February 7, 2010

Fading away..

No, certainly not the memory of George W. Bush. I am sure that more and more people are missing him and his relatively benign governance.

Certainly they miss the fact that he was a leader and a decider..especially after living under the incompetence of the Pantload-in-Chief and clueless band of merry men we have now. I am sure that he would be welcome back if for only having the good grace of staying out of our faces and off our TVs 24-7. It seems that one cannot turn to any media outlet without seeing that bony-faced, purple-lipped pontificating prevaricator talking -- always talking. One hopes that this coming November and a November two years from now, the American public will deliver him a big Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform message.

The day that bony-assed, metro-sexual, wuss starts disappearing in the public's rear view mirror cannot come soon enough for me.

Speaking of disappearing, it seems that the POSOSTUS's bump from that stand-up routine he delivered to Congress a week or so ago has all but evaporated with a vengeance.

We tire of this guy more quickly than we did before. His act is getting old.

Mark Steyn and Hugh Hewitt arrived at the conclusion that Obama -- whose chief talent seems to be just giving speeches -- is devaluing his worth with each lip-flap. Throw in stunners like his arrogant and incorrect scolding of the Supreme Court justices at the SOTU and his recent mispronunciation of corpsman as "corpse-man" (thrice, fer crissakes) and one has the rhetorical equivalent of the Wiemar republic's printing presses.

But that does not stop him. He is out there 24/7/365, endlessly bleating the same inanities on every media outlet available to him. At this rate, two things fill me with dread: (1) he'll start turning up on those ubiquitous gas station pump TV devices, blathering away about the energy crisis and (2) when he does finally get tossed out into the dust and dreck of Pennsylvania Avenue, he will embark on a farewell speech tour that will make Bill Clinton's grasping attempt o remain in the public conscience pale in comparison.

Or, perhaps an even more terrifying thought: what if some benighted fools start erecting bulletin boards with him asking if we miss him yet?

Oh dear, there goes another perfectly good night's sleep.

February 5, 2010

Green Shoots?

..more like green shots. Oh, I don't know, creme de menthe? Scope? Simple Green? Soylent Green?

The unadjusted unemployment figures for January came out today and it is reported that the rate declined to 9.7 percent which would seemingly be good news save for the fact that gthere are some anomalies in the underlying numbers.

The labor department made the following points about their job numbers, which should be considered in anticipation of the ubiquitous gleeful White house pronouncements:
    • Construction employment declined by 75,000 in January, with nonresidential specialty trade contractors (-48,000) accounting for the majority of the decline. Since December 2007, employment in construction has fallen by 1.9 million.
    • In January, transportation and warehousing employment fell by 19,000, due to a large job loss among couriers and messengers (-23,000).
    • Employment in manufacturing was little changed in January (11,000). After experiencing steep job losses earlier in the recession, employment declines moderated considerably in the second half of 2009. In January, job gains in motor vehicles and parts (23,000) and plastics and rubber products (6,000) offset small job losses elsewhere in the industry.
    • In January, temporary help services added 52,000 jobs. Since reaching a low point in September 2009, temporary help services employment has risen by 247,000.
    • Retail trade employment rose by 42,000 in January, after showing little change in the prior 2 months. Job gains occurred in January among food stores (14,000), clothing stores (13,000), and general merchandise retailers (10,000).
    • Health care employment continued to trend up in January. Ambulatory health care services added 15,000 jobs over the month.
    • In January, the federal government added 33,000 jobs, including 9,000 temporary positions for Census 2010. Employment in state and local governments, excluding education, continued to trend down.
    The last is significant and bears repeating: 33,000 new fed workers of which 9,000 are temporary. Oh yeah, that'll do it. Break out the Cooke's, put the Merlot on ice, lay in a supply of pork rinds, we've turned the corner!

    Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air does his usual tour de force analysis of the numbers:
    It’s not as bad as people feared, but it’s not really good news, either. The bounce in retail suggests that people may be ready to spend, but the declines in most other areas show that there are still fewer of them who can.

    Update: This passage seems like a key to understanding why the rate dropped:

    In January, the number of persons unemployed due to job loss decreased by 378,000 to 9.3 million. Nearly all of this decline occurred among permanent job losers.  (See table A-11.)

    The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) continued to trend up in January, reaching 6.3 million. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of long-term unemployed has risen by 5.0 million. (See table A-12.)

    As before, shrinking the denominator of the population of  jobseekers has the same effect as increasing the nominator of people holding jobs — it decreases the ratio of unemployment to the population.  Also, according to this chart, December’s losses got adjusted to 150,000, not 73,000.  We’re still trending downward.
    Also, a hat tip to Hot Air poster Todler, who provides this quote form CNN:
    The U.S. economy lost 20,000 jobs in January, but the unemployment rate fell to 9.7%, according to a government report released Friday.

    The Labor Department said the economy continued to shed jobs, even as economists surveyed by Briefing.com had expected a net gain of 15,000 jobs in December.

    The unemployment rate fell to 9.7% in January, much lower than economists’ forecasts of 10%. It is the lowest rate since August.

    The Labor Department also released an annual revision of U.S. payrolls on Friday, using data that wasn’t initially available. Losses for 2009 alone came to 4.8 million jobs, more than 600,000 more than previously estimated. The revision showed the economy has lost 8.4 million jobs since the start of the recession in December 2007 — 1.4 million more job losses than initially reported.

    The payroll number for December was revised to a net loss of 150,000 jobs. The government had previously indicated that 85,000 jobs were lost in December.
    The only way we lost more jobs in January and had a lower unemployment number is a MASSIVE increase in “discouraged” workers, Todler correctly observed.

    Also, someone in the Purple-lipped Prevaricator's staff has been hacking the definition of "Employed American, me thinks.

    February 2, 2010

    The Memory Hole..

    Orwell's 1984 featured an oppressive, socialistic, statist government who regularly reworked history -- revising past pronouncements to fit current policy -- and saw to it that all references to the old order was erased from memory.

    Now word is out that this Reuters article appearing on Yahoo is in the process of being pulled/suppressed by the White House. Here it is in its entirety before Winston shoves it down the memory hole. Oh yeah, emphasis added:
    Backdoor taxes to hit middle class
    Mon Feb 1, 4:09 PM
    By Terri Cullen
    NEW YORK (Reuters.com) --The Obama administration's plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade relies heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families.

    In the 2010 budget tabled by President Barack Obama on Monday, the White House wants to let billions of dollars in tax breaks expire by the end of the year -- effectively a tax hike by stealth.

    While the administration is focusing its proposal on eliminating tax breaks for individuals who earn $250,000 a year or more, middle-class families will face a slew of these backdoor increases.

    The targeted tax provisions were enacted under the Bush administration's Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. Among other things, the law lowered individual tax rates, slashed taxes on capital gains and dividends, and steadily scaled back the estate tax to zero in 2010.

    If the provisions are allowed to expire on December 31, the top-tier personal income tax rate will rise to 39.6 percent from 35 percent. But lower-income families will pay more as well: the 25 percent tax bracket will revert back to 28 percent; the 28 percent bracket will increase to 31 percent; and the 33 percent bracket will increase to 36 percent. The special 10 percent bracket is eliminated.

    Investors will pay more on their earnings next year as well, with the tax on dividends jumping to 39.6 percent from 15 percent and the capital-gains tax increasing to 20 percent from 15 percent. The estate tax is eliminated this year, but it will return in 2011 -- though there has been talk about reinstating the death tax sooner.

    Millions of middle-class households already may be facing higher taxes in 2010 because Congress has failed to extend tax breaks that expired on January 1, most notably a "patch" that limited the impact of the alternative minimum tax. The AMT, initially designed to prevent the very rich from avoiding income taxes, was never indexed for inflation. Now the tax is affecting millions of middle-income households, but lawmakers have been reluctant to repeal it because it has become a key source of revenue.

    Without annual legislation to renew the patch this year, the AMT could affect an estimated 25 million taxpayers with incomes as low as $33,750 (or $45,000 for joint filers). Even if the patch is extended to last year's levels, the tax will hit American families that can hardly be considered wealthy -- the AMT exemption for 2009 was $46,700 for singles and $70,950 for married couples filing jointly.

    Middle-class families also will find fewer tax breaks available to them in 2010 if other popular tax provisions are allowed to expire. Among them:

    * Taxpayers who itemize will lose the option to deduct state sales-tax payments instead of state and local income taxes;

    * The $250 teacher tax credit for classroom supplies;

    * The tax deduction for up to $4,000 of college tuition and expenses;

    * Individuals who don't itemize will no longer be able to increase their standard deduction by up to $1,000 for property taxes paid;

    * The first $2,400 of unemployment benefits are taxable, in 2009 that amount was tax-free.

    There's some really cold, hard stuff in the article (and in the underlying expiring tax cuts). Every day, in every way, this purple-lipped, whistling tooth sack of shit (yes, I said sack of shit) and his cronies in the Congress need to get thrown out of office along with the rest of the blood-sucking parasites in the federal bureaucracy.

    Hey, GOP, you looking for a good contract with America theme? Well, here's a good start.

    January 27, 2010

    Over and under..

    It's come to this. My blogging has lapsed into pasting You Tube videos onto my site. Although they are significant or otherwise interesting, it is nonetheless an abrogation of whatever responsibility a blogger has to whatever followers he or she may acquire. And, if you look at the bottom of the page, you will see that I have acquired what might euphemistically be called a small but rugged band.

    And, as long as I am on the subject of egotistical, narcissistic remarks like mine above, check out the video below. Tonight, this ineffectual charlatan who passes himself off as the chief executive of this country and who couldn't chief execute himself out of a portable shitter, gives his first State of the Union speech. (SOTU)

    Wow, my little heart is all aflutter. I mean, during normal presidencies (defined as W's and Bill "the finger" Clinton's reigns), I'd take a pass on these bore-fests. You know, what's to tell? It's a speech, fer chrissakes! And it's what's wrong with the inside-the-Beltway crowd, the Sacramento crowd, the Austin crowd, the Albany crowd, and any other crowd of MSM lapdogs, bloggers, and political junkies in general who follow this blather. Too many of the punditocracy in this great land put great stake in what comes out of the flapping lips of those eternal purveyors of Bravo Sierra, those masters of [economic] disaster, those bosses of bloviation: the elected officialdom and their spokes-holes. You know the old saying? After all is said and done, more will be said than done.

    That aptly describes why, when these blather-fests eventuate, I tend to catch a few Z's or deplete my Pauli Girl supply and/or search for something more significant on the tube. Like, oh, I don't know, a tractor pull on ESPN or an old I Love Lucy re-run.

    Which brings us merrily back to tonight's festivities. I will so not be watching this. Can't stand the upturned, haughty head, the condescending, parsed meter of delivery, the whistling teeth on all sibilant words, and the flapping of blue lips, lying, always lying.

    Others, like Stephen Green, the Vodka Pundit, drunken blog speeches, hoping to render himself numb and senseless by the end. (Hint: Steve, you could probably save the two or three fifths you go through and still feel the same deadened sensation. Although, it would not be half as fun.) And you just know somewhere there's a hearty band (cf. above) who gather at someone's home to consume adult beverages and carefully prepared hors'doeuvres and watch their beloved messiah pontificate, hanging on every word.

    Yeah, some people are truly pathetic. Maybe there will be an equally doughty band of folks gathered to swill chilled Merlot, eat pork rinds, and throw spitwads at the TV, evincing their enmity for this clown.

    And yet again, there will be those who will be hanging on every word with as avid an interest as viewers for the upcoming Super Bowl. It seems that there's an Irish gambler's site offering an incredible array of wagering options, from phrases ("Health care reform" is the 4-1 favorite) to length of the speech (53 minutes) to the color of the tie the Chief Pantload will wear. Laying money off on these makes an otherwise droning Obama tolerable. Me? Personally, I believe that this clown won't wear a tie -- he has eschewed them before with alarming and disquieting regularity -- and that he will use the first person pronouns "I" or "me" and inordinate amount of times.

    But, if your up to getting some money down and you can find Paddy O'Sullivan to get some money down, then the video below will help you handicap the upcoming SOTU.


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    January 20, 2010

    Why the picture of Hillary Clinton in a moment of personal glry for her, you ask? Read on.

    As we bask in this moment of sublime victory and watch the truly clueless left utter recriminations in the midst of their circular firing squad over Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts last night, I would like to take this opportunity to call your attention (once again) to the good folks over at Hillbuzz.

    They are people of the finest sorts. Kind, noble, and sincere. Also hardworking, earnest, and fellow believers in what is just, what is right, and what is necessary for this country.

    They are Democrats -- but Democrats in the noblest sense of the word. They are among those who first detected what a fraud and an evil person our current POSOTUS really is. They are backers and believers in Hillary Clinton and they are true gentlemen in the sense that they were repulsed at her treatment by Obama's bloodthirsty presidential campaign.

    They so recoiled at this that they took to bashing the person whom they call Dr Utopia at every opportunity. But in doing that, somewhere along the line, they reset their judgment of the political right. And, in so doing, they wrote some pretty gracious and kind things about people the hysterical left had spent the better part of the last nine years (and counting) demonizing and vilifying: George and Laura Bush, Dick and Lynn Cheney, Sarah Palin, and others. Hell, I'll bet you could even find some kind words for Donald Rumsfeld in their archives somewhere.

    They also have gotten behind anyone who has a ghost's chance of forestalling this train wreck of a government we are presently saddled with. While this includes -- strangely enough -- a whole lot of (corrupt, unprincipled) Democrats, there's a lot of the frauds on the right that they wish to consign to the scrap heap in upcoming elections as well.

    In other words, these good people over at Hillbuzz are just like you and me: Mister and Mrs John Q. Middle America. They love this country and believe in what it stands for.

    The point of this post is that they expended an incredible amount of their time, energy, and one supposes money (as well as forgone income) backing the Scott Brown election effort. Their blog has been, for the last two months, devoted to getting Scott elected -- and that means when he was down by over 30 points to Marcia C[r]oakley. Because of their enthusiasm, my regular visits to their site over this period turned my attitude from one of "wouldn't it be wonderful if.." to "we can do this". They forced me to contribute to Scott Brown and I even turned my hand to a feeble effort at phone banking. For the record, it was bout four calls and, when I got resoundingly enthusiastic responses about how the people were voting for Mr Brown, I figured this effort was in better hands. I mean, with my inability to articulate political points verbally, I might actually dissuade those already committed.

    But the truly shocking aspect of the "Hillbuzz Guyz's" motivation for backing Brown?

    ..they think he's a hunk!

    Yep, for those of you who don't already know it, the authors of Hillbuzz are gay men who dwell/work out of the Chicago Boystown district. Aside from their principles, what was driving their support was/is a man crush for the person they refer to as Hottie McAwsome. The have adopted as one of their icons the nude Cosmo center spread that featured Brown back in the 80s.

    But, irrespective of their motivation, they worked their buns off to tout Brown and their site produced a lot of record-straightening posts about his and his rival's positions. They did a superb job of deconstructing the elitist hypocrisy that was Coakley's campaign as well as the truly memorable gaffes this women uttered. For me, HillBuzz was Scott Brown Central.

    O.K., before I gush on about this, I wanted to make the point that, in all of the recrimination over Coakley's loss, some pretty mean people have been posting some rancid stuff about HillBuzz. They say it best on their web site:
    "If you like what we do here, and support our efforts to stand up to the bullies and socialists of the Left who are doing everything they can to silence their opposition, we need your help. The likes of Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, and Moveon.org have launched assaults against not only this site, but against us personally. Against us as private citizens and individuals. They are costing us work, harassing us at home, making physical threats against us, and doing everything they can to shut us down. All because they do not like that we are stirring our readers up to take action against the Left and what it is up to.

    We refuse to give up and be bullied, but the personal attacks on us, as individuals, are so bad we need help to fight them. Anything you can do to support us through this would be life and career-saving. Kos and Moveon.org have George Soros behind them, with all the resources in the world at their disposal. So, clearly, we need all the help we can get. We’ve promised to keep fighting the Left with all that we’ve got, but it’s come to the point where we need serious reinforcements. Anything you can do to help would be a Godsend."

    So aside from calling your attention to some truly fine straight shooters, I would like to ask you all to tuck away that URL and visit it from time to time. Filling up their tip jar might be nice.

    Standing with them in the event they mount the legal effort against their detractors would be even better.

    January 17, 2010

    Huge scandal rocks Scott Brown camp! Campaign cratering!

    The Mega Independent website blogspace internet thingy reports this astounding trespass by State Senator Scott Brown onto civilized behavior. This embarrassing transgression promises to knock Brown from his lead in the race with former Massachusettes State AG Martha Coakley as the public reels in disgust at Brown's appalling lack of social decorum.

    Breaking; more moved as situation warrants.

    UPDATE: O.K., so you get it. It's a cleverly written sarc. (The linked web site, not my efforts!) But back on terra firma, sometimes the irony is so thick one could cut it with a knife, he wrote, savaging metaphors. For example, take this quote from The Pantload-inChief during his visit to Massachusettes yesterday:
    “‘When you listen closely to what [Brown] has been saying, it’s very clear that he’s going to do exactly the same thing in Washington. So look, forget he ads, everybody can run slick ads. Forget the truck. Everybody can buy a truck,’ Obama said.”
    What do they say in terse post comments? Pot, kettle, black?

    (Hat tip to Hot Air.)

    Войска ПВО to the Pantload re Martha Coakley: Keep raping the poultry!

    (Apologies for the profanity, but then, that's the point, isn't it?)

    Drudge reports that Big Chief Wee Wee is headed to Massachusettes in a supposed desperate attempt to bail out the potential 60th vote for his healthscare bill. Meanwhile, Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air says the polls are settling out and it does not look good for The Pantload and his crew of miserable democrats:
    Update II: Reader S averaged the exit-polling data from the 2006 and 2008 races — in which Dems were highly motivated and independents tilted against the GOP — and came up with a 41-18-41 split.   In that best-case turnout model, Brown leads by 4.5 points using the ARG survey responses:

    2006-8 Average Model





    That’s high-end best-case for Coakley, and she’s still losing.
    My Update: As if that isn't bad enough, apparently Mister Big is not getting a lot of love from the crowd either.

    January 16, 2010

    Triple Witching Hour..

    I have had a lot on my plate recently -- work and preparing for a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) for my USAF Auxiiary squadron -- consequently efforts here have been confined to insipid, "me too" posts and YouTube objects.

    But, irrespective of my taskload, thoughts continually turn to the possible miracle occurring in Massachusetts (or is that Massachusettes?) next Tuesday. I could blather on about this, but it's all been said..

    ..and probably summed up best by the video above.

    God bless Scott Brown and the United States of America!