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Paul Krugman on Chris Christie

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Good column this morning by Paul Krugman, pointing out the facts about another GOP star:

There will be two big stars at the Republican National Convention, and neither of them will be Mitt Romney. One will, of course, be Paul Ryan, Mr. Romney’s running mate. The other will be Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, who will give the keynote address. And while the two men could hardly look or sound more different, they are brothers under the skin.

How so? Both have carefully cultivated public images as tough, fiscally responsible guys willing to make hard choices. And both public images are completely false.

I’ve written a lot lately deconstructing the Ryan myth, so let me turn today to Mr. Christie.

When Mr. Christie took office in January 2010, New Jersey — like many other states — was in dire fiscal straits thanks to the effects of a depressed economy. Unlike the federal government, states are required by their constitutions to run more or less balanced budgets every year (although there is room for accounting gimmicks), so like other governors, Mr. Christie was forced to engage in belt-tightening.

So far so normal: while Mr. Christie has made a lot of noise about his tough budget choices, other governors have done much the same. Nor has he eschewed budget gimmicks: like earlier New Jersey governors, Mr. Christie has closed budget gaps in part by deferring required contributions to state pension funds, which is in effect a form of borrowing against the future, and he has also sought to paper over budget gaps by diverting money from places like the Transportation Trust Fund.

If there is a distinctive feature to New Jersey’s belt-tightening under Mr. Christie, it is its curiously selective nature. The governor was willing to cancel the desperately needed project to build another rail tunnel linking the state to Manhattan, but has invested state funds in a megamall in the Meadowlands and a casino in Atlantic City.

Also, while much of his program involves spending cuts, . . .

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Written by Leisureguy

27 August 2012 at 8:28 am

Posted in GOP, Government

Good news on Kindle version

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I got this message from Kindle today:

We can send the new updated revised content to previous customers who had purchased the improper one only if you upload the revised content to the same ASIN. If you write back to us after uploading the correct content to the affected ASIN, we’ll be glad to let the previous customers know about the updated content once you republish your book.

And I confirmed with CreateSpace that the project team will indeed use the same ASIN for the new (good) conversion. So all who bought the bad conversion will get a replacement at no cost to them.

It’s still a terrible error, but I hope that this resolution will be satisfactory. The new version will be available in about 4 weeks. Until then, I am on pins and needles. And until the new version is available, no more Kindle copies will be sold.

Written by Leisureguy

27 August 2012 at 7:44 am

Posted in Books, Shaving

The abortion Mitt Romney no longer mentions

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Interesting article by Justin Elliott in Salon:

In a 1994 Senate debate with Ted Kennedy, Mitt Romney revealed a startling chapter from his past:  A close relative had died many years earlier in a botched illegal abortion, shaping Romney’s stance in favor of safe and legal access to abortion for all women. But in the many years since that revelation, even as Romney flipped his position and became an ardent opponent of legal abortion, the details of his young relative’s story, including even her name, have never been reported.

The relative he was referring to back in ’94, Salon has learned, was a Detroit woman named Ann Keenan. She was the sister of Romney’s brother-in-law and died at the age of 21 in 1963, a full decade before Roe v. Wade. While much of what happened remains murky, an investigation by Salon has uncovered never-reported details about her life and death, including: how she died (an infection); that her grief-stricken parents asked for memorial donations to be made to Planned Parenthood; and that the family apparently wanted to keep the death quiet because Romney’s politically ambitious father, George, was then governor of Michigan.

With access to abortion increasingly restricted in many states and the possibility that a Republican victory in 2012 — potentially by Romney — will tilt the balance of the Supreme Court against Roe v. Wade, Romney’s account of how a back-alley abortion touched his own family is more relevant than ever. The episode is a window into an era when obtaining an abortion meant the real risk of serious injury or death. It also represents a key part of Romney’s political journey on the issue of abortion, which has more than any other tarred him as a flip-flopper. . .

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Written by Leisureguy

27 August 2012 at 7:26 am

QED Special 218

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I really like the deep, cedar fragrance of Special 218, and with the Zurito horsehair brush I got a fine thick lather, shaving it smoothly off with the Merkur 37G Slant, which held a Swedish Gillette blade. Three passes, a splash of Alt-Innsbruck, and I’m ready for the day. One tiny nick immediately vanished with a touch of My Nik Is Sealed, an unparalleled nick-stopper. If you don’t have that, you really should try it. (My only affiliation with the company is as a highly satisfied customer.)

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27 August 2012 at 7:17 am

Posted in Shaving

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