Uh oh: another small town gets caught going "nothing to see here!" about lead in its water. Sebring, OH officials apparently didn't notify citizens of the problem even though the state EPA had been telling them to do so for at least two months. Water Superintendent James Bates looks like he's going to be the fall guy here -- though even the state EPA head says the agency should have pressed the matter a little more urgently, which may not be good news for the Republicans' New Establishment Hope, Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
File under "Symmetry Does Not Equal Fairness": Jim Naureckas at FAIR finds the Chicago Tribune warning about extremism "from both sides" in the Presidential race, alienating the "sensible center." I mean, sure, Donald Trump is a racist and Ted Cruz an aspiring mass-murderer, but heaven forbid we vote for a socialist like Bernie Sanders! Besides, I thought America already chose "socialism" when it elected Barack Obama twice. I mean, the "liberal" media broadcast accusations of his "socialism" pretty uncritically for years. Or don't words mean things anymore?
Two former Disney workers sue both their former employer and two corporations that specialize in outsourcing, claiming that they unlawfully lost their jobs to foreign workers on temporary H-1B visas. H-1B visas are for foreign workers with "special skills," but a) at least one plaintiff got high marks for his job performance and b) both plaintiffs trained their replacements, and neither of these facts testifies to the specialness of those foreign workers' skills. And make no mistake, both the American workers and the foreign workers who replace them get played by corporate executives here.
Chris Matthews wonders, out loud, on his MSNBC show Hardball, who's going to watch tonight's Trump-free Republican Presidential debate if it's just "the two Cuban guys." Why does he bring up their racial heritage, unprompted? He does not say. But this is the same Chris Matthews who long ago buttressed his apology for saying mean/sexist things about Hillary Clinton by saying "I don't like saying things so carefully, so politically correctly, that no one thinks they even said anything." But a lot of times, when folks think they're being "blunt" or "bold" or "politically incorrect," they're just being assholes.
Finally, former major league closer/loud-mouthed racist John Rocker has endorsed Donald Trump for President. "I've always wanted to see the person that’s like, 'Yeah, I’ve made these comments, these are my beliefs, and you know what, if you don’t like it stick it. I'm not apologizing, I’m not changing,'" he says, forgetting that a President's job is executing the will of the people, not telling people to "stick it" when they disagree with him. Mr. Rocker, who last pitched for Tampa Bay in 2003 (two games, one inning, eight batters faced, three walks, no strikeouts, 9.00 ERA), now charges more for an autograph if he puts a curse word in it. Donald Trump really brings out the best in all of us.