February 9, 2017

Double Standard: Press, SNL Ripped Congresswoman Who Criticized Fellow Member in 2005

What a difference a decade and a different political party make.

In November 2005, Ohio GOP Congresswoman Jean Schmidt used the same “I’m just quoting someone else” technique to criticize a fellow Member which Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren employed earlier this week to criticize since-confirmed Donald Trump Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions. Schmidt was vilified to the point where she became the subject of ridicule on Saturday Night Live, while the intemperate Warren has become such an instant heroine on the left that she seems a likely favorably-portrayed subject of a skit this coming weekend, and a future candidate to host the show.


Delusional Bill Kristol: Immigration Now ‘Isn’t That Different’ From the Early 20th Century

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:56 pm

Watch (HT Gateway Pundit):

Transcript lowlights:

BILL KRISTOL: After 2, 3, 4 generations of hard work, everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled, whatever, and then luckily you have these waves of people coming in from Italy and Ireland and Russia, and now Mexico, who really want to work hard and really want to succeed, and really want their kids to live better lives. And aren’t sort of clipping coupons or hoping that they can hang on …

So in that respect, I don’t know why this moment is that different from the early 20th century …

Anyone who thinks that the wave of ILLEGAL immigration AND corporate immigration gamesmanship seen in the past 25-30 years “isn’t that different” from the LEGAL immigration seen during the 20th century, which is how Kristol sees things, is utterly delusional.

The whole LEGAL working class of all races — first blue-collar, but then white- and pink-collar — has spent the past quarter-century, and even moreso the past eight years, being demoralized by what they’ve seen happen to their jobs, their pay and financial well-being (depressed by illegal immigration and the corporate-political establishment’s immigration tricks, including but surely not limited to H-1B visas and Silicon Valley’s proven pervasive salary collusion), their culture, and their country.

We’ll probably never knock Bill Kristol from his ignorant, arrogant high horse, but I would suggest that everyone else with an open mind evaluate what happens during the next several years if our new and admittedly miles from perfect president is able to achieve a decent percentage of his agenda.

Donald Trump hasn’t even really done anything yet except change the national economic mood positively (except in the land of the hopelessly far left), and we’ve already seen signs of positive results.

One could argue that what readers are about to see occurred at least as much because Americans were spared at least another four years of Barack Obama’s economic agenda coming from Hillary Clinton as it did because they’re happy to see Donald Trump in charge. Fair enough, but that doesn’t mean that what’s seen below, obtained from the latest long-form Employment Situation Summary, isn’t potentially quite positive:


Yeah, I know. It’s one month, it’s subject to the vagaries of seasonal adjustments, and the identifiable numbers add up to more than the grand totals thanks to seasonally adjusted quirks. (Those who go back to the link need to understand that the separate “Hispanic” column found there is already included in the White and Black columns above.)

So we need to see what’s seen in the above table happen at least five more times for it to be truly convincing. But what it shows is an early sign that Bill Kristol’s “decadent, lazy, spoiled, whatever” working class is getting back in the game by looking for work AND getting employed. If this is indeed a trend, it’s occurring because they believe that maybe, just maybe, the rules aren’t going to be so rigged against them this time around.

Also, as a point of reference: Moody’s economist and ADP Employment Report Director Mark Zandi (as seen in the January 5 conference call notes) believes that the economy can’t possibly add more than 1.25 million jobs per year (just over 100,000 jobs per month) consistently — once we’re at “full employment,” which we’re supposedly quite near — unless we continue to allow highly permissive levels of immigration. Yet in January (again, subject to the qualifiers noted earlier), at a level very close to what Zandi considers “full employment,” the economy managed to add over one-third of his annual maximum in just one month.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020917)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:30 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: Watch a 20-week baby in utero with new groundbreaking technology

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 9:25 am

From London, England:

Feb 8, 2017 / 04:35 pm

When the fetal ultrasound gained popularity in the 1970s, it was hailed as a “window to the womb.” But now, new technology could offer a much more in-depth view of babies before birth.

Courtesy of a new multimillion dollar project based out of London, some parents are able to see clear scans of every movement and organ of their babies in the womb starting as early as 20 weeks, using advanced MRI technology. …


Nation’s vandenHeuvel Calls John McCain an ‘Armchair Warrior’

Katrina vandenHeuvel, publisher of The Nation, went off on John McCain in an ill-advised, unhinged Wednesday morning tweet, declaring the decorated Navy veteran and former Vietnam prisoner of war an “armchair warrior.”

As best can be determined, vandenHeuvel is upset that the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate has previously stated that if Russia did indeed meddle in the 2016 presidential campaign, he would consider it an act of war.