Not a lot of blogging lately, but the inspiration comes and goes. Also, I’ve been quite busy and have been doing more flying in the last few months than in the previous two years.
Anyway, here’s a few snippets from my email Sent Items folder in the last few days:
My only support for Bush is based on his ability to act steadfastly in this ghastly business of killing the hundreds of thousands of practitioners of Islam who need killing until they finally get the idea and pacify themselves. It’s a dirty job that the leftist pacifists and appeasers are not up to, but needs doing nonetheless.
History provides a good a lesson here. Oh, the left’s wringing of hands that we not do anything to aggravate or upset the Soviet Communists as they infiltrated country after country and supported communist revolution on communist revolution. We know who was right on that score. The hawks (who are the real peacemakers, not the doves) were right. And they’re right again, only this time, we’re not fighting against a political and economic system that’s rather thinly disguised as an ideology. I mean, face it, half the crap you hear spewed nowadays by liberals and lefties is right out of the communist playbook. That bullshit rhetoric can exist quite prominently across quite a spectrum of economic systems. (As an aside, this is also why communism is by no means dead as a political or economic system: the ideology is alive and well.)
This time, we’re fighting an honest-to-God primitive ideology that is so pernicious, virulent, and nihilist that we have little choice but to kill those who’ve been infected by it. But someone, a leftie no less, in Esquire magazine no lesser, said it all far better than I.
On Rather’s Blather
(in the context of a discussion over Michigan’s unemployment rate)
The only reason for the Dan Rather quips is that he’s now become a symbol, a metaphor, if you will, of what the major media has become, or perhaps has always been. They use economic statistics (like unemployment) out of context to support their biases, and manipulate or disregard them when they go against those biases. People should not allow themselves to be so easily “DanRathered.”
When old Dan Rather friend, colleague and fellow liberal democrat Bernard Goldberg wrote Bias : A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, published in 2001, he was scoffed, ridiculed and ignored by the elite media. In response to those experiences, he went on to write Arrogance: Rescuing America From the Media Elite, and it could not have been more prophetic (and ironic, since he was with CBS for 30 years). Identify their bias, and you are arrogantly scorned. And, now, we’ve seen that scenario play out in perfect timbre. First, we have the bias-based reporting to the point of being either complicit in creating and publishing forged government documents with intent to influence a national election or biased-based reporting to the point of allowing egregious sloppiness in journalistic practice just so the story can run, all followed by an arrogant refusal to acknowledge any wrongdoing until the tide had so built that they had no choice but to acquiesce.
Ha, ha, ha. I’m just delighted, and anyone who ever in his life believed the major media was in any way objective and not self-serving should feel just a little bit foolish. I’ve been tagging their gross and obvious bias since I was 12 years old; and now no one can deny it exists any longer (though that fact of reality is not about to stop them from continuing to deny it).
On Unemployment stats vis-à-vis the politics of the day
I’m sure that you were singing this same tune back in 1996 when Clinton was running for reelection with a national unemployment rate of 5.4% (Nov, 1996), which is exactly the national rate now (Aug, 2004; source: U.S. Department of Labor). In 1996, we were right into the .com boom (so why the “high” rate?). In 2004, we’re at the tail end of recovery from the .com bust and the economic ripples from 9/11.
Fact is, unemployment pretty much moves between 4% and 6% in this modern day of job opportunity, no matter what the economic policies. An economy with no or extremely low unemployment is a seriously sick and stagnant economy (in spite of the BS from political pundits and union bosses). Think about it. If there’s no unemployment, there’s no risks being taken, no old industries dying to be replaced by new industries with greater productive potential. With no unemployment, we’re still making horse buggies. Job security is a double-edged sword. Yes, it helps create a stable and predictable workforce. It also can result in serious stagnation, leaving a company or industry open for takeover by means of competition or buyout and liquidation (or serious cost-cutting in the form of lots of layoffs).
Look at this unemployment-rate chart:
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1994 6.6 6.6 6.5 6.4 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.0 5.9 5.8 5.6 5.5
1995 5.6 5.4 5.4 5.8 5.6 5.6 5.7 5.7 5.6 5.5 5.6 5.6
1996 5.6 5.5 5.5 5.6 5.6 5.3 5.5 5.1 5.2 5.2 5.4 5.4
1997 5.3 5.2 5.2 5.1 4.9 5.0 4.9 4.8 4.9 4.7 4.6 4.7
1998 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.4
1999 4.3 4.4 4.2 4.3 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.0
2000 4.0 4.1 4.0 3.8 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.1 4.0 3.9 3.9 3.9
2001 4.2 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.3 4.5 4.6 4.9 5.0 5.4 5.6 5.7
2002 5.6 5.7 5.7 5.9 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.9 6.0
2003 5.8 5.9 5.8 6.0 6.1 6.3 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.0 5.9 5.7
2004 5.6 5.6 5.7 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.5 5.4
10 years, and there’s hardly any significant trends to talk about or get all up-in-arms about. Will Dan Rather ever show you such a chart? Of course not. It doesn’t fit the left’s the-sky-is-falling agenda. But, oh, man, month-to-month, and quarter-to-quarter, by God, the unemployment rate fluctuates. And, boy-oh-boy, when it goes up in a month or quarter, it’s everyone’s turn to jump on the bandwagon in making a big deal out of nothing.
As for Michigan, while the 300,000 unemployed may take small comfort in the overall decrease in the last year or so, I’m sure that the 4.7 million employed take substantial comfort in the fact that unemployment had peaked and is on the way down.
Incidentally, I went to Yahoo Hot Jobs and did a search for all offers in Michigan (no city specified). On just this one resource alone, over 1,000 job offers posted since yesterday.
But I understand. The sky is simply falling.
I would also add that when one’s core belief is that it is someone else’s responsibility to create and provide for them a job rather than their ultimate responsibility alone, then one is bound to be disappointed with frequency. The other unfortunate aspect that comes with such core beliefs is that rather than displays of gratitude towards those who create jobs for others, helping to ensure their survival and prosperity, they are scorned when they don’t do more.