Refraining From Violence

I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere.

— President Barack Obama,
January 28, 2011

In this week’s sift:

  • Now Look What You Made Me Do. When police attacked peaceful protesters in cities around the country this week, the media’s unwillingness to “take sides” insured that Middle America would blame the protesters.
  • Will the Court Throw Out Obamacare? The Supremes will rule on the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality sometime between now and June. Two conservative appellate judges just gave us a preview of what they might do.
  • Paterno and the Bishops. Comparing the Penn State scandal to the Catholic Church scandal, it’s clear that the public attitude towards sexual abuse has changed.
  • Last (two) week’s most popular post. Jobless Recoveries Are Normal Now had 322 views.
  • This week’s challenge. At your church, business, club, or other institutions, raise this question: Where do we do our banking? Many institutional accounts might be ineligible for credit unions, but could your institution move to a local bank more likely to keep your money in the community?

The length of this week’s main articles crowded out Short Notes. As compensation, I offer this amazing photo from Iceland: The full moon illuminates a waterfall, the moonlight creates a rainbow in the spray, and between the foreground of the bow and the background of the starry night sky shine the Northern Lights.

As the Christmas carol says: “O, that we were there.”

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