We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
These reports of people "no longer working for work" are lies. The government, nor anyone else, has any way of knowing who is looking for work and who is not. If you stop looking for work, you don't fill out a government form.
These statistics are like the old FBI statements that only three out of 10 rapes are reported. Well, if they are not reported, how does the FBI know they happened. They didn't - they're telling tales.
I suspect what the government is counting is the number of people who run out of unemployment. In that case, the person could be looking for work every day, but the government would have no way of knowing.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics actually does know who is looking for work amongst those unemployed who have not timed-out on unemployment. The other way we know is from general social surveys -- not an exact science, but there are always anonymous surveys taking place that include questions of whether respondents are employed, and if not are they looking for work -- many will not be, due to retirement, student status, employed spouse, etc.
Likewise the National Crime Victimization Survey shows that more crimes are committed than police-reports filed. To some extent that is because not every little police department submits data to FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, but it is also because people may not report crimes (or perceived crimes) for whatever reason.
VDH's column did make me laugh (while I was crying) as Obama, the Dems and the media are throwing so much s**t at the wall hoping something sticks for each of the constituencies they need to satisfy, bury, distract, pacify, underwrite, subsidize, employ, enrich, empower, implode...mind boggling!
You'd think that one of those lawyers we've elected to Congress to represent The Constitution would being up that Obama is NOT eligible to run for President. We've "stayed too long at the fair" and someone has to stop this charade.
"Derbyshire really ought to have been awarded special clemency, on the basis of the Americans With Disabilities Act, since in his capacity as a heterosexual Briton he cannot possibly be expected to understand, or enter into, our domestic American racial hypocrisies and neuroses."
What makes this so amusing is what Derb wrote in a long ago email interview that has led some racialist Liberals to claim that Derb is a self-confessed racist:
"I am not very careful about what I say, having grown up in the era before Political Correctness, and never having internalized the necessary restraints. I am a homophobe, though a mild and tolerant one, and a racist, though an even more mild and tolerant one, and those things are going to be illegal pretty soon, the way we are going. Of course, people will still be that way in their hearts, but they will be afraid to admit it, and will be punished if they do admit it."
What Derb is saying here is that lots of people, himself included, are a bit racist at heart even if they refuse to admit it openly ....which is of course the same accusation that's constantly leveled by professional race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and which receives so much sympathy from Liberals. So, here Derb takes the Liberal line and gets smacked down for doing it, not only by Liberals who were bound to misunderstand him or twist his words, but also by Conservatives who were too freaked out to appreciate the nuance in what he was writing and saying about himself.
So Newt and Santorum did their jobs. They divided the conservative base and allowed Romney to pick up the nod. I called this when I first heard Newt was running. "Are you kidding me, he's just there to bring us another McCain" and here's the result. You scoffed.
Beware, at any time Obama can use a distraction to drive opinion his way: First the fake contraceptive controversy, then the fake race story about two minorities fighting and one dying (happens each year by the thousands, unnoticed by the average white Obama voter) Now the distraction du jour, a fake North Korean missile threat.
Look forward to Milque Toast Romney to pick an absolutely awful veep.
If you get lung cancer from smoking, then lung cancer screening will NOT save your life. This particular lung cancer is deadly and always metastasizes. The patient always dies from the cancer. Early diagnoses "may" extend your life by a few months but smokers cancer is a death sentence.
--i think agent cooper in #3 has got the big picture on all that ju-jitsu inside the Derb broohaha. Not the first to notice, i'm not, the Rainy Day Women take on the dynamic.
--i first noticed Derb five or seven long years ago, when he wrote a beautifully-reasoned prophecy (as it turns out to have been) on the duckbill platypus of the workplace, the 'public servant's union' --something that at the time seemed trifling as a political force --and the future dislocation the thing was certain to cause.
Hey Derb --you wuz right.
Re Romania losing population, a recent Nyquist column concerns communism's undeadness in the trans sylvanian carpathian watershed. It's a two-parter, in the form of an interview with Romanian analyst and writer Anca-Maria Cernea --and it's absolutely riveting --imho of course. Romanian freedom today has a funny sort of smudged asterisk next to it --that looks a lot like the smudged asterisk beside what one might call the Obama aspirational civic ideal: