Monday, July 09, 2012

Cruising the Web

Coincidence? Every state that elected a Republican governor in 2010 has seen its unemployment rate drop more than the national average.
Every single one of these 17 states has seen its unemployment rate decline since January 2011. Three of them have had unemployment drop by more than 2% (Michigan, Florida, and Nevada). The average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%. For a comparison, in January 2011 the U.S. national unemployment rate stood at 9.1%. It is currently 8.2%, meaning that the national unemployment rate has declined by just 0.9% since then. Based on these percentages, it can be said that the job market in states with new Republican governors is improving a full 50% faster than the job market nationally.
Those that elected Democratic governors in 2010...not so much. They're at the national average. But I'm sure that these data are just some massive coincidence.

William A. Jacobson notes the Twilight Zone aspect of the U.N. which has just put Iran on the UN Arms Trade Treaty Conference and Syria on the UN Human Rights Council. And why do we keep funding the UN? It's all about being happy with the appearance of world cooperation rather than the reality.

How much did Obama spend last year to keep documents secret?

Don't blame Obama. He's tried really, really hard so he figures he should get grades just for effort.

Democratic politicians are finding out the benefits of privatization.

The bill is coming due for California's climate change law. It turns out that being virtuously green plays havoc with a state's economy. They've raised energy costs and reduced state GDP and cost average California families about $2,500 a year.

George Will explains how the EPA is out to destroy Arizona as well as the Navajo tribe in the northern part of the state.

With all the hoopla surrounding the plight of refugees, why do so few people pay attention to the hundreds of thousands of Jews who were expelled from Arab countries, but peacefully and successfully absorbed into Israel's population? I guess refugees don't count if they can't be blamed on Israel or some western nation.

Matthew Continetti explains how Obama has struck the country like a "derecho."

Mickey Kaus wonders if Obama had any idea how unrealistic his pledge in his 2011 State of the Union to have "a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015" was. Is Obama that clueless or that dishonest?

Obama shouldn't be getting so sanctimonious about Swiss bank accounts. Some of his best friends are tied up with Swiss bankers so it's not as if he has any moral problems with Swiss banks.

How nice of the Obama administration to grant $25 million to a French solar company that lost $70 million last year.

Remember that promise from Obama that no one would lose their health insurance under his health care plan. Well, almost 6% fewer people are being insured by their employers now than they were in 2008.

Don't buy any of the conspiracy theories about polonium causing Arafat's death. Those planting the polonium didn't understand enough science to realize that polonium-210's half-life of 138 days means that it would have decayed too much to have still been on Arafat's clothing and toothbrush in the levels they were found.

Sean Trende refutes the fears that conservatives have had that Justice Roberts expanded government's taxing powers. It always had that power. The Democrats just didn't want to label what they were doing a tax, but if they had, opponents would not have been able to challenge it.

What a biography this young Republican congressman has.

Apparently, Elizabeth Warren's husband also plagiarized recipes for her family's cookbook of supposed Native American recipes. It seems to be a family practice. She contributed plagiarized recipes for "Cole Omelets with Crab Meat" and "Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing." Her husband plagiarized "Oriental Beef Stir-Fry." Can't these people even plagiarize reasonable sounding recipes for their Pow Wow Chow cookbook?

Apparently, Walter Cronkite was surprised that he got away with his liberal leanings for so long behind the mask of being non-ideological. The most trusted man in the world was not above bugging the Republicans credentials committee at their 1952 presidential convention. How is that for journalistic ethics? And Chris Matthews is satisfied to give Cronkite his dispensation, writing that "Curiously Cronkite’s liberal bent didn’t detract from his credibility or popularity." Easy for him to say. What does Matthews really know about how conservatives think?

Slate has an interesting history of leaks from the Supreme Court. And now Jan Crawford has more from her sources at the Court about how both the liberals and conservatives are ticked at John Roberts. It sounds like they need an intervention.