Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy issues report finding that lower-income earners pay a bigger chunk of their earnings in state and local taxes than higher-income earners, and right-wingers react predictably. When you hear BUT WHEREZ TEH FEDERAL TAXEZ!!!!, you have at least two possible responses: 1) "by changing the subject, you're conceding the point?" and 2) "haters gonna hate."
Surprise, surprise, House Republican Transportation Committee Chair says the votes just aren't there to hike the gas tax -- which isn't a big deal to me (I say gas taxes are yet another tax that hit lower-income working families hardest), except that he's talking up another corporate tax amnesty as a way to pay for infrastructure repairs. Anything but tax banksters, apparently.
Elderly black man shopping for coffee creamer at a Florida WalMart attacked by not-as-elderly white man who saw him take a handgun out of his car and holster up, not knowing (or perhaps not caring) that he had a permit to carry concealed. I'm not opposed to citizen involvement in public life, but I sure do wish stupid people wouldn't give citizen involvement in public life a bad name.
10 Virginia McDonald's employees sue corporation for racial discrimination, alleging that they fired several employees because the stores had "too many black people" and/or "didn't fit the profile." The plaintiffs also allege other sexual and/or racial harassment. McDonald's is trying to hide behind "franchising," but if you've come to think the whole concept of franchising is a way to avoid accountability for wrongdoing, you're not alone.
Finally, right-wing talk radio blowhard says President Obama's State of the Union address had secret Muslim messages in it. It sure is a good thing no one in human history has ever used the word "pillar" to mean anything other than the Five Pillars of Islam, or Ms. Rios would be an abject fool.