Republican House Speaker John Boehner says he'll sue President Obama over the latter's Executive Orders. Mr. Obama has issued fewer Executive orders than 11 of the last 12 Presidents, yet Mr. Boehner will charge ahead with a frivolous lawsuit. And I have not heard anyone in the "liberal" media say exactly which of Mr. Obama's Executive orders does not derive its authority from the laws Congress has passed -- out of stupidity or laziness, I couldn't care less -- nor have I heard anyone in the "liberal" media note that Mr. Boehner had absolutely nothing to say when Bush the Lesser wiretapped American citizens' phone calls without a warrant, which was worse than an Executive order in that it was an unlawful Executive branch power grab.
Maine Governor Paul LePage (R), in an apparent attempt to explain why he thinks Maine's economy is doing much better than the Bureau of Economic Analysis says it is, calls Social Security and Medicare "welfare, pure and simple." Of course he's wrong -- people pay into Social Security and Medicare all their lives, so they don't actually "get" it for free; in fact, a better way of putting it would be that they earn it. And he needs to get over saying "liberal" like it's a bad thing. I'm a liberal, and I don't say "conservative" like it's a bad thing -- I only say "right-winger" and "reactionary" like they're bad things, and only because they are.
The Guardian's Heidi Moore reports that our elites still don't seem to understand why ordinary Americans like ourselves think the stock market is a rigged game. You'll also learn that the New York Stock Exchange, in yet another wealth-redistribution-upward scheme, has actually begun to collect fees for a kind of fast lane that certain investors can use to trade even faster. I wonder if any of the big corporations complaining pitching a fit about that will see a certain parallel with our attempts to preserve net neutrality. I kid, of course. My only criticism: that the article doesn't mention the benefits of a financial speculation tax.
Tesco stores in London actually put spikes in front of their shop windows -- nominally to discourage "antisocial behavior," but actually to discourage homeless folks from sleeping there -- but has removed them after a public outcry. Oh, and after the London Black Revolutionaries cemented over the spikes. Let the record show that Tesco has been outclassed in the area of homeless relations by the state of Utah.
Rep. Frank Lucas's challenger in the Oklahoma's 3rd District Republican House primary claims Mr. Lucas is in fact dead and has been replaced by a body double, and thus claims he (the putatively living candidate, that is) should get all of Mr. Lucas's primary votes. Setting aside the challenger's quite possibly unprecedented ineptitude at the art of persuasion, Mr. Lucas did respond that he's never been accused of "being a robot" before -- but his challenger didn't say anything specifically about Mr. Lucas being a robot. Did Mr. Lucas say too much?
Finally, British researchers appear to have made a major breakthrough in manufacturing solar panels. Long story short: their panels would use magnesium chloride, commonly found in sea water, rather than cadmium chloride, which is considerably more toxic and tougher to make. If costs keep dropping, maybe not even a Koch brothers-style sun tax can stop solar power from proliferating.