PR Watch reports on how well Wisconsin Gov. Walker's brainchild, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, has done on Mr. Walker's stated goal of creating 250,000 jobs in the state. Long story short: not good -- the WEDC has created a little over 5,000 jobs in FY 2012 and 2013, but in its reports to the state legislature it trots out five-digit numbers that count expected jobs in addition to actual jobs created or retained. In other news, I expect a million dollars to appear in my bank account sometime this week. Should I budget based on that? I suppose Mr. Walker would say I should.
Dean Baker notices that the "liberal" media seems very, very concerned with coal miners losing their jobs due to the EPA's proposed carbon emissions limits, and wonders why, when the "liberal" media doesn't care about jobs lost to trade deficits. Of course we all know the answer -- because the "liberal" media's corporate paymasters stand to lose money from the EPA limits and gain money from "free" trade -- but still, it's nice to have the hypocrisy noted.
Oregon U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby (R) actually tries to tell folks that the harassment charges her ex-husband and ex-boyfriend filed against her suggest that she'll fight hard for Oregon voters. Of course there's a difference between being a fighter for people and a fighter of people, but why would we expect modern-day Republicans to recognize that?
ProPublica explains how the "hyperspecialization" in youth sports ruins both the sports and the kids playing them. Basically, when you demand that kids be just like adults and be the best they can be at one sport for eight or nine months a year, instead of letting them be kids and try different things (which also helps them master different things more quickly), you get a lot of injuries, not to mention burned-out kids. And I wish Zombie Jacques Plante was around to tell young goalies that the butterfly style only gets you an early hip replacement.
Finally, Oklahoma state House candidate says "we would totally be in the right" to stone homosexuals to death, saying it "was done in the old testament under a law that came directly from God." And he said all this on Facebook, where nothing can ever be unsaid. Anyway, Leviticus 20 prescribes the death penalty for all sorts of things in addition to homosexuality -- cursing your parents, adultery, sleeping with your stepmother or daughter-in-law, sleeping with both your wife and her mother, bestiality -- so you have to wonder, as usual, why homosexuality seems to bother him the most.