Thursday, December 4, 2014

Another First

***Thank you, Barack Obama, for dragging America through the mud. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president. America is not the largest economy in the world. We're now #2, behind China.

Hang on to your hats, America.
And throw away that big, fat styrofoam finger while you’re about it.
There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: We’re no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet.
It just happened — and almost nobody noticed.

If this had happened on a Republican's watch, it would be headline news for weeks. As it is, hardly anybody will know about it.

American journalism is just awful.

***Playing the blame game again.

Pushing back against charges the White House has micromanaged the Defense Department, administration officials Thursday pushed the blame to Congress, saying lawmakers are the ones micromanaging what happens at the Pentagon by refusing to tackle needed budget reforms.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Congress has taken “first prize” in terms of meddling with the Pentagon.

 And you take first prize as an insufferable twit.

***Hey, I like this!
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***Fighting childhood obesity. Yeah, I'm pretty tired of these stories, too. But this one is a bit different. From Focus on the Family:

A new study published by the journal Pediatrics found that the family dinners of children who are at a healthy weight tend to share three common characteristics:
  1. Family meals are more positive and warm.
    Parents who provide their children with positive reinforcements about eating (“eat foods to get stronger or run faster”) instead of providing negative pressure, threats or controlling tactics tended to have children who don’t suffer from obesity. Their mealtimes also were characterized by a “warmer, more communicative atmosphere.”
  2. Family meals lasted longer.
    Research found heavier kids only spent 13.5 minutes per meal on average eating with their families as opposed to an 18.2-minute average mealtime for children of healthy weight.
  3. Family meals included a father figure.
    Whether it was a father or a stepfather, non-obese children usually had a patriarch figure at the table.
It’s fascinating that these commonalities are independent of what the families actually ate at mealtime.

Read the whole thing, it's interesting.

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Appeal to the Grammarians

By Paul Violi
 
We, the naturally hopeful,
Need a simple sign
For the myriad ways we’re capsized.
We who love precise language
Need a finer way to convey
Disappointment and perplexity.
For speechlessness and all its inflections,
For up-ended expectations,
For every time we’re ambushed
By trivial or stupefying irony,
For pure incredulity, we need
The inverted exclamation point.
For the dropped smile, the limp handshake,
For whoever has just unwrapped a dumb gift
Or taken the first sip of a flat beer,
Or felt love or pond ice
Give way underfoot, we deserve it.
We need it for the air pocket, the scratch shot,
The child whose ball doesn’t bounce back,
The flat tire at journey’s outset,
The odyssey that ends up in Weehawken.
But mainly because I need it – here and now
As I sit outside the Caffe Reggio
Staring at my espresso and cannoli
After this middle-aged couple
Came strolling by and he suddenly
Veered and sneezed all over my table
And she said to him, “See, that’s why
I don’t like to eat outside.”


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***America is a nation with many flaws, but hopes so vast that only the cowardly would refuse to acknowledge them. ~James Michener

***Have a great day!
 

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