June 28th, 2012

ATOM

Suddenly, "ObamaCare" sounds like a nice thing!

It may not be, but at least in its current form it is perfectly constitutional law.

It passed 'muster'.

Nothing fancy, just a question. Or three

How does the SCOTUS decision upholding the reforms now known fondly as ObamaCare play into the political fight?

Is this a political victory or just another 'reason' to elect the Mittens "I'll dismantle ObmamaCare and replace it with RomneyDon'tCare"

Me? I think it's kind of cool and a step toward a Star Trek™ Universe. As a small business person, I can use the tax credits and we REALLY want to provide affordable health care to our staff and managers. I"m surprised, but not disappointed. This system is fucked. ObamaCare is a good start.
Peaceful

When the Krugmanian Alien Invasion comes, who do you want at the helm?

Keynesian idiocy aside, this is pretty important. It turns out that the majority of surveyed Americans would rather have Ob-ma as president than Rhombus if a malevolent alien force arrives to Earth. From USA Today:

The results are in: Seventeen percent of Americans don't believe UFOs exist, 36% think they do, and 48% aren't sure. The survey was commissioned for National Geographic Channel's series Chasing UFOs, premiering Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

Nearly 65% think Barack Obama would be better suited than Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion.


I agree with this. That drone fleet is no f'ing joke, and Ob-ma has demonstrated that he'll kill women, children, wedding-goers, funeral-goers, school kids in school with it, etc. -- he doesn't have any qualms about tearing it up. Aliens want no part of that.

Romney would be against the alien invasion before he was for it, and knowing him, he'd sell out the world to the aliens so fast it would make your head spin. They'd just have to send a lobbyist with a couple of suitcases full of whatever currency we'd be changing to.

TEAM OB-MA when the aliens come!
Godzilla, default

Germany says religious circumcisions are crimes:

http://www.thelocal.de/society/20120626-43383.html

I think that this can't possibly end well. The Germans messing with Jewish circumcisions at this point in time is hardly the best move from a PR standpoint. And it is Jewish circumcisions, because Muslims tend not to circumcise kids at birth, they do that later when the kids are somewhat older. Personally I think circumcision as a cultural rite is.......unusual......but I hardly see where states should start stepping into these waters, because this is the kind of waters where people get up to their asses in alligators.
toon

The unintended hegemon

OK, my turn for an exercise in geopolitics. And this one's gonna be about Iran. Nowadays Iran is in a sort of a paradoxical situation, at least from a first sight. What's unique in its situation is that a predominantly Persian country, the only non-Arab state in the Middle East, and a Shia rather than Suni state at that, is on its way to assuming the leading role in the region. Despite all of the West's efforts to achieve just the opposite. Ironically, this uniqueness is probably helping Iran more than hindering it as it used to. And it wasn't that long ago when with the help of Saddam's Iraq, Shiite Iran was almost locked from access to the rest of the Middle East. And the Wahhabi Saudi princes in the 90s would give just an arrogant smirk whenever they heard the name of the Shiite ayatollahs being mentioned.

Today, the Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia who's been seen as the banner carrier of Suni domination in the Middle East, is trembling of paranoia from its own Shia minority (15% of the country's population), who they fear are closet supporters of Iran. Not to mention the Shia majorities in Iraq, Bahrain and the significant Shia community in Lebanon. And the King of Jordan has started using rhetoric about "a Shia crescent", an Iranian conspiracy in the Middle East. He has included this in his repertoire for a decade now. And sure, the reasons for concern among the Arab monarchs are pretty many. Moreover, the threat of Iran acquiring nuclear capabilities is giving them many sleepless nights.


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