Get a load of the cojones on this guy: President Obama suggests criticism of the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" "free" trade agreement "reflects lack of knowledge of what is going on in the negotiations." The secret negotiations, you mean? Mr. Obama's own trade representative told us that if Americans knew what was in the TPP, they'd hate it, which lends credence to everything we've learned from leaks about "investor-state tribunals" and websites getting shut down on suspicion of copyright violation. Perhaps even worse? He wants us to "wait and see what's in the agreement," when he's pushing hard for the ability to pass it without amendment and with minimal debate.
McClatchy DC headline blares: "How’s this for counterintuitive? Pentagon hails jump in reported sexual assault cases." The Pentagon reported a 50% increase in sexual assault accusations over the past year, but Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that was mainly because our troops are more comfortable with coming forward. That all seems likely, if (like me) you didn't think rising hate crimes rates in the '90s reflected an actual rise in hate crimes, but more assiduous reporting of hate crimes by police departments that hadn't been doing it.
Paul Buchheit opines on "Why the Super-Rich Should Pay Super Taxes." If you think you already know why, you may find some things here you didn't know -- or, at least, had forgotten, since no one keeps a list of reasons the rich should pay more in taxes at the forefront of all their thinking. You'll also be reminded that Paul Ryan got plenty of hands up from Big Gummint on his way to becoming the would-be architect of despair for American working families.
Tennessee state legislator says that "Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign-ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory (sic) sign-ups for 'train ride' for Jews in the '40s." First it's being forced to participate in the private health insurance market, and before you know it it's camps, gassing, and being turned into soap. And then he tries to talk his way out of it! I think I've heard of Stacey Campfield before, but we're never going to speak of him again.
Finally, Bush Mobb NSA Advisor/Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice decides to pull the plug on her planned commencement speech at Rutgers University later this month, after pressure from both students and faculty. Is it too much to ask that none of the Bush Mobb luminaries ever be asked to speak anywhere, ever again? Can we not live in a society where people who do such wrongs as they did are too ashamed to show their faces in public? I know such a society is unlikely, especially in the Jersey Shore age, but it would be a society worth fighting for.