Wheat bread today. I'm really happy that I decided around this time last year to learn how to bake bread. Each loaf gets better and better. Its not hard to do, although a bit time consuming, but the bread tastes great, it makes the house smell wonderful, and its cheaper than buying loaves at the grocery. Only issue is trying to get uniform slices. I usually wind up with a sandwich that has one thick slice and one thin slice, or slices that are thin on the top and thick on the bottom, but I understand there are devices to address that issue.
In a ruling that could reverberate far beyond Detroit, a federal judge held on Tuesday that this battered city could formally enter bankruptcy and asserted that Detroit’s obligation to pay pensions in full was not untouchable.
Judge Rhodes' decision means that municipalities can quite literally steal their employees' labor and productivity through mismanagement and corruption.
What's to stop a municipalty from cutting taxes to an unsustainable level, going in the red, declaring bankruptcy, and shedding pension obligations? The cynic in me see that as a feature, not a bug.
The Washington, D.C.-based United Coalition of Reason filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court, describing an ad-buying effort that started in 2011. Late that year, according to the complaint, the organization reached out to Port Authority and asked to place on buses an ad that “consisted of a background of blue sky and white clouds with the following text: ‘Don’t believe in God? You are not alone,’ and the website address of a local group.”
According to the complaint, Port Authority attorney Michael Cetra rejected the proposed ad, indicating that the agency doesn’t run “non-commercial” material.
If you click on the above link, you'll see a Port Authority bus bearing an informational advertisement for Pennsylvania's suspended Voter ID law. I'm pretty sure that qualifies as "non-commercial" material.
And that's why the Port Authority should just run the UCR's ad, because they're very likely to lose the lawsuit.
"In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world," he said. "This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting."
Doesn't mean I plan on turning religious anytime soon though.