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I'm afraid this quote from Moon Landrieu characterizes the Landrieu mindset ... - RedStickBR
In this article about Mary's relection bid ... : [link=(http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/politics/senate-races-landrieu-louisiana/index.html)]LINK[/link] ... 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...


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Good, Compact Read on Comcast-Time Warner Drama - RedStickBR
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303663604579503352686650912?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303663604579503352686650912.html I'd say they're little different than Cisco's core offerings in the networking context. Dumb pipes is probably...


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Short and sweet perspective on the labor market - RedStickBR
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 ...


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Lawyer question - RedStickBR
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...


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WaPo Article on LA Coastline - RedStickBR
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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/04/louisianas-coastline-is-disappearing-heres-why-it...


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Obama Calls Ryan Budget "Stinkburger," "Meanwich" - RedStickBR
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...


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More evidence why you should oppose the "national" minimum wage hike ... - RedStickBR
... 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. [img]http://www.american.com/graphics/2014/One_Size_Fits_None.jpg[/img] [link=(http://www.american.com/archive/20...


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Exxon Report on Climate Change Risks - RedStickBR
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...


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I'm trying really hard to be offended by this ... - RedStickBR
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: [link=(http://pagesix.com/2014/03/24/nick-cannon-causes-uproar-with-whiteface-photo/?_ga=1.205163408.1627889738.1395589786)]N...


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Alright, I've got to call Drudge out on this one ... - RedStickBR
In referencing this article this morning ... : [quote]Obama to Hispanics: We won’t deport relatives [b]because [/b] you enroll in ObamaCare[/quote] http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/201076-obama-makes-o-care-pitch-to-hispanics-the#ixzz2wL9XZUGO their link rea...


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Great Explanation of Yesterday's Market Sell-Off - RedStickBR
:lol: 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 ...


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BP Finds a Way to Skirt the U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban ... - RedStickBR
... 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. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-06/bp-...


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Good Read on Procyclical Nature of Real Estate Market - RedStickBR
From the Philly Fed: http://www.philadelphiafed.org/research-and-data/publications/business-review/2014/q1/brQ114_brewing_bubbles.pdf...


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Budget deficit falls at sharpest pace since WW2 - RedStickBR
[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. The ...


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A perfectly relevant question for Rand to ask Hillary ... - RedStickBR
"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...


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The Math behind Mulligan's ObamaCare Exposé - RedStickBR
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). https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/RQina9T-trk&source=uds&start=752&end=925 (youtube) ...


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Regarding "Job Lock" and the Benefits of the ACA - RedStickBR
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?...


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The Economist who Exposed ObamaCare - RedStickBR
Great read, and the man deserves props: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579367143880532248...


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Who do Democrats want in 2016? Who do Independents want in 2016? - RedStickBR
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?...


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Just caught my fiancé cheating in Words With Friends? - RedStickBR
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. Two questions...


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ObamaCare/FDA Requiring Vending Machines to Display Calorie Counts - RedStickBR
http://newday.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/30/vending-machines-to-display-calories/ 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...


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Some Humor in the Consumer Confidence Number this Morning - RedStickBR
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? Wrong, ...


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Why is it "extreme" when Republicans become more conservative ... - RedStickBR
... 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...


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Steven Seagal is a Deputy Sheriff in Jefferson Parish? - RedStickBR
I'm just finding out about this. Why in the hell would he want to do this?...


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Landrieu, Manchin, Shaheen Ought to Just Call a Spade a Spade - RedStickBR
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...


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An Elegant Display of Comedy (re: Obamacare; Liberals, You Are Warned) - RedStickBR
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. http:/...


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Looks Like Gross Has Made His (Relatively) Near-Term Interest Rate Bets - RedStickBR
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: http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/11/13/pimcos-bill-gross-bets-treasury-yields-wont-rise-despite...


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Good Critique of QE from Someone Formerly Charged with Carrying it Out - RedStickBR
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. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303763804579183680751473884?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop...


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Krugman Touts Paper I've Mentioned Here a Few Times - RedStickBR
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...


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Best quote I've seen yet on the scramble to fix ObamaCare.gov - RedStickBR
As was mentioned in the thread yesterday comparing ObamaCare to WW2, having more people is not necessarily better, particularly when it comes to things like writing code. So when the administration says things will be fixed now that they've hauled a bunch of people from Silicon Valley over to get to...


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