Another day, another two-decades-plus military veteran reminding us that being "the good guy" in a gunfight isn't as easy as a lot of politicians would like us to imagine it is. Not that such testimony will penetrate (so to speak) the minds of those who act like having a gun is an excuse to masturbate your rage with both hands.
Ho hum, Josh Bivens reminds us that when right-wingers say ZOMG TEH REGULASHUNS CRUSH TEH PROFITZEZ!!!!! or TEH TAX RATEZ AREZ TOO HIGHZ FOR TEH CORPORASHUNZ TO COMPETEZ!!!!, they're just plain wrong, since corporate profits have been above 10% (after taxes) every year but one during the Obama era. The fact that post-tax profits were pretty high in well-regulated 1965-69 as well as fairly unregulated 2010-14 suggests that regulations actually have very little to do with profits, which we already know from the actual testimony of actual small businesses. Let me add that I highly approve of the word "coddling" in the article's title, because we coddle big corporations too much in America.
USDA finds that Maine is running its food stamp program so incompetently that it may ultimately have another state run the program for Maine. Of course, you can't discount the possibility that Gov. LePage wants exactly this result, so he can say Maine doesn't give out any food stamps and do a victory lap. Meanwhile, people who need assistance go hungry. You'd think Mr. LePage, having lived on the street for two years as a child, would get that.
Quaker school in Montgomery County, PA, strikes Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from its high school reading lists after students complain. I can imagine high school students making a coherent argument about why the book isn't appropriate for them, but generally schools should help students confront the multitudinous contradictions about race in America, not shun them out of "discomfort" -- this needs to be an America where people understand how Lincoln could have used the n-word and freed the slaves because slavery disgusted him. The good news? Plenty of schools still teach the book, and seem committed to grappling with issues both textual and cultural.
Finally, an Ohio seventh-grader faces criminal charges and expulsion after threatening to shoot a Muslim sixth-grader he called a "son of ISIS." I'm for expelling him, if that's all that'll make the kid ashamed of himself, but no no no the seventh-grader should not be charged with a crime and tried as an adult, because he's 13 years old and thus not old enough to know that threatening someone else's life is a serious matter. Throwing adult charges at him is not a way of teaching him that the school takes such threats seriously; it's a way of creating drama and getting publicity for yourself, which is not your job as a public school official. But for this boy to say such things to another boy, you do have to wonder how he's being raised.