March 18, 2014

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031814)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:10 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow.

This continues a two-week catch-up effort, where I am mostly getting to items which may be a bit dated but which many readers might have missed. Other topics are also fair game.

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Feb. 27 — What’s obviously idling way too long is this guy’s mind: Mike Foley, a Cleveland-area Ohio state representative and a Democrat (of course), wants to fine people who leave their cars idling “too long.”

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March 6, at Heritage“The Ten Policy Changes Cruz Thinks Can Transform America.” They would, and for the better.

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March 5, via Ammoland’s AWR Hawkins“Connecticut ‘Does Not Have the Balls’ to Enforce 2013 Gun Ban.” Probably not, but they probably are cowardly enough to pick out people perceived as objectionable for some reason to use as examples in an attempt to intimidate.

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March 3, with another example of how watching MSNBC causes an near-immediate reduction in IQ — “MSNBC’s Maddow: G.W. Bush Is to Blame for Ukraine Crisis”

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March 4, at Heritage“EPA’s Climate Regulations Will Harm American Manufacturing.” These are lowball estimates, because they don’t factor in decisions by companies to have more items made overseas to completely avoid dealing with the U.S. domestic regulatory regime.

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March 10, at Freedom Outpost“CT Cop Who Wants to Kick in Doors & Confiscate Guns Placed on Leave – But Spilled the Beans on What Gun Registration is all About.” Hint: It isn’t “to protect and serve.”

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You read it here first (if the prediction comes true; if not, never mind :—>) — Former NAACP head Ben Jealous’s move to join spreadsheet pioneer and megabucks leftist donor Mitch Kapor means that Jealous is being propped up with enough money that he doesn’t have to worry about having an income when he makes a future run for political office as a U.S. senator or governor (See: Rahm Emanuel, Fannie Mae).

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March 11, at CNN“Why Casino Workers Hate Obamacare.” Briefly stated: “Currently, employers pay 100% of the premiums. The union, which is in contract negotiations, wants to keep it that way. But the spike Obamacare-related expenses could make it tougher to convince employers to pony up more money.”

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March 8, at the Washington Post (Hot Air) — Another myth about Texas debunked (bolds are mine; link is in original):

Texas experienced stronger job growth than the rest of the nation from 2000 to 2013, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Not only that, a pair of researchers note … but Texas leads the nation in creation of jobs at all pay levels, too.

“Texas has also created more ‘good’ than ‘bad’ jobs,” they write. “Jobs in the top half of the wage distribution experienced disproportionate growth. The two upper wage quartiles were responsible for 55 percent of net new jobs. A similar pie chart cannot be made for the rest of the U.S., which lost jobs in the lower-middle quartile over the period.”

We’ve written plenty about how the income gap has continued to grow in recent years and decades, and the same is true with jobs. Nationally, all the jobs created since 2000 were concentrated at the highest- or lowest-paying quartiles. In Texas, however, job creation was more broad-based.

As we noted above, Texas does have a larger share of its population earning the federal minimum wage or less than any state but Idaho, but it helps that things are cheap.

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