I was going to write about this, but Grace-Marie Turner did such a great job, I think I’ll just briefly quote her and then send you to her excellent article:

Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that the ratio of part-time to full-time jobs has completely flipped this year from historical trends. Last year, six full-time jobs were created for every one part time job. This year, only one full-time job is being created for every four new part-time jobs.

The shift to part-time has accelerated over the past several months because of the “look back” provision in ObamaCare that sets the baseline this year for the number of full-time workers a company employs to determine their compliance with the employer pay-or-play mandate.

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Nicholas Kristof provides a terse synopsis of what has happened in Syria:

The war has spread and destabilized Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. The hard-line Nusra Front rebels have gained strength, partly because we have spurned moderates. The Syrian Army has won ground. Prolonged war has deepened sectarian hatreds that will make it harder than ever to put Syria back together.

More than 100,000 Syrians have been killed. At the rate the killings have accelerated, Syria could even approach a Rwanda-size death toll by the time Obama steps down.

Prescriptive actions recommended range from doing nothing to regime change. Nearly everyone believes that the position we are currently in is due to President Obama’s foreign policy choices. And nearly everyone believes that the administration will respond with some kind of military action. This agreement is both on the right and the left.
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Here is the original speech on August 28th, 1963.

I heard on the radio Al Jazeera America listed as a sponsor for NPR. Thinking I misheard the ad, I did an on-line check, and, sure enough, it’s true. Now, the Qatar funded network has plenty of money, and I don’t mind them advertising. But is it good practice for one news outlet (that’s government subsidized) to take money from another news outlet (subsidized by another government) for advertising? Isn’t this a conflict of interest? Here is a recent story by NPR about the Al Jazeera America launch with a decidedly positive bias. It seems to me that Al Jazeera may have bought more than a 10-second ad spot.

I was surprised to learn that Senator Rand Paul, a practicing Ophthalmologist until his election to the Senate, has continued doing pro bono eye surgeries. He works through the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, a medical group he founded in 1995.