Saturday, September 10, 2011

We don't need those jobs............. or that oil

This is what I've never understood about those who oppose drilling in the gulf.


It's not like the environmental hazards of drilling are eliminated. Especially if the other countries in the gulf are going to drill anyway.............

Somewhere between here and China, a hulking, hungry oil rig dubbed “Scarabeo 9” is making its way across the oceans, preparing to put a very controversial hole deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

To nervous Floridians, even its name suggests “scare,” or “scar.” It will puncture the sea floor in Cuban-controlled waters just 60 miles off the Florida Keys, not far from a protected coastline where offshore drilling is banned under U.S. law.

But hey, it's not like we need the jobs or anything.............


Life in "Progress" City - San Francisco edition

Parking ticket fines in San Francisco may go up $3 apiece as the perennially cash-strapped Municipal Transportation Agency scrambles to fill a funding gap.

That means, for example, the penalty to park at an expired downtown meter would go up to $68 and the fine for parking in a street-cleaning zone would jump to $58.

"Perennially cash strapped" isn't that the apt description of anything run by liberals?

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Tea Partier Attacks Media

What's most hilarious about this is that the union isn't going after a company hiring a legion of scabs but they hired from a rival union.

Go figure.

We need more cowbell

Like more jobs programs "the one" want to put in place..............

A jobs program in the Southern state of Georgia, cited in President Barack Obama's plan to fight unemployment, needs big fixes and would not work as a federal initiative, says the official who runs it.

Obama told Congress on Thursday in a major speech on jobs that the state-run Georgia Work$ initiative, along with other measures, would help people unemployed for more than six months and he stressed that Republican leaders in Congress supported it.

"We have to do more to help the long-term unemployed in their search for work," Obama said. Fear the U.S. economy could slip back into recession is hurting the Democratic president's chances of re-election in 2012.

"This jobs plan builds on a program in Georgia that several Republican leaders have highlighted where people who collect unemployment insurance participate in temporary work as a way to build their skills while they look for a permanent job," Obama told Congress.

But Georgia Work$ is being restructured to overcome significant flaws. Even within the state, it is seen as "not a marquee program," said state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, the Republican elected official who oversees it.


Ditto Charles

OMSA: Offshore Drilling Creates American Jobs

OMSA: Offshore Drilling Creates American Jobs

Hay is now a pollutant

Why not

In a news release last week, the Environmental Protection Agency labeled hay a pollutant, according to the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA). A non-profit organization representing thousands of U.S. cattle producers, R-CALF USA says the EPA’s outlandish affidavit could potentially require farmers and ranchers to store hay in pollution containment zones.

The issue culminated from an EPA compliance order charging Callicrate Feeding Company with a list of environmental violations.

So once again. We have a regulatuin that will no doubt increase the cost of meat.

Who does that impact the most

1) a family on public assistance
2) Chaz Bono
3) A network engineer at Apple
4) Anthony Weiner


Thursday, September 08, 2011

Here's shovel ready for you

So Obama plans to invest in infrastructure.

Hey O, here's a truly shovel ready project for you........ replacing the Brent Spence Bridge.

The case for using federal money to replace this bridge.

1) It's a death trap. As you can see from the photo to the side there's no turn off areas for distressed vehicles. As a result, we've had several instances where a car has rammed a stalled car on the bridge. Last spring, a driver got thrown over the side from this issue.

2) It handles 6 times the travel it was originally designed for.

3) It links two freeways and I-75 is the major corridor linking Michigan to Florida.

4) the cost is estimated to be roughly $10 billion. Kentucky and Ohio keeps paddling back and forth as to who picks up what costs. The feds could alleviate some of that burden.

5) How many good engineering, construction (union that is) and architectural jobs would be created by replacing this shovel ready bridge?

So Mr. President, can we expect to see one of those cool recovery signs over this bridge by next summer?

I'm not holding my breath.

The intellectual horse power of the democratic party

I thought this was in the Onion when I first read it..........

In addition to structural reforms, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) suggested that USPS should mount a national advertising campaign promoting the value of printed mail.

“You cannot get money by text message,” McCaskill said. “I really think that there is a longing out there right now, especially in these uncertain times, for some of the things that have provided stability over the years.”

Really? You mean to tell me after four years of aggressive texting, I've never been able to get some cash out of the deal and all it took was a stamp?


Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Why build furniture in the US?

So let's assume you own a high end furniture business. Does the raid on Gibson related to importing certain woods make you more or less interested in expanding a plant in the US.........................

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, last year said that it would begin enforcement for other furniture items sometime after September 2010. But a year later, it still hasn't announced when it will start the broader enforcement.

The amendments created a requirement for importers to declare the species and country of origin of plant or plant products, including wood. The recent raid has some industry experts wondering if warehouses used by furniture importers might be the next target.

American Home Furnishings Alliance Vice President Bill Perdue said the Lacey Act is something furniture importers should be worried about and that the organization has been working on helping companies learn compliance, even with the current limited scope of the rule.

"We've told our guys almost ad nauseam that if you are importing lumber into the United States you've got to comply with the Lacey Act. Really it's not where you manufacture the goods, it's where the tree was harvested," Perdue said.

"You just can't say pine. You've got to be able to identify the genus and the species of the wood and the point of harvest. So it's sort of a two-edged sword. Both of those are required in the certificate that comes over with the furniture and it's by article so it gets pretty tedious."

Or maybe you can just open your plant in Mexico and not worry about it.


But another speech should do the trick

So Obama doesn't want to meet with republicans in order to come up with a bipartisan plan to create jobs............

The White House suggested Wednesday that President Obama will not meet with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) before he delivers his jobs speech to Congress on Thursday night.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said he did not have any meetings to announce when asked if Obama would honor the request for consultation made by the Republican leaders.

"I do not believe that anyone out there in the country thinks that the answer to getting Washington out of gridlock is having another round, before this speech, of meetings in the Cabinet Room," Carney said.

Seriously? Exactly how is spending more energy on another speech more productive than meeting with the opposition party?

This guy is a big top circus clown?



Where have I heard that before..........

From NRO..............

Dowd’s piece employs many of the criticisms that the Right has made of Obama from the outset. Most notably, it echoes the notion that he is an empty suit, is obsessed with speech-making, and remains convinced that the sole role of the president is to make endless use of the bully pulpit. Dowd accuses Obama — who she sarcastically refers to as “The One” — of suffering from “Speech Illusion,” which she defines as:
[T]he 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.

It seems to me that I had heard this before. But I was wrong. I said it back on December 31, 2007..................

I've had friends ask me why I haven't beat on Obama like I have Hillary or The Breck Girl. Well, if you've noticed, you haven't read any posts on the empty suits in my closet either and that's exactly the same feelings I have for Obama.

But I'm sure I'm not nearly as schooled as Maureen Dowd.

Bill Cunningham Scared of Barack Obama

Boy, somehow John McCain condemned this introduction by Bill Cunningham for simply calling our the future president "Barack Hussein Obama" but The One can't seem to condemn Jame Hoffa for incendiary comments.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Life in "Progress" State - California edition

The recent announcement that California's unemployment again nudged up to 12 percent—second worst in the nation behind its evil twin, Nevada—should have come as a surprise but frankly did not. From the beginning of the recession, the Golden State has been stuck bringing up a humbled nation's rear and seems mired in that less-than-illustrious position.

What has happened to my adopted home state of over last decade is a tragedy, both for Californians and for America. For most of the past century, California has been "golden" not only in name but in every kind of superlative—a global leader in agriculture, energy, entertainment, technology, and most important of all, human aspiration.

In its modern origins California was paean to progress in the best sense of the word. In 1872, the second president of the University of California, Daniel Coit Gilman, said science was "the mother of California." Today, California may worship at the altar of science, but increasingly in the most regressive, hysterical, and reactionary way.


18 mil a job is a good deal..... right?

Last week, the Obama administration’s Department of Energy announced it is extending an $852 million loan guarantee to something called the Genesis Solar Project in California.

Genesis, according to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, will be built on federal land and ultimately employ perhaps 800 people during its construction and 47 people once it is up and running. This would seem to be a lot of money to generate very few jobs at a time when the nation is on the verge of bankruptcy, but the project really isn’t about jobs.

It’s the latest in the administration’s attempt to turn us away from dependence on fossil fuels regardless of cost and reality. This project, according to Mr. Chu, “will enable the deployment of clean, renewable sources at scale, which will help bring down the cost of solar power in the years to come.”

Maybe, but one has to remember that this man is part of an administration with neither a learning curve nor much regard for the intelligence of the people who elected the president.


Life in "Progress" State - Rhode Island edition

The analysis from a liberal...............

Rhode Island is one of the bluest states in the country, and one where public sector unions have long worked with sympathetic politicians to create a true blue system of well paid public employees retiring comfortably on generous pensions with cost of living raises automatically thrown in.

The only problem is that the state could never afford the beautiful utopia it was crafting, and so politicians and union leaders chose the path of systemic deceit. Taxpayers weren’t told what the bill for the system would be; public service workers weren’t told that the pension guarantees they’d been sold were worthless because taxpayers would not and could not foot the bill.

An economic crisis is nature’s revenge on those who make and those who accept false promises; it is a holocaust of lies when the dross is burned away and only what is real and true remains. Think of cotton candy melting and charring in the flame of a blowtorch; that is what is happening to the secure retirements that “caring” blue politicians and “committed” blue union leaders promised gullible state workers. From the Washington Post:

An ongoing pension reform effort is likely to result in reduced benefits for 51,000 public workers and retirees. Officials are pondering lowering retirement payments, replacing part of the guaranteed pensions with 401(k)-type accounts, and sharply reducing generous cost-of-living increases enjoyed by retirees. The Rhode Island legislature is expected to consider changes next month during a special session.

Rhode Island turned its pension program into a Ponzi scheme with the same basic technique that is being used in cities and states all over the country to bamboozle workers and taxpayers alike.........

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Who's the intelligent one here?

Here's a writer comparing the intelligence of The One and Rick Perry......

Similarly, pundits make vicious jokes about Perry’s supposed low-wattage, and while it’s true he’s probably never recited lines from Yeats or Browning in conversation at a collegiate cocktail party, the man has won three gubernatorial elections in Texas, defying the Republican establishment in that state again and again, so there’s something going on above his neck.

Out of curiosity, where is any, and I mean any, evidence that Obama could recite Yeats or Browning in college. In fact, where's any evidence of his incredible intellect. His transcripts? His Harvard Law writings?

None the less, these east coast uppercrusts can't seem to make the comparison between aptitude and recital of say a teleprompter.

You'd think that maybe most of them have watched Good Will Hunting..

Mad TV Bob Newhart Skit - Mo Collins - Stop it

For those media members who complain that Sarah Palin is a media whore while they keep covering her..................

Shouldn't the poor be allowed to eat a Burrito on the taxpayer

Would you like to pay for that Big Mac with your SNAP card?

The number of businesses approved to accept food stamps grew by a third from 2005 to 2010, U.S. Department of Agriculture records show, as vendors from convenience and dollar discount stores to gas stations and pharmacies increasingly joined the growing entitlement program.

Now, restaurants, which typically have not participated in the program, are lobbying for a piece of the action.

Louisville-based Yum! Brands, whose restaurants include Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut, is trying to get restaurants more involved, federal lobbying records show.

That's a prospect that anti-hunger advocates welcome, but one that worries some current food stamp vendors and public health advocates.

Federal rules generally prohibit food stamp benefits, which are distributed under the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), from being exchanged for prepared foods. Yet a provision dating to the 1970s allows states to allow restaurants to serve disabled, elderly and homeless people, USDA spokeswoman Jean Daniel said.


The man with the golden touch

Hey, Obama's charms even work on NBA basketball players.................

Shaquille O'Neal provided a very strange culprit for his former teammate's shooting woes: President Barack Obama. According to an excerpt from his new book, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo's ongoing reluctancy to shoot stems from a light jeering he got from the President during a visit with the team.

As O'Neal writes, (excerpt via, from Shaq Uncut):

In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray, points at Rondo, and says, “Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?” Everyone starts laughing.

KG told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him.

Shaq went on to write that Rondo "shot the ball horribly" the next day and he "stopped taking shots after that."

Basketball is very much a mental sport, which is why it doesn't seem completely outside the realm of possibility that a well-timed insult could stick with a player for the long-term. But the idea that Barack Obama is responsible for Rondo's well-documented shooting woes seems just a tad over the top.

But even if the claims are true, Rondo can solace in the fact that his career shooting percentage is almost 10 percentage points higher than Obama's current approval rating.


Monday, September 05, 2011

Life in "Progress" City - NY edition

In one of the bloodiest weekends in recent city history, 31 people were brutally shot in roughly 48 hours this weekend -- including three kids at a house party-turned-shooting gallery in The Bronx.

25 people had been shot as of Sunday night, but by early Monday morning, six more people were shot in three separate incidents in Brooklyn.

Four people were shot at 12:45 a.m. at what appeared to be a barbecue on East 54th Street. One of the victims, 18-year-old Tyrief Gary, has died. The other three are in stable condition.

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Obama Rally James Hoffa 'Army is Ready' 'Let's Take These Son of a Bitch...

Hey James.

Just in case you didn't notice, many of the people who sign the paychecks for all the jobs you want...... are the very republicans you want to take out.

No wonder John Galt would just rather take his jobs to the Phillipines or Vietnam, or Mexico or Indonesia................