Just Say No | Robert Kuttner

The No vote to austerity by a margin of 62 to 38 is a stunning vindication of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsiprass tactical gamble and political savvy. However, the Greeks and the austerity-mongers, most notably in Germany, remain as far apart as ever.The press and the European financial elite played Tsiprass surprise referendum as reckless and suicidal. Much of the E.U. establishment was savoring a Yes vote, a Tsipras resignation, and a new center-right unity government as enablers of austerity. But Tsipras demonstrated that he has a far surer grasp of his own people than the Berlin-Brussels echo chamber.The elite press has tended to play this tragedy as a case of Greek self-destruction. The larger story, in truth, is the self-destruction of the European Union.In the short run, the Greek No vote has smoked out the true goals of the worst of the austerity faction such as German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble — to force Greece out of the Eurozone. Schauble, abetted by much of the financial press, tried to redefine the referendum as a vote on whether Greece should keep the euro.

via Just Say No | Robert Kuttner.

How the South Skews America – Michael Lind – POLITICO Magazine

Every year the Fourth of July is marked by ringing affirmations of American exceptionalism. We are a special nation, uniquely founded on high ideals like freedom and equality. In practice, however, much of what sets the United States apart from other countries today is actually Southern exceptionalism. The United States would be much less exceptional in general, and in particular more like other English-speaking democracies such as Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were it not for the effects on U.S. politics and culture of the American South.

via How the South Skews America – Michael Lind – POLITICO Magazine.

Greek economy close to collapse as food and medicine run short | World news | The Guardian

Greece’s economy is on the brink of collapse after the capital controls imposed ahead of Sunday’s referendum left the country with shortages of food and drugs, the tourist industry facing a wave of cancellations and banks with barely enough money to survive the weekend.

Banks said they had a €1bn cash buffer to see them through the weekend – equal to just €90 (£64) a head for the 11 million-strong population – and would require immediate help from the European Central Bank on Monday whatever the result of the referendum, in which the two sides are running neck and neck.

via Greek economy close to collapse as food and medicine run short | World news | The Guardian.

Chris Christie 2016: New Jersey wants Christie to resign – POLITICO

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be officially in the running for the White House, but he’s getting no love from Garden State voters in a Monmouth University poll released Thursday. In fact, a majority of adults surveyed said Christie should resign now that he is a candidate.

A majority of New Jerseyans think their governor has abandoned the state (56 percent to 35 percent) and that he should resign (57 percent to 37 percent) because he is now campaigning for office. Just 26 percent of those surveyed said Christie could govern the state well while running for the presidency, while 71 percent said he could not.

via Chris Christie 2016: New Jersey wants Christie to resign – POLITICO.

A Comprehensive List of Everyone Trying to Sever Ties With Donald Trump

Noted asshole Donald Trump recently made asshole history, giving a goddamn presidential campaign announcement so racist that the network responsible for Outsourced was uncomfortable remaining associated with him.

NBC, however, is just one of many entities that have distanced themselves from Trump since he asserted Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists last month. Here, for your reading pleasure, is a current list of everyone who has decided to dump the Trump.

via A Comprehensive List of Everyone Trying to Sever Ties With Donald Trump.

▶ Robert Reich – Military Industrial Congressional Complex – YouTube

▶ Robert Reich – Military Industrial Congressional Complex – YouTube.

Indiana woman interrupts housework to rant against same-sex marriage: ‘Cleanse us from all unrighteousness’

tearful Indiana housewife lashed out at gays, liberals, Muslims, and “lukewarm” Christians in a wacky four-and-a-half-minute video posted on her Facebook page.

Becky Wegner Rommel interrupted some light housework to record her overwrought rant, quickly working herself into a lather over anyone who is insufficiently angry over same-sex marriage.

“This is a very sad day for a lot of Christ followers because today our government decided that everything that God created his church to be — as man, as woman, Adam and Eve — five justices decided that God was wrong,” Rommel said.

She said that God had always intended for marriage to be a union between one man and one woman, and she reminded President Barack Obama that Islamic extremists were, in fact, Muslims.

via Indiana woman interrupts housework to rant against same-sex marriage: ‘Cleanse us from all unrighteousness’.