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So who at NBC thought it would be a good idea for the special today to be, among other things, fried chicken, “in honor of Black History Month”? Because, spoiler alert – it wasn’t a good idea at all. And now NBCU employee Questlove is bringing it to the attention of his 1 million plus Twitter followers. [I laughed so hard I almost cried. Imagine if Fox had done this! You know the old race baiters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would have led the mutha of all marches on their corporate offices demanding they be pulled off the air but since it’s NBC we get nothing but crickets…ed]
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman’s critical remarks about President Barack Obama drew heat from Las Vegas residents Thursday night and prompted the mayor to storm out of a meeting. “I’m not going to be called a racist,” Goodman said on his way out of the Doolittle Community Center, on J Street south of Lake Mead Boulevard. When a reporter asked him what had happened, Goodman said, “I’m not going to tell you. Find out in there.” People at the meeting in the city’s historically black community of West Las Vegas said Goodman was criticized for saying he wouldn’t welcome the president during an upcoming visit. Goodman’s comments this week were triggered by Obama’s remark that people saving money for college shouldn’t waste it in Las Vegas. The criticisms of the mayor included racially loaded accusations. [Judging by the comments after the article I would say the majority of the thinking people in Las Vegas are happy the mayor expressed his displeasure with Obama’s urging people not to visit the city. Of course when you enter the predominately black part of town the mood is going to change because these residents only see skin color with the president, not job performance…ed]
The unemployment rate in the U.S. unexpectedly declined in January to 9.7 percent, the lowest level since August, while payrolls dropped as companies boosted worker hours and overtime instead of taking on new hires. Employment fell by 20,000 last month, reflecting a plunge in construction jobs and a drop in state and local government hiring, figures from the Labor Department in Washington showed. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News forecast a gain. Manufacturing employment, factory hours and overtime increased. [20,000 jobs lost last month with no rise in new employment and the rate drops 3/10th? Stu Varney on Fox Business says the Labor Department stopped counting over a million people who gave up looking for work and miraculously “found” a half a million jobs previously “uncounted.” Kinda sounds like when Democrats “find” previously uncounted ballots every time they are in a close election…ed]
President Obama doesn’t think unemployment within the next decade will return to the relatively low level it was in 2007 when he launched his presidential campaign, at least according to supplemental documents to his Fiscal Year 2011 budget. Whether you consider the president’s assumptions about unemployment bleak or realistic, they will likely not come as welcome news to the millions of unemployed and underemployed – or to Democrats hoping to win elections in the next decade. In the supplemental volume “Analytical Perspectives,” the Obama administration estimates that the annual average rate of unemployment will remain at 10% for 2010, and dip only slightly next year, in 2011, to 9.2%. [The private sector is taking the brunt of the unemployment beating while the federal government is bringing new hires on board like hell won’t have it, a situation that the majority of the American people would rather not see happen…ed]
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ announcement that 470,000 people abandoned their job searches in July and that 3.2 million private sector jobs have been lost since President Bush took office: “The fact is that President Bush’s misguided economic policies have failed to create jobs. Since President Bush took office, the country has lost 3.2 million jobs, the worst record since President Hoover. And today we learned that in July nearly half a million people gave up looking for a job. “Job losses are taking a real toll on the financial security of American families. While Democrats are fighting for opportunity, jobs, and economic security for working families, Republicans continue to focus on helping those who need help the least. “According to today’s survey, while the national unemployment rate dropped slightly, it still stands at a near record high. In addition, the unemployment rate for African Americans was still over 11 percent in July, and the unemployment rate for Hispanics was 8.2 percent in July. “It is time for President Bush and the Republicans to get to work for all Americans, not just the elite few.” [Now you really didn’t think the old hag was going to go after OBAMA for the 4 million jobs that have been lost since he took office a year ago or take responsibility for the 7 million that have vanished since she because Speaker of the House now did ya? By the way the unemployment rate for blacks stands at around 25% today Ms. Pelosi…ed]
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The crucial independent voters of notoriously independent New Hampshire, the ones who were so vital to Barack Obama’s 2008 victory there and nationally, are fast falling out of love with the Democrat. A new WMUR Granite State Poll of 500 voters by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center finds the president’s support has slipped below 50% now. In the early 2008 Democratic primary there, voters preferred Hillary Clinton to Obama, 39 to 36. But come November they gave the Illinoisan 54% to John McCain’s 45%. Now, only 48% approve of Obama’s presidential job, and 47% disapprove. The Democrat’s decline mirrors a national trend though slightly lower. (SNIP) Among the all-important independent voters in New Hampshire, Obama’s decline has been most dramatic. It now stands at 39%, a 28 percentage point drop since October, or about 2 percentage points per week. [Obama has lost uber liberal New Jersey and Massachusetts to the GOP and now it’s not looking too good up there in New Hampshire. Ouch…ed]
John Loughlin is not named in the poll, but he may have fared far better than the elected officials who were.
Nearly 6 in 10 registered voters in the First Congressional District would consider another candidate or vote to replace Loughlin’s opponent, U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, according to a WPRI-TV, Channel 12 survey released Thursday night. The poll offers a snapshot of an abysmal political climate for Democrats that could present serious problems for the eight-term incumbent Kennedy, according to pollster Joseph Fleming. “It looks like it could be a very competitive race, which we haven’t seen in many years,” Fleming said, noting that Election Day is still nine months away. “I think people, right now, are really looking at who’s in office, and they’re considering somebody else.” Kennedy’s office declined to respond to the WPRI poll, in which 28 percent of respondents from his district said they’d vote to replace the congressman if the election were held today; 31 percent said they’d consider another candidate; while 35 percent said they’d vote to reelect him. [Whoa, the GOP even has a chance to grab RHODE ISLAND? Good Lord what is going on up there in New England?…ed]
After insisting for a year that failure was not an option, President Barack Obama is now acknowledging his health care overhaul may die in Congress. His remarks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday night sounded contradictory at times, complicating congressional leaders’ effort to revive health care legislation as Democrats hunger for guidance from the White House. (SNIP) “I think it’s very important for us to have a methodical, open process over the next several weeks, and then let’s go ahead and make a decision,” Obama said Thursday night. “And it may be that … if Congress decides we’re not going to do it, even after all the facts are laid out, all the options are clear, then the American people can make a judgment as to whether this Congress has done the right thing for them or not,” the president said. “And that’s how democracy works. There will be elections coming up and they’ll be able to make a determination and register their concerns one way or the other during election time.” [I’m running this one up the BS flagpole. Liberals, ACORN, the unions and George Soros, the owner of the Democrat party, have too much invested in this evil plan and this is their ONLY chance to ram it though for at least another generation. They’re just going underground and reloading…ed]
To all of you Kennedy groupies out there, go find yourself a grief counselor. Call the Samaritans. As the sign on the Sagamore bridge says, suicide is not the answer. This morning, for the first time since January 1953, there is neither a Kennedy nor a Kennedy-family retainer “representing” Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate. The moonbats are really in mourning now. This was worse than finding out yesterday that their Priuses may be … unsafe at any speed. [Great read and it’s about time Massachusetts finally broke free of that family. R.I.P. Mary Jo Kopechne, we finally got rid of the Kennedy scourge…ed]
When Sarah Palin made Rahm Emanuel’s expletive-enhanced use of the word “retarded” an embarrassment for him and the president, she forced the left to live up to its own P.C. standards. Saul Alinsky would be proud. Normally, according to the media elites’ rulebook, when liberals rant, it’s called free speech; when conservatives rant, it is hate speech. Members of the media elite appear to sincerely believe that liberals are less vitriolic than conservatives, and through repetition they have convinced a large part of the public that this is true. The reason liberals can “rant” without fear of being labeled terrorists is that their “rants” are justified in the eyes of the media elite. [The folks at AmericanThinker.com spell it out for us…ed]
If only the federal government were as responsible with our money as Pepsi is with theirs. The soda giant has been in the Super Bowl ad business for more than two decades. But this year, Pepsi determined it was economically unwise to pay $3 million for a 30-second spot. So, who’s foolish enough to pay for Super Bowl gold-plated airtime? You and me and Washington, D.C. The U.S. Census Bureau will squander $2.5 million on a half-minute Super Bowl ad starring D-list celebrity Ed Begley Jr., plus two pre-game blurbs and 12-second “vignettes” featuring Super Bowl anchor James Brown. It’s a drop in the census boondoggle bucket (otherwise known as the tax-subsidized National Democratic Future Voter Outreach Drive). The Obama White House has allocated a total of $340 million toward an “unprecedented” promotional blitz for the 2010 census. That’s on top of $1 billion in stimulus money siphoned off for increased census “public outreach” and staffing. In all, the census will triple its total 2000 budget to $15 billion. [Hard to imagine where all of that unprecedented nearly one and a half BILLION dollars went to “promote” the census. Why do I get the feeling a huge chunk of it managed to make into ACORN affiliated organization’s bank accounts? Why can’t I shake the notion a hefty sum made it over to the SEIU? Perhaps some investigative journalists can step up, do their job and follow the money?…ed]
Filmmaker Michael Moore has been approved to receive a refundable tax credit of up to $1 million from the State of Michigan Film Office for his 2009 documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” and a Republican state senator in Michigan wants her state’s money back. Two years ago, Moore attacked the movie-subsidizing program for giving “free money” to corporations. “That’s a refundable tax credit, so that’s just a handout,” Michigan Sen. Nancy Cassis told CNSNews.com Friday from her office in Lansing. “I am just aghast at his asking for the taxpayers of Michigan to donate $1 million out of our already impoverished general fund to support his film–that trashes our economic system.” In July 2008, Moore participated in a panel discussion at the Traverse City Film Festival, where he attacked the tax-credit program. [This blubbering piece of human debris trashes our country every chance he gets then has the audacity to ask the American people to cover his three yard wide ass when his movie bombs? How about an axe handle to the back of the head instead?…ed]
A Hemet man who passed himself off as a U.S. Marshal was able to enter the international airport in San Diego with a “prisoner” after convincing airport security officers he was a federal agent, a TSA spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. Suzanne Trevino, spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, said in a telephone interview that an investigation has revealed that someone who presented “falsified law enforcement documents” was able to get past security and eventually make it to a gate with a prisoner. The individual presented himself as a law enforcement officer and followed the proper procedures, including logging in, she said. [Ballsy move by this guy. You gotta read this one, really…ed]
The vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Wednesday that the United States needs to rethink its existing policy of sometimes deliberately allowing people on the Terrorist Watchlist to board airliners and enter the country so they can be covertly tracked for intelligence-gathering purposes. “Unfortunately, nowadays, if you want to watch somebody, you may be taking a risk that it’s another Abdulmutallab,” Sen. Kit Bond (R.-Mo.) told CNSNews.com, referring to the Al Qaeda terrorist who unsuccessfully tried to detonate an underwear bomb on Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day. “I think we got to be a lot more careful who we let in to watch,” said Bond. “I would prefer–and if you put them on the No Fly list it tips them off that you know something about them—but, I think, for the safety of the United States we have to err on the side of keeping them out.” [What kind of insanity is this? Did you know the government was deliberately allowing known terrorists to fly around on our airplanes so they could use them for “surveillance purposes?” Neither did I…ed]
A Montbello mother says her 9-year-old son’s death from severe asthma could have been prevented had Denver Human Services resolved problems with his Medicaid pharmacy benefits. Zuton Lucero said she called Human Services every three days for months last year when she was suddenly unable to get prescription drugs for her son, Zumante. The boy’s health deteriorated without the medication, his doctor said, and he died at Children’s Hospital in July after losing consciousness at his house after an attack. “I don’t want anyone else to be sitting where I’m sitting,” Lucero said. (SNIP) Lucero, who works as a paraprofessional in Denver Public Schools, said Wednesday that she will continue to tell the story of Zumante’s death “to enough people so that it won’t ever be anyone else’s story.” [This is a perfect example of someone so dependent on the government to take care of her and her children that instead of simply paying for the medication HERSELF, after all she does have a government job, she “calls Human Services every three days for a year” in an attempt to get the government to provide the life saving medication and her son is now dead. Of course she has now hired an attorney and will be suing, and eventually pocketing a pile of cash, shortly…ed]
Five crates of whisky and brandy belonging to polar explorer Ernest Shackleton have been recovered after being buried for more than 100 years under the Antarctic ice, explorers said Friday. The spirits were excavated from beneath Shackleton’s Antarctic hut which was built in 1908. “To our amazement we found five crates, three labelled as containing whisky and two labelled as containing brandy,” said Al Fastier of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, who previously believed there were only two crates. “The unexpected find of the brandy crates, one labelled Chas Mackinlay & Co and the other labelled The Hunter Valley Distillery Limited Allandale are a real bonus.” [No real news value, just thought it was interesting…ed]
Quote of the day.
President Obama’s spirited reaction to Citizens United at the State of the Union indicates he fully understands the importance of the federal judiciary and the ability of the Supreme Court to stand in the way of his administration’s agenda.
-Doug Kendall, of the progressive (read damn near communist) Constitutional Accountability Center
[If this doesn’t concern the hell out of you then read it a few more times to really understand exactly what this maroon is saying…ed]