Friday, August 7, 2009

Weekend wanderings

Here's finally a more solid sign that the economy is doing better:
"The long-battered U.S. job market showed some signs of improvement in July as employers cut far fewer jobs from payrolls and the unemployment rate fell for the first time in more than a year, according to a government report Friday."

Something tells me the administration didn't think through very well their decision to collect "fishy information" concerning their health care plans:
"The White House has been under fire since it posted a blog on Tuesday that asked supporters to e-mail any "fishy" information seen on the Web or received electronically to "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there," the blog said, adding that "since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help." The blog was posted partly in response to a video posted on the Web that claimed to show Obama explaining how his health care reform plans eventually will eliminate private insurance. The video, featured on the Drudge Report, strung together selected Obama statements that the White House said were taken out of context. The White House said it wanted to be made aware of "fishy" comments about its health care plan because it wants to set the record straight. But critics called White House move an Orwellian tactic designed to control the health care debate. "This is a very troubling attempt to stifle the free speech of Americans who have the constitutional right to express their opinion and concerns about health care," said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice. He called on Obama to repudiate his blog."

They left themselves wide open to charges of creating an enemies list, and/or of targeting opponents. Ask your liberal friends this question: what would they have thought had the Bush administration created a website such as this???
UPDATE: of course, judging by what President Obama said today at a Deeds for governor rally in Virginia, maybe he and the administration know exactly what they're doing, and intended to do it:
"I don't want the folks who created the mess do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking."

BASEBALL DIARY: another good day for the Tigers--a very solid start from rookie Rick Porcello, who won his 10th game, two hits from rookie Alex Avila (maybe he can give them some offense), and a win over Baltimore, 7-3. The Tigers won 3 of 4 in the series. They needed that...
And the Rangers finally won a game in Oakland, getting some home runs from Hank Blalock and Michael Young and another good pitching performance from Tommy Hunter. The Rangers won, 6-4. Now, on to Los Angeles to face the Angels...