Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hope Solo; Anyone Seen Mitt Romney Lately?; Debt Ceiling Question; 3 Million Jobs Available, but 14 Million Out of Work; Pessimism Rises Again; Bomb Maker Needed Better Lesson Plan; Adele Breaks A Record

While criticizing Pres. Obama over the debt talks, Rep. Boehner said "it takes two to tango." Then Biden was like, "Sure, but it takes only one to break dance."--Fallon

  • I've often said some athletes are just born with names that will lock in their futures to be athletes. Another example: Hope Solo, perhaps one of the best goalkeepers in women's soccer history. It would not surprise me if she could hold her own in men's soccer too. She's just that good.
  • Question: Where the heck is Mitt Romney? With all of this controversy surrounding the debt ceiling, what's his opinion? We need to hear from him.
  • The debt ceiling, according to everything I've researched, has been raised about 70 times in the last 5 decades. Both political parties supported raising the debt limit. Since I really don't have the economic background many others have, I'm obliged to ask this simple question: Then why have a debt ceiling if it's raised so often? Just askin'.
  • And why did then Sen. Obama say the following in 2006: "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure...Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that the buck stops here." Sounds good to me Mr. President.
  • But let's not kid ourselves, Republicans don't have a good track record either.
  • The debate is whether we will default if the debt ceiling is not raised. Know this: the government takes in over $200 billion a month. So the answer is simple: If Uncle Sam didn't spend so damn much; we'd be in much better shape than we are right now.
  • The Department of Labor reported there were about three million job openings in May. In December 2007, employers posted 4.4 million. But here's the rub: 14 million were unemployed in May or about 4.7 people competing for each job. In a good economy, the ratio is about 2-1 (Philadelphia Inquirer).
  • Pessimism continues and deepens. Reuters, according to their most recent poll, reports 63% of those polled say the  country is on the wrong track. The president's approval rating held steady at 49%.
  • Let me be perfectly clear: I don't give a rat's ass what most countries think about us or our president, no matter who the president is. But I find it interesting that Politico is reporting Pres. Obama's popularity among Arab countries has taken a dive, a steep dive. In fact, it's lower than that of George W. Bush. It does prove a point I and many others have been making for years. No matter how much outreach we do toward many of those countries (and Pres. Obama tried hard, IE. his famous Cairo Speech), it adds up to a bucket of spit.
  • Andrea Peyser, NY Post columnist and one of my all-time fav writers, has been asking why the media keep taking sexist shots at conservative women they way they do while feminists keep silent (I've been asking that question for several years now since Palin came on to the scene). She points out Bachmann is an attorney. She served in Congress. She's a mom of 5 kids and a foster parent of 23 kids. Peyser points out she's even "easy on the eyes." Ditto to that. Yet, Maher refers to her as a "MILF." Nothing is said. Mathews calls her a "balloon head." Silence.  Herr Olberman suggested she's a "pig." And Peyser also points out the conspicuous double standard. Mark Halperin on MSNBC calls Pres. Obama a "dick." (way out of line in my opinion no matter how much I disagree with the president. That's inappropriate. Too bad the Left didn't feel the same way about the names they called Bush for 8 years). He gets suspended indefinitely. Yet, when Ed Schultz calls Laura Ingraham--a conservative female pundit--  a "right-wing slut," he gets suspended for one week. As Peyser points out, "Misogyny leveled at the right is the last permissible form of bigotry."
  • But folks, there is good news--really. And Indonesian bomb maker blew himself up while teaching other young terrorists how to make bombs at an Islamic boarding school. One commentator remarked: "short class." I guess it adds new meaning to the best thing we heard in school: "Class dismissed."
  • Culture Update: Adele, and I hardly know this artist, broke a record with 1,017,000 digital downloads of her release of "21." It's the fastest-selling digital album in the U.S. (Nielson Ratings).

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