I was wrapping some Christmas presents last night and was inspired by the wrapping paper.
I am easily amused.
In other, completely unrelated news, we watched Die Hard the other night with Ben who had never seen it.
Best Christmas movie ever.
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In fact, the reason why corporate profits are sky high is that employee compensation is so low, explained Jan Hatzius, Goldman Sachs' lead U.S. economist: "The strength (in profits) is directly related to the weakness in hourly wages." LinkThis would be an easy fix, if Congress weren't being held hostage by a bunch of corporate shills who don't care about the lower and middle class. And I'm not talking about the Democrats. Sure, there are some Democrats who will do anything for corporations. They were bringing the bill up in the Senate after all. But if Democrats held both houses, they would raise the Minimum Wage and shift some of the tax burden to the rich. The Republicans are the ones pushing the "poor corporate America" storyline and they have been for decades. They've been so effective in this propaganda that tens of millions of poor and middle-class Americans regularly vote against their own economic self-interest.
“The months of incremental job gains we’ve witnessed are not enough. Creating 300,000 jobs in one month shouldn’t be a new high; it should be the minimum we expect. Today’s jobs report shouldn’t be an aberration; it should be the norm. Sadly, it’s not. The Obama-Clinton Democrats have prioritized other things like ObamaCare regulations, energy regulations, and small business regulations. Translation: they pushed job-killing policies when we needed job-creating policies." Link
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, in 2013 there were 461 “justifiable homicides” by police — defined as “the killing of a felon by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.” In all but three of these reported killings, officers used firearms.
By contrast, there were no fatal police shootings in Great Britain last year. Not one. In Germany, there have been eight police killings over the past two years. In Canada — a country with its own frontier ethos and no great aversion to firearms — police shootings average about a dozen a year. Link
Two years ago, Republicans in the House of Representatives commissioned a House Intelligence Committee investigation into the 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi. While failures of security were acknowledged by the administration, the investigation was one of many formed with the intent to prove some conspiracy theories about the incident, including a supposed high-ranking order for the CIA to stand down in the midst of the attack.
But the latest report, released Friday, does little to back up Republicans’ suspicion of negligence, and it finds no intelligence failure on the part of the CIA. Link
The question isn’t meant to suggest that liberals are never wrong. But reviewing the last few decades of conservative policy initiatives—or their objections over that timespan to policies they hate—shows a consistent pattern of failure: predictions never pan out, and intended results turn to catastrophic flops.This was one of the reasons I left the Republican party. Not only were they constantly and consistently wrong, but they made things worse by never, ever, admitting that they were wrong. I've heard President Obama say that he's made mistakes and take responsibility. George W. Bush never did either thing.
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