Two medical crises brought one financially stable family to its knees. And their story is happening all across America.
Amazingly, the Times covers this:
Michael Stoops, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, said about a dozen advocacy groups around the country were actively moving homeless people into vacant homes — some working in secret, others, like Take Back the Land, operating openly.
Good. Why not? Read more about More green shoots: Take Back The Land
Ten priests say that the University of Notre Dame risks its "true soul" by inviting President Barack Obama.
And Arizona State University decides that Obama's historic historicism isn't enough to merit an honorary degree.
On the former story, it's shocking to see priests defying the Lord's will. Read more about This day in electoral college commencement
Well, actually Democrats.com is calling this a rally to "break up the banks", but I like Krugman's phrase better (I swear he's reading Lambert....)
In spite of my hackles rising at the selling of this event ("an exciting, youth-led grassroots movement", what does that remind me of?) I expect to be there. Anyone else? Read more about Exciting rally to make banking boring tomorrow in more than 60 cities and towns
Elizabeth Warren proposes four common factors for a workable bailout, based on success from the past. Transparency, assertiveness, accountability, and clarity. By these criteria, this from the Fed is a FAIL: Read more about Fed, in transparency FAIL, tells banksters to STFU on stress test results
(Not to hijack the branding, or anything.) Eric Hobsbawm writes:
[T]he basic idea that dominated economics and politics in the last century has patently disappeared down the plughole of history. This was the way of thinking about modern industrial economies, or for that matter any economies, in terms of two mutually exclusive opposites: capitalism or socialism.
In one of these freakonomical perverse results, apparently right-wing memes about socialism have been overused and are hence rebounding against them. Via Yglesias:
Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 20% disagree and say socialism is better. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure which is better. Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided.
Trawling through the Pravda web site reveals more juicy amusingness. Yes, I know, it is not news that it is a buffet of nuttiness. This time it is Sir Cabbagemallet, keeping the dream alive:
Having thus bravely rallied the international community and summoned the United Nations -- a fiction and a farce, respectively -- what was Obama's further response? The very next day, his defense secretary announced drastic cuts in missile defense, including halting further deployment of Alaska-based interceptors designed precisely to shoot down North Korean ICBMs. Such is the "realism" Obama promised to restore to U.S. foreign policy.
Can we all take a moment for a mocking chuckle at the hard right thinktankazoids? Jesse Taylor has an entertaining take on Ramesh Ponnuru's plan for expanding health insurance. Read more about "What a curious mystery this all is!"
This, by the way, was buried deep in the biz section of the WaPo web site, but it was front and center on the print edition, a copy of which I managed to get my hands on today. Just so you know what the federal government was reading today.
If I were willing to spend the time, I'd have photoshopped his head onto Jamie Bamber's body. In *that* scene. BSG fans know what scene I am talking about.
The comments aren't bad, though. Read more about Helicopter Ben: EXTRA DREAMY