January, 2019 archive
The Art of the Foxconn 0
Scott Bauer delves into how Scott Walker and Wisconsin got Foxconned. A snippet:
Marc Levine, senior fellow and founding director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center of Economic Development, called it “one enormous bait-and-switch.”
Much more at the link.
(Broken link fixed.)
Real Big Men . . . . 0
. . . react to a person whom they perceived as a threat to their phallic personality enhancers.
No News Is No News 0
I know it’s really really cold in parts of the country and I am in no way wishing to minimize that–in face, I’m glad that we’re not in the path of the blast–but this item is, as Zandar is fond of saying, StupidiNews.
Remember, I worked for the railroad for 25 years.
There’s nothing new about railroads’ putting hotpots next to switches to keep switches from icing up. As I write this, it’s -19 Fahrenheits in Chicago. The hotpots would likely be there were it +19 Fahrenheits, if icing were a threat.
The AP should be ashamed of itself.
Originalism Sin 0
Elie Mystal investigates the historical (“originalist,” if you will) meaning of the term “emoluments” and finds that Constitutional “originalists” have no grounds for defending Donald Trump against charges of violating the “Emoluments Clause” of the Constitution.
Then he has a revelation:
Oh, wait, I forgot originalism is a scam devised by Republicans who only care about it when it comes time to restrict the rights of minorities and women.
Follow the link for the rest.
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
The Kansas City Star reports that the shooting happened Friday night while the teen was visiting a Smithville home with several other people. Police say the teen was handling a handgun when it fired. . . . But the teen was pronounced dead a short time later. His name wasn’t immediately released.
And another gun that fired itself . . . .
Giving America the Business 0
In the midst of a ruder-than-usual rant about Donald Trump’s shutdown, the Rude One summarizes why the “run the government like a business” mantra is a con and a scam.
This is why a business mogul should never be president. The government ain’t a corporation. The government ain’t responsible for maximizing the profits of a few. It’s gotta keep working in order to make life better for the most people, ideally.
Follow the link for the rest.
Stray Thought 0
Russian Impulses 0
Shaun Mullen leaves no turn unstoned.
The Wall-Eyed Piker and Emerging Emergencies 0
Elie Mystal is deeply disturbed at how cavalierly the press and public is treating the talk that Donald Trump might declare a national emergency so as to foist his stupid wall on the polity. An excerpt; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).
Well, we should be all terrified, but many people are not. Trump has successfully played the media into talking about Trump’s authority to declare a national emergency as if it’s just one tool among many to “break the stalemate.” Anybody with a working historical knowledge about THE DEATH OF REPUBLICS (sic) knows that strongmen taking on emergency powers when there is no “emergency” is a terminal cancer to representative self-government. Anybody who is from a country that had a democracy and lost it knows this is where things start to go irrevocably wrong. But America is a young country filled with uneducated and easily distracted people.
I commend the complete post to your attention.
Wasted Deep in the Big Muddy 0
The never-ending legacy of President George the Worst: