Saturday, July 26, 2014

Great Essay On Higher Ed

Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. | New Republic:

...High-quality public education, financed with public money, for the benefit of all: the exact commitment that drove the growth of public higher education in the postwar years. Everybody gets an equal chance to go as far as their hard work and talent will take them—you know, the American dream. Everyone who wants it gets to have the kind of mind-expanding, soul-enriching experience that a liberal arts education provides. We recognize that free, quality K–12 education is a right of citizenship. We also need to recognize—as we once did and as many countries still do—that the same is true of higher education. We have tried aristocracy. We have tried meritocracy. Now it’s time to try democracy.

More Media Should Correct Distortions

Conservative Media's Favorite Economist Caught Distorting Facts About Taxes And Job Creation | Blog | Media Matters for America:

...On July 24, The Kansas City Star published a correction to Moore's op-ed, specifically stating that the author had "misstated job growth rates for four states and the time period covered." The editorial board of the Star inserted this annotation to Moore's inaccurate claims:...

Friday, July 25, 2014

On Fox "Polling"

Adventures in Fox News polling, Part VII | MSNBC:

...Fox News’ habit of playing political games with its polling has been ongoing for a while. I first noted it back in March 2007, when the network’s poll asked, in all seriousness, “Do you think the Democratic Party should allow a grassroots organization like to take it over or should it resist this type of takeover?” Soon after, another Fox poll asked, “Do you think illegal immigrants from Mexico should be given special treatment and allowed to jump in front of immigrants from other countries that want to come to the United States legally, or not?”...

Where Things Work (Or Not)

Left Coast Rising -

The states, Justice Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering an object lesson to those willing to learn from experience...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Let The Heads Roll

We want answers from the pols: Why do Americans have to put up with Exploitative Profit Mining? | The Confluence:

This is an invitation to the politicians out there to answer this question. Why are Americans expected to tolerate exploitative profit mining by the wealthy and well connected? Why are we supposed to just sit here like crops to be harvested? As soon as there is even a teensy bit of disposable income, that we are supposed to sock away for the future, some capitalist on steroids has to find a way of siphoning it off for his own use and profit.

We all know the game is rigged and yet we’re expected to put all of our precious savings in the stock market or in the hands of fund managers or pay a steep tax penalty to cover our living expenses if we have the misfortune to suffer periods of extended nemployment before we turn 59.5...
We won't see real change until OWS leave the park and head to Westchester et. al., reminding everyone that gated communities don't.

Cruz Returns True Blood Snark

Ted Cruz bares fangs at ‘misogynist’ True Blood episode mocking him:

...On Twitter, Cruz used the slight to joke about Democrats committing voter fraud.

“Then again, I guess I never had a chance w/ the vampire vote since the dead tend to vote overwhelmingly for Dems,” he tweeted.
Oh Teddy, you're so witty.

Stay Classy, Ted

Ted Nugent Fires Back At ‘Unclean Vermin’ After Native American Tribe Canceled His Show | Crooks and Liars

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

HTwoOH In MoTown

My bold.
Walk On The Water, Cont'd - Esquire:

...I walked with some of those folks on Saturday. I walked with nurses who have been trying to do their jobs in homes without water. I walked with retired autoworkers who wonder why the golf courses get to be hundreds of thousands of dollars in arrears while they lose their water for owing $150...

Death Of A Liberal

James Garner: An Appreciation Of A Liberal | Liberaland:

Garner once said, “I’m a ‘bleeding-heart liberal,’ one of those card-carrying Democrats that Rush Limbaugh thinks is a communist. And I’m proud of it.”

Sunday, July 20, 2014

When The Dems Failed

Right-wing obstruction could have been fought: An ineffective and gutless presidency’s legacy is failure -

...In point of fact, there were plenty of things Obama’s Democrats could have done that might have put the right out of business once and for all—for example, by responding more aggressively to the Great Recession or by pounding relentlessly on the theme of middle-class economic distress. Acknowledging this possibility, however, has always been difficult for consensus-minded Democrats, and I suspect that in the official recounting of the Obama era, this troublesome possibility will disappear entirely. Instead, the terrifying Right-Wing Other will be cast in bronze at twice life-size, and made the excuse for the Administration’s every last failure of nerve, imagination and foresight. Demonizing the right will also allow the Obama legacy team to present his two electoral victories as ends in themselves, since they kept the White House out of the monster’s grasp—heroic triumphs that were truly worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. (Which will be dusted off and prominently displayed.)...

The Mexican Border War

Ranchers in Brooks County, Texas, Round Up Illegals:

...He sleeps near a Beretta, precisely close enough so that he can reach for the gun in the dark. He keeps a loaded AR-15 assault rifle and a Ruger 380 in the truck, a comfort that does not stop him from persistently rubbing his fingers together...
Wonder how many ranchers have been killed by illegals who crept up on them in the dark.