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Legos to My Emotional Rescue February 25, 2020

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Just when you’re mentally exhausted from the constant hammering of bad news, scandals, outrage du jour, etc., something pops up to show you how good you really have it. Yes, folks, we are privileged to live in a world where there are Lego card-launchers.

I Made A Thing February 24, 2020

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I got to spend some time in an art gallery today, and that really made me want to make something.  So I made this.

Foreign Born Population in the US February 19, 2020

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Interesting ebb and flow.

Through the Bernie Glass February 14, 2020

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Jay in Ames @The Hostages linked to this tweet:

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…by taking more of your money and power and centralizing its control in the hands of even fewer people.

Bernie and his fans have no problem with this inherent contradiction. Reminds me of the Red Queen from Through the Looking Glass:

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’

I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’

Through the Looking Glass reminds me of another penchant of liberals: constantly changing titles and definitions and adding concepts like code words and dog whistles in an effort to seize the lexical high ground.

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master— that’s all.”

The Impeachment Backfire February 9, 2020

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The folks at Statista have put up a lovely chart showing the approval trends for Presidents Obama and Trump at similar points in their terms. Here ’tis:

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Yup, after 3 years President Obama lost 18 points, while President Trump gained 4. And the latter’s gains appear to be closely linked to the impeachment process.

So thanks for that, Dems.

Manufacturing Jobs Suffer from the Pelosi Effect February 8, 2020

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Been nearly a year since I did an economic chart. Thought I’d dust off the old charts and update them with the newest data. Since The Bureau of Labor Statistics updates their numbers annually, I’ve updated everything going back to 2010.

So let’s check in on manufacturing jobs, shall we? Here’s the newly refurbished chart:

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As you can see, we’ve made essentially no progress in manufacturing jobs over the past year (so you didn’t miss anything during my hiatus). The question is: “Why?”

Well, as you can see by the new annotation over the January 2019 data point, that marks the occasion of the Democrats achieving a majority in the House, with its attendant coronation of Nancy Pelosi as the Speaker.

And with that event, manufacturing job growth came to a screeching halt.

Red-tailed Hawk February 2, 2020

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Coronavirus Spread Video February 2, 2020

Posted by Retired Geezer in Godzilla, Politics.
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