Former NATO General/Democratic Presidential candidate Wesley Clark suggests that America should have internment camps for "radicalized" Americans. Busts out a Nazi analogy, too, which reminds us that we're not actually at war with anyone right now, at least not as the Constitution dictates. (The "war on terror" doesn't count.) This "get(ting) tough" he proposes, of course, could not possibly be used against an administration's political enemies.
Democrats are apparently offering to allow Confederate flags to be sold at national parks in exchange for consideration of the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Needless to say, as a sanctimonious purist, I'm not going to waste any of your time with any action alerts I might get supporting that stratagem. And I don't if Republicans will go for it -- Confederate flag only really matters to them insofar as it reminds the ignorant to vote for them, and I think they've accomplished that much with their flag-related shenanigans already.
Elliot Berkman says that "Studying Human Psychology Turned Me into a Political Liberal." It's full of good insights, but it's always seemed to me that arguing the primacy of "enlightened self-interest" makes no logical sense -- there are plenty of "enlightened self-interests" to choose from, and more to the point, there are even more unenlightened self-interests that folks mistake for "enlightened self-interests" to choose from.
The Hill finds that both parties are using "too big to fail" banksters as a punching bag in the 2016 races. And though Carly Fiorina gets off the best zinger against "too big to fail," we don't learn what Republicans say they would do about it, meaning we don't get to evaluate their proposals against Democrat proposals. And if Republican proposals all turn out to be "Democrat proposals are lame," then certainly the "liberal" media should make Republicans work harder than that.
Venture capitalist collects enough signatures (at least until all the Dick Hurtzes and Heywood Jablomes get tossed out) to put a question on the 2016 ballot aiming to divide California into six states. I see two blue states, two red states, and two purplish ones as a result, and perhaps six Republican Senators and six Democratic ones, instead of the two Democratic ones we have now (which would in theory give Republicans their magic 60 to cut off filibusters, pending rule changes and 2016 election results, of course). But California voters already oppose the initiative by a roughly 6-4 margin, and I don't see how you change enough minds to win, since hippie-punching really only goes so far.
Finally, a Louisiana parish bans sagging pants. Sagging pants look stupid as all hell, but civilized people don't bring out the big stick of government for that -- civilized people poke fun at people who dress stupid as all hell. Really, we don't have to make every manner of dopiness against the law. And, ah, yeah, I doubt the white kids of Terrebone Parish who wear their pants all down at their ankles and everything will get stopped or fined very often for it.