I’m writing early for day 19, and last night the temperature in my apartment dropped only to 86° and remains at 90°. ARGH!! Therefore, this is my only article again.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:45 (average 5:08). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From NY Times: THE Supreme Court’s momentous decisions last week on affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage overshadowed a disturbing trend: in the final two weeks of its term, the court ruled in favor of big business and closed the courthouse doors to employees, consumers and small businesses seeking remedy for serious injuries.
A majority of the justices seem to believe that it is too easy to sue corporations, so they narrowly construed federal laws to limit such suits. These decisions lack the emotional resonance of the cases involving race and sexuality, but they could have a devastating effect on people who have been wronged by companies.
The three cases involved many different areas of law but shared much in common. The five most conservatives justices — Samuel A. Alito Jr., Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. — were in the majority in all cases. All strongly favored big business.
No surprises here. SCROTUS Represents the Republic an Party. The Republican Party represents the 1%. Click through for the details.
From Think Progress: Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi rejected the military’s ultimatum on Monday that he acquiesce to some of the protesters’ demands within 48 hours or “have the army impose its own road map for the country.”
Egypt’s foreign minister also reportedly quit Morsi’s government on Tuesday and Reuters reports that Morsi looks “increasingly isolated, with ministers resigning, the liberal opposition refusing to talk to him and the armed forces, backed by millions of protesters in the street, giving him until Wednesday to agree to share power.”
Rachel summed it up perfectly. Stay tuned.
From Robert Reich: …The modern GOP is based on an unlikely coalition of wealthy business executives, small business owners, and struggling whites. Its durability depends on the latter two categories believing that the economic stresses they’ve experienced for decades have a lot to do with the government taking their money and giving it to the poor, who are disproportionately black and Latino.
The real reason small business owners and struggling whites haven’t done better is the same most of the rest of America hasn’t done better: Although the output of Americans has continued to rise, almost all the gains have gone to the very top.
Government is implicated, but not in the way wealthy Republicans want the other members of their coalition to believe. Laws that the GOP itself championed (too often with the complicity of some Democrats) have trammeled unions, invited outsourcing abroad, slashed taxes on the rich, encouraged takeovers, allowed monopolization, reduced the real median wage, and deregulated Wall Street.
Robert Reich is spot on. I think some small business owners are starting to catch on, but not the KKK and InsaniTEA sets.
Well we know for damn sure he was not a Republican!