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- Bible Verse of the Day - Galatians 5:22
- Jobs and the Economy
- A Pretext for War?
- And much more...
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1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
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2. Jobs and the Economy:
The Biden Administration had been bracing for a dismal January jobs report possibly showing jobs lost due to the Omicron variant. But this morning, the Labor Department reported that monthly payrolls in January rose by 467,000, far more than the 150,000 forecast.
That’s good news, even though it’s not really “new jobs created” as the White House claims, but more the return of jobs crushed by the lockdowns. It’s also more proof that Biden was wrong about Omicron, which he ominously predicted would cause a “winter of severe illness and death” if everyone didn’t hunker down and vax up one more time. Omicron spread and case rates shot up, but deaths didn't and the economy effectively shook it off.
Before the President throws out his back taking bows, I should also toss in that a new study found that the only good news he can point to, the rebounding jobs numbers, are mostly due to red states that he vilified as they ignored him. According to RNC Research, 16 of the top 20 states for job recovery are led by Republicans, and of the four that aren’t, two are red states with Democrat governors.
For reasons I won’t try to explain, but you can read about them here…
stocks tumbled on news of the good jobs report. At least at this writing, Facebook (now Meta Platforms) stock is up a bit, but there was hardly anywhere else for it to go after Thursday’s drop, the worst ever for a single company.
Facebook’s stock fell over 20%, wiping out $200 billion of its value. CEO Mark Zuckerberg saw a one-day drop of $29 billion of his personal fortune. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. I bet he wishes he had some of that money back that he spent to get Joe Biden elected.
The stock wipeout was blamed on a drop in Facebook’s fourth quarter revenues due to advertisers cutting budgets because of inflation and supply chain disruptions. However, I can’t help feeling that it might also help their business if they’d quit censoring half their potential user base and driving them to other social media outlets.
3. Discovered: A Pretext for War?
On the standoff over Russia and Ukraine, is a false flag operation being used to wag the dog, or is that just Alex Jones territory?
If you’re baffled by that sentence, you’ll be even more confused by some of the questions that are arising about what’s really going on with Ukraine and whether Russia is using disinformation as a pretext to start a war, or is the White House lying about Russia using disinformation as a pretext to start a war? Nobody wants to think Putin is more believable than our own President, but hey, here we are.
It’s gotten so hard to know who and what to believe that it led to this remarkable confrontation between the Associated Press’s Matt Lee and State Department spokesman Ned Price.
The writer Bonchie at Redstate.com has a good explanation of what all this tangled web of distrust of the White House is about (plus a similar exchange involving Jen Psaki.) I will refer you to him while I go take an Excedrin.
4. "Voter Suppression":
Proving that they’re better at talking out of both sides of their mouths than Terry Fator, Democrat leaders are accusing Republicans of attempting “voter suppression” by gerrymandering Congressional districts while simultaneously gerrymandering GOP districts out of existence in states they control.
For instance, in New York alone, Republicans could lose up to four seats due to gerrymandering. Democrats think they have to do this because New York already lost one seat due to reapportionment due to its population fleeing to red states like Florida. On the bright side, if they keep up their disastrous policies for another 10 years, Florida might have taken almost all of their House seats because the entire population will have moved there, other than career criminals and Democrat politicians (but I repeat myself.)
Republicans are protesting that it’s yet another attempted power grab by Democrats who are willing to rig the system in any way possible, from stacking the Supreme Court to eliminating the filibuster to changing the way Electoral votes are counted…
…if it helps them hang on to power against the will of the people. All in the name of “democracy,” of course.
At least for once, the self-serving political maneuver is so shameless that it’s actually gotten some media coverage. Jerry Nadler’s proposed new district has one section that zigzags so much to take in any Democrat voter's apartment that it looks like someone traced around the teeth of a pocket comb. That’s caused local media to coin a new phrase to describe this: “Jerrymandering.”
5. CNN Update:
Like a fastidious cat in its litter box, the anchors at CNN are trying desperately to cover up the mess created by outgoing boss Jeff Zucker. They’re defending his “open secret” relationship with CNN executive VP Alison Gollust as nothing but a “consensual relationship” between adults that’s being blown out of proportion.
This story explains why it’s a lot deeper than that because it encompasses Zucker’s part in protecting former anchor Chris Cuomo as he was unethically aiding his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for whom Gollust once worked as communications director. This isn’t a consensual adult relationship, it’s a journalistic incest scandal!
By the way, even apart from the deeper ramifications of the story, where do they get off dismissing secret romantic relationships between CNN employees? Aren’t these the same PC liberals and feminists who wanted strict HR policies imposed on everyone else, and lectured us about “power imbalances” and “hostile workplaces”? They said we must believe any accusations of sexual harassment by women, which scared male executives out of mentoring female employees, just as their policing of personal relationships in the work place killed the chance for many people to meet potential spouses.
But now that someone they like was found to be having a secret relationship with a subordinate, their attitude is, “Hey, lighten up, they’re both consenting adults!” I would say they made their bed and now they have to lie in it, but that phrase is probably banned by CNN’s Human Resources Department.
6. "Little to No Evidence"
Color me shocked: I wrote recently about a massive meta-analysis of 34 studies by researchers from Denmark, Sweden and Johns Hopkins University that found “little to no evidence” that all the draconian lockdown measures imposed in the US and Europe to prevent the spread of COVID-19 had a noticeable effect on COVID mortality rates.
We thought that the finding that the massive, economy-destroying, freedom-crushing ordeal of the past two years was basically futile was a pretty big story, at least big enough for us to cover it.
However, we were obviously wrong, since the professional journalists at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the A.P., Reuters, USA Today, Axios and Politico all yawned and ignored it.
There are a lot of other details at the link about which policies did help reduce deaths and which ones actually increased deaths, and how the bad effects of some policies outweighed any benefits. I suggest you click and read it, since you’re not likely to see it anywhere else. Unless, of course, you’re a liberal journalist and have zero curiosity about anything that might contradict your cherished narratives.
7. I Just Wanted to Say:
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