The Economy Is Rebounding. Thanks, President Obama


Jeffrey Sparshott: Economists React to the May Jobs Report: ‘Unambiguously Positive’

U.S. employers added 280,000 jobs in May, the unemployment rate rose to 5.5% from April’s 5.4% as more Americans joined the workforce, and wages firmed. With the labor market showing signs of strength, all eyes are now on the Federal Reserve, which has pinned interest rates near zero since December 2008. Here’s what economists had to say. “Any doubts about lingering economic weakness in the second quarter, at least as it relates to the labor market, were certainly erased with the release of the May employment report….In addition to the stronger-than-expected headline figure, revisions to prior months were positive 32,000 but perhaps most importantly, the average hourly earnings number increased by 0.3%. As a result, the year-over-year change in earnings is now 2.3%, the highest level since it briefly ticked there in August 2013.”–Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Even if one holds a long-term capped growth/secular stagnation view as we do, there can be and indeed are some unambiguously positive economic data in the meantime. Today’s payroll release was certainly one of them.” –Guy LeBas, managing director for fixed income strategy at Janney Montgomery Scott “This 280,000 rise in May payroll jobs, combined with a 32,000 upward revisions to job growth in March and April, reinforces our view that the decline in real GDP in the first quarter was an aberration due mostly to temporary factors and statistical problems acknowledged by the [Bureau of Economic Analysis]….I expect real GDP growth to rebound to at least 3.0% per annum in the middle two quarters of this year on strength in consumer spending, residential and nonresidential (including public) construction and less drag from private energy investment and net exports.” –Stu Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services “We see this as a very strong report, and it provides strong affirmation that underlying strength in the economy is building as the recovery moves back on track

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126 Responses to “The Economy Is Rebounding. Thanks, President Obama”

  1. 1 Anjo
    June 12, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Hi All, back to work after lovely vacation, get well greetings to all those who are not well; did Democrats change to Republicans and didn’t tell us?? We need a new congress.. throw ALL the bums out

  2. June 12, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy!! So much success on every level. I will ALWAYS be an Obamacrat.

  3. June 12, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Bringing over from that last thread:

  4. 5 Anjo
    June 12, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Any bets that maybe less than 10 of them know what’s in TAA TPA and most bills they pass

    • 6 vcprezofan2
      June 12, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      No thank you, Anjo – you can tell the pols are mostly all ill-informed by the fact that they use and reuse the same arguments and rationalizations no matter the 21st century reality.

  5. 7 Obama Grandmama
    June 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    thanks for changing the subject to something more positive, Nerdy.

  6. June 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I never remember to refresh 😦 end of last thread:

    BTW VC I just saw your comment on the last thread (notifications and ~80% of (wp) still not working on my end but stop confusing me with LL 😎

    Wednesday!!!! This is going to be right after the Tuesday re-vote….I’m preparing a speech in my head of all the shit I will be saying to those maggot members of my party in front of their families….just go all “Luther the angry translator” for me Mr. President!!!!!

  7. June 12, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    The president doesn’t sound the least bit perturbed. Am I missing something?

  8. June 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    OK, I swear I’m backing away from the computer now 🙂

  9. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    June 12, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Nerdy, this positive post is a palette cleanser after all the poisonous rot served up by Congressional Dems today. Wonder if they know how much support, loyalty and funding they lost today.

  10. June 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    To those who claim free trade has killed America’s economy – what is your excuse for the 1970s and 80s? The economy back then was awful. We had recession after recession, a gas shortage and much of our cities looked like a bombed out war zone. The left likes to give Clinton flack, and now Obama, too, but they are the two most successful presidents when it comes to the economy in the modern era. Under their leadership, the U.S fought back two major recessions, saw increases in jobs, wages and a return to the American city. I wasn’t alive to experience urban America in the 1970s and 80s – but I know enough to realize it was a crime-filled vacant mess.

    Remember when places like Cleveland and New York either were on the verge of bankruptcy or filed for bankruptcy? Remember when crime was at an all-time high from coast to coast? Remember when no one dared visit the heart of any major American city for fear of being shot or killed (that’s moved to the suburban schoolhouse, unfortunately)? All this before NAFTA. But it’s going to be free trade that wrecks the American Deam. LOL

    • 27 globalcitizenlinda
      June 12, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      People believe what they want to believe and facts be damned. If you explain this to the anti-TPP screamers, they will not hear you. In that way they are similar to teabaggers

  11. 28 Vicki
    June 12, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Nerdy, Thank you.
    The part of the post that says “I’m With This Guy”
    That is IT. This guy is a winner every day for me. PBO seems less concerned than all of us here. He knows how much he has done for his country. We know it, too.

    The self-serving dems in his party who sabotaged him today can go F— Themselves.

  12. June 12, 2015 at 5:13 pm


    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      June 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      I’m imagining “keeping busy” might be helping him get through the weeks that follow. God bless him and his entire family.

      • June 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm

        I know POTUS will give him as much time as he wants and yet they both know he is needed, so however that works out, I hope VP Joe is healing his broken heart, day by day.

        • 36 jacquelineoboomer
          June 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm

          I’m glad we have those two – like brothers, as POTUS put it – as our leaders.

  13. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    June 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I’m still “standing with this guy,” too! Thanks for the lovely compilation, NW – just sent a link to @POTUS!

  14. 39 Linda
    June 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Joyce Mitchell has been arrested.

  15. June 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Be well, Secretary Kerry!

  16. June 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm


  17. June 12, 2015 at 6:35 pm

  18. June 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Healthcare in America:

    • 52 Vicki
      June 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      lovelyplains—-If you didn’t see my comment on last thread, I was applauding what you called “pickiness.”

      • June 12, 2015 at 7:15 pm

        I didn’t see it, Vicki! Half my comments are going into spam and I still am not getting any notifications….only a few of the issues driving me crazy today 🙂

        This still makes me happy though 😎 confirmed my gut that Clevland was gonna lose last night thus allowing me to throw down some $$$

  19. June 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  20. June 12, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    OMG, I am on my LAST NERVE.

    • 56 COS
      June 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Can’t believe Sister Simone has been brainwashed also. This is ridiculous!!!

    • June 12, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      She is mad that President Obama went to the Catholic Health Association, led by chief executive Sister Carol Keehan to talk about the ACA and not her ‘Network social justice lobby’ ….anytime someone uses “secret” the give the game away, Meta!

      • 60 COS
        June 12, 2015 at 7:40 pm

        PBO really gave big kudos to Sister Keehan and expressed how much he adores her. Apparently this ruffled Sister Simone’s feathers. 🙂

  21. June 12, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    • 62 Vicki
      June 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      PBO and TOD live to fight another day. Please, meta, a deep breath, a nice meal, a glass of wine, chat with friends and family, a good book, whatever it takes—-feel better.

      It is not a bad thing to see the opponent clearly. It can be liberating.

  22. 64 desertflower
    June 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Head’s Up!I thought I just saw that PBO was going to be on “Extra” tonight…..check local listings!

    • 65 Nena20409
      June 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      GE TOD….Yes. It is true. Josh said so in an answer to a question on June 11th 2015 at the WH Presser. Here’s a link by an Extra Reporter to Pres Obama.

    • 66 Ladyhawke
      June 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      There was a snarky jackal question about the Extra TV interview at the WHPC briefing yesterday. smdh


      Q On a lighter question, the President taped an interview earlier today with — I get this right — Extra TV. It airs at apparently 2:07 a.m. Eastern time tonight, tomorrow morning. Just curious, how does this fit into the communications strategy? Who is the President trying to reach by doing that kind of show? (Laughter.)

      MR. EARNEST: Insomniacs. (Laughter.)

      Q You said it.

      MR. EARNEST: The fact is that this is part of our sustained effort to try to use a variety of channels to communicate with the American public. And there’s an opportunity — I would encourage you to take a look at the interview. Maybe there’s a way for you to get it from a different market so you don’t have to stay up until 2:07 a.m. here in East Coast. But this is something — this is an opportunity for the President to deliver a message about just how valuable the Affordable Care Act has been not just to the 16 million Americans who got health care after the Affordable Care Act, but from the millions, hundreds of millions of Americans who have benefitted from the critically important consumer protections that were included in the Affordable Care Act.

      And that’s everything from ensuring that women can’t be charged more for their health insurance just because they’re a woman. You can’t be discriminated against because you have a preexisting condition. And you no longer have to be worried about hitting your lifetime limit that would essentially result in the insurance company kicking you off your insurance because you got really sick.


  23. June 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    hmmmmm…what is wrong with this picture

  24. June 12, 2015 at 7:42 pm

  25. June 12, 2015 at 7:47 pm

  26. June 12, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    “…Veep is the most authentic because it understands the three most important things about life in Washington: the humanity, the banality, and the absurdity. On its face it’s just another workplace comedy — the White House as Dunder Mifflin — but it dissects D.C. with a finely honed satirical scalpel. The characters stand out for their raw humanity. Painfully ambitious staffers like Dan and Jonah, the shallow members of Congress being courted to vote for (and against) the Families First bill, and the cynical and starstruck reporters questioning Press Secretary Mike McLintock all ring true to anyone who has spent time in Washington. In fact, identifying real denizens of the nation’s capital as Jonahs and Garys has become an embarrassing parlor game. The characters are all recognizable not because they are modeled on real people, but because they are real people: human beings filled with insecurities, ambitions, and flaws — oh so many flaws! — just like the folks on the Hill. No one I have come across in my years in politics in either party is as hapless as Mike McLintock, as needy as Gary, as self-absorbed as Jonah, or as ambitious as Dan (actually, there are lots of people just like Dan). They’re regular people dedicated to something important, with all the same flaws as everyone else.

    …Veep also nails the rhythms of Washington life: Moments of great excitement — like President Meyer’s Middle East peace deal — punctuate days and weeks of important but mundane work that keeps the government running. In The West Wing, every arc seems to end with President Bartlet and his band of fast-talking staffers making America better by solving some intractable problem. House of Cards spins out countless masterful plots of manipulation ending in more power for the Underwoods. Working in the White House is one of the most interesting and exciting jobs in the world, but compared to what you see on TV it’s like watching paint dry — which, now that I think about it, actually makes it a lot like Season 3 of House of Cards. Lastly, and most importantly, Veep gets the absurdity of our current politics exactly right. In last Sunday’s episode, we heard the White House chief of staff respond incredulously to a member of Congress, “You make it sound as if there’s a correlation between what should happen and what actually happens.” That’s our discourse in 2015 in a nutshell. In a time of great challenge, our politics is too often pulled by some sort of tractor beam to the realm of the absurd….continued”

  27. June 12, 2015 at 8:18 pm

  28. June 12, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    President Obama will prevail on 16 June ….

    bbl ….

  29. June 12, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    • June 12, 2015 at 8:55 pm


    • 86 0388jojothecat
      June 12, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Me too and his VP.

    • 87 forus50
      June 12, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      I’m so sick of the Dem Congress. Their vote has zero to do with anything but $$$$. 95% of them are just money whores for their next election. Nothing more, nothing less. They are frauds in every sense of the word.

    • 88 99ts
      June 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      He just keeps on keeping on – I try to do the same – but after an hour in the garden correcting the problems created by our landscaper – not much left of me to keep on/carry on or whatever.

    • 89 jackiegrumbacher
      June 12, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks, Chips. I wish I could retweet this a thousand times.

      • June 12, 2015 at 9:28 pm

        Jackie, I was only here briefly this morning and I hate asking you for an update on your health when you’re probably worn out giving them …. but any news?

        • 91 jackiegrumbacher
          June 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

          Chips, I had the lung needle procedure on Thursday and 34 oz of fluid was extracted from one lung. I go back on Tuesday to find out why I’m getting so much fluid and what to do about it. It’s truly been one thing after another since March.

        • 94 57andfemale
          June 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

          Chips, Jackie was recovering from the taking of 34 ounces of fluid from her lung and feeling a little better this morning. As of this morning, we didn’t hear of any results from the test. I have been off and on TOD all day, but that’s the last update I read.

    • June 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      I said this before, if given a choice of who I trust to look after the American people, it is President Obama. Without a doubt. Hear me Nancy Pelosi, Keith Ellison, and the rest of the Democrats.

  30. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    June 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    someone here help and explain to the motivation of Rachel Dolezal:

    I am perplexed about Rachel Dolezal and her lie about her ethnicity;

    didn’t she know that she could be a member of the NAACP and support the empowerment of black people without perpetuating a lie.

    there are millions of people who support racial equality and social-economic empowerment everyday and in the past who are not resorting to passing as black.

    one of the gratifying thing has always been the millions of people who chose/choose to do right even especially when they had nothing to gain – except for following their moral compass – many who post here are in that group and I am very thankful to you every day.

    • June 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      You made great points. As to the person in question, delusional is my bet.

    • 98 globalcitizenlinda
      June 12, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      inventing a whole background for her self?

    • 99 globalcitizenlinda
      June 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      I wonder how much of the career background she assigns is correct – has anyone checked to see if she really went to Howard?

    • 100 vcprezofan2
      June 12, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      I won’t pretend that I understand her motivation, GCLinda, but I doubt she made this decision lightly. I would think she’d have to be unhappy within herself, for whatever reason, to want to change her identity …… to being black/a black woman (given all that that brings with it)! I mean, blacks have a hard time in so many ways, yet I would *never* want to change myself into any other race. I’m interested in her motivation/rationale too. If it were only curiosity it’s unlikely she’d have done it for so long, and I can’t believe she took such a step lightly.

      • 101 globalcitizenlinda
        June 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm

        I wish she had chosen to maintain her physical appearance and her true parentage and then admitted that deep in her soul, she feels that she is closer to black people and the is sympathetic with the challenges they face

        • 102 vcprezofan2
          June 12, 2015 at 10:30 pm

          Full disclosure >> First: I am in no way endorsing her methods; I’m simply trying to make sense of her choice in my own mind.

          Having said that, do you honestly think if she had done it the way you suggest she would have had any less criticism than she’s having now? The critics might have differed, though I’m not even sure of that! For sure though the criticisms would have been ongoing throughout her career; instead of at its end?

          • 103 globalcitizenlinda
            June 12, 2015 at 10:35 pm

            I know you are not endorsing her methods. I am, like you, trying to make sense of it all and I am still perplexed

            • 104 vcprezofan2
              June 12, 2015 at 10:44 pm

              I am perplexed by her choice too. After all, she could have claimed to be black without going as far at the ‘tanning’ approach, etc. since there are many white blacks. OTOH I am also a bit perplexed by the level of outrage and out of a sense of curiosity wonder if that same level of outrage also exists to a black person who passes/passed for white.

    • 106 idon
      June 12, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      As a #darkgirl African American, I can see how Rachel’s story presents an interesting dilemma for AA people and society at large. Here’s a person who preferred an AA identity over the one she was born into. Rachel chose an identity that most people would not have chosen, revealing the depth of unconscious racism in our society. I believe people have a right to choose their own identity especially in the 21st century. Who gets to decide Rachel’s racial identity? Isn’t racial identity a lived experience or is it only based on your genes and/or physical characteristics. Rachel has a right to choose her preferred racial or sexual identity. My niece is bi-racial (Dutch father and AA mother) but she calls herself (white) Hispanic. Her mother, my sister who is not Hispanic, spoke to my neice in Spanish from birth. Most of my niece’s friends were biracial or Hispanic. My niece’s husband is Hispanic and she is raising her children as Hispanic. That is my niece’s choice and I respect it. I feel the same way about Rachel. To me, Rachel is an AA #lightgirl and it’s all good.

      • June 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm

        “Rachel has a right to choose her preferred racial or sexual identity.”

        Can’t agree Idon, you don’t get to choose, you are what you are – and she is not African American.

        • 108 Nerdy Wonka
          June 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm

          BOOM. Thank you for making sense, Chips.

        • 109 vcprezofan2
          June 12, 2015 at 10:51 pm

          I’m confused, CC, because I know you celebrated transgender folks changing who/what they are. How come they ‘get to choose’ and Rachel doesn’t?

          • June 12, 2015 at 11:21 pm


            First up, I’m really hating the linking of these two issues, there is NO analogy here! None!

            But …..

            I don’t believe transgender people are choosing anything, that’s like saying gay people choose to be gay. They are what they are, people who are born male/female but from just about day one know they are the ‘opposite’ gender – genetically, emotionally, in every way.

            Rachel Dolezal was born white. She remains white. She will always be white. She will never be African American. She can choose to represent African Americans as best she can, but she will never be African American. You just don’t get to choose your race. And you don’t get to pretend you understand the life experience of an African American by declaring yourself to be an African American. I actually have some sympathy for her, I think she is evidently disturbed, she has to be to have done what she’s done, but those who defend her ….

            ….. I need a triple brandy 🙂

            • 111 Nerdy Wonka
              June 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm

              Bravo, bravo, bravo, Chips!!!!

              People really need to stop equating being transgender with what Rachel Dolezal did. There is NO comparison. It is an insult to the trans community who have been fighting for decades to be treated as human beings with equal rights afforded cis folks in society.

              Transgender people don’t choose who they are. They are born who they are. They just happen to be born in the wrong body.

              Rachel was born white. She doesn’t get to pick what she wants to be at any given time. It is an insult to Black people actually facing real struggles in this society

              She profited off being Black. She had businesses on the side that did well in huge part because they were frequented by minorities. She got jobs in academia by pretending to be Black. She actually taught a class called “The Black Woman’s Struggle” while wearing black face. Finite jobs that could have gone to actual Black people in that field of academia. She occupied space and profited from the erasure of Black female professors in academia. She greedily profited off of the finite resources that minorities struggle to have access to.

              She reported fake hate crimes and made it all about her, while Black people couldn’t have access to the police over real hate crimes being committed against them.

              She knew what she was doing when she perpetuated this fraud in Spokane. Due to its 0.00000000000000000001% population of Black people. And even with that small number, she didn’t hesitate to occupy that space with her appropriation and exploitation.

              It’s not like she honestly couldn’t be white and be welcomed by minority groups and the NAACP for being a white ally. Nooooooooo…..she had to a make a mockery of the struggle Black people face in society.

              For people like Rachel, being black is a cultural fad. When problems arise, she can wash the make-up off and pull off the wigs, and become white again and keep on enjoying all its privileges. Not so, for actual Black people.

              This tweet perfectly sums it up.

              • 112 vcprezofan2
                June 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

                I don’t know, NerdyW, but somehow I’m not completely comfortable with your way of looking at it. Maybe I’m way too blurry-eyed/brained but your argument that Rachel profited from opportunities that were *for* blacks makes me feel that blacks *needed* this special treatment, whatever, that Rachel shouldn’t have taken. Right now I can’t decide if I find that insulting or not. I’d like to think if there were black people in her field who applied for the same job as she did while in her black face, they would have chosen the more qualified. And isn’t that the way it should be? I really don’t know if this is/was a fad for her or not, if she switched from one ‘race’ to the other for convenience, or what she’d say if stopped by the police, and it’s because I don’t really know that I find myself perplexed by her story, and why I find myself trying to make sense of it.

                • 113 Nerdy Wonka
                  June 13, 2015 at 12:20 am

                  Hmmm….let’s see, VC. Slavery, the continuing struggle for civil rights, the micro-aggressions faced by Black people everyday because of the color of their skin. Biases that get them killed every day.

                  You have a people starting out way behind because of the horrors that white people committed against them. You have a people struggling to climb up that ladder despite every adversity.

                  The one space where Black students can learn about their rich history while in college, because high school is a joke when it comes to the history of Black people, and Rachel Dolezal invades and infects that space.

                  Do you know the struggle it is for Black professors to get hired and even be put on the track to tenure? Do you? Then you have this fraud pretending to be Black and using up the finite resources that Black people still struggle to have access to.

                  Do you know the harm it does to students to have a white woman in black face teach a class called “The Black Woman’s Struggle.” Do you understand the mockery of black culture that she perpetuates?

                  Do you know the harm it does to Black people in that community where a white woman thinks it’s funny to make up fake hate crimes and report them. What happens when the cops get tired of her fake crap and refuse to listen to the Black people in that community when they might want to ask for help because they are being harassed? Do you?

                  She was born white. She will NEVER be Black. She will never have the lived experiences of being Black. Being Black isn’t a cultural fad or make-up that you wear and remove at will. Being black isn’t up for mockery. Being black isn’t up for perpetuating a fraud and profiting off that fraud. That’s not what being Black is.

                  Rachel Dolezal gets to wash off the make-up, the fake tan, take off the wigs and keep on being white and being afforded the privileges that are granted white people in society. What she did is disgusting.

            • 114 vcprezofan2
              June 12, 2015 at 11:44 pm

              I’m more than half asleep, CC, but I don’t want to take this into tomorrow, so…

              I’ll say that I see your point when you brought the gay aspect into the discussion.

              I don’t totally agree with all you said in the second part of your comment because I’m thinking if she was living as an AA for any length of time (as opposed to just declaring herself as one) I’d think she would be sure to have some experiences of her own. Yes, I actually have some sympathy for her too, because I cannot see why any sane person would make this choice. FTR, in my defense I’m not trying to defend her – I don’t after all understand her. Rather, I’m trying to make sense to myself of a choice that seems rather bizarre.

              • June 12, 2015 at 11:50 pm

                I don’t understand her at all either VC, I just assume she has mental issues. But she never lived as an AA, because she is not AA – she might have got a flavor of the experience and the prejudices, but she lived in the comfort of white skin and knew she could walk away at any moment and return to a prejudice-free life. She lived a lie. I’m white, and not in one million years could I ever understand that ‘experience’. I could declare tomorrow that I’m AA, and I’d be as ridiculous as this woman.

                • 116 vcprezofan2
                  June 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

                  Okay, there seems no question she was living a lie (if her parents are not trying to cover up a part of their own ancestry). However in my mind she’d have gotten more than a flavour of the experience if she pretended for more than a week or two! Also, too, is there such a thing as a prejudice-free life? 😉

                  Anyhoo, I’m going to bed, and I sure am not taking Rachel’s problem – mental or otherwise – with me! G’night to you and sweet dreams!

      • 117 globalcitizenlinda
        June 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

        I can understand your argument;

        but why did she also go to the length of creating a different parentage?

        I have known people who feel they identify more with another race but I don’t know if any of them have even changed their parentage

  31. June 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Hello all.

    Have stayed offline until now. But this is just amazing.

  32. June 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Next time we hear the right wing haters talk about all the trips First Lady Michelle Obama is going on, how she is costing the tax payers more money, let them know that Laura Bush went on 60 foreign trips in G.W. Bush second term and most of them were without G.W. And our tax dollars paid for them too. So what am I trying to say to those right wing racists idiots…..shut the hell up!!!!!!!!

    • 120 vcprezofan2
      June 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Annieb, the next time I hear the talk about FLOTUS’ trips, I might be tempted to ask ‘You jealous?’ and use the picture of PBO enjoying his shave ice, or whatever. 😀

  33. 121 vcprezofan2
    June 12, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Bitter waters: Settlers invade ancient pool under Palestinian control
    Dozens of Israeli soldiers ordered Palestinian children to get out of a swimming pool in Area A – ostensibly under PA control – in advance of a visit by hundreds of settlers.
    By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac | Jun. 12, 2015 | 6:48 PM

    It’s a day that won’t be forgotten in the arid, far-flung village of Al-Karmel, in the southern reaches of Mount Hebron. Even now, two months later, the resident are overwrought when they tell the story of what happened, their rage and feeling of humiliation still palpable.

    No blood was shed that day, no one was arrested or beaten, no home was demolished, no disaster occurred. But still, in Al-Karmel they haven’t forgotten. The mayor of the nearby city of Yatta remembers; the lifeguard, the gardener and the eyewitnesses remember. But above all it’s the children who remember: It was they were removed, forcefully and under the threat of rifles, from the water, because the settlers were coming. The lords of the land swept into the park under the aegis of the Israel Occupation Army, which kicked the Palestinians out of the only recreation site in the area.

    It was April 7, the third day of Hol Hamo’ed (the intermediate days) of Passover; the same thing also happened a few days later, albeit on a smaller scale. But everyone in Al-Karmel remembers the day apartheid came to their ancient pool.

    ………………………………………… //


  34. June 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I shall have a story of the lovely English gent who came to assess my roof for solar panels on the next thread.

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