Saturday Afternoon News Roundup

I’m still reeling about the jobs report. Unemployment is unacceptably high. There is some big question on whether president Obama is going to go big – announce some large program in order to get millions and millions of Americans back to work or whether he will go small – announce something that he believes the Republican House will not object to. I think the unemployment numbers speak for themselves. Our president has to go big.

Every now and then, it becomes unclear as to what’s going on inside the White House. Yesterday, the Obama administration decided to walk away from stricter ozone pollution controls. There really was no explanation. After thinking about the story for about 24 hours, I think it is clear to me that the Obama administration needs to hear from us. We need to let him know that this is unacceptable. I really don’t care if this topic is going to be revisited in 2013. The time is now. Now is the time for us to move forward in cleaning up the mess that was left by the Bush administration. Sitting around and hoping that tomorrow is going to be a better day or that the political environment will be friendlier in 2013 is based on what? Fix the environment now!

Toxic chemicals linger in our clothes after dry-cleaning. Yuck.

Martin Luther King was one of the most eloquent speakers of his day, if not in the whole of American history. He left us huge volumes of thoughtful and eloquent sayings. So why would the architect of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial decide to change the words from his famous Drum Major sermon? The stupidity is overwhelming. The changes make Doctor King look arrogant. It is completely unacceptable. Once you read the section below, why would you want to change that? Arrogance? Stupidity? A deep misunderstanding of the words?

The section from the Drum Major Instinct speech:
Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.

Here is the way the inscription reads on the newly unveiled Martin Luther King Memorial statue – “I was a drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness”

The US government is suing Bank of America, J.P. Morgan and several other financial houses on Wall Street on the behalf of Freddie and Fannie for fraudulent mortgage-backed securities. I wonder if any of the people who bought the securities in Freddie Mae and Fannie Mac were fired for incompetence. Just wondering.

Another manufacturer of solar panels is struggling to fight cheaper Chinese imports. It appears that China is subsidizing their solar panel companies.

It is common knowledge that Republicans hate poor people. There’s a school of thought in conservativism that if you’re poor this means that you’re lazy and did not take advantage of the many opportunities that America has to offer. One conservative has taken this idea a step further. He has stated that it is “un-American” to register poor people. I wonder if he’s ever read the Constitution?

Giving a gun away as a prize in the district of Gabby Giffords is simply awful.