September 14, 2013

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 4:30 pm

(Moved to the top)

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

4:30 p.m.: From Investor’s Business Daily on September 2 (HT True Conservatives on Twitter

As the regime of Bashar Assad disintegrates, the security of his chemical arsenal is in jeopardy. The No. 2 general in Saddam Hussein’s air force says they were the WMDs we didn’t find in Iraq.

If so, this may be the reason not much was found in the way of WMD by victorious U.S. forces in 2003.

Told ya — seven years ago.

Also, as IBD alludes, some WMDs were found, making the left’s meme that “there were no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq” a lie.

Supposed Mystery at AP: Economy Isn’t Strongly Growing Despite Increased Employment (Can You Say ‘Part-Timers and Temps?’)

It’s almost amusing to watch writers like Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, pretend not to understand why the economy isn’t growing as much as one would “expect” based on the number of jobs being added each month and falling weekly unemployment claims.

In a Thursday story which was mostly worthless because the incompletely collected government data on weekly unemployment claims made it so, Rugaber and the “expert” he quoted pretended not to understand — well, I hope they were pretending because otherwise I’d have to conclude that they’re dumber than a box of rocks — how all of this can be (bolds are mine):


AP, As Obama Prepares to ‘Lay Claim to an Economic Turnaround’: ‘The Economic Scorecard Is Mixed’

I guess we should acknowledge a tiny improvement when an ordinarily in-the-tank apparatchik like Jim Kuhnhenn at the Associated Press expresses even the slightest bit of skepticism about a White House claim.

But let’s not take it too far. Kuhnhenn is reporting in a brief “Big Story” item this morning that President Obama “is laying claim to an economic turnaround and warning Republicans not to risk a backslide by threatening a government shutdown or a debt default.” Kuhnhenn’s skeptical points are that “The economic scorecard is mixed. … Growth has been tepid and unemployment remains high.” His five-paragraph report, reproduced in full for fair use and discussion purposes, follows the jump.


Jay Leno: ‘I’m on That New Obama Diet. Every Day I Let Vladimir Putin Eat My Lunch’

In yet another monologue comment destined to give NBC’s Barack Obama-loving news division a case of heartburn, Tonight Show host Jay Leno, whose 22-year run (with some interruptions) as that show’s host is on tap to end after the 2014 Winter Olympics, took a shot at the administation’s diplomatic and leadership weaknesses recentaly on display.

The video of Leno’s monologue from NBC’s web site follows the jump. The Obama joke is at the 1:05 mark.

JAY LENO: “Hey, can you tell I’ve lost some weight? I’m on that new Obama diet. Every day I let Vladimir Putin eat my lunch. That’s how it works.”

Apparently there’s been no word on whether Michelle Obama might be considering incorporating elements of the “Obama diet” into her “Let’s Move” healthy kids’ initiative.

Leno also took a shot at California’s recently passed legislation allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses:

Here in California the State Assembly has passed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. And in addition to the license, they’ll also be given phony proof of insurance.”

Cross-posted at


UPDATE: Great NewsBusters comment — “Know what Jay should tell his audience? Obama’s latest quote: ‘I can see Russia from my knees.’” Ouch.

Positivity: Man returns money, writes apology note for robbing store

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Nashville (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

Posted: Sep 07, 2013 6:16 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 07, 2013 10:26 PM EDT

After their Nashville market was robbed at gunpoint 11 years ago, some area residents were shocked this week to get a letter apologizing for the crime and giving back the stolen money.

“It’s amazing,” said Somboon Wu of Interasian Market and Deli on Nolensville Pike. “It’s inspirational, really. Even though it’s hard sometimes, we need to give people a second chance.”

Wu said he never thought he’d face the man who robbed his father until a stranger arrived at the market this week, dropped off an envelope and left.

“He was really insistent that we take this, that we have to take this,” said Wu.

Inside the envelope was a handwritten letter by a man claiming to be a drug addict who 11 years ago came in, picked up a six-pack of beer and robbed the store of $300. Enclosed with the letter was $400 and the message, “I do not use drugs anymore, and I feel I must make amends to the people I have hurt in the past.”

“My dad couldn’t believe it,” said Wu.

Wu said the letter is a shining example that people can change.

“Obviously, he’s got a great heart,” Wu added. “He just got caught up in a bad situation.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.