Bob Plain's petit four of class warfare; CA's bid for more pension fund dollars; a martial metaphor for regionalization; a downturn for the never-recovered; Coulter v. View mention of RI.
An image of the papyrus sliver that purports to show a controversial marital status for Jesus is further illustration of the misplaced credulity of the media.
The question of President U.S. Grant's liberality touches on the muddled thinking of modern progressives.
In another ethical controversy for a New England Democrat, it appears that Elizabeth Warren may have practiced law illegally in Massachusetts.
Tiverton STOP-the-tolls meeting showed the battle as community spirit versus regional politics, with locals misunderstanding the operation of the Rhode Island system of government.
RIPEC's report on reshuffling the EDC was worse than useless, providing insufficient substance and offering cover to elected officials who wish to pretend that its recommendations count as "doing something."
Mainly on media culpability and the economy: RIPEC's unquestioned report; skewed polls; the president's reportorial zombies; and the reluctance to invest in the economy.
Believing the political worst of priests; spinning bad SAT results; the skill of being trainable; the strange market valuation in Unionland.
A 1998 recording of then-Illinois-state-senator Barack Obama expressing belief in "redistribution" may be more noteworthy for the evidence that it provides for the motivation behind "dependency portals."
Many faces of big government: standardized tests; interest group buy-offs; government as marketing practice; and the United States of Panem.
Returning RI to its natural state; RI as a playground for the rich; the gimmick of QE; the gimmick of digital records; killing coal/economy; when "Mostly False" means true.
The narrative of the candidates; death panels and pension boards; the endgame of government debt; an enemies list.
Rhode Island's unemployment decrease actually included an increase in workers, in August, but the state is mainly stagnant in a declining national employment picture.
Issuing bonds to harm the housing market; disavowing movies in Pakistan and tearing down banners in Cranston; the Constitution as ours to protect; the quick failure of QE3; and Catholic social teaching as the bridge for the conservative-libertarian divide.
Why freedom demands father-daughter dances; the U.S., less free; PolitiFact gets a Half Fair rating for its Doherty correction; and the mainstream media cashes in some of its few remaining credibility chips for the presidential incumbent.
Video from Romney's April 11 town hall in Warwick, RI, shows that there's not much surprising about the "secret" video purporting to show him disregarding government-dependent Americans.
Days off from retirement in Cranston; the conspiracy of low interest rates; sympathy with the Satanic Verses; the gas mandate; and the weaponized media.
Chafee shows his bond cards, Chicago exposes a metric discord, Rhode Island misses the skills-gap/business-cost lesson, QE3 misses the inflation nebula, and college majors miss the mark.
Ted Nesi's heralding of union organizers as "smart" captains of their political teams gives context for considering Rhode Island's deep, deep problems.
The executive branch of the United States government seems to be distancing itself from the nation's philosophically founding documents.
Being right about district 1 messaging; PolitiFact prepares for the election; what's a charter; being right about quantitative easing, First Amendment; and Bob Dylan says what he means.
Justin writes live from a "fireside chat" with Supreme Court Justice Alito at Roger Williams University.
Madness overseas and at home, lunacy in the Fed, the disconcerting growth of government, and the performance art of public-sector negotiations.
No deep theme, today, but bad British commentary, union priorities, stimulus as wishlist, the fame of Dinesh, and a response to Dan Yorke's Congressional District 1 analysis.
Today: September 11, global change, evolution, economics, 17th amendment, gold standard, and a boughten electorate... all to a purpose.
Today it's debt and gambling, from bonds to pensions to entitlements, with consideration of regionalization, ObamaCare, and campaign finance.
Chicago teacher strike exposes communities' strategies for working around government.
Somehow, this song seems like a candidate for stuck-in-my-head theme for the election cycle.
The topics of hope and hopelessness pervaded this weekend's readings, from absurd labor rules in schools, to the likely outcome of Make It Happen, to Spencer Dickinson's insider view, and then to Sandra Fluke.
Having done little reading while participating in the RI Foundation's Make It Happen RI conference, Justin uses his end-of-day column for reflection.
Today, Justin touches briefly (for him) on long-term vs. short-term recovery, who's better off, RI's long spiral (and potential for quick resurgence), and the significance of different ballot types in Cicilline-Loughlin.
The seeds of the economic collapse were sown during the Clinton Years, but the government surplus was a symptom, not a cause.
The Chariho school district is the latest to test boundaries in search of budgetary relief from the teachers' union machine.
Today's short takes address misleading labeling at the DNC, misleading fact-checking, fading national competitiveness, and the September 10 mentality.
Political incentives may suggest avoidance of concrete suggestions, but nearly six years since RI's peak employment month, it has fallen to political outsiders to formulate an economic proposal.
Tuesday's quick(ish) hits find a theme in partisanship and government spending.
The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity has released a study of employment numbers that should set the context for the nation's response to our governor's convention speech, this evening.
Justin rustles up some quick hit-posts from his daily reading list.
The common wisdom that outside investment is the start of all productive activity can distort economic policy and political unity.
Step 1 in transforming Rhode Island's economy is to stop talking in jargon and to trust people to forge their own futures.