Tuesday’s Mishmash

 Hi guys,

I hope you’re all having a good day.

1. I must begin with pointing out that PBO’s Nowruz message, up less than 48 hours on YouTube, already been watched more than 100,000 times. I can’t get over this clip.


2. Recovery!

Adjusted U.S. figures paint a rosier jobs picture, Job growth may be stronger than it appears

Another healthy drop in unemployment claims reported last week is the latest clue that job gains might be more robust than the Labor Department’s monthly reports show.Some economists say jobless claims and other recent data show that employers likely added 200,000 to 300,000 jobs a month this year, rather than the 128,000 average reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).The reason for the possible disparity: The government tends to underestimate both job gains in a recovery and job losses in a recession, the economists say. That helps explain why the nation’s unemployment rate has fallen more sharply than the modest payroll increases suggest. The jobless rate was 8.9% last month, down from 9.8% in November.

Jobless claims for the week ending March 5 fell to 385,000 from 401,000 and are down from an average 450,000 in the second half of 2010. History suggests a drop of 50,000 or more means 100,000 or more additional jobs, O’Sullivan says.Because monthly job gains, excluding temporary Census workers, averaged 103,000 in 2010’s second half, average growth in January and February should have topped 200,000, he says.Other markers of a healthier job market:•Payroll taxes withheld by the U.S. Treasury are up 7% vs. a year ago.•The Institute for Supply Management’s reports on manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors show surging employment the past two months.•BLS’ survey of households, used to calculate the unemployment rate, has reported average monthly job increases of 379,000 since November.

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3. Oh, where are the good old days of Katrina.

More than seven in 10 Americans (73 percent) say they approve of the President’s handling of the U.S. response to the triple disaster


4. More Homophobia. Gee.

US demanding gay rights support at UN body

The Obama administration will introduce its first statement calling for the United Nations’ top human rights body to combat discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world, completing a U.S. reversal from years of ambiguity on the subject during the presidency of George W. Bush.

The U.S. declaration will be made Tuesday at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council and has the support of more than 80 countries. Although it is not in the form of binding resolution, the American push for U.N. action has helped win over a handful of new countries to the cause. A resolution could be brought to a vote later this year.


5. And more selling-out of the middle class:

W.H. unveils college completion kit

The Obama administration is rolling out an effort to give governors the tools they need to boost college completion rates in line with the president’s goal of getting the United States to lead the world in proportion of college graduates by 2020.

At a summit in Washington on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden will release a “College Completion Tool Kit,” a 23-page document that offers governors ideas on how to boost college graduation rates, including using data to make decisions and simplifying the process for students transferring from one college to another.


6. Thanks, Jovie, for the link:

More Recovery Act projects


7. It’s the first anniversary of health care reform (or as I proudly call it “Obama-Care”). Ezra Klein has a pretty good column on the subject.


8. While the US MSM is reaching deeper and deeper into the ultimate shame, some important newspapers around the world see the truth. Like this fantastic column from The Guardian:

Yes, a better America was possible

If the Obama administration does nothing else, it will always compare favourably with Bush’s for its diplomacy over Libya.

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9. More excellent read:

Obama’s Delay in the Libya Intervention Took a Page from FDR


10. Finally, I’m totally behind this Norbrook’s piece. I still remember the firing squad I faced back then, for daring to suggest that there is, indeed, racism on the Left. Well, now no one can stop me from saying it: There’s racism on the Left. A lot.