(Cross posted at Left in Lowell)
OK, it seems that the blog [LeftInLowell] has been a little slower as of late. Thankfully, Jack has added his own special blend of herbs and spices to our recipe. But it still feels like it could use some more frequent posting lately.
Toward addressing that end (in consultation with the landlord) I’ve decided to add my own flavors to the mix. I’ve only posted on the front page a few times on the blog here, having posted a bit at BlueMassGroup. I have, however been very active sharing links I find interesting on Facebook and over email. It occurred to me that I could take a cue from what atrios does occasionally (he used to do it more) and offer the links with a minimum of commentary.
So here it is, the first of what will probably be a regular occurrence that we’ll call “The Mr.’s Corner”. You’ll find I tend to follow more national stories and like many posters on the internet you’ll find some sources for items of interest tend to be visited more often than others. For today, I apologize to people who follow me on Facebook for the redundancies in this post.
Marriage opposition polling strategies revealed – just don’t count the people likely to disagree.
[gasp] Oh my God, there’s no “under god”! Take away quotes:
Funny how offending millions of Americans only matters when those millions are Christians. The fact that declaring this to be a nation under God is offensive to millions of Americans who don’t believe in God matters not at all to them.
And as for a good answer to why those words should be left out, how about this: They offered the pledge in its original — call it originalist, if you’d like — form.
News flash: Medicare is efficient government. No wonder it’s popular.
Some people think the world of Democratic House members is Mars. If so, then Mars Needs Women!:
Ever notice that your monthly food budget seems to help your waistline less and less over the decades? I wonder why.
And the take-home lesson of the day:
When a certifiable deficit hawk and king kong of bondholders tells you that (paraphrasing) Your deficit myopia is going to sink any chance at solving the real short term problem which is jobs!, maybe you should listen. Takeaway quote:
But in an unusual mid-month note to his investors, Gross hammered the “anti-Keynesians” in both parties who believe “that fiscal conservatism equates to job growth.” The truth, he says, is just the opposite. “Fiscal balance alone will not likely produce 20 million jobs over the next decade. The move towards it, in fact, if implemented too quickly, could stultify economic growth.”
Thanks again, tea party, for poisoning the well (again) of reasonable financial discourse just because a Democrat is in the white house. You’ve successfully stirred the pot of crank economics such that you’ve given madman Mitch McConnell a gun with which to hold the economy and all of our futures hostage.