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  • Life’s Not Fair: Finding Joy By Accepting Things As They Are (impact of secularism)

    04/01/2017 1:00:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 1, 2017 | SAM GUZMAN
    One of the most pernicious lies of the modern world is that life is supposed to be easy and comfortable. There is even a sense in which moderns believe they are entitled to this comfort and ease—that it is some sort of fundamental human right.Many of us have absorbed this subtle thinking, even though we may not realize it. When trouble comes to us, when life is inconvenient or difficult, we are almost angry at the injustice of it. As if it were some sort of cosmic crime that violates that easy life we believe we should have. We complain and...
  • Sealander camper, yes or no?

    It can sleep three reasonably comfortably and it's highly customizable. The only thing that might be a disadvantage is that it's not made for deep ocean or turbulent waves. But I thin it would be good to take a half dozen people into the middle of a large lake or ocean bay and just spend the day relaxing in the sun or diving into the water.
  • Ford creates "side-by-side" 1965/2015 Mustang display (Photos in the link)

    05/06/2016 2:54:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 6, 2016 | Andrew Ganz
    Visitors to the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum can now take an especially innovative trip through automotive history without having to take more than a few steps. Ford and the museum, which is on the grounds of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Campus in Alexandria, Virginia, have teamed up to create a side-by-side display that's half 1965 Ford Mustang and half 2015 Mustang. Although the Mustang debuted as a 1964 1/2 model, it was essentially unchanged for 1965, so it makes a nice bookend with the redesigned-for-2015 Mustang that's still on sale today.
  • Study: No Consent Divorces Favor Women

    02/23/2016 7:35:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Chateau Heartiste ^ | February 23, 2016 | CH
    Courtesy of reader BK, a link to an economic analysis of woman-coddling divorce laws.
  • TRENDY BUT CALM: ADULT COLORING BOOKS SELLING LIKE CRAZY

    07/15/2015 9:30:47 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/15/2015 | ETH J. HARPAZ
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer. Dover Publications has sold more than 3 million adult coloring books with titles like "Flower Fashion Fantasies." Quarto Publishing will have 1.3 million in print this year ranging from mandalas to fairies. "Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt," by one of the genre's most popular illustrators, Johanna Basford, remains a top seller on Amazon two years after its initial publication. In fact, adult coloring books occupied as many of eight of the top 20 slots in a spot-check of...
  • Obama will be too busy to hear Bibi's speach

    03/02/2015 4:38:58 PM PST · by outofsalt · 34 replies
    Vanity | 3/2/15 | Vanity
    On March 3, 1845 congress overrode a presidential veto for the first time. Congress reined in President John Tyler’s zealous use of the presidential veto. Congress is finally asserting itself over Obama but he says he will be too busy to be any part of it. I wonder how he will spend the day? Thoughts
  • GOP Refusal to Extend Unemployment Benefits Leads to Job Growth

    10/04/2014 9:56:11 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    A study published by the New York Federal Reserve found that the number of job openings rose by an estimated 20% in the six months following the lapse of the federal government's extended unemployment benefits. The lapse occurred because the Republican controlled House refused to vote to extend the benefits. Fatih Karahan, one of the authors of the study, cited the "mutually reinforcing effects of decreasing the burden on businesses to fund the benefits and decreasing the incentives of recipients to shun employment. If your tax burden of supporting benefits declines you can afford to hire more workers. Similarly, if...
  • World Sauntering Day 2014: How to Saunter and History of Holiday

    06/19/2014 2:05:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    International Business Times UK ^ | June 19, 2014 | Hannah Osborne
    World Sauntering Day 2014 is held to encourage people across the globe to slow down, take things easy and enjoy life for a change. The holiday, also known as International Sauntering Day, is held on 19 June every year after first being created in the 1970s by W.T. Rabe.
  • Dems Advised to Avoid Talking about the Economy

    04/19/2014 8:18:41 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 April 2014 | John Semmens
    Top Democratic strategist, James Carville, advised Democrats seeking reelection to avoid discussing the economy. “The whole notion of an economic recovery is pure poison to any Democrat hoping to retain his or her seat,” Carville lamented. “The Administration has spurred too many false hopes with repeated promises of 'green shoots.' Our Party's credibility on this issue is totally shot.” Instead, Carville recommends “an approach that transcends the stale notion that getting people back to work ought to be a goal of the nation's economic policy. Democrats need to embrace the decline in workforce participation and increase in the number on...
  • Last rites for the BCS

    01/06/2014 3:46:05 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 3 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | January 6, 2014 | ROB LONGLEY
    NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. - For some, the celebration following Monday’s NCAA championship game at the historic Rose Bowl stadium will feel like a wake. For others, death to the Bowl Championship Series will be cause for a celebration. Love it or loathe it, the most unique forum for declaring a champion in major North American sport will be put to rest in the shadow of the San Gabriel mountains following the clash between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn. After 16 years of bringing a semblance of structure to determining the champions of big-time college football, a true...
  • What Americans Do When Not at Work

    07/01/2013 7:34:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 07/01/2013
    After work and sleep, most Americans have eight hours left of their day to spend as they please. How much time Americans spend watching TV, getting exercise, cleaning and playing sports depends on whether they are men or women, 15 or 64, married or single. While the economy and technology have changed dramatically in the past decade, how Americans spend their time on average has remained largely unchanged. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its 2012 American Time Use Survey. The survey measures the average amount of time Americans spend on different activities in a given day. Personal...
  • Latest Unemployment Data Said to Prove Obama's Economic Policies Are Working

    10/06/2012 2:15:09 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Oct 2012 | John Semmens
    Though the number of new jobs created during the month of September was a paltry 114,000, the official unemployment rate fell from an August rate of 8.1% to 7.8%. With an estimated 120,000 entering the ranks of new job seekers each month based on population growth, the drop in the official rate of unemployment has been credited to a surge of 800,000 new part-time jobs. This was hailed by the President's Council of Economic Advisers chairman Alan Krueger as a sign that the President's plan is working. “Most people I know would prefer to work fewer, not more hours each...
  • President Tells Americans They’re Better off than Four Years Ago

    09/08/2012 9:35:20 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    Chafing under the GOP’s repeated barbs about the pitiful state of the economy, President Obama attempted to seize control of the narrative. “If there’s one thing I can say with certainty at this point in the campaign it’s that there is no question that Americans are absolutely better off than they were four years ago,” Obama insisted. “I know many may find this hard to believe. Maybe they’ve had a family member who’s been out of work or a neighbor who’s lost his house. But let me point out that these kinds of anecdotal stories are based on very small...
  • First Lady Urges Lazy to Get Behind Obama’s Reelection Effort

    08/12/2012 10:23:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Aug 2012 | John Semmens
    Speaking at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, First Lady Michelle Obama urged the audience to “rouse your lazy friends to campaign for President Barack Obama’s reelection.” Though the prospect of inspiring the lazy to take action might seem daunting, Michelle reminded the audience of its importance. “Surely, even the most dedicated sloths can see that reelecting my husband is their best chance for protecting their way of life,” Michelle contended. “It’s not as if we’re really asking that much. The effort required is minimal and of short duration. A small investment of time over the next three months could...
  • Administration Shrugs Off Negative Jobs Report

    07/06/2012 10:45:16 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 July 2012 | John Semmens
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the official unemployment rate remained above 8% for the 41st straight month. The picture for Black unemployment was even more discouraging bumping up in June to over 14% for all ages and to over 39% for those aged 16-19. The White House cautioned that voters should not place too much reliance on any one monthly report, but should look at the longer term trend. “A narrow focus on jobs misses the bigger picture,” Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Alan Krueger said in a written statement. “Over the last three years more...
  • Gains for Leisure Class May Boost Obama Reelection Chances

    04/22/2012 4:06:40 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 April 2012 | John Semmens
    A record 5.4 million former workers and their dependents have signed up to receive federal disability payments since Obama took office. At 6% of the potential workforce now, the ratio of persons on disability has more than doubled since the Reagan Administration. Add this to the 70% increase in the number of persons getting food stamps since 2007 and it is clear that the 2008 election of Barack Obama may be ushering in some transformative changes in the way Americans live. “The notion that people want to work is the flaw in Republican thinking,” said Obama adviser David Axelrod. “Work...
  • Obama plays through on golf course during earthquake, inspires critics

    08/24/2011 7:24:02 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2011 | David Nakamura
    Is this the “bad optic” that President Obama’s critics have been waiting for: An Associated Press photo of the president taking a call on the golf course within the hour after the East Coast earthquake Tuesday? When Obama left for a 10-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard last week, critics and supporters alike warned that the image of him pursuing leisure activities on the tony island might make for an unfortunate contrast with much of the country mired in economic doldrums. Turned out it was a natural disaster, not the economy, which pierced his vacation bubble. But now we have a...
  • Obamas Cheer on Oregon State at Howard U

    11/27/2010 5:34:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    ABC News' Political Punch ^ | November 27, 2010 | Jake Tapper and Tahman Bradley
    The first family stepped away from the White House today to catch some college basketball at Howard University. First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, the head coach of the Oregon State men’s basketball team, was in town for the matchup against HU. This was the president’s first public appearance since catching an elbow in the mouth during a basketball game. The White House now says that President Obama injured his lower lip. The White House originally told reporters the president got 12 stitches to his upper lip. The Obamas arrived to an enthusiastic but sparse crowd at Howard. President...
  • Worst Stretch of Unemployment Since Great Depression

    10/09/2010 12:47:53 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 9 October 2010 | John Semmens
    The latest statistics show that the official unemployment rate edged up to 9.6% in September. This 14th consecutive month with an unemployment rate of 9.5% or higher is the longest since the 1930s. President Obama cautioned that “these figures look worse than they really are because they don’t properly account for the leisure that has simultaneously been gained. If we just concern ourselves with the loss of hours worked we’re only seeing one side of the equation. An hour not on the job is an hour freed up for other uses. This leisure the nation has gained has a value...
  • Newsweek Defends Obama's Leisure But Mocked Bush's Working Vacations at Texas Ranch

    08/16/2010 10:21:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 8/16/10 | Ken Shepherd
    While Newsweek's David Graham is hard at work defending President Obama's summertime leisure -- "A Short History of Presidential Vacation Outrage" -- by insisting that the press corps always complains about any president's vacation habits, it's instructive that he failed to indict his own magazine. "War on terrorism stalled, economy on precipice, time for a month on the Crawford ranch." Accompanied by a disapproving down arrow, that's how the August 5, 2002 Newsweek feature "Conventional Wisdom" derided President Bush's working vacation a mere three months before midterm elections in his first term.