In case you were wondering whatever happened to the great Santelli, well, here's the Tea Party godfather getting schooled by a CNBC colleague about all the wrong predictions he's made -- about the economy tanking, about runaway inflation, about the dollar's collapse. It's painful to watch a grown man yell like that when someone tells him he's wrong, and I suspect the only reason Rick Santelli still has a job on TV yelling and flailing and bugging his eyes out is that he's not a liberal -- you know how quickly liberals get called "uncivil" merely for disagreeing with assholes like Rick Santelli.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that the state of Texas must issue a license plate with a Confederate flag on it, for First Amendment reasons. Generally I think our government should let people act like idiots as long as they're not actively depriving other people of their rights, but that doesn't necessarily mean the state has to go out of its way to help you be an idiot, and I don't think Texas's refusal to issue the plate actually deprives Confederate sympathizers of their First Amendment rights -- don't idiots have bumper stickers and custom plate numbers so they may adequately broadcast their idiocy?
U.S. District Court judge finds that the Huntsville City (AL) School District actually hasn't made all the "good faith" efforts it could have to end desegregation in its public schools. The district had actually submitted zoning plans increasing racial segregation in schools, and its school officials haven't accounted for their progress in desegregation (as mandated by our government) for over two decades. How many years ago was Brown v. Board of Education again?
U.S. Federal Trade Commission sues Amazon for letting children run up millions of dollars in purchases on their parents' credit cards while playing cell phone games like Tap Zoo and Ice Age Village. They're not spending that money on DVDs or candy bars, either -- they're just spending it on credits to keep playing. Do parents need to monitor their children's cell phone use? Of course. But that doesn't mean corporations have no responsibility whatsoever to give parents the tools they need to monitor their children's cell phone use effectively.
Finally, Dick Cheney tells the world that the President's "number one responsibility" is to "support and defend the U.S. Constitution" and thus "defense spending" should always take precedence over spending on "highways and food stamps." Read the whole link, as Daily Kos's Laura Clawson absolutely destroys his argument, but I have one question: why is anyone talking to someone who's always wrong about everything, let alone sponsoring an event featuring him, as the supposedly non-partisan Politico did?