Single, unmarried Mom, Bristol Palin's argument in opposing gay marriage:
"We know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home."
The irony, apparently missed by Bristol, is that Bristol is, of course, an unmarried Mom raising a child without a father in the home, the child being the result of an out of wedlock teen pregnancy. To top it off, Bristol also made sarcastic remarks about the Obama children on her blog. Bristol was clearly raised as a good Republican by Sarah, both believe they can run your life and make rules for how you live, while as Republicans and hypocrites, they are beyond criticism or accountability for their own actions or words.
I know some people might suggest the money spent on these rockets could be better spent lifting their people out of poverty, but given their population of well over a billion people, I think that forcing them into either/or options is narrow thinking.
Krugman explains why the ruble has fallen more then the deflation of the price of oil. He looks at all the debt that the oligarchs has accumulated out side of Russia. All this debt is held in foreign currency and not in rubles. Normally this type of currency crash happens when high foreign debt is caused by government over borrowing and low exports. This is not the case because exports have been high in Russia and government borrowing low. The private sector has been accumulating assets out side of Russia with heavy borrowing.
It is a good read. I like how in the end he brings up the love affair some of the far right's with Putin. Like I said in a comment on the other thread on this subject. Russia is a far right's wet dream.