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Twenty Sigma: Chaos and Order in American Governance.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on April 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

1987's crash, Black Monday, shouldn't have happened. Yes, morally, that's true, but I'm not simply talking about that. I'm talking about in statistical terms, if we're dealing with things from a normal distribution. We should have been able to wait billions of years and never see a day on the stock market like this, the odds being 10 to the 50th power that things would ever turn out that way.

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Hope is Optional. Change isn't.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Recently, I've started doing thirty-minute walks about every day, during my lunch hour in the city I work. For the sake of variety, I try not to take the same route too much. Having done so for a while, I've seen much of my city, many of the layers of change that it has undergone, and that it continues to undergo. More than ever, it leads me to see the necessity for actively dealing with our nation's change.

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Public Sector Still Slowing Job Gains

Posted by Adam Ducker on March 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Comparing public and private sector job growth to other recessions shows a pretty stark contrast.

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America Contradicts Itself, For it Contains Multitudes

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on February 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Glenn Beck's response to a Super Bowl Commercial that showed a diverse selection of Americans, and "America the Beautiful" in multiple languages is correct in almost every way, except the way that matters most. He says that one's reaction to such a commercial can set one apart, that if one doesn't like the diversity presented, that you won't feel like you fit in, that you'll feel like a racist or something. Well, if the shoe fits...

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Republicans and Boiling Water on the Stove

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on January 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Sometimes we'd like to do without pain, without fear and shame. So often, it makes us vulnerable to those we'd rather not be vulnerable to. However, despite the fact that this is often true, and as a Democrat I've had to deal with such issues in my party, I find that it's useful to have a sense of where your limits are, and what behaviors you should not repeat.

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December Jobs A Disapointment, Unemployment Shrinks

Posted by Adam Ducker on January 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

The workforce continued to recede as it's done for most of the last decade. While jobs only grew by 74,000 unemployment still declined to 6.7%.

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The Right-Wing Atmosphere of Failure

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on January 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM

What's the point of giving the right wing more power? All they seem to be interested in is cancelling out one man, one party's legacy. Success isn't in their vocabulary when it comes to government. If we want government that works for us, we have to stop rewarding those who choose to deliberately cause failures in order to advance their cause.

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The War on Christmas... Spirit!

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on December 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM

It never occurred to me that when I was being wished happy holidays, that I as a Christian was being slighted. Christmas is one such holiday, really. Now we're getting stories where folks are getting angry about what color skin our birthday boy or jolly old elf have. I frankly don't know what they're actually protecting or saving by getting angry. The very fact that they're going out of their way to pick a fight just makes me roll my eyes.

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More Jobs For November, Unemployment Declines to 7.0%

Posted by Adam Ducker on December 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

It was another good month for jobs. Payrolls grew by 203,000 and the previous two months were 8,000 higher than initially reported. Over 2.2 million people have joined the workforce in the last 12 months and 6.5 million in the last three years.

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Critical Mass On the Nuclear Option

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

About eight years ago, we had this debate, and it was resolved in favor of most of the few nominees blocked being allowed to move on. Now, things are different, and Republicans will likely call Democrats hypocrites for taking the nuclear option. However, Republicans had to be hypocrites first, in absolute and historic excess, for this to have occurred.

Especially with Harry Reid!

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Critics Still Complaining About the September 2012 Jobs Report

Posted by Adam Ducker on November 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

The New York Post brings us this laughable piece: Census 'faked' 2012 election jobs report. Wow. Where to begin?

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The Party of Denial

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM

The Republicans have been gleefully bashing Obama for the loss of about five million policies under the Healthcare law. It doesn't mean these people will all go uninsured. No, a significant number qualify for both better and cheaper coverage, and even those who face more expensive policies will actually get more reliable, more comprehensive coverage. But there are about five million people who won't get covered period, and this has nothing to do with Obama, and everything to do with the Republican Party's deliberate sabotage of the Healthcare law.

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Sorry. Out of Panic Here. Afraid I'll Have To Grow a Spine.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM

I'm an IT Professional. As such, I keep a close eye on what a lot of tech corporations and institutions are doing. Let me tell you something about the tech world: things are always screwing up, always getting fixed, and always getting broken again. There are plenty of ill-fated, poorly programmed applications and websites in the private sector. So am I panicking? No. I'll leave the panicking to the deadbeats, who think everything is just supposed to work by magic.

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Decent growth for October jobs

Posted by Adam Ducker on November 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

BLS found 204,000 more payroll jobs in October and revised September and August upward by 60,000 jobs. The average over the previous 12 months is now 194,000 jobs a month. That's not too bad.

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Memos Through the Back Door

Posted by AllardK on April 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

What does it mean to not possess legal status but still be not unlawfully present in the USA? It seems one has to wait for the latest lawsuit by the ACLU against the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to see what definition issued by which department will confer what kind of status on someone who arrived in the country without following the law. And to see how any paticular State reacts with legislation or orders of its own.

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Jeff Bezos Really Gets It

Posted by AllardK on April 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Thank you Jeff Bezos for putting it so clearly. Pay to Quit, which offers unhappy workers from $2,000 to $5,000 to quit depending on how long they have worked for Amazon, is a great reminder that all employment is essentially a contract between employer and employee. It may not have the most attractive terms if the skill level is low and the available supply of labor is high, but it is a contract into which both parties enter. While the obligations and rights as detailed by labor laws are a very complex bundle of rules and taxes nowadays, the essence of what it means to seek and accept, or offer, a job is still just that, a contract between two consenting parties.

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That Marxist at JP Morgan

Posted by AllardK on April 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

As has been convincingly stated here, liberal guilt is a painless path to redemption for our society's problems for any individual who wishes to suffer just a little without actually doing much about the particular problem they feel a need to shed a few reptilian tears over. It's interesting to ask why this neccessary guilt, why do they believe we should feel guilty? The answer to this question tends to end up talking about inequality in some shape or form; most often it is economic inequality that seems to be the underlying issue in their minds. We have too much inequality, or too much lack of advancement. If you compare all the consumer goods we enjoy in our homes, even relatively poor homes, compared to just 30 years ago, that just won't do either. It's relative poverty that matters. Ahhh, of course.

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Mexican Soldiers Drop in for a Visit

Posted by AllardK on April 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

It's not an easy job being a U.S. Border Patrol official guarding the frontier with Mexico, say in Arizona where you have to confront heavily armed Mexican soldiers who draw their guns on you. In southern Arizona it seems to be an increasingly common occurrence to have soldiers from a neighboring country drop in on you for a visit. The question is, what exactly were those Mexican soldiers doing there when they drew their guns on the Border Patrol agents and faced off for a very tense 35 minutes or so? Chasing bad guys like drug smugglers they claim although some officials suspect they were likely providing cover for cartel smugglers rather than pursuing them.

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Op-Eds in the Shadows

Posted by AllardK on April 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM

In Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's rhetoric, the Koch brothers are "a pair of shadowy billionaires" trying to rig the political system. Ok, no one can deny they are rich, having taken their father's company and increased it's value at an astonishing rate of about 18% a year by innovating, investing and producing products most of us want to buy and use. They also employ tens of thousands of people and while they may not be as hungry for a camera as say Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and a fellow billionaire, it seems hard to describe as "shadowy" two business leaders who want nothing more than a clear, rousing debate on issues like government and taxation. Call me stubborn, but writing op-eds in the Wall Street Journal is not exactly hiding in the shadows. Charles Koch clearly wants and calls for a debate where his ideas are what gets voters stirred up - for or even against one suspects - and not twitter-sized swipes.

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Straight Scoop From The Middle

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM


Stein Ringen has a poignant article in today's WaPo relating how democracy, as a form of gov't is being usurped around the world. Relative to the US he believes that "Power has been sucked out of the constitutional system and usurped by actors such as PACs, think tanks, media and lobbying organizations."

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RIP Theodora Nathan

Posted by Rhinehold on March 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Theodora “Tonie” Nathan passed away today at the age of 91.  If you are scratching your head not sure of who that is or why you should be aware of it, Tonie was the first woman in the United States that earned an electoral vote for Vice President of the United States.  This happened in 1972.

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Share The Wealth

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Agence France Presse reports Rostec, a Russian state corporation established to produce hi-tech industrial products, has captured a U.S. surveillance drone being flown over Crimea, Ukraine.

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Tantrums From The Left

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 9, 2014 at 11:38 AM

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa's attempt to question Lois Lerner about IRS treatment of "tea party" and "patriot" groups during her tenure as IRS Director produced nothing new. Lois Lerner refused to incriminate herself of the crimes she may have committed by invoking her fifth amendment right. Upon learning he would again get no information from the witness, Darrell Issa adjourned the IRS Targeting meeting.

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The Big Black Hole Created By Pandering Progressive Hypocrisy

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 4, 2014 at 1:00 AM

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Loses Her Hair Stylist Over Gay Marriage Opposition

Here's a case of a business person refusing a customer based on his beliefs. But if the shoe is on the other foot, and a business person refuses to serve a leftist, the business owner ends up in court.

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Uninsured Increasingly Unfavorable Towards Obamacare

Posted by Rhinehold on February 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

We have been told for some time that the young uninsured are going to love Obamacare because it gives them something they want at a good cost.  But it appears that their opinion on the law is a little bit different than expected.

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Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire!

Posted by Weary_Willie on February 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

4th Quarter GDP Slashed 25%

25%! Wow! That's quite a difference!

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The Left Takes A Beating.

Posted by Weary_Willie on February 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

California college student teaches school $50,000 lesson on Constitution

They were maintaining an unconstitutional speech code, and now any of my fellow students can go out and exercise their right to free speech
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About 1/2 US Workers Have $10k In Retirement Savings

Posted by Roy Ellis on February 14, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Looks like the skids are greased for Comcast to buy out Time Warner in a $45B deal. CEO of Comcast says they wouldn't make the attempt unless they were pretty sure it would pass muster.

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Supreme Court begins to bring back sanity

Posted by Christine & John on April 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

John F. Kennedy said: "Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races and national origins contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, entrenches, subsidizes or results in racial discrimination." The Supreme Court in a 6-2 decision, the Court has affirmed the right of the people to reject racial preference. About time.

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Senator McCain and the Ukraine: Overenthusiasm

Posted by SPBrooker on April 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

In response the Russian actions against the Ukraine, the U.S. along with many of its allies have responded with economic sanctions. There are those though who are calling for the level of support to transcend to the next level with the shipment of lethal arms. Among them is Arizona Senator John McCain (R). While his ideas are certainly noble, his plan is entirely unworkable, flawed, and dangerous.

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Teethering on the Brink: Eastern Ukraine

Posted by SPBrooker on April 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Last Tuesday, Ukrainian forces began an "anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pro-Russian separatists in the largely Russian eastern part of the country. This follows recent seizures of government buildings by protestors and separatists a month after Crimea fell to Russian forces. Make no mistake, the Ukraine must act but this situation is far more dangerous than the Crimea crisis and Kiev must be very careful with how it proceeds.

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Obama's war on reason

Posted by Christine & John on April 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM

President Obama is working hard to show us that he either did not learn statistics in college or is lying to America in an attempt create hate and rancor between the genders. The idea that women making 77 cents for every dollar a man makes is simply ludicrous. Even liberal commentators are taking him to the cleaners on this. Speaking of being taken to the cleaners, Obama accused dry cleaners of discriminating against women. The Dry Cleaners ridiculed Obama.

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How privileged are you?

Posted by Christine & John on April 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I recently took an online test about "how privileged are you." It was clearly designed to be PC, so I was astonished and vaguely insulted to find out I was not privileged. I think the reason is that the test was set up for young people today and lots of things of the "old days" are now considered unprivileged. In college, for example, I used to skip meals to save money and go to bed hungry sometimes. Everybody did that sometimes. I admit that I often skipped meals one day in order to save money for beer the next, but I answered the question truthfully. I also did not have a car in college because almost nobody did and didn't have cable all my life because it wasn't invented. Maybe people in the past were mostly all underprivileged.

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School's "Zero Tolerance" Does "Zero Good"

Posted by TimBean on April 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

If there's anything the Virginia Tech massacre and Sandy Hook school shooting taught us, it is is that crazed killers will kill no matter what restrictions we put on weapons. If they want a gun, they'll get a gun. And if they don't want to use a gun, then they'll get two kitchen knives, as we saw in Wednesday's stabbings in a Pittsburgh-area high school.

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Iran's UN Appointment: Deserving of a Measured Response

Posted by SPBrooker on April 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Often our elected officials will release statements or appear on television railing against some innocuous foreign affairs issue or one which only matters to a few campaign contributors. Unfortunately, recently an issue has emerged that deserves far more attention and scrutiny than what it is receiving. By the same token, it requires true objectivity. This would be the appointment by Iran of Hamid Aboutalebi as its representative in the UN. Aboutalebi is a seasoned diplomat, having previously represented Iran in the EU, and Australia among other nations. What's disconcerting is that he played a role in the 1979 hostage crisis and while his exact role is still a mystery his appointment to such a diplomatic post is troubling. His role must be further ascertained but in responding to it, U.S. policy makers need to be objective.

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Cutting the Tomahawk Missile: Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish

Posted by SPBrooker on April 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

When the Pentagon announced last week that it would cease purchasing Tomahawk cruise missiles in 2016, it was for the most part ignored by the press. In no way did it garner the same attention that the much more expansive cuts declared in February had. Despite this, the value of the Tomahawk missile far exceeds what the casual observer might believe. If citizens are up in arms over troop cuts, imagine how they would view the cutting of a weapon that has at multiple times achieved military objectives and allowed troops to stay out of combat.

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What do we "owe" society

Posted by Christine & John on April 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I hate it when people use the term "giving back." Don't get me wrong. I believe in charity and helping others. But giving back implies you have taken more than your share. Some people have indeed done this, but I expect they are less likely to give. In my life, I figure that I have a net positive balance. I have taken a lot, but contributed too. We all stand on the shoulders of previous generations and we can argue that we can never pay them back. This may be true in the theoretical sense, but has no practical value. After all, you cannot "pay back" dead generations.

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Obamacare: April Fool's Joke is On America

Posted by bigtex on April 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Possibly the biggest prank in April Fool's history. Last night, the clock ticked over the deadline to sign up for some level of health care. Today, Obama is giving high fives all around for "reaching the goal" for the number of people signed up for the health care. 7.1 million people signed up for "Obamacare."

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The death of common sense

Posted by Christine & John on March 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The mark of even basic intelligence is the ability to make reasonable distinctions. When we enact "zero tolerance" rules, it shows our collective lack of intelligence and our abdication - maybe even dislike - of reasonable judgement. You may recall the 7-year-old who was expelled for chewing his pop-tart into the shape of a pistol and we have all sorts of non-violent offenders in jail for possessing drugs, which harm only themselves and maybe nobody at all. As a society we just need to lighten up. Not everything is a Federal case.

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The culture of poverty

Posted by Christine & John on March 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

"Cultural problems" is a loaded term. But it is abundantly clear that poverty is created and maintained by a cluster of behaviors, attitudes and habits that we can generally identify. That is why just giving people money doesn't help everybody, why poor lottery winners often end up worse off after a few years. I recall an old saying that some people are rich and others just have money. I suppose the reverse is also true, i.e. some people are poor and others just don't have money.

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Koch brothers: liberals current straw men

Posted by Christine & John on March 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Our liberal friends like to attack the Koch brothers. I am not particularly interested in the Koch brothers, but I am interested in propaganda and how partisans choose targets, demonize them and then damn others by association, however tenuous. It is a technique used since we have historical records. Nazis and communists used it; Saul Alinsky famously listed the step in his "Rule for Radicals." The Koch brothers are the current liberal target. Most of what liberals say about the subject are lies or misinformation.

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Lower long-term prospects

Posted by Christine & John on March 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

If fewer people do productive work, less gets done. It is a fact so obvious that we sometimes overlook it. According the article, by far the largest thing pulling down potential growth is the smaller size of the potential labor force and those still in the workforce choosing to work fewer hours. So we have high unemployment AND fewer people wanting work.

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The Obama chronic fatigue syndrome economy

Posted by Christine & John on March 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

The latest job figures are more of the same, underwhelming. Groundhog Day. Don't you just hate this "new normal?" Will we never get back to an economy where unemployment drops because more Americans are finding work, instead of more of us just giving up?

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