It is a very strange country we live in. Here, we have a Republican Congressman telling one of his constituents that he can’t support raising the minimum wage because, “it’s just not right”. Then, the very next day, the CEO of Yahoo is given $58 million to NOT work. Somehow, paying an actual worker $3 an hour more will cause the economy to collapse, but giving a guy $58 million to not work is just good business.
Meanwhile, back on the ranch, the Bundy ranch, that is, we learn a little bit more about Cliven Bundy who has been called a patriot by the right wingers. They sure have a funny definition of “patriot” since Bundy has repeatedly said that he doesn’t recognize the federal government. In the photo accompanying the story, Bundy is standing by an American flag on his ranch. If he doesn’t believe the United States exists, why does he wave that flag?
One of the brave armed men who showed up to support Bundy in his mooching from the federal government was an ex-sheriff from Arizona, Richard Mack, who went on Fox News to explain the brave militia’s plan to use the women folk as human shields. His actual thinking was that if a few of the women folk were shot, it would make great TeeVee. I’m sure he was greatly disappointed that there was no bloodshed.
“Way down in Louisiana cross to New Orleans” to quote the great poet Chuck Berry, the state legislature refused to repeal it’s sodomy criminal statute. Everyone in the legislature knew that the statute is unconstitutional, but bowed to the religious right group, the Louisiana Family Forum which wrote: “Louisiana’s anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy and immoral,” I don’t know if any members of the Family Forum have ever been to New Orleans, but I have and consensual adult sex didn’t seem to be much of a concern there.
Speaking of being unconstitutional, next door in North Dakota, a federal judge ruled NoDak’s anti-abortion law to be just that. The most interesting aspect of the case is that North Dakota lawmakers knew the law was unconstitutional. The pandering to the right wing was so bad the judge wrote: “The State has extended an invitation to an expensive court battle over a law restricting abortions that is a blatant violation of the constitutional guarantees afforded to all women.”