Anti-war Iraq vet Tomas Young, who died at the age of 34 on Monday, writes a last letter to Messrs. Bush and Cheney. Much of it should remind you of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War," but he actually finds it in his heart to hope Messrs. Bush and Cheney one day ask forgiveness for what they've done. Clearly Mr. Young was a better man than I.
Richard Kirsch finds that Democrats with more populist economic narratives won on Election Day. I had just been thinking what an easy time Al Franken had getting re-elected, and I figured that his strong stands on net neutrality and forced arbitration, coupled with two major pieces of legislation (one forbidding sexual assault-related forced arbitration clauses in defense contracts, the other forcing health insurers to pay at least 80% of their premiums on health care), had a lot to do with that, just as Byron Dorgan's stands on "free" trade, media consolidation, and corporate crime always ensured landslide victories for him in a far redder state, North Dakota.
A group of over 200 former veterans of the Iraq War sues five big banks for financing militant groups in Iraq. The suit alleges that the five banks "conspired with Iranian banks to mask wire transactions in order to evade U.S. sanctions," and those wire transactions financed militant groups operating against our troops in Iraq. The good news? The U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act specifically allows such lawsuits. I wish these soldiers the best in their efforts.
Surprise surprise, police departments have "wish lists" when they seize assets of suspected criminals. Nobody could have predicted that a tool designed to fight the "war on drugs" could ever lead to law enforcement corruption. Nobody but anyone who thought about it, that is.
Texas state Senator wants to amend her state's constitution so that business owners can discriminate against gay folks merely because of "sincerely-held religious beliefs." Telling, that they propose amending the constitution to get their way -- it's like they know that someone's "sincerely-held religious belief" can't trump another person's actual rights. Anyone ever heard of Donna Campbell before? Me neither. You know that that means.
Finally, in a flatugasm of truly amazing stupidity, MIT professor/Affordable Care Act architect gets caught on tape (from 2013) calling American voters stupid and saying the bill's "lack of transparency" helped it pass. "The stupidity of the American voter, or whatever" absolutely obliterates Mr. Gruber's criticisms of how the sausage factory works. And why does he think it's so difficult to message "healthy people paying for sick people"? Hello! We can all get sick at any time! I think it's "hard" for folks like him to "message" such things because folks like him are such innate cowards.