In case you were wondering how to express your conviction that a civilized society needs both peaceful protestors and good police officers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar teaches us how. Of course, if you were really wondering, then I haven't done my job -- we pay for police officers with our taxes, which means we respect the office even as we watch the officers and discipline them when they go wrong.
Baltimore Fox affiliate reports a protestor chant incorrectly, then apologizes for it, though only after a protestor confronted them. I guess I can see how they could have gotten it wrong without actually being malicious, but they could only have failed to listen to the entire chant out of intense laziness, and laziness isn't a better excuse than malice. What "journalists" tolerate from themselves anymore is profoundly offensive -- it's OK, because we apologized! is nothing to bring to the pearly gates.
Republicans are thinking of using "budget reconciliation" to repeal the Affordable Care Act, among other things. And presumably the very same "liberal" media punditoids who acted like civilization was falling because the Democrats used that very same tool to pass the ACA in the first place will be just as hysterical this time. Right?
Steve Benen finds that three campaign promises made by Republicans have been met -- under President Obama. Those three promises were a) getting unemployment under 6%, b) getting gas under $2.50/gallon, and c) getting GDP up to 5%. I wouldn't give Mr. Obama a lot of credit for any of this, but Republicans kept insisting that they could reach these goals with more tax cuts for gazillionaires. So we now have more evidence that tax-cuts-for-the-rich don't help an economy reach these goals, since taxes went up on income over $400,000 in early 2013.
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) actually pleads guilty to felony tax fraud, but still won't resign his House seat. I suppose his apologists will be resourceful -- having now been deprived of the talking point that Mr. Grimm was being railroaded by Mr. Grimm's own plea, perhaps they'll shift to saying the crime's not that big a deal. I urge people who have that opinion to reassess it, hopefully before the next time they hit a pothole or the fire department takes too long getting to their house.
Finally, Erica Avery has 14 new book reviews at her website, So Much to Read. Ms. Avery has been reviewing books she's read (probably not all of them) for 18 years, whittling complex ideas down to their essence and refusing to take BS from any book, fiction or nonfiction. In this most recent batch you'll find, among other things, one young adult novel that "explor(es) teenage crisis, guilt, and depression, while leaving alone what can't be explained: the supernatural, and the cruelty of teenagers." You should also check out her Six Words reviews -- I guarantee at least a few of them will make you laugh out loud.
UPDATE. Rep. Grimm did, in fact, resigned his House seat, two days after this post went up. Perhaps I should've known his intransigence wouldn't last, but you know, this is a crazy world, where new things happen all the time.