August 5, 2012

Something to Ponder After Over Four Years (and Counting) of the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:03 pm

From Marketwatch on August 1, we’re unfortunately going to be learning how serious the impact of the items what Al Lewis raised in his column there (“The depression is here — it’s just invisible”), including the following:

What are the societal effects of millions of people sidelined for so many years on end? College graduates, looking to launch careers, end up working at Starbucks. Middle-aged professionals apply to temp agencies for gigs they once considered beneath themselves. The nearly retired simply retire early. Even if we could return to full employment tomorrow, the drag of all these idled lives could affect generations.

This likely change in mindset and ability set is arriving at a time when we wlll probably need as many people working as humanly possible, thanks to the crushing debt load left primarily by Obama (in the sense that he accelerated a process already well underway into hyperdrive), but also by his predecessors.

This Has to Be What ‘COAST’ Really Stands For

Filed under: OH-02 US House,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:44 am

Surprised I didn’t think of it sooner: “COAST = Constantly Obsessing About Schmidt Totally.”

Proof:

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Yeah, the very first thing I would think of when reading a post about media avoidance of applying a “Democrat” tag to a former Alabama governor about to go back to jail is Jean Schmidt. (/sarc)

O … M … G. Guys, give it a rest.

AP Report on Dems’ Disavowal of Tenn. Senate Primary Winner ‘Somehow’ Misses Dem Reps’ 2006 Agreement With His ‘Hate Group’

Well, it looks like Democrats in a Southern state have embarrassed party officials once again. Back in 2010, it was Alvin Greene in South Carolina, whose victory in that state’s U.S. Senate primary so infuriated Palmetto State Congressman James Clyburn that he accused Greene of being a plant and called for a federal probe. Greene refused to step aside; incumbent Republican Jim DeMint defeated Greene in a landslide.

A similar script is playing out in Tennessee, where relative unknown Mark Clayton defeated seven other challengers in the Volunteer State’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary. It turns out that Clayton is vice president of an alleged “hate group.” If that characterization really fits Clayton’s Public Advocate of the United States (there’s ample reason to doubt that), then Associated Press reporter Lucas L. Johnson II “somehow” forgot to notice that a couple of national Democrats apparently agree with the group’s supposedly “hateful” positions — as well as, it would appear,  President Barack Obama himself. Excerpts follow the jump:

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (080512)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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

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Positivity: Chinese dissident Chen welcomed to US Capitol

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

Via the Associated Press story:

Published August 02, 2012

Congressional leaders united Wednesday in welcoming dissident Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng, whose case sparked a diplomatic crisis between Washington and Beijing this spring.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner led Chen, who is blind, by the arm after a meeting with lawmakers of both parties. Boehner paid tribute to the “sacrifices” Chen and his family had made and said the U.S. has the responsibility to hold China to account on human rights.

“We can’t remain silent when fundamental human rights are violated, we can’t remain silent when religious liberty remains under attack, we cannot remain silent regarding China’s reprehensible one-child policy,” Boehner told a news conference.

Boehner was flanked by minority Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, in a rare display of the bipartisanship in a deeply divided Congress.

“I don’t often say this, Mr. Speaker, but I do wish to associate myself with your remarks,” she said. Pelosi said it was an honor to be in the same room as Chen, describing him as a “manifestation” of the cause for human rights in China.

Chen, 40, moved to the U.S. in May with his wife and two children after a dramatic escape from house arrest in China’s Shandong province to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He had documented forced abortions and other abuses by local authorities. He is currently studying at New York University School of Law.

Speaking through an interpreter and with six lawmakers huddled around him, Chen complained that three months after promising to investigate the abuses he and his family suffered in China, its government has yet to contact him and he expressed doubt that any such investigation had even begun.

“If a case as high profile as mine can’t be handled properly in accordance with Chinese law and international legal norms, how are we able to believe that China will respect human rights and the rule of law?” said Chen.

He said the human rights situation in China is deteriorating but change is inevitable as increasing numbers of citizens shed their fears and assert their rights. …

Go here for the full story.