I have just enough time to get this up before leaving for medical appointments (routine, no worries). I am not current with replies. Tomorrow I hope to get a debate report up before leaving for our CoDA group in the prison. See the cartoon for Lord Willard’s secret advantage.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:08 (average 4:49). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From MoveOn: Elizabeth Warren’s Most Eloquent Debate Moment Against Scott Brown
Brilliant! The same (except for some good votes) could be applied to every Republican Senator that has not been forced out by the extremists.
From NY Times: The U.S. economy finally seems to be recovering in earnest, with housing on the rebound and job creation outpacing growth in the working-age population. But the news is good, not great — it will still take years to restore full employment — and it has been a very long time coming. Why has the slump been so protracted?
The answer — backed by overwhelming evidence — is that this is what normally happens after a severe financial crisis. But Mitt Romney’s economic team rejects that evidence. And this denialism bodes ill for policy if Mr. Romney wins next month.
About the evidence: The most famous study is by Harvard’s Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, who looked at past financial crises and found that such crises are typically followed by years of high unemployment and weak growth. Later work by economists at the International Monetary Fund and elsewhere confirmed this analysis: crises that followed a sharp run-up in private-sector debt, from the U.S. Panic of 1893 to the Swedish banking crisis of the early 1990s, cast long shadows over the economy’s future. There was no reason to believe that this time would be different.
I personally projected, before the onset of the Republican recession in the fall of 2008, that the damage done to the US economy by Crawford Caligula and the Republican Party would take fifty years to fully mend. I strongly urge you to click through and rest the rest of this fine editorial by Paul Krugman, who should replace either Timmy the Tool or Ben the Bankster.
From NY Magazine: After Brian Antal, the president of an Ohio soup kitchen where Paul Ryan pretended to wash dishes recently, called out Ryan for the photo op, he was bombarded with hundreds of angry phone calls. Even worse, he tells the Huffington Post that his soup kitchen is now losing conservative donors. That’ll show him those hungry homeless people!
It would not surprise me at all, if the man who despicably use their suffering for political advantage, Paul Lyin’ Ryan, is also behind this shameful Republican attack on homeless people.