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Open Thread | Main | The Morning Report 7/4/17
July 03, 2017

Let Me Put My Cake In You

The Overnight Thread and Patisserie

Hi Morons! Time for a Hunchback News Roundup.

But first, I made this frosted-brownie-cake thing for you.

NOM. It's good, really-really good, right? I know. I put extra hair in it.

Okay, next, a must-read from Michael Goodwin at the New York Post. I would quibble about the date when the media lost all its pretense of objectivity (and professional honor, which nobody talks about anymore); but other than that, very good read.

When he saw the story, Abe called the woman into his office and asked her if it was true. When she said yes, he told her to clean out her desk — that she was finished at the Times and would never work there again. As word spread through the newsroom, some reporters took the woman’s side and rushed in to tell Abe that firing her was too harsh. He listened for about 30 seconds and said, in so many words, “I don’t care if you f–k an elephant on your personal time, but then you can’t cover the circus for the paper.” Case closed. The conflict-of-interest policy was clear, absolute, and unforgettable.

As for reporters’ opinions, Abe had a similar approach. He didn’t want them in the news pages. And if you put them in, he took them out.

Days long gone, eh?

Economically informed people mobilize against having their base pay raised.

“I don’t need to be ‘saved,’ and I’ll be damned if small groups of uninformed people are voting on my livelihood,” Vallenza said. “You can’t cut someone off at the knees like that.”

Whether a higher minimum wage would have reduced Vallenza’s income is less than clear. The problem is that very little good data exists on how much money servers make in tips — meaning that any research about their incomes is doomed to a certain amount of imprecision.

The journalist keeps trying to circle back the argument to the left but it's pretty well rebutted by the folks who are actually waiting tables for a living.

More economic good news. For us. For OPEC, not so much. Is there a free market in oil now?

Hmmmm...it appears as though illegal immigrants are thinking people who can exercise free will about whether or not to sneak into to the United States. This article demonstrates that they can actually base their life decisions on prevailing conditions; for example, on how likely they are to be sought out and interdicted by law enforcement.

Marcos, a migrant smuggler based near San Pedro Sula, said that last year he had taken one or two groups each month from Honduras to the United States border. Since Mr. Trump’s inauguration, however, he has had only one client. He blames Mr. Trump.

“People think he’s going to kick everyone out of the country,” Marcos said, asking that his full name not be published because of the illegal nature of his work. “Almost nobody’s going.”

Huh. So, the attitude of the President about enforcing laws, affects people's behavior? Who knew?

Ohhh. Okay. Reminder: It's crazy, craaaazy to assume that many non-citizens have voted, especially in the last election.

Just because the President of the United States went on TV and openly encouraged them to do so, and promised they wouldn't be caught, doesn't mean it happened. After all, they came here illegally, they stole a social security number, they got a fake ID, why would you jump to the wild conclusion that they'd *also* have the cheek to go vote? Haters. Crazy, the lot of you.

Just for ha-has, go look at this video of Camerota looking with disdainful dagger-eyes at a group of voters who are more informed than she is. The fact that everyone on this citizen panel saw Obama's statement above, when she had not, is heartening. It means average people are circulating information the media would choose for them to not know about.

It's over, hostaetface. Your attempt to call the video 'edited' notwithstanding. We all saw the whole thing, we saved it to disk, and nobody can take it back or make it disappear. GFY.

A refreshing tidbit. This White House saves us money.

There are 110 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.

The projected savings over the next few years is around $22 million, and comes from not spending money the way the Obamas did, on dozens of staff for the First Lady, umpteen 'czars,' hangers on, and various ego-fluffers. It's funny, because we all think of Trump as someone who gold-plates the toilet paper, but as it turns out the Obamas were far more self indulgent.

California gun rights: Another win for the good guys.

This one is just fun. Cardboard sculptor.

Bonus cake and wine. Mmmmm.

Not even gonna tell you what the secret ingredient is this time.
Have a pleasant evening. Don't fall asleep.

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