Thursday, December 08, 2016

An American hero

Fox News: "Former astronaut and US Senator John Glenn dies at 95."

I know everybody is going to say this but "The Right Stuff" is a great book about the Mercury astronauts.  Movie's pretty good too.

Obamacare foe to Labor

I've recognized this guy's name right away because he's written a bunch of articles in the Wall Street Journal on Obamacare and minimum wage laws.  Hit and Run: "Andy Puzder, Trump’s Pick for Labor Secretary, is a Fast Food CEO Who Has Criticized Obamacare and the Minimum Wage."

Mafioso punching bag speaks

After weaponizing the Senate for Donald Trump, the Senate's outgoing minority leader wants everyone to know that this is fine.  "No big changes needed" - oh, and those darn Koch brothers.

Extra - Harry Reid tweet.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Suddenly substandard

Hot Air: "Now that Trump’s won, media suddenly notices that a lot of new jobs are crappy."

This is a topic that Zero Hedge brings up with every monthly unemployment report: "Since 2014 The US Has Added 547,000 Waiters And Bartenders And Lost 36,000 Manufacturing Workers."

So the great Obama recovery has brought us low unemployment rates through: 1) record low participation and 2) a surplus of crummy jobs.  ("Shovel ready" anyone?)  Not to worry: now that President Four-putt is leaving the issue of "McJobs" will be all the rage again.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

It's too late, baby, now it's too late

Federalist: "Why The Mainstream Media Can’t Hold Trump Accountable - The mainstream media have lost credibility. Under Obama, they were compliant. Under Trump, they're hysterical. So who will hold Trump accountable now?"

Mafia beatdown forces Harry Reid out of the Senate

Washington Examiner: "Harry Reid wants to stay, says blind eye forced retirement."  He's sticking to the "exercise accident" story, just like Fat Tony told him.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

The mainstream media has beclowned itself

I'm usually a big supporter of Reason Online's blog Hit and Run but this post runs off the tracks: "Why Trump’s War on the Media Matters - Most presidents distrust the news media. Trump wants to undermine it as an institution."

Yes, Trump is stirring the pot on some well-earned criticism on the media for political gain.  But his tactic would fall flat if Americans maintained trust in the media which they most definitely have not:
Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.
The post discusses the political polarization of the media but the Gallup data indicates that faith in the press has dropped steadily among independents, whose views are more closely aligned with Republicans than Democrats.  In the most recent poll, Democrats have a 21% gap over independents and a 37% gap over Republicans when it comes to faith in the media.  And why not?  They like what they see.

They should teach Chris Wallace's moderation of the final Presidential debate in journalism school.  That would be a good place to start.

Backlash

Megan McArdle: "The Left's Doomed Effort to Coerce the Right."  She start out reviewing the hit-job against the HGTV couple Chip and Joanna Gaines: "Those of us who are worried about the parlous state of our country’s politics may, however, remain worried that this faux scandal could ever have led someone to write an article and some outlet to publish it."

Friday, December 02, 2016

This "music" is awful

Pandora has an end-of-year list of songs called the "Top Thumb Hundred 2016" including the songs that got the most "thumbs up" on their rating system.  Dear Lord, these songs are horrible.  They're all repetitive computer-generated drumbeat and percussive shuffle accompanied by unintelligible lyrics.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

But...Fox News!

Victor Davis Hanson: "Beware the law of unintended consequences."  "Almost every major initiative that Obama pushed has largely failed. Obamacare is a mess. He nearly doubled the national debt in eight years. Economic growth is at its slowest in decades. Reset with Russia, the Asian pivot, abruptly leaving Iraq, discounting the Islamic State, red lines in Syria, the Iran deal -- all proved foreign policy disasters."

Picking winners and losers

The Federalist: "Donald Trump’s Carrier Deal Is Just Cronyism as Usual - The Carrier deal shows that Donald Trump isn't going to 'drain the swamp.' He's just going to favor a different set of swamp creatures."
But you can make the same case for somebody else’s business, or for the customers who won’t benefit from cheaper goods that might have been made elsewhere. Somebody has to choose the winners and losers in this contest. And that’s how we got the swamp in the first place. There’s always an excuse for why your gang’s favor-trading is in the public interest, while the other guy’s favor-trading is cronyism.
This is Solyndra all over again where Washington forces the invisible hand.  All the competitors of Carrier are suckers for not announcing their own "movin' to Mexico" plans.

Extra - Hmm...maybe it was a Mike Pence arm-twisting.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Meanwhile back at the outrage factory

Elizabeth Warren is outraged at the rigged system.  If only there was somebody in Washington who could, you know, do something about it.  Hot Air: "Mika: Aren’t we all getting a little tired of Warren’s schtick?"
“This was not helpful during the campaign,” she said. “There’s an anger there that was shrill, a step above what it needed to be, unmeasured and almost unhinged. It’s not going to work."
Bernie Sanders was on "Conan" last night and he wanted you to know that the system is rigged and everybody's a victim of Wall Street and climate change.  He's been in Washington for a quarter-century and has done virtually nothing to un-rig the system.  He and Warren are part of the same shrill chorus that's getting tuned out.

Fight for $15, prepare for $0

IJR: "McDonald’s Fires Back at Minimum Wage Protesters by Detailing Its Newest Plans to Replace Them."  Every eight-year old with an IPad knows how to operate a touch screen.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Action and reaction

Do you know how gun sales soar every time a Democratic President is elected?  This must be the flip side of that equation: "New York Times subscription growth soars tenfold, adding 132,000, after Trump's win."

To the safe spaces!