As [Wesley] Clark criticized the Bush administration for lacking a program to create jobs, the Labor Department reported that new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week and reached their lowest level since Nov. 1.
Generally conservative Ramesh Ponnuru made a comment over at the Corner yesterday suggesting the U.S. should drop its opposition to gays in the military. It was surprising coming from him. He posted the most thoughtful response he received on the subject. It is worth reading and located here.
The Conservative Crust offers the Zell Miller theory to explain John Breaux’s Senate departure. It is a silent protest against the leftward drift of the Democratic Party.
This should be part of our ongoing McAwful Watch
Hugh recounts an interview he had yesterday with a Dean supporter.
A job well done by high school students no less.
Debbie Shultz’s class had just finished a Spanish II final exam Wednesday morning when the door to their trailer burst open with a bang. Shultz’s estranged husband stood wild-eyed in the doorway, teeth gritted, pausing almost for dramatic effect, she recalled. Then he rushed toward her, she said, raising a large knife toward her chest. That’s when Shultz’s students, 16- and 17-year-old kids, went to her rescue. Several of the youngsters tackled the man, pinning him to the floor and wresting the knife from his hand. “Those kids are my heroes. I believe God used them to save my life,” Shultz, 46, said Wednesday evening, recuperating at home with stitches in her hand and leg where her assailant slashed her with the knife. “I’m sorry that they were called upon to do such a huge job so early in their lives, but without them I wouldn’t be alive.”
Heritage High School in Rockdale County is where, in 1999, a school shooting occured. At that time, a number of students took action. It has been speculated that the student action in that case drew little attention because so many of them were NRA members who defended the right to keep and bear arms in statements to the media.
Hat tip to Instapundit for the link.
The President is expected to announce plans to cut the deficit in half. That is fantastic. I’d prefer a balanced budget with no deficit, but hey, beggars can’t be choosy about such things. Here is the article with this idiocy from a known Dem who is supposedly “nonpartisan”:
Is it achievable? Yes,” said Robert Reischauer, former head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office who is now president of the Urban Institute. “Is it likely to occur? No. Is it sustainable? Probably not, because the world turns worse” at the end of this decade. That is when the 76 million baby boomers will begin drawing on Medicare and other costly income support programs, likely pushing federal deficits ever higher.
Don’t you love that mindset. People getting old will make the world a worse place. Of course that ignores that the U.S. population will stay relatively young compared to the rest of the world. We are one of the very few countries that appears on track to reverse a population decline based on birth rate. Europe and China appear to be in decline because they aren’t having enough kids to offset the death rate. We, however, are offsetting the death rate.
This report highlighted over at SoCalLaw Blog further reinforces my thinking that maybe, just maybe, the DA prosecuting Michael Jackson is a Prima Donna wanting attention. I can understand the personal vendetta, but running up tax payer money to persecute — it is more than a prosecution — Wacko Jacko is a bit much.
Hugh Hewitt is on to something about the Dean camp.
The campaign reported to its blog readers that “[o]ver four days, 7,732 Americans contributed $552,214.62 to combat a shadowy group of Democrats attacking one of their own with images of Osama bin Laden. You showed that Americans won’t be bullied into a climate of fear–and that trying to scare people out of the political process only makes our movement stronger.” This is the language of the wild-eyed, and the Dean campaign is increasingly gyrating with the frenzy usually associated with extremism. Which raises the question of whether the vast online network the Dean machine boasts of is such a good thing after all. It may have turned into a self-reinforcing hothouse of out-of-touch, marginal-but-loud cheerleading for itself. Feedback from the middle parts of the American spectrum appear to have been cut-off.
I think that is precisely what is happening. The campaign is taking its direction from the supporters who themselves listen to each other and don’t pick up on the signals that the light at the end of the tunnel is a fast approaching train.
She is an elitist snob who wants Hillary in the White House. While tearing down the Dems, she can’t help herself but make snide remarks about the President. Still, her column makes for good reading today on the state of the Dems.