October 31, 2011

occupy . . .

E.J. Dionne Jr. explains why Paul Ryan is unhappy.
It's hard to justify more tax cuts for the wealthy in a country that is becoming more rigidly stratified by class.
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Telling the truth about inequality is politically wise, and morally necessary.

October 29, 2011

the big puma . . .

Lance Berkman has a world series ring! While many of us in Houston regard the Big Puma as one of the Astro greats he is also clearly a Cardinal.
Berkman, a 36-year-old lifelong Texan who graduated from New Braunfels Canyon High and led Rice University to its first College World Series appearance in 1997, hit the historic game-tying two-out, two-strike single in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 on Thursday night.

The Cardinals were twice one strike away from losing the World Series in six games, but they bounce back to win 10-9 in 11 innings and captured Game 7, 6-2.

Berkman went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in the deciding seventh game.

October 24, 2011

bird and hawk . . .

Session I Improvisation of Genius of Jazz CHARLIE PARKER alto sax and COLEMAN HAWKINS tenor sax (date 1950) with: Hank Jones - Piano,
Ray Brown - Double bass, Buddy Rich - Drums.
By Peppe Ruotolo

October 16, 2011

the blame game

While Robert Downey, Jr., a movie actor, is asking us to forgive someone, Herman Cain, an ex-CEO and president wannabe, is suggesting that we electrify anyone attempting to cross the U.S. border away from a port of entry . . .

Actually, Mr. Cain is full of ideas about who is to blame and who, like himself, are blameless . . . Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute explains why Mr. Cain is pointing in the wrong direction . . .
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain responded to a question about the Occupy Wall Street protests by saying, “Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”

Here are the facts: This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released new data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showing that there were nearly 3.1 million job openings in August. However, we know from other BLS data that there were 14 million unemployed workers in August. In other words, there were nearly 11 million more job seekers than job openings.

The ratio of unemployed workers to job openings is now 4.6-to-1. A job seeker’s ratio of more than 4-to-1 means there are literally no jobs available for more than three out of four unemployed workers. In a given month in today’s labor market, the vast majority of the unemployed are not going to find a job no matter what they do.

string theory . . .