Sunday, September 4, 2011

It really is this bad


The graph that’s killing Obama’s presidency

I’ve noted this one before. The New York Times put it on its front page yesterday.

In Telluride, Saw both of GW's girls, they looked good. Have not seen Clinton or Clooney who are here as well.


Mexican sunflowers, country music and a rodeo: Lauren Bush and David Lauren to tie the knot in a 'Western-themed' ceremony today

It has been described as America's own royal wedding.
Today, Lauren Bush will marry David Lauren in what is expected to be a Western-themed ceremony at his fashion designer father's ranch in Colorado.
The granddaughter and niece of former presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush and the heir apparent of the Ralph Lauren fashion empire will tie the knot just outside the small town of Ridgway.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2033605/Lauren-Bush-wedding-Western-themed-ceremony-Ralph-Lauren-ranch-today.html#ixzz1X2Fpi5ZF

Many a truth is said in jest...


IRS Gives $4.2 Billion Tax Credit To Illegal Aliens In 2010



Apparently you don't have to know where the jobs are to be Sec. of Labor.



Waffle Index for hurricanes

GAUGING HURRICANE RECOVERY with the “Waffle House Index.”
 “Green means the restaurant is serving a full menu, a signal that damage in an area is limited and the lights are on. Yellow means a limited menu, indicating power from a generator, at best, and low food supplies. Red means the restaurant is closed, a sign of severe damage in the area or unsafe conditions. . . . During Hurricane Irene, Waffle House lost power to 22 restaurants in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. By Wednesday evening, all but one in hard-hit coastal Virginia were back in business.”

This is what GWers have cost the English per year. Green is expensive.


Environment policy reforms to add £300 to energy bills

Household energy bills will rise by more than £300 a year as a result of the Coalition’s green policies.

This is how Liberal's think. They know what is best. All others are idiots.



12% unemployment in California.

Californians returned EVERY Democrat to Sacramento. They reelected has-been Jerry Brown. And they reelected Barbara "don't call me madam" Boxer to the Senate. This isn't rocket science. You get the outcome and the government you vote for.
The percentage of working-age Californians with jobs has fallen to a record low, and employment may not return to pre-recession levels until the second half of the decade, according to a research group.

Just 55.4 percent of working-age Californians, defined as those 16 or older, had a job in July, down from 56.2 percent a year earlier and the lowest level since 1976, the Sacramento- based California Budget Project said in a report released late yesterday.

California’s 12 percent unemployment rate in July, the nation’s second-highest after Nevada, compared with 9.1 percent nationwide. The most-populous state lost 1.4 million jobs during the recession that began three years ago, and has gained back only 226,800, or about 17 percent, according to the report

China and America


This capital city’s skies were clogged with pollution, as is often the case, and China’s government was concerned. So it summoned officials of the American Embassy here to a meeting.
But the session had nothing to do with hazy skies. Rather, Chinese officials were peeved that the Americans were monitoring pollution themselves, and posting on Twitter for anyone to read, their more precise findings, which usually judged the smog far worse than official Chinese readings.
Chinese officials feared the conflicting information “might lead to ‘social consequences,’ ” an American Embassy cable quoted the officials as saying. So could the Americans please block Chinese citizens from visiting the Web site?
That July 2009 cable, posted on the WikiLeaks Web site on Friday, is one of hundreds from the American Embassy in Beijing that offer a glimpse into the depths, and heights, of relations between the United States and Chinese governments. The cables, involving secret but not very diplomatically delicate correspondence between the two powers, cover topics ranging from China’s claims on the South China Sea to the daily exercise regimen that the Chongqing Communist Party secretary, Bo Xilai, designed for himself.
Their revelation appears unlikely to ruffle diplomatic relations. But they could lead to serious consequences for Chinese academics, students and others who talked frankly to American officials, and who are identified, either by name or by precise description, in cables dealing with analyses of Chinese positions.

How bad is California's employment picture? The worst ever.


The percentage of working-age Californians with jobs has fallen to a record low, and employment may not return to pre-recession levels until the second half of the decade, according to a research group.
Just 55.4 percent of working-age Californians, defined as those 16 or older, had a job in July, down from 56.2 percent a year earlier and the lowest level since 1976, the Sacramento- based California Budget Project said in a report released late yesterday.
California’s 12 percent unemployment rate in July, the nation’s second-highest after Nevada, compared with 9.1 percent nationwide. The most-populous state lost 1.4 million jobs during the recession that began three years ago, and has gained back only 226,800, or about 17 percent, according to the report.

What O and the Libs have done. Double Dip.


Think 9.1 Percent Unemployment Is Bad? It Gets Worse...

AP
By PAUL WISEMAN and CHRISTOPHER LEONARD, AP Business Writers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The job market is even worse than the 9.1 percent unemployment rate suggests.

America's 14 million unemployed aren't competing just with each other. They must also contend with 8.8 million other people not counted as unemployed - part-timers who want full-time work.

When consumer demand picks up, companies will likely boost the hours of their part-timers before they add jobs, economists say. It means they have room to expand without hiring.

And the unemployed will face another source of competition once the economy improves: Roughly 2.6 million people who aren't counted as unemployed because they've stopped looking for work. Once they start looking again, they'll be classified as unemployed. And the unemployment rate could rise.


Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ECONOMY_UNDEREMPLOYED?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-09-04-12-02-18#ixzz1X1VInTCN

Until six months ago I would not have thought so


Can a president truly become irrelevant?


Fading into the background

D.C. government money builds a strip club

The District of Columbia city government is reportedly in the midst of a lawsuit with a nonprofit group that the city claims used $330,000 in grant money intended for a job-training facility to build a strip club.

“The lawsuit contends the money was supposed to be used to build a job-training facility for people with HIV/AIDS. The city expected the facility — to be constructed in an old warehouse — to open in 2007.

Instead, the civil complaint charges that Miracle Hands changed the so-called site of its job-training facility from one building to another, it continued to submit invoices for renovation work at the original location.

The establishment at that location secured a nightclub liquor license in August 2006. The Stadium Club opened in 2007 in the spot. After that, Miracle Hands began billing the district for renovations at the second location, the suit alleges.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/d-c-govt-after-nonprofit-that-allegedly-used-grant-money-to-open-strip-club/


spending-restraint

GWers are defending $35 billion a year. Truth can not be allowed in the way of that.


CLIMATE MCCARTHYISM STRIKES AGAIN

About six weeks ago Dr. Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama Huntsville (a center for lots of NASA activity and climate research) published an important new paper with William Braswell in the Journal of Remote Sensing entitled “On the Misdiagnosis of Climate Feedbacks from Variations in Earth’s Radiant Energy Balance.”  Translated from the scientific lingo, the paper essentially argues that discrepancies between what the climate models say should be happening and what we actually observe happening (namely, the pause in warming over the last decade) means we still don’t have a complete picture of cloud behavior.  (This issue is closely related, though not identical, to the post I had up last weekendon Nature’s blockbuster cosmic ray paper.)  As Spencerexplains on his blog: “Even the IPCC admits the biggest uncertainty in how much human-caused climate change we will see is the degree to which cloud feedback [temperature change => cloud change] will magnify (or reduce) the weak direct warming tendency from more CO2 in the atmosphere.”
Well, you can imagine what happened next.  Not content with attacking Spencer and Braswell for their heresy, the Climate Inquisition has forced the resignation of the editor of the Journal of Remote Sensing.  Better still, they seem to have given him the full Rubashov treatment and forced a confession:
Unfortunately, as many climate researchers and engaged observers of the climate change debate pointed out in various internet discussion fora, the paper by Spencer and Braswell… is most likely problematic in both aspects and should therefore not have been published.
“Should not have been published.”  Even though it passed peer review, and finds lots of company among scientists and other journal articles. 

Agree with Barone. Boehner is the only leader in DC with a clear and consistent base and position.


I can’t remember a more stunning rebuke of a president by a congressional leader than Speaker John Boehner’s refusal to agree to Barack Obama’s demand — er, request — that he summon a joint session of Congress to hear the president’s latest speech on the economy at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Obama’s request was regarded as a clever move by some wise guys in the left blogosphere since that was the exact time of a long-scheduled Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library. Take that, you guys!
But Boehner smoothly responded that, with Congress reconvening late that afternoon, the security sweep necessary for a presidential visit would be impossible, and invited the president to speak on Thursday. White House officials quickly agreed, scheduling the speech at 7 p.m. Eastern to avoid overlap with the first game of the National Football League season.
Not such a big deal, some people are saying. I disagree. I think it illustrates several of the weaknesses of this presidency.
Which Barone then spells out.

MSM caught lying again. In the age of the internet you think they would learn. We are all reporters.


A BLOG REPORT FROM RICK PERRY’S SPEECH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: “I attended that event, stood about 15 feet from where he delivered those remarks and never heard an ‘angry shout’. Either the AP is making it up or it wasn’t much of a shout. Perhaps they can supply the audio.”
Maybe it was a reporter in the back who was doing the shouting. But after the 2004 bogus-boos incident, I encourage bloggers and others attending these events to record audio and video. You never know what’ll happen — or what people will report happened, even if it didn’t.

The article confuses regs with the code, but otherwise it stats are right.


10 Reasons Why The U.S. Tax System Stinks So Bad It Makes An Onion Cry


images 10 Reasons Why The U.S. Tax System Stinks So Bad It Makes An Onion CryFour Score and 70 years ago, honest Abe started the first income tax.
The Bottom Line:
  • The current income tax was started in 1913.
  • What is taller than a giraffe and weighs 145 lbs?  The Tax Code (72,536 pages)
  • Regression analysis predicts by 2050 the tax code will be around 140,000 pages.
  • The Tax Code has 5 times as many words as the bible.
  • Compliance costs are estimated between 300-500 billion dollars/year.

1. Brief History:
  • To help pay for the War Between the States (aka Civil War and in the Dirty Dirty called War of Northern Aggression) the first income tax started in 1861, as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all income over 800 dollars).
  • The unconstitutional income tax was repealed in 1872.
  • The next federal income tax was established in 1913, but  required an amendment to the United States Constitution to make it legal (The 16th Amendment).
  • The 1913 income tax only affected couples making $4,000 or more/year (which is $90,300 today w/inflation)  at 1%.  The tax return was only 1 page and the tax codes were 14 pages.

Rainbow Cloud




A rainbow cloud shimmers over Ethiopia

Here's a rare look at a rainbow over the skies of Ethiopia. Find out how this cloud — known as a "pileus cloud" — brightens the atmosphere.

October may be worse


Obama's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month 

Obama Takes Part in FEMA Meeting
August could have been better for the president


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1WzlZMsPO

Oh my!

Olbermann Slams Obama: ‘What the Hell is Going On in the White House?’
WATCHOlbermann Slams Obama: ‘What the Hell is Going On in the White House?’
 
Goes on tirade about smog regulation.

Oh my!




Terry McAuliffe (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Reliably liberal NYTimes columnist wonders: one and done?

Maureen Dowd:
Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed.

The days of spinning illusions in a Greek temple in a football stadium are done. The One is dancing on the edge of one term.

The White House team is flailing — reacting, regrouping, retrenching. It’s repugnant.

After pushing and shoving and caving to get on TV, the president’s advisers immediately began warning that the long-yearned-for jobs speech wasn’t going to be that awe-inspiring.

“The issue isn’t the size or the newness of the ideas,” one said. “It’s less the substance than how he says it, whether he seizes the moment.”

The arc of justice is stuck at the top of a mountain. Maybe Obama was not even the person he was waiting for.