Not much time to write, right now. But I want to draw your attention to a few important items.
1. The Google Art Project. This introductory video
includes a special guest appearance by a certain noted comic book writer who has never before done the corporate boosterism thing. Who'd a thunk it?2. I'm getting a bit freaked by the right's willingness to cut military spending.
Previously, a hideously bloated defense budget was the only form of Keynesian stimulus the right would allow. (See: Ronald Reagan.) Earlier this year, I predicted a propaganda barrage designed to convince the American populace that our armed forces are ill-equipped, but it now seems that the barrage ain't gonna happen.
Maybe the far right simply doesn't want
America to come back? After all, Rand Paul's dad is a secessionist. Maybe, within conservative-land, the stars-and-stripes nationalists have been pushed aside by the Deutschland ueber Alles
That would explain a lot
.3. Maniacs and Mubarak
. I love Joan Walsh's piece
on how Glenn Beck and his fellow crazies are spinning the (imminent) fall of Mubarak.
The conservatives hope to play it both ways. If Mubarak falls and Egypt becomes a democracy, the righties will try to take credit: "This all began with George Bush's program for democracy in the Middle East." If Mubarak falls and Egypt descends into chaos and/or theocracy, then the righties will blame Obama for abandoning an ally.4 An absolute must-read:
Dakinkat on corporate taxes.
...corporations here really don’t pay any where near the effective rate.4. Free speech has limits.
There are several reasons for this. First, many of them now set up real or pseudo headquarters in tax and off shore banking havens like the Bahamas or Qatar and place a lot of their operations out of the reach of the IRS. The second is the efficiency of lobbying efforts in getting them so many loopholes that most corporate revenues become exempt. Despite this, corporations use public services and create social costs. Social costs are those costs that the society gets to foot when corporations create problems they or their consumers can pass to the public. A big example is smoking that creates incredible public health issues or pollution. BP is definitely not taking care of the tab for its destruction down here and will most likely escape prosecution for costs the spill will continue to wreck on the environment, livings, and health of people and wildlife in the area. Meanwhile, as an oil business, they are the beneficiary of many, many tax loopholes and direct subsidies.
I saw this image
on Covert History
, which used to support Obama. Frankly, whoever created it should go to jail.
Why do Democratic presidents allow outright expressions of treason
and incitement to violence? I think that this country would witness a marvelously instructive piece of political theater if, for example, a prominent advocate of secession faced legal charges. From the Constitution:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
Inciting secession and presidential assassination is certainly construable as offering adherence, aid and comfort to the enemies of our union.