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Sunday, August 21, 2011

It's Enough To Break Your Heart

Tsk. Tsk.



Cry Me a River

With 13,900,000 Americans actively seeking employment this day (and failing to find it), I'm supposed to be saddened by this story out of Roanoke about those who have no interest in making America - starting with their own life situations - a better place?

Boo Freaking Hoo:
Drug abuse diminishes Southwest Virginia's workforce
By Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times

Not long ago, 11 people applied for a job with a small Southwest Virginia business. Five walked away when told they would have to take a drug test. Another five took the test and failed.

That left the company with just one drug-free applicant to fill the position.

Such a scenario is all too common, according to a coalition fighting a prescription drug abuse problem that took hold a decade ago in far Southwest Virginia and has yet to let go.

"What we've heard, time and time again from employers, is their frustration that so many people they are trying to hire are either unwilling to take, or unable to pass, a drug test," said John Dreyzehner, chairman of the board of One Care of Southwest Virginia. [link]
Surely that last point is a holdover from the Bush era when the nation was at full employment and there was talk of affording leniency toward illegal aliens because of all those low-end jobs "that Americans won't do" that were going unfilled.  Employers are frustrated by a lack of quality drug-free applicants?  In 2011?  Please.

This is more the reality of today:

Want to bet there's more than a few drug-free - and highly qualified - applicants in that crowd?

Look: People want to fry their brains to the point where they are unemployable?  There's a dumpster somewhere calling their names.  They made their choices.  Let them wallow in them.

And leave to the rest of us the task we pound away at these days - to get this country back on track and provide circumstances such that our children too can realize The American Dream.

Idiots are caught up in drugs.  Too bad.  I'm going to be sorrowful over that fact as soon as I see this country pull back from the precipice and no longer worry that we're all going to be looking to dumpsters for our daily bread if things don't change.

Tell you what, though.  I am a compromising fellow.  How about we as a society go so far as to pay for shovels and pay this human waste - by the hour - to dig their graves.

And save us the trouble.

A Case of Two Electorates

First, there are the rational voters.  Like me.  This Rick Perry fella?  Sounds like my kinda guy.  But what do I know about him?  Not a lot.  What's his record?  What's he done?  Give me the good and bad.  And do it now because he's going into presidential politician mode, which means anything coming out of his mouth from this point forward is to be considered highly dubious. 

Then there's the pitiable Obama voter.  He preferred to ignore biography and reputation, going instead with rhetoric and bluster.  He listened to the promises of hope (how do you promise "hope" anyway, and get away with it?) and is now rudely shaken by its failure to materialize.

Meet one of the latter - Charles Blow of the New York Times.  See "Obama in the Valley."  He's saddened by the fact that the Obama of today isn't the Obama of the promisetime.  To quote:

"But one person I never thought would fall into this valley was Barack Obama, the charismatic candidate who electrified the electorate in 2008 and whom many saw as the fulfillment of the dream of the even-more-electrifying Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Yet here Obama is, down in the valley, struggling to connect with the American people and failing, increasingly coming across as dispassionate to some and outright revolting to others."

Does this mean Mr. Blow is sorry for believing Obama's campaign schtick?

No.  He simply wants that Obama back: "A robotic Sustainer-in-Chief with an eerie inhumanity will not satisfy. At this moment, we need less valley and more mountaintop."

Good grief.

You can expect, when the campaign once again heats up, and Obama goes back into full-blown promiser mode, that old Charles Blow will once again be on board with head held high.  That is his nature.

As for Mr. Perry, let it be known: I keep my powder dry.  He looks good.  But then so does the Peugot 807.

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What is it that I find attractive in Rick Perry?  In part, this, a quote from the Texas governor:

I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can.”

Though that too is just a promise ,,,

Time To Set Fantasies Aside

As should always be the case when times get hard.

And speaking of fantasy:
Global warming runs out of gas
By Rex Murphy, National Post

In tight economic times people are naturally unwilling to engage in the comicbook fantasies of the wilder environmentalists. Perhaps Climategate gave a too-souring glimpse into the mixture of science and advocacy that has, to some extent, corrupted both. Perhaps, finally, the unctuousness, sanctimony and sputtering righteousness of the highprofile environmentalists signal to most observers that they aren't really as certain of all this "science" as they pretend to be. Either way this long green game has lost its fundamental energies. The celebrities will find another wristband; the politicians will find a new vague distraction. [link]
I've always held that environmentalists thrived in recent decades because they could.  Times were good.  And a little fantasy was in order to cleanse the palate and provide amusement.  Spouting apocalyptic warnings about CO2 emissions was kind of fun. Andromeda Strain without the creepy little thingies.  Doomsday is upon us! shout the environmentalists at a posh resort attended by thousands of drunken fellow revelers fellow environmentalists.  Boy, it don't get better than that.

But that era is over.  At least for now.  We can't afford to fantasize like we used to.  Bills have to be paid and we don't have the money to pay them.

Maybe someday we can get back to global warming and all that shit.

Some day when time and circumstance allow us to go off into neverneverland once again.

Quote of the Day

From Mark Steyn:

"[T]his is a president who blames his dead-parrot economy on 'bad luck' — specifically, the Arab Spring and the Japanese tsunami: As Harry S. Truman would have said, the buck stops at that big hole in the ground that’s just opened up over in Japan."

To borrow a quote from Lloyd Bentsen, sorta: I knew Harry Truman. Barack Obama sure ain't Harry Truman.

They Sow, They Reap

Leftists in this country - right up to Obama - enjoy trashing their Number One Enemy - corporations  See "Our Common Enemy - Corporations" as one example of thousands.  Vilifying would be a more appropriate word.  Demonizing maybe.

As for our president, see "Obama: Corporations, wealthy must 'pay their fair share'."

Then, when those same corporations pack their bags and move overseas to escape the abuse, they are trashed - vilified - demonized - as being unpatriotic for leaving.  See "George Stephanopoulos Scolds Companies Who Relocate Overseas Because of High Taxes: 'Unpatriotic'.

Are people like Obama and Stephanopoulos that stupid?

No need to answer.

Then I read articles like this ...

... and wonder why there are any corporations still residing here in the USA.

How many Americans are unemployed today?

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From the comments, a question: "Where will Boeing go?"  A more relevant question, considering the persecution it is experiencing at the hands of the federal government: "Why isn't Boeing gone?"

So Rick Perry Doesn't Favor Secession?

Listening to the mainstream press and the Democratic Party (did I repeat myself?), I thought he does.

But no.  It seems there was a whole lot of extrapolating going on to get there.

Go figure.

From "Deliberately misjudging Rick Perry" in yesterday's Washington Times:
He was prompted with a 'gotcha' question on whether Texas should secede after speaking at a Tea Party rally against federal government intrusion into local issues ...

While he might have been more careful about answering such a loaded question, Mr. Perry took a principled stance in favor of state sovereignty; more important, he came nowhere near truly suggesting secession.
Is what the press is doing stretching the truth or lying?

Take your lick.

The Look Of Defeat

We go from talk of hope ...

... to this:

That look of despondency.

It's sad in a way.  He was probably a good man.  It's just that he's poorly suited for the position he thought he wanted.

If only he'd kept writing those novels of his ...