Friday Open Thread

“What you don’t do can be a destructive force.”

–Eleanor Roosevelt

16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Should get an early indication of just how accommodating the Senate will be when the Judiciary Committee holds hearings on Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for Attorney General. Current members, with most expected to stay. Contact early, contact often.

    Chuck Grassley, Iowa, Chairman

    Orrin Hatch, Utah

    Jeff Sessions, Alabama

    Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

    John Cornyn, Texas

    Mike Lee, Utah

    Ted Cruz, Texas

    Jeff Flake, Arizona

    David Vitter, Louisiana

    David Perdue, Georgia

    Thom Tillis, North Carolina

    Patrick Leahy, Vermont, Ranking Member

    Dianne Feinstein, California

    Chuck Schumer, New York

    Dick Durbin, Illinois

    Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island

    Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota

    Al Franken, Minnesota

    Chris Coons, Delaware

    Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut

  2. Andrew Carnegie says:



    Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump

    Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky – no Mexico

    9:01 PM – 17 Nov 2016







    Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump

    I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!

    9:15 PM – 17 Nov 2016





    • MichaelBowman says:

      Geezuz.  Step up your game, Carnegie. Who'd have thunk: union contracts, not our POTUS-elect, guiding these decisions?

      Donald Trump Says He 'Worked Hard' with Ford to Keep Factory in Kentucky

      Ford  F -0.80%  has repeatedly said it has no plans to close any U.S. plants and likely could not do so under the terms of the current United Auto Workers contract that expires in 2019.


      • Andrew Carnegie says:

        Apple moving I-phone production back to the US, too.

        Seems to me there must be some folks who magically found some skilled labor in the US labor market, or was it political leadership?

        Tim Cook had told CBS News’ 60 Minutes in December 2015 that Apple could not move its iPhones production back to the U.S., because America lacked enough skilled workers.

        “Let me be clear, China put an enormous focus on manufacturing, in what you and I would call vocational kind of skills,” he said. Cook blamed America for Apple’s need to move production offshore: “The U.S., over time, began to stop having as many vocational kind of skills.”

        It seems that since the election of Donald Trump as President, Apple and soon the rest of Silicon Valley may have discovered that America does have enough skilled workers to make high-tech devices.

        The reality is that an I-phone which sells for $600 has labor costs of about $12.50 if assembled in China and $25 if assembled in the US.  It is not worth it for Apple to fight over the cost savings.

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          Andrew: guess you missed yesterday's Wall Street Journal article about companies in Maine using legal immigrants now in manufacturing concerns because there aren't enough skilled American workers in Maine. 

          As for China, they are now losing business to lower cost countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia.

          Seems like you’ve also missed various articles about the US not having enough workers skilled in STEM.

          It appears that Michael is right about your game being “weak.” 

        • MichaelBowman says:

          I think we can all agree this would be a good move.  GE's story in Kentucky is yet another one.  The German's figured out long ago that high-paying union jobs weren't a deterrent to their bottom line, either.  I'm anxiously awaiting the Presidential-elects announcement of moving his clothing factories and furniture making back to our shores.    

        • JohnInDenver says:

          Apple isn't moving anything … they are considering what to do if Trump starts a trade war with excessive tariffs. Part of that is investigating how much of an iPhone would need to be "made" or "assembled"  someplace other than China to avoid unsustainable tariffs. In other words, contingency planning. US location might work. I'm betting they are investigating a bunch of other locations, too.

  3. Davie says:

    On a lighter note, here is a useful plugin for Chrome browser users.  I have already seen that it works as advertised!

    Swap Trump For Cheeseburgers With This Genius Google Chrome Extension

    “Make the internet fun again.”


  4. itlduso says:

    Brilliant idea.  The head of the Anti Defamation League said that if Trump requires Muslims to register with the government that he would register as a Muslim.  Count this atheist in.  We are all Muslims now.

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Papa Bush gave us the successful cap-and-trade program that ended acid rain; George W. delivered the Renewable Fuel Standard and the Bush Supreme Court declared CO2 a pollutant. We're in the throes of the Third Industrial Revolution.  The world isn't looking 'back'…

    China to Donald Trump: No, We Didn’t Invent Climate Change

    “If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s,” Liu said, using an acronym for the U.N. body charged with researching the topic.


    • MichaelBowman says:

      Less than a decade ago our POTUS-elect shared the enthusiasm for a future driven by American technology and ingenuity. He joined other business leaders urging President Obama to lead in a full page ad in the New York Times

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