Household incomes have fallen faster since the end of the Great Recession than they did during it, even as corporations have returned to greater profitability than they reached before the Great Recession.
My investment paid off handsomely this morning when the Times ran a comprehensive piece on the subject of rape and the terms "forcible" and "legitimate" attached thereto.
Read it. It will likely not change anybody's mind but it may encourage us all to take a deep breath, at least, and count to 10.
WASHINGTON — After spending millions of dollars testing four different scanning devices that would allow airline passengers to keep their shoes on at security checkpoints, the United States government has decided for now that travelers must continue to remove their footwear…
New York Times
A Nepalese farmer who was bitten by a venomous snake took revenge by sinking his teeth into the reptile and killing it, police said on Thursday.…
[The guy] was treated at a local clinic and is recovering at home.
Tropical storm Isaac, which is gathering strength in the Caribbean, could strike Florida, hurricane forecasters say, triggering concern it might force a postponement or cancellation of the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week.
TAMPA (The Borowitz Report)—With the threat of Hurricane Isaac hitting Florida next week, the Republican National Committee took the extraordinary step today of moving their 2012 National Convention to the seventeenth century.…
“After exploring a number of options, we decided that moving to the seventeenth century would cause the least disruption,” [an RNC spokesperson] said. “We’re not going to have to change a thing.”
Consider the source.
The Republican Party's convention site is creating an awkward reality at odds with the conservative media mythology that is at the center of the convention's theme.…
The construction of the Tampa Bay Times Forum was majority financed by the public; the arena is owned by local government; and the Republican convention has received tens of millions in government funds to help with costs and security.
Mitt Romney’s campaign is crying foul over a new Obama ad accusing him of promoting bigger class sizes, noting that the president’s own education secretary has also expressed skepticism on the importance of small classes.
*OK, I guess that's not much of an insult any more. But YKWIM.
And even as “mainstream” Republicans were repudiating Akin, they were presiding over the most extreme antiabortion language yet in the 2012 party platform, again calling for a ban even in cases of rape and incest. Although Romney claims to support those exceptions to abortion bans, he didn’t lift a finger to influence the platform – because he couldn’t have if he tried. Todd Akin has more power than Romney on that front.
So the argument that President Obama has made the economy worse is not only central to the Republicans’ case, it’s pretty much all they have.
A year ago this week, President Obama called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop killing his people and step down.
Twelve blood-soaked months later, Obama is threatening military action if there’s evidence that an increasingly desperate Assad is preparing to use chemical or biological weapons on his people or that horribly bad actors could take control of the stockpiles…
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - It was once President Barack Obama's "war of necessity." Now, it's America's forgotten war.
The Afghan conflict generates barely a whisper on the U.S. presidential campaign trail.…
As a U.S. Congressman, Todd serves on three committees: Armed Services, Science and Technology and Budget.Todd Akin, now renowned as the 13th Century Congressman from the State of Misery (here's to you, Candi, wherever you may be) has, on his web site, a section entitled "News and Media" which does not mention any of the, you know, news and media currently devoted to his sorry person. It appears from a piece in the Times this morning Akin's views on feminine plumbing are hardly outré among the Christianists down home. Just because the national R's are cleverly running away from him (although not so fast, it seems, as to outdistance the draft* Republican platform) does not necessarily mean he's in electoral trouble down Misery way.
"He" (I'm saying "he" because almost certainly we're talking about a Mrs. He here) also has home-schooled all six of his children (as have many of his staunchest supporters, according to the aforementioned Times piece), which means, darlin', if civilization has not ended yet it will real soon.
But hardly mentioned in all the hubub is that this cretin serves on the House's Science and Technology Committee.
Which is to say, we're all screwed.
*No longer draft.
Billy Graham was one of many to go skinny-dipping with President Lyndon Johnson in the White House pool.
(Reuters) - U.S. crude oil demand fell to its lowest in nearly four years in July as the middling U.S. economy and fuel efficiency gains weighed on consumption, the American Petroleum Institute said on Friday.
Understated rhetoric aside, AUL's mission is to end all abortions in the United States.…
The U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday that 97 vessels were stranded by low water on the Mississippi River near Greenville, Mississippi…
For the first time since the October war of 1973, Egypt is preparing to send aircraft and tanks to Sinai as part of its offensive against militants in the border area.
At the same time, Israel also announced it will deploy an air defense system near the Egyptian border.…
So ends Richard Bailey's Speaking American and also our tour of the English language that began with The Lexicographer's Dilemma and The Meaning of Everything. Bailey's book, Speaking, gets a little technical at times and is burdened by an awkward system for citations and footnotes, but the story it tells is fascinating and the many, many historical tidbits tucked away in his discussion of American English are delightful to read. The chapter on Chicago in the first half of the 20th Century is worth the price of the book all by itself (IMO). It goes on our list.
TAMPA, Fla. — They hail from the Broadway stage, the control rooms of NBC and the design studios that created sleek sets for Oprah Winfrey and Jon Stewart.
Their craft is slick packaging and eye candy that audiences consume by the millions.
(Not to mention awkward story.)
From the Huffington Post:
Romney, a former private equity executive who is one of the richest men ever to run for president…
WTF? One of the richest? Would that be one of the three richest or one of the 25 richest? The third richest or the 17th richest? Kennedy was certainly rich, and both Bushes, but what about LBJ? Or Carter?
The datastream is clogged with this kind of horsepuckey—coming from both sides of the political aisle—and somehow I expect it will remain until early November.
In 2008, a Reston, VA based corporation called Oceans' Edge, Inc. applied for a patent. On March, 2012 the company's application for an advanced mobile snooping technology suite was approved.
A new nationwide analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent.
Turns out that the wonderful cruises we enjoy today are a direct result of the visionary naval architect William Francis Gibbs, who was obsessed with building the greatest ocean liner of all time a century ago and putting the USA at the top of the industry.…
…metaphorically, the story of Gibbs and the construction of the S.S. United States (completed in 1952) is really a snapshot of the American Dream culminating with this country's mid-century greatness.
I traveled to France in this ship in 1958. Last I saw it (not long ago on the web) it was a heap of rust tied up in Philadelphia.