July 13, 2016

Press Yawns as Federal Finances Deteriorate, Indicating a Slowing Economy

It’s a safe prediction that there will be renewed interest in the federal government’s perilous financial situation if the country elects someone not named Hillary Clinton as its next president in November.

One reason why this prediction is so safe is how little interest there has been in even covering today’s news about Uncle Sam’s troubling June surplus of only $6.3 billion. The Associated Press, via Martin Crutsinger, devoted three whole paragraphs to the news during the first two hours after its release before lengthening it with the usual static analysis pablum about the presidential candidates’ tax plans. A 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time Google News search on “deficit,” which encouraged users to “Explore in Depth (9 more articles),” returned only three additional items when I followed that suggestion.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071316)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 1:30 pm

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: Mom thanking police officers who risked their lives to save hers

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 12:55 pm

From Dallas:

POSTED:JUL 10 2016 03:33PM CDT
UPDATED:JUL 11 2016 06:20AM CDT

A North Texas mother who was shot while attending the protest in downtown Dallas Thursday is now thanking the officers who literally risked their lives to save hers.

Shetamia Taylor is still recovering at Baylor University Hospital. She shared her story with reporters at the hospital Sunday afternoon.

The 37-year-old said she felt motivated to join the protests because of everything that’s been happening, not just the two most recent incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota. She’s a mother of 5 young black men and she brought four of them – ages 12, 13, 15 and 17 – with her to the event.

“We were there. It was really nice. It was very peaceful. It was informative. The kids had a good time. My 12-year-old was like, ‘I’m making history. I get to march,’” she said.

They were heading home early so she wouldn’t be too tired for work in the morning when she heard the first gunshot. She got emotional when she talked about what happened next.

“It was the second shot and the police officer… I saw him kind of tall, hefty, white guy, bald. I remember seeing him and that second shot, as he was going down he said, ‘He has a gun. Run!’” she said.

Taylor felt a bullet hit the back of her leg as she and her sons ran. She pushed one son down behind a car and tried to shield him.

Moments later other officers called out to find out if anyone was hurt. She let them know she had been hit and immediately they jumped to cover her and her son.

“They stayed there with us and I saw another officer get shot right there in front of me,” she said tearfully. …

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