Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cheated by clerk out of a million dollars

I realize that the sentiment is that the lottery should pay the guy, but (unlike businesses who can bend or break their own rules), the "rules" for lotteries are statutes and subject to very little interpretation as to when they can pay out money.

Busy secretary costs Pepsi $1.26 billion

Ooops. Too busy preparing for a board meeting to forward papers regarding a lawsuit results in a default judgment against PepsiCo.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Gingrich, RINO?

How far will the GOP fall? And what will it take for the Democrats to finally get a backbone and govern?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Boating around

Seth Stevenson posts his final entry in an engaging blog diary on sailing around the British Virgin Islands. Sounds like a boring tale, yes? Worth the read, however, just for reading about the unexpected pleasures such a trip can bring.

Friday, October 23, 2009

No English zone...

Dozens cited in Dallas over the past three years for not speaking English.


Most of the text of that story gives the impression that this was a one-shot thing. But with 39 citations over the last three years it is clear that this is a rare, but ongoing, problem.

FOXy independence

Mickey Kraus with a sharp piece on FOX and the criteria of measuring whether something is a "news organization"

Maurice Sendak tells hand-wringing parents to STFU

Or "go to hell" which really means the same thing in this context.

Can't wait until I'm a cranky old man and can just say what I want...

Polling and the public option

Some interesting points being made by FactCheck on polling regarding the public option.

We all know that the right and left are talking past each other on the polling numbers--the left emphasizes the "choice" part of the public option, while the right emphasizes the "federal government administers" part. Not surprisingly, when the public is asked questions which include both aspects, they overwhelmingly support a public option. Take out the word "choice" from the question, support drops. Even those numbers are far, far higher than the right likes (or probably even believes).

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Recovery? Not yet it ain't...

As expected, job openings is not only a lagging indicator of any economic recovery, but in this case might actually be holding back the recovery. Dow is up (way up), business orders are up, interest rates are down and credit is now easing.

In other words, American businesses seem to be making do after shedding a ton of workers (including hiring some back part-time, without benefits). As we know, however, without consumer discretionary income any recovery will occur (at best) in fits and starts, and it it continues misfiring it might short-circuit the whole thing entirely.

We're paying now for the fact that the housing market carried us through about 8 years of expansion previously, masking many of the growing underbrush that typically would be burned away through much smaller market corrections. I have faith that we'll get through this in the next 2-3 years a stronger economy and country. But let's not make the mistake of thinking this is either the sign of full recovery or the opportunity to try to score political points on the news either way.

Pictures from space

I usually stop in at a couple of times a week. One of their latest is a real treat: 10 More Stunning Pictures from Space

My favorite (see the caption to find out why):

Monday, October 12, 2009

Playing with numbers, tort reform style

CBO estimates that tort reform would save the government just 2% of its health care costs

That's not what the title of the article says, of course. And the CBO presumes that employers will plow the savings from health care premiums into increased wages (which I just don't see happening). But there you go. Limiting the payouts to people who proved in court that they are victims saves a tiny bit of money to the government, assuming that employers increase wages when they don't have to.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Peace Prize and bad losers

Some predicted GOP talking points--mostly turned out to be true, I think Sad just how bitter the GOP has become. Maybe that is why it is now down to being self-identified by just 22.5% of people.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Consumers Union jumps into health care reform debate

Unprecedented, it seems. But they advocate for reform.

In previous years (and issues) this might have meant something. But in these Beck-ful days the measured advocacy of a respected organization toward health care reform is merely another example to the wacky Right of how far toward Marxism Obama has already put us.

Oldest living things in the world

Cool photo site. Amazing how old some of these things are.