This Disgusting Week, vol. 9

I tried to take the week off from writing DailyDisgust to coincide with my mini spring break from school.  However, cold weather in Arkansas made my wife and I postpone our trip to Arkansas–camping when the lows are  in the mid-forties is no good for a ten-month old baby, no matter how badass she is.  Finding myself at home, I couldn’t help but to write a couple of posts.  I’m breaking this week’s roundup into two parts, original things that I wrote and items that I reposted from some of my favorite blogs that I follow.

Original content (well, as original as any mediocre blog post that I write can be)

A roundup of rational responses to Ryan’s ridiculously ruinous budget.  If the Republicans would like to debate the issue of providing a safety net to the poor, sick, and elderly in our society, that is one thing.  But if they would like to suggest cutting that safety net as part of a proposal to increase defense spending and decrease taxes on the wealthy, well, forget the debate, they can just shove it up their…

If Coralville were a state, it would be New Jersey.  Coralville loves to give up future tax income to lure business away from neighboring communities.  New Jersey does the same on a much larger scale.  Insert fat joke about Chris Christie and scales here.

Reposted pieces

Chart of the day: Cui bono?  From Richard at eats shoots ‘n leaves.  The benefits of increased productivity over the last 35 years have not gone to the middle class.  Richard got the graph from Econospeak.

Chart of the day: Politicians for sale, not cheap.  From Richard at eats shoots ‘n leaves.  Certain industries spend a lot of money exercising their first amendment freedom to petition their government for redress of their grievances.  Richard got this table from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Ann Romney Works Blue.  From Embattled Farmers.  Ann Romney tells an unintentionally dirty joke about her husband.

Grain Processing Corp. receives violation notice from EPA.  From Iowa Environmental Focus.  GPC has been long ignoring state and federal air quality regulations.

Elevated air pollution yesterday a cause for concern in SE Iowa, elsewhere.  From the Iowa Environmental Council.  Air pollution cluster around Muscatine County.  GPC?

Mitt Sweeps!  From Embattled Farmers.  Mitt won in MD, WI, and DC.  Time to give up the ghost, Newt, Dick, and Ron.

Chart of the day: Blood on the Newsroom Floor.  From Richard at eats shoots ‘n leaves.  There are fewer newsroom jobs today than there were in 1978.  Richard got this graph from Reflections of a Newsosaur.

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