Jobs? I Don’t See Any

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The President has come out touting the July jobs number as if it were a great thing. To hear him and his minions speak, one would think Obama personally repaired the economy by adding millions of jobs.

In truth, the anemic economy added about 163,000 new jobs. That sounds like a lot, but is isn’t.  It takes approximately 150,000 jobs every month just to keep up with the population growth.

That leaves a paltry 13,000 jobs added. Still, say Obama and the sycophants, we’re heading in the right direction. Really?

As an aside, if you’ve listened to any news recently, you have not heard that 13,000 job number mentioned, or the population growth requirement. No where, except maybe talk radio. All we hear is the 163,000 jobs number, with not a hint of context.

Speaking of context; how about some more. The unemployment rate (the fake one, or U-3) went up from 8.2 to 8.3%. How can that be if we’ve added so many jobs? Listening to the wizards of smart on TV and radio contort themselves trying to explain the anomaly (that really isn’t) is quite amusing.

“Well Larry, it’s really quite complicated. It has to do with several different surveys and metrics we just don’t have the time for in this segment Just know we’re heading in a positive direction”. “Ok, Professor Poindexter; thank you for that extraordinary insight and your patience with our dimwitted audience”.

In truth, it’s not that difficult to understand. I get it, and believe me, I’m no scholar. While 163,000 jobs added, 150,000 are absorbed by natural population expansion. At the same time the workforce saw 150,000 drop out of it. That 150,000 are the people so discouraged, they just stop looking, so, by complicated metrics we can’t understand and magic, they are not even counted in the U-3 figure. That’s why I say the U-3 number is phony.  

We are left with a net loss of 137,000, but you’ll never hear that, except maybe here. That is why the U-3 unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3. The real or U-6 unemployment number is between 15 & 17%.

For blacks and especially teenagers, the picture is much bleaker, for the U-3 rate for blacks is at 14.1% and for all teens, the number is 23.8%. That means the real rate (U-6)  has got to be around 25% and at least 40% respectively. Wow! And Obama will still get over 90% of the black vote. Amazing. Talk about monolithic.

Gimme Some Skin

Replacement skin may soon be easily available for burn victims and sufferers of other skin-related conditions following a break-through in the laboratory.

Scientists have been able to engineer skin on a large-scale – growing centimeters at a time, a huge step-up from previous techniques which could grow just microns at a time.

The researchers from the University of Toronto are able to grow sheets of skin by placing individual cells into a gel-like sheet, and they can  even be grown into specific shapes – such as letters.

Axel Guenther, associate professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering, said: ‘There’s a lot of interest in soft materials, particularly biomaterials, but until now no one has demonstrated a simple and scalable one-step process to go from microns to centimeters.’

The invention, presented in a cover article for the journal Advanced Materials this month, is currently being commercialized, with the university filing two patents on the device.

The scientists perfected the technique by mixing biomaterials, causing a chemical reaction that forms a ‘mosaic hydrogel’ – a sheet-like substance compatible with the growth of cells into living tissues, into which different types of cells can be seeded in very precise and controlled placements.

This is unlike more typical methods, for instance scaffolding, where cells are seeded onto an artificial structure capable of supporting three-dimensional tissue formation.

Instead, cells are planted onto the mosaic hydrogel sheets as they are being created – generating the perfect conditions for cells to grow.

The placement of the cells is so precise, in fact, that scientists can spell words and can precisely mimic the natural placement of cells in living tissues, which could prove very beneficial for burn victims.

The resulting tissues, says Lian Leng, lead author on the project and a 3rd year PHD candidate, are remarkably stable.

She said: ‘In this case, when we put the cells in the right places we create cellular organization quite naturally.’

Guenther added: ‘My laboratory is currently pursuing different applications of the technology with different tissues.’

Currently, the two UofT labs are also collaborating their research with a burn unit at Sunnybrook Hospital.

‘At some point [the machine] could allow dermal [skin] grafts to be prepared that perhaps will be less expensive, and more efficient,’ said Guenther.

Attribution: Mail Online

Joke of the Day

George W. Bush, Joe Biden, John Boehner, and Bill Clinton all traveled together to see the Wizard of Oz. Upon arrival, they were brought to see him.

First, President Bush went to see the Wizard and said, “Everyone says I have no compassion or feelings, I wish to have a Heart”. So the Wizard said, “So be it”.

Second was Joe Biden. He told the Wizard, “People think I’m unintelligent and have no common sense whatsoever. I want a brain. The Wizard said, “So be it”.

Third to ask the Wizard was John Boehner. “People say I have no confidence, and I lack conviction. I wish to have some courage”. The Wizard granted this wish as well.

And then Bill Clinton approached the Wizard. The Wizard looked at him and said, “Well, what do you want?” To which Clinton replied, “I’m here for Dorothy!”

Take it Back

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Recently I published an article with some pretty dark commentary on the direction of our country. If you have not yet read it, you may link to it here. In that article I made it seem that we are heading down a one way street to certain destruction with no way to turn around.

For a while I did think that. I looked around and wondered how so much of the population could be so blind or apathetic to what was happening. It was clear to me. I’m no genius and I saw it.


Well, I no longer believe that is true. Since 2010, those of us who’ve been paying attention, have witnessed an awakening of sorts, that has not waivered, but has grown.

Throughout American history, the population has been split into thirds (approximately). One third is on the side we think is wrong, one-third is on the side of right (but is relatively anonymous) and one-third is effectively apathetic. The key to winning has always been, which third wants it more, and this time, I think we do.

As I said, 2010 was the beginning of the great awakening, as the good people of the quiet third on the right began to fight back.

“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph…”, Ronald Reagan.

“America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Author unknown (although is often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, it is not)

What is it that we need to do? Relative to those who came before us, how hard is our task?

We are not being asked to start a new country. We aren’t being asked to end slavery. We are not being asked to save the country from seceding states. We are not being asked to fight against evil bent on world domination (not yet, anyway).

All that is asked of us is to take back the country that we inherited.

Do we really, really want to be the generation that let America slip away and become a free nation in name only?

Do we really want to be the generation that dishonored those who sacrificed so much so that we may be free?

For too long, perhaps our whole lives, we have let others fight our battles, do our bidding and just handle the hard stuff. We all just live our lives and allow someone else to take care of things on our behalf. We don’t really care how it gets done, just that it gets done or at least appears to be done.

In 1781 Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”

We are living now in a time of the new American Revolution. No not one of muskets and sabers, cannons and tall ships, but one of renewed values, of renewed independence, of reliance, not our government but on one another.

We are fighting for the soul of this country. Not just the flag waving, USA, USA chanting patriotism that we see at you’re average sporting event.

I’m talking about what it means to be an American. How lucky we are and that we take it for granted every day.

We, on the right are an ever-growing all volunteer force that know what we’re fighting for. The other side cannot make that claim. They have conscripts and mercenaries. They will not win the day with troops that don’t know their purpose. For this reason, we will win the day.

So get involved, stay involved, win the day and hold the people we to account after we win.

 “It is rather for us, the living, we here, be dedicated to the great task remaining before us —that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth”, A passage from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

Joke of the Day

A drunken man gets on the bus late one night, staggers up the aisle, and sits next to an elderly woman.

She looks the man up and down and says, I’ve got news for you. “You’re going straight to hell!”

The man jumps up out of his seat and shouts, “Shoot, I’m on the wrong bus!”

Illegal is the New Legal

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Barack Obama has already said he is not going to enforce the law of the land concerning illegal immigrants, which should make him eligible for impeachment, among other charges. But even as I write this article the Obama administration is preparing to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants by the end of the month. It will just cost them $465.

ABC News reports, using the term “undocumented worker” to refer to illegal immigrants to be politically correct,

The Department of Homeland Security today announced details of the application and approval process for the DREAM Act-like program, outlining specific eligibility requirements and a $465 fee. It will begin Aug. 15.

Illegal immigrants younger than 30 who came to the United States before age 16, have lived here for at least five years continuously, attend or have graduated from high school or college, and have no criminal convictions are eligible to submit requests for so-called deferred action (legalese for an official exemption from deportation).

The administration said documentation provided by each applicant will be reviewed individually on a case-by-case basis at one of four service centers run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. It’s unclear how long each review will take, but some immigrants are expected to receive temporary legal status before Election Day.

While the “dreamers” will not obtain a path to citizenship or the right to vote, Obama’s policy shift – circumventing Congress with executive action – has been widely seen as a politically motivated nod to Hispanics who have long sought the change.

No! Really? a polically motivated nod by this adminstration? I”m shocked! Of course it’s politically motivated.

Janet Napolitano claimed this was a process of compassion and common sense. In a statement, Napolitano said,

“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner. But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case.

Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”

The problem is that they are not enforcing immigration laws and Barack Obama stood in the Rose Garden and declared that he wasn’t. Now we find the administration is going to punish one of their own for doing just what she is talking about: enforcing immigration laws.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith put his finger on what the real issue is when he said,

“Today’s deferred action guidance is another example of how the president’s policies put the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.”

“On the same day the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent, the Obama administration announced a requirement for illegal immigrants to apply to be able to work in the U.S. The administration’s guidelines don’t just encourage illegal immigrants to work in the U.S., they actually require them to apply to do so.”

Exactly right Mr. Chairman. Talk is cheap. Now stop him. You guys are Congress after all and you are the ones that make law, not the President.

Not only is Obama looking to stack the deck with illegals, but he’s also making a quick buck at it. I’m wondering just where that $465 per illegal is going to end up. Isn’t anyone else curious?

It Pays to Stay in School

by:  & the Common Constitutionalist

There’s no reason for kids in Washington, D.C., to cut grass or wash cars this summer. The public school system is paying kids $5.25 an hour to attend summer school. The students being paid are those with poor grades.

Through the “Summer Bridge” program, about 300 students are receiving payment. The program is targeting ninth-graders who are “less likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years,” reported The Washington Examiner.

This isn’t the first time the school system has paid students; but in times past, students with good grades got the money. A Harvard University group paid middle school students between 2008 and 2010 for making good grades. But this time around, students with poor grades are raking in the cash.

“How much will we pay going forward, and who will we pay, and what’s the cutoff to get paid?” asked political consultant Chuck Thies. “It’s critical that we get at-risk students and underperforming students and failing students into the program, but I don’t think incentivizing them with money sends the right message.”

The minimum wage in Washington DC is $8.25. Bets on how long it will take the ACLU to file suit.

Regulation Tidal Wave

by: Clark Barrow

Editorial comments by the Common Constitutionalist [ ]

A looming tax increase or the threat of higher unemployment usually receives a lot of attention in Washington, D.C. Many politicians can’t wait to lead a charge to avoid any hardship on American families. But there is eerie silence on another front that is fast approaching our country: a tidal wave of costly federal regulations.

According to an analysis by the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business), more than 4,000 federal regulations are scheduled to be implemented over the next four years with a cost of more than $515 billion to the U.S. economy. In our world of trillion-dollar deficits, anything in the billions may not sound like such a big deal anymore, but recent regulations have already added $140 billion, sending the total annual regulatory cost to $1.75 trillion. If no action is taken to stop this, the NFIB estimates that the regulatory costs will quadruple over the next four years.

So what in the world are all these new regulations? Well, most of them have to do with protecting the environment. Unfortunately, the sheer cost of the regulations may produce a severe economic downturn, rather than any valuable environmental impact.

One of the most damaging regulations will force power plants to install expensive pollution control technology, which is expected to cost as much as $90 billion over 10 years – the most expensive regulation in U.S. history. This means higher energy bills that will direct small business funds to utility bills, instead of jobs.

Other regulations include the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone, a measure that President Obama postponed in 2011 because of its enormous cost to the economy. Imagine that! Even our own president understood the impact! This far-reaching piece of regulation would establish an unnecessarily strict air quality standard for the entire country at a cost of up to $90 billion. [Years ago freon was effectively banned because it was said to kill ozone. Now we have too much?]

To make matters worse, the science behind these new regulations is not solid. A report by the National Center for Policy Analysis found that the proposed standards produce little, if any, health benefits. Their analysis found that under the current standards, levels of ozone and other pollutants have largely decreased to safe levels. The current standards are working and there is little science to that says tighter standards will meaningfully improve the air quality for anyone. [It matters little to the enviro-weenies whether the “science” is crap. They want to send us back to stone age and they’ll promote any junk science to hasten that journey.]

While the environmental science is not solid, the economic impact is certain – it will be paid with billions of dollars, millions of lost jobs and the lost dreams of millions of Americans.

The solution, as with many of our problems, is to grow our economy. Excessive regulations will only increase the cost of living for Americans, forcing lower-income families to sacrifice the things that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Progress is good! Advances in environmental protection, health care treatments and nutrition have saved countless lives, but expensive household energy bills will only devour money that could be used for a higher standard of living. [The solution is actually to rid ourselves of most the regulation in this country and the growth will take care of itself.]

Putting aside all of these other figures, the true cost of the proposed regulations can be summed up in the fact that the American Thoracic Society found that the number one risk factor for asthma is poverty, not pollution. It’s time environmental regulations protected us.

[ Isn’t it interesting that progressive administrations can’t be honest with the people. They always postpone harsh mandates and regulations until after elections. It’s as if they know the mandates will kill the economy and thus they would never be reelected. Yet after the election, it doesn’t seem to matter. That’s what I call looking out for the American people. Is that why most of the Obamacare mandates don’t start kicking in until 2013? I wonder.]