Contributed by: filbert Friday, May 07 2010 @ 08:33 PM CST
The traditional (and current) party of oligarchies and machine politics is the Democratic Party. The traditional (and current) party of political and social reform is the Republican Party. Sorry to burst everybody’s balloon, there. But the fact remains that by any objective standard, it is the Democrats who wish to–conservatively–extend the current New Deal/progressive policies that have been enacted for the past century, and that are at the root of our current financial (and, arguably, most of our social) problems today. It is the Republicans (or, more accurately, the politically disaffected Tea Partiers, who are trying to drag the Republicans along kicking and screaming) who are the true forces for change, reform, and real progress in America today.
Global Warming: Future Temperatures Could Exceed Livable Limits, Researchers Find [*5] — Buried in this panic piece: “The study did not provide new evaluations of the likelihood of future climate scenarios, but explored the impacts of warming.” So, “we still don’t know for sure if warming is really occurring, but if it is, it could be really, really bad.” Gee, golly, do ya think?
Black Bears Making Comeback In Missouri: Experts Offer Tips To Avoid Attacks [*7] — “the state Department of Conservation recommends carrying “a weapon or pepper spray.”” Bears don’t know nuthin’ about no Second Amendment, and no First Amendment, neither . . .
Leaving Las Vegas [*8] — “the corporate tax rate (in Macau) ranges from 3 to 12%. Individual tax rates range from 0 to 12%. There are no minimum wage laws in Macao. There is no VAT in Macao. “Resident and non-resident individuals are taxed only on Macau-source income. An individual is considered resident if that person holds an identity card or permanent residence permit issued in Macau.””
Parents Stunned After Son is Accidentally Shot, Killed by Brother [*9] — Kids should not have unsupervised access to firearms. Kids should also not have unsupervised access to power tools, or automobiles. This used to be called “common sense.”
U.S. International Broadcasting in Leaderless Limbo [*11] — American international broadcasting is just bad. The best I’ve heard around the world is the BBC (no surprise there) and China Radio International. You can pick either one up almost anywhere on Earth with a decent shortwave radio.
Senate backs plan attacking “too big to fail” [*12] — Unfortunately, what they’re referring to is Senatorial egos and self-images being “too big to fail.”
Are We Over-Medicating Our Children? [*13] — Are we overmedicating everyone?
White House In A Panic? [*19]