A 10-month-old was doused with ice water when her grandfather did the Ice Bucket Challenge above her, and her father is angry. "I was shocked," said the girl's father, Claude Dalcour. "Everybody I know was pretty much shocked and appalled." read more
Yet, we are suffering not at all from having kept out of other people's wars in Georgia, Crimea, Donetsk, Syria and Iran.
Speaking of the debate over U.S. air strikes in Syria, the New York Times writes, "There are too many unanswered questions to make that decision now, and there has been far too little public discussion for Mr. Obama to expect Americans to rally behind what could be another costly military commitment."
Dangerous Minds: A new report from the National Poverty Center (NPC) throws the disturbing trend of "extreme poverty" (as opposed to mere "deep poverty") into stark relief: There are currently an astonishing 1.65 million American households (with 3.55 million children living in them) where each family member lives on less than $2 a day! Mull that over for a moment. Half the country is near or below the poverty line already! ... Far from being Ronald Reagan's "rising tide that lifts all boats," in 2013 American-style capitalism is a raging tsunami of economic degradation, battering her own people against its rocks.
When it comes to supporting the national push to legalize marijuana in several states, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democratic colleagues should just inhale. It might save their jobs. Armed with powerful statistics, Brookings Institution expert John Hudak said that having pro-marijuana initiatives on the fall ballot should draw younger, passionate Democrats to the polls and help Reid keep his leadership position and the Senate in Democratic hands.
In an interview with Salon's Thomas Frank, public intellectual Cornel West expressed the depths of his disappointment with the presidency of Barack Obama. "The thing is," West told Frank, Obama "posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free." "He posed as if he was a kind of Lincoln," West continued, but "we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist."