FAIR provides a pretty good list of quotations that don't come from the Founding Fathers, no matter what right-wingers claim. (In an update, FAIR informs us that two of the our quotations Cal Thomas attributed to Thomas Jefferson do actually derive from Thomas Jefferson, which only tells us that Cal Thomas is infinitely preferable to David Barton.) Meanwhile, a Daily Kos diarist named Tolerant Libertarian provides a list of actual Founding Father quotations that dispel the right-wing notion that they intended America to be a solely Christian nation. I've said it before and I'll say it again: right-wingers don't want religion to have a voice in the public square; they want their religion to be the only voice in the public square.
Robert Kuttner tells us exactly what'll get America out of its economic doldrums. Namely: investing $200 to $300 billion annually, for 10 years, in "both basic infrastructure and in a transition to a sustainable economy." I'm pleased the price tag would be so low! And I don't even think it would require "larger deficits," even deficits the economy can bounce back from fairly easily -- seems to me a 91 percent tax bracket on millionaire income, and plugging up multitudinous loopholes in the tax code, could give us that money and reduce the deficit. And if Congress won't do it, then we need a new Congress.
ProPublica describes how one gas-drilling corporation in Pennsylvania has been offering $50,000 in cash to homeowners in exchange for a promise never to sue them for anything they might do. $50,000 looks like a whole lot of money to people struggling to pay the bills, which is most of us, but it ain't a whole lot of money. The right to sue someone for turning your drinking water gelatinous and/or flammable is worth rather a lot more than that, even if you never see $50,000 from a resulting class-action suit or settlement. And did you notice the corporate spokeshack mentioning that most of the folks complaining were renters, not homeowners, like that makes a dime's worth of difference?
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been taking a lot of flack for telling state agencies not to tell good Texans where all the dangerous chemicals are in their state, and now he's fighting back, by telling folks they can just drive around and ask the chemical companies if they have any dangerous chemicals! Because everyone in Texas can afford a car, right? And because corporations just love talking about the chemicals stored on-site that could blow up and kill people? (In case you were wondering, WFAA in Dallas/Fort Worth says it asked two chemical corporations about all of that, and got either the runaround or vague threats.)
Not even one day after Georgia's Safe Carry Protection Act went into effect, one gun owner drew his gun in the general direction of another one in a convenience store and wound up getting himself arrested. Apparently Quick Draw didn't think the other fellow had a proper license, for whatever reason. I'm happy to tell folks that the 91% tax bracket on millionaire income would save more lives than more restrictive gun laws would, but testosterone-addled idiots like Mr. Williams make that job harder, and frankly I'm starting to resent it.
Finally, we learn that the baby in the photo the Nazi party once famously said was the ideal Aryan baby was, in fact, Jewish, thanks in no small part to a mischievous baby photographer. The best part is that the baby is now 80 and continues to lead a full, active, and productive life. It warms my heart, I tell ya, the prospect that it'll never be too late to tell Adolf Hitler to go fuck himself.