Pennsylvania state lawmakers introduce SB 1095, which aims to prevent "SLAPP" lawsuits, or lawsuits some people file largely to silence other people and saddle them with huge legal bills. Some of the law's skeptics say they want to be careful not to thwart suits that actually have merit, but given that they don't point out how SB 1095 does that, and that no one actually says they support thwarting lawsuits of merit, I'm going to go ahead and file such objections under "deliberate obfuscation."
PR Watch describes the ongoing battle to strengthen organic food standards. I suppose it's some small comfort to know that the USDA has never been much of a friend of good organic food standards -- in the early '90s, they did their damndest to sabotage the original rule-making process, albeit unsuccessfully. But the nominal Democrat running the USDA these days, Tom Vilsack, has proven a greater enemy of organic food than any of Mr. Bush's three USDA Secretaries. "As only Nixon could go to China..."
Surprise, surprise: Central Florida Commission on Homelessness finds that it costs about three times as much money to provide services to the homeless than it would to simply give them housing. You know the real trouble with people who bash the homeless? That they don't even have the guts to back up their tough words -- hence taxpayers pay out absurd amounts of money toward ever-more Rube Goldbergian service schemes. Why, it's almost like that's the idea.
The Wall Street Journal speculates that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might cut a deal with the state's special prosecutor to end the present John Doe investigation of possible illegal campaign coordination between Mr. Walker and several right-wing groups. And now other right-wingers in Wisconsin -- perhaps mindful that the last John Doe investigation into Mr. Walker's doings resulted in six convictions -- worry that they'll be tossed under the bus, too. But don't be fooled into thinking the Walker juggernaut will fall apart one day because he'll run out of friends. People like Scott Walker can always
buy find new friends.
Dick "Tha Dicksta" Cheney says President Obama is the "weakest President of my lifetime," and maybe even anyone's lifetime -- and he knows this because he's, you know, talked to the same elites he's been talking to for twenty years and they tell him how "alarm(ed)" they are. Gosh, Mr. Obama has already put Mr. bin Laden's head on one pike and Mr. Gadhafi's on another; how many more heads will reassure Mr. Cheney's friends? And why can't the "liberal" media treat Mr. Cheney like he deserves to be treated after all the evil he's done?