Think a higher minimum wage is a job killer? Think again: The states that raised their minimum wages on January 1 have seen higher employment growth since then than the states that kept theirs at the same rate.
The minimum wage went up in 13 states — Arizona, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington — either thanks to automatic increases in line with inflation or new legislation, as Ben Wolcott reports in his analysis at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The average change in employment for those states over the first five months of the year as compared with the last five of 2013 is .99 percent, while the average for all remaining states is .68 percent.
Digging deeper, all but one of those states are experiencing increases in employment, and nine of them have seen growth above the median rate.
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Believing that “my God can beat up your God” is no way to run a planet.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) – Heavily armed peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic’s volatile capital on Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped by violent Christian militants.
If monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) won’t end themselves by attrition, we need to end them by ridicule and pointing out their own internal hypocrisy.
Did you know that James Dobson’s group American Family Association is a far-right “christian” hate group?
Look, I don’t care if you want to make sandwiches by placing two slices of bologna, a slice of cheese, and some lettuce between two slices of Jesus. I mean, seriously, I don’t claim to understand how a wafer and some wine changes into Jesus in your stomach, but if that’s what you choose to believe, it doesn’t affect me.
But going to war over religion is no longer cool. WWTD; what would Timbuk do? Well, for one, I wouldn’t fucking go to war over your (fucked up) belief that two men (or women) in love shouldn’t be allowed to marry. Or your (fucked up) belief that Jeebus can beat up the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Or your (fucked up) belief that it’s somehow our DUTY to allow an already wealthy 1% to gain even more wealth by fucking up the only planet we have to live on (read that as Koch brothers trying to increase taxes on solar panels). Or …
If you want to argue that the US is less than perfect, I can’t disagree, but I’d ask you to look at Saudi Arabia, where petroleum oozes out of the ground like pus oozes out of a pestilent wound, yet women can’t drive because of Sharia law. Where would you rather live?
Ah, well, I’m either preaching to the choir or arguing with the faithful (who, by definition, cannot be persuaded), so never mind.
Republicans and Republican enablers disgust me.
Giant virus revived from ancient permafrost
Melting permafrost could unleash new human pathogens
But the oil companies are still obscenely profitable, so “we” got that going for us, which is nice.
AND, teabaggers hate Wall Street almost as much as Occupy Wall Street does, so we’ll rally behind this, which is nice.
Just kidding. This’ll never pass because teabagger panderers like Paul Ryan and Rand Paul will stand in the way of it. And the teabaggers won’t even notice. Because they’re fucking retarded. And OWS never stood for anything, and never will.
And let me spare you ODS (Obama Derangement Sufferers) some time. I know Obama’s budget won’t pass. OBAMA knows his budget won’t pass (POTUS budgets never pass). Harry Reid and Senate Democrats know Obama’s budget won’t pass. Because Boehner is TERRIFIED of being teabagged in his next election, so the teabagger caucus controls the government, right now.
Don’t like the way things are going?
Blame the teabaggers. They, and they alone, have ensured our government no longer serves us, as it constitutionally should be, but rather works against us, as their wealthy astro-fucking-turfing backers the Koch brothers have bought and paid for.
Anyone who votes in a way that enables a teabagger is beneath contempt, and not worth engaging in debate due to their religiously held beliefs.
As a scientist, I make mistakes, and own up to them. I modify my theories to comply with existing data. Teabaggers still believe that making rich people even richer leads to a better life for the middle class.
When a bipartisan Senate panel last week lambasted Swiss bank Credit Suisse for helping rich Americans evade billions in taxes, some watching the high-profile hearing couldn’t help but notice an elephant in the room.
That is, Sen. Rand Paul.
The connection? Paul for years has single-handedly blocked an obscure U.S.-Swiss tax treaty that lawmakers, prosecutors, diplomats and banks say makes the difference between U.S. law enforcement rooting out the names of a few hundred fat-cat tax evaders — and many thousands more.
Kentucky’s tea party darling says the treaty infringes on privacy rights. But his critics say Paul’s hold just hamstrings the Justice Department’s tax evasion work.
…and Ted Cruz is definitely nuts.
The father of right wing Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the most visible leader of the now-ended government shutdown, is seen in recently uncovered videos calling for America to be ruled by “kings” who will take money from anyone who is not an evangelical Christian and deliver it into the hands of fundamentalist preachers and their acolytes.
Megachurch preacher Larry Huch suggested that Rafael Cruz’s own son, Ted, is one of those “kings.” And in fact, at a ceremony this past July Ted Cruz was “anointed” by a group of fundamentalist preachers in a special blessing ceremony.
The difference is that in Cruz’s scheme, the transfer will occur through a war against “the wicked” led by Christian preachers who will take the wealth from nonbelievers.
Grab some popcorn, and compare and contrast to:
Remember when Evangelicals were the staple of the Republican coalition? Turn them out and you could win any national election. Well, they are fast becoming the fringe of the GOP, based on recently released research from focus groups conducted by Stan Greenberg, James Carville and Erica Seifert for Democracy Corps.
The GOP is now roughly split into three factions: one-third Evangelical, one-quarter Tea Party and one-quarter moderates. These focus groups, which were purposely assembled homogeneously to encourage participation, were chosen because they comprise the base of the Republican Party.
Now, no one who knows me, or has read anything that I’ve written, is going to think I’d be dismayed if the fundie-nutbag brigade, the bug-fuck nuts teabaggers, AND the GOP went away.
I mean, I honestly believe that opposing points of view in government is a good thing. Just not when one of those points of view either;
A) believes it’s representing God and if you disagree you shouldn’t be compromised with, or;
B) believes it’s “right”, and therefore “compromise” is a dirty word.
But in these two seemingly conflicted stories, one sentence stands out: “Turn them out and you could win any national election.”
With the GOP its all about power. They simply refuse to accept that their ideas are unpopular and they lose elections.
Clinton was impeached over a blowjob. Obama’s been opposed in EVERYTHING he’s tried to do, in the form of more filibusters than ever before in history, and 42 fucking votes to abolish or defund Obamacare.
The GOP are wrong about everything, but I don’t understand why anyone would want to replace them with petulant children (teabaggers) who hold their breath when they don’t get their way.
We will continue to have a 2-party system.
How’s about we find a way to make that second party center-left of the Democrats, for a change?
That’s the title of an OpEd on the American Enterprise Institute website.
If you don’t remember AEI, they’re the “parent company” of PNAC, the place where Dick “Dick” Cheney went to make war-mongering speeches.
We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.
“Both sides do it” or “There is plenty of blame to go around” are the traditional refuges for an American news media intent on proving its lack of bias, while political scientists prefer generality and neutrality when discussing partisan polarization. Many self-styled bipartisan groups, in their search for common ground, propose solutions that move both sides to the center, a strategy that is simply untenable when one side is so far out of reach.
The GOP has allowed a rump minority of teabaggers to ruin their reputation.
I, for one, couldn’t be happier. The GOP should be equated with a rabid dog, from now on.
Such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated, and a new world order should be put in place, according to which all nations, big or small, poor or rich, can have their key interests respected and protected on an equal footing.
To that end, several corner stones should be laid to underpin a de-Americanized world.
Of course, the purpose of promoting these changes is not to completely toss the United States aside, which is also impossible. Rather, it is to encourage Washington to play a much more constructive role in addressing global affairs.
I can’t say that China leading the rest of the world in ending American interference in foreign countries, not to mention the abominable meme of “American Exceptionalism” is a bad thing.
But you can bet that I’m going to point out to the supporters of the teabaggers, who would take EXTREME offense at any mention that we’re not God’s chosen country, simply the bestest ever, if we could only go back to doing things the way we did in the 50′s, when we had colored only drinking fountains and wives stayed home in heels and an apron, cleaning for the sole breadwinner, that it was the teabaggers who caused the decline and fall of America.
Just to piss them off.