I’ve been writing about America’s dramatic right turn and the consequent head-spinning new (un)reality, which includes, among other things, the rehabilitation of George W. Bush, vanishing oil spills, an assault on women’s rights, a rally by Martin Luther Beck, Jr. and the establishment of mosque-free zones.
By way of further example, here are stories we’re talking about today:
Apparently, fear of “social justice” is spreading in conservative circles. “A top Republican on financial issues said Thursday he was concerned that Elizabeth Warren would use a position in a new consumer protection agency to promote “social justice.”
So at least eight months after the President imposed the death penalty on this American citizen without charges … the Obama administration is now “considering” filing criminal charges against him. If it were Obama’s goal to replicate the mentality of the Wonderland Queen as completely as possible, could he do a better job than this: I, the President, hereby unilaterally sentence Anwar Awlaki to death . . . (8 months later): we shall now consider charging him with a crime, giving him a trial, and obtaining a verdict. ” Sentence first — verdict afterward,” said the Queen.
There is widespread agreement among the administration’s legal team that it is lawful for President Obama to authorize the killing of someone like Mr. Awlaki — regardless of his citizenship — if he is found in an ungoverned place or in a country that grants permission. (The details of any arrangement with Yemen are unclear.)
Documents obtained by the investigative journalism group ProPublica revealed that the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security (OHS) has been gathering information on the peaceful political activities of environmental activists opposed to a controversial form of gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” In addition, the documents strongly suggest that the Pennsylvania OHS was actively taking sides in the political dispute between environmentalists and drilling companies.
The poverty rate jumped to 14.3 percent in 2009, up from 13.2 percent a year earlier and the highest rate since 1994, the Census Bureau said Thursday. Last year, a record 43.6 million people were in poverty, up from 39.8 million in 2008 — the third consecutive increase. “The number of people in poverty in 2009 is the largest number in the 51 years for which poverty estimates have been published,” the Census Bureau said. … A chief executive officer of a Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 index company was paid, on average, $9.25 million in total compensation in 2009.
Another day in America, circa the stone age.
- The pervasive oppression of women and girls
- Threats to justice everywhere
- Are we a moral society?
- The torture of disabled children in American schools
- Patton Oswalt, I’m sorry you’re so wrong about Boston
- “No more hurting people”
- A Reader’s Guide to Anti-Hillary Themes
- Tobacco kills: grim stats on smoking
- The top ten list you shouldn’t be reading
- The truth no one will tell about the Sandy Hook slaughter
- Climate change compendium: tracking our planetary calamity
- Is the progressive blogosphere dead?
- Fearing death and facing death
- Climate change is here
- The Global War on Women
- deal shows 'coming alive' of WTO - Financial Times
- China on Track for Big Trade Surplus After Exports Surge - New York Times
- JPMorgan China Hiring Probe Spreads to Five More Banks, NYT Says - Bloomberg
- 5 trends beneath the surface in Nov. jobs report - STLtoday.com
- Fed Odds of Tapering Double as Jobs Beat Estimate - Businessweek
- Graphene Is Going to Change the World - Guardian Express
- Apple launching iBeacons to guide store visitors - USA TODAY
- Stranded pilot whales not found, teams called off - USA TODAY
- T-Mobile Boosts LTE Speeds - Atlanta Black Star
- Robust Skeleton Suggests Human Ancestor Was Champion Climber and Walker - Nature World News
- FDA approves $84000-a-treatment heptatitis C drug - ModernHealthcare.com
- Gene therapy: A new hope for blood cancers - The Columbian
- Hong Kong Quarantines 19 People After Second Case of H7N9 - Businessweek
- Suffering from Alzheimer's, Georgia man fatally shot after knocking on stranger's ... - NewsNet5.com
- Test that can give two year warning of Alzheimers - Daily Mail
- World must sustainably produce 70 per cent more food by mid-century - UN report
- Global partners commit $12 billion to UN-backed fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria
- UN says 15,000 people need humanitarian aid in flood-hit region of Niger
- Funding shortage forces UN agency to reduce food assistance in DR Congo
- World AIDS Day: UN hails gains in combating virus, urges greater action towards 'zero discrimination'
- UN urges probe into serious human rights abuses by traditional hunters in Côte d'Ivoire
- UN refugee agency urges Dominican Republic to restore nationality of Haitian citizens
- Azerbaijan must ensure accountability for acts of violence against women - UN expert
- Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai among winners of 2013 UN human rights prize
- Ban inaugurates accessibility centre at UN Headquarters
- ‘Mixed picture' of women's progress shows need to better harness synergies - UN official
- Pop superstar Katy Perry lends voice to UNICEF to improve lives of world's children
- UN agency welcomes selection of two female negotiators for Colombia's peace talks
- New UN report details widespread psychological distress of Syria's refugee children
- UN calls for immediate action after reported killings of children in DR Congo capital