U.S. District Judge strikes down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, though her refusal (for the time being) to instruct municipalities how to proceed with gay couples who want to marry now causes some confusion. Naturally, Gov. Walker, who lately couldn't say whether gay marriage bans violate the Constitution, enthusiastically supported his Attorney General's plan to appeal this decision.
Billionaire S.C. Johnson heir gets a mere four months in jail and $6,000 fine after molesting his quite underage stepdaughter. Admittedly the prosecution had rather serious problems collecting evidence -- the perp confessed the crime to his therapist, but the therapist wouldn't cooperate, and victim herself wouldn't testify or turn over health records -- but why do I get the feeling that the "moral values" crowd doesn't care so much about child molestation when it's a man with money doing the molesting?
Surprise, surprise: a New York Times blogger reviews an Economic Policy Institute study and wonders why economic growth hasn't reduced poverty -- when the EPI report in question actually comes out and tells you that's mainly because of declining union power and declining minimum wage-purchasing power in America. How is it that a reporter can report on a report without reporting what the report says?
Ex-Clinton/Obama economic advisor/not-Fed-Chief-thank-God Larry Summers says he argued against relief for underwater mortgage holders because he thought it would hurt the banks. He further suggests that people who would have preferred bailing out homeowners to bailing out banksters are "naive." People who call doing the right thing "naive" are telling you not only that they can't win the argument on the merits, but that they're willing to cut you down to achieve the mere appearance of victory. And people who do that are evil, simple and plain.
Finally, in my hurry yesterday to slam the masturbatory self-pity of racists during this clip, I neglected to mention that none other than John Bolton makes an appearance, offering another version of that tiresome plaint that liberal intellectuals look down on other people. Maybe people look down on you, Mr. Bolton, because everything you've ever touched you've turned to dung -- or maybe because even Fox News has you doing "analysis" on the freaking overnight shift.