Richard Kirsch reminds us that when Republicans vote to cut food stamps and Medicare and such, those are "statements of values." He also reminds us that right-wingers believe "it’s an infringement on a person’s freedom to be taxed to take care of someone else" -- but actual conservatives (versus the reactionaries who call themselves "conservative") don't necessarily believe that, since they also know how (for example) the interstate highway system works. (As an aside, boy am I sick of knuckledraggers calling it "free health care." Even single-payer wouldn't be free -- you'd pay for it, as a taxpayer. Is that why it's free? Because you pay for it?)
Time magazine "helps" you "understand" our ongoing cold war with Iran with a helpful graphic -- that begins in 1979. Because, of course, if it didn't directly affect us in the form of (to think of a hypothetical situation) hostage-taking at an embassy, it didn't really happen. Remember this timeline from CNN from a few years ago, which also started in 1979? It's like the "liberal" media never, ever learns. More likely, that's just what they want us to think.
Kentucky's "KYnect" health exchange -- entirely state-run, but set up with funding from, and under the authority of, the Affordable Care Act -- has a great first day, enrolling almost 3,000 individuals and families in health care coverage. Sadly, not everyone in Kentucky proves well-informed about KYnect -- one thinks it was "defunded," while another "hope(s)" "it beats Obamacare." They probably want government to keep its hands off Medicare, too.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (S-PA) thinks it was "inappropriate" for his Administration's lawyers to compare gay marriage with children marrying -- but then remarks that "a much better analogy would have been brother and sister." I've got a "much better analogy" for Tom Corbett: he's a lot like that ancient, bitter uncle who has a few too many and then thinks everything he says is funny and brilliant.
And finally, some good news: remember that 15-year-old rape victim whom the Maldives government was preparing to flog in public in March? Well, the Maldives High Court overturned the sentence last month. Note well that a global shame campaign conducted by Avaaz (in which you might have participated) just so happened to precede the High Court's decision. We might have helped save only one person, but often that's where the arc of justice starts.