A federal minimum wage should be anathema to anybody who likes local city life.

(Via Hot Air) I was struck by something when I read this: “Neither Obama nor Clinton has spoken critically of a $15-an-hour federal minimum. But recent comments from the candidate, and from officials in Obama’s administration, suggest Clinton and Obama may be worried that such a large increase could prove too much for some parts of the country to bear.” To wit, that this may be one situation where the Democratic establishment may not actually understand the motivations of its own liberal base. For that matter, possibly the liberal base doesn’t really actively understand said motivations either. Continue reading A federal minimum wage should be anathema to anybody who likes local city life.

You know, MY mother is happy to see me during the holidays.

And it’s not because she agrees with my politics: she doesn’t.  Mom is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and Obama supporter.  But we don’t fight over politics over the Thanksgiving or Christmas tables.  Not coincidentally, my mother’s also someone who has never felt the need to embarrass and berate her children on CSPAN:

Brad and Dallas Woodhouse are now the champions of awkward CSPAN calls, after the politically divided brothers ended up taking a call from their mom.


She’d called to take issue with something her kids said on air: That the brothers’ political bickering — you see, one is liberal, and the other is conservative — is typical of most families. “I don’t know many families that are fighting at Thanksgiving,” she said. “I’m hoping you’ll have some of this out of your system when you come here for Christmas. I would really like a peaceful Christmas.”

Continue reading You know, MY mother is happy to see me during the holidays.

Our Healthcare situation, in two tweets.


…and yikes.

Although there certainly should be no panic about the latter point. The case is definitely problematical, but there’s no indication that there’s a respiratory form of the disease, which is the scenario that really scares everybody. What we have here is a nasty disease that can be fought.

2016 GOP convention down to Cleveland and Dallas.

Personally, I expect it to be Cleveland.

Ohio will just be too important in 2016. As usual, sure, but in 2016 there’s going to be a GOP governor (unless John Kasich implodes, which so far he’s shown precisely zero signs of doing). Besides, Cleveland is pretty danged… undramatic. If you assume that the GOP is going to run a Return to Normalcy campaign (safe assumption), a lack of drama would be ideal.

Also: dear God but Texas gets hot in the summer.

TNT to revive Dallas – including original cast members.

Wait.  What?

It’s official: TNT is bringing back Dallas, and with original series stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.

The 1980s hit will get a modern makeover on the cable network, which just gave its new version of Dallas a 10-episode series order (full official description below). But you don’t have to wait until next summer, when the series debuts, to get a look at the show: TNT will give viewers a preview of the pilot on Monday night during the season premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles.

(Via Drudge)

If you’re wondering why I’m reporting on this, it’s because when I was in college I’d get together with a bunch of people every week to watch this show; somebody would cook a dinner, we’d all get half-plastered, then we’d watch the episode while calling out what we thought were witticisms at the time.  And yeah, we knew the show was crappy.  That’s why we were watching it; it was fun crappy. Still, I can’t quite in good conscience tell you to click through the link below and buy the show…