The Center for Public Integrity describes the secretive group Law Enforcement Alliance of America, which has spent millions of dollars over the last fourteen years attacking state-level candidates it finds insufficiently "tough on crime." Woe betide you if you've ever failed, as a judge or legislator, to kill a murderer or sexual predator with your bare hands, because the LEAA will find out and crucify you -- and you will very likely never find out who gave the LEAA all that money to do it with, because it's a 501(c)(4) non-profit. The good news: the LEAA doesn't appear to have filed necessary tax forms in a few years.
Colombian government reports that American soldiers and contractors sexually abused upwards of 50 underage children from 2003 to 2007 -- and the "liberal" media remains silent on the matter. And I guess I can see why -- the story gives no room for right-wingers to call outraged liberals "anti-troop," since no one wants to be known as "objectively pro-pederasty."
Chris Morran at the Consumerist tells the worse-than-Kafkaesque tale of a man who has to sell the house he just bought in Washington state because no corporation can get internet to his house. (The man works from home, so it's not like he's selling his home because he can't play games or watch House of Cards.) Among the many cautionary tales: don't believe it when corporations (or our government) tell you that there's a crapload of competition in your zip code -- and don't let state legislators mandate that public utilities have to sell to resellers, not consumers.
Rep. Pete Sessions (E-TX) says Affordable Care Act enrollees cost the taxpayer $5 million each -- when, actually, they cost the taxpayer around $9,000 each. No sense in tasking Mr. Sessions's math skills, when he obviously pulled that number out of his nether regions. Seriously, though, $9,000 per person is actually too high, and that's because ACA enrollees are all buying private health care plans. A single payer plan would bring that number way down -- British folks pay less than $3,500 per person for the socialized medicine they're always complaining about, and the French pay a little over $4,000, with the Canadians paying a little more than that. And if you've been to the doctor in America, you know you're not getting more for your money -- but some CEO is.
Arizona Republican Senator suggests that maybe we should "requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday," to foster a "moral rebirth" in America that would, apparently, be the only thing that would ever prompt fewer folks to carry guns. Got that? No word on whether you can attend mosque on Friday or synagogue on Saturday (or Saturday evening Mass, that was always my preference back in the day) and still fulfill your civic obligation under such a mandate. All of which proves one thing: that most politicians really need to talk less. God does give you two ears and one mouth for a reason, after all.
Finally, alleged libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) actually introduces a budget amendment sharply increasing defense spending, despite his previous pronouncements that we should at least "look at" cutting defense spending. And THAT! Is the MOST! SURPRISING! THING! I! Have EVER! HEARD!