Washington — After a full year of fruitless job hunting, Natasha Baebler just gave up. She´d already abandoned hope of getting work in her field, counseling the disabled. But she couldn´t land anything else, either — not even a job interview at a telephone call center. Until she feels confident enough to send out resumes again, she´ll get by on food stamps and disability checks from Social Security and live with her parents in St. Louis. (Snip) Baebler´s frustrating experience has become all too common nearly four years after the Great Recession ended: Many Americans are still so discouraged that they´ve given up
Comments: Utter rubbish. Says right there in the article that the recession ended the day GWB left office, and we know the Kenyan Messiah won his second term fair and square, not even a hint of fraud... so where´s the problem? Everyone should go on welfare while Dear Leader unravels the mess Bush made. (Scary, but some people think this way.)
But seriously - is anyone else sick of the ´human interest´ opening to these pieces? Susie Smith can´t afford steak etc. etc.
Why aren´t reporters obligated to reveal just how and why they know so much about Natasha Baebler? Why does our dumbed-down society need to focus on one single person when millions are in the same boat? Why doesn´t the AP deal with the macro rather than the micro, especially since the macro would tend to shift the blame back to The Pipe Cleaner Prez?
"Fundamentally transforming America" by "fundamentally transforming one life at a time." Right into the toilet.
Thanks a pantload, Stinky.
#2: Most reporters know little about anything, yet never hesitate [as far as I can tell] to "report on" and "explain" anything under the sun. They´re far more at home with an anecdotal story than with anything meatier [hmmm -- are they "mental vegans"?]. And to recognize a fact, many people can / will read such stories who won´t read the ones we want, ones that really dig out some facts. And of course, you recognize the intractable, underlying problem for the AP in your last sentence.
I like the human side of the story. We hear the numbers constantly but the lo-fos need the stories to understand the situation and everyone needs to hear how this is affecting the average American. We have destroyed our country - twice! - and for what?
I was laid off in June of 2008 and have sent out hundreds of resumes and haven´t gotten even one response. Before that I had never been out of work for more than a week in my life. Every other time I´d had multiple job offers.
Fortunately, my husband has a good job, we´re debt free, and we always made our purchasing decisions based on only having one salary, (mine went into savings). We´ve been through a few recessions so when the going is good, we save. I feel sorriest for the young families who thought the good times would last forever. Hopefully their children have learned a hard lesson about saving for a rainy day.
I will say that although I still look for work, I´ve accepted the fact that at 53, and having been unemployed for 5 years, the odds of my ever having another "real" job are slim to none.
#14 - Mr. and Mrs. Wisdom. As Dave Ramsey would say, you two are the folks FOX should have on regularly to talk to these disillusioned young folks. You found (as we did) that you can weather any economic storm when you are debt-free. So many people were all living beyond their means for YEARS and the poo has now hit the fan. Just like during the Depression, there were those who refused to give up, found new ways to look at things and it was amazing how well things eventually turned out.
The king is dead. Four teenagers are being charged with capital murder in the fatal mugging of 87-year-old Lawrence E. ´Shine´ Thornton of Greenville, Mississippi. ‘Shine’ was a World War II veteran and a famous personality in the Delta region for his hot tamales. They were known as ‘Maria’s Famous Hot Tamales’, named after his wife Mary. He was crowned king of the 2012 Delta Hot Tamale Festival. According to Greenville police, Thornton was killed after being accosted in his own driveway on Oct. 18. He was pushed down and his wallet stolen. He passed away from his injuries
A retired New York radio personality has been charged in a sting operation with trying to transport a 7-year-old girl to the U.S. Virgin Islands for sex. David Herman, 77, of Airmont, New York, and St Croix, was arrested Thursday at the St Croix airport, where federal authorities said he had expected to meet the girl and her mother flying in from New York. Herman allegedly thought he´d been corresponding online with a woman about her child but was actually talking to an undercover officer from Bergen County in New Jersey, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
Taipei, Taiwan – Taiwan´s Fair Trade Commission on Thursday fined the local unit of South Korea´s Samsung Electronics Co. for undermining the reputation of Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corp. In a notice on its website, the consumer protection body said that Samsung had organized an Internet campaign in violation of fair trade rules to praise Samsung smartphones while slamming those of HTC. The FTC set Samsung´s fine at New Taiwan dollars 10 million ($340,000). It also leveled smaller fines on two Taiwanese trading companies it said were responsible for mounting the Internet campaign. Earlier this year the FTC fined Samsung
In a sign of just how bleak retirement prospects have gotten, more than a third of Americans say they will have to work until they literally can’t anymore. A new Wells Fargo study found that 37% of people don’t ever expect to retire, but instead will have to “work until I’m too sick or die.” Survey respondents say paying the monthly bills is their highest priority, and saving for retirement is a distant second. “There were a couple of points I found shocking or troubling,” says Laurie Nordquist, head of Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust. “One is the increase in
Pirates have attacked a US-flagged oil platform supply vessel off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two Americans, a senior U.S. official tells Fox News. The attack on the C-Retriever ship, which is owned by Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore, happened early Wednesday, UK-based security firm AKE and two security sources told Reuters. The ship is around 200-feet long and was sailing near Brass, Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea. “Things are definitely getting more intense here,” a source told the maritime industry news website gCaptain. The captain and the chief engineer of the C-Retriever reportedly
Policemen from Romania and Poland are being drafted in to help British forces combat an Eastern European crimewave. Scotland Yard has recruited the officers, who have flown to the capital for a two-year ‘tour of duty’ to help identify and deport overseas offenders. The move comes ahead of the lifting of border controls on immigrants from Romania in two months’ time. (Snip) The unprecedented move comes after it emerged last year that 28 per cent of the 300,000 suspects the Metropolitan Police arrests each year were foreign nationals, with Poles and Romanians at the top of the list.
London may be famed for its historic sites, double-decker buses and West End shows, but it now has a more dubious distinction: It has become the tuberculosis capital of Western Europe. In response, health officials are taking to the streets in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious lung disease, with the help of a van equipped with an X-ray machine that drives around London offering free check-ups. Similar vans were once commonly used 1950s but most disappeared about two decades later when TB rates dropped. But in recent years, the disease has surged in the
Cutting back on butter, cream and fatty meats may have done more harm to heart health than good. Experts say the belief that high-fat diets are bad for arteries is based on faulty interpretation of scientific studies and has led to millions being ‘over-medicated’ with statin drugs. Doctors insist it is time to bust the myth of the role of saturated fat in heart disease, which was based on faulty interpretation of scientific studies. Some western nations, such as Sweden, are now adopting dietary guidelines that encourage foods high in fat but low in carbs. Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra says
First, she had to put iron bars on her windows. Then, she had two types of alarm systems installed. But despite all the precautions, Renee Gilmore was still scared to enter her east-side Detroit house when she came back from work every evening. “I could hardly come home without looking at the house first, just to make sure,” said Gilmore, 41. They’d broken in three times so far, tried four other times. Now she had to make sure they weren’t still inside. Her neighborhood, known as Jefferson-Chalmers for the intersection that fronts it, is one of the city’s better
A violent sex offender who fled Canada last week was arrested this morning on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy Seattle police said. Michael Sean Stanley met the boy at a west Seattle grocery store, struck up a conversation and walked with him to an alley where police say he plied the teen with alcohol. Stanley grabbed the teen and sexually assaulted him, police said. (Snip) Police in Canada issued a public alert earlier this month after Stanley cut off his electronic-monitoring bracelet. Officials described him as an untreated, violent offender who posed a significant risk.
When President Barack Obama defended his foundering health insurance overhaul Monday in a carefully staged and scripted White House pep rally, thirteen people stood behind him as examples of Americans whom the ´Obamacare´ law would help. But according to their biographies, just three have actually enrolled in the plans offered in their states. They include the state of Delaware´s first Obamacare insurance participant – and, so far, its only one – along with a Tennessee woman who enrolled less than a day before the press event, and a Washington, D.C. man that the Obama White House has used on two previous
Iran has given Russia a copy of a US spy drone as proof that its elite forces have reverse-engineered and mass produced the American unmanned aerial vehicle they claim to have captured a year ago. Iranian media reported yesterday that the copy of the ScanEagle drone was provided to Russia on the sidelines of a meeting in Tehran between Farzad Esmayeeli, the air defence commander of Khatam al-Anbia, the Revolutionary Guards´ military and industrial base, and Viktor Bondarev, head of the Russian air force. In December 2012, a guards´ commander said his forces had got their hands on
Sen. John McCain’s daughter says that her father is “depressed” and “frustrated” with the impact the “hyper-conservative wing of the party” is having on national politics, including on the recent government shutdown. “We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” Meghan McCain said in a joint interview with ABC and Yahoo News. Ms. McCain, who has her own reality show “Raising McCain,” said the last time she can remember her father was so depressed about the state of politics was after his failed 2008 presidential bid. “He is
Does President Obama belong on the same list as John Kennedy and Bill Clinton when it comes to presidents who are sex symbols? That’s what Entertainment Tonight reporter Rocsi Diaz thinks. First Lady Michelle Obama chuckled and smiled as Diaz asked her what it’s like to be married to someone who’s seen by many women as a “sex symbol,” in an interview that aired Tuesday evening. “He’s got a little swag, you know, that’s okay,” the first lady said. “I’m proud of him. He’s a stylish man who is healthy and he’s smart and he’s passionate and he’s inspiring. And
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says that "Everybody" is "willing to pay more" taxes. He said so in an interview with a Nevada Public Radio host. “The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid told the radio host, according to Roll Call. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.” Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
The Healthcare.gov debacle has been thoroughly dissected so far by America´s best health journalists and policy analysts. To be sure, every major rollout of a new or changed social policy, including Medicare itself, is rough and takes weeks or months to resolve. (Snip) It is the larger failure of public administration that has been endemic in the Obama White House, and is probably the president´s most significant weakness. The first clues to this problem came during the transition in 2008. George W. Bush and his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, offered exemplary assistance to the incoming Obama team—but many of the
More than 700 websites have been created with names playing off of Obamacare or Healthcare.gov, making it likely that some Americans will mistakenly hand over private information to unknown third-parties. For instance, there is a website — www.obama-care.us — that brands itself as part of the "Obamacare enrollment team," directs people to an "Obamacare enrollment form" and asks users for their name, address, Social Security number and other contact information. According to a counter at the bottom of the page, more than 3,000 people have visited obama-care.us.
Just how bad was the shutdown for America´s image on the world stage? So bad, says Secretary of State John Kerry, that foreign officials joked about buying him meals. "I have seen how our allies, our partners and those who wish to challenge us or to do us harm are all sizing us up every day," Kerry said at an event hosted by Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. "What we do in Washington matters deeply…that´s why a self-inflicted wound like the shutdown can never happen again." Kerry added that the shutdown delayed security aid to Israel. "The dysfunction and
It took a tea-party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultraconservative ideologues across red America. (Snip) "Hopefully we´ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. "We´re going to be very aggressive and we´re going to get in their faces." The caterwauling over the GOP brand ramped up after President Obama´s
Shepard Smith, the endlessly endearing (and easily angered) Fox News anchor, has likened the right-wing channel to a “family,” with president Roger Ailes as its domineering father. Which makes it only slightly awkward that in early 2012, the 49-year-old anchor started courting an attractive young production assistant who worked under him on Fox Report With Shepard Smith. Now they are a couple. Gawker has learned that Smith is dating a 26-year-old Penn State grad and Fox Business producer named Giovanni “Gio” Graziano. According to multiple sources with knowledge of their relationship, the couple met sometime after Graziano started working at Fox
We´re hearing for the first time from a security officer who witnessed the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack on the mission and a nearby annex. In an interview for "60 Minutes," correspondent Lara Logan spoke with a British citizen, who had been hired to train the Libyan guards at the U.S. mission. He calls himself Morgan Jones, a pseudonym to protect his safety.Jones says he was annoyed that the State Department wouldn´t allow his guards to carry guns. As the
A change to the Marine Corps’ uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street. Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps with a new hat that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush. “We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!” one senior Marine source fumed to
If House lawmakers wanted a clear admission of guilt during today’s testimony from four government contractors behind the botched healthcare.gov launch, they must have been sorely disappointed. Instead, the committee hearing offered a daisy chain of blame and interconnected responsibilities—a reflection of just how convoluted the massive effort became. An official from CGI Group (GIB/A:CN), the main contractor for the Obamacare health exchanges, described 55 different subcontractors who worked on the site, which consisted of six main “complicated systems” and interacted with numerous