March 1, 2013 |
The toll from the Eurozone debt crisis mounted in January. The Eurozone's jobless rate climbed to a record 11.9%, from 11.8% in December, as the 17-member single-currency bloc continues to grapple with recession and the effects of stringent government cutbacks, according to figures reported Friday. By comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 7.9% in January, and its highest since the Great Depression was 10.8% during the 1982-83 recession. The Eurozone's population is about 317 million, similar to the U.S. The U.S. jobless rate for February will be released March 8. Within the Eurozone, jobless rates varied widely.
February 23, 2013
There was a time when the Clippers' second unit overwhelmed teams with its play. But then injuries began to hit some of the Clippers starters, forcing some reserves to become starters. And because of that, it seemed to knock the bench off kilter a little, and now the reserves are trying to get their groove all the way back. It all started when backup point guard Eric Bledsoe had to start after Chris Paul went down for 12 games with a bruised right kneecap. With no backup for Bledsoe, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro was forced to use backup shooting guard Jamal Crawford as the next point guard in line.
February 22, 2013
Re "Obama pressures GOP to stave off 'meat cleaver' cuts," Feb. 20 As the next fiscal cliff deadline of March 1 approaches, when deep automatic federal budget cuts will come into effect, maybe it's time for someone to inform President Obama that the election is over. There's no need for him to continue campaigning. He needs to do the job we elected him to do. Instead, we get rhetoric and sound bites. Obama's most recent public recital took place Tuesday when he invited first responders and other civil servants to the White House, where he informed the nation that if sequestration happened, "people will lose their jobs.
February 21, 2013
Some of the same singers and musicians who were honored at the Grammy Awards 10 days ago picked up more trophies in London at the Brit Awards. Frank Ocean was named international male solo artist, the Black Keys won as international group, and Mumford & Sons collected the award for British group. Chanteuse Emeli Sandé took the first award of the Wednesday evening event at the 02 Arena, for British female artist, and the last, album, for "Our Version of Events. " Adele won the British single prize for her James Bond theme "Skyfall.
February 17, 2013
Re "For Hagel, opposition from GOP is personal," Feb. 15 Despite the fact that a Cabinet nomination has never in history been blocked by a minority filibuster, Republicans are filibustering Chuck Hagel's appointment as secretary of Defense. Alexander Hamilton, one of the most conservative of the Founding Fathers, decried minority rule in the Federalist Papers. Several Republican senators announced their opposition to filibustering a Cabinet nomination, and yet the Republicans filibustered anyway.
February 17, 2013
Re "Obama sells economic ideas, but GOP resists," Feb. 14 This is weird. Even though the GOP was soundly defeated in the last election, its elected officials continue to think they had a really good strategy to take back the White House. Their plan was to attack the president and his ideas and hope that everyone would say, "Yeah, Barack Obama is bad, so I'm voting for Mitt Romney. " So here we are: Obama is back in the Oval Office, and the Republicans are attacking and obstructing without offering anything of substance.
February 16, 2013
Re "Pay on rise as city tax sought," Feb. 14 As a civilian city employee, it behooves me to point out a few things. Employees paid for by the city's general fund must take mandatory furlough hours. I haven't received my full annual salary in years. And our modest raises have been canceled out by higher healthcare contributions. Finally, police and fire personnel get the largest raises, best benefits and are exempt from furloughs. Rest assured that many civilian employees consider this unfair and inappropriate in light of the city's dire financial situation.
February 16, 2013
It's not every day that a nearly 11-ton meteor explodes in spectacular fashion over the Earth less than 24 hours before a 130-ton asteroid passes closer than communications satellites. The men and women of the Science Channel live for days like this, so it's no surprise that the cable outfit jumped on the events. What is surprising is how fast they were able to scramble. "Russian Meteor Explosion" premieres on the channel Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. They may not have had time to come up with a more clever title ("Watch What Hit Us Live!"
February 15, 2013
Re "Mahony's papal vote irks some Catholics," Feb. 12 Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, has no shame. He concealed child molestations by priests from law enforcement. Then he borrowed money, without disclosing his act, from the hundreds of thousands of people who had paid for the care and maintenance of their plots in local Catholic cemeteries. He essentially lied about where he got the money to help pay settlements to sex-abuse victims, saying it was from selling certain church assets.
February 14, 2013
Re "Renewed push on economy," Feb. 13 Arguably the most important part of the State of the Union address was when President Obama talked about the need to stop being pushed to the brink before compromising. From "sequestration" to government shutdowns to the debt ceiling, it is important for our leaders to put the nation ahead of party interests. As Obama said, "The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.