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Friday News: GOP Becomes the Dick-Measuring-Contest Party…and the Book Banning Party


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, March 4.

  • Last question at GOP debate proves beyond doubt that all these guys are utter frauds. After ripping Trump as a demagogue, con artist, you name it, they then turn around say, “yeah, we’d support him if he’s the GOP nominee for president?” Utter #FAIL

    BAIER: Welcome back to the Republican presidential debate. Let’s get back at it.

    Gentlemen, this is the last question of the night. It has been a long time since our first debate, seven months ago in Cleveland. A lot has transpired since then, obviously, including an RNC pledge that all of you signed agreeing to support the party’s nominee and not to launch an independent run. Tonight, in 30 seconds, can you definitively say you will support the Republican nominee, even if that nominee is Donald J. Trump?

    Senator Rubio, yes or no?

    RUBIO: I’ll support the Republican nominee.

    BAIER: Mr. Trump? Yes or no?

    RUBIO: I’ll support Donald if he’s the Republican nominee, and let me tell you why. Because the Democrats have two people left in the race. One of them is a socialist. America doesn’t want to be a socialist country. If you want to be a socialist country, then move to a socialist country.

    The other one is under FBI investigation. And not only is she under FBI investigation, she lied to the families of the victims of Benghazi, and anyone who lies to the families of victims who lost their lives in the service of our country can never be the commander- in-chief of the United States.

    BAIER: Senator…

    RUBIO: We must defeat Hillary Clinton.

    BAIER: Senator Cruz, yes or no, you will support Donald Trump is he’s the nominee?

    CRUZ: Yes, because I gave my word that I would. And what I have endeavored to do every day in the Senate is do what I said I would do. You know, just on Tuesday, we saw an overwhelming victory in the state of Texas where I won Texas by 17 percent.

    And I will say it was a powerful affirmation that the people who know me best, the people who I campaigned, who made promises that if you elect me, I’ll lead the fight against Obamacare, I’ll lead the fight against amnesty, I’ll lead the fight against our debt, and I will fight for the Bill of Rights and your rights every day, that the people of Texas said you have kept your word, and that’s what I’ll do as president.

    BAIER: Governor Kasich, yes or no, would you support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee?

    KASICH: Yeah. But — and I kind of think that, before it’s all said and done, I’ll be the nominee. But let me also say…


    But let me also say, remember…

    BAIER: But your answer is yes?

    KASICH: But I’m the little engine that can. And, yeah, look, when you’re in the arena, and we’re in the arena. And the people out here watching — we’re in the arena, we’re traveling, we’re working, we spend time away from our family, when you’re in the arena, you enter a special circle. And you want to respect the people that you’re in the arena with. So if he ends up as the nominee — sometimes, he makes it a little bit hard — but, you know, I will support whoever is the Republican nominee for president.

  • What did Ted Cruz have on his lip (other than lies)?


    • notjohnsmosby

      That’s a rough-looking herpes.

  • Two-term Virginia LG Bill Bolling (R): “There is clearly an all out civil war taking place in the Republican Party. It has been coming for some time, and perhaps it was inevitable, but it is still painful to watch. Unfortunately, I see no way out. If Trump wins the nomination, many longstanding Republicans will not support him. If Trump loses the nomination, he will most certainly run as an Independent candidate. Either way, the GOP loses. It is truly a no win situation.”


    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 242,000 in February, and the

    unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor

    Statistics reported today. Employment gains occurred in health care and social

    assistance, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and private

    educational services. Job losses continued in mining.

    Household Survey Data

    In February, the unemployment rate held at 4.9 percent, and the number of

    unemployed persons, at 7.8 million, was unchanged. Over the year, the

    unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 0.6

    percentage point and 831,000, respectively. (See table A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.5 percent),

    adult women (4.5 percent), teenagers (15.6 percent), Whites (4.3 percent),

    Blacks (8.8 percent), Asians (3.8 percent), and Hispanics (5.4 percent) showed

    little or no change in February. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was

    essentially unchanged at 2.2 million in February and has shown little movement

    since June. In February, these individuals accounted for 27.7 percent of the

    unemployed. (See table A-12.)

    The employment-population ratio edged up to 59.8 percent over the month, and

    the labor force participation rate edged up to 62.9 percent. Both measures

    have increased by 0.5 percentage point since September. (See table A-1.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (also referred

    to as involuntary part-time workers) was unchanged in February at 6.0 million

    and has shown little movement since November. These individuals, who would

    have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours

    had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See

    table A-8.)

    In February, 1.8 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force,

    down by 356,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.)

    These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for

    work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not

    counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks

    preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

    Among the marginally attached, there were 599,000 discouraged workers in

    February, down by 133,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally

    adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work

    because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.2 million

    persons marginally attached to the labor force in February had not searched

    for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities.

    (See table A-16.)

    Establishment Survey Data

    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 242,000 in February. Job growth

    occurred in health care and social assistance, retail trade, food services

    and drinking places, and private educational services. Mining employment

    continued to decline. (See table B-1.)

    Health care and social assistance added 57,000 jobs in February. Health care

    employment increased by 38,000 over the month, with job gains in ambulatory

    health care services (+24,000) and hospitals (+11,000). Over the past 12

    months, hospitals have added 181,000 jobs. In February, employment rose by

    19,000 in social assistance, mostly in individual and family services


    Retail trade continued to add jobs in February (+55,000). Employment rose

    in food and beverage stores (+15,000) and other general merchandise stores

    (+13,000). Retail trade has added 339,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

    Food services and drinking places added 40,000 jobs in February. Over the

    year, employment in the industry has grown by 359,000.

    Employment in private educational services rose by 28,000 in February,

    after edging down by 20,000 in the prior month.

    Construction employment continued to trend up in February (+19,000), with

    a gain of 14,000 in residential specialty trade contractors. Employment

    in construction was up by 253,000 over the past 12 months, with residential

    specialty trade contractors accounting for about half of the increase.

    Employment in mining continued to decline in February (-19,000), with job

    losses in support activities for mining (-16,000) and coal mining (-2,000).

    Since a recent peak in September 2014, mining has shed 171,000 jobs, with

    more than three-fourths of the loss in support activities for mining.

    Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale

    trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, professional

    and business services, and government, showed little change over the month.

    The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls declined

    by 0.2 hour to 34.4 hours in February. The manufacturing workweek was

    unchanged at 40.8 hours, and factory overtime was 3.3 hours for the third

    month in a row. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory

    employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged down by 0.1 hour to 33.7 hours.

    (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

    In February, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm

    payrolls declined by 3 cents to $25.35, following an increase of 12 cents

    in January. Average hourly earnings have risen by 2.2 percent over the

    year. In February, average hourly earnings of private-sector production

    and nonsupervisory employees were unchanged at $21.32. (See tables B-3

    and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for December was revised

    from +262,000 to +271,000, and the change for January was revised from

    +151,000 to +172,000. With these revisions, employment gains in December

    and January combined were 30,000 more than previously reported. Over the

    past 3 months, job gains have averaged 228,000 per month.


    The Employment Situation for March is scheduled to be released on Friday,

    April 1, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

  • Southern Liberal

    I agree with the assessment on MSNBC this morning. Other than Kasich, the Fox “debate” last night was embarrassing.

    • Except that Kasich said he’d vote for Trump in the end, if Trump’s the GOP nominee.

      • Rustbelt Democrat

        Just like my Republican neighbor. He’ll vote for Trump or whoever the GOP nominee is because the ultimate goal is to ensure that the Democratic nominee is beaten.

    • Pragmatic Progressive

      I second that. While I don’t agree with Kasich’s policies, he’s the only one of the four left that at least makes a little sense.

      • Southern Liberal

        Pragmatic – Same way I feel.
        As this Progressive blog says, like Jon Huntsman in the previous election, he’s the best the Republicans have to offer.

  • Quizzical

    Love to hear the Republicans talk about jobs. Let me think, why is it that Congress has not passed any jobs/infrastructure rebuilding programs since 2009? Or since 2012? Has the President vetoed jobs bills?

  • Video: Jim Webb is a disgrace to America. That is all (except that I’m now disgusted that I ever was associated with him in any way).


    • notjohnsmosby

      I think just about everyone who’s worked with Webb feels that way. He quits and leaves you in the lurch, then throws daggers at your back later.

      • Yep, totally disloyal, among other faults.

  • Laura Lee

    Agree 100 discussing

  • Di Read

    Watching the “debate” was so embarrassing I was glad I’d taken my seven-year-old granddaughter home earlier. Honestly, to think that these trash-talking narcissists want to be in charge of our government! I was cringing as I watched–finally we turned off the telly and tottered upstairs to bed. Reading the Kama Sutra aloud would be more mind-cleansing than watching that gang of thugs.

  • Gordon Briggs

    I’ve certainly come to the conclusion that this self-proclaimed “Jacksonian Democrat” would be happier back in the 1830s.

  • One of Jim Webb’s first (and most important) endorsers, former Rep. Leslie Byrne, rips him on her Facebook page.

    Dear Jim Webb: Right now you couldn’t get elected Dog Catcher in Virginia. You have betrayed all those who worked, including Hillary Clinton, to allow you to eke out a 9,000+ vote victory. Rather than build on that victory, you quit, which you seem to do on a regular basis. I am through with you.

  • Rational Lefty

    Abe Lincoln is rolling over in his grave.