Same Sex Marriage

James Taranto:
Same-sex marriage is a logical extension of the idea of sexual equality. If men and women are at the deepest level interchangeable, then there's nothing to distinguish a "husband" from a "wife" and no reason that a "marriage" has to consist of one of each rather than two of one or the other.


NY Math

Uh, really? Math not really the good mayor's strong suit? Using their numbers yields the following:

I guess this is why he can say something as silly as, "Is purchasing two 16 oz sodas too much of an inconvenience to help reverse a national health catastrophe?"

Shouldn't the calories in a 32oz be exactly twice those in a 16 oz? Somehow 7, 12 and 32 oz cups contain 4% more calories in NY. And when you huddle up 64 oz of soda in NY the calorie bump doubles to 8%.

Apparently there is something quite magical about the 16 oz cup in NY. Another example of the science being settled?

And I guess he doesn't care that it creates twice the waste.


Green Jobs

I guess we are all green now. Green jobs include:

  • Manufacturing wind turbines
  • Sweeping the floor in a solar panel facility
  • Driving a hybrid bus
  • Driving any bus
  • Putting gas in a bus
  • Clerk at a bicycle shop
  • Selling antiques at an antique shop
  • Selling used goods at a Salvation Army or consignment shops
  • Selling rare books and manuscripts
  • The teenage kid who works full time at a used record shop
  • Manufacturing railroad rolling stock
  • Hauling trash
  • Oil lobbyists who advocate environmental issues

Issa was asking similar questions back in September of 2011:

Remember, no new jobs are created. They are just now reclassified as "green jobs".

Klavan helps us to understand this complicated matter:


The Private Sector Is Doing Fine

The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone.
From Taranto:
The night before the jobs report came out, Timothy Egan of the New York Times wrote that "the verdict is still out" on the president's economic record. "Because he got hit with the Bush hangover, his overall job numbers show a net loss of about 850,000, from January 2009 to the present," Egan writes. "But if you start a year into his presidency, Obama has added almost four million jobs."

The verdict is also still out on the 2012 Chicago Cubs. Sure, if you count the whole season, they have one of the worst records in the Major Leagues. But if you ignore their losses, they're an impressive 18-0.
Back to Obama:
The private sector is doing fine. Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. Oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, Governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.
By funneling more money from the feds who have flexibility in dealing with lower revenues does he mean more stimulus? And by flexibility does he mean borrowing and printing? Those are two things state governments can't do.
And so, you know, if Republicans want to be helpful, if they really want to move forward and put people back to work, what they should be thinking about is how do we help state and local governments and how do we help the construction industry? Because the recipes that they're promoting are basically the kinds of policies that would add weakness to the -- to the economy, would result in further layoffs, would not provide relief in the housing market, and would result, I think most economists estimate, in lower growth and fewer jobs, not more.
Says he.


Contest Racism

From the official rules:
Hmm. Does that make the contest racist like those who want voter ID are racist?