Just another manic linksday

First off, here’s an interview on Atomic Anxiety about Monster Earth. I’m delighted to know I’m part of “a fantastic lineup of writers” (the story behind my story, Peace With Honor, is here).
•A look at how homeschooling groups terrified the UN Treaty on Disability would take control of their kids away from them (it wouldn’t) sank the Senate confirmation vote. Once again, pause to marvel at how far right they’ve gone—Bob Dole, a war hero and respected ex-senator is now too far to the left (disabled himself, he came out in support of the treaty).
•The Supreme Court recently ruled that yes, walking a drug-sniffing dog along someone’s property lines just to see if it sniffs anything is unconstitutional searching.
•LGM says online courses by star professors boost the college-as-corporation model—more revenue, a drop in education (more here). Meanwhile, in college athletics, it seems if you’re seriously injured playing, the NCAA can revoke your scholarship. Why waste it on someone who’s no longer in shape to contribute to sports profits?
•A new bill protects agribusiness dealing in genetically engineered crops from lawsuits, even if the crops turn out harmful.
•A conservative grumbles that lots of people who get federal aid are cheating. Of course, he’s not talking about military contractors, government privatizers or anyone with power, just poor people.
•A new budget resolution recommends the Congressional Budget Office look at how cutting taxes will boost the economy rather than just lost revenue.
This dodge by Repubs goes back to the 1980s at least: The Reagan administration insisted that by slashing taxes it would boost revenue (it didn’t). Conversely, Clinton-era tax hikes were supposedly going to destroy economic progress. Instead, we got the 1990s boom. At which point the Wall Street Journal, among others, announced we should slash taxes not to boost revenue more but to reduce it. Bush made the same argument for slashing taxes—we should reduce the surplus before government spends it on something (then he began telling us Social Security was going broke …). Speculating on how tax cuts will transform people’s behavior and profit-earning is so fact-free, it makes it easy to cook up any optimistic projection they want.
•Oh, and despite the limping economy, corporations are raking in record profits.
•Another way in which W fudged the WMDs that were supposedly in Iraq: confusing bacteriological weapons with far more deadly nuclear ones.
•A blogger points out that arguing we should have a right to privacy in the bedroom does not mean we get to rape or kill people there. Which is how the late and overrated Robert Bork thought he could prove there was no such right—if there was, a man could rape a woman in private and nobody could do anything about it. Which would be bad logic (assuming the right has to be unlimited) even if having a rape victim there didn’t make it kind of non-private.
•Crooked Timber points out the subtext of a lot of anti-gay marriage arguments: if gay marriage becomes law, we look like bigots, therefore gay marriage is unfair. Roy Edroso looks at right-wing reactions to gay-marriage bans crumbling. Conservative Ross Douthat argues that gay marriage is somehow destroying straight marriage. The proof? Straight marriage was declining even before gay marriage happened (no, I’m not kidding).

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One response to “Just another manic linksday

  1. Hi, Mr. Sherman, Neil Caesar wants me to send you some information about the upcoming Mensa RG in Greenville. Please send your mailing information to me at info@healthlawcenter.com. Thank you. Patsy Swygert

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