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Monday, September 05, 2011

On This Labor Day ...

... it must be mentioned that 14 million of us are unemployed, nearly 9 million are part-time workers wanting full-time jobs, and 6.5 million - Americans all - want jobs but have given up looking.

And, while the number of government jobs here in Southwest Virginia are up (the most coveted? Prison jobs in Bland, Tazewell, Patrick, and Wise Counties), those who once worked for Mack Truck, Ethan Allen, Celanese Acetate, Johnson & Johnson, Lear Corp., Dan River, Tultex, Spring Ford Industries, National Textiles, Buster Brown, Natalie Knitting Mills, American of Martinsville, Virginia Glove, Virginia House Furniture, Lea Industries, ArvinMeritor, Alcoa Wheels, Rowe Furniture, VF Knitwear, Vaughan Furniture, Webb Furniture, Burlington Industries, Renfro, Hooker Furniture, Bristol Compressors, Stanley Furniture, Dana Corporation, Thomasville Furniture, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Bassett Furniture Industries, and Pulaski Furniture are either gone to more promising environs or are out looking each day for jobs that aren't there.

Jobs that appear to be gone forever.

In response, on this Labor Day Obama and his kind will call for the creation of more government jobs and government-funded jobs (and they will someday get around to explaining how we will pay for them). 

And the real problem - our inability to compete in the global arena?  Not a word.

Expect an even more dismal Labor Day next year.

Sorry if I won't be at today's parade.

How Not To Conduct Oneself In The Corporate World

We can argue over whether the United States government should get involved when a prospective (private) employer turns down a candidate for employment because said candidate looks like a chthonic monster.


My question is this, though:

What employer, of sound mind, in this day and age, when the United States government is watching over our every hiring and firing practice, tells a prospective candidate for employment - in a forthright manner - the truth?

Earth to Lawrence Transportation Systems: A simple "Sorry, no" would have violated no law and would have kept you out of trouble.  You owed this dude no explanation.  Instead someone there was honest with this strange looking character and your company gets hauled before The Big Tribunal.

Know how the game is played or get to the sidelines.

Photo courtesy of Eric Brady and the Roanoke Times.

Why Did We Get Involved Again?

This appeared on CNN.com two weeks ago, after Moammar Gadhafi was driven into exile by U.S. backed rebels:

A major win.

Empty propaganda? Wishful thinking?  Blind sycophancy?

Everyone (except perhaps those at CNN) knew the following were part of the equation that Obama, Clinton, and fellow White House geniuses refused to consider when they went off on this little venture in nation building. No sooner was Obama's "major win" extolled by the press than this headline appeared: Sharia Enshrined in Libyan Draft Constitution

Sharia, as in the 9th century code that Islam imposes on its congregation that places women just above chickens in the food chain, where "crimes against chastity" result in public execution, and where freedom can go to hell:

That goes well with this headline from three days ago: Libya’s Powerful Islamist Leader (that's Islamist, as in anti-U.S. Sharia fanatic).

And, to top it all off, this comes to us in today's news: Libyan rebels round up black Africans.

Can we talk about that big win again?

I for one didn't know why we went there in the first place. And I don't see what Obama has won now that he's declared "mission accomplished."

AZ GOP To Gun Ban Crowd: Bite Me

This is rich:
Media controversy backfires
By Don Surber, Charleston Daily Mail

The Pima County Republican Party of Tucson, Arizona, should thank the local news media for making their gun raffle a success — by misidentifying what the gun was and just what the event was. The controversy was stirred by a media that does not know the difference between a Glock 19 and a Glock 23 or for that matter, an auction from a raffle. The news media made it seem as though Republicans were selling the very gun Jared Loughner used to shoot Gabrielle Giffords in a rampage in which he killed six people and wounded 13 others.

Fpor some strange reason, TMZ headlined its story: “Tucson Republican Leader Slams County GOP For Giffords Gun Raffle.”

This led people to hysteria among the media. From Politico: “Pima County Repubs Raffle Glock As Fundraiser; Same Gun Type Used In Tucson Shooting.”

From the New York Daily News: “GOPers in Gabrielle Gifford [sic] district to auction gun similar to one used in Congresswoman’s shooting.”

National progressive pundit Keith Olbermann dubbed the raffle ‘a crass, heartless, Neanderthal decision’ and questioned whether local Republican leaders had ceased to be human.”

So how did all this go? The raffle was on Saturday and Rhonda Bodfield of the Arizona Daily Star reported: “The Pima County Republican Party’s controversial gun raffle fundraiser was such a success that they ended up raffling off another weapon. The notoriety fueled such demand, said interim Chairman Mike Shaw, not only did the raffle for the Glock pistol sell out, but they subsequently raffled a deer rifle as well. [link]
Let it be noted that, on that last point, the deer rifle that was auctioned off was similar to the one that shot all those students in Texas in 1966 (in that it too was long, scary, and went bang).  How could the Pima County GOP be so heartless?

Too funny.  Thanks, Don.

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Quote of the day, from Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell:

"I want to thank the Bradys, USA Today, CSGV, and all the other groups who crapped their pants over the Pima County GOP raffle."

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* Special note to those aghast by the thought that anyone in Tucson would ever sell give away a gun again, what with the Giffords tragedy being so close to our consciousness, what do you have to say about left-leaning magazines that intend to make a profit by exploiting children who had a parent killed on 9/11?

But ... but ... but ...

Idiots With Keyboards II

Can just anyone be a newspaper columnist these days?

Seems so.

If the original comment from an Indianapolis congressman - a Democrat - weren't shameful enough, this from an Indianapolis Star editorialist is downright startling.  From "Carson had the guts to say what some feel":
When I opened my Web browser Wednesday morning and read the headline "Rep. Carson: Tea party wants blacks 'hanging on a tree' " on IndyStar.com, my first thought was: "Yup! That's about right." My second thought was: "It's about time somebody said it."
Here, for your edification, is Democrat Carson's statement:
Carson: And this is beyond symbolic change. This is the effort that we're seeing of Jim Crow. Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens.  Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party would love to see you and me ... hanging on a tree.  Some of them right now in Congress are comfortable with where we were 50 and 60 years ago. [source]
This Carson character must be about as stupid as one can be for thinking such a thing.

And this columnist for the Indianapolis Star (has that once-good-newspaper sunk this low since I moved away?) is no smarter.

The Tea Party certainly doesn't merit the hatred and vitriol, but the two of them most certainly deserve each other.