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Another Angle Entirely

TPM Reader RD has a totally different take on 'the brittle grip'. I don't think most of it is this. But perhaps some of it does have to do with the changing nature of how we communicate. Of course, these two categories of explanation are perhaps more porous than we imagine ...

I have been (re) reading these articles and was trying to get my head around of “why now” are they (the .01 percent) becoming demonstrative about basically being “called out” in the media. I think Josh is hearing the issue but has not yet offered a reason. After thinking back over 65 + years I can offer one idea: They have not really changed at all with their outrage.

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The Right To Work

Daniel Strauss has a good roundup of the conservative outrage over Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigning after criticism for his $1,000 donation to the anti-LGBT Proposition 8 campaign in California. Conservatives seem outraged that you can lose your job over your political views. They apparently are unaware of the irony that they oppose legislation that would protect your right to a job if you are actually are gay or transgender.

Satisfying

Medal of Honor winner shuts down John Lott, the notorious ethically-challenged 'scholar' who argues that arming everybody makes everyone more safe. Now he wants everyone on military bases to carry weapons. Watch.

Thoughts on the 'Brittle Grip'

TPM Reader JL has some thoughts on the 'brittle grip.' This is a point I've given a good deal of thought to this point but more from the perspective of what the whipsaw effect of looking into the financial abyss and then getting all your money back and more. But JL looks at 2008 and Randian ideology ...

Josh, love the Brittle Grip stuff. You’re definitely getting at something really important and the way Roberts is going, it’s getting more important, not less.

I just have one small thing to add. Maybe just another lens—one among many--through which to view all of this.

I’ve developed a rule of thumb over the last four or five years, maybe dating back to the Santelli rant that ignited the tea party. Maybe it was a bit before that, maybe a bit after. In any case, the rule of thumb is this: when it comes to the outer fringes of conservative thought--or at least what would have been outer fringes ten, twenty years ago, and now looks more like orthodoxy--never underestimate the influence of Ayn Rand. And that influence seems to run particularly deep on Wall Street and maybe even deeper in places like Greenwich and Menlo Park that are home to so many in the 0.01%.

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PTSD Slander

A veteran comments on the media coverage of the Fort Hood shooting: "But in an era where less than one percent of Americans serve in the armed forces, our collective image of 'the veteran' doesn’t come from empirical data. Rather, for most Americans who don’t know a combat vet, this image comes from pop culture. And pop culture has been especially irresponsible in its portrayal of veterans."

Understanding the New Obamacare Numbers

For months we've been getting various different metrics purporting to show the success or failure of Obamacare. There are a bunch of different numbers, different reporting methods by state, an orchard of apples and oranges. And behind all these uncertainties you have the question of how many of the people who've gotten coverage under some flavor of Obamacare are actually newly covered - as opposed to people who simply traded one kind of insurance for another. The 7.1 million private sector sign ups number got all the attention this week. But getting less attention have been a series of new reports using distinct, though internally consistent approaching to quantifying just how many more people have coverage today than did before Obamacare.

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Unemployment Holds Steady

New jobs report just out: economy added 192,000 jobs; unemployment steady at 6.7%; upward revisions of January and February.

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