Hope and Change: Black unemployment numbers are at 27 year high


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The August jobs report was dismal for plenty of reasons, but perhaps most striking was the picture it painted of racial inequality in the job market.

Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984, while the unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%, the Labor Department reported.

“This month’s numbers continue to bear out that longstanding pattern that minorities have a much more challenging time getting jobs,” said Bill Rodgers, chief economist with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

Black unemployment has been roughly double that of whites since the government started tracking the figures in 1972.

Economists blame a variety of factors. The black workforce is younger than the white workforce, lower numbers of blacks get a college degree and many live in areas of the country that were harder hit by the recession — all things that could lead to a higher unemployment rate.

But even excluding those factors, blacks still are hit with higher joblessness.

Congressman Allen West responds:

Unemployment remained at 9.1%, but in the black community, it increased 15.9% to 16.7%. It’s clear why CBC avoids facts & is race baiting
Isn’t that the truth? 
By my count, liberalism has been failing the black community for longer than 27 years, going back to the 60s era “Great Society” programs.  Democrats in general, OTOH, have been failing the black community for much longer.  That the black community as a whole continues to see this party as a “savior” of sorts when in reality it’s just the opposite  is downright depressing.

Labor Sec. Solis: “I do believe that we’re going in the right direction” on jobs

This, my dear readers, is your quote of the day:

The US economy created no jobs and the unemployment rate held steadily higher at 9.1 percent in August, fueling concerns that the US is heading for another recession.

It was the first time since World War II that the economy had precisely net zero jobs created for a month.


“There are things that we know work that are waiting for action by the Congress,” US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis told CNBC.

I do believe that we’re going in the right direction, but we need cooperation and it begins with members of the House and the Senate agreeing to do something now,” she added.

Good grief.  Talk about tone deaf!

As to “the House and Senate [needing to] agree to do something now”, of course that’s code for “Blame the GOP.” In typical Democrat fashion, they can’t possibly take personal responsiblity for their own disastrous anti-business policies, policies that have been an epic miserable fail in terms of jump-starting our economy well into Year 3 of the Obama Era.   At the same time, they’ve obstructed any GOP efforts at making the business climate here in America conducive to hiring.  Democrats blame them instead because they know the MSM will run with it – and will at the same time do other liberal bidding on the jobs issue along the way.

It’s too bad the President can’t take questions during that joint session of Congress that will take place next Thursday night.  But then again, even if he did get to take questions and this was asked, he surely wouldn’t answer it. Not truthfully, anyway.  This administration’s philosophy is: If we tell a lie often enough, then the people will eventually believe it.


Islamic Antisemitism Watch: Jews are vampires

**Posted by Phineas

Hey, don’t take my word for it. Just ask honored Egyptian cleric Salem Abu-Futouh, who asserts “his truth” — that Jews kidnap children and use their blood for Passover matzos and wedding ceremonies. The ancient blood libel is alive and well in the heart of the Islamic world.

An excerpt from the transcript, dealing with weddings:

That’s not all. [Jews] are blood-sucking vampires. When a Jew wants to get married, he must fetch human blood and give it to the rabbi. The rabbi takes this blood and puts an egg in it. He cooks the egg in blood, instead of water. After the egg absorbs the human blood… Let me just say that when there is a wedding, they gather at the rabbi’s. The rabbi puts the egg in the man’s mouth, and he takes a bite. Then he puts it in the woman’s mouth, and she also takes a bite. The egg contains human blood. These are blood-sucking vampires, brothers. 

Funny, I’ve been to several Jewish weddings, never once seen that bloody egg.

This is just one example among many of the appalling Jew-hatred and conspiracy-mongering that’s rampant in the Arab media. The archives of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) are chock-full of this kind of material, stuff that would be funny for its outrageousness, were it not that these “learned scholars” are deadly serious. MEMRI does invaluable work keeping us informed of what’s being said in the region’s native languages, which is all-too often different from what they want us to hear when they speak English (or French, or other Western languages). They operate off private donations, which are tax-deductible. Please consider giving.

Meanwhile, will someone please explain to me just how the Israelis are supposed to make peace with their neighbors, when their media is filled with garbage like this?

RELATED: PJM’s Barry Rubin on the nature of Egyptian society after the fall of Mubarak. It’s not reassuring.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Bill Whittle: the truth is out there

**Posted by Phineas

No, Bill isn’t doing a remake of The X-Files (1), though the way the Left plays with the truth and claims there are multiple “truths,” all equally valid, might well be a puzzle worthy of Mulder and Scully. What they’re really doing, of course, is disguising “opinion” as “truth” and using that to deny any arguments against their cherished beliefs.

Bill Whittle is having none of this nonsense and proceeds to shred Pacifica Radio’s (2) Amy Goodman with –what else?– the truth.



(1) Though Bill on The X-Files would be kind of cool. The Smoking Man wouldn’t stand a chance.
(2) For those not familiar with the local Pacifica Radio affiliate Bill refers to, KPFK, most of us around here think of it as “Radio Moscow.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)