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Five times as big. Five fucking times.

The House Science Committee has made some changes since Republicans gained the majority.

Americans are demanding background checks

Congressional Hypocrisy

David Lauterstein tweets about Republicans making shit up.

Tell me again which one is the "rampant" problem.

Can You Spot Three Subtle Differences In These Two Photos?

Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos Reject the Ballot Box Altogether


Across the country, immigrant-rights advocates report mounting disillusionment with both parties among Latinos, enough to threaten recent gains in voting participation that have reshaped politics to Democrats’ advantage nationally, and in states like Colorado with significant Latino populations. High hopes — kindled by President Obama’s elections and stoked in June by Senate passage of the most significant overhaul of immigration law in a generation, with a path to citizenship for about 11 million people here unlawfully — have been all but dashed.

Latinos mainly blame Republicans, who control the House and have buried the Senate bill, but they also have soured on Mr. Obama. The federal government has so aggressively enforced existing immigration laws that one national Hispanic leader recently nicknamed the president “deporter in chief” for allowing nearly two million people to be deported. A day after that widely reported gibe in Washington, at Denver’s Spanish-language radio station KBNO (“Que Bueno” to its audience), the host Fernando Sergio devoted his three-hour talk show to asking listeners whether they agreed with the criticism, or “has President Obama done the best he can against Republican opposition?”

“The majority were very angry at the president,” Mr. Sergio said in an interview at the station, where pictures of John and Robert Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Mr. Obama hang on the walls. “People feel like he’s made some promises that he hasn’t fulfilled, that he can do more” — like expand his 2012 order that deferred deportations of young people brought to the country as children, a group known as Dreamers. “If I were a Democratic consultant,” Mr. Sergio added, “I would have been concerned.”


The president told them that his secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, would review the deportation system. But Mr. Obama lowered expectations by reiterating that administration lawyers say he cannot take action beyond his 2012 order benefiting the so-called Dreamers. The advocates expressed skepticism.

This is what happens when we don't fight hard enough for our ideals. It's not that immigration reform hasn't been passed, it's that our side has neither made our fight public enough, nor stood up for immigrants facing deportation. And then we wonder why the voters don't show up.

NYT: Who the Job Creators Really Are


Over the last two expansions, after-tax (and before tax) profits did better — meaning they claimed more of the nation’s income — than in any of the prior four expansions of comparable length. Yet both compensation and job growth did the worst. What’s going on? Why isn’t profitability creating jobs? Where art thou, job creators?

One response is that profits typically recover before wages or jobs. True, but this far into the expansion — which is now about the average length of all post-war expansions — that shouldn’t assuage anyone’s fears. Another response is to note that the compensation share of national income has been flat or falling for a long time.


The implications of the above are as follows. First, we must think broadly about job creators and discount simple links between profits and jobs. If booming share prices and corporate profits lifted the poor and middle class, believe me, we’d know it by now. Second, we should be equally skeptical of arguments about the job-killing impact of taxing and regulating. Such measures should not be taken lightly, of course, but neither should we beggar our fiscal accounts or our environment to protect phantom job creators.

Third, we must pursue policies that increase the bargaining power of those who depend on paychecks as opposed to portfolios. Full employment is the best medicine, as that is associated with both robust profits and paychecks. But in the meantime, a higher minimum wage and the proposed new overtime rules could help slice national income up a bit more evenly.

Wisconsin brings in Norwegian icebreaker to open the Fox River


Norwegian Icebreaker Heads Up the Fox River

As you may have seen on the news, it’s been very cold in Wisconsin …

So cold, in fact, that the State’s Government has borrowed a “Norwegian Icebreaker” to clear the Fox River for fishing and migrating waterfowl.

The Icebreaker is starting near Neenah, WI and is working its way northward.
Here is a picture, as the hard work of ice breaking begins of the Norwegian Icebreaker as it heads up the Fox River…

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