The President’s big stick (domestic): his National Emergency Powers

Summary:  There has been too much nonsense written about this important subject.  For the real story let's look at the Congressional Research Service report "National Emergency Powers", updated 30 August 2007. This discusses the law (which Presidents have too often ignored, a separate problem), and the many (470) grants of emergency power Congress has given … Continue reading The President’s big stick (domestic): his National Emergency Powers

Yes, it is a “mancession”, with men losing more jobs than women. Just like all recessions.

The past quarter-century has been an extraordinarily stable period for the economy (as we accumulated debt to maintain growth).  With only two recessions since 1982, both mild and brief, we've forgotten what recessions are like.   So we get analysis like this: "Mancession Continues: Male-Female Jobless Rate at Historic Levels, Higher Than Last Two Recessions", Mark … Continue reading Yes, it is a “mancession”, with men losing more jobs than women. Just like all recessions.

Who are the experts advising our generals? We know what they’ll say.

Summary:  The experts at its major think-tanks and NGO's act as the sheepdogs guiding the American public.  In general they are reliable servants of our ruling elites and protectors of the status quo, their opinions (like Opera) represent money in motion.  But some causes are too extreme, too bizarre, for real experts to advocate -- like the Afghanistan … Continue reading Who are the experts advising our generals? We know what they’ll say.

A major leak of government secrets – read all about it!

Big news!  What revelations lie in the reports of the Congressional Research Service (CRS)?  We can now learn the answer according to "CRS Reports Leaked", posted at Moon Over Alabama, 8 Febuary 2009 (hat tip to Seneca): The U.S. Congressional Research Service provides reports at the request of lawmakers on about every issues Congress decides … Continue reading A major leak of government secrets – read all about it!

The economic Death Spiral of the Pentagon

Today's post provides a long, fact-filled analysis by Chalmers Johnson about the inner workings of our military.  It folows exhaustive research about this horror show by the Center for Defense Information.  Of course, all wisdom follows several years behind the writings of Fred Reed.  In this case, see rules 7 - 9 from "Fred: A True … Continue reading The economic Death Spiral of the Pentagon