August 16, 2014



January 23, 2014


If you don’t think Jessica Williams is the best part of The Daily Show, you’re wrong.

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December 24, 2013
Fallen stars


What faith can I e’er place in falling stars
When stars have fallen here in times before?
What memories of night and Earth and scars
Are hid by shuttered windows and closed doors?

We walked the furrows and we tilled the dirt
Our footprints and the shadows of our yore
Are mingled with our…

December 20, 2013

Oh boy. Yes. +1000

#EditorialCartoon by @PatBagley: via @UniteWomenOrg: America has become a RINO: rich in name only. We look like a banana republic


Oh boy. Yes. +1000


#EditorialCartoon by @PatBagley: via @UniteWomenOrg: America has become a RINO: rich in name only. We look like a banana republic

November 2, 2013
"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and the sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning god, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all that you have been taught at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."

— Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass” (via ktsipp)

September 29, 2013




September 28, 2013


Thank God it’s Frida

September 26, 2013

Steve Sack


Steve Sack

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September 23, 2013
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."

— Charles Spurgeon (via kari-shma)

September 22, 2013
Oh you just keep on using me until you use me up.

As I have been a labor economist for a decade now it is always refreshing to have a new experience. Take for example this column published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on the political fix the current Pennsylvania Governor finds himself in. About six paragraphs into the column the following two paragraphs appear. 

Corbett talks a lot about job creation, but Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is about the same as the national average, and state job growth has been anemic since he took office (partly because the state and local governments have shed 45,000 public-sector jobs since January 2011).

How about the natural gas sector, the industry Corbett has gone to such lengths to protect from burdensome taxes? The truth is a bit hard to figure, with wildly varying estimates from as little as 10,000 jobs since the end of 2010 (which seems low, from the left-leaning Keystone Research Center) to equally dubious industry-funded extrapolations of indirect hirings topping 100,000 a year.

The number on public sector job loss that isn’t cited comes from the State of Working Pennsylvania published by the Keystone Research Center and coauthored by me.  In the very next paragraph another number on job growth in marcellus shale IS attributed to the “left-leaning Keystone Research Center” and its numbers are as “equally dubious” as those of an anonymous industry-funded source.

Both the public sector job loss numbers and the marcellus job numbers that come from me are just counts of jobs from Bureau of Labor Statistics data sets involving nothing more advanced than identifying industry codes and calculating the change in jobs within those codes over time.  Yet I get the honor of being the unquestioned but anonymous source of the public sector job loss number as well as the pleasure of being the cited “left-leaning” source of a “dubious” job number. 

Right about now you should hear the great Bill Withers crooning “Oh sometimes, yeah, it’s true you really do abuse me.”

I could go on but I will brief:

  • First this is a textbook illustration of why some folks get upset at being identified as “left-leaning”, as it is used here it is encouraging the reader to discount the source.  
  • Note the dark humor in being the anonymous source of a number that is just a fact and then two sentences latter being cited as the “left-leaning” source of a “dubious” number.
  • Note the darker humor in naming the “left-leaning” source and leaving the “equally dubious” industry funded source unnamed.  

Take it away Mr. Withers.

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