What every wine drinker should know: the basics of the eight classic grape varieties.
Your tax dollars are going to pay for a $400,00 camel statue in Pakistan.
For the first time in my life, I genuinely feel sorry for Ohio State students. Chris Matthews as your commencement speaker. THAT SUCKS.
New evidence suggests black death was spread through the air, not by flea bites, as previously thought.
A new Michael Jackson album, featuring eight new tracks from his archive, will be released in May.
Current polio outbreak in Syria and Iraq is “arguably the most challenging outbreak in the history of polio eradication.”
Last week everyone’s focus was on the Hobby Lobby contraception mandate case, but there is another case working its way through the courts that, for the purposes of bringing this terrible law to its knees, is far more important. It has to do with the subsidies to those participating in the federal exchange. Those subsidies are being challenged on the ground that the statute authorizes subsidies only for exchanges run by states. Charles C.W. Cooke explains.
Will Illinois’ taxpayers ever wake up? Or will they keep taking hits to the face? John Kass wonders…
The Democratic bosses who run things with a perpetual smirk on their faces, and their hapless frontman Gov. Patrick Quinn, just slapped hardworking taxpayers in the mouth. Of course they waited until after the March primary. Boss Madigan, the speaker of the Illinois House for about three decades now, and his little buddy, state Senate President John Cullerton, wouldn’t dare risk too much. So they held their hands back until after the primary, where elections are won in Illinois. The voters don’t pick candidates in Illinois. Instead, Madigan draws the election maps, so he picks the voters for his candidates. And then they make him boss. But once the election was done, it was time to slap the taxpayers. And the other day Quinn trotted out to deliver his tax message, telling us that the 67 percent tax increase the Democrats once insisted was temporary would not be temporary…A U.S. Supreme Court justice once said that the power to tax is the power to destroy, and just look around you at the jobs gone from Illinois, the businesses that have fled, the red ink in the budget books, the people so tired and disinterested that they’ve all but stopped voting, and tell me that’s not true. What’s worse is that they’re not done slapping you. They slap you and you’re still asleep. And they know it. So they’ll slap you some more. They take your money and they bribe you with your own hard-earned cash, and for that you’re expected to fall on your knees as their tiny-fisted hands draw back, and all you say is, “Please, kind sirs, may I have another?” And in exchange for the Quinncome tax becoming permanent, the governor offered to kick back a few bucks in a promised property tax rebate, up to $500. “Today,” Quinn said in his budget address this week, “we can provide Illinois families with significant new property tax relief … that is fair, substantial and permanent.” Permanent property tax relief if we make permanent a once-temporary income tax increase? Please, sir, may I have another? Of course they take us to be fools. We elect them, year after year.
Erick Erickson destroys idiot juice boxer Matthew Yglesias.
Economics is hard, and it gets harder the deeper you go into it. But there are some economic truths that are both pretty easy to understand and necessary to understand. Supply and demand don’t always move in smooth, predictable curves, but the relationship between them is not optional, because consumers and producers are real people, not imaginary constructs in somebody’s policy model. Interfere with the supply of sugar and prices will go up. Raise the price of labor and demand for it will go down. That is reality, and reality is not optional. The minimum wage is almost always presented by the Left as a moral question rather than an economic one, mainly because the economics are pretty plainly against the Left on the question, while it’s always easy to cook up a plausible moral rationale for whatever economic interference seems good at the moment, which is why our economic policy is such a swamp of contradictions and special-interest rent-seeking. (“Morass” is not a contraction of the phrase “moralizing asses,” but it should be.) I’m sure that those sugar barons and ethanol parasites could come up with a compelling moral case for the government’s shunting great roaring streams of money into their bank accounts…Organizations such as Shut the Chamber and the Democratic caucus in Congress believe that they can make low-income workers better off by making their employers worse off, and they lack the wit to understand that producers and consumers both engage in cost-shifting. They are bright enough to understand that if Starbucks were to suddenly develop a deep new appreciation for the ineffable value of the mighty MFA and raise its prices drastically, then consumers could go to Dunkin’ Donuts instead — or make their own coffee at home, or get their morning caffeine jolt from two cans of Diet Coke like a civilized person does — but they are not smart enough to realize that companies price-shop, too, as if the guys who run money at Fortune 500 companies were not as economically sophisticated as latte-loving high-school students. That is how policies putatively designed to help the poor end up making them worse off. A $10.10 minimum wage does not do you any good if you are unemployed. It just makes the labor-intensive services you yourself consume more expensive. Complaining about market prices is like complaining about the weather. The sun shines in Florida, and it’s going to keep shining even if Charles Schumer thinks that’s unfair.
The worst of the five mass extinctions in Earth’s history was possibly caused by a methane-spewing microbe.
Shouldn’t all the dudes in “Game of Thrones” have STDs? A medieval historian explains.