Dave Lindorff exults that "The Greek People Have Voted No to Austerity and Economic Blackmail." "Blackmail" does adequately describe what the EU is trying to do, after all, and so does "hostage-taking" -- kill those pensions and sell off those public utilities, or the country gets it! Paragraph 8 allows us to dream of an America that had national referenda, and the final paragraph suggests that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras could well meet with an "accident."
French economist Thomas Piketty reminds us that Germany has "no standing" to lecture Greece about repaying its debt, noting that plenty of other nations, including Germany, have had considerably worse debt at various times over the last few centuries, plus Germany never paid debts incurred from two World Wars. By the time he calls their putative "moral uprightness" "infantile," I'm reminded that we do hear very little from the "liberal" media about irresponsible lenders.
Wisconsin's legislature sought to gut its vaunted Open Records law last week, before a public backlash forced them to backtrack, and now some folks wonder if Gov. Walker was really behind the effort to gut the law in the first place, since he's personally under investigations relating to Open Records requests. Really? This is a question? Sure, if we tried Mr. Walker in court, we'd need more evidence, but elections only require that we reject candidates who do horrible things that just-so-happen to benefit them personally.
In other Scott Walker news, right-wing economist Stephen Moore claims Mr. Walker assured him over the phone that he hasn't gone "nativist" on immigration -- and then Mr. Moore "clarified" that he hadn't actually talked to Mr. Walker over the phone, but someone in his organization had. So I suppose the Walker and Moore camps hashed out a story making Mr. Walker look like he might be less extremist on immigration while not utterly discrediting Mr. Moore. That's the sort of thing people do when they possess a lot of cleverness and no soul.
Mike Huckabee, clearly backed into a corner by recent events, says the problem with marriage today is that we see it as a "selfish means of pleasing self, rather than a committed relationship in which the focus is upon meeting the needs of the partner," and adds that the "redefinition of love as something that is purely sentimental and emotional has been destructive." I find the sentiment behind the first quoted part agreeable to a point, but, ah, the "redefinition of love"? Is he acquainted with any works of classic Western literature?
Finally, clerks in five Kentucky counties have stopped issuing any marriage licenses so that they don't have to issue them to gay couples. One says, "I respect their position — the gay community's — that that is how they want to live...but I would ask for for the same respect for my decision." Ah, no: "how they want to live" is the law now, and your "decisions" don't deserve the "same respect" because you're a public servant, not an only-the-public-I-approve-of servant. And not issuing marriage licenses but sending a heterosexual couple to another county to get one? That's cheating, and God sees when you cheat.