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Re: “New law gives father, parents standing to stop a woman's abortion

Treating women as chattel? Granting rights to rapists?

I must've missed something b/c I was under the impression that the Arkansas legislature was trying to keep that brand of religious law ascribed to by the Taliban, OUT of our state?

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Posted by Joe Quimby on 02/04/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Final Obama jobs report: 227,000 new jobs, unemployment rate at 4.8 percent

Well, in the first instance my previous post did not mention any president, past or present, mainly b/c as any "economist" will tell you that office has zero control over the national economy, including even the fakery that passes for BLS job statistics.

Second, if, for whatever reason, you want to accept Mr. Diamond's "data", his conclusions, even on that basis are misleading.

If you look at his "graph" of full-time employment figures you'll see that it starts in Feb of 08; that was the bottom of the financial crisis. One which was brought on by "modernization" of the banking industry that was undertaken by the US senate during the Clinton admin. It only took about a decade for that bit of genius to give us Enron, etc.

The graph shows then, not "growth", but full time employment rising back to its pre-crisis level. Remember that the downturn started long before 08, that was just the bottom.

Remember too that as the previous administration came into office, the Congress was forced to bail out the financial industry. So the "re-creation" of full-time employment was actually paid for by taxpayers, not stimulated by the passage of ACA as Mr. Diamond implies.

Note that this means that all of those workers rehired since 08 owe their jobs . . . wait for it . . . directly to gov't intervention. They work for the taxpayer; indeed, everyone who works in the USA ultimately owes their employment to the gov't.

If you can't accept that as fact then you should really just go out into your backyard right now and start building a shelter for unicorns.

It also means, once again, that employers fired a lot of seniority-holding workers, then later rehired them (using federal "stimulation" tax dollars) as "entry-level". Many (more likely "most") of those people lost their retirement benefits as their employers discharged those in bankruptcy "brought on by the financial crisis".

Ask anyone you know who works for Ford about that one.

Will Trump do any better? No he won't, again mainly b/c, even if he were not as incompetent as he is, he is as powerless as all presidents are to make our corporate and financial overlords do anything they don't want to do.

So, if you have ACA insurance, I wish you a healthy Year of the Rooster; similarly if you are employed. And I understand that you hate the new administration and are seeking all reinforcement that DJT is the devil, even grabbing onto any propagandized "alternative facts" which might be used to support that assertion.

But the truth is that a lot of the same people who now are "in the streets, resisting" are part of the 99% who refused to stand with the protesters in Seattle and who made fun of the "occupy" movements, b/c they were too busy filling up their now defunct 401K's.

To such folks I would say . . . "Diamond" is a good name for a unicorn.

Posted by Joe Quimby on 02/04/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Final Obama jobs report: 227,000 new jobs, unemployment rate at 4.8 percent

Since 2011--years which would be included in what Mr. Diamond calls, "the Obama years"--the number of applicants for and recipients of H1-B visas has skyrocketed.

H1-B's are folks, hundreds of thousands of them, being granted entry to the USA every year to assume "full-time" jobs in 6 year, renewable increments. (BTW, we should by now all be aware that the phrases "full-time employment", and "in the USA", don't necessarily mean what your high school grammar teacher might've thought or taught you to think they mean; those qualify as "bureaucracy-speak" of the lowest order.)

Similarly, employers have been allowed to count rehires of furloughed workers--i.e. experienced workers who were let go and then rehired on condition that they return at "entry-level"--as "jobs created" for quite a while now.

How are these two categories accounted for in Mr. Diamond's figures?

Or does he just unhinge his jaw and swallow anybody's "BLS" wholesale?

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Posted by Joe Quimby on 02/03/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Tort reform amendment includes legislative bid to seize judicial rule-making authority

@tsallenarng "polymaths"? Or "elected lobbyists"? Or maybe, "state-trough double-dippers"?

All honorable folks anyway, definitely not "the kind of people who sue" . . .

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Posted by Joe Quimby on 02/03/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Cotton promises town halls later this year; Senator's closed-door policy unique among Arkansas congressional delegation

And we're supposed to buy this clown as a "combat-veteran"?

Nice bookkeeping ribbons there Tommy . . .

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Posted by Joe Quimby on 02/03/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “UPDATE: House passes Charlie Collins' campus carry bill

The "one good guy with a gun" works in movies, but is otherwise pretty much a provable fallacy.

Nearly all mass-shooters in recent times come with multiple weapons, a plan for strategic reloads, and a complete disregard for their own safety. One person with a sidearm is not enough (even on the off-chance that one of them who is feeling reckless enough happens by); you'll notice that it most often takes a whole SWAT team to bring that kind of lunatic down.

If anyone on the campus could be carrying, that seems to me like it would only serve as an invitation to such a shooter to shoot more- and more often on his/her way to their "target(-s)".

On the other hand, if this is the new basis for lawmaking here in Arkansas . . . hmmmm . . . does HB1249 mention light-sabers at all?

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Posted by Joe Quimby on 02/02/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Committee approves bill targeting Sharia law

I can't quite figure out, is this a law that forces our state courts to apply the Bill of Rights from the US Constitution to protect litigants and defendants in our courts?

Or is it a law that bars courts from applying foreign law in those cases where they are otherwise required by law to apply those bodies of foreign law?

Or is this a law that would prevent lawmakers from being reelected if they waste everyone's time by sponsoring stupid, empty-headed legislation like this?

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Posted by Joe Quimby on 02/02/2017 at 7:52 PM

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