| Political Talk|| How did the IRS emails disappear? - RedStickBR on 6/24/14 at 7:57 am|
I know this post title seems remarkably simple-minded, but I'm actually curious how anyone can explain this barring intentional misconduct.
To start, there are two copies of every email - one for the sender and one for the recipient. Secondly, the IRS is almost definitely backing up their data, a...
| Political Talk|| I'm afraid this quote from Moon Landrieu characterizes the Landrieu mindset ... - RedStickBR on 4/17/14 at 11:24 am|
In this article about Mary's relection bid ... :
... Moon is quoted as saying:
[quote]She's been buffeted by rough re-election fights before, and in previous successful bids for the state l...
| Money Talk|| Good, Compact Read on Comcast-Time Warner Drama - RedStickBR on 4/16/14 at 7:25 am|
I'd say they're little different than Cisco's core offerings in the networking context. Dumb pipes is probably...
| Political Talk|| Short and sweet perspective on the labor market - RedStickBR on 4/9/14 at 8:22 am|
We're back to where we were before the recession, but still some 5.9M jobs short of where we would be had the recession not occurred. While it may be unreasonable to assume we will get back to that prior growth trajectory, given we did have a recession, we still have a lot of making up to do to get ...
| Money Talk|| Lawyer question - RedStickBR on 4/9/14 at 6:27 am|
I only post this here because I'm still slightly scared of the OT.
I have a friend who keeps receiving bills from United Healthcare for someone who has the same first name as his child, but who is not his child. Apparently, the company has his child confused for someone else. And apparently, this...
| Political Talk|| WaPo Article on LA Coastline - RedStickBR on 4/6/14 at 9:59 pm|
I'm not educated enough on this topic to debate what the actual science involved here is, but found the article interesting in the least. This is probably something I'll research further.
| Political Talk|| Obama Calls Ryan Budget "Stinkburger," "Meanwich" - RedStickBR on 4/3/14 at 6:30 am|
It's like a nightmare that doesn't end with this guy. He simply refuses to lead. He doesn't even debate the actual merits of the plan.
I mean, here we have someone who's put more work in on the budget than anyone in, say, at least a decade, and he can't even get the President of the United States...
| Political Talk|| More evidence why you should oppose the "national" minimum wage hike ... - RedStickBR on 4/2/14 at 8:31 am|
... because the economic wizards in the Obama administration have failed to adjust for cost of living, meaning places like Baton Rouge get soaked relative to places like Manhattan.
| Political Talk|| Exxon Report on Climate Change Risks - RedStickBR on 4/1/14 at 7:45 am|
This is a pretty good read, and I think both sides of the debate would benefit from reading it. I think the most important consideration for both sides is to make sure you're not arguing what essentially amounts to dogma. The fact is, we can't pull the plug on fossil fuels tomorrow, or the entire gl...
| O-T Lounge|| I'm trying really hard to be offended by this ... - RedStickBR on 3/24/14 at 10:02 pm|
How is this supposed to work? I'm trying and it's not working. I've been waiting for something like this to be offended by, and now that it's here, I can't make it happen:
| Political Talk|| Alright, I've got to call Drudge out on this one ... - RedStickBR on 3/19/14 at 6:15 am|
In referencing this article this morning ... :
[quote]Obama to Hispanics: We won’t deport relatives [b]because [/b] you enroll in ObamaCare[/quote]
their link rea...
| Money Talk|| Great Explanation of Yesterday's Market Sell-Off - RedStickBR on 3/14/14 at 8:20 am|
Wall Street Journal: Tensions in Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula
Yahoo Finance: Russians
Fox Business: Obamacare
CNBC: It didn’t sell off at all, it was actually a reverse rally
Forbes: Taxes are too high
Huffington Post: Taxes are too low
Fox News: Gay marriage
Motley Fool: Sign ...
| Money Talk|| BP Finds a Way to Skirt the U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban ... - RedStickBR on 3/6/14 at 6:59 am|
... by lightly "ruffling" crude hydrocarbons by the minimal amount necessary to classify them as "refined."
In so doing, it will take up 80% of a Kinder Morgan mini-plant in Houston, with Valero and Phillips 66 expressing interest in similar plants.
| Money Talk|| Good Read on Procyclical Nature of Real Estate Market - RedStickBR on 3/5/14 at 4:46 pm|
From the Philly Fed:
| Political Talk|| Budget deficit falls at sharpest pace since WW2 - RedStickBR on 2/28/14 at 8:10 am|
[quote]The budget deficit dropped to the lowest level since 2008 last year, falling to $680B from $1.1T in 2012. The rate of the drop was the sharpest since the end of World War II.
As a proportion of GDP, the deficit was 4.1%, down from a peak of 10% during the depths of the Great Recession.
| Political Talk|| A perfectly relevant question for Rand to ask Hillary ... - RedStickBR on 2/14/14 at 1:30 pm|
"Mrs. Clinton, given your husband had sex with a college-aged girl on the clock and in the office, facts that would likely constitute a strong presumption of sexual harassment in any corporate environment in America, if President, what policies would you put into place to prevent sexual harassment i...
| Political Talk|| The Math behind Mulligan's ObamaCare Exposé - RedStickBR on 2/12/14 at 8:46 am|
This is pretty interesting, and it's nice for him to provide this level of transparency to the general public (i.e. the people who don't read his actual papers).
| Political Talk|| Regarding "Job Lock" and the Benefits of the ACA - RedStickBR on 2/9/14 at 9:54 am|
Why wasn't this issue raised when the CBO projected the loss of 800k jobs, but it's now the official mantra from the left now that the CBO projects some 2.3M jobs lost?
Are people so stupid not to realize this is a concerted effort to cover the collective liberal ass?...
| Political Talk|| The Economist who Exposed ObamaCare - RedStickBR on 2/8/14 at 8:42 am|
Great read, and the man deserves props:
| Political Talk|| Who do Democrats want in 2016? Who do Independents want in 2016? - RedStickBR on 1/30/14 at 11:26 am|
Is Hillary a shoe-in?
Do Independents like anyone so far (maybe Hillary; maybe Paul)?
It's odd that only Republicans are being talked about. The esteemed Hillary Clinton needs no vetting, too?
Has the press still not learned their lesson from the Obama fiasco?...
| O-T Lounge|| Just caught my fiancé cheating in Words With Friends? - RedStickBR on 1/1/14 at 2:57 pm|
After playing a word I'm sure she didn't know and that didn't seem to be a lucky guess after questioning her, I noticed an app on her phone called "The Word Finder." Sure enough, upon opening it, the most recent search contained all the letters she used to form the word in question.
| Political Talk|| ObamaCare/FDA Requiring Vending Machines to Display Calorie Counts - RedStickBR on 12/31/13 at 8:24 am|
On the one hand, the average American is increasingly being characterized as an unhealthy, low-information type who could benefit from greater disclosures regarding the food he intakes. Over time, constantly seeing calor...
| Political Talk|| Some Humor in the Consumer Confidence Number this Morning - RedStickBR on 11/26/13 at 9:23 am|
Oct. Consumer Confidence was 72.4. Economists polled were expecting an uptick to 72.9 in this morning's Nov. report. After all, we had a government shutdown in the prior month, how could consumers possibly not be a bit more optimistic now that the government is back up and running, right?
| Political Talk|| Why is it "extreme" when Republicans become more conservative ... - RedStickBR on 11/20/13 at 10:27 am|
... yet we don't hear a damn peep about the progressive takeover of the Democractic Party by the Howard Deans of the world that's all but come to exclude many of the Democrats' more moderate members?
Why is it bad when Republicans do it but just damn fine and dandy when Democrats do it? Why is it...
| O-T Lounge|| Steven Seagal is a Deputy Sheriff in Jefferson Parish? - RedStickBR on 11/17/13 at 6:40 pm|
I'm just finding out about this. Why in the hell would he want to do this?...
| Political Talk|| Landrieu, Manchin, Shaheen Ought to Just Call a Spade a Spade - RedStickBR on 11/15/13 at 6:52 am|
Any extension of the individual mandate and this thing's a duck on the water. And every Republican's going to be carrying a shotgun come November, 2014.
If the young and healthy don't sign up, ObamaCare will not work. Giving them a longer period of time to sign up ensures they won't sign up for a...
| Political Talk|| An Elegant Display of Comedy (re: Obamacare; Liberals, You Are Warned) - RedStickBR on 11/14/13 at 10:22 am|
The left probably won't like this article. But it's not meant to be taken entirely seriously, in my opinion.
If a leftist can come to that understanding, I think he/she will be able to squeeze out a laugh or two here.
People in the middle/on the right will likely enjoy it regardless.
| Money Talk|| Looks Like Gross Has Made His (Relatively) Near-Term Interest Rate Bets - RedStickBR on 11/14/13 at 7:16 am|
Following up from the Goldman commentary speculating an eventual Fed taper will be accompanied by maintenance of ZIRP, I found this interesting. Basically in-line with Benny's thoughts on the topic:
| Political Talk|| Good Critique of QE from Someone Formerly Charged with Carrying it Out - RedStickBR on 11/12/13 at 9:25 am|
The merits of QE can be debated. I'm not necessarily endorsing the views espoused here. Nor am I necessarily in disagreement with them. I just think it's an interesting read.
| Political Talk|| Krugman Touts Paper I've Mentioned Here a Few Times - RedStickBR on 11/12/13 at 9:17 am|
The paper details how long-term unemployment has caused sustaining negative impacts to our economy's productive capacity.
Krugman writes an article on the paper ...
... yet he completely fails to even entertain the very valid theory that one such cause of this persistent long-term unemployment...