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Put WHO in the zoo?

[Note:  Although “two heads are better than one,” my brother has been ably holding down the fort “single-headedly” for the past two weeks.  I’m hoping to have more of a presence here in future.  Today’s post is an apt illustration of the fact that fodder for blogs can be found anywhere…]

One of my granddaughter Lucy’s favorite books is Put Me In the Zoo, the story of a fantastical creature with large spots which change shape and color.  He visits the zoo, sees the animals being groomed and fed and generally pampered, and wonders why he can’t live there, too.

Lucy loves animals and I was counting the days last month until our local zoo opening.  We’ve visited at least five times so far…including twice this week.

We are fortunate to live in the same town as the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, which has been voted one of the ten best zoos in the country.  With a huge African Journey section, (which includes a herd of giraffes that come to a viewing station where we can actually feed them!); Indonesian Rain Forest (tigers and orangutans, among other delights); Australian Adventure (walk-through aviary and kangaroo areas); and model Indiana Farm, this zoo is not only beautiful but focuses intentionally on educating all its visitors.

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Thinning the Herd


We don’t need no stinkin’ jobs!! 


Another dismal jobs report; another whirlwind of spin.

Courtesy of Yahoo News:

“The unemployment rate ticked down again,” (President Obama) said in a speech to a raucous and friendly crowd of students at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va. “So after the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, our businesses have now created more than 4.2 million new jobs over the last 26 months—more than 1 million jobs in the last six months alone. So that’s the good news.”

Except…that’s a farcical interpretation of the facts.

Again from Yahoo News:

The economy created just 115,000 jobs last month, below expectations, and the slight ebb in the unemployment rate was chiefly due to people giving up on looking for work—and therefore no longer being counted in the figure.

That’s closer to the truth, but not quite there.

How about this headline instead, from the Washington Free beacon:

‘Obama won’t rest …until every American has given up looking for work’

Okay; THAT I believe.


In that same Beacon article, the first couple of paragraphs place the actual unemployment number into the proper context:

United States labor participation rate fell to 63.6 percent in April, the lowest recorded level since December 1981, according to the the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The April report fell short of analyst expectations – 115,000 jobs added compared to consensus expectations of about 160,000 – and is the smallest reported gain in six months.

This is backed up by a chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, which shows the dramatic drop-off in the Labor Force participation rate. Look at the past three years, as compared to the last ten:

Data extracted on: May 5, 2012 (11:27:43 AM)

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Isn’t that a cheery graph? THAT is our country’s disastrous employment situation which Obama is attempting to spin as a positive. goes one better in putting the lie to the President’s rose-colored-goggles:

In April the number of people not in the labor force rose by a whopping 522,000 from 87,897,000 to 88,419,000. 

This is the highest on record.


Obama’s painting the lowering unemployment number as “Good News” (when that number is dropping because people are giving up and exiting the workforce), is akin to saying the survivors of the infamous Andes flight disaster had plenty to eat, without bothering to mention that cannibalism had just become their only dinner option.