The lost decade

From The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: U.S. job growth surges in July By Ana Swanson | August 4 at 8:34 AM The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July, according to government data released Friday morning, surpassing economists’ expectations and suggesting the economy continues to thrive after an extended streak of job gains in recent years. …

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Just in case y’all think I don’t do any work in my retirement!

Our farm house is a definite fixer-upper. We tore down the awful drywalled ceiling in the living room our first week here, and ordered new tongue-and-groove bead board from Meade’s Do-It Center. It took a couple of weeks for my order to arrive, and after that, I had to sand it, use a very light …

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Another coal company start-up The IPO thanks President Trump for the opportunity

From CNNMoney: Coal mining company mentions Trump 13 times in IPO filing by Matt Egan | @mattmegan5 | August 1, 2017: 6:23 AM ET Alpha Natural Resources filed for bankruptcy two years ago when the American coal industry went into free fall. Now a revamped version of the coal mining company is planning to go …

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The New York Times tries to explain the Russia connection; Hillary Clinton tries to explain her loss

From the Opinion Page: The Russians Were Involved. But It Wasn’t About Collusion. By Daniel Hoffman1 | July 28, 2017 Russians are fond of a proverb, “besplatniy sir biyvaet tol’ko v mishelovke”: “Free cheese can be found only in a mousetrap.” Having long considered the United States its main enemy, the Kremlin deploys a full …

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Hold them accountable! Public officials who refuse to enforce immigration laws should be counted as accessories when illegals harm citizens.

From William Teach at The Pirate’s Cove: Illegal Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Two Women Had Immigration Detainer Lodged And Ignorned July 29, 2017 – 7:17 am One of the refrains we hear from those who support illegal aliens is that they are fine with the “good ones” but not the criminal ones. In practice, though, …

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I told you so! The principle that the federal government will guarantee health care coverage has been established, and Republicans will not end that

From July 20th: More at the original. As I said (on the 19th), none of the Republican plans have been anything more than Obaminablecare Lite, because there are only so many ways you can utilize the private, for-profit insurance system to force coverage for everybody. The plain fact is that about half of Republicans — …

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I could have been blogging today . . . .

. . . but instead I built a rustic able top, completely out of wood salvaged from old pallets. There are four species of wood in this top: white pine, yellow pine, red oak and white oak. Tomorrow, I’ll build the legs. All of the material came from the scrap pile at Meade’s Do It …

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President Trump announces ban on ‘transgendered’ in the military My kids have to be ready for deployment at a moment's notice; the 'transgendered' are non-deployable for much of their service

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military https://t.co/b5GtqWLga4 — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 26, 2017 Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military By Abby Phillip | July 26 at 9:30 AM President Trump will reverse the Obama administration decision allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, he announced on …

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Studying or stoning? It’s no surprise which one leads to better grades.

Heather Long, who moved from CNN to The Washington Post’s WonkBlog, tweeted: These college students in Europe lost access to legal pot — and started getting better grades https://t.co/yoq6cJ1eXX via @Patrick_C_Reis — Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) July 25, 2017 And the story: These college students lost access to legal pot — and started getting better grades …

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