In search of liberal Browncoats
A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend of liberal persuasion about the cult-classic TV series “Firefly” – which, particularly in its concluding theatrical film, is one of pop culture’s strongest parables about libertarianism and rebellion against authority. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it was a science-fiction program about a space-faring band of lovable rogues, some of whom fought in a losing | Read More »
Perhaps I am more ambivalent than I should be about the legalization of marijuana. I lean toward letting the law remain as it is, but my hostility toward the nanny state pulls me in the direction of individual responsibility and letting the chips fall where they may. Therein lies my concern, though. Letting the chips fall where they may could lead society to pick up | Read More »
The End of The Road? The Teamsters may have just doomed another trucking company…
The days may be numbered for one of the last major trucking companies in the old Teamsters’ National Master Freight Agreement.
As YRC Worldwide has struggled to survive for years under the weight of its Teamster associated costs (particularly the Teamsters’ underfunded pension plan), the company did get some relief from the union several years ago as the Teamsters to agreed to take temporary cuts.
However, the Teamster concessions needed to continue and, with 32,000 jobs at stake, the company had asked (begged, really) the Teamster members to extend a concessionary contract for several more years.
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Jobs Report: Lowest Labor Force Participation Rate Since 1978
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the December 2013 jobs report, the Fed’s possible reaction and how temps are hurting manufacturing employment.
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This 60 Minutes “The Cleantech Crash” segment is hysterical.
hat’s hysterical-funny, not hysterical-froth-flecked-panic. For froth-flecked-panic, Watts Up With That? has cheerfully reproduced the Center for American Progress’s remarkably semantic-free response. I recommend reading it after you watch the video: to quote CS Lewis, you will not find a dull page in it.
The Single Biggest Thing You Can Do to Clean Up the GOP
If you have not heard, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has attacked nationally syndicated conservative radio host and best selling author Mark Levin.They publicly attacked Mark Levin because the Jim DeMint created Senate Conservatives Fund (“SCF”) gives out copies of Mark Levin’s book. The NRSC alleges a quid pro quo relationship to help drive up the popularity of Levin’s book. The book was published in | Read More »
Los Angeles Mayor To IBEW: If you won’t answer where the money went, here’s a subpoena for you…
You know, in addition to the pattern of spending-to-the-brink-of-bankruptcy
, the problem with living in a union-controlled state like California is that there is very little accountability.
Since taking office in June, however, the mayor of Los Angeles has been asking some questions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and, up until now, the IBEW bosses have given him the proverbial finger.
Here’s the back story:
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Gov. John Hickenlooper (D, Colorado) pretends his job-killing 2013 policies… never happened.
Well now. Governor John Hickenlooper played fast and loose with jobs numbers during his State of the State address today. In one of the key sound bites of his speech, so critical that he also tweeted it out, Hickenlooper touted that Colorado had gone from being 40th in the country for job growth in 2010, to 4th now. Hickenlooper must want to forget everything about | Read More »
Robert Gates: Traitor Or Patriot? Erickson And Kurtz Discuss
Last night, Redstate’s own Erick Erickson appeared on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor and discussed whether or not Robert Gates’ explosive new book is a betrayal of President Obama and/or is damaging to this country.
Kurtz refers to the contents of the book as a betrayal, and suggests that this type of memoir hampers the ability of the President to do his job. O’Reilly asks if it is not patriotic to let the American people know exactly how the President is dealing with vital issues. …
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Does the National Republican Senatorial Committee Turn a Blind Eye to Kiddie Porn?
We can all agree that it should be a ridiculous question. But given the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s smear attacking radio host Mark Levin today, it is one that should be asked, if only to highlight the absurdity of the NRSC’s attack on Mark Levin.Brad Dayspring of the NRSC alleges Mark Levin entered into a quid pro quo relationship with the Senate Conservatives Fund to | Read More »
Somebody tell me why Rep. Brian Higgins (D, New York-26) is 9/11 Truthering?
Seriously, haven’t we all learned better by now? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bubyZDr6fRQ
Obama proposes education mandates his own education can’t meet
In yet another cycle of what’s good for the government goose is not good for you, President Obama’s Department of Education proposes rules for private-sector colleges that his own education at Harvard Law would fail to meet. The new leaner and meaner rules require that students graduate with less than 12% debt-to-income ratio or debt-to-discretionary-income ratio lower than 30%. When President Obama graduated from Harvard Law, he financed that, | Read More »
Obamacare’s War Against Religious Liberty
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Adele Keim to discuss Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius, Obamacare’s controversial contraceptive mandate and the fight for religious liberty.
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Sen. Mark Udall (D, Colorado) tried to strong-arm CO Division of Insurance into ‘revising’ #obamacare cancellation numbers.
Executive summary: Back in the beginning of November the Colorado DoI reported that 249,199 Coloradans had received notices indicating that their insurance policies had been canceled. This apparently caused Udall’s office to flat-out freak; they started going after DoI officials to, ah, ‘revise’ those numbers. The DoI was understandably reluctant (read: “refused”) to do so, given that 249,199 Coloradans had in fact received those notices, | Read More »
Barack Obama Hangs Iraq Out To Dry Like The Wash
“We will need to retain some forces in Iraq and the region,” Obama said. “We’ll continue to strike at al-Qaeda in Iraq.” Obama made the point repeatedly: “In ending the war, we must act with more wisdom than we started it,” he said a month earlier. “That is why my plan would maintain sufficient forces in the region to target al-Qaeda within Iraq.”
The quote above was a strong position held by Candidate Obama during the 2007-2008 Democratic Presidential Primary. We now flash forward to 2014, because President Obama now has a golden opportunity to honor that pledge he made while he sought to establish himself as a credible steward of America’s commitments to the world. You see, Al Qaeda is still very much in Iraq and has taken up dominion over the City of Fallujah.
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