FAIR finds many right-wingers willing to indulge in absurd pretentions about Iraq on Memorial Day. "History is an infinitely complex web of causations," David Brooks says, which doesn't impress those of us who were always right about Iraq, and who know that those who led us into war back then did not do so out of good intentions. And how can a "conservative" claim "epistemological modesty" and then support that war? Hey, real conservatives ask that question, too.
Ho hum, Charles Murray, a favorite author of Jeb Bush's, has just published a screed which suggests that, since right-wingers have had such trouble gutting our government through elections, the richest right-wingers should pretty much seize power and impose their will on the electorate. Because the rich don't have enough levers of power, apparently! Isn't this the I-don't-have-everything-so-I-have-nothing attitude conservatives hate about liberals? Oh, and Jeb Bush claiming that his love of Charles Murray makes him "a nerd, I guess"? Totally insulting to actual nerds -- my own apparently inexhaustible hunger for early Doctor Who production details, for example, is quite harmless by comparison.
Nonprofit Quarterly describes "The Next Recycling Frontier": recycling prescription drugs, from the folks who don't need them anymore to the folks who can't afford them. 38 states already have such programs (which often get their drugs from the excess supply in nursing homes), and the benefits they deliver to poor folks far, far outweigh the programs' costs. I wonder how Big Pharma will try to cripple these programs -- I mean, sooner or later they're going to see this recycling as money they should be making. Maybe they'll sue the recyclers for intellectual property theft! I wish I were kidding.
Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appoints a fairly well-known formerly undocumented immigrant as her Latino Outreach Director. And my first thought was: yeah, Republicans, have a hissy fit about this. Because that won't make you look like nativists or anything. (Thing I did not know but perhaps should have: Ms. Praeli's mother was a housekeeper in Connecticut but a psychiatrist in Peru. This happens a lot.)
Finally, Sen. Marco Rubio says "mainstream Christian teaching" will soon become "hate speech" in our society, because "we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater." Two things: one, Mr. Rubio, like all weaklings, seems to think (and certainly wants you to think!) that criticism and shame and oppression are all the same thing. And two, is opposing gay marriage the only thing Christianity has ever taught? Because Republicans sure act like it is.