To the comfortably cynical American, surely the so far capable and competent Communist Party leadership will deal with their problems? The current slowish growth is only a pause on the Chinese upward curve to global leadership. America, by contrast, is finished. Congress is crazy and dysfunctional and Trump is leading the Republican presidential pack.It is far too easy to underrate America’s future. After dealing with the Kaiser, the Great Depression, the Nazis, Imperial Japan, the Soviet Union and OPEC in the 20th century, as well as launching Marshall Aid, the Civil Rights movement and the Great Society and the Reagan Recovery, these current problems are not exactly overwhelming for the republic. Unless the current American generation is so signally different from its forefathers, America can deal with these problems.One major difficulty for the America and the whole of the West, is that with the modern media you see pretty much everything in the West, warts and all. This actually is a feature of the vigor of the West, but within Western countries and outside the West, the exposing of corruption, venality and dysfunctionality in bright media lights gives the appearance of weakness and that appearance of weakness underpins a narrative of Western decline.
It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again. #GOPdebatedemands
According to mainstream Seventh-Day Adventist doctrine, the Second Coming of Christ will occur after the U.S. government teams up with the Catholic Church – which Adventists believe is the ‘Babylon’ of the Book of Revelation, with the Pope being the Antichrist – to compel Adventists and others to worship on Sunday, rather than Saturday.
That may seem like a small hook on which to hang the fate of the world, but for Adventists, it is a core belief, taught at “prophecy seminars” and elaborated in excruciating geopolitical detail by key Adventist leaders.
Is it awkward for Ben Carson to run for president, if his faith believes the U.S. government will team up with the Antichrist?
Silicon Valley is tossing millennials aside like yesterday’s laptop.
The commonly held belief is that with hard work and a good education, a young person in America can get a good job. But despite falling unemployment, college grads age 22 to 27 are stuck in low-paying jobs that don’t even require a college degree. The percentage of young people languishing in low-skill, low-paying jobs is 44%, a 20-year high.
Only 36% of college grads have jobs that pay at least $45,000, a sharp decline from the 1990s, after adjusting for inflation. Perhaps most depressingly, the percentage of young people making below $25,000 has topped 20%, worse than in 1990. In other words, those with a bachelor’s diploma were better off before the digital revolution.
Francis flew out of Washington, heading to a rapturous reception in New York and a star turn at the United Nations General Assembly, just as Xi was arriving.
Under Xi, U.S.-Chinese relations are at a low, hurt by tensions over cyber theft and China’s assertive moves in Asian maritime disputes.
“To be contrasted with someone who has no military, no economic might and be completely eclipsed, I think it’s astounding. I don’t think the Chinese are noticing the contrast in messages”.
Xi slid further down the U.S. news agenda on Friday morning, when Republican House of Representative Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation. The big networks quickly cut off Xi speaking at a news conference with Obama to follow a briefing by Boehner.
Xi: jerkity jerk jerk JERK
His remarks this week expose the GOP’s flawed approach to a neglected electorate.
John Ellis Bush, known to us by his initials and the accompanying exclamation point, has proven in this presidential race that he is an awful politician. Even with two candidates now out of the running, the former Florida governor has been the chief underperformer, polling well behind a reality-show provocateur, a failed CEO, and a born-again surgeon new to politics. To put it kindly, his campaign has been uninspiring to a vitriolic Republican voter base seeking to hold on to a cultural status quo they see slipping away from them.
Game of Thrones: Emmy voters really, really like you. The HBO drama just smashed a 15-year-old record set by The West Wing in 2000 to earn more Emmys in a single year than any other TV show in history. Game of Thrones’ roster of wins includes three at tonight’s ceremony, including writing, directing, and a Best Supporting Actor trophy for Peter Dinklage. Game of Thrones’ 11 wins already dwarfs The West Wing’s nine, but the number might get even bigger: the series is also nominated for Best Drama, which has yet to be awarded. Scott Meslow
Barry Gewen said of Ms. Collins’s “American Star: A Love Story” that it might more appropriately be titled “Coming Up for Air.”
- I think that backhanded compliment is the the best obit for Jackie!
The tag #IStandWithAnn began spreading a day after she posted, “How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?” toward the end of a GOP presidential candidate debate on Wednesday.
“The event is taking place in California at the Ronald Reagan library,” Taibbi writes, so there is no rule stating that you drink each time Reagan is invoked, as “we’d have Guyana-level mass deaths.” However, there are 28 other rules. We’ve pulled out a few of our favorites:
- “Drink THE FIRST TIME and the FIRST TIME only … a candidate mentions Hillary’s emails.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME Trump—or any of the other candidates—insults or threatens one of the moderators. Beer chaser if it’s [Jake] Tapper or [Dana] Bash, and the candidate rips liberal-ass CNN in the process.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME a candidate pledges to stand with Israel.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME Carly Fiorina makes a joke about her own face.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME a candidate mentions the founders. Double shot if it’s Rand Paul.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME a candidate says, ‘I’m the only person on this stage who…’ Double shot if it’s Carson saying something like, ‘I’m the only candidate who’s had his hands inside a human thorax.'”
- “Take a shot of JAGERMEISTER if anyone compares Kim Davis to Rosa Parks.”
Get your liver ready: the second GOP debate is upon us