With the political world all abuzz over the fact that Michele Bachmann managed not to sprout devil wings or sacrificially slaughter a small child to the god Baal, we've got a pretty full slate of Underbuzzed stories today. If you see any I've missed, put 'em in the comments.
- Remember when Rand Paul's supporters physically assaulted a female protester? And one of them justified the attack even after the video of it emerged?
He's been sentenced.
- We already knew what JP Morgan did to Jefferson County, Alabama. And we knew that Jefferson County congressman Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) was one of the prime defenders of JP Morgan's practices. Well, elections have consequences. And now the county that sent Bachus to Congress to protect Wall Street's interests is going to suffer the further economic blow of laying off 1,000 public-sector workers. That won't just hurt the workers and their families, it'll hurt the businesses that rely on those workers' patronage. And JP Morgan? They're enjoying record profits. And I'll bet Jefferson County sends Bachus back to Congress next year, too.
- Ninety-five percent of all military bases maintained by one country but located in another...belongs to the US. Not only does this policy of ours cost us incredible amounts of money, it doesn't make us safe. It makes us less safe.
- Y'know how scary Mexico is? With all the drug violence they export to the US? More than two out of three of their guns come from us. So who's a bigger threat to whom?
- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the recession is God's way of making us adopt his adopt economic policies. And His. Here's what I don't understand: If the economic policies we've been following wouldn't have caused a recession on their own, why wouldn't God want us to follow them? Also, why would God coerce us with a recession rather than just twitching His nose and implementing His economic platform? Mysterious ways.
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