13 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-29-21

  1. They forgot to say “unexpectedly”…..

    “People Dropping Off Unemployment Rolls in States Ending Fed Benefits

    “The number of workers paid benefits through regular state programs fell 13.8% by the week ended June 12 from mid-May—when many governors announced changes…”


    “The Wall Street Journal reported what we all knew would happen: people have returned to work in states ending federal benefits.

    We have seen many jobs open up as the economy bursts open after a year of COVID shutdowns. The labor participation rate remains low, and the unemployment rate has not budged much.

    It does not take an economist to figure out why. When you’re on the government payroll, why bother going to work?

    WSJ concentrated on Missouri, which cut off the benefits on June 12:

    The number of workers paid benefits through regular state programs fell 13.8% by the week ended June 12 from mid-May—when many governors announced changes—in states saying that benefits would end in June, according to an analysis by Jefferies LLC economists. That compares with a 10% decline in states ending benefits in July, and a 5.7% decrease in states ending benefits in September. Workers on state programs would lose the $300 weekly federal enhancement but could continuing receiving the state benefits.

    Jefferies also found somewhat larger decreases in the number of people receiving benefits through pandemic programs in states curtailing benefits, though the data lags behind by an additional week. In many cases, those recipients will be cut off entirely when their state ends participation in the federal programs.

    Missouri’s unemployment rate sat at 12.5% in April 2020. It fell under 5% by the fall of 2020. It is now at 4.2%,”

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  2. Indeed.


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  3. ———–

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  4. Sympathy would be easier to come by if you didn’t totally suck at it, and constantly present a one-sided, biased product.

    Ouch. Remember, these were Joe Biden’s words…..


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  5. One word for why journalism jobs and outlets are shrinking: The Internet.

    All the digital ad dollars went to Google and Facebook. It’s pretty simple math.


  6. Some of those tweets simply conflate two separate issues.

    But can I suggest prayer on behalf of our media? There indeed is something of a ‘revolution’ going on in newsrooms which is generational in large part but also idealogical in very differing views of what covering the news even means.

    The industry is in a crisis, not unlike that overtaking other aspects of our nation.

    God is always in control so as Christians we can rest in that (even if God’s “point” is judgement — it is still for the ultimate benefit of God’s people). But prayer should always be our first line of offense.

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  7. Oh look, Applesauce for Brains has taken a play from the Obama playbook, spy on the press.



    “Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the Biden administration of “spying” on him in an attempt to take his show off the air.

    He told his audience on Monday a government whistleblower told his team the National Security Agency is “spying” on their electronic communications and is “planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.”

    Carlson offered no evidence other than to say the whistleblower, whom he did not identify, repeated back information on a story the host’s team is working on that came directly from his own text messages and emails.

    “The Biden administration is spying on us,” he said after asserting “it is illegal for the NSA to spy on American citizens.”

    Accusing the NSA of covertly picking up his electronic communications, Carlson insisted there is “no other possible source of that information.”

    Carlson, whose show averages millions of viewers, said his team filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for all information the NSA and other agencies have gathered about his show. They also reached out to the press offices of the NSA and FBI for comment.

    “We don’t expect to hear much back. That’s the way that usually goes. Only Congress can force transparency on the intelligence agencies, and they should do that immediately,” he said.

    “Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy. If they are doing it to us, and again, they are definitely doing it to us, they are almost certainly doing it to others. This is scary, and we need to stop it right away,” Carlson said in conclusion.”

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  8. Not only the machines, but please replace the people who put the machines in place. Identify and prosecute the thieves who perpetrated the corruption.


    “Authorities in Maricopa County, Arizona, announced they will replace all voting machines following a Senate-ordered audit of the county’s 2020 election results.

    The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which oversees elections in the county, issued a response to a letter sent by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, saying the county “shares [her] concerns” that the integrity and security of the Dominion Voting Systems machines and ballots might have been compromised during the audit.

    “Accordingly, I write to notify you that Maricopa County will not use the subpoenaed election equipment in any future election,” said the letter, dated Monday. And in a news release, the county pledged to “never use equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair elections,” suggesting that the auditors may have compromised the machines.

    Hobbs, a Democrat, had written to the county in May that she has “grave concerns regarding the security and integrity of these machines, given that the chain of custody, a critical security tenet, has been compromised and election officials do not know what was done to the machines while under Cyber Ninjas’ control.” Cyber Ninjas is the Florida-based technology firm that helped with the audit, which was authorized earlier this year by the Republican-controlled state Senate.

    Senate Majority Leader Karen Fann, a Republican, described Maricopa County’s letter as yet another “attack on the audit,” saying that the machines weren’t tampered with during the weekslong process.

    “If their experts can’t prove the machines have not been tampered with,” she asked, “then how does the [Secretary of State’s office] or County Elections certify the machines before every audit to make sure the machines haven’t been tampered with?”

    “We asked numerous times for this audit to be performed jointly with Maricopa County, at their facility, selecting a mutual auditor, and did not want the ballots or machines moved from their facilities,” Fann contended, referring to the legal tug-of-war between the state Senate and Maricopa’s executives.

    And several Republicans praised the move to do away with the machines—but not for the reasons offered by Hobbs or the county officials.

    “No more machines,” wrote Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers on Twitter, alleging in another tweet that the machines are easily compromised. “Go back to the old way,” she also wrote in concurring with a tweet issued by GOP state Sen. Kelly Townsend.”


  9. Democrats, in their never ending quest to out gaslight one another, always forget the internet is forever.

    Now they want you to believe it’s R’s that have been calling to defund the police.

    Yes, they think you’re that stupid.



  10. A sane person in education.

    Well, he was, until the idiocy took over.



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