"Right-to-Work and Abortion Reversals Follow Pattern for Scott Walker," says Brendan Fischer at PR Watch. That "pattern," incidentally, is a pattern of saying he won't do things like "right to work" and a 20-week abortion ban and then doing them -- once he's elected, that is. And I knew he didn't run his 2010 campaign on taking bargaining rights away from public unions, but I didn't know that he actually said he would do the opposite if governor. The Democrat who's willing to run ten thousand ads saying "you can't trust Scott Walker" might have a chance against him in the 2016 Presidential race. Hillary Clinton might have a little pot-kettle-black problem with that, but such problems have never stopped right-wingers, so why should it stop her?
Katherine McFate tells us "What We Lose with a Privatized Postal Service." Money, for one thing. Community, for another -- "(i)n many small towns," small towns not adequately served by the big private delivery corporations I must add, "the local post office continues to be a community hub, a place to meet neighbors and get news." And will your harried FedEx or UPS driver check on the elderly? Not likely. Ms. McFate reminds us that the USPS could be doing even more for communities, like offering basic banking services.
Mike Konczal writes that "liberal nihilism" keeps us from fighting for real reforms that would help working families make more money. I'm not sure the nihilists he's describing -- the ones that overstate the effect of technology on jobs and wages, for example -- are liberals. I'm not even sure they're nihilists; these days, nihilist behavior is pretty much all on the right. I will agree, though, that refusing to discuss the roles of the Federal Reserve, the "shareholder revolution," and government policy in stagnant wages does ensure that nothing of consequence gets done.
The Consumerist warns us that hackers can hijack your Facebook account -- which means a lot more these days, as so many folks never log out of Facebook, and other websites have access to that Facebook login almost as a matter of course. The good news: the hack requires that you click on a malicious link for it to work -- and we're much better at avoiding clicking suspicious links in hysterical emails than we used to be. Still, be careful out there.
Ho hum, Andrews University, a Christian college in Michigan, has forbade students from holding a bake sale to benefit homeless gay youth because doing so would "conflict" with its "mission and practices." That's right, a Christian college just told its students basically not to act like Christ. Note well that the college Dean wouldn't come out and say AULL4One can't raise money for at-risk gay youth because AULL4One isn't trying to turn them straight, but he didn't exactly deny it, either.
Finally, a retired Army Major General calls the 47 Republicans' letter to the government of Iran, one clearly meant to undermine nuclear negotiations involving the U.S. and Iran, "mutinous." He also said the 47 Senator's ringleader, Sen. Tom Cotton, "should know better" as an Army veteran to avoid such a "gross breach of discipline," but that Mr. Cotton "simply does not care." Next up on Fox News: is Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton the right kind of soldier?