From July, 2013

Fantastically Good News

Everyone will be pleased to note that President Obama is going to give “a series of back-to-back speeches” on the economy. That’s a series of two speeches in a row; surely a comfort to those who have lost jobs and lost economic ground during this administration, and who have to worry about how to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads and the heads of their families–never mind the idea of occasionally going out, taking vacations and having enough money to send the kids to college when the time comes. Since, as we all know, speeches…

Decisions, Decisions

Between Chomsky and Žižek, I would prefer to root for intellectual injuries. But if I have to choose, I choose Žižek. He has Chomsky dead to rights in the excerpted quote.

More Obamacare Revelations

We continue to find out what is in the health care reform bill: Contrary to earlier promises, you may not be able to keep your doctor. Unions–who aren’t exactly members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy–don’t like the new health care reform law. We seem to have ourselves an imperial presidency. Those who claimed that the last administration exercised imperial presidential powers are curiously silent.

Quote of the Day

Presently before the court is the motion of the defendant, Sony Pictures Classics, Inc. (“Sony”), seeking dismissal pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). The plaintiff, Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC (“Faulkner”) has responded in opposition. The court has viewed Woody Allen’s movie, Midnight in Paris, read the book, Requiem for a Nun, and is thankful that the parties did not ask the court to compare The Sound and the Fury with Sharknado. Further, the court has thoroughly considered the filings and relevant law. The motion is due to be granted. At issue in this case is whether a single line…

How Easy Will It Be to Implement Obamacare?

Not very easy, according to this post. I suppose that it is possible that anonymous sources in the Obama administration might be leaking worrisome quotes and information in advance on instruction from their superiors. That way, if anything goes wrong, the public will be prepared and subsequent public outrage might be lessened, and if things go startlingly right, then the implementation of Obamacare will look like an astonishing success story whose success will be magnified by the fact that everyone initially thought implementation would be a nightmare. But that would require a lot of cunning and conniving on the part of…

You Know What Would Be Nice to Have in This Country? Some Economic Liberty. That’s What.

Link: The state of Kentucky believes that writing a newspaper column is not protected by the First Amendment. On May 7, Kentucky’s office of attorney general sent a letter to newspaper advice columnist John Rosemond. The letter ordered him to sign a consent decree that he would stop practicing psychology without a license in their state, and stop calling himself a psychologist in Kentucky as well, since he was not licensed by the state’s Board of Examiners of Psychology. The kicker is that Kentucky claims that writing an advice column that appears in a newspaper in the state—in the specific case…

I Wish This Story Were a Hoax

But in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, it’s all too true: Poor women have been exploited at their most vulnerable time by a hospital that charged them $5 every time they screamed during child birth.  The shocking discovery was made by a U.S. group that campaigns against corruption, as it released its annual Global Corruption Barometer.  At the hospital in Zimbabwe, one of the poorest countries in the world, the fine was said to be for ‘raising a false alarm’, according to Transparency International. Women who were unable to pay the fine were allegedly kept in the hospital until their families could…