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SAT OCT 06, 2012 AT 12:00 PM PDT
The BLS jobs numbers the GOP won't talk about
by Jon Perr

Republicans and their media water-carriers are apoplectic about Friday's report showing the unemployment rate dipped to 7.8 percent in September as the U.S. economy added 114,000 new jobs. But while many conservatives have been quick to follow in Richard Nixon's footsteps in accusing the career civil servants at the BLS of cooking the books for President Obama by showing more robust employment growth this summer, there is one jobs report no Republican wants to talk about. Because in the spring of 2011, the Bureaus of Labor Statistics and Economic Analysis revealed that the Bush recession was far more severe than the incoming Obama administration knew at the time or Republicans want to admit now.

In late 2008, Barack Obama's transition team led by Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein began planning the President-elect's response to the near collapse of the American financial system that fall. In readying what in February 2009 would become the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Romer and Bernstein estimated that unemployment would peak at 8 percent with the stimulus--and 9 percent without it.

Unfortunately, only much later did Obama's team--and the American people--learn just how catastrophic the U.S. economic situation was at the beginning of 2009.

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"You can kill things and still like them" (not in MY world)

I’ve voted to kill Big Bird in the past. So I have a record there that I have to disclose. That doesn’t mean I don’t like Big Bird, I mean, you can kill things and still like them, maybe to eat them, I don’t know. But, uh, that’s probably that. Can we, can we go back on that one?


'Muslim Lier?' Poor speller vandalizes Obama's Des Moines headquarters

'Muslim Lier?' Poor speller vandalizes Obama's Des Moines headquarters

(Des Moines Register) -- Someone vandalized an Obama campaign building in Des Moines by spray painting the words "Muslim Lier" on a large banner, police said.

The word "liar" was misspelled on the sign, officers said.

The blue banner is 16 by 8 feet and hangs on the south side of the building at 2307 Hubbell Ave. The words were written with red spray paint, police said.


The same message was reportedly spray painted near the Iowa State Fairgrounds earlier in the week.



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peace, kp

HE IS!!!

ExxonMobil is returning fire after President Obama singled out the oil giant in Wednesday’s debate when calling for an end to billions of dollars in industry tax breaks.

“To hear President Barack Obama in last night’s first presidential debate, you would think he was running against ExxonMobil this November given his tendency to single us out for criticism,” wrote Ken Cohen, an Exxon executive, on the company’s blog Thursday.


Santorum: "Maybe Romney wants to eat Big Bird"

“I’ve voted to kill Big Bird in the past,” Santoru] said when asked about his position on the issue. “So, I have a record there that I have to disclose. That doesn’t mean I don’t like Big Bird. I mean, you can kill things and still like them, maybe to eat them, I don’t know.”Santorum, who fell short in his presidential primary bid against Republican nominee Mitt Romney earlier this year, appeared to recognize that his choice of words could ruffle some feathers. After asking, “Can we go back on that one?” he quipped, “That’s a bad youtube moment right there.”


Melissa Harris-Perry To George Will: ‘I Hereby Give You Permission To Set Down White Man's Burden'

Melissa Harris-Perry Responds To George Will: ‘I Hereby Give You Permission To Set Down The White Man’s Burden’

Harris-Perry then told Will that his choice of the word “benign” in his piece was noteworthy given that what he’s really saying is something a bit more… sinister:

You suspect something is amiss when, even after the President’s meager performance in Wednesday’s debate, he still enjoys a 46% to 44% lead over challenger Mitt Romney. You see, George, I don’t think it’s all that much of a paradox. It could be that Democrats have effectively linked Romney with candidates, elected officias, and policies that represent the extreme anti-reproductive rights initiatives in the republican party. That big old gender gap could be because of “Transvaginal McDonald,” “Legitimate Rape Akin,” and “No Pills Santorum.” Or, George, perhaps it’s that Mr. Romney chose a running mate that advocates transforming Medicare into a voucher system. That just might have caused reliably conservative seniors to reconsider their willingness to support the President. And George, it could be that, until Wednesday night, Mitt Romney had run a breathtakingly uninspiring campaign, pockmarked with gaffes and inconsistencies and evasion. But, no, George, you took none of this into account. Instead, you wrote that the President’s lead is solid because — I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed this — because the President is black.

You say the nation — which is generally reluctant to declare a president a failure, thereby admitting that it made a mistake in choosing him — seems reluctant to give up on the first African-American president. Right! Because we all know that black men hold an unfair advantage in the labor market. You can see the evidence of it all around you. After decades of racial goodwill, shown to black workers as a result of the unfairly imposed guilt trip by radical race card-playing media types like me, black workers now have an unemployment rate of 13.4%. Right. Racial guilt, that’s it.

Well, here’s the deal, George. I hereby give you permission to set down the white man’s burden. If you don’t want to vote for the president, don’t! Plenty of other voters seem to have found actual reasons to support him.

which mitt?

Arkansas Republican: Slavery was ‘blessing in disguise’ that ‘rewarded’ blacks with U.S. citizenship

“The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise,” Hubbard wrote. “The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.”

The Africans who were abducted from their homeland to be sold abroad as human chattel were the lucky ones, however. On page 189 of Letters to the Editor, Hubbard said, “Knowing what we know today about life on the African continent, would an existence spent in slavery have been any crueler than a life spent in sub-Saharan Africa?”

However, Hubbard also believes that black Americans’ lives would “be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education.”

And while he sees “the blacks” as a pressing problem facing America, the real threat, he wrote, comes from immigrants, “legal and illegal,” who will eventually have to be rounded up and killed.



Romney practiced that smile “for hours.” Think about that for a minute

Some don’t need to ‘practice’ things like smiling. Humans, for instance:


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