June 10, 2012

Harry Reid, October 2011: ‘Private-sector Jobs Have Been Doing Just Fine’

Last year, Harry Reid said pretty close to the same thing President Obama said on Friday about the health of the nation’s private sector. Obama claimed that “The private sector is fine.” On the Senate floor on October 19, Reid claimed that “It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine.”

Don’t feel bad if you don’t know this, because the press mostly ignored it. The few who did notice it worked mightily to excuse it. One of the chief excusers was Pete Kasperowicz at the Hill:

Reid signals government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061012)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:45 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Dr. Joe Braun, 82, hero of supper club fire

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:40 am

From Cold Spring, Kentucky:

Joe Braun remembers the feeling of panic on May 28, 1977.

His parents, Dr. Joseph and Madonna Braun were attending a medical association dinner at the Beverly Hills Supper Club on an evening that would end with 165 people dead.

What the teenage Braun didn’t know at the time was that his father, by then a seasoned family physician, was part of an heroic rescue effort at the Southgate club that night.

Dr. and Mrs. Braun returned home at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. the next morning. They were fortunate to be some of the first patrons alerted to the fire and to escape before poisonous smoke overtook those trapped inside, their son said.

Braun learned how his father and the group of other doctors helped pull people out of the fire, tend to injuries and breath life back into some of the victims.

“They were able to resuscitate people initially. But as it got worse and the people that came out later were in such bad shape, they couldn’t revive any of them,” said Braun, of Cold Spring.

“I just remember him talking about the taste from trying to revive the people. He had the taste of that smoke in his lungs and he said that was something that he would never forget.”

Dr. Braun, who had a family practice in Newport and then in Cold Spring, died Monday at his Cold Spring home after a battle with squamous cell cancer. He was 82. …

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