Overall unemployment stayed steady in June at 7.6%. The economy reportedly created 195,000 jobs in the month. But. The quality of the jobs created is not good. In June, the household survey reported that part-time jobs soared by 360,000 to 28,059,000 – an all time record high. Full time jobs? Down 240,000. And looking back at the entire year, so far in 2013, just 130K Full-Time Jobs have been added, offset by a whopping 557K Part-Time jobs. And there is your jobs “quality” leading to today’s market euphoria (if only for now). This is the ObamaCare effect.
16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams failed inspection Thursday after they were found to have modified roof flap spacers (made them lighter) at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR confiscated the illegal parts and forced teams to install new roof flaps before their drivers were allowed on track for practice. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp stated that the spacers were "not in compliance" with the kits issued to each team. Penalties are possible, but won´t be announced until Monday or Tuesday. Teams involved: • Roush Fenway Racing - Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Carl Edwards • Penske Racing - Brad Keselowski,
A Massachusetts police force is pressing criminal charges against a man after his 8-year-old son swam to shore and walked a mile home barefoot to call 911 this morning following a car accident [snip] Joshua Garcia was driving with his father, Eugene Garcia, in Fitchburg at approximately 3 a.m. when the car hit a guardrail, traveled airborne and landed upside down on a sandbank in the middle of the Nashua River, [snip] Joshua lifted himself out of the car, waded across the river and walked approximately 25 minutes to his house to wake up his mother and call 911.
On Friday, the State Department admitted that Secretary of State John Kerry was on his yacht off of the coast of Nantucket as the Egyptian military took over the country from elected Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi. Originally, the State Department denied the report from CBS reporter Mosheh Oinounou that Kerry was aboard the “Isabel” Wednesday afternoon. The State Department said that Kerry was working “all day” on Egypt, and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki – the same Obama campaign worker who once claimed that the campaign knew nothing about Joe Soptic
MIAMI- Dan Lopez rarely gets sick and hasn´t been to a doctor in 10 years, so buying health insurance feels like a waste of money. Even after the federal health overhaul takes full effect next year, the 24-year-old said he will probably decide to pay the $100 penalty for those who skirt the law´s requirement that all Americans purchase coverage. "I don´t feel I should pay for something I don´t use," said the Milwaukee resident, who makes about $48,000 a year working two part-time jobs. Because he makes too much to qualify for government subsidies, Lopez would
NEW YORK -Welcome to the good-news-could-be-bad-news economy. Friday’s Labor Department report showing a better-than-expected gain of 195,000 jobs in June was a heartening sign for many that the economic recovery continues to move ahead at a modest pace. But it could ultimately turn out to be bad news, especially for Democrats, because it means that the Federal Reserve might start winding down its extraordinary efforts to boost the economy later this year. And if the Fed takes the juice away too soon it could tank the stock market, crush housing prices, snuff out the four-year-old economic recovery, and make
In a 1962 column, humorist Art Buchwald, dryly noting the growing importance of political polls, wondered “what would have happened…if there were political pollsters in the early days of this country?” He then concocted some quasi-realistic fictional polling data, such as “[d]o you think the dumping of tea in the Boston Harbor helped or hurt taxation laws in the New World? Hurt the cause of taxation: 79 percent; helped the cause: 12 percent; didn’t think it would make any difference: 9 percent.” Buchwald’s column concludes with the Founders, faced with unpopularity, giving up on the Revolution.
With the long Fourth of July weekend not even half over, the toll from violence in Chicago stood at 8 dead and more than 30 wounded this morning, including two little boys, 5 and 7, seriously hurt while at parks with their families. The victims since Wednesday afternoon also include a 14-year-old boy shot on the West Side, a 16-year-old boy wounded on the South Side and a cabbie shot in the stomach by a robber on the South Side. The youngest victim so far is 5-year-old Jaden Donald, who was shot in the abdomen and right leg
Actually, John Forbes Kerry was for the Muslim Brotherhood before he was against the Muslim Brotherhood. And how do we know he wasn’t on Brant Point on a cellphone yesterday, asking, “Can I get me a military coup there?” Sure, we sent the jihad-crazed Islamists in Cairo billions of dollars and all those F-16s. It was a botched joke, OK? But let’s be truthful. Would you truly want America’s Gigolo “reporting for duty” for anything more serious than scratching his chin at The Chanticleer Inn while puzzling over that eternal question of his pampered life: Chardonnay or Chablis? -
On his show on Tuesday night, talk show host Michael Savage said that George Zimmerman, who is currently on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, should be found guilty of second-degree manslaughter based on two things: 1) The state of his firearm and 2) The language he allegedly used on a 911 call when he was first reporting his suspicions about Martin. But first Savage explained why his insight should be valued over others in the media covering the trial. “I’m about to break an analysis that no one yet in the media has done,
The progressive nonprofit organization Common Cause urged then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman to investigate activities of conservative donors despite housing the campaign-reform group that employs Shulman’s wife. In 2012, Common Cause urged Shulman and fellow embattled IRS official Lois Lerner, director of the agency’s tax-exempt organizations division, to investigate the Koch Brothers’ attempted takeover of the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute. “Common Cause respectfully requests that the Internal Revenue Service initiate an investigation into whether attempts by Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch, shareholders of the Cato Institute,
A few months ago, King Abdullah II of Jordan told me about his meetings with Mohamed Mursi, the now-deposed president of Egypt. The king wasn’t fond of Mursi, both because the Egyptian was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and because Abdullah found Mursi exceedingly stupid. ´´I see a Muslim Brotherhood crescent developing in Egypt and Turkey,´´ the king said. He despises the movement, partly because it is revanchist, fundamentalist and totalitarian, and partly because in Jordan it seeks his overthrow. ´´The Arab Spring highlighted a new crescent in the process of development.´´
As the House of Commons backed the new laws by 304 votes to nil, David Cameron said Britain is "one step closer" to giving voters a choice on Brussels. The result is a major victory for eurosceptic Tory MPs and the UK Independence Party, who have put the Prime Minister under pressure to set out concrete plans for a poll. The vast majority of Labour and Lib Dem MPs stayed away from the debate, dismissing the whole European Union (Referendum) Bill as a parliamentary "stunt". However, not a single MP actually voted against the Bill for fear of alienating
July The Fourth naturally brings the following verses to mind. Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere (Snip) Fewer still remember that through the chain of causality Revere was warning that the tax collector — in the shape of its enforcers, the Redcoats — was coming. The War of Independence was to a nontrivial extent about the manner and level at which taxes should be levied. The Declaration’s bill of grievances mentions this explicitly. It said of George III, “he has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers
Secretary of State John Kerry was on his boat briefly on Wednesday, contrary to an earlier denial by the State Department, but was there only briefly and did not conduct official business while on board. “While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the president’s meeting with his national security council," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday. Kerry also held calls "with Norwegian Foreign Minister Eade,Qatari Foreign Minister al-Attiyah, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Egyptian Constitution Party President ElBaradei and five calls Ambassador Patterson on that day alone
Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) chain of command the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As such, he´s high on the list of people that some Republican members of Congress want to interview. But they don´t know where he is and the Pentagon isn´t telling. Pentagon spokesman Major Robert Firman told CBS News that the Department of Defense "cannot compel retired members to testify before Congress."
Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained mission expense records and passenger manifests from the United States Air Force related to the June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by First Lady Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana. Judicial Watch obtained the documents pursuant to an August 19, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Air Force (No. 11-1496)). Judicial Watch is investigating the purpose and itinerary of the trip as well as a breakdown of the costs to taxpayers.
Boris Giltburg, an Israeli pianist who won Belgium´s Queen Elisabeth Music Competition last month, has mixed feelings about his victory. "I´m a bit angry at the world for not having come up with another way of discovering talent other than competitions," he recently told a Reuters reporter, going on to say that he would never serve on a jury for a classical-music competition. Mr. Giltburg´s comment attracted widespread attention—but it shouldn´t have. The only thing surprising was that the person who said it had just snagged first-place honors in one of the world´s most prestigious musical competitions.
Any legislation that runs 1,200 pages is almost by definition flawed, and the immigration reform that passed the Senate late last week is no exception. The bill would nonetheless improve America´s ability to legally attract more of the world´s human talent, and the Republican-run House now has a chance to make it better.
Prior TV interview contradicts current claims of certainty Jarvis Martin, Fulton half-brother, testified in court today that the voice on the 911 call was that of Trayvon Martin. On cross-examination, however, it was revealed that two weeks after first hearing the screams on the 911 call he was interviewed in a sit-down with a local TV reporter and at that time told the reporter he was uncertain if the screamer was Trayvon. (Snip) Here’s a link to the original CBS television interview being referenced by Mark O’Mara
NEW YORK- The Obama administration´s move to delay a key element of healthcare reform has another, unintended, consequence: A crucial part of that reform will depend on consumers observing the honor system, with millions of dollars at stake. The U.S. government said on Tuesday it would postpone by a year the provision that employers with 50 or more workers provide them with health insurance; the delay is intended to let companies work out how they report their compliance to tax authorities. Data on what coverage employers offer and what it costs, to be provided to the Internal Revenue Service,
SANFORD- Wrapping up their chief case against George Zimmerman, prosecutors on Friday morning called Trayvon Martin’s mother and brother to the witness stand. Sybrina Fulton, who over the past 17 months has been highly visible in pushing for justice for her slain teenage son, identified his voice as the one screaming out for help on a 911 call that captured sounds of the shooting. “I heard my son screaming,” Fulton said. Fulton started out her testimony with an emotional, if frank, description of her son: “My youngest son is Trayvon Benjamin Martin. He’s in heaven.”
The debate on Egypt has been between those who emphasize process and those who emphasize substance. Those who emphasize process have said that the government of President Mohamed Morsi was freely elected and that its democratic support has been confirmed over and over. The most important thing, they say, is to protect the fragile democratic institutions [snip] It has become clear -- in Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Gaza and elsewhere -- that radical Islamists are incapable of running a modern government. Many have absolutist, apocalyptic mind-sets. They have a strange fascination with a culture of death.
The Third Amendment, which forbids the “quarter[ing]” of “soldiers” in private homes in peacetime without the owner’s consent, is often the butt of jokes among lawyers, because it generates so little litigation. But the Amendment has come up in this ongoing Nevada case, along with the Fourth Amendment and state law claims [HT: my former student Michael Mortorano]: Henderson [Nevada] police arrested a family for refusing to let officers use their homes as lookouts for a domestic violence investigation of their neighbors, the family claims in court. Anthony Mitchell and his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell sued
The U.S. economy added 195,000 jobs in June, ahead of forecasts and more than May’s figure, perhaps alleviating some concerns that the labor market is stuck in neutral and not contributing enough to the economic recovery. The headline unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6%. Economists had predicted an increase of 165,000 jobs and that the rate would drop to 7.5% from a month earlier. Employers added 175,000 jobs in May.
Cairo- Violence erupted here Friday as supporters of Mohamed Morsy turned out en masse, calling for his restoration to the presidency two days after his ouster in a military coup. A number of Morsy supporters were wounded by gunshots as they tried to storm the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo, state broadcaster Nile TV said Friday. Morsy was said to be held there, CNN´s Reza Sayah reported from outside the building. He said he had seen a body around which hundreds of people were huddled, some of them crying. A few feet away, a few thousand pro-Morsy demonstrators