Great Maddow Segment From About a Month Ago

Love the quote: "The unmooring of politics from fact".

Immigration Opinion

Here's something that would really work badly, but is supported by a plurality of the public according to a Economist/YouGov Poll:

...nearly half (48%) of the public thinks states should be permitted to set their own immigration policies...

How is that supposed to work? Arizona passes an incredibly tough immigration law. Then, lo and behold, Massachusetts passes amenesty and grants citizenship to existing illegals (say, under certain conditions). And then the new citizen takes a vacation to Arizona, where they get put in jail and deported.

Really, it doesn't make any sense.

It's a Hoax


Key quote:

"We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts. There is always some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions; science never absolutely proves anything. When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the same as saying society should never take action."

My Favorite Employment Chart

And the job news is positive. I'm still not expecting a robust recovery, but the trend looks much better than it did for the past couple years.




Judson Phillips

I'm not a fan of the tea-party.  Fair to say that they aren't fans of me.  Here's my favorite quote from a recent Washington Post interview.

Maryland: I am sorry but your answer of "I think the political class is afraid of the Tea Party movement. After all, we get people out as volunteers and get them to the polls. For them, it cannot be the same as usual in D.C. A lot of them are going to be unemployed after the first of the year and that does scare them" is really offensive. This us vs. them mentality is really repulsive to me. I am a hard-working middle class American and I don't agree with anything you are saying, and I have a right not agree with you. But you splitting the citizenry into classes of "elites/political class/Washington insiders/liberals" vs "real Americans" is just plain wrong! and that's the problem with your movement.
Liberals are just as American as you are and you and your movement has no right to question people's patriotism or Americanness just because they disagree with you. 

Judson Phillips: Yes we do. You folks in the left do far worse. Patriotism is not something that cannot be measured. It can be. And you folks on the left, as a general rule are not patriotic. You do not love this country. You are embarrassed by us.

I guess I'm not the only one....

Pressure is on Facebook

I'm happy to vote with my feet.  I mean how self-serving is this quote from Facebook's CEO:

When we got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the questions a lot of people asked was "Why would I want to put any information on the Internet at all?" People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people, and that social norm is just something that has evolved over time. We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and updating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are.

Right.  It's changing social norms.  Not a land grab.  Right.

Greece and the Euro-zone

Good stuff from Krugman.

Note that his usual critic, Mankiw, seems to think he has some good points.

Where's Wiebe

After the past couple weeks of watching Facebook do more and more 'site monetization', I decided that I was done with it. It's a touch decision because I've really enjoyed reconnecting with people I've had a hard time keeping in touch with. I also loved posting links and charts and pictures and every now and again, a thought or two.

This blog is going to be my way to try to keep the posting part of Facebook going. I expect my posts to be brief and probably a little more partisan that what I allowed myself to post on Facebook. Good for me! I have my doubts about having any kind of following, but who knows. If you're reading this, Welcome! I'd love your comments and thoughts. If you have something you want me to see, post a link in the comments. Think I'm full of it or taking my points too far - well, you're probably right, so tell me!

Anyway, I'd like to think I won't miss Facebook. I'll do this experiment, at least until the end of the summer. And we'll see how well it works.