman referred to Republican threats to shut down our government over the debt limit or health care reform as "terror politics." We'll try not to make too much of this, as Mr. King still supports cutting spending just-because, remains a foreign policy knucklehead, voted for Paul Ryan's Medicare "reform," etc. Still, what will the rageheads do with this? Primary Mr. King out and help a Democrat win his seat?
Bank wrongly forecloses upon Ohio woman's house (meaning to foreclose upon a house across the street and two doors down), takes almost $20,000 in her possessions, then won't reimburse her for the damage it caused her. What, banks are incapable of looking at house numbers? They'll have to do better than that if they want the rights of personhood. Now would be a good time to remind you to move your money to a credit union. You can't keep your mortgage out of a big bank's hands (though, by rights, you should be able to do that!), but you can keep your everyday business away from them.
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down Bush Mobb-era ozone standards, saying they violate the Clean Air Act. Turns out not doing your job as the law mandates is kinda against the law after all. You recall, however, that then-EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson wanted to change the ozone standards, but President Obama overruled her, ordering the Bush-era standard to remain in place until an EPA review concluded this year. That EPA review is overdue, by the way. Sigh.
New TV show, Burka Avenger, will debut in Pakistan next month; the titular protagonist is a schoolteacher who dons a burqa so she can fight thugs trying to shut down her school. Teachers who are also superheroes -- I guess the Koch brothers won't like that.
John Light at billmoyers.com reminds us that more folks make less than the minimum wage than make the actual minimum wage. Most of those are tipped employees, but a growing number are home health care workers, and Mr. Obama can do something about that, without permission from President John Boehner. We've told him to do it many times, in fact. (Click through and you'll find out how the tipped employee gap is at least partly Herman Cain's fault.)
Finally, the investment bank UBS informs us that less than 30 percent of millionaires think they're rich. Well, that explains a lot.