What drugs are these people on? The ‘labor shortage?’ Again? Really? My phone still ain’t ringing folks, so I know you aren’t that desperate

Work


Fig. 1. The spectre of Death, in the form of a large skeleton, rises with the smoke and flames of the burning Asch Building during the Triangle fire, as people jump and fall to their death. Artist unknown, from International Ladies Garment Workers Union Photographs (1885-1985) at The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.

And they’re still whining about their imaginary[1] “labor shortage.”[2]

Catherine Rampell, “Where are the workers, really?” Washington Post, December 2, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/12/02/jobs-report-labor-participation-low-missing-workers/


Gilead

Donald Trump

Coup attempt


Fig. 2. Original: The White House. Derivative work: J. J. Messerly, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

This is just a really, really odd thing to me and I don’t understand it. I previously noted that “Pennsylvanians especially might notice that [Donald] Trump seems to be traveling down a similar road as losing gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, campaigning only for his base, and then only at the social conservative and paleoconservative ends of that spectrum.[3][4] The thing to notice there is that Mastriano lost. And it wasn’t even very close,[5] even if the election denial crowd is desperately trying to force recounts.[6]

It’s not like the results were much better for Trump nationally. He’s taking blame for what many think should have been a rout in favor of Republicans—the vaunted “red wave”—and wasn’t.[7] Yet here Trump is, doing the same thing over again,[8] apparently expecting a different result.

That just isn’t making any sense to me. And I gotta tell you, I’m just not seeing how it leads to a victory in 2024. I can, on the other hand, see much more easily how it might lead to a humiliating defeat.

As I said before, cross your fingers.[9]

Kristen Holmes, “Trump expresses support for Capitol rioters as he continues to embrace extremist groups,” Cable News Network, December 2, 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/02/politics/donald-trump-january-6-rioters-support/index.html


Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh

Unauthorized violence


Fig. 1. “Ed Gainey poses with CeaseFirePA during the 2020 Women’s March in Downtown Pittsburgh.” Photograph by Megan Gloeckler, undated, via Pittsburgh City Paper,[10] fair use.

There is a new blog post entitled, “Apparently, it’s ‘thoughts and prayers’ for the dying in Pittsburgh.”

Justin Vellucci, “Mayor Ed Gainey takes gun violence concerns to social media after 4-year-old’s death,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 2, 2022, https://triblive.com/local/mayor-ed-gainey-take-gun-violence-concerns-to-pittsburghers-via-social-media-after-4-year-olds-death/

Megan Guza, “Pittsburgh leaders push for answers and peace after shooting death of 4-year-old in Lincoln-Lemington,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 3, 2022, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2022/12/02/pittsburgh-violence-double-shooting-stabbing-beltzhoover-homewood-lincoln-lemington/stories/202212020080


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  2. [2]Catherine Rampell, “Where are the workers, really?” Washington Post, December 2, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/12/02/jobs-report-labor-participation-low-missing-workers/
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  6. [6]Rich Cholodofsky, “Lawsuits request hand recounts of votes for governor, senator,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 18, 2022, https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/lawsuits-request-hand-recounts-of-votes-for-governor-senator/; Jonathan Lai, Jeremy Roebuck, and Ryan W. Briggs, “Doug Mastriano supporters are flooding Pa. courts with baseless recount petitions in the governor’s race,” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 23, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/doug-mastriano-pa-governor-election-results-recount-petitions-20221123.html
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