September 15, 2013

Huh? Politico’s Allen Claims ‘Obama Was Led Into Asking Congress For Approval to Bomb Syria’

In a bizarre writeup which alternates between harsh criticism and a pity party about President Barack Obama’s “toughness” or lack thereof in the wake of the withdrawal of Larry Summers from consideration as the next head of the Federal Reserve, Politico’s Jonathan Allen unleashed a ridiculous assertion about the history of the administration’s Syrian adventure: “In another debate that never came up for a vote the White House could have easily lost, Obama was led into asking Congress for approval to bomb Syria.”

One wonders how the leader of the still most powerful country on earth can be “led” into anything, but especially in this case, given that it was Obama who came up with the “brilliant” idea of asking for Congressional authorization even though he said he didn’t need it.

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AP Continues Pattern of Hyping Reduction of Still Historically High Deficit and Citing ‘Steep’ Spending Cuts

One thing which is almost as reliable as the sun rising in the east is the Associated Press, aka the Adminstration’s Press, putting a better face on the federal government’s fiscal situation than it deserves when a Democrat is in the White House. Almost as reliable is the arrival in a related report of some kind of statement about spending cuts which describes them as “deep,” “steep,” or some other awful adjective.

Both items were present in typical fashion in Martin Crutsinger’s report Thursday afternoon following the release of the federal government’s August Monthly Treasury Statement. Excerpts follow the jump.

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This Depressing Economy

Far closer to the dismal 1930s than you might think.

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This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Friday.

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The government’s August jobs report from its Bureau of Labor Statistics was all too typically lackluster.

164,000 seasonally adjusted payroll jobs were added during the month, per the Establishment Survey of employers, but June and July were revised down by a combined 75,000. The Household Survey used to determine the unemployment rate had even grimmer news, as it showed that 115,000 fewer Americans were working in August than in July. The only reason that the official unemployment rate went down to 7.3 percent is because the civilian workforce shrunk by over 300,000, taking the labor force participation rate down to 63.2 percent, that figure’s lowest level in since 1978.

Looking back further, since President Barack Hussein Obama was first inaugurated in January 2009, seasonally adjusted employment per the Household Survey has increased by just over 2 million, while the number of adults not in the labor force has skyrocketed by almost 10 million.

It may be hard to get used to the idea, but the onslaught of statistics such as these in the areas of employment and output indicate that we’re in an economy which, in certain statistical respects, more resembles what the nation experienced during the 1930s than during the other far more legitimate recoveries seen since World War II.
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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091513)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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

If you are on the front page, click “more” to see today’s items (updated sporadically; items time-stamped 6:05 a.m., if any, were posted earlier and held).
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Positivity: Pope Francis visits refugees at Jesuit center in Rome

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

Sep 10, 2013 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just two months after paying a visit to immigrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis visited a group of refugees at a Jesuit-run center in Rome today.

He met at the Church of the Gesù with refugees seeking asylum in Rome, as well as volunteers who help provide them with food, health care, social support and legal aid.

At least 1,000 people gathered outside the Astalli Center, run by the Jesuit Refugee Service, to wait for Pope Francis, who arrived at 3:30 p.m. local time.

He met with Father Giovanni La Manna, president of the Astalli Center, as well as Cardinal Vicar of Rome Agostino Vallini and the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi.

“We are very pleased with this visit to the place where refugees live their every day life,” Fr. La Manna told Vatican Radio on Sept. 10.

“I believe that at this meeting personal experiences are the most important elements,” he explained, “and so everyone will have the opportunity to tell Pope Francis what they lived through upon their arrival to Rome.”

Fr. La Manna said he hoped the Pope’s visit would result in “a human and spiritual experience aimed at keeping alive the hope of more refugees of having a life of true peace and serenity.”

Along with other world efforts, he voiced a desire that this visit might “help restore peace in the countries of origin and, above all, keep alive the enthusiasm of being at the service of the poor and refugees.”

He stressed that the Pope’s visit to Lampedusa and his prayer vigil and fasting for Syria this past Saturday are not unrelated, but part of “a continuous process that aims to awaken the conscience of us all.” …

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