It’s been too busy to write, but here are a few interesting things that deserve attention:
– Houston Pastors whine about being subpoenaed in the lawsuit THEY filed over THEIR own fraudulent petitions in a gay-baiting campaign to stop the City’s equal rights ordinance.
Lawyers defending the city asked the pastors who filed the lawsuit to submit transcripts of their communications (pdf) to organizers, including their sermons on the matter. Their statements from the pulpit are likely to be used as evidence of the apparent lack of concern for rules on what constitutes a valid petition signature. In a response made to be sung to a tune played on the world’s smallest violin, Fox News blowhard Todd Starnes cried persecution and the far-right propaganda machine has fallen in on the harmony. In an unsurprising development, those pastors have now discovered a Constitutional principle they were previously unaware of – the separation of church and state.
– For the moment we’ve stopped hyperventilating about ISIS in order to hyperventilate about Ebola.
Anyone who ever sat next to someone who knew someone who had a cousin who visited Dallas is now taking their temperature every ten minutes – and taking interviews with Fox News. Nigeria and Senegal have both managed to snuff out local outbreaks of Ebola in extremely crowded cities with miserable hygienic conditions, but we’re all going to die. The immigrant children mess was embarrassing. The ISIS freakout was cynical. This makes us look like a nation of bed-wetting neurotic morons.
– Polls in many of the major midterm elections are so close that it all comes down to turnout.
The dynamics of that turnout are very much in doubt. Courts have overturned vote suppression campaigns in several key states and registration campaigns in places like Georgia appear to have been very successful. Early voting in North Carolina is suggesting surprising voter turnout among Democrats. It will be an interesting ride.
– And under the category “Things conservatives won’t blame Obama for:”
Number of new applications for unemployment hit a 14-year low last month.
The dollar is surging in value.
Federal budget deficits have been in decline every year since the last Bush budget, finally dipping below its 40-year average of 3% of GDP this year.
Oil prices are hitting new lows on a combination of rising US dollar, increases in US and Canadian oil output, and supply increases from Saudi Arabia. US gasoline prices are below $3 across much of the country.
Medicare costs in the nightmarish age of Obama continue their surprising decline, putting US budgets back on a path toward health (no pun intended).
Oh, and Sharia Law hasn’t been implemented in the US…yet. Standing by on that one. These are just a few of the reasons why Obama is the worst President in history.