Saturday, May 10, 2014

The continuing crisis

Hillary Clinton's bad week. I hope that she decides not to run, if for no other reason than to save us all from 30 months of rehashing the Clinton years. Unfortunately, the Democrats are in the same situation as the GOP in 2012, with one real candidate trailed by a cacophonous clown posse, so there may be no way out.

Apropos of nothing:

Fascinating: How humans, especially Europeans, got a lot taller. It isn't just nutrition. The question, of course, is whether genetics could have played any role in such a short period as 150 years. Any actual scientists want to weigh in on that one?

Bad news for America. We need to turn this trend around.

News you can use:

My friend and favorite retired prosecutor -- a short list, to be sure -- on how to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal (which, for this blogger's money, is a vastly bigger deal than Benghazi, just as Watergate was a bigger deal than, say, pretty much anything else Nixon did).

My favorite MP asks the question:

Would you rather live in a 1000 square foot house where everyone else’s was 800, or a 1200 square foot house where everyone else’s was 1400? I sometimes think it’s the most elemental question in politics. Where we stand on equality versus prosperity depends, more than we usually admit, on personality traits rather than logic.
The fight over inequality is gaining ground in the United States, though, because the standard of living of the American middle class has declined in recent years. Our economy is creating too few jobs, and costs of four critical things -- education, health care, housing, and energy -- have risen faster than the capacity of many Americans to pay for them. If we can cut the costs of those big four inputs, the American standard of living will soar by any meaningful measure.

The president gets "four Pinocchios." Again.

Putin's walking all over us. We ask again: If Putin's Russia is not fascist, what is it? How is it different from the fascist regimes of old? And if it is not different, why have we not resurrected the term? Please discuss in the comments.

More later.


"The Hammer" said...

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. called me and says he wants his tagline back.

TigerHawk said...

Heh. Good catch, Hammer!

Anonymous said...

Makes you wonder what our long-term ratio of failed to surviving firms looks like i.e. birth/death rate analysis. Does anyone even do that analysis because that's what actually predicts if (business) extinction is a real possibility. It's a pretty simple thing to do if you have the data.

Obviously not as good as it was in years gone by. Must be racism or a war on women to be found in there.

Chris M.

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