SUNDAY MOURNING SUNBEAMS

Witch’s Will For A Sunday In April

True Story For A Sunday Morning:

The last cab ride

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. One time I arrived in the middle of the night for a pick up at a building that was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window.

Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away. But I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself. So I walked to the door and knocked.

“Just a minute,” answered a frail, elderly voice.

I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80′s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase.

The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

“Would you carry my bag out to the car?” she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness.

“It’s nothing,” I told her. “I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated.”

“Oh, you’re such a good boy,” she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, then asked, “Could you drive through downtown?”

“It’s not the shortest way,” I answered quickly.

“Oh, I don’t mind,” she said. “I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.”

I looked in the rear view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.

“I don’t have any family left,” she continued. “The doctor says I don’t have very long.”

I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. “What route would you like me to take?” I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, “I’m tired. Let’s go now.”

We drove in silence to the address she had given me.

It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

“How much do I owe you?” she asked, reaching into her purse.

“Nothing,” I said.

“You have to make a living,” she answered.

“There are other passengers.”

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

“You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,” she said. “Thank you.”

I squeezed her hand, then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly, lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life. We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware—beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

A true story by Kent Nerburn

For Best Article This Morning:

Race has nothing to do with mass shootings

by Gene Lyons

With the exception of sex and religion, nothing makes people more irrational  than race. Given the bloody history of racial disputes in American life, one  would think that responsible news organizations would take particular care in  addressing inflammatory topics. Then there’s the Washington Post, which actually  ran an Easter Sunday opinion column headlined “White men have much to discuss  about mass shootings.”

Written by Charlotte and Harriet Childress, identical twins who describe  themselves as “researchers and consultants on social and political issues” with  a Ph.D. and four master’s degrees between them, the essay argued that something  uniquely wicked about “white male culture” is responsible for tragedies like  last year’s massacre of 26 schoolchildren and teachers in Newtown, Conn.

“Nearly all of the mass shootings in this country in recent years,” the  authors assure us, “not just Newtown, Aurora, Fort Hood, Tucson and Columbine — have been committed by white men and boys.”

Neatly airbrushed out of the picture were two of the most notorious mass  murderers in recent U.S. history: “Beltway snipers” John Allen Muhammad and Lee  Boyd Malvo.

In 2002, they murdered 10 people in the Washington Post’s primary circulation  area for explicitly racial reasons having to do with black nationalism.

Also 2007 rampage shooter Seung-Hui Cho, a Korean immigrant who killed 32  classmates and professors at Virginia Tech. Raised in Fairfax County, Va.,  across the Potomac River from Washington, Cho had been adjudicated “an imminent  danger to himself as a result of mental illness” in a Virginia court, but not  hospitalized.

This last is important because another of the Childress sisters’ claims is  that “when white men try to divert attention” from their collective guilt “by  talking about mental health issues, many people buy into the idea that the  United States has a national mental health problem.”

Odd, because yet another mass shooting with a Washington angle involves Army  psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood assassin — an Arlington, Va.,  native. Whether or not Hasan, a Palestinian-American Muslim many would call a  terrorist, should properly be called “white” as the Childress sisters use the  word, was debated by many of the thousands of online commentators who gravitated  to the Post website to bicker and exchange anonymous racial insults — an  entirely predictable outcome of publishing such witless nonsense.

Race tells us nothing about these tragedies. Absolutely nothing.

Opinion From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130406/OPINION01/304060317#ixzz2PmJIdfL1

The Washington Post has shown itself to be less a “newspaper” than a propaganda/leftist agenda rag. Whatever it once was, so far as excellence goes, it has allowed it’s bias to destroy. Sad really. The public deserves more.

Other Interesting Articles

 A Reporter Explains Why Gun Coverage Is So Biased

Well, not intentionally.

But Jim Ragsdale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune attended a conference in Chicago on covering gun issues, which he describes this way:

“Covering Guns” brought reporters with front-line experience covering mass shootings in Tucson, Ariz.; Aurora, Colo.; Newtown, Conn., and Red Lake, Minn., to meet with gun experts and advocates and gun trainers. Sponsored by the Poynter journalism center and funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, we gathered in a city that witnessed 506 homicides last year.

The idea, I take it, was to educate reporters so they could do a better job of covering news stories about firearms:

A team led by Don Haworth, a Chicago private investigator and firearms trainer, explained the components of a round, the various sizes of ammunition magazines, even the spiral etching inside the barrel that spins the bullet for accuracy and leaves a ballistic fingerprint.

If the reporters who attended the event came away knowing what a magazine is, they are ahead of the game. But Ragsdale’s account shows what an uphill battle it is to educate reporters. He is endearingly candid in describing the trepidation with which he approached the firing range:

Then someone handed me a Glock.

There suddenly was only one overriding truth and it was exploding in my hands, like a tiny cannon. I held on as my kindly gun-range instructor urged me to breathe deeply and squeeze gently.

“Good, good,” he kept saying, but I felt like I was holding on for dear life. …

But I felt no sense of “gun control” — not much better than the member of our party who screamed and dropped the weapon on a table after it fired.

What a wonderful image! A reporter who covers news stories involving firearms actually fires a gun, presumably for the first time in his or her life, and responds by screaming and dropping the pistol. Priceless!

more: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/04/a-reporter-explains-why-gun-coverage-is-so-biased.php

Just how do you think the screaming ninny will cover this issue? Or wussy reporter Jim Ragsdale who nearly peed himself at the very touch of a “Glock” in his hand. How can anyone with such an overwhelming fear of guns cover the issue with any degree of honesty or integrity?

Dirty pols sink Andy

  by Michael Goodwin

There are many who scoff at Andrew Cuomo’s chances in a presidential primary campaign, but I am not among them. His name is an iconic Democratic brand, he’s forceful on the stump and a prodigious fund-raiser. Besides, somebody has to win the nomination.

Of course, there are hurdles. Saint Hillary is gearing up to run, and there will be a scrum among contenders, probably including Vice President Joe Biden, competing just to be Clinton’s top rival.

The scenario, then, is daunting but doable — or at least it was, until federal prosecutor Preet Bharara dropped a big fat scandal bomb on Cuomo’s head.

Even before the smoke clears, it is certain that the sordid revelations damaged Cuomo’s presidential quest. You can’t become president, or even a nominee, if you are tagged with presiding over America’s capital of corruption.

Opponents’ ads write themselves: Snippets of blaring newspaper headlines, a parade of perps and Bharara’s voice denouncing Albany’s “show-me-the-money culture” and asking “How many passed bills were born of bribery?”

Other cases may yet appear, but even if they don’t, Bharara’s closing blast, which could have been aimed at the governor himself, could seal his fate: “No one blew the whistle. No one sounded the alarm. Rather, too many people looked the other way.”

The sensational cases destroy what had been a clever plan for 2016. Cuomo, swept into office during the Tea Party surge of 2010, spent his first year echoing the call for lower taxes and smaller government. He produced a balanced, on-time budget that included spending restraint and property-tax caps.

He then tacked left in 2012, championing gay marriage, imposing a tax hike he vowed he wouldn’t and pandering to environmentalists by offering one reason after another for delaying fracking. Getting the nation’s first tough gun-control legislation passed after the Newtown horror and pushing for virtually unlimited abortions cemented his return to the liberal fold.

From a national perspective, he could assume the record of zigs and zags would fade into the big picture of a governor with genuine appeal to both the Democratic base for the primary and some moderates for a general election. An easy re-election next year would be the kickoff for 2016.

Then came the Bharara bomb. While the sleazy legislators did the alleged crimes, Cuomo is not an innocent victim. He has only himself to blame for setting the wrong ethical tone.

He knew Albany was rotten, saying early on that corruption exceeded that of the notorious Tammany machine and “would make Boss Tweed blush.” Yet Cuomo repeatedly backed down from promised reforms, trading them for agreement on budget and policy issues. In one giddy moment, he bizarrely declared that New York “has the best legislative body in the nation.” That quote alone would make a great ad for an opponent.

more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/dirty_pols_sink_andy_8PNPp7UYfXipiMBFj85TtJ

The Perversity of Liberal “Rules”

by Carol Platt Liebau

It’s been not at all troubling to me to watch President Obama be pilloried for having the temerity to comment on California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ looks — mostly because of the different standards to which Democrats and Republicans are routinely held on such “women’s” topics by Democrats and the press.

Here’s a news flash for worshippers in the Cult of Obama: The President is just a normal man.  Normal men notice women’s looks.  And normal men reason — not inaccurately — that most women like to hear that they’re attractive.  Only in elite lefty circles in this post-feminist era have there been attempts to codify an etiquette governing when it is politically correct to compliment a woman’s appearance.

The whole episode was silly to the rational mind.  But note that President Obama called Harris to apologize for having complimented her (and we all know that the President doesn’t apologize for anything but America with any frequency!).  It’s not because Jonathan Chait or other lefties were incensed at his behavior.  It’s because he recognized the danger to his political brand among the wider public in allowing this story to keep circulating.

First, as the Washington Free Beacon points out, it plays into a dangerous image of Obama that already exists — as Sexist-in-Chief — based on the dearth of powerful women on his staff, the lower pay his female employees receive, the alleged “hostile environment” of the Obama White House, and more.  Obviously, had he been a Republican, the tension between these facts and the oft-invoked “war on women” supposedly waged by Obama’s political opponents would be more widely circulated by the press and known by the public.  But the longer the story drags on, the greater the chance such stories would appear, and so Obama nipped it in the bud.

more: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/carolplattliebau/2013/04/06/the-perversity-of-liberal-rules-n1559975

biden the clown 2  Biden: ‘Affirmative Task’ Before Us Is to ‘Create a New World Order’

March job growth “disappointing,” but U.S. positioned to be “leading economy” in the world.

Vice President Joe Biden called the U.S. economic figures for March “disappointing” on Friday but said America “remains better positioned than any country in the world to be the leading economy” of the 21st century.

“The economy has now added private sector jobs every month, disappointing this month, but they nonetheless added jobs,” said Biden at the Export-Import Bank conference in Washington.

“Even so we’ve still found that at the time there’s a need for an ambitious affirmative agenda. We strengthened and signed three free trade agreements.”

Biden said he’s not optimistic out of “naivety” but because he knows the history of America.

“I know I’m referred to in the White House as the White House optimist. I read that all of the time like I’m the new guy. As my grandfather would say, ‘like I just fell off the turnip truck yesterday,’” Biden said.

“In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been there longer than any of them and I hope you all haven’t noticed.”

The private sector added 95,000 jobs and payrolls rose by 88,000 workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In response to the jobs numbers, the White House said the economy is “continuing to recover” from the financial crisis.

In Biden’s view, the “affirmative task we have now is to actually create a new world order because the global order is changing again and the institutions of the world that worked so well in the post-World War II era for decades, they need to be strengthened and some have to be changed. So we have to do what we do best. We have to lead.”

He added, “This is not a zero sum game. It’s overwhelmingly in our interest that China prosper, that Mongolia prosper.”

Biden said the global “playing field” needs to be “leveled” so competition is fair and healthy.

With a level playing field, Biden said American ingenuity would compete with anyone in the world.

more: http://pjmedia.com/blog/biden-affirmative-task-before-us-is-to-create-a-new-world-order/?singlepage=true

I have until recently had faith in American Ingenuity to overcome almost any odds. Now? Not so much. The American Education, which once taught children to read, write, do math and to think no longer does that. A global playing field requires an educated population. We no longer have that. We traded education for “feel” good and the dunces we graduate, through no fault of their own, aren’t equipped to compete.

“New World Order”?  That ought to get the conspiracy folks all riled up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_World_Order_(conspiracy_theory)

   Gun control may have to wait

By A.B. Stoddard

No matter what gun control bill passes the Senate, and it is highly unlikely one  will, the National Rifle Association has already won this round. An assault  weapons ban is off the table. There is no hope for restricting high-capacity  magazines. Now even the once bipartisan idea of expanding background checks is  nearly dead.

Democrats and advocates of new gun restrictions are  clinging to the hope that Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)  could step into the fray to rescue their efforts. They shouldn’t hold their  breath. Coburn is under well-publicized pressure from an outfit called Gun  Owners of America, which, according to The New York Times, boasted its  members “irritated” the senator with constant pleas against background checks  but nonetheless succeeded in changing his mind.

Democrats have dug up an ad  McCain cut in 2000 in which he declares he has evolved on the issue of  background checks, and that “with rights come responsibilities.” At this point  it won’t be easy to bring Coburn back to the table, and without Coburn, McCain  would just be dismissed as having one of his fits of mavericky-ness that was  sure to pass.

Pro-gun Democrats from states where Mitt Romney crushed President  Obama in 2012 are hardly ready to walk that tightrope without some Republican  skin in the game.

more: http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/ab-stoddard/292105-gun-control-may-have-to-wait#ixzz2Pm5wFQJu

 Pope orders Vatican officials to tackle child sex abuse scandals

Pontiff’s call dismissed by victims’ groups as simply rhetoric designed to try to woo back disgusted Catholics to the church

more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/05/pope-vatican-child-sex-abuse

Sounds to me as if the “victim’s groups” don’t want the church to do anything about the sex abuse scandals. Why else such an immediate negative response? If the Pope’s call does nothing then they have a right to complain. Now they seem  more fearful that they might lose a chance to bash the church than in coming to a result that satisfies both church and victims.

J-O-B-S

By Clarice Feldman

In  one of his more well-publicized gaffes, Vice President Biden said of John  McCain:

“Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing  to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as  Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.”

Actually,  of course, it’s a four-letter word, and it was his job and the president’s to  create a climate for job expansion, and they failed. The evidence is now  overwhelming: they have created the worst employment climate in decades.
Tyler Durden at Zerohedge sums up the week’s bad economic  news:

Things just keep getting worse for the American  worker, and by implication US economy, where as we have shown many times before,  it pays just as well to sit back and collect disability and various welfare and  entitlement checks, than to work. The best manifestation of this: the  number of people not in the labor force which in March soared by a  massive 663,000 to a record 90 million Americans who are no longer even looking  for work. This was the biggest monthly increase in people dropping out  of the labor force since January 2012, when the BLS did its census recast of the  labor numbers. And even worse, the labor force participation rate plunged from  an already abysmal 63.5% to 63.3% — the lowest since 1979! But  at least it helped with the now painfully grotesque propaganda that the US  unemployment rate is “improving.”

With  so many out of work, the administration safely counts on a feckless media and an  equally feckless opposition to be distracted by issues like gay marriage,  immigration, and guns.

As the sensible Alicia Colon observes of the gay marriage kerfuffle, a typical  Democrat ginned-up social issue that has nothing to do with the most significant  domestic and national security problems facing us:

Never once discussed, however, by advocates is how  this issue has anything to do with the economic state of the nation today.  Legalizing gay marriage will not improve the economy nor is it really that  important to the average homosexual. Celebrity nuptials and endorsements may  garner news coverage stressing it as a civil rights issue but ironically these  come from a wealthier than average demographic. The average homosexual has  concerns that are much more aligned with the general population —  jobs.

Nor will the laws allowing same-sex marriage impact  our national security so why is it even being discussed as a potential  hot-button issue for conservatives? Why are we seeing more and more articles on  the discord in the GOP between the social conservatives and the moderates? For  the Republicans to regain the Congress they are going to have to wake up and  smell the coffee. Social issues are emotional weapons that the Democrats use to  obscure the fact that they haven’t one good idea on how to save our  economy.

 When the GOP candidates are asked what  their positions are on the hot social issues like same-sex marriage,  contraception and abortion, they should fire right back with the questions,

“What does that have to do with saving our country? How are these issues  affecting the economy? Why aren’t you concerned with that and our national  security?

Why aren’t you more interested in closing the borders to terrorists?  Why are you ignoring the continual threat against us by radical Islamists? Why  aren’t you wondering why the State Department didn’t respond to Ambassador  Stevens’ request for additional security before he was brutally attacked and  murdered?

How come you’re not interested in the Fast and Furious scandal in the  Justice Department? Do you think that’s just the name of a movie instead of the  Justice Department and ATF giving weapons to gun cartels that ended up with  hundreds killed and maimed including a U.S. Border agent?

If you want to know  our positions on social issues, read the party’s platform. We are all pro-life  and for the sanctity of traditional marriage. That’s all you need to know. Now  for once ask me an intelligent and pertinent question.”

Where  once the left and the media could blame everything on climate warming, now it’s  the sequester they reach for as the bogeyman.

“Look: We all over-shot it,” [Austan] Goolsbee said  on CNBC, referring to the projections of much higher job gains. “This is a punch  to the gut. This is not a good number. And I think now you’re going to  interestingly start seeing a lot of discussion about maybe the sequester’s a  bigger deal than people thought it was.”

The jobs report showed the unemployment rate dropping  a bit, to 7.6 percent. But the number of jobs created — 88,000 — was  far less than expected, and a big reason the unemployment rate fell is because  nearly half a million people dropped out of the workforce.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/jobs.html#ixzz2PmQKtRZU

bible Bible Verses Obama Seems to Have Missed

By W.A.  Beatty

Dear  Leader Barack Hussein Obama loves to quote (and misquote) the Bible in order to  lend credence to what he is saying.  For example, he (actually, his  speechwriter), in Newtown, Connecticut, quoted  several Bible verses, including Matthew  19:14: “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder  them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as  these.'”

Bible  quotes, in and of themselves, are fine.  But when Obama misquotes and/or  misinterprets what he quotes, that is not fine.  For example, on March 30,  2012, in an address to supporters at the University of Vermont in Burlington,  Vermont, Obama said,  “I am my brother’s keeper.  I am my sister’s keeper.”  He was speaking  about values and thought this misquote would further his cause.  That Bible  quote came from the fourth  chapter of Genesis.  The actual verse is: “Then  the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’  ‘I don’t know,’ he  replied. ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?‘”  Cain said this to God after  murdering his brother Abel and was trying to hide the act from  God.

When  taken in its entirety, not just as one verse Obama lifted out of context, the  verses present an entirely different interpretation from what Obama  intended.

The misquote was not about values at all.  Obama’s misquote  and misinterpretation was an attempt to twist the Bible to further his personal  political agenda.

Obama,  at the 2012 Prayer Breakfast, quotedLuke  12:48

“… From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded;  and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” —  in an effort to justify his “fair share” tax agenda.

 Again, Obama  took a part of a Scripture verse out of context.  In verses 42-48, Jesus is  telling the parable of the wise steward.  The meaning of the verse is quite  different when taken in its entirety:

“But the one  who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few  blows.  From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and  from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”   Jesus is speaking, in this verse, about how to avoid the blows of punishment by living  within the limits set by our parents and/or our legal system.  He is  not talking about taxes.

If  we take Obama’s partial quote in good faith, it still doesn’t convey  the meaning for which he is searching.  The verse can be, taken alone,  interpreted as being about personal stewardship.  Taken in that context,  one must ask: “Who is doing the giving and demanding?”  Obama would say  government, whereas Jesus would say God.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/bible_verses_obama_seems_to_have_missed.html#ixzz2PmnEKYv1

Four AP Reporters Make Excuses, All Unacceptable, for Weak March Jobs Report

After telling the world on  Thursday that “Gone are the fears that the economy could fall into another  recession,” it seems that the Associated Press’s Christopher Rugaber needed some  help explaining away Friday’s  weak jobs report from the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The AP had four reporters on Friday  evening’s coverage, all seemingly in search of a viable excuse for another  “unexpectedly” disappointing report: Rugaber, co-author Paul Wiseman, and  contributors Jonathan Fahey and Joyce Rosenberg in New York.

DIM LABOR REPORT SHOWS US ADDED JUST 88K JOBS

A streak of robust job growth came to a halt in March [1],  signaling that U.S. employers may have grown cautious in a fragile economy.

The gain of 88,000 jobs [2] was the smallest in nine  months.

… Friday’s weak jobs report from the Labor Department caught analysts by  surprise and served as a reminder that the economic recovery is still  slow, nearly four years after the Great Recession ended. [3]

… Economists had no single explanation for why hiring weakened so sharply  and broadly – from retailers and manufacturers to electronics and building  materials companies. Some said deep government spending cuts that began  taking effect March 1 might have contributed to the slowdown, along with higher  Social Security taxes. [4] Others raised the possibility that  last month was just a pause [5] in an improving job market.

Whatever the reasons, slower job growth will extend the Federal  Reserve’s policy of keeping borrowing costs at record lows. [6]

March’s job gain was less than half the average of 196,000 jobs in the  previous six months, raising the prospect that for the fourth straight spring,  the economy and hiring could show strength early in the year, only to weaken  later. Some economists say weak hiring may persist into summer before  rebounding by fall. [7]

… Longer-term trends have helped keep the participation rate down. The  baby boomers have begun to retire. The share of men 20 and older in the  labor force has dropped as manufacturing has shrunk. [8]

… An intensifying European financial crisis depressed  hiring in 2010. Japan’s earthquake and tsunami also disrupted  U.S. manufacturing in 2011. Last year, an unusually warm winter  caused employers to do more hiring early in the year, cutting into hiring that  normally happens in spring. [9]

Notes:

[1] — This “robust job growth” refers to the past four months, which,  looking at the  raw (not seasonally adjusted) figures after revisions, were no better than  the same four months a year earlier. 1.521 million jobs were lost from November  2011 through February 2012. From November 2012 through February 2013, the loss  was 1.515 million.

[2] — There is no defensible excuse for not describing the result as  “seasonally adjusted.” The term is not in the report. The average reader will  assume that 88,000 jobs were actually added. The fact is that BLS believes  759,000 were added. The problem is, that’s the  worst March result since the recession officially ended, worse than 2012  (901,000), 2011 (907,000), and even 2010 (835,000).

[3] — This would have been the perfect opportunity to tell readers that  this is by far the worst “recovery” since World War II. But of course not.

[4] — Excuses, excuses. The reason AP had to be so vague (“some said”)  about the “deep government spending cuts” copout is that almost no one outside  the government or who isn’t an Obama administration alum agrees that the “cuts,”  which are really reductions in projected spending growth, contributed to  yesterday’s pathetic results. As to taxes, it’s interesting that the tax  increases on upper-income Americans resulting from  the fiscal cliff deal and as  a result of ObamaCare weren’t mentioned.

[5] — Economies don’t “pause” without a reason.

[6] — Sure, let’s keep covering the government’s deficits and applying  artificial stimulus. That has done so much for economic growth since the  recession — not.

[7] — Sure, it will only be for a few months, and things will get better  after that indefinitely. Just like the past three years — not.

[8] — Seriously, why should the decline of manufacturing automatically lead  to reduced male employment? It’s as if this is the only sector in which men can  work. Really?

[9] — The three items cited were not major factors in the years involved.  The 2012 excuse about the warm winter is a real howler. None of these events  would have held back a sufficiently robust economy properly driven by  appropriate public policy.

So the economy went from recession-proof to “fragile” in a day. Amazing.  This should be professionally embarrassing. Is it, Chris? Do you even care?

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2013/04/06/four-ap-reporters-make-excuses-all-unacceptable-weak-march-jobs-report#ixzz2Pmbcw92k

 The ‘scoop’ on wind

It took an energy insider this past week to expose the dirty little truth about the future of wind energy — it’s too costly, too unreliable and only getting more so because of government subsidies.

Take that, you green zealots.

Patrick Jenevein, CEO of Tang Energy Group in Dallas, the nation’s largest producer of wind energy, actually deplores the government subsidies, which he wrote in an oped piece in the Wall Street Journal, are ruining the industry.

Patrick Jenevein, CEO of Tang Energy Group in Dallas, the nation’s largest producer of wind energy, actually deplores the government subsidies, which he wrote in an oped piece in the Wall Street Journal, are ruining the industry.

“Government subsidies to new wind farms have only made the industry less focused on reducing costs,” he wrote. “In turn, the industry produces a product that isn’t as efficient or as cheap as it might be if we focused less on working the political system and more on research and development.”

The feds have poured about $8.4 billion into wind energy since 2009, succeeding largely in raising the price to consumers — a phenomenon we here in Massachusetts are anticipating with the construction by Cape Wind of that wind farm in Nantucket Sound. According to the Energy Department’s own figures, the per megawatt-hour price for wind increased from $37 in 2005 to an average of $54 today. “It is possible that developers have seized this limited opportunity to build out the less-energetic sites,” conceded a report by the Department of Energy.

The 8.7 percent “haircut” for wind energy brought about by sequestration could be a blessing in disguise, Jenevein concludes, especially if it brings about a reevaluation of the subsidy program.

link: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/opinion/editorials/2013/04/the_scoop_on_wind

Rebuilding a Ruined City

Many are warning that the United States could become the next Greece. But  there’s no need to look across the ocean to see a poorly-governed area that’s  deep in debt and crumbling. Just look to Detroit.

That city was once the picture of American industrial might. Henry Ford  deployed the production line there and helped create the modern middle class.  During World War II, more than a third of U.S. war material was manufactured in  the city. And during the post-war boom, cars made in Detroit embodied the  American success story.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/04/07/rebuilding_a_ruined_city_117832.html#ixzz2Pmgs9NbD

The welfare cowboys

Getting people on disability has become big business for law firms like New York’s Binder & Binder — while taxpayers foot the bill

You’ve seen Charles Binder and his 10-gallon hat on the late-night TV commercials. You may mistake him for an ambulance chaser, but he isn’t. He’s the Welfare Cowboy, vowing to ride the high country on your behalf. You want to live on the ranch of the state, nuzzling the sweet green grass of government aid? Give him a holler. He’ll wrangle you a regular check.

Binder & Binder, the Hauppauge, NY, law firm founded by brothers Harry and Charles, make for a clownish presence with their $20 million a year worth of TV spots. But what they’re doing is serious business: Last year they pocketed $88 million of taxpayer dollars by being the nation’s leading advocate for individuals seeking disability benefits from the government.

link: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_welfare_cowboys_0xc7ItdA1NNzgLeAbgh1rJ

Worth a Read:

 Obama Budget Is Dismissed by G.O.P. and Attacked by Left

link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/us/politics/obama-budget-is-dismissed-by-gop-and-attacked-by-left.html?ref=politics&_r=0

Hollywood’s Come to Jesus Moment?

link: http://spectator.org/archives/2013/04/05/the-bible-hollywoods-come-to-j

Hollywood Moonbat Bette Midler: “Climate Change Deniers” Have “Smaller Brains”….

link: http://weaselzippers.us/2013/04/06/hollywood-moonbat-bette-midler-climate-change-deniers-have-smaller-brains/

Another damn liberal POS who won’t be benefitting from any money from me for her “product”. My own little boycott movement. If I don’t “like” them, I don’t “watch” or enriche them.

Which makes me wonder, by the way, what the hell has she done worth watching since “The First Wives Club”?

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