A week ago, Associated Press reporters and their articles’ headlines described the nation’s job market in positive terms. An early a.m. report on Janaury carried this headline: “U.S. job market resilient despite budget fight.” Later that same morning, just before the government’s release of that day’s employment report, there was this: “Jobs report expected to show underlying economic strength.” Late that afternoon, reacting to the news that the economy had a December unemployment rate of 7.8 percent while adding 155,000 seasonally adjusted jobs, AP reporters Paul Wiseman and Christopher Rugaber described the performance as “matching the solid but unspectacular monthly pace of the past two years.”
Reports from wire services other than the AP, which might as well stand for the Administration’s Press, weren’t as rosy. At Reuters (“Mediocre job growth points to slow grind for U.S. economy”), Jason Lange observed that December’s hiring pace was “short of the levels needed to bring down a still lofty unemployment rate.” Fair enough, but what the press continues to virtually ignore — while obsessing over the same problem early last decade when the problem was nowhere near as severe — is the plight of the long-term unemployed. An up-to-date chart from the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve seen after the jump shows how awful this so-called recovery has been for many of those trying to find work after losing their jobs.
Supporters of traditional marriage expect hundreds of thousands of marchers to turn out for an upcoming national rally in opposition to President Francois Hollande’s “marriage for all” proposal.
Set to go before France’s parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.”
The law would also allow “married” same-sex couples to adopt children while also replacing gender definitive titles such as “Mother” or “Father” with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.”
Some opponents of the proposal say doing so would strip society of sexual differences and would create framework for a “new anthropological order” based on sexual preference rather than unique “sexual otherness.” Opponents also say the move would deny children the biological right of having a mother and father, and that the proposal should have been presented as a referendum to the people.
“La Manif Pour Tous” or “March For All,” a demonstration organized by French satirist Frigide Barjot – whose real name is Virginie Télenne – drew tens of thousands of supporters in the regional demonstrations held throughout France in November and December.
A modest estimate for the first national rally to be held Jan. 13 is projected to draw some 350,000 supporters, one of the organizers, Lionel Lumbroso, told CNA Jan. 4.
“The bigger we are, the more difficult it will be for the government to ignore us,” he said.
Although the “vast majority of the base is Catholic” and founder Frigide Barjot is a Catholic re-convert, Lumbroso said that the movement represents a much greater diversity of the French people because people of different faiths and political beliefs are coming together for a common goal. …
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