U.S. Supreme Court, in yet another 5-4 ruling, blocks implementation of EPA's Clean Power rule, and will hear challenges to President Obama's climate change regulations in early June, signaling that the Court will ultimately strike the rule down. Typical, that this Supreme Court puts the whining of CEOs ahead of the health and well-being of everyone -- and I say "everyone" because pollution doesn't stay put in one state.
You might think I'd be happy to hear a nominal conservative say he's starting to "miss" Barack Obama's good qualities, but I've long bemoaned Mr. Obama's habit of throwing his pearls before swine, and besides, we're talking about David Brooks here. When he says "over the course of this campaign it feels as if there’s been a decline in behavioral standards across the board," I'm tempted to respond, "where have you been for the last quarter century?"
Well, that didn't take long: a Jeb Bush spokeshack says that Ohio Gov. John Kasich, now Mr. Bush's main opponent for the "establishment" vote, "ran a one-state campaign" and wouldn't do well in South Carolina, "a state where support of the military is critical." How someone named Bush could still have "support of the military" after the Iraq war debacle is beyond me.
Chris Morran, writing at The Consumerist, tells us about the new frontier in fake Amazon.com reviews: third parties giving away their products for free (or big discounts) in exchange for an "honest" Amazon review. The best thing about Amazon, back in the day, was that you could read regular folks reviewing products without all that mainstream media slickness; nowadays, of course, you have to be more careful. But Amazon should ban this kind of review, not just because it's basically the end result of a bribe, but because it tends to skew overall ratings of a product (a lot of these "honest" reviews, guess what, give the product five stars).
Finally, dig the morons who are trying to justify Marco Rubio's Mr. Roboto act from the most recent Republican debate. Their tactic, apparently, is to drop a ten-dollar word ("anaphora," which is not also a Prince song) that doesn't even describe what Mr. Rubio did that night in the most literal sense. And they say liberals are the hifalutin thinky-think types? Seriously, read the whole thing, and weep for the stupidity of Republican apologists. (Then, if you have time, read actual smart people in the comments.)