August 22, 2008

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘Economy May Not Be Bad Enough to Help Dems’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:22 am

It’s here.

I will post it at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) under the title “The POR Economy: Not Too Poor to Swing an Election.”

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UPDATE: Showing that the “bad” part is largely in perception only, here’s a Gallup poll showing that Job satisfaction is close to its highest level during this decade. The only time it was higher, and only slightly, was (audible lefty gulp detected) exactly four years ago.

Though comparative data mostly isn’t available, only 9% are either somewhat dissatisfied (7%) or completely dissatisfied (2%). 48% are completely satisfied (the only comparative metric presented), while another 42% are somewhat satisfied.

That’s not a lot of seething worker discontent.

These results would explain the press’s persistence in relentlessly portraying a modestly growing economy as one that is going down the tubes. The only way lefties gain headway on the economy is to convince people that it’s really, really bad out there — for everyone else.

Things I’d Like to Post About Today ….. (082208, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 8:27 am

…..But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • This probably won’t amount to anything (“Democratic delegates reveal ‘thug tactics’ by Hillary supporters”; HT Knox News via Instapundit), but I don’t ever recall a last-minute effort of this magnitude against a presumptive nominee of either party in my lifetime.
  • Somewhat related, what remains of the New York Times put up what has to be seen as a “pin the blame on Hillary if Obama doesn’t win” piece (“At Rally, Finding Clinton’s Aid to Obama Too Tepid”). Clintonistas who think that Damien Cave knew what he was going to write before the event took place would appear to have a good point.
  • The specious argument of the week is the “we can’t say anything about Georgia because of Iraq” canard. Gateway Pundit commenter IOpian figuratively nuked it: “Well maybe for those that are unable to make the distinction of enforcing 17 UN mandates, toppling a tyrannical regime and liberating its people, that threatened and invaded its neighbors, that attempted to assassinate a former US President and sought to develop WMD as opposed (to) the (Russian) conquest for control of all oil supply to Europe. Then yeah it would appear to be no different.” Heh — So it’s the Russia-Georgia war that’s “all about oil” — including pushing its worldwide price back up.
  • Actually, as noted by yours truly in November 2005 with linked proof, and reinforced with more evidence many times thereafter, Iraq did have weapons of mass destruction. IBDeditorials.com (“Hear about the 550 metric tons of yellowcake uranium found in Iraq?”) put the argument to bed once and for all in early July. Christopher Merola at Townhall also did a nice column on this. I can’t seem to find the hysterical cartoon that has Bush wheeling out a barrel of WMDs while a protester looks on. If anyone has a link to it, comment below or e-mail it to me.
  • The 131st Carnival of Ohio Politics, ably assembled by Jill at WLST, is here.
  • This story (“Japanese create stem cells from wisdom teeth”), along many others way too numerous to mention, should lead to a longer post, and may someday get one. But for now — Have you noticed how muted the news about stem cells has been for about the past six months? That’s because the breakthroughs are occurring with “adult stem cells” (a term that seems to have nearly disappeared down the media memory hole). This includes the vaunted pluripotency that was once thought to only be achievable by killing embryos. The need to bother with embryonic stem cells for attacking human diseases is virtually gone. Those of us who believe that God will always provide us with the means to advance life without causing death have been vindicated. That’s why the news about stem cells, a media cause celebre when embryonic research claimed a supremacy it never had, has been relatively invisible.

Positivity: U.S. troops bring safe water to Kenyans

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Garissa, Kenya (HT Rosemary’s News and Rosemary’s Thoughts):

Aug. 13, 2008

Members of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa joined Kenyan Ministry of Defense personnel, municipality leaders and the people of the villages of Shabah and Delolo to celebrate the dedication of two new wells.

A ceremony marked a district-wide campaign to bring clean drinking water to the people of Garissa, rather than risk retrieving water from the Tana River located some five to six miles away. Local elders spoke of the many hazards to villagers from being attacked by the many crocodiles that inhabit the river’s banks.

“The wells in Delolo, and the one in Shabah, will provide safe drinking water for the people and keep them safe from crocodile attacks. The people are grateful to the Ministry of Defense and the United States government for these wells,” said Lt. Col. Juma, commander, 9th Kenyan Rifles Battalion.

More than 300 people attended the events, including several community leaders, local sheiks and imams, as well as television, radio and print media from Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

In a speech to the villagers of Shabah, U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Hastings, civil military officer for CJTF-HOA, stated this type of cooperation is precisely the task force’s goal.

“The U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team (402nd Civil Affairs Battalion) and the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion well drillers (Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74) are a part of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Our job is to prevent conflict,” Hastings said. “We do this by working with our partners, and Kenya is both a partner and a friend. We are here to support the Kenyan Ministry of Defense to the extent that we can, and we are both honored and grateful.”

Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Countermine, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., of Garissa’s 402nd CA BN, based out of Tonawana, N.Y., said most of the 100,000 people who live in Garissa are nomadic pastoralists whose lives depend on their daily treks to get water.

“If we can prevent the loss of life from crocodile attacks along the river by bringing wells to the people, it will go a long way towards changing negative perceptions about Americans in the region.” he said “These wells are helping build trust and relationships.”

The Navy Seabees, based out of Gulfport, Miss., worked with the Kenyan Ministry of Defense water well team, forging cooperative relationships and exchanging technical knowledge. Their efforts enabled the Kenyan drillers to complete the Delolo well, gaining valuable work-experience, increasing their capacity to create additional well sites in the future. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.