Court martial judge finds PFC Bradley Manning guilty of 20 charges relating to his release of information about America's "war on terror" to WikiLeaks -- but not the "aiding the enemy" charge. That last item promotes the common good, I suppose, but when is anyone from Tha Bush Mobb going to jail?
Mr. Obama again offers to cut the corporate tax rate as part of an imagined "Grand Bargain" on jobs. I think all this bargaining misses the whole point of governing -- if Mr. Obama's supposed to negotiate with anyone, it's the American people, who have no great yearning to lower the corporate tax rate.
The U.K.'s proposed anti-pornography firewall will also "protect" folks from "web forums" and "esoteric material." And here I'm reminded, yet again, that British PM David Cameron has worked as a politician for most of his life -- at least Margaret Thatcher was a scientist, which is why she didn't believe the big corporations when they told her CFCs had little to do with ozone depletion.
David Dayen reminds us that while the Justice Department has gone after a reality TV celebrity for mortgage fraud, it hasn't gone after any banks for mortgage fraud, though a reasonable case against the banks would rather closely resemble the case the Justice Department will pursue against the Giudices. FTW: "Banks have been found to systematically lie to bankruptcy courts, yet their executives don’t appear on TV shows tossing over furniture and getting into slap fights, so they commit these crimes with impunity." And that is all.
R.J. Eskow's piece called "Tom Friedman: A New Ayn Rand for a Dark Digital Future" crossed my filters a half-dozen times before I read it. Each time I saw it I said I know, right? But those chores ain't gonna do themselves! But it's actually even more incisive, and chilling, than it sounds. So read it, even if you already know the story -- and not just for turns of phrase like "Panglossian panegyric."
Ed Kilgore notes that former Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton (R-PA) and former Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. -- who both died this past week, at a combined age of 194! -- belonged to an America we'd have a hard time getting our heads around today. Mr. Scranton was a fairly liberal Republican, back when Lyndon Johnson needed a bunch of them to pass civil rights legislation, and Mr. Byrd was a far-right Democrat back when most Southern Democrats belonged to a "conservative coalition." Strange times -- almost as strange as these times.