Former Bush Mobb Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld not only says Mr. Bush (not Mr. Cheney, you may notice) was wrong about fomenting democracy in Iraq, but that he raised his objections to that idea at the time. The man thinks we don't remember that he was an original member of the Project for a New American Century -- or, perhaps, he'll one day tell us he "raised objections" to the Project's creation at the time! Seriously, I long for the day when the "liberal" media finally treat Bush Mobbers like lepers.
Study finds that some 50 American hospitals charge uninsured customers at least ten times the actual cost of health care. And get your surprised face ready: most of these hospitals are for-profit hospitals. I wonder how right-wingers will blame this on the Affordable Care Act, which is, after all, reducing the number of uninsured Americans these hospitals can prey upon.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (or ALEC) has developed a curriculum for high school kids that teaches them how important it is that all governments everywhere balance their budgets all the time, no matter what the cost. The curriculum will presumably not teach kids that when they buy a house, a car, or a college education, they'll almost certainly go into debt, and won't be able to prance around like peacocks saying they'll just go without what they can't afford, or refuse higher-paying jobs while declaring I don't have a revenue problem, I have a spending problem.
Some good news out of Nigeria: that nation passed a ban on female genital mutilation in late May. But while "history has been made" with the ban, history is going to need to continue to be made with enforcement of the ban, which is not only a cultural problem (many folks have practiced female genital mutilation for thousands of years) but a law enforcement problem as well, since Nigeria's government hasn't demostrated a lot of appetite for enforcing the law.
Finally, after much negative publicity, Senatobia school superintendent Jay Walker has dropped charges against the Walker family for "disturbing the peace" -- i.e., cheering on their family's graduates while black -- at a high school graduation ceremony. Mr. Walker waited until the day before the court date to drop the charges, though, which suggests that he had tormenting the family in mind, which in turn suggests that he has a heart of stone. You'd think a man with such power would have more wisdom as to how to use it. You'd certainly think he'd have better things to do with his time.