By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
This week’s theme: Return of the Living Dead, aka: ” ‘dead’ doesn’t mean ‘dead’ until ‘Sine Die’ “.
Note: “Sine Die” is a Latin-sounding way for the lege to say “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!”
The “insider baseball” observation of the week: the Senate’s Rules committee will consider a slew of bills that originated in the other chamber, meaning floor activity will soon be focused on bills that are up for final passage, not just chamber passage. House Rules doesn’t have an agenda posted as of this writing.
The usual notes and caveats: Continue reading
“Tony: It’s no use, the man is a complete idiot.
Village Idiot: If only. Now my father, he was a complete idiot. I’m still a half-wit.”
- TV Mini-Series “The 10th Kingdom” (2000)
This is the only memorable line I ever remember from this TV show, but I am reminded of it every time I hear that village idiot Aqua Buddha, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), open his mouth to speak.
The Village Idiot won the CPAC straw poll for the second year in a row, a feat his “complete idiot” father Ron Paul also achieved. The Hill reports, Paul wins straw poll as Cruz rises and Rubio craters:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll for the second year in a row.
Paul took 31 percent of the vote, a 20 point lead over second-place finisher Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The freshman senator got 11 percent, but saw a significant uptick from just 4 percent last year.
I’ll let Charles Pierce at Esquire provide the lede, as only he can:
Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from Wisconsin, and First Runner-up in our most recent Vice Presidential Pageant, has left a trail of cheap tricks behind him here. In his speech yesterday, Ryan told a charming story, which he said he’d heard from an aide to Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin. It was about a little boy who turned down a free school lunch because he wanted one in a paper bag because that, according to Paul Ryan and his brimming big baby blues, would mean that someone cared for him.
It’s that time of year when the Tucson Weekly asks Tucson to nominate the best of everything in the Old Pueblo. This year they have a category “Best Local Blog”. You know what needs doing…
Blog For Arizona has been publishing right here in Tucson for more than a decade. We have well over 15K posts in our archive. We bring you the best of Arizona’s political news and commentary every day. What’s not to love? Come on – give us your nomination.
Remember you have to nominate in at least 30 categories to have your ballot count, so give a little thought to your other favorite things in Tucson, and then nominate us for “Best Local Blog”. Nominations are open until April 30th, then voting on the top nominees begins.
“The Cold War is over, the Soviet empire is gone and neither one is missed.” – August 18, 2008
Snap quiz kids, who said this?
That’s Right, our own Senator McNasty said this to a group of military veterans during his 2008 campaign.
So what did Senator McNasty have to say to Andrea Mitchell in an interview today? Talking Points Memo:
“One is a fundamental understanding of Vladimir Putin. They have been near delusional in thinking the Cold War was over.”
“Maybe the President thinks the Cold War is over,” McCain added, “but Vladimir Putin doesn’t and that’s what this is all about.”
I am convinced that McCain does not believe in the existence of transcripts, videotapes, audiotapes, and the Internet. Or more to the point, he believes the media villagers and Beltway bloviators who still treat him as a “very serious person” with something relevant to say will let him say whatever he wants without ever calling him out for his own prior inconsistent statements.
And he’s right. Mrs. Greenspan did not challenge him.
Sen. David Farnsworth (R-Mesa), he of “constitutional” chickens fame, fears one day he will be living in the world of NBC’s post-apocalyptic science fiction television drama Revolution, the premise of which is that all electricity on Earth has been disabled and people are forced to adapt to a world without electricity.
His bill SB 1476 (.pdf), addresses his concerns about an electromagnetic pulse that can be caused by certain types of explosion.
According to a briefing prepared for legislators, a nuclear weapon blast on or near the ground (NEMP) can damage electrical systems and communications for 70 miles or more from the site. But a high-altitude nuclear (HEMP) weapon — exploded 15 miles or more above the surface — could damage electrical grids nationwide for weeks, if not or longer.
Despite one of the most brutal winters in almost 30 years, and a Tea-Publican Congress that continues to sabotage the U.S. economy with its failed austerity economics (cutting food stamps, failing to extend long-term unemployment insurance, failing to pass a single jobs bill), the economy still managed to show signs of life in February.
Steven Benen provides his monthly jobs report analysis, New jobs report shows signs of life:
The new report from Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, beating economists’ predictions. The unemployment rate inched higher to 6.7%, though as we’ve discussed many times, that’s not the metric to watch.
In a rare occurrence, public-sector layoffs did not drag down the overall employment figures. Though most months in recent years have shown monthly government job losses, in February, the private sector added 162,000 while the public sector added an unusually high 13,000.
I’ve been reporting monthly on Tucson’s wildly popular urban street fair since it started up on May 8, 2010 along Congress Street downtown. I only missed posting about February 8, 2014 since I was between blogsites (Tucsoncitizen.com shut down on Jan. 31, and I started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014). But I faithfully blogged about the Feb. 8 urban fest on my own Facebook page (probably just from habit alone).
Thomas Edsall discussed the concept of Just Right Inequality in Tuesday’s NY Times. Hence the title for this post.
Edsall explored whether there is a level of inequality that is “just right,” enough to incent hard work and innovation, but not so great as to stifle demand and create social instability.
The concept of an optimal level of inequality seems intuitively obvious to anyone who rejects communism. But Edsall’s piece is valuable, because, without trying to do so, he exposes the hollowness of the arguments against our acting to counteract inequality. Continue reading