Friday, July 31, 2009
As our family rounded the corner to the White House library and I first caught sight of Sergeant Crowley’s lovely 14-year old daughter—who was wearing an appropriately heavy and charmingly untrained amount of green eyeliner on her lower lashes—we were instantly transported from the post-racial myth of America in 2008 to the reality of 2009.
That's so charming and delightful to demean a young girl in your backhanded "compliment".
At that moment, right there in the library, they were just like us: a young family groomed to perfection, waiting to learn how to get those damn cameramen off their lawn and to put this sensationalized hell behind them.
Why don't you start with STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. Me thinks you want this sensationalized hell to continue so as to drive home the "teachable moment". Whatever that is.
Today, the Washington Times has an article about one of the defendants MySpace page and it's as classy as you would think.
A sample of some of the phrases and images on his MySpace page include:
"BLACK POWER,BLACK LOVE,BLACK UNITY,BLACK MINDS,KILLIN CRAKKKAS"
"F*** Whitey's Christmas"
An image of an execution scene from the cult hit film "Pulp Fiction"
A photo of a man holding a sign saying, "DEPORT WHITE PEOPLE"
A derogatory anti-cop poster titled "BEWARE OF PIG"
An image of Saddam Hussein before his execution
A photo of a cop sitting next to a black child in a toy car. Beneath the image the phrase "Racial Profiling: It Starts Early"
A photoshopped movie poster of the "Bourne Supremacy" is re-worded to say "The Bourne White Supremacy" A swastika is added to Matt Damon's cheek, and the scope of his firearm is photoshopped to look as if he is about to shoot a black man. The "n" word is used to describe who "Matt Damon hates" in this movie poster. The phrase, "They should have just stayed in Africa" is photoshopped at the top of the image.
I do wish him and his family well and will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.
Four of the most powerful business leaders in America arrived at the White House one day last month for lunch with President Barack Obama, sitting down in his private dining room just steps from the Oval Office.
But even for powerful CEOs, there’s no such thing as a free lunch: White House staffers collected credit card numbers for each executive and carefully billed them for the cost of the meal with the president.
I personally am enjoying the new turn of events.
Passed by Congress in late June to help the flagging U.S. auto industry and launched just a week ago, the $1 billion program gives vouchers worth up to $4,500 to consumers who trade in gas-guzzling cars for more fuel-efficient models. The highly publicized effort was scheduled to run until Nov. 1, or until money ran out. It was not expected to run out of cash so quickly.
You know what I think we should do? I think we should let these geniuses take over the health care industry. What could go wrong?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
But it wouldn't be a contrived Washington event without a contrived Washington protest. Already, "Citizens Against the Beer Summit at White House", a makeshift gathering spearheaded by Baltimore pastor Dr. Emmett Burns, will picket the White House today between 12 and 3 p.m. "The president's actions are sending the wrong message to our nation's youth who are becoming alcoholics at young ages," reads an announcement for the protest. "This pernicious habit is also the reason for the large number of teen motor vehicle accidents throughout the country."
As a physician, I am not necessarily opposed to alternative health treatments. But I do want to be responsible and certain that what I prescribe to patients is safe and effective and not a waste of their time and money. A recent Associated Press investigation stated the federal government has spent $2.5 billion of our tax dollars to determine whether alternative health remedies -- including ones promoted on the Huffington Post -- work. It found next to none of them do. The site also regularly grants space to proponents of the thoroughly disproven conspiracy that childhood vaccines have caused autism. In short, the Huffington Post is hardly a site that promotes "a reasoned discussion," in its founder's words, of health and medicine.
Does this mean I have to stop blasting coffee grinds up my butt and quit being a bitch?
After running aand taking officers for a ride, the boy drove the car home and ran inside to hide. His father approached him and asked him what happened, at which time he admitted to stealing the car.
Although the program has cost New York about $500,000 annually, the city feels it is cheaper than housing the families in its homeless shelters.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
With all the talk about health-care and Gatesgate, not much attention is being paid to Obama's plan to make the federal government by far the biggest provider of student loans in the country. To sell this plan, its backers argue that the government can save $87 billion over ten years by cutting out the private sector.
As I pointed out in this piece, that savings estimate "hides the additional risk to the taxpayer that comes with putting all those loans on the government’s books. For government accounting purposes, that risk doesn’t exist, nor does the risk that Treasury’s borrowing costs might spike." Sen. Judd Gregg asked CBO to re-run the numbers after accounting for those risks. CBO did, and came back with a savings estimate of $47 billion — nearly half the amount Obama is touting.
She still has a campaign war chest and retains members of her campaign....I don't think she will wait until 2016.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Senator Obama thinks the President intimidating Congress is a bad thing.
President Obama seems to be doing that on a daily basis.
Liberals are constantly railing against the "glass ceiling" women encounter in the workplace. We heard all about the 18M cracks in the glass ceiling this last election.
We have heard over and over about how society limits a woman's ability to have choices in her life. Women should be allowed to fulfill their dreams and achieve their ambitions.
So I was surprised to find that in a survey about what Sarah Palin should do next in her career, 45% believe she should be a homemaker. How can that be? How can progressive liberals who have spent so much time marching, lobbying, and campaigning for the rights of women think Palin should stay at home and raise her kids? Can anyone explain this to me? This survey has to be wrong.
UPDATE: Police dispatch recording. I don't think this is all of the communication from the police officer. Again, not sure what this proves...still waiting to find out what I am supposed to think about this.
Or remember when they made movies fantasizing about killing the President? Like the movie, "Death of a President" which had a plot centered around, "Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime." Hahaha, that was so funny...and griping.
It was all about speaking truth to power, or something.
Or remember all the t-shirts, bumper stickers, and buttons about impeaching the president, mocking the president, and making fun of the president? Or what about the funny, hilarious websites that were created to ridicule the president.
Gosh, those were really good times...and PATRIOTIC times!!
Well....times have changed. It is no longer kosher to promote hate towards our president or express a view counter to his. He is to be revered and idolized. Any stepping out of the ranks will not be tolerated.
While protesters rallied in his support, the owner of a Concord Mills kiosk that sells conservative merchandise said he met with the mall's manager Sunday to see what arrangements can be made for him to remain after his lease expires Friday.
Nothing was agreed to, except that the two would meet again Monday, said Loren Spivack, owner of Free Market Warrior.
Spivack has contended that he's being kicked out of the mall for political reasons. He's traced his exile to a letter to the editor in the Charlotte Observer criticizing his business, saying it promotes “ideas such as racism, sexism and even slavery.”
He opened his Free Market Warrior kiosk last spring, selling such items as “Impeach Obama” bumper stickers and baby bibs that say, “My parents chose life. Thanks Mom and Dad!”
Spivack said he's found other stores in the mall selling T shirts and other merchandise with offensive slogans and feels he's being targeted “purely for politic reasons.”
One silver lining...since this controversy has made the news, the guys business has picked up. At least someone is making money in Obamaconomy.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Rice as witch doctor is acceptable:
I couldn't find a link from any media outlet claiming that portraying Dr. Rice as a witch doctor was racist, but found 56 links declaring Obama as a witch doctor is an outrage.
So is portraying a black person as a witch doctor racist or not?
H/T: Gateway Pundit
The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, N.Y., suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in what would have been a nearly unprecedented use of military power, reported.
Vice President Dick Cheney and several other Bush advisers at the time strongly urged that the military be used to apprehend men who were suspected of plotting with , who later became known as the Lackawanna Six, the Times reported on its Web site Friday night. It cited former administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
So Bush was going to use the military to arrest terror suspects but decided against it. Am I supposed to be outraged by this? There's no there, there.
The MSM told us for years that Bush was an idiot who made decisions from his gut. But from this report, it sounds like Bush considered all his options before making a decision. Hmm...Bush is looking more and more like a leader while Obama thrashes about.
I hope Obama continues to screw up just so we can hear more about super-secret stuff Bush didn't do.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I hope your sitting down for this one, because it's a shocker. Everyone's gonna sue everyone in this situation. Professor Gates is going to sue the police department for racial profiling unless they do what he wants..and as best as I can tell, that means whitey needs to be fired.
Attorney Charles Ogletree said Gates might sue the department and would bring forward witnesses who say they've had similar experiences with Crowley. When asked for specific examples, Ogletree said only that they may come out in time depending on how the police department handles the situation moving forward.
In other words, he doesn't know of any situation where Officer Crowley has exhibited racist behavior nor does he know of anyone specific who has had a problem with Officer Crowley. However, given time he can find some people who will be willing to say they interacted with Officer Crowley and he is indeed a racist. And we should all believe what these people have to say.
Officer Crowley is considering suing Professor Gates for defamation.
Alan McDonald, who represents Sgt. James Crowley, said the veteran cop who teaches a racial profiling class for rookie police officers has not ruled out filing a defamation of character or libel lawsuit.
"He is exploring all of his options,'' McDonald told ABC News.
I'm glad to see cooler heads continue to prevail. And the President isn't helping the situation.
UPDATE: Obama kinda-sorta apologizes for calling police officer stupid.
Just hours after Cambridge police union officials called on Obama to apologize for saying the officers involved in the incident behaved "stupidly," Obama conceded that he erred in his "choice of words."
Obama said he spoke to James Crowley, the sergeant who arrested Gates, "and I have to tell you that, as I said yesterday, my impression of him is that he was an outstanding police officer...and that was confirmed in the phone conversation."
"In my choice of words, I unfortunately gave the impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sergeant Crowley specifically," Obama said, walking back his sharpest criticism.
But, the president said: "I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Prof. Gates out of his home and to the station. I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Prof. Gates probably overreacted as well."
Well, one of those lovely ladies was on the Opie and Anthony show to chat. She stated she had been with a Governor at least 10 times, but wouldn't give the name. She did, however, write it down..which led O&A to drop hints....and it's pointing to Gov. Rendell of Pennsylvania.
This is really no big deal though and I'm sure the MSM won't be wasting their time on something so trivial. Now if Gov. Rendell had an Argentina mistress, THAT would be some scandalous news which would require round the clock coverage for at least 2 weeks.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.
Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control.
The scream of a modem connecting.
The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
Finding out information from an encyclopedia.
When Spam was just a meat product — or even a Monty Python sketch.
Vacuum cleaners with bags in them
Remembering someone’s phone number
Finding books in a card catalog at the library
and my favorite
The days before the nanny state.
Check out the rest of them...and feel old.
The White House tried today to calm a hubbub over President Barack Obama’s comments about a white police officer’s arrest of a black scholar near Boston, saying Obama was not calling the officer "stupid."So Boston police officer's are NOT stupid, but they ARE racist.
Spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters that Obama felt that when it was clear that Harvard scholar Louis Gates Jr. was not a burglary suspect last week, "at that point, cooler heads on all sides should have prevailed."
House Republicans are crying foul and claiming that the Democrats are using their majority to prevent GOP Members from communicating with their constituents.
How can this possibly be legal? President Obama got an hour of free air time last night to peddle his crap. Surely, the Republicans send out a mailer countering Obama's claims.
I also like American Idol. What? Shut up!
President Obama’s press conference Wednesday night offered an ideal encapsulation of the Democrats’ case for their health-care-reform proposals: outlandish promises about benefits and patently dishonest denials of the costs. He said essentially all of the uninsured would be covered, the insured could keep their existing coverage and would be guaranteed to keep it if they lost or changed jobs, the quality of care would rise, waste and fraud would be slashed, the deficit would decline, and no one would have to pay a price for all this except a few millionaires. Oh, and by the way, the plan would also “keep government out of health-care decisions.”
Here are a collection of tweets from someone as they read the bill. Sample:
Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benes u get
Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill - YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!
Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access 2 ur banks accts 4 elect. funds transfer
pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt Monop
Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into pub opt plan. NO CHOICE
Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill - Doctors, doesnt matter what specialty u have, you'll all be paid the same
PG 253 Line 10-18 Govt sets value of Dr's time, prof judg, etc. Literally value of humans.
Here's a copy of the actual bill in the House.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Believe it or not, the above statements weren't overhead in bars or random conversations -- they were said in job interviews.
"I'm not wanted in this state."
"How many young women work here?"
"I didn't steal it; I just borrowed it."
"You touch somebody and they call it sexual harassment!"
"I've never heard such a stupid question."
I especially like this one:
"[He said] 'Well, as you can see, I'm a young, virile man and I'm single -- if you ladies know what I'm saying.' Then he looked at one of the fair-haired board members and said, 'I particularly like blondes.'"
I had a similar situation happen. A guy was rocking back and forth in his chair, making moaning sounds and saying, "baby, you fiiiiine".
I called security.
Obama has become that guy. I think he should put a mattress on tonight for his press conference. Because that would be funny. And entertaining.
I couldn't find a copy of a Mattress Mac commercial, but I did find this fine production of racism at it's finest...and it illustrates the point I was making. Obama should not only get in a mattress, but he should mock all cultures in America while selling us his ObamaCare.
Really...his employer searched his home?
And he felt committing suicide was his best solution in this situation?
I think any of these politicians who vote for this craptastic bill should be required to enroll in the plan.
Here is the Boston Globe article outlining the professor's side of the story.
Here is a copy of the police report.
Draw your own conclusions.
I personally don't believe this is a case of racism, but I also don't believe the cop should have arrested him. He established the guy was the resident of the home, so he should have just left. So what if he is yelling at him. Comes with the territory...deal with it. As for the claim of racism...incidents like this are the reason people pay less and less attention when real racism occurs.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I totally stole that headline from Bill Kristol.
UPDATE: Allahpundit tweets: Adding to this morning's annoyance: Obama acting douchier by the moment on health care allahpundit Tue 21 Jul 08:47 via twhirl
The Great Depression is a case study in how government intervention into the free market is not successful and most often produces results opposite of what it intends. During the depression, 15 new government agencies were created, government spending increased by 220%, taxes increased by 68%, and the deficit increased to 24 billion dollars. Friedman postulated that the tremendous government intervention only perpetuated the depression -- a view that has been validated over time. He stated that, "far from the depression being a failure of the free-enterprise system, it was a tragic failure of the government."But it has been fun watching the government repeat the mistakes of the New Deal...while I continue to be unemployed.
Trust in President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies to identify the right solutions to problems facing the country has dropped off significantly since March, according to a new Public Strategies Inc./POLITICO poll.
This happened in Australia...cuz an American would nevah be stupid enough to do something like this.
"...physicians are requiring patients to sign broad agreements that prohibit online postings or commentary in any media outlet "without prior written consent."I'm thinking if a doctor is asking you to sign a non-complaint form prior to providing services, that is not who you want as a physician.
But no need to worry. With ObamaCare, patients won't have much of a choice in their physician so complaining will be fruitless.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Not true says Foxnews.
Mr. Walpin was investigating the Obama's friend, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson when he was fired.
If only they would have told us ham cost $595,600 lb., those teabaggers wouldn't have been out teaprotesting about all the wasteful spending.
It's all in how you communicate, people.
UPDATE: Apparently, Uncle Sam didn't spend $1M on ham.
And in other Potter news, the Pope says I'm not going to hell for liking HP. What a relief.
"Jenna would purposely try to lose her protection by going through red lights or by jumping in her car without telling agents where she was going. As a result, in a total waste of manpower, the Secret Service kept her car under surveillance so agents could follow her," Ronald Kessler writes in "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect," out next month from Crown.
The author claims that at a 2005 Halloween party, Henry Hager, Jenna's boyfriend and soon-to-be-hubby, got so drunk the Secret Service took him to Georgetown University Hospital. He also got boozed up with Jenna in a Georgetown bar and picked a fight with several other patrons, with agents having to intervene to avoid a brawl, writes Kessler, an ex-Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reporter.
Sounds like typical college students to me. I'm sure the book will be full of tales about Chelsea going to tea parties and bible study.
And it sounds like the Secret Service ain't so secret.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friends worried that she appeared anxious and underweight. Her hair had thinned to the point where she needed emergency help from her hairdresser and close friend, Jessica Steele.
“Honestly, I think all of it just broke her heart,” Ms. Steele said in an interview at her beauty parlor in Wasilla, the Beehive.
Now the hairdresser is on Twitter, twitting away that it is all a lie.
I am Sarah Palin's hairdresser in Alaska! The media is saying Sarah's hair is thinning this is a lie!!! I never said this and it's not true!about 22 hours ago from Tweetie
@aktiff08 yes, this is what they are saying!!! They say it was an exclusive from her hairdresser! Makes me sick!about 22 hours ago from Tweetie in reply to aktiff08
Inside Edition contacted me about an interview,I said no because the whole "story" was a lie! Sarah Palin's hair is not thinning!about 19 hours ago from Tweetie
I have never spoken 2 Inside Edition or told any reporter at the NYTs that Sarah Palin's hair was thinning to the point of emergency! Liers!about 19 hours ago from Tweetie
I will continue 2 tell people: I never said Sarah Palin's hair is thinning! The Left is desperate to attack Sarah Palin with stupid lies!!!about 19 hours ago from Tweetie
Media is so desperate to attack Sarah Palin they are saying lies about her hair! I am her HAIRDRESSER!! U will not use me in a LIE media!!!!about 19 hours ago from Tweetie
it's so werid to hear & read about things that I "said" that are not true! Never said her hair needed emergency attention!about 18 hours ago from Tweetie in reply to Adrienne2012
at this point I am realizing that the truth doesn't matter, only the perception of the truth is real any more it's makes me so madabout 18 hours ago from Tweetie in reply to aktiff08
If u think about it saying Sarah's Palins hair is thinning is the dumbest lie the New York Times and inside Edition can come up with yet!about 18 hours ago from Tweetie
if the worst thing they can come up with is a lie about Sarah Palin's hair it's pretty pathetic and bottom feeder journalism!!about 11 hours ago from Tweetie
U don't mess with a hairdresser and her client! It's a precious relationship! Don't mess with my girl Sarah Palin!about 11 hours ago from Tweetie
and so on....
I don't know about this. Would the NYT tell an outright lie? They got her hairdresser's name correct. Maybe Jessica did speak with them and made the statement in a sympathetic manner, not realizing it would be used against Palin. That sounds more plausible.
I am no fan of the NYT, but I can't imagine they would just make up a story out of thin air.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I think at this point even if Obama wasn't born in the US, he can produce a document that says he was. I'm pretty sure he "knows people".
This is a fruitless effort.
John Coale, a Washington lawyer who helped Palin set up a legal-defense fund and PAC, tells NEWSWEEK the fund is "well on its way" to paying off $500,000 in legal debt from the campaign and another $100,000 in bills incurred later, leaving questions about how big a part money woes played in her decision to resign.
Ummm...if she can rack up $500,000 in legal bills in 8 months, what would her legal bills be if she stayed on another 18 months? If she is accumulating what calculates out to be roughly $63K a month, in 18 months she will have over $1M in addition to the $500K. Is spending $1.5M -2M on frivolous complaints a good use of money? As she racks up legal bills, that means she has to go beg more people for money to pay it off. I don't blame her for wanting off that merry-go-round...especially considering 2 additional complaints have been filed since she announced her resignation. It doesn't appear as if the complaints were going to go away.
Here's where the article starts to turn into nothing:
One thing is clear: Palin is fuming at the McCain camp, which she believes saddled her with all that debt. At the time John McCain tapped Palin, she was using Alaska state funds to pay the lawyer she hired to defend her against ethics charges. McCain aides, worried that that could raise ethical questions, put an end to the payments.
Really? How is that clear? I'm assuming being the stellar journalist Mark Hosenball is, he spoke with the Governor when writing this article and that is where he is getting his information. Oh wait, no it's not. It's just more "super secret, anonymous McCain campaign workers". If Palin is fuming at the McCain campaign, I would imagine it would have more to do with stories coming from said campaign workers than paying off her legal bills.
Here's where things get testy: Coale says the McCain campaign, and later the Republican National Committee, led Palin to believe that they would pay her bills, but never did, causing Palin's debt to pile up. But two former senior McCain officials, who asked for anonymity to keep political peace, say there was no such promise (online finance records show no payments to Palin's lawyer).
What is Mark Hosenball getting at here? If, according to the first part of the article, she has plenty of money in the fund created to help pay off her legal bills, then why would she be mad at the McCain campaign or the RNC? Wouldn't Palin want the bills paid, regardless of who pays them. Does it really matter if the money to pay the bills comes from her legal defense fund or the McCain/RNC campaign? If the bills are getting paid, the bills are getting paid.
This article makes no sense. It begins by talking about how Palin has enough money in the defense fund she created to pay off her legal bills and asks, "so what is the real reason she resigned"...then it spirals into some nonsense about how she's mad at the McCain campaign. If the thesis of the article is about "the real reason Palin resigned", we are to conclude it is because she is mad at John McCain.
And that makes perfect sense.
The most telling part of the article can be found in the last sentence:
Palin's spokeswoman, her lawyer, and an RNC spokeswoman didn't respond to requests for comment.
Friday, July 17, 2009
While I find the threats of intimidation nauseating, I'm not feeling sorry for Mr. Lewis. Mr. Lewis had a responsibility to act in the best interest of his shareholders, employees, and customers. If he felt the deal with Merrill Lynch was a stinker and would put BoA in a bad, almost disasterous, position, why did he agree to the deal? Why didn't he walk away from the government, allow the Treasury to fire him, and then go to his shareholders with his concerns? Wouldn't that be the honorable thing to do? Mr. Lewis had an opportunity to demonstrate not only leadership, but integrity by putting his shareholders, customers, and employees before his own self interest. When companies that hire executives who put their own self interest first, they kinda deserve what they get. Isn't that how we got into this financial mess...everyone looking to make a quick buck?
I'll keep you posted on how it works out for me.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Notice how many times he calls her ma'am...which she had a major problem with when done by a General.
An arm of General Motors has asked surviving GM dealers to put in writing their opposition to bipartisan legislation that would restore franchise agreements to dealers the government issued pink slips to earlier this year, sparking accusations of “coercion” from one of the bill’s chief proponents.
The bill has momentum on Capitol Hill, but is not supported by the President. The Obama Administration said Wednesday reversing the closings would set a “dangerous precedent, potential raising legal concerns, to intervene into a closed judicial bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of one particular group at this point.”In a July 6 letter obtained by the Washington Times the GM National Dealership Council’s Chairman Duane Paddock said the NDC “strongly opposes this bill” and “would appreciate your signature of support at the bottom where it is designated.” It requested recipients to fax the signed letter by 5pm the next day to the NDC.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Terrence Joseph Germani, who investigators believe walked to the Wachovia on Russ Avenue from his house on Parsley Street, was on the line with a dispatcher as he opened the bank's front door.
He calmly told the dispatcher he was wearing a black shirt and white shoes and was not armed. He also said he had been mentally unstable all of his life.“I've got a note, I am going to rob the bank,” he said. “I need to go to prison. I can't live like this anymore.”
I blame Bush.
Well, that was then and this is now. 62% of Americans saying we are headed in the wrong direction is no longer a bad thing. There are two school's of thought here.
1. Rasmussen did work for the Republicans so he is a lying neocon who cannot be trusted
2. Americans just don't understand Obama's superbad wizardry skills...which he will be using any day now to improve the economy.
The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for state jobless benefits continued to plunge dramatically last week, but the drop in the filings still doesn't necessarily mean job prospects are improving.
Shouldn't "decline" indicate good? Damn you, Scooba Steve!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Upon reflection, I think Cool Aunt may have had one too many. I'm just saying...
But, she is still the coolest aunt evah!
"We don't have the money. We're just a small club. We're volunteers," she said. "I hope we can teach our children a lesson -- that you should admit errors. We should have done things differently. And if there are differences, we can overcome them."And then there's this:
"The children are not doing well at all ... it's really coming to the surface how these children have been affected," she said. "They're asking questions [like] are they too dark to go into the pool?"Right, lady...I smell some exploitation of young children taking place.
They have details of the Final Tweet reality show that was leaked back in May. It's even stupider than you imagined.
This is what television programming has come to? Why hasn't this reality show genre died yet? I do have to say, however, I was very sad to see Love of RayJ end. That there was some high quality, gripping television.
The pitch: four teams of “young entrepreneurs” battle with non-profit organizations to win a cash prize of $100,000. They’ll travel across the U.S. and live off “limited cash.”
“In this choose your own adventure type journey the players rely partially on the influence and knowledge of their twitter followers and supporters, the strength of their teamwork, and their ambition to advance them from spot to spot….. and bringing them one step closer to that final tweet…Teams will unite, squabble and laugh, looking forward to what Twitter Headquarters has up their sleeves. Twitter followers at home will live and play their journey as the teams document themselves by tweeting updates.”
Really? Why does this issue keep coming up? I thought this matter was settled. And the military bought this argument? Really?
In an effort to position Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a moderate or centrist, Senate Democrats are trying to paint the current Supreme Court as radically right-wing. Time and again in the opening session of Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, senators decried the “activism” and conservative bias of the current Supreme Court, and of Chief Justice John Roberts in particular.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary estimate for job losses for June is 467,000, which means 7.2 million people have lost their jobs since the start of the recession. The cumulative job losses over the last six months have been greater than for any other half year period since World War II, including the military demobilization after the war. The job losses are also now equal to the net job gains over the previous nine years, making this the only recession since the Great Depression to wipe out all job growth from the previous expansion.
Here are 10 reasons we are in even more trouble than the 9.5% unemployment rate indicates:
June's total assumed 185,000 people at work who probably were not.
More companies are asking employees to take unpaid leave. These people don't count on the unemployment roll.
No fewer than 1.4 million people wanted or were available for work in the last 12 months but were not counted.
The number of workers taking part-time jobs due to the slack economy, a kind of stealth underemployment, has doubled in this recession to about nine million, or 5.8% of the work force.
The average work week for rank-and-file employees in the private sector, roughly 80% of the work force, slipped to 33 hours.
The average length of official unemployment increased to 24.5 weeks, the longest since government began tracking this data in 1948.
The average worker saw no wage gains in June, with average compensation running flat at $18.53 an hour.
The goods producing sector is losing the most jobs -- 223,000 in the last report alone.
The prospects for job creation are equally distressing. The likelihood is that when economic activity picks up, employers will first choose to increase hours for existing workers and bring part-time workers back to full time. Many unemployed workers looking for jobs once the recovery begins will discover that jobs as good as the ones they lost are almost impossible to find because many layoffs have been permanent.
This is warms my heart with goodness and cheer. Latest talks regarding the economic recovery are putting the end of this recession sometime in the middle of 2010....and then the tax increases will take effect, which will almost insure no new job creation. I'm never finding a job. And my unemployment is almost up. Feel free to help me out by visiting a couple of my "sponsors" who probably have no idea they are sponsoring my blog.
With Speaker Pelosi caught in the web of her own deceit over what the CIA told her about “torture,” and the Obama administration in the middle of its latest 180-degree reversal over CIA interrogators (Attorney General Holder is now considering prosecutions despite Obama’s promise of no prosecutions), Democrats have trumped up a charge that the CIA, on the orders of Vice President Dick Cheney, failed to notify Congress that it was contemplating — not implementing, but essentially brainstorming about — plans to kill or capture top al-Qaeda figures.
Isn't this one of those things that we know is true but we don't talk about. Kinda like when your mother-in-law says she is coming to visit for two weeks and you are dreading it. You don't mention your misery during the time she's there, but everyone knows she's a nag...they just don't talk about it.