July 28, 2010

Biden’s Blunder on Employment Numbers

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:55 pm

Here’s a little-noticed howler from our Vice-President on July 22:

There are 3 million [more] Americans working today than there were before we took office.

Uh, no, Joe. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that no matter which of four possible ways one looks at the numbers, he’s laughably wrong, and by at least six years:

  • Household Survey, seasonally adjusted — Total June 2010 employment in this report was 139.119 million. The last time comparably measured employment was three million or more lower was January 2002.
  • Household Survey, not seasonally adjusted — You have to go back to March of 2003 to find the last time this employment metric was three million or more lower than June 2010′s figure of 139.882 million.
  • Establishment Survey, seasonally adjusted — The last time payroll employment was three million or more below the 130.470 million of June 2010 was February 2004.
  • Establishment Survey, not seasonally adjusted — June 2010 showed 131.456 million. The last time it was lower than 128.456 million before Obama’s inauguration was January 2004.

Zheesh. Imagine if Dan Quayle, who could at least count to four (Biden has shown that he can’t), had said this.

Lucid Links (072810, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:56 am

Zombie, on the Pigford class action suit from which Charles and Shirley Sherrod became personal and “non-profit corporation” beneficiaries, did the heavy lifting in following up on the Pigford case described in my Examiner post last week:

Pigford v. Glickman: 86,000 claims from 39,697 total farmers?

… What I want to know is: How can there be 86,000 legitimate claimants?

Let’s accept as a point of fact that some African-American farmers were unfairly denied loans by racists in the USDA during the Clinton and Reagan administrations.

… But ponder the numbers.
• There are approximately 40,000 African-American farmers in the country.
• Of that 40,000, not all of them have gotten into financial trouble. Some have successful farms.
• Of those who had financial trouble, not all of them sought out loans. Some tried to stay afloat on their own.
• Of those who sought out loans, not all of them sought out loans from the USDA. Some got loans from banks or friends.
• Of those who sought out loans from the USDA, not all of them were denied loans. Some got the loans as requested.
• Of those who were denied loans, not all of them were denied due to discriminatory racial practices.

In the end, a total much much smaller than 40,000 could legitimately claim to be victims of discrimination.

As shown above, it was originally estimated to be no more than 2,000 possible total plaintiffs.

Somehow, that number quickly swelled to 16,000 wronged claimants.

… I have a feeling that the Senate repeatedly fails to fund this settlement because there is a strong suspicion among the senators that something is amiss with the case — that a substantial percentage of the 70,000 claims that were originally rejected must necessarily have been fraudulent claims. And so there is reluctance to fork over the money. But there also seems to be a reluctance on the part of the Senate to admit why they won’t fund the settlement, because the issue is just too racially charged.

… It seems, no matter how you look at it, that a substantial number of the 86,000 claims must necessarily be fraudulent.

What Zombie has done is what establishment press reporters used to do in a bygone era, but won’t do now when they believe they’ll find answers that don’t fit the PC template.


Michael Barone, on OH-13:

In industrial Ohio 13, which Barack Obama carried 57 to 42, a poll shows incumbent Betty Sutton trailing free-spending Republican Tom Ganley 44 to 31 percent.

… we haven’t seen polls released by many other Democrats on Republican target lists. Most are conducting polls; many have reason to release favorable results if they’re available. This looks like a case where the absence of evidence is evidence of absence.


John Kerry will pay the Massachusetts taxes he avoided on his yacht by docking it in Rhode Island.

The Boston Herald, which broke the original story in a deliciously drafted write-up, ought to get a 10% cut.


Fantastic point, via Rush:

If We Were Really Who They Say We are, We Would All be Liberals

… Anti-women’s rights is a cause of the left. That’s who’s pushing Sharia in this country: The left. It’s the left that wants a mosque at Ground Zero.

… Who applauds organizations that divide us by race? It’s not I. It should be me, given their propensity to see and treat people according to the color of their skin, but it’s not I. It’s not I that divide people into groups.

… Who divides this nation into tribes? Who divides this nation into Jews, Indians, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, women, male ancestors of slave owners? Who is it that says a black is not “authentic” if there’s no “slave blood” in the genealogy? It’s not I. It’s the left. Who is it that writes columns saying there’s not enough real, genuine blackness in the Obama White House? It’s not I. It’s Maureen Dowd

The Sherrods are gone, because Andrew Breitbart was right. These people (the Sherrods) are racists. They’re on videotape. It’s conclusive.

… Race, religion, gender, dividing us into tribes, preventing the United States from becoming a true melting pot. With the left as the chef here, folks, we’re just a bunch of different ingredients, never meant to blend together into the same recipe to become one fantastic dish. It’s an incredible backwards, non-progressive, destructive way to view and manipulate people. Either we are equal under the law or we are not.

The Sherrods are also gone because it would be a leftist disaster if items such as this, this, and this became more widely known.


Another Rush gem: “… when Obama goes on The View (this is a sad reality) he’s going to be the least experienced and the least qualified guy in that room. He’s going to be the least talented person in that room when he goes on The View — and that is saying something.”

Positivity: Cloistered French nuns to make Gregorian chant album for Universal Music

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Avignon, France:

Jul 27, 2010 / 06:07 am

An order of cloistered Benedictine nuns in France has signed a deal with Universal Music to produce an album of Gregorian chant. The abbess said that after time in prayer the nuns decided the effort could touch people’s lives.

The nuns of the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation (Abbey of Our Lady of the Annunciation), near Avignon, France, won a worldwide search to find the world’s finest female singers of Gregorian chant, Decca Records reports. The search surveyed over 70 convents, including some in North America and Africa.

The nuns’ order dates back to the sixth century and their convent remains closed to the outside world. Vowed sisters remain in the convent until their death and any visitors must communicate with them through a grill. Those women who choose to live in a cloister do so to fully offer themselves to God and to commit themselves to praying for the world and the Pope.

When it came time to hold negotiations with the record label over the album, the Benedictine nuns maintained their cloister.

“I passed the contract through the grill, they signed it and passed it back,” reported Dickon Stainer, managing director of Decca Records.

The prospect of producing an album while respecting the rules of the convent means that record company bosses will not be allowed into the abbey, and that the nuns will film their own television commercial and photograph their own album cover.

“We never sought this, it came looking for us,” said the abbess. “At first we were worried it would affect our cloistered life, so we asked St. Joseph in prayer. Our prayers were answered, and we thought that this album would be a good thing if it touches people’s lives and helps them find peace.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.