Right-wing Pennsylvania House Rep blames big government (among so many other villains!) for the unrest in Baltimore. Just two points, neither related to Rep. Kelly's profound disrespect for black folks: one, Mr. Kelly (born 1948) doesn't tell you that "the town and the times I was raised in," with "the greatest people the world could possibly have imagined," all happened when we taxed millionaire income at 91% or 70% and when the federal minimum wage had more buying power than it does today. Two, when he blames "big government," he's still blaming the people, since the government belongs to the people. In other words, typical teabagger anti-reasoning.
Paul Buchheit reveals "The Five-Step Process to Privatize Everything." They are: convince yourself you did everything on your own, insist that government is antithetical to freedom, get rich (that one's important!), defund government until it works so badly that privatization starts to look better, and "remain ignorant of any troublesome facts," like that privatization generally works even worse than a government deliberately made to work badly. Again we should ask the right-wing haters: how is government antithetical to freedom if government belongs to you?
Ho hum, President Obama seems to have conned another nominally Democratic House Rep into voting for "free" trade. If he'd only spent this much time getting mortgage cramdown passed, he might have done some good! And Ami Bera (CA-7) is another one who thinks we can "do this right" without amending the agreement, or debating it for more than an hour. Congratulations, Mr. Bera! You're now toast in 2016 -- for who will fight to elect a guy who likes "free" trade? No, the district's swingy nature does not mean "free" trade support is a position that will get people to vote for you! You know what might get people to vote for you? Holding positions that normal people actually hold.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces goal of making a solar-powered home battery, called "Powerwall," that would "fundamentally change the way the world uses energy." I'm not sure this'll be much more than a replacement for a home generator, the kind of thing you use during blackouts, but that's still a good thing, and I presume future Powerwalls will do more. While the battery's cost doesn't sound prohibitive, n.b. that it doesn't include installation or a power inverter (or, I presume, solar panels).
Finally, Alan Keyes seems to think a pro-gay marriage ruling from the Supreme Court would be "just cause for war." Trying to wade through his paragraph-long sentences is difficult, almost like that's the idea, but n.b. that he doesn't explain why an "inalienable right" enjoyed by "the people" can only be enjoyed by some people -- or how extending that right to all people "degrades" or "discards" that right. Also, he shouldn't threaten "war" just because he doesn't get his way; it makes him sound like a diaper-loaded brat.