Dave Stancliff 2011-02-20 blogarama.com

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Don’t be too quick to judge this scholarship program…

I think this group is reacting to what is becoming an increasing fact; White men are becoming minorities in many states, and yet they don’t enjoy any help from programs that Blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities all receive.

I don’t believe this makes them racists. They’re just responding to reality. Of course, there will always be morons who think all white men are rich or something, and they don’t deserve assistance like the rest. Political correctness gone overboard. If the time comes when whites want to have a White History month, watch who objects. I know it’s popular to blame Whites for every woe in the country today…but I just don’t agree with that stereotype.

Texas group to offer college scholarships to white men

“Members of a new Texas association are starting a college scholarship program for a group of students they say do not have as many scholarship options as others -- white men.

Colby Bohannan, a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, and some friends have formed the non-profit Former Majority Association for Equality, which will provide the scholarships. The idea was that there are many scholarships geared toward helping minorities and women attend college, and there are also scholarships for people from certain religions or from certain families. But Bohannan thought his demographic group was missing.

"We know that we're going to be receiving some vicious attacks, from people claiming that we are racists, or promoting some bigotry-filled agenda," Bohannan said on Thursday.

Starting this summer, the association plans to provide as many as five $500 scholarships to deserving white men who have at least a 3.0 grade point average, Bohannan said.

"Our aim is actually just to help students," he said. "We are not trying to jump on any political agenda or bandwagon."

Non-Hispanic whites are, in fact, a minority in the state of Texas. Census numbers released earlier this month show that they make up about 42 percent of the state's population, down from more than half just ten years ago.

To qualify for the group's scholarship, applicants have to be able to prove that they are at least 25 percent Caucasian," Bohannan said.

"We're not looking for blond-haired, blue-eyed, stereotypical white males," he said. "My feeling is that if you can say you're 25 percent Caucasian, you're Caucasian enough for us." Story Source

Humboldt leads nation in Gas Gouging - so what’s new?

When I first moved up here one of the first things I noticed was how high the price of gas was.

Over the years I’ve watched Humboldt County lead the nation in gas gouging and I think I’ve heard just about every excuse there is…the only thing I haven’t heard is the REAL REASON why it’s this way.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: when I hear the “cop-out” that our prices are so high because oil has to be transported from the Bay area, I want to puke!

That’s such bullshit! You can’t tell me that in the hundreds of rural counties and cities in this nation, no one else has to send a lot further than us to get their oil. So why doesn’t some other area lead the way? Just once…you know…so it’s not so obvious we have a oil monopoly up here!

Meanwhile in the news:

Gas prices: 'Most expensive February ever'

Gas prices spike 6 cents, even though oil just rose. Why?                                           Cartoon source

Friday, February 25, 2011

Parting shots…

May 1933: Hitler abolishes Unions; Oct 1982 Ronald Reagan: Unions are "an elemental human right" Topical.

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Sleep Helps Us Remember What We Need To (Interesting)

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Here’s a great link on old and new Drive-in movies! Enjoy!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------  I remember the old days when we had two drive-in movies in Humboldt (1979).

Watched our last “outside movie” in the “driving” rain! at the one where the new BLM Office is.

Back in the 60s we spent every weekend at the drive-in movies.

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From Oregon: shocking mug shots reveal toll of drug abuse

Photos are part of a 48-minute documentary called “From Drugs to Mugs,” created by Deputy Bret King. King hopes that the documentary, which is available on a DVD along with a CD of mug shots, will help scare kids straight by showing them concrete evidence of damage that can occur within months from using meth, heroin or cocaine.

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In-your-face photos aim to scare teens straight by striking their vanity

With disturbing before and after photos of drug users’ faces, a new anti-drug campaign may succeed where others have failed, grabbing teens’ attentions by appealing to their vanity.

The pairs of mug shots, which graphically display the damage drugs can do to the face, were collected by the sheriff’s office in Multnomah County, Ore.

FULL STORY

Drug Czar upset with hometown paper’s pro-legalization editorial

This looks like the next step in our so-called War on drugs…where Kerlikowske is going to go around the country and try to intimidate newspaper editors who are for legalization of marijuana!

Can you say Nazi tactics?

This insanity is starting to reach a fever pitch as the administration wages this senseless war on Pot in editorial boardrooms…

“On Friday, February 18, The Seattle Times ran an editorial endorsing HB 1550, a bill introduced by Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson that would tax and regulate marijuana in the state of Washington. The editorial was thoughtful, reasoned, and logical. Apparently, the Office of National Drug Control Policy doesn’t appreciate this kind of rabble-rousing.

As reported today in The Stranger, The Seattle Times received a call immediately after they ran their editorial from Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, who wanted to fly out to the Emerald City and personally meet with the entire editorial board. This meeting will take place on Friday. Please join us in requesting The Seattle Times live-stream their important and unprecedented meeting with the Drug Czar.

Beyond the obvious chilling of First Amendment rights implicated by an executive official making such a request, one can only assume that Czar Kerlikowske is making the cross-country flight on the American taxpayer dime. At the very least, Czar Kerlikowske will be ‘bullying’ the editorial board on the clock, meaning the taxpayer is paying for him to do this. Considering we’re paying for his flight and his meeting, we should at least be able to sit in via the Internet! In the interest of a transparent government, please join us in requesting that this meeting be streamed live via the World Wide Web.

Oh, and you’ll be pleased to know that The Seattle Times is not backing down in their support of HB 1550 in light of Czar Kerlikowske’s request.”                  Source

Indiana AG Calls For Live Ammo Against Protestors, Loses Job

The battle over the future of organized labor in the state of Indiana is so heated that one deputy attorney general suggested that "live ammo" be used against the protesters in Madison.The deputy Attorney General, Jeff Cox (pictured here) sent the following to Mother Jones editor Adam Weinstein:
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The statement, in addition to being inflammatory and inappropriate, cost Cox his job.  The Indiana Attorney Generals Office offered the following statement:
"We respect individuals' First Amendment rights to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility."
Cox's statements to Weinstein appeared to be the last straw for the agency.  On Cox's personal blog, Pro Cynic (now deleted), he compared former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich to a Nazi, and suggested that President Obama is an "enemy" ruling his people the same way Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq. FULL STORY

The Iceman looks tired — but he's 5,300 years old

Geeze…this guy looks better than I do! I know. I know. It doesn’t take much.

Brown-eyed, bearded, furrow faced and tired: this is how Otzi the Iceman might have looked, according to the latest reconstruction based on 20 years of research and investigations.

Realized by two Dutch experts,  Alfons and Adrie Kennis, the model was produced with the latest in forensic mapping technology that uses three-dimensional images of the mummy's skull as well as infrared and tomographic images. Full story.

Bring on that good old fashioned "Redneck" Religion

As seen in the above excerpt from a Bradenton (Florida) Police Department report, suspect Joshua Lee Joehlin told cops that he is a member of the “Redneck” faith.

Joehlin, a 20-year-old Texan, was busted on a felony charge of engaging in a lewd and lascivious act with a minor. Joehlin, pictured at left, is being held in the Manatee County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. Story Source

weGrow explosion: The 'Walmart of weed' to open in California

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It's being called the Walmart of weed: a 10,000-square-foot Sacramento gardening emporium that opens Saturday with how-to experts and merchandise to help medical marijuana patients grow pot.

The cavernous weGrow hydroponics store marketing itself as a retail outlet is the first national franchise for a company that bills itself as a supply and training destination for legal pot growers. In coming months, weGrow plans to open stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey and Oregon.

The Sacramento Bee reports the enterprise started in Oakland last year as a warehouse store called iGrow.

Pot isn't sold or grown at the store. In the past, hydroponics outlets have avoided any mention of marijuana because pot cultivation is illegal under federal law. But hydroponics stores have exploded as states approve medical marijuana use. Source

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Parting shots…

CBS and Warner stop production of 'Two and a Half Men'

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It's over for Charlie Sheen.

After a day of unhinged and unsolicited comments ripping his show's executive producer Chuck Lorre and assorted enemies -- Alcoholics Anonymous and Thomas Jefferson, among others -- the star finally went further than CBS and Warner Brothers Television could take.” Story

Humans are the world's smelliest animal, study shows

Pungent body odor from sweaty adult human skin is unique in the animal kingdom. Humans turn out to be particularly smelly because odors are released from nearly every part of the body while other species living on us are simultaneously emitting odors too.

Our powerful scent attracts at least two species of mosquitoes, according to a paper accepted for publication in the journal Trends in Parasitology. Understanding what it is about human odor that attracts these bugs could help prevent the spread of diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. Story

It seems good old fashioned joy rides are still popular in Lincoln, Nebraska…with a slight twist; 

“Officials said a sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a suspicious pickup truck east of Lincoln. The deputy said he stopped the truck to question the driver and found everyone in the vehicle was unclothed. The deputy said their clothes were in the bed of the pickup.

According to authorities, when the two men and two women in the pickup were questioned about what they were doing, one replied, "I think we're getting in trouble." Story                                                                                            Meet Nickolus Borgman…the driver

Time to submit your Oscar worthies even though no one cares

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For all I know, the Oscars are already over. Oh wait!

What’s that? They’re getting ready… there’s still time.

Workers from American Turf and Carpet roll out the red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard as workers from Classic Party Rentals install a rain canopy in front of the Hollywood and Highland Complex in advance of Sunday's ceremony.

RELATED: Mouthing off in America: When it comes to opinions, we're all living in an intellectual Costco, where it's volume, volume, volume

Editorial cartoon by Signe Wilkinson / Philadelphia Daily News

Writer makes good argument : it’s ‘Harder to Get Started Today’

If you read my column last Sunday The real American Dream – jobs for everyone you’ll remember I talked about the same subject. I really like the way Trent laid it out. He uses a lot of statistics and facts to make his argument air-tight. Solid read:

 Written by Trent

Over the past weekend, I had a long conversation with a man in our community who was nearing retirement age. He felt comfortable about his own coming retirement, but he seemed very pessimistic that his children would ever be ready to retire. “They just don’t know how to save money,” he told me.

I told him that, although I agreed with him that young people should save more, there is also a strong case that it is much more difficult today for a young person to establish themselves financially as he did when he was a young adult.

He looked at me strangely. “What do you mean?” he asked.

So, I laid it out for him, piece by piece. Afterward, it occurred to me that the entire discussion might make for a good post here, particularly with some specific research to back it up:

Real wages Let’s start with income. In 1970, the average wage earner took home $312 per week (in 1982 dollars). In 2004, the average wage earner brought home $277 per week (in 1982 dollars) – and it’s still falling. That means that, once you factor out inflation, the average wage earner in 1970 brought home about 18% more than the average wage earner today.

Home prices Even if you adjust for inflation – and even if you take into account the crash of the housing bubble from 2007 to today – the median price for a home in the United States has gone up more than 50% since 1970. Remember, that number accounts for inflation, so what that number actually means is that the cost of a home requires 50% more of a person’s paycheck than it did in 1970.”

READ THE REST HERE

Dancing for Dictators: if the dollars are right they’ll perform any night

How much would you have to get paid to perform for a dictator or one of their family members? It's one of those hypotheticals people love to throw around in the entertainment world and in the case of Beyonce and the Gadhafi clan, the magic number seems to be $2 million.

Other artists -- including Mariah Carey and Sting -- have performed for controversial figures for far less. Take a look through this gallery to see who has danced and crooned for dictators and their families.

Tyranny is the topic of this Sunday’s As It Stands, in the Times-Standard. I ask the question? Can you name all the dictators America does business with?

Army targeted U.S. senators with psy-ops to gain more funding

Image: U.S. Lt. Gen. William Caldwell

Manipulating lawmakers to elicit more funding for troops…what’s next?

 Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes was asked how to secretly manipulate the lawmakers, according to a Rolling Stone article released yesterday.

Lt. Gen. William Caldwell (Photo right) ordered a specialized "psychological operations" team to manipulate dignitaries visiting Afghanistan and convince them to boost funding and troop numbers.

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"My job in psy-ops is to play with people's heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave," the officer, Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, told Rolling Stone.

"I'm prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you're crossing a line," he added. FULL STORY

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Parting shots…

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"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."
Albert Einstein

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As It Stands: 'I know I'm right' syndrome or being stupid and proud of it

-one of my personal favorites from last year.

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"Stupid is as stupid does.-Forrest Gump

"Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change." -Confucius

         
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Cleopatra's Palace believed to be underwater off shores of Alexandria

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Off the shores of Alexandria, the city of Alexander the Great, lies what is believed to be the ruins of the royal quarters of Cleopatra. A team of marine archaeologists led by Frenchman Franck Goddio made excavation on this ancient city from where Cleopatra, the last queen of the Ptolemies, ruled Egypt.

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Historians believe this site was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves more than 1,600 years ago.

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The excavations concentrated on the submerged island of Antirhodus. Cleopatra is said to have had a palace there. Other discoveries include a well-preserved shipwreck and red granite columns with Greek inscriptions. There were also founded two statues which were lifted out of the harbor. One was a priest of the goddess Isis; the other a sphinx whose face is said to represent Cleopatra's father, King Ptolemy XII. The artifacts were returned to their silent, because the Egyptian Government says it wants to leave most of them in place to create an underwater museum. Story and Photos

Conservative Guest Opinion: The pillars of conservatism

In my quest to show all sides of the political spectrum I discovered this well-written (and thought out) opinion column in the Los Angeles Times.

It’s important not to demonize any political party if you want to be seen as objective and open-minded. The same for ideologies. You don’t have to agree with them, but if you understand where they’re coming from compromise, and hopefully respect, will lead to progress on thorny issues. I’m often accused of leaning left, or even of being an outright Liberal.

While it may have been true once, it no longer describes me. I’d rather be thought of as a Centrist (if I have to be stereotyped). I’d rather not have a label attached at all, but I understand some people’s need to put everyone in some ideological box in order keep their little world orderly. So be it. Meanwhile, I will continue offering you views from ALL SIDES of each controversial issue featured in this blog.

Understand one thing – when it’s my opinion posted here, you’ll have no doubt about it. I’m not shy about sharing my views. Don’t be afraid to comment, as I assure you that you’ll be treated with respect. But, if you act like a complete ass…guess what? I’m going to treat you like one!

Let’s take a look at this piece:

The Pillars of Conservatism  

By Frank Cannon

Of all the mischaracterizations of social conservatives, none is more stubborn and pernicious than the notion (promulgated by liberals and eagerly snatched up by credulous media voices) that groups and politicians that espouse a "values" philosophy seek to impose a draconian moral code on a dissenting populace.” Read whole column

Wisconsin governor’s candid comments reveal desire to bust unions

Oh that Scott Walker! What a guy…why just the other day he thought he was talking to one of his biggest backers, David Koch (yea, that Koch, as in the notorious Koch Brothers):

Bragging about how he won’t budge from his position Walker assured Koch he would “…talk, not negotiate.”

If you heard I was going to talk to them that’s the only reason why,” he went on to tell his pal David.

And what was Koch’s reply to that?Bring a baseball bat. That’s what I’d do.”

Isn’t this conversation just delicious? You haven’t heard anything yet. Go here to see why Gov. Scott Walker is being accused of wanting to break unions. Warning! It’s not pretty, but it sure is revealing. One more thing: he wasn’t really talking with David Koch, he was talking with Daily Beast editor, Ian Murphy! BUSTED!

McKinnleyville Girl Missing: contact family with any information

missing-girlYolanda “Yolie” Quiroga (photo) (Breaking News thanks to Redheaded Blackbelt)

Congressman’s erratic behavior causes staff members to resign

Image: Rep. David Wu dressed in a Tiger outfit

Oregon Congressman David Wu has showed erratic behavior before, but his constituents keep re-electing him (seven times now). After last year’s re-election Wu’s staff members have been “moving on” to ,shall we say, saner pastures!  

I don’t see the big deal about wearing a Tiger costume and sending the photo to staff, but taking non-prescription pain-killers is a problem. He’s sought mental health help, but doesn’t believe he needs to check into an in-house program. He told ABC News that he’s “in a good place now” despite his staff defections.

Excerpt: 

Seven of his staff members have left since he won re-election in November: his chief of staff, spokeswoman, three field representatives in Oregon, and two others in Washington, D.C. In addition, he lost his campaign pollster and campaign fundraiser. His campaign treasurer resigned last week, and Wu named himself treasurer.”

FULL STORY

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

'Lucky man': 39 wives, 94 kids not enough for Indian sect leader

Image: Largest family in India

That would mean this guy has 39 mother-in-laws!

The article doesn’t say if he takes Viagra or something to keep pace.

Despite being 66 years-old, this guy is going like the Energizer Bunny on steroids!

The more, the merrier is certainly true for Ziona Chana, a man in India's remote northeast who has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren — and wouldn't mind having more.

They all live in a four-story building with 100 rooms in a mountainous village in Mizoram state.

Full Story

I’ve had a variety of bloggers featured–maybe it’s time for an NRA blogger?

imagesCAB1XX5DWell…I’m waiting folks

My youngest son belongs to the NRA. How about you Eli?

I’d like to hear why a person should be able to buy two AR-15 semi-automatic rifles every month or so? To what purpose?

Do you know what a straw man is? It’s someone who buys the guns and sells them to others...like to the Mexican cartels! You can pick up some spare change that way I suppose, if you don’t give a damn that your supporting murderers.

But the NRA says “that’s okay…just don’t take our guns away. We don’t want any more rules, we’re happy fools!”

Another Guest Opinion: Government pensions, an obesity epidemic

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen makes his argument that state and federal governments are so indebted to their workers in pension and other obligations that they have little money for anything else. A Union member himself, Cohen offers sympathy but not his total support for the Wisconsin state employees demonstrating against Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to do away with collective bargaining.

 Read why here.

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Say no – hear no – see no….Reality!

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Editorial cartoon by Tom Toles / Washington Post

Guest Opinion: The Party of NO (compromise) shudders at the thought of ‘working together’

Before my Conservative readers launch an all-out attack on me, please note this is NOT my opinion that I’m sharing with you. It’s a guest opinion. It doesn’t make me a Liberal, or any other party affiliation, for sharing it.

I treat Liberals the same way I treat all politicians; with suspicion. Visit my archives in case you don’t believe me. ALL POLITICIANS and ideologies are fair game (see Page Header). With that in mind, I’d like to hear comments from ALL sides. Let’s stay on issue and see what happens:

From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg:

The Party of No (Compromise): In his "60 Minutes" interview right before becoming House speaker, John Boehner drew plenty of eyebrows, even from questioner Lesley Stahl, when he wouldn't say the C-word: compromise.

Said Stahl: “But governing means compromising.” Boehner: “It means working together.” Stahl: “It also means compromising.” Boehner: “It means finding common ground… When you say the word ‘compromise’…a lot of Americans look up and go, ‘Uh-oh, they're gonna sell me out.’ And so finding common ground, I think, makes more sense.” Later, Stahl asked, “Why won't you say you're afraid of the word?” Boehner: “I reject the word.” And Boehner isn’t the only Republican leader rejecting it. In the standoff in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) is refusing to negotiate with Democrats and labor (Go here). And in Indiana, a Republican senator known for compromising -- Indiana’s Dick Lugar -- could very well lose his GOP primary next year (Go here).

The C-word has become a four-letter word to the party bases, more so on the GOP side these days. And there is a difference between "common ground" and "compromising," the two words are NOT interchangeable, especially in the eye of the GOP primary voter these days.”

Negotations break down: four American hostages killed by Somali pirates

Image: The sailboat Quest

Does anyone else feel like I do about getting the international community together to solve this pirate problem once and for all?

Thus far all efforts have been useless because there was no united goal to stop the situation. Just reactions like paying ransoms which have encouraged the pirates to keep up their deadly attacks.

Why hasn’t someone captured one of these so-called “mother ships?” If we know what the bastards are doing then why has the world been so helpless thus far?

It’s hard to believe some ignorant modern day pirates are holding the world hostage. It doesn’t make sense. America might get a little more involved because of this incident – the murder of four of our own – but without a definite game plan to stop the pirates all efforts will come up short.

“Four Americans captured by Somali pirates while sailing in the Indian Ocean have been shot and killed, NBC News reported today.” Story here.

Pirates captured 1,181 sailors aboard 53 ships in 2010, according to a report from the International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau. Eight of the captives were killed, the report says.

Monday, February 21, 2011

As It Stands ‘Scum of the Month Runner-Up - ‘Blago’ - is looking like a strong candidate for 2011 ‘Scum of The Year’

I know it’s still too early to get real excited about “Blogo’s” chances of being awarded Scum-of- The-Year, but following his defense in court sure is making a good argument for it:
Blagojevich Defense Wants Wiretaps Tossed Due to Gaps

Blagojevich Trying to Keep Recordings Out of Court

Defense: Lift seal on Blagojevich evidence

 

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As It Stands: The real American Dream -- jobs for everyone

By Dave Stancliff/For the Times-Standard

Posted: 02/20/2011 01:30:18 AM PST

When I graduated from high school in 1968, I knew I had several options. One, I could easily find an unskilled production job that offered a living wage, go to college, or go into the military and risk a tour of duty in Vietnam.

The options for students today are narrower. When they graduate, the prospects of finding unskilled production work at a living wage is bleak at best. As for going to college, it usually means getting student loans and facing years of paying them back. To make matters worse, when students do graduate from college these days, there's no guarantee jobs will be offered to them.

They have to compete in the toughest job market in decades. Almost 2 million college graduates are unemployed. A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers predicts companies will hire 22 percent fewer graduating seniors than last year. Joining the military is still an option, but it may mean multiple tours in Afghanistan. The same goes for the National Guard, who at least weren't sent to Vietnam back in the day.

Let's set aside the challenge of jobs for college graduates and those who choose the military, and take a closer look at what high school graduates face in today's job market.

The manufacturing sector has made productivity gains, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That should be good news, right? Not so fast. Good news for whom? More manufacturing jobs for humans disappear every year. When we hear about levels of output per hour worked rising by 2.6 percent in the last three months of 2010, it sounds positive.

Upon closer examination, these gains in productivity are thanks to robots. Once upon a time, a human laborer turned out so many widgets an hour, and everyone made a profit. A worker could count on working the same job until retirement because American manufacturing led the entire world.

That's changed. There are fewer human workers and more robots. Humans are trained to watch over the robots and to repair them, but that is skilled work and requires training.

The experts talk about productivity rising in America and how specialization is the key to manufacturing success, but that has translated into a jobless future for unskilled production workers. In an interview last month, Tom Runiewicz, an economist at IHS Global Insight who keeps track of the manufacturing sector, warned that the unskilled production worker will soon be obsolete.

The sad truth is most economists expect the jobless rate to remain stubbornly high for a long time to come -- especially among lower-skilled workers. The prospects aren't pretty. Although the unemployment rate has improved in the past couple of months, it remains at 9 percent, well above historic norms, with 14 million Americans looking for work.

Those figures don't tell the whole story. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 8 million people who are working part-time would rather work full-time.

Another 1 million people are classified as “discouraged workers,” which means they would like to work but don't think there's a job out there for them.

And there you have it folks. Capitalism marches on. So what will happen to those people? They are more than just unfortunate statistics. Those men and women whose lives were devalued when their skills were automated? Family dreams shattered? Where do they fit into this 21st Century reality? It's sad to think I once took it for granted that there would always be jobs for someone willing to work. To see the harsh reality of no work facing millions of hard-working Americans concerns me.

The mainstream media tells us things are looking up on Wall Street and Americans are becoming more productive. Yet I look around at the swelling ranks of the unemployed, the long lines at community Food Banks, and I wonder how long this can go on?

As It Stands, I think when people knew there was a job for them if they were willing to work hard was the real American Dream.