Whoops! And other topics

After yesterday’s post had been up all day, my wife informed me last night that September didn’t start today, Wednesday, as I thought, but starts on Thursday.  My glaring oversight was visible to one and all the entire day.  

Crud!
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Just when you thought you’d heard the worse of governmental regulatory abuse, something new comes up.

Feds to Trucking Company: You Cannot Fire Alcoholic Drivers

August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm
The federal government has sued a major trucking company for its firing of driver with an admitted alcohol abuse problem.
Alcoholism is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit maintains, and therefore employees cannot be prohibited even from driving 18 wheelers due to their histories of abuse.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit against the Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company on August 16, noted that while “an employer’s concern regarding safety on our highways is a legitimate issue, an employer can both ensure safety and comply with the ADA.”
If the EEOC prevails, of course, it will mean that Old Dominion will still be liable both for any damage to life or property that results from a potential relapse by one of its recovering drivers – which in turn increases the risks involved in investment in the company – and for the cost of trying to ensure that such damage never occurs. All of these new burdens will raise Old Dominion’s cost of doing business, and hence the cost of everything they transport. And all of this can’t possibly ensure that a recovering driver does not relapse without the company’s knowledge.
That’s called screwed if you do and screwed if you don’t.  I suppose they’d call a self-admitted thief as having property ownership disabilities.
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Economic news continues in a downward spiral.  The last quarter’s Gross Domestic Product was again downgraded.  The figure now is one percent growth for the year.  It seems that everytime the Obama administration releases some figures, they are updated about a week later…downward.

This time it’s domestic private sector jobs.  New jobs fell to 91,000 last week—a new low.
Published: Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 9:26 AM ET
The private sector created 91,000 jobs from July to August, a shade below expectations, according to a report from ADP that sets the stage for a likely weak report on nonfarm jobs the government will release Friday.
ADP and Macroeconomic Advisors said service-sector jobs rose 80,000, down from an average increase of 115,000 over the past two months, while the goods-producing sector saw a gain of just 11,000.

Consensus estimates are that the government will show the economy created about 80,000 jobs overall in August—including the public sector—though some economists say the report actually could show a loss of jobs.

The ADP report showed that June’s estimate of 114,000 jobs created was revised down to 109,000.
Ever wonder why, when governmental figures are revised they are always revised downward?  Of course, you rarely hear on the State Media the revised numbers, CNBC and FOX excepted.
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Old NFO bemoaned in a comment, rightly, the lack of anything positive in the news.  He’s right. It’s tough finding something positive to report.  With that thought in mind, I’ll list a few items that are, in my mind, positive.

WikiLeaks site comes under attack

LONDON (AP) – The WikiLeaks website crashed Tuesday in an apparent cyberattack after the accelerated publication of tens of thousands of once-secret State Department cables by the anti-secrecy organization raised new concerns about the exposure of confidential U.S. embassy sources.

“WikiLeaks.org is presently under attack,” the group said on Twitter late Tuesday. One hour later, the site and the cables posted there were inaccessible. 
Heh!  Guess that goes around, comes around.
ATF HEAD SACKED…  (Drudge headline.)

ATF Director Reassigned; U.S. Attorney Out Amid ‘Fast and Furious’ Uproar

Published August 30, 2011
| FoxNews.com
Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.

He wasn’t fired.  But he’s been relieved of his office and put out to pasture.  It appears that Melson isn’t quite eligible to retire so he’ll continue getting a BATFE paycheck.  Still, it’s a start.

Why we’re right to trust our gut instincts: Scientists discover first decision IS the right one

Last updated at 7:05 PM on 30th August 2011
Go on your gut feeling when setting goals – because more often than not it’ll be right, researchers have revealed.
According to a study by Canada’s University of Alberta, when it comes to working out where the future lies your unconscious mind is both smarter than you think and can be a great motivator.
Science has confirmed what we’ve always known.  Vindication!

***
Finally, here’s some cartoons to lighten your day.
From Mallard Filmore…
Obama’s most vocal recent critics are…the Black Congressional Caucus.  Not even his friends want to stand near him.  By Glenn McCoy…

One of the problems with Obama and the left in general is their fascination with the failed theory of economics—the Keynsian Theory.  Too bad it’s been thoroughly discredited.  But never let it be said that the left can learn from their mistakes.  They KNOW it’s just because they didn’t use enough money!
Chumming.
Y’all have a great day.  It’ll all get better when Obama is in the unemployment line with no marketable skills.
                        

Whoops! And other topics

After yesterday’s post had been up all day, my wife informed me last night that September didn’t start today, Wednesday, as I thought, but starts on Thursday.  My glaring oversight was visible to one and all the entire day.  

Crud!
***

Just when you thought you’d heard the worse of governmental regulatory abuse, something new comes up.

Feds to Trucking Company: You Cannot Fire Alcoholic Drivers

August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm
The federal government has sued a major trucking company for its firing of driver with an admitted alcohol abuse problem.
Alcoholism is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit maintains, and therefore employees cannot be prohibited even from driving 18 wheelers due to their histories of abuse.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit against the Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company on August 16, noted that while “an employer’s concern regarding safety on our highways is a legitimate issue, an employer can both ensure safety and comply with the ADA.”
If the EEOC prevails, of course, it will mean that Old Dominion will still be liable both for any damage to life or property that results from a potential relapse by one of its recovering drivers – which in turn increases the risks involved in investment in the company – and for the cost of trying to ensure that such damage never occurs. All of these new burdens will raise Old Dominion’s cost of doing business, and hence the cost of everything they transport. And all of this can’t possibly ensure that a recovering driver does not relapse without the company’s knowledge.
That’s called screwed if you do and screwed if you don’t.  I suppose they’d call a self-admitted thief as having property ownership disabilities.
***
Economic news continues in a downward spiral.  The last quarter’s Gross Domestic Product was again downgraded.  The figure now is one percent growth for the year.  It seems that everytime the Obama administration releases some figures, they are updated about a week later…downward.

This time it’s domestic private sector jobs.  New jobs fell to 91,000 last week—a new low.
Published: Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 9:26 AM ET
The private sector created 91,000 jobs from July to August, a shade below expectations, according to a report from ADP that sets the stage for a likely weak report on nonfarm jobs the government will release Friday.
ADP and Macroeconomic Advisors said service-sector jobs rose 80,000, down from an average increase of 115,000 over the past two months, while the goods-producing sector saw a gain of just 11,000.

Consensus estimates are that the government will show the economy created about 80,000 jobs overall in August—including the public sector—though some economists say the report actually could show a loss of jobs.

The ADP report showed that June’s estimate of 114,000 jobs created was revised down to 109,000.
Ever wonder why, when governmental figures are revised they are always revised downward?  Of course, you rarely hear on the State Media the revised numbers, CNBC and FOX excepted.
***
Old NFO bemoaned in a comment, rightly, the lack of anything positive in the news.  He’s right. It’s tough finding something positive to report.  With that thought in mind, I’ll list a few items that are, in my mind, positive.

WikiLeaks site comes under attack

LONDON (AP) – The WikiLeaks website crashed Tuesday in an apparent cyberattack after the accelerated publication of tens of thousands of once-secret State Department cables by the anti-secrecy organization raised new concerns about the exposure of confidential U.S. embassy sources.

“WikiLeaks.org is presently under attack,” the group said on Twitter late Tuesday. One hour later, the site and the cables posted there were inaccessible. 
Heh!  Guess that goes around, comes around.
ATF HEAD SACKED…  (Drudge headline.)

ATF Director Reassigned; U.S. Attorney Out Amid ‘Fast and Furious’ Uproar

Published August 30, 2011
| FoxNews.com
Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.

He wasn’t fired.  But he’s been relieved of his office and put out to pasture.  It appears that Melson isn’t quite eligible to retire so he’ll continue getting a BATFE paycheck.  Still, it’s a start.

Why we’re right to trust our gut instincts: Scientists discover first decision IS the right one

Last updated at 7:05 PM on 30th August 2011
Go on your gut feeling when setting goals – because more often than not it’ll be right, researchers have revealed.
According to a study by Canada’s University of Alberta, when it comes to working out where the future lies your unconscious mind is both smarter than you think and can be a great motivator.
Science has confirmed what we’ve always known.  Vindication!

***
Finally, here’s some cartoons to lighten your day.
From Mallard Filmore…
Obama’s most vocal recent critics are…the Black Congressional Caucus.  Not even his friends want to stand near him.  By Glenn McCoy…

One of the problems with Obama and the left in general is their fascination with the failed theory of economics—the Keynsian Theory.  Too bad it’s been thoroughly discredited.  But never let it be said that the left can learn from their mistakes.  They KNOW it’s just because they didn’t use enough money!
Chumming.
Y’all have a great day.  It’ll all get better when Obama is in the unemployment line with no marketable skills.
                        

(Update: 9-1-2011) Random Items for Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Update: The unions in the story below have reversed their earlier decision.  I guess after spending millions to overturn Governor Walker’s efforts to control union abuses, they don’t have the funds to pay the city for the cost of the parade.  Frankly, I’m surprised they rolled. I expected them to cancel the parade instead.

Tomorrow is September. Labor Day is approaching and I wonder how many unionists will block attendance of festivities by the ‘Pubs and other conservatives? It’s already happened.  In Wisconsin (why am I not surprised!), union thugs told the ‘Pub US Representative Sean Duffy he couldn’t march in the parade.

In previous years, Republicans have worked the parade route, but this year they will not be allowed to take part. The parade is organized by local unions, which said Wisconsin Republicans “have openly attacked worker’s rights.”
Wisconsin politics — which hasn’t been pretty of late — has made its way into a local Labor Day parade. The organizers of the Wausau Labor Day parade announced they would not let Republican lawmakers take part in the Sept. 5 display. The parade is organized by 30 local unions. — WGBH.
 The unions are complaining that their money laundering scheme was uncovered and stopped.  Their “theft by deception”—having the taxpayers of the state pay for union benefits while the union funds intended for that purpose were sent out of state, was blocked ending clandestine democrat funding.  They didn’t like that either.

To retaliate, they won’t let ‘Pubs march, in what has been in past years, a non-partisan parade.  It’s not non-partisan any longer.

UPDATE:  It appears the story isn’t over.  The Wausau Mayor has stepped in and informed they must invite the Republicans or reimburse the city for the city’s cost of the parade.  The city is a co-sponsor of the event and provides liability insurance.

Wausau mayor to unions: Pay up if you ban Republicans from Labor Day parade

A parade organizer with the Marathon County Labor Council made it clear some Republican lawmakers aren’t invited. The reason: not supporting workers’ collective bargaining rights back in February.

But Mayor Jim Tipple says because the city of Wausau pays for a portion of the parade’s costs including liability insurance, the event is required to be non-partisan.

“The city does sponsor the parade[,] we have staff that close streets put up barricades police protection,’ says Tipple.

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The latest supposed side effect of global warming? Mental illness. That’s according to a new report claiming that depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change. –The Heritage Foundation-Quick Hits

I agree with this but I think they’ve gotten the “cause and effect” reversed.  The whole man-made global warming thing is a creation of mental illness, not creating mental illness—except for Algore.  But then, with Algore, who can tell?
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It’s wake-up time at the UN.  US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has proposed a radical change to funds for the United Nations
House Republicans are planning to introduce today legislation that seeks to force major changes at the United Nations, using as leverage the U.S.’s 22 percent contribution to the world body’s operating budget.
The bill by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would require the UN to adopt a voluntary budget model in which countries selectively fund UN agencies rather than according to a set formula. It would end funding for Palestinian refugees, limit use of U.S. funds to only purposes outlined by Congress and stop contributions to peacekeeping operations until management changes are made.
The legislation represents the leading edge of Republican moves against the world body at a time when the Obama administration is increasingly building its foreign policy around multilateral institutions, making the alliance-based approach central to its stance on Libya. The bill may advance in the Republican-controlled House but is likely to hit opposition in the Senate and from President Barack Obama.
Obama has delegated much of his foreign policy to the UN. It’s unlikely this bill would pass the democrat controlled Senate and if it did, BO would veto it.  After all, the US must not exert its sovereignty against the UN!
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Why am I not surprised?

KaThump-Kathump!

It started downstairs.

KaThumpKaThumpKaThumpKaThump!

My Wife and I were in the living room reading with something inconsequential on TV when we heard it.

KaThumpKaThumpKaThumpKaThump!

A black streak came up the stairs, crossed the livingroom and disappeared behind the speaker at the end of our entertainment center. From downstairs we heard an echo—KaThumpKathumpKaThump!

This time it was a brown flash as our other cat came up the stairs, ran into the livingroom…and stopped.  Amber, our tiger-stripped tabby, is the mother of the black streak, Snowflake. Amber is the smaller cat. Snowflake is about a third larger.

Amber crept forward. Step by slow step. She stretched forward looking at the unseen side of my recliner. Step. Look. Step. Stretchhhh and look.  Pad by pad she crossed the room.

Finally, she had crossed the room. I saw a black shadow shift behind the speaker.  Amber froze but I could see her eyes shift towards the speaker.  Seconds passed. The shadow shifted again.  Amber’s head turned and she took a step towards the speaker.

A black ear emerged from behind the speaker. Then an eye.  Amber didn’t move.  There was a flowing potted plant a foot or so from the speaker.  It was between the two cats and blocked some of their vision.

Snowflake, not seeing Amber, took a step from the speaker, saw Amber and froze.  Seconds passed… More seconds.

Amber took a step forward. Another step and stopped.  The two cats stared at one another.  A black ear twitched. Silence.

Without appearing to move, Amber was before Snowflake. A paw flashed. Smack! Amber lashed out smacking Snowflack upside the head. She turned and a brown streak ran across the room, up upon the coffee table to our couch, up and over and…KaThumpKaThumpKaThump!… down the hall with a black flash…KathumpKaThumpKathump!…following down the hall to our bedroom.

Silence fell once again.  It was a typical evening at the Cat Races.                 

Give us a sign!

A couple of days late, perhaps, but still good.

Walking the Gauntlet (Addendum)

School has started in most areas around the country.  Locally, they started last week on the 17th.  Summer vacation, when I was in elementary school, was from Memorial Day until after Labor Day.


Times have changed and not, in my opinion, for the better. 

Added: Although the cartoonist provided a title to the cartoon below, I think mine is more appropriate. We’ve seen, over the last several decades, a decline, not only in the quality of education but of the quantity of education.  Some would claim, “It a conspiracy by Big Education!”  I’m hesitant to claim a conspiracy. I think it’s more empire-building and power-grabbing to maintain security and position.  If you look at the line below, none of those figures directly, improve the student’s life skills needed today. Modern “educators” and Big Education laugh at the old readin’, writin’, ‘rithmatic but those are still the basic skills needed for a productive life.  If you can’t read, your life prospects are severely limited.  There are NO jobs that does not require this skill.  But reading is, perhaps, the last skill required for graduation.  

It saddens me that our schools have a public service requirement for graduation but not a reading comprehension requirement.  Nor, in most districts a basic math requirement to allow one to balance a checkbook or bank-account, or make change during a purchase.

When public education is nothing more than social indoctrination, perhaps it is time to eliminate the US Department of Education and revert to the time when education was a LOCAL decision and responsibility instead of being in the control of a Washington bureaucrat whose self interest takes priority over learning.        

I could and have on occasion, said more but for today, the cartoon below by Dick Locher just says it best.

Walking the Gauntlet

Coasting to Nowhere

     There has been several articles recently that speculate that not only is Obama over his head as President, he never realized the position actually required some work.  What a surprise!  It is, however, not too far from reality.  Obama has never had to work in his life.  He’s been the darling of the left, funded by them, supported by them, his mistakes shielded by them and his records hidden by them.  He’s never really been before public scrutiny in his life.

     Talk about being slapped with reality.

     Tony Katz, writing in the PJ Tattler, had this to say.

Will Obama Quit Rather Than Lose Re-election?

On my radio show, I have been discussing the 2012 presidential race, and when mentioning Obama, I have said, “Obama can’t win re-election.  I don’t even know why he is running.”  I have made this declarative statement on my show, as well as interviews on other radio shows around the country.
While some have made mention that it is too early in the race to make such a statement, and that such statements are generally reckless, I stand firm on my words.  Certainly, I could be wrong, and I advocate that no one give up working hard on the race to unseat him, but the writing is on the wall….and, now, on the web.
In today’s  “Morning Jolt” from Jim Geraghty over at NRO, he – knowingly or otherwise – makes my case by quoting Morrissey and Noonan.  From Peggy Noonan, Geraghty quotes:

The market is dispirited. I’m wondering if the president is, too, and if that won’t carry implications for the 2012 race. You can imagine him having lunch with political advisers, hearing some unwanted advice — “Don’t go to Martha’s Vineyard!” — putting his napkin by his plate, pushing back from the table, rising, and saying in a clipped, well-modulated voice: “I’m tired. I’m going. If they want this job so much let them have it.”

     When you look at Obama’s pattern of behavior, when things get tough, he goes golfing.  When things get really tough, he goes on vacation.  When he was informed of the earthquake in Virginia yesterday, an earthquake felt in Martha’s Vineyard, what did Obama do?

     Nothing.  Not even a public statement.

     Pundit Ed Morrissey writing in Hot Air said this.


posted at 10:20 am on August 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I’m not talking about resignation, or just refusing to offer any proposals until after the next election. What if Obama simply decided not to run for a second term as President?

The thought occurred to me after reading Peggy Noonan’s piece this week for the Wall Street Journal, which argues that Obama has already quit in a practical sense:

The phrase of the day is “new lows.” It blares from every screen. The number of Americans satisfied with the ways things are going hits new lows—11%. President Obama’s popularity: new lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average this year: new lows. Maybe it will enter ordinary language. “Charlie, it’s been ages. How are you, how’s Betty?” “I’m experiencing some volatility, but she’s inching toward new lows.”

The market is dispirited. I’m wondering if the president is, too, and if that won’t carry implications for the 2012 race. You can imagine him having lunch with political advisers, hearing some unwanted advice—”Don’t go to Martha’s Vineyard!”—putting his napkin by his plate, pushing back from the table, rising, and saying in a clipped, well-modulated voice: “I’m tired. I’m going. If they want this job so much let them have it.” …

The president shows all the signs of becoming a man who, around the time he unveils his new jobs proposal in September, is going to start musing in interviews about whether anyone can be a successful president now, what with the complexity of the problems and the forces immediately arrayed, in a politically polarized age, against any specific action. That was probably his inner rationale for not coming up with a specific debt-ceiling plan: Why give the inevitable forces a target? But his refusal to produce a plan became itself the target. Reverse Midas.

Under these circumstances he could not possibly be enjoying his job. On the stump this week in the Midwest, he should have been on fire with the joy of combat, he should have had them whooping and hollering with fresh material and funny lines. But even at his feistiest, he was wilted. Distracted. Sometimes he seems to be observing himself and his interactions as opposed to being himself and having interactions. His audiences wanted to show support, it was clear, that’s why they came. But there was something tentative in their response, as if they wanted to come through for the applause line but couldn’t figure out exactly where the applause line was. The president was dropping his g’s, always a terrible sign, a kind of bowing that assumes he speaks from a great height. He also started saying “folks” again. That too is a tell. It’s the word politicians who think they’re better and brighter than normal people use when they’re trying to make normal people think they’re normal.

Nothing says that Obama has to run for a second term in office.  We have had Presidents walk away from opportunities to run for re-election.  Prior to FDR, that would include every President who didn’t run for a third term, of course, but there are examples in the post-22nd Amendment era, too.  Harry Truman was specifically exempted from the term limits imposed by the constitutional amendment but chose not to run for a second full term in 1952.  Lyndon Johnson also chose not to run for his second full term in 1968.  Both men made those choices at least in large part because they had become so unpopular that they clearly couldn’t win, especially LBJ.

     I heard part of a radio interview of two democrat strategists in Iowa while monitoring the Iowa Straw Poll.  Both were extremely disappointed in Obama. One said they should have run Hilliary Clinton in 2008.  If that were the case, they wouldn’t be is a position of seeing a slaughter of their democrat ranks in 2012.
     Ed Morrissey continues.

If Hillary took Obama’s place in 2012, Republicans would face a much tougher electoral map.  They would still have the advantage of running against Obama’s record, but the GOP may not capture that disaffected Democratic working-class vote if Hillary also ran against Obamanomics and promised a return to Clintonian prosperity.  The eventual Republican nominee would have at least a tougher task in winning those votes and the White House.  And even if Hillary lost in a general election — Democrats lost the White House in 1952 and 1968, coincidentally both times with Richard Nixon on the Republican tickets — the Democrats might save a few Senate seats with an improved turnout in key states.

     Everything I’ve observed of Obama supports the hypothesis that Obama has quit and is coasting until his term expires.  That speculation is not solely from conservatives but, looking at comments as a whole from the left, it is rising among democrats as well.

     I’ll finish this post with a cartoon from Glenn McCoy.  Sometimes cartoons speak paragraphs.