January 26, 2015

Not News: Only 1.1% of Americans Live in Unemployment Rate-Recovering Counties

This post follows up on Friday morning’s entry (at BizzyBlog; at NewsBusters) showing that “Fewer Than 0.5% of Americans Live in Fully Recovered Counties.” This is the kind of news which would be front and center with the nation’s establishment press if such a report came out during a Republican or conservative presidential administration. With Team Obama in place, NACo’s work has been virtually ignored.

Some commenters at the Friday post raised a potentially valid objection to the criteria used by the National Association of Counties to determine “full recovery.” NACo’s four bases were returns to pre-recession bests in number of jobs, the unemployment rate, GDP, and home prices. Objectors wanted to completely discount the group’s work based on its inclusion of home prices, arguing that pre-bubble home prices were artificially high, and that a failure to return to those levels was not a valid indicator of economic malaise. If all three other metrics were impressive, they would have had a point. But they weren’t. This post will look at the unemployment rate metric, because that will be the only one needed to show that they still don’t have a point.

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Politico Mag Uses Undisclosed Dem Donor to ‘Hit’ Obama For Middle-Class Suffering

It would seem that the conversation at Politico went something like this: “Hey, we need to hit the Obama administration for the havoc its policies have wreaked on the middle class. But we can’t go after them too hard, because that might burn some bridges, and we’ll lose our stenographer — er, journalistic — access. So we need to use someone sympathetic to Democrats who will know how not to go over the line.”

They chose contributing editor Zachary Karabell, who during most of his writeup did a presentable job of being not too critical while posing as an objective observer — that is, until his final four paragraphs.

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Question of the Day: On the Need for ID

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:07 am

As I continue to fight my personal Cold War, an obvious question slapped me in the face: Why am I supposed to simply accept the need to present an ID so I can buy certain cold medicines, while at the same time I’m supposed to be outraged beyond belief that I have to present an ID so I can vote?

VIDEO: ‘Was It All About Using Us?’ (Answer: ‘Yes’)

Filed under: Economy,Quotes, Etc. of the Day,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:02 am

From Rebel Pundit in Chicago (HT Weasel Zippers):

Money quote:

We hope the Congress defund Obamacare. We pray that Congress do(es) away with your amnesty executive order, giving and providing illegal aliens and immigrants working permit to make sure the black man don’t get jobs in our own community.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012615)

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

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Flea market find becomes heavenly gift for Pope Francis

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 23, 2015 / 04:02 am

The journalist who won a big smile from Pope Francis after giving him an image of St. Therese of Lisieux on his way to the Philippines said that she found it in a flea market, and gave it as the second in a pair.

“I found (the Virgin of Lujan) at the flea market just before Christmas (and) I also found another medal which was Sister Therese and I thought: Well that’s wonderful, because it would be the perfect pair. We could do one for his birthday and one for Christmas,” Caroline Pigozzi told CNA Jan. 19.

The French author and journalist is the one responsible for giving Pope Francis his personal visit from St. Therese after he prayed for her guidance and intercession ahead of his Jan. 12-19 trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Pope Francis received the gift while speaking with journalists during his Jan. 15 in-flight news conference from Sri Lanka to the Philippines. He said that whenever he asks St. Therese to help with something, he also asks her to send him a rose so that he knows she has taken on the task.

“I asked also for this trip; that she’d take it in hand and that she would send me a rose. But instead of a rose she came herself to greet me,” the Pope said after receiving the gift.

Pigozzi, who works with French newspaper Paris Match, said that she first started to learn about Pope Francis after going to Argentina to meet his friends and fellow priests that work in the slums after his election.

“He has a lot of friends,” she said, and recalled that after spending some time with them, they quickly arranged for her to go to one of the Pope’s Masses at the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse.

After meeting the Pope at Mass, Pigozzi noted that she saw him nearly every day during October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

On the last day of the gathering, the journalist recalled how she was sitting in the cafeteria of the Saint Martha guesthouse when the Pope came up to her and told her “I’ve seen that you have been here every single day,” and noted that “he likes (to do) this kind of thing.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.