A list of some news items that caught my attention.
- The DOJ issued an internal memo laying out the legal justification for killing American citizens using drones and NBC got a hold of it. I’ve been ambivalent about drones (not a supporter, just ambivalent). But this shows that the White House has established a policy that American citizens who are considered to be enemies of the U.S. because the aid and abet terrorists groups that are trying to harm the U.S. can be targeted because we are at war. Unfortunately, the War on Terror is not a finite thing and therein lies the problem. I support the President on most things but on this, I DO NOT. Here’s a great article on the nuances of the policy and some recommendations for what should be done.
- Baby Boomers, folks in their 50’s and early 60’s, were hit harder by the Recession than other age groups, so much so that their average life span has been reduced by three years. But hey, best health care system in the world…..NOT!
- The Postal Service is ending Saturday mail delivery but do you know why? Because the Republicans in Congress forced them to pay their retiree health care costs up front in 2006 (something no other agency in federal government has to do) and then later refused to actually fund that expenditure. So it wasn’t anything the USPS did wrong. Congress has been trying to kill the USPS for years now.
- The little boy being held hostage in Alabama was freed by an FBI raid of the bunker. What you might not know is that the Mother of the boy actually asked the police to do their best not to hurt the kidnapper. Her reasoning, he was a sick man who needed help. Now that is a truly empathetic person.
- Republican factions have begun infighting because one wing is blaming the other for Romney’s loss. The Karl Roves of the world are squaring up against Tea Party members. Karl Rove and his supporters represent the Washington insider, the practical Republican who does whatever it takes to win and they expect party obedience. Tea Party members don’t like to “fall in line” with the party and tend to support candidates that take principled stances (meaning stances that fit into their worldview). It’s funny, both in an ironic and haha kind of way, that neither wing of the party is looking at their ideas as being rejected by voters, just the way in which they presented those ideas. So they’re having conferences where consultants are telling Republicans things like never, ever to use the word “rape” again in a public setting. From their viewpoint, it’s not that so many of them think rape is sometimes justified that turns off female voters, it’s the fact that they share that thought with the public. Meanwhile liberals are making popcorn and sitting down to enjoy the show.
- The President’s skeet shooting photo is being mocked. I get this because the White House should have let the derision over the skeet shooting comment during an interview just fade into obscurity. Putting out that picture was like putting Dukakis in the tank. Now there are conservatives declaring that the photo is not legitimate and was photoshopped. I don’t get this. Everything is not about fooling you. Maybe this growing paranoid subculture in the U.S. is based on narcissism….that arguably the most powerful man in the world has the time to cater to some idjits who think that everything revolves around them and that they and they alone know the truth. Riiiiiiiiiiight……..Sigh….
- Since the President dominated among Hispanics in the last election, receiving 75% of their vote, the Republicans have taken notice. Their answer? Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) proposed yesterday that anyone whose illegal immigrant parents brought them to the U.S. as children be granted citizenship. Wait, isn’t that the Dream Act? Yep. So why now? Why didn’t you support it before? Oh, they rejected you and now you’re hoping to tap into future Hispanic Voters. It’s gonna take a lot more than this little morsel to make that happen, bub.