I don't know why we're not seeing much about this on the news, but I'm sure they would tell us if there was anything to worry about, right?
Columnist and best-selling author Carl Hiaasen offered to pay for drug testing for all 160 members of the Florida Legislature in what he called "a patriotic whiz-fest." Several of the law's supporters say they're on board.
"There is a certain public interest in going after hypocrisy," Hiaasen said Tuesday, two days after he made his proposal in a Miami Herald column.
"Folks that are applying for DCF (Department of Children and Families) money normally wouldn't be standing in that line, and on top of that humiliation they now get to pee in a cup so they can get grocery money for their kids," Hiaasen told The Associated Press in an interview at his Vero Beach home.
Too bad he'll be dismissed as that "rabid ex-pat."
"Americans Dislike the Tea Party More Than Ever Before."
The Tea Party is that broad cross section of ordinary Americans that stretches all the way from the audience of Rush Limbaugh to the audience of Sean Hannity. Every day people, standing up for what they believe in, which is whatever they're told to believe in. These patriots have had to endure a lot, from listening to Breitbart speak, to being subjected to Michele Bachmann's unblinking stare. And now there's another hardship these average Americans must face -- the dislike of the average American.
A new poll shows that just "28 percent of Americans hold favorable views of the tea party, an all-time low in the 19 months that CNN/ORC pollsters have gauged Americans' feelings about the movement. At the same time, 53 percent of Americans think poorly of the tea party, an all-time high."
And CNN's not alone here. According to the report, "In a pair of Pew Research Center polls conducted in February 2010 and August 2011, disapproval of the tea party jumped from 18 percentage points; the percentage of those who said they liked the movement increased from 33 to 36 percent. Washington Post-ABC and Wall Street Journal-NBC polls also found declining support for the tea party from 2009 to 2010."
What's happening here is more than just familiarity breeding contempt; familiarity is breeding specific knowledge. When the TP first started, people were like, "They're unhappy? I'm unhappy too! Good for them..." But then they started to learn what the 'baggers were unhappy about and it was stuff like communists taking over and birth certificates and other crazy shit. People didn't like that so much. All the "Let's let the US go into default!" batshittery probably didn't help much either.
So keep doing what you're doing, 'baggers. It's working out great for all the people you think are your enemies. (Mother Jones)
Smart people love Perry:
NPR: Nice Polite Republicans
NPR justifies their radio silence on the Wall St. protests:
"The recent protests on Wall Street did not involve large numbers of people, prominent people, a great disruption or an especially clear objective."
–NPR Executive editor for news Dick Meyer
But you get some teabagging dingbat screaming that the Kenyan Usurper Hawaiian Devil Baby is a socialist taking away their freedoms, and they get a full hour with Konan-the-Librarian.
The Afghan war is getting more violent, as security incidents have increased 39 percent so far this year over the comparable period of 2010, according to a new UN report. The U.S.-led coalition disputes those numbers, saying the report is "inconsistent with the data that we have collected." Violence decreased 20 percent in July compared to July 2010, the coalition said.