In the wake of the latest round of ISIS attacks in Beirut and Paris, Chris Floyd reminds us that there would have been no ISIS without Tha Bush Mobb's Excellent Iraq Adventure. Keep that in mind when the politicians tell you the answer to terror is more war, as Mr. Trump has done in saying he'll "bomb the (crap) out of ISIS" a) like President Obama isn't already doing that and b) like you should fight fire with gasoline.
Republican Presidential candidates take Democratic Presidential candidates to task for refusing to utter the words "radical Islamic terrorism." They would throw the biggest hissy fit in the history of big hissy fits if anyone referred to, say, Kevin Swanson as a "radical Christian" (and not even as a "terrorist"!), but this obsession they have with precise diction is rather politically correct, wouldn't you say? It's like right-wingers have become what they most hate or something.
In the wake of another round of megamergers, the incomparable Harold Meyerson calls for "A New Trust-Busting Movement in America." I'll admit I'm surprised upon learning that mergers result in higher prices for consumers four times out of five that it's not five times out of five. Mr. Meyerson also reviews the proliferation of the forced arbitration clauses that are ubiquitous in almost every contract you sign now, whether it's for a credit card or a cable line or a car rental.
Daily Kos diarist Grizzard notes that some white folks decried the fires and looting after Michael Brown's shooting and wondered why blacks couldn't just protest peacefully -- but now that black college students are protesting peacefully at the University of Missouri, they're raising a whole new set of criticisms. In other news, Lucy pulls the football away before Charlie Brown kicks it, again. It's enough to make you think some white folks just don't want black folks to succeed at changing anything. Hey, it's not my fault that's how it looks.
Finally, Sarah van Gelder at Yes! magazine writes about an interfaith effort to wipe out debt among the poorest citizens of Cincinnati, OH. Those who would point out the "moral hazard" of forgiving debt should read the lengthy interview with Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann contained therein -- and should consider more closely the actual moral hazard of letting the banksters do whatever they want without regard to their obligation to serve communities.