Glenn Greenwald reminds us that we don't commonly consider the racist murderer Dylann Roof a "terrorist," but our laws do commonly consider animal rights activists "terrorists." Only a sick, immoral, and decadent society prioritizes like this -- and it'll get worse under a President Scott Walker, who'll be such a stooge to big agricultural corporations he'll make that big corn subsidy champion and breaker of GMO-labeling promises, Barack Obama, seem like a granola-eater. Why, it's almost like that's the idea.
Alan Pyke at Think Progress instructs us that Walter Palmer's trophy killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe makes hunters look much worse than they are. Luring a lion out of a national park to kill it isn't what hunters do, it's what cowards do; so is killing a lion who has a pride (whose cubs will be killed by the next male that takes over the pride), and so is failing to mercy-kill the lion for a day and a half. The good news? Walter Palmer is about the most unpopular man in America right now.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) not only invested in a fund that would have yielded massive returns if the U.S. had gone into default in 2011 during the debt ceiling crisis, but failed to disclose this holding in financial disclosure forms. In other words, he stood to benefit from a default, and didn't want you to know about it, lest you think he was in bed with the banksters -- or that his efforts to hold the debt ceiling hostage to harmful and unpopular budgetary demands might have been, you know, selfish. It's enough to make a man wish we forbade Congressfolk from investing in anything at all.
The incomparable David Sirota, after noting that opposing corporate subsidies happens to be an actual bipartisan cause, reminds us that corporate subsidies is "a central part" of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's economic agenda. So yes, perhaps we should skip over "cronyism" when talking about the WEDC and instead just go right for the jugular: corporate welfare, as in "Scott Walker's economic plan begins and ends with corporate welfare." Maybe an ad with guys in monocles holding their hands out and crying would do the trick, though no Democrat has the cojones to do it.
Mike Huckabee suggests that he might send in federal troops to stop abortions. He cites President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation as support, and an actual legal scholar reminds us that President Eisenhower, though not a great fan of desegregation, did send in federal troops to integrate schoolkids in Arkansas -- so it sure seems like a lot of right-wingers want to be black without doing any of the hard work that comes with being black.
Finally, Germany produced an astounding 78 percent of its energy needs on July 25 from renewable energy sources. That was a spike, obviously, as Germany produced a little over 25 percent of its energy from renewables in 2014 overall, but again, the big American polluting corporations will be more than happy to tell you that renewable energy doesn't work, when all that's really missing is commitment.