Great Retorts

Charles Pierce has a first-rate rant on the Trayvon Martin murder (yeah, I’m calling it murder) that includes this retort to Geraldo Rivera’s “Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a hoodie.”

“And every time I see someone convicted of ripping off pension funds, he’s wearing a $500 suit.”

Actually, I don’t think that’s true. It’s more like a $1500-$2500 suit, if not higher. It may have been awhile since Mr. Pierce shopped for a suit. But it’s a good point.

Someone asked Newt about polls that say many Republicans think the President is a Muslim. And Newt actually said, “Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he’s Muslim]?” And John Cole asked, “Why Does Newt Gingrich Behave in Ways That People Would Think He is an Asshole?

And finally — it surprises me that Rick Ungar writes for Forbes, since the rest of their writers are obvious Koch Brother puppet think tank hacks. Ungar tends to get his facts straight, however, so do read “The Giant Medicare Fraud Committed By Congress: Repeal Of The IPAB.” Compare/contrast to this insipid puff piece on the imbecilic Paul Ryan at Fox.

For more on IPAB and why it’s a good thing, and why Big Pharma wants to kill it, see Sarah Klliff.