Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Night

It's alright.

Lizard People

Since it's Friday, I will admit to believing in one conspiracy theory. There are lizard people. They live among us.

Butterfly Wings

Sometimes we manage to make things happen.

Clinton's subtle shift in tone on Social Security is a major victory for liberal bloggers and organizations that have advocated for expanding the program, such as the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Social Security Works. It is just one sign that the Democratic Party has become more amenable to government intervention in the economy.

Henry K

Really not a conflict I would've expected in a Democratic primary.

The Good Thing

The EU project is complicated. I think it's difficult to dismiss it as "good" or "bad" because it has so many pieces. But some of those pieces clearly benefit the majority of people and some of them really don't. Borderless travel in the Schengen zone is one of the big benefits. Taking that away really undermines the whole project.

Cash Cows

It isn't the case that everything in higher ed, especially public higher ed, needs to pay for itself, but absurd administration and faculty salaries in law schools have long been justified by the fact that they bring in the big bucks. Increasingly this is not the case.

And, no, law professors can't just go work for big law instead. It doesn't work that way. It never did.

Friday Morning. For Real!

Here's the Criminal Complaint against Clivan Bundy, just in case you're looking for something to read with your morning coffee.

Very Late Thread

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Debate Thread

Bernie Stalin v. Hitlery Clinton. GO!

Evening Thread

A bit under the weather, so that's why blogging was extra sucky today.

Almost, Almost

Happy Hour

Afternoon Thread


In It To Win It

Whoever wins the Democratic primary has a responsiblity to win this damn election. I know that nobody can control that outcome with complete certainty, but I hope both candidates understand that this is their responsibility. Once they win the nomination, they have one job. I don't really think any electability arguments are particularly persuasive. I can see how Bernie Stalin and Hitlery Clinton will both face some problems (people are free to have their opinions on this, I just don't really have one). The point I'm making's your job to win. Make it so.


Stock market crashes provide the regular reminder that central banks are much more in tune with Teh Markets than they are with labor markets. Unemployment? No big whoop. Stock market down? PANIC!!!!!!!!

So We're Poisoning People? Okay, Don't Tell Them

I don't know how people can be this horrible.
"They should have alerted the schools and they didn't," James Henry, Genesee County's environmental health supervisor, who had been kept in the dark until after the press conference, told MLive Wednesday.

News that Gov. Snyder requested that this information not be shared with health officials until after the press conference came from a FOIAed email sent by Henry to a colleague. MLive reports that about a week after the news conference, MDEQ officials met with Henry and then-drinking water chief Liane Shekter Smith; two days later Henry emailed county Health Officer Mark Valacak to recap what was discussed. In this obtained email, MLive says Henry explained to Valacak that MDEQ claimed the governor had ordered them to delay the release.

Thursday Morning Thread

Somebody has to keep it real.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Night

Tomorrow is...


The Fiorina Boom Is Over

She's out, too. I remember all the SURGE press she got after her performance at a kiddie table debate.

There were kiddie table debates.

This is been so absurd.