Thursday, January 19, 2006

Beyond the grave – Reuters is reporting that a new Osama Bin Laden audio tape is about to be released. (HT: Rantburg). Unless he gripes about how Troy Polamalu’s interception was called back, I’m going to assume this is a greatest hits re-run.

Extra – More details via Bulldog Pundit: “I wonder if the Dems are going to be highlighting their opposition to the NSA surveillance program today.”

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Democrats are supposed to drop their interest in privacy and obeying the law in an instant, because of one tape (in a series)?

You whoop about today's "low jobless claims" announcement (despite having previously touted a half-dozen monthly reports whose gains were promptly reversed by the followup data).

With an attention span like that, you might want to reconsider comparing the Democrats to little children. A single news cycle seems to be your Big Wheel.

Eric said...

Should I be posting in decade-long blocks? I can't unravel your point.

If jobless claims jumped up, do you think it would warrent a comment on Daily Kos? Or the New York Times? On just one news cycle?

It's a blog, for God's sake, not a quarterly arts journal.

Anonymous said...

Can't "unravel" the point? Try it this way. One boogeyman tape doesn't magically invalidate the concerns about illegal spying. Conversely, one positive announcement doesn't validate an economy that's not doing much.

Which was the true harbinger, the "all-time high" housing report in November, or the matching collapse of December? You only had room for the first item in your blog. Whenever we see a President Hillary, or her equivalent, you'll probably only have room for the second. The rule that proves the preconception?

Eric said...

Good gravy, are you serious?

This is not Reuters. I'm not bound to report the Nikkei average or the sports scores.

In fact - hold onto your hat - this blog has a certain political leaning. (True! It's to the "right" for the record). People who disagree have their opinions on other blogs, or they can leave comments. Some of them view NSA spying as the crime of the century. I don't.

Biased? Guilty as charged.

(P.S. - "President Hillary" - oh, that's rich.)

JoeFriday said...

Hang on a sec while I look up that clever connection that Eric was making between an alleged bin Laden resurrection and validating wiretapping... hmm... still looking.. wow, that Eric is a clever guy cuz he hid it so well that I can't quite pull out the soundbite for it

in fact, there is no correlation.. while the totally different topics COULD be connected, it would take someone with an agenda to do so.. the same sort of person who might accuse others.. say, a blogger.. of having said agenda

and didn't we already see a President Hillary? well, co-president.. the one who collected FBI files on political rivals and had them audited by the IRS.. yeah, she would be the people's champion of privacy

Anonymous said...

Still looking, Joe... still looking... oh wait, here it is, hidden right under the [b]"Extra"[/b]:
“I wonder if the Dems are going to be highlighting their opposition to the NSA surveillance program today.” It's taken from the linked item entitled "Osama to America." Hence the connection between "totally different topics." Glad to be of help!

JoeFriday said...

thanks.. now can I have my funnel and flashlight back?

MuadDib said...

- 4.9% unemployment
- Lowest new unemployment claims in 5 years
- Real GDP growth of 3.3% or better for ten consecutive quarters

And all that is despite unusually high energy prices (Real GDP growth was 4.1% during the quarter when gas prices peaked). Yeah, the economy really "isn't doing much."

TGK said...

Anonymous, can you substantiate your claim that the economy "isn't doing much"? That's a rather vague dismissal.

Anonymous said...

How about the stagnation in real wages? The exporting of jobs and manufacturing? A widening trade deficit, the longterm sinkhole of the Iraq War (now estimated at a $2 trillion cost), the ubiquity of downsizing and pension plan wipeouts within a CEO-centric business model, a housing bubble at full quiver, a national energy policy in lockstep with the shrinking supply of the world's oil, the underground illegal immigrant economy that's tacitly accepted by the White House ("in-house outsourcing"), historically high deficit spending, a Baby Boom steering straight into unprecedented health and Social Security requirements, millions of Americans having cycled out of the cheery "official" unemployment data, a dollar whose value has plunged since the 1990s?

Incorporate the various positive signs, and there are many of those, and it all adds up to an economy that's not doing much. And will likely be doing less than that, once China truly kicks into gear.

Cherry-picking a given upbeat monthly update ("highest new automobile sales since August!") and extrapolating until one's biases are stroked is unenlightening. New people aren't claiming unemployment this month; neither are they building new houses this month. Which one of those stats is the crucial one, and which is the trivial?

Ronald Reagan won an election in part because of his question "Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?" Today, you could make the figure 4, 6, 8, or 10 years and the question would carry the same cross-country weight.

Anonymous said...

Still too vague?

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Anonymous said...

China has had 10% growth for two years running, and some observers think China is underreporting the true figure so as not to provoke retaliation. It's true they're starting from a lower place, making larger proportional gains more feasible. But it certainly sets the positive U.S. figures, which are always cherrypicked and massaged for maximum optimism, into stark relief.

It's gotta be that 300-yen tax cut!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060125/ap_on_re_as/china_economy_9

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