The good life in Minnesota: I’ll always credit James J. Hill first. But seriously, to jog back to the discussion of the Dayton tax hike: he’s due credit for managing the state budget, and using tax increases to do so. He’s not due all that much credit for the extent to which the Minnesota economy thrives. That’s moreso tied to the regional / national economy, and we have a long history here of outperforming the national economy. But yeah, the Dayton income tax hikes didn’t make the business environment uncompetitive. I see some chatter these days we benefit quite a bit from our proximity to NoDak.
Webb Services: No work jobs for the family are not a good thing. http://hotair.com/archives/2014/12/30/webb-pac-dished-10-of-its-intake-to-the-webb-family/ But I do think the reason he’s not going to win is rather “not a handsome devil.” No pic there. Anyway, very high forehead. Looks a bit like Colin Firth, who’s English. Webb prides himself as a Scots / Irish. Those people are not known for their looks, really. Bad teeth and all that. A resemblance to Beavis also.
No kidding, like this is a bad thing: http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/30/nypd-punishes-city-by-not-citing-arresti
In fairness to Gruber, I think the expectation was the death panels would be the cost controls. http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/200378/ With the way things have gone, figure the death panels might be a non-starter, much as they wanted them.
The Mrs. and I can put away some booze, as much as two people who truly don’t have a drinking problem and are not in denial about it can. We’re working on whiskey now, but we do need to get back to beer so we can figure out when we’re tasting ‘hops’. http://www.slate.com/articles/life/drink/2013/05/hoppy_beer_is_awful_or_at_least_its_bitterness_is_ruining_craft_beer_s_reputation.html
Menards vs. Home Depot: HD doesn’t carry drill bits in wire gauge sizes. Menards does. Now you know.