Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Worst recession recovery EVER

Across a wide range of measures—employment growth, unemployment levels, bank lending, economic output, income growth, home prices and household expectations for financial well-being—the economy's improvement since the recession's end in June 2009 has been the worst, or one of the worst, since the government started tracking these trends after World War II.


...this begs the question: WHY??? Take a look at the lack of coherent leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and you will have your answer.

More 'weed' in Denver than Starbucks coffee

There are now more medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver than there are Starbucks. Glossy guidebooks list nearly 300 locations where Colorado’s 125,000 residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana can get their “medicine.” Many offer a free joint to new customers, allowing them to sample exotic strains like Jah Kush, Golden Goat and Romulan Cotton Candy.

Local smokers even have a professional critic to help them navigate the gauntlet of bongs, pipes and vaporizers, or make that essential choice between Super Silver Haze and Purple Passion.

Recycling fascists in action

An elderly Upper East Side woman claims a sanitation agent chased her, threatened her with arrest and slapped her with a ticket for putting day-old newspapers in a city trash can.


Frank J. Fleming on changing presidents

Carter is feeling better about himself, he is watching another president replace him as 'worst' president in recent memory.

Historically, whether a president is very good at running the country is usually the most prevalent issue when he is up for reelection. Even controlling for other factors such as amount of powder in wigs and size of mutton chops, if a president is horrible at his job, that is the biggest indicator that he won’t be reelected. In fact, many say the point of having elections is to periodically be able to get rid of a president who isn’t very good. For instance, back in 1980, the fact that Jimmy Carter was a terrible, awful president was by far the biggest issue of the election. Any suggestion that his opponent was a right-wing extremist was outweighed by the fact that Carter clearly had no idea what he was doing as commander-in-chief and people felt it was best he move on to an occupation like building houses, where he was less likely to cause major harm.


NYT tries to make small differences large

Perry Breaks with Bush

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
Perry Breaks With a Fellow Texan: Bush
AUSTIN, Tex. - Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican contemplating a presidential run, shares many attributes with the last man who ran for president from here, his predecessor and onetime patron, George W. Bush. He has the same straight-legged Texas swagger; the down-home, clipped speaking style; the desert-baked conservatism.
But in recent years, Mr. Perry has broken politically with Mr. Bush, questioning his credentials as a fiscal conservative, accusing him of going on "a big government binge" and playing down some of Mr. Bush's accomplishments in Texas in light of his own.
Mr. Perry's public statements exposed a long-simmering rivalry that had been little known outside of the political fraternity here but underscores the rightward drift of the Republican Party since Mr. Bush was president. More acutely, Mr. Perry's criticism holds potential peril and benefit for him should he decide to mount a presidential campaign, allowing him to establish an identity distinct from Mr. Bush but risking a guerrilla campaign against him by the former president's inner circle.

O news and a classless act

BACHMANN: Obama thinks 'Tea Party made up of toothless hillbillies'...

Obama tries to stop execution in Texas of Mexican killer...
Humberto Leal Garcia convicted of raping, murdering 16-year-old girl...
US ambassador to UK skips event honoring Reagan...


Good Question

Penis Length: it is all in the fingers

Confirmed: Male finger length linked to, er…

In the new study, researchers at Gachon University Gil Hospital in South Korea recruited 144 volunteers 20 years of age and older who were going to undergo urological surgery. While the men were under anesthesia, the researchers measured their finger lengths and both their flaccid and stretched penis lengths. Stretched penis length is statistically correlated to the size of the penis when fully erect. [5 Myths About the Male Body]
The average flaccid penis length, the researchers found, was 3.0 inches (7.7 centimeters), with a range of 1.6 to 4.7 in. (4 to 12 cm). Stretched lengths ranged from nearly 3.0 to 6.7 in. (7.5 to 17 cm), with an average of 4.6 in. (11.7 cm).
The average ratio between the two fingers was 0.38 in. (0.97 cm), with a range of 0.35 to 0.44 in. (0.88 to 1.12 cm), making the differences hard to make out with the unaided eye. But the lower the digit ratio, the study found, the longer the penis was likely to be.

Only the ratings will suffer; not the game

Tiger To Skip Open

Tiger Woods

Robert Beck/SI

Tiger Woods will not play next week's British Open because he has not fully healed from injuries to his left leg. It will be the second consecutive major Woods has missed since injuring his left knee and Achilles' tendon at the Masters. Go to Article

Read more: http://www.golf.com/golf/#ixzz1RGKK2TKD

Roger the dodger starts with a full count

Perjury trial of baseball legend Clemens begins this week

By Jim Barnett, CNN
July 5, 2011 5:53 a.m. EDT

A small child died and no one is responsible for her death

She's going to search for the real perpetrator just like OJ


Casey Anthony

From Jody

The problems we face today exist
because the people who work for
a living are outnumbered by those
who vote for a living.

China getting help from American companies on citizen surveillance

Western companies including Cisco Systems Inc. are poised to help build an ambitious new surveillance project in China—a citywide network of as many as 500,000 cameras that officials say will prevent crime but that human-rights advocates warn could target political dissent.

The system, being built in the city of Chongqing over the next two to three years, is among the largest and most sophisticated video-surveillance projects of its kind in China, and perhaps the world. Dubbed "Peaceful Chongqing," it is planned to cover a half-million intersections, neighborhoods and parks over nearly 400 square miles...

American wins Tour de France stage on July 4

Two months ago, Tyler Farrar was demoralized, sleeping 20 hours a day. He had even stopped riding, overcome by sorrow after his best friend died in a crash at the Giro d’Italia.

On Monday, Farrar became the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France on the Fourth of July. It was the first time he had won a stage in cycling’s showcase race, and he dedicated the victory to the late Wouter Weylandt of Belgium.