The Followship Of The Ring
Any party that can respond to the fact of yawning economic inequality in the 21st Century by blaming the 99 percent for not working hard enough has put ideology before reality. Any party that even now thinks slashing taxes below their current historically low levels will cure our economic ills is utterly delusional. Any party that is unconcerned with the social dangers of an economic system that increasingly rewards only the very very rich cannot be trusted with government. There has to be a pragmatic element to any conservatism and an ability too adjust to new circumstances and new problems. There are some hopeful signs among reformocons, but the tenor of the discourse remains absurdly doctrinaire, treating Reagan as some kind of god and compromise as the ultimate evil. Over the last decade, the GOP has seemed like a church rather than a political party, with dogma rather than policies, and beset by heresy-hunts rather than genuine debate.

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Seems like IKEA are really shaking things up this year. In addition to the previously announced TV set, they’re also going to release a digital camera made of cardboard called Knäppa (“Snap”). It’ll hold 40 photographs at a time and plugs directly into your USB port. While it’s not the prettiest camera the world has ever seen, I do love the idea of a screen-less digital camera that brings people back to the wait-and-see days of film.

Bookstores almost always fail not because of e-books, but because of rent increases. This is true of a lot of interesting, marginal businesses, especially in cities with housing bubbles (and Victoria is not cheap.) Prices go out of line with income, rents follow, and interesting stores which need low rent die. So you wind up with a whole bunch of chain stores or boutiques operations selling overpriced goods and services who can make the rent.

Why Bookstores live or die (via azspot)

So many small businesses in my town have gone out of business or had to relocate because of rent increases, often rather steep increases.

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Whatever your thoughts are on immigration, threatening to shoot children is ridiculous, pathetic and sad.

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Obama Lands Hard Punch; Fox Talkers Squeal Like Stuck Pigs

The best part of this clip is seeing Obama with his sleeves rolled up punching Republicans right in the nuts. The second best part of the clip is watching Greg Gutfeld and Andrea “Show the Leg” Tantaros try to pretend he didn’t land it.

Obama’s speech in Austin, TX Thursday was more direct than he’s been about Congress in quite some time. Clearly it hit a nerve with the Fox frat crowd. In the opener, Gutfeld found about six new ways to troll the president in retaliation. It might play with the Fox fantasy viewers, but reality-based folks will have a more difficult time swallowing it.

The problem here isn’t the president. As he pointed out, he’s being sued for doing what he can to mitigate the fact that Congress refuses to govern.

In the span of three minutes, these two called President Obama arrogant, condescending, aloof, disconnected, a party boy, defiant, out of touch, and unable to grasp reality.

Tantaros cited three examples of why she’s so offended at the President’s demeanor: The Middle East, the border, and the VA.

The first one is in the hands of the leaders of the countries in conflict. The last two are the sole responsibility of a Congress that has chosen to sit on its hands, and worse yet, waste time with a frivolous lawsuit against President Obama for their failure to govern.

Troll away, kids. We all know you really want to call President Obama uppity, but can’t on national television. Nor can you admit what failures you’ve been at governance, choosing instead to name-call and deflect.

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