War? What is it good for? Republicans, maybe

As I’ve mentioned before, a lot of right-wingers are fine with government spending like there’s no tomorrow, as long as it’s on war. So it’s no surprise that a lot of right-wingers are all excited about the need to go into Iraq and save it. And it’ll be totally different from the last time they pushed that. The linked Village Voice article shows another point I’ve made, that no amount of failure can discredit a pundit: Everyone in our out of the Bush White House who said Iraq would be a cakewalk is being treated as if they know what they’re talking about.
And as Roy Edroso says here, we spent 10 years in Iraq. What could staying longer possibly accomplish?
•Though admittedly this makes me wish we did have an effective option. Of course, Saudi Arabia’s horrendously sexist but as they’re our ally, I know our leaders will never come down on their theocratic regime (as former Bush White House official Paul Wolfowitz once said, one of the reasons for invading Iraq was that with Saddam gone, we could remove troops from Saudi Arabia which reduced pressure on the government).
•Consumerist looks at the growing number of auto recalls.
•The Supreme Court will decide when ranting about killing your ex constitutes an actual threat.
Slacktivist links to this analysis of David Brat’s writing (the guy who just beat Eric Cantor) which claims capitalism leads logically to Calvinism and that Christians should be more open to people they’re excluded—that is, liberals need to embrace capitalists and be nice to them (keep in mind this is coming from a guy who ran on an anti-immigrant platform). Oh, and it seems he got his professorial gig because someone paid the college to hire Brat to teach Randian philosophy in economics.
•Contrary to rape apologist George Will, rape victims aren’t eager to bask in their “coveted status.”
•A car backfires. Police, assuming it’s gunfire, shoot the occupants after a chase involving 63 officers (this is from last year but I only just heard about it).
•One company forces workers to follow the owners’ religion.
•Apparently a new book uses quizzes like this to figure out our political affiliation. Because the question of whether you’d prefer to watch a monster truck rally over pro wrestling is certainly deeply revealing. This chart on whether you’re a high-brow or low-brow (for 1949) is actually more thoughtful (possibly because it’s not entirely serious).
•A California school learns asking for essays on whether the Holocaust was real is not a good choice for a “critical thinking” exercise.
•Slate looks at a California court’s decision to gut tenure on the dubious grounds it will attract more teachers to poor schools.
•CEO compensation keeps going up.
•David Brooks claims democracy doesn’t work because it’s not resulting in policies he likes. Paul Krugman responds.
•If headlines treated women like people …
•A Fortune writer says it’s soooo boring when people talk about income inequality.
•A Republican claims falsely that the IUD is an abortifacent. His defense of his error: He’s not a doctor!

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