Working global warming. Jobless recovery. The peacenick war president. Plus more.
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What Barry lacks is not intelligence or the right kind of
intelligence, or IQ or even a kind of common sense. What Barry
lacks are two old fashioned words long out of common use that far
too many people today also lack. In his inadequacy he is not
alone and therein lies partial explanation of Obama’s rise to
power and now his blundering. But it is true I think that
liberals are particularly susceptible to this self-inflicted
deficiency. What Barry wants is wisdom and humility. One cannot
be had without the other. A sense of the limitations of human
understanding and capability, not the least one’s own, and the
commensurate understanding of what can, and should, be
— Mark Shepler
An old Yiddish expression clearly fits President Spock: he
is an ass ladened with books.
— I.M. Kessel
Spock is nothing but a metaphor for sociopath.
— Steven Shaver
BAILING OUT THE MEDIA
Re: Quin Hillyer’s Media Belles at the Ball:
There was dull old me, wondering why progressives want our rulers [formerly “our government”] to save the “main stream media” from extinction. They certainly never tried to prevent the extinction of other great news organizations of the past.
Where were they, I ask, when Life, Look, The Saturday Evening Post, and other great news magazines were in desperate need of a bailout?
Where when the telegraph stopped transmitting the dits and dahs of important news?
Or when the Pony Express was riding off into the sunset?
Or when the Town Crier lost his voices?
Our world is less — what? — charming for their demise, all, but progressives never tried to save them.
Of course, those ancient media forms never tried to save the political left, either.
Never mind. I get it now.
— A.C Santore
NOT SO DYNAMIC
Re: Joseph Lawler’s The Jobless Recovery and Its Structures:
You assert that the “labor market becomes more complex, more
dynamic…” every day. Bureau of Labor Statistics don’t bear this
out. The job separations rate (quits, layoffs, discharges as % of
employment) went from 4.3 in January 2001 to 3.9 in December 2002
to 3.2 in October 2009. Gross job gains decreased 33% from Qt. 1
1998 to Qt. 1 2009. This is the metamorphosis into a less dynamic
— Martin Vaala
Is there really a recovery? Depending on the Obama official you listen to the economy is recovering or isn’t. The observable evidence is that the economy is on the cusp of a double-dip recession as unemployment lingers at near depression level highs, consumer spending is anemic (compared to late 2007 when the recession allegedly began), small banks are folding, foreclosures are growing, the credit crunch continues, Democrats behave as Democrats (i.e., tax and spend), and the Obama administration is doing everything it can to increase its power at the expense of American’s Constitutional freedoms and rights.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?