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It isn't just "conservative voices" claiming the unemployment rate drop is attributable to declining labor force participation. ALL credible voices on the subject-- left, right, and center-- have acknowledged that the UE rate drop is due to people dropping out of the labor market. Labor force participation is now the lowest it's been since Carter.

Then you say that "such claims are easily disproven" by the 88,000 new jobs created. But, 88,000 is an AWFUL number for a jobs report, especially four years into a so-called recovery.

And rather than disproving the claims, the number actually proves them true (since government statistics apparently aren't proof enough for you)! With job creation that anemic, if the UE rate drops, there can be only one explanation-- people are giving up. Over half a million people left the labor force last month. So, 500 K+ drop out altogether (thus they are no longer counted in unemployment statistics) and less than 100 K jobs are added. I realize math (along with logic) evidently isn't your strong suit, but even you should be able to look at those two numbers and deduce which one impacted the unemployment rate.

Finally, not only does the UE rate not take into account people who aren't looking for work, it also does not reflect those who are under-employed or only employed part-time (involuntarily). If all these are counted together, then the rate is closer to 14%.

1 year, 6 months ago on Obama brings unemployment rate down 48% from height of Bush recession

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 @John at MrSEC

 You keep coming off worse. Now you're comparing the Freeh report to the O.J. evidence. The ONLY people casting aspersions on the Freeh Report are the "Joepologists."/ PSU cultists. To everyone else, denying it is basically akin to Holocaust denial. Freeh isn't making stuff up. He cites actual documents and interviews-- which he DOCUMENTS.

 

But, if you insist on clinging to this renegade perspective to curry favor with the kool-aid drinkers or for some other motivation, have at it. For 95% of the world this is a settled matter. It's over. The court of public opinion has spoken, and if you insist on having a dissenting voice, you can do that, but understand that it will be utterly drowned out by those of us who don't futilely try to resist the hurricane of common sense.       

2 years, 3 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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Sorry, but your piece became apologistic when you questioned the Freeh Report. That report has the impratur of the university itself because the university commissioned it. When you made the statement that "another legal team... might have reached different conclusions" you lowered yourself to the level of the Paterno family and other apologists who have called it merely "an opinion", and to do so is to retroactively become an enabler of the environment and actual goings-on that permitted the PSU atrocities to take place.

 

I understand questioning the NCAA's institutional processes. That's legitimate. But, no other legal team could-- or heck, even layperson-- could have examined the documents and citations within the Freeh report and reached any other conclusion than that everyone and everything it damns are guilty as hell. I would seriously suggest you delete that sentence from your column. Besides apologistic, it makes you seem flat-out ignorant.

 

You also come off apologistic when you make a roundabout argument for "forgiveness" and "mercy" (based on what we want for for ourselves when we err versus what we want for others). Isolated in a vaccum, that observation is valid. But, this is not a time for mercy or forgiveness. This is a time to make an example. Making an example of PSU is one step that might help ensure that nothing like this EVER happens again.

2 years, 3 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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Just watched it again to confirm my observation. The defender's hand rides Wade's hip all the way from the point where Rob pinpoints his "first step" through his "legal jump stop". He only removes his hand on Wade's final pivot (after the shove has taken place, the step into which Wade appears to have been shoved.).

Major fail, Rob. Major fail.

2 years, 9 months ago on Have Ball, Will Travel: Dwyane Wade (IV)

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I guess Rob missed the defender's hand on Wade's hip, which is technically a hand-check foul (that would've put Wade on the line-- although calling it would've been as bad as calling the walk) that the officials likely concluded to have caused the extra step? I also disagree on the point at which Wade discontinued his dribble. But, in any case the push on the hip makes it moot.

Great officiaitng work on the no-call. And sloppy analysis by Rob.

2 years, 9 months ago on Have Ball, Will Travel: Dwyane Wade (IV)

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I guess Rob missed the defender''s hand on Wade's hip which is technically a "hand check" and therefore would have resulted in Wade going to the line (although calling it in this situation would've been as terrible as calling) and therefore would've resulted in Wade going to the line. The officials likely concluded that the hand check caused the extra step. I also disagree with where Rob indicates in the video that Wade discontinued his dribble. But, the push on the hip makes it moot.

Anyway, good no call, and sloppy analysis work by Rob.

2 years, 9 months ago on Have Ball, Will Travel: Dwyane Wade (IV)

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I also forgot to mention Wade's contributions in Game 4 of the Bulls series too (along with Games 2,3, and 5)-- 6 pts and 3 blks in OT. In sum, he came through in the crunch to support LeBron. Where was LeBron when Wade needed the same support in the Finals?

2 years, 11 months ago on Shaquille O'Neal Questions LeBron James' Desire

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Stop lying about Wade's ESFs/ECFs. 30 ppg, 53% vs. BOS (James: 28 ppg, 47%). Wade's king of absurd shooting series for perimeter players-- 55% (DAL), 56% (BOS 2010, same defense that made James quit wiith more help-- at least CLE tried to get pieces; Wade was told to carry expirers until 2010 FA) and 62% (DET 06).

LBJ hit big shots in Games 4/5 cause he took them. He made them, but Wade was rolling both games & could've easily taken them. And CHI was Wade's worst ever stat series (19 ppg, 41%-- but compare to LBJ who twice shot 35% in his bad series). BUT, he was huge in the clutch-- 24 pts in Game 2, 5 straight 4th qtr pts in Game 3 to open lead, & 10 4th qtr pts in Game 5, including the 4 pt play that cut it from three to one possessions

Difference between Wade's ECFs and Bron's Finals is Wade had James's back when it counted, but when called upon to do the same in the Finals for Wade, James went AWOL. That's the overwhelming reason MIA lost and Wade was deprived of his 2nd FMVP.

If you didn't check stats after the season, Wade was the Heat's best performer overall in the playoffs. And that's WITHOUT weighting series by importance.

2 years, 11 months ago on Shaquille O'Neal Questions LeBron James' Desire

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