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Monday, April 04, 2011

Does This Mean I Lose Annie B?

Take a close look at the proposed redistricting map that the Virginia Division of Legislative Services put out, and that the Roanoke Times has been kind enough to reproduce, and one thing leaps out at you:

Virginia's 6th House District will no longer include me.

(For a better look, click on the image to enlarge it, or go here.)

I'm not sure, looking at the map, which district I'll be thrown into (the 3rd, maybe?) but I'm not liking this.  Anne B. Crockett-Stark is my hero.  And I'll miss her.

Somebody get the governor on the phone.

Hey, The Unemployment Rate Is Down!

Because a whole army of unemployed Americans has vanished from the equation.  From "Our Workforce Lost 2.33 Million People in One Year?":
The number of people who were “not in the labor force” In March 2010 was 83,264,000 (seasonally adjusted). In March 2011, it was 85,594,000 (seasonally adjusted). If you want to know how unemployment dropped a point, look no further than this statistic.
If that's not bad enough, wrap your brain around this regarding last month's dramatic "drop" in unemployment:
The unemployment rate among men 20 years and older dropped only because the male labor force dropped by 31,000. Those employed barely rose by 4,000. Contrast with stats for women 20 years and older ...

The labor pool for women rose by 96,000. The number of employed women rose by 247,000 vs. 4,000 for men.

Thus, improvement in Friday's jobs numbers came entirely from women, at least according to the household survey.
That comes from "Men vs. Women: Digging into the BLS Jobs Data."

Men are staying home as their spouses head off to work.  What does that portend for our long-term economic prospects?

And one more thing from that last study:

"93,000 jobs were part-time jobs ..."

I so want to cheer. But the numbers just aren't there.

The Bodies of 1000 Twin Tower Victims Have Not Been Found

Someone needs to get that message to this appeaser:

Maybe Graham would have us apologize to the Muslim world for the existence of New York City. Any bets on whether he thinks that might disenable those who want us all dead?

* Terry Jones is actually a Florida pastor.

Bill Clinton Ended 'Welfare As We Know It'

Well, he and his buddies rerouted it anyway.  This from the Clarion Advisory should give you pause:

According to the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 44,187,831 Americans are now on food stamps. All of whom now have free health care available to them too, thanks to Obama.

I'm putting in 50 to 55 hours a week. 

Sometimes I wonder why. 

What ought to scare the people who brought this travesty about is the circumstance that will finally lead taxpayers like me to finally chuck it all and join the ranks of the moochers.

It won't scare them, of course.  Not until the day their handiwork comes crashing down around them.  But it should.

We've Come To This

A quote this morning from George Will:

"A dialectic of judicial deference and political arrogance is on display in St. Louis. When excessively deferential courts permit governmental arrogance, additional arrogance results as government explores the limits of judicial deference."

See "In St. Louis, a protest sign meets government arrogance."  It's a story about a man who buys up properties and provides housing to low-income citizens, only to have local government too often declare his properties "blighted," seize them, and hand them over to wealthy developers so that the local government can realize more tax revenue once the properties are developed.

A racket that Al Capone would admire.

A Supreme Court-sanctioned racket.

It's also a story about the effort the original property owner put forth to get his message of government strong-arming out to the people of St. Louis.  And about the local government trying to censor his message.  The owner had to seek permission from government to paint a protest sign on the side of one of his buildings and the local government refused permission.

He is not permitted to keep his properties and he's not permitted to complain.

To me this saga goes hand-in-hand with that from yesterday in which a citizen of the United States of America had to seek permission from government to protect himself with a handgun after he was severely beaten by mobsters.  Government permission being denied.

A few questions to ponder:  When did we become subservient to the state?  Whatever happened to that obviously-antiquated aphorism about "of the people, by the people, for the people"?

One more: How long are we going to put up with it?

It Doesn't Get Much Plainer Than This

Congressman Don Young (R-AK) has turned down an award from the Humane Society of the United States that was offered for his work on conservation.  Mr. Young:
"HSUS are hypocrites, plain and simple, and I will not join them by accepting this award. Local animal shelters and humane societies do excellent work by caring for neglected and homeless animals, and through their spaying and neutering programs. This organization, however, has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare. Instead they prey on the emotions of big-hearted Americans. They flash images of abused animals on our television screens to raise money that will eventually go to pay their salaries and pensions, not to helping better the lives of these animals. They run anti-hunting and anti-trapping campaigns and are of the same cloth as PETA and other extremist organizations. I can only guess that I was to receive this award due to my support of the Wildlife Without Borders program, which develops wildlife management and conservation efforts to maintain global species diversity. That program is true conservation; what this group wants is preservation. To accept this award would be supporting their manipulative ways and misguided agenda, and I want no part of that." [link]

The easiest route for the congressman to have taken would have been for him to have accepted the award, kept it at arm's length, let the people at HSUS say glowing things about him, at the same time saying less-than-kind things about them, and kept his mouth shut beyond all that.

Instead he rips the organization that every pet owner loves to love to shreds.

Gutsy move.

Here's to him.

* I could be a big supporter of Mr. Young if it weren't for the fact that he represents everything that is wrong with Washington.  Too bad.