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  • Google Doodle Celebrates Yosemite’s 123rd Birthday [did not celebrate Yosemite's bday last year!]

    10/01/2013 7:52:51 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 10 replies
    This might be Yosemite’s worst birthday ever. The national park turns 123 on Tuesday, the same day that a government shutdown will close the park to all visitors. Google celebrated Yosemite’s big day by creating a lovely Google Doodle depicting Yosemite badges to honor one of the nation’s favorite parks. Sadly, the anniversary comes at a time when no visitors will be able to visit the Half Dome, El Capitan, or Yosemite Falls.
  • Explaining the Shutdown to Your Kids

    10/01/2013 6:38:09 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 6 replies
    Time ^ | Sept 29, 2013 | Katy Steinmetz
    Hey kids, we know all this talk about the government shutting down is confusing. We’re here to help explain what’s going on. You’ve probably seen all kinds of families — your own family or a friend’s or a neighbor’s — get money from the government, pay taxes to the government or complain about how the government won’t let them do this or that. And you may have a lot of questions about what happens — or doesn’t happen — when the government shuts down, as it may on Tuesday.
  • With no malt houses in New York, Hawley's new venture to fill unique niche at the right time

    You can't brew beer without malt, which is something Ted Hawley thinks legislators forgot about when they passed a farm brewing bill last year that will eventually require ales and lagers labeled "New York Beer" to contain 90 percent locally grown ingredients. "They just thought they could grow barley in New York," Hawley said. "They didn't know there was another step, which is malting. It has to be malted before you use it in a brew. So it was kind of interesting that they put this huge amount of effort into requiring 90 percent ingredients from New York, but there's...
  • Do you know what helps select a Good Pope? A good beer.

    03/13/2013 6:06:57 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 13 replies
    n Monday, March 11, Br. John and Br. Francis delivered several cases of our beer to the cardinal electors who are staying at the Domus Sancta Martha. Its Director, Msgr. Battista Ricca, receives the cases of beer, since the cardinals were busy preparing for the start of the conclave.
  • And so, we march

    01/17/2013 9:29:29 AM PST · by frogjerk · 4 replies
    Diocese of Trenton ^ | 1/17/2013 | ThMost Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton
    And so, we march A message from Most Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton While standing in a grocery store checkout line recently, I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the cover of Time magazine which read: “40 Years ago, abortion-rights activists won an epic victory with Roe v. Wade … they’ve been losing ever since.” Wow! That certainly is good news in a battle that those of us committed to the pro-life cause have been waging ever since the Supreme Court’s tragic decision in 1973. I bought the magazine and read the article which pointed...
  • Fox News has just called PA for Obama

    11/06/2012 6:21:32 PM PST · by frogjerk · 82 replies
    damn
  • Record turnouts for early voting lift Obama campaign's hopes in Florida

    10/27/2012 8:42:44 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 41 replies
    The Obama campaign seems quite happy after record turnouts were reported in counties across Florida today, the first day of early voting. The Times' Adam Smith reported on Twitter, "More than 20k pple voted eary today so far in Hillsborough Co...In 08 biggest single day (11/1/08) was 18,736. The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo tweeted, "Miami-Dade early voting so heavy that by 3 pm 14,745 people voted -- more than ENTIRE first day of 08 EV (12,000). 12-hour total: 22,625." Gary Fineout of the Associated Press, "Leon County - a Democratic stronghold in Fla - had a record turnout for early...
  • Early voting surge suggests Democratic push pays off in Iowa

    10/27/2012 6:51:06 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 37 replies
    (CNN) -- More than two million Americans have already cast ballots for president less than three weeks before Election Day with a substantial number coming in the battleground state of Iowa. The state, which holds six key electoral votes, is on pace to exceed the 1.5 million votes cast early in 2008 -- a trend that is not lost on either political party. While both parties are investing resources in early voting, Democrats' push to turn out voters -- and in particular young voters in Iowa -- could be paying off. Early numbers, which are updated daily, show that almost...
  • USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

    10/12/2012 10:11:44 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 13 replies
    usccb.org ^ | 12/12/2012 | USCCB
    USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate October 12, 2012 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows: Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees: "With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No...
  • Most Recent Column from Fr. Rutler (9-23-2012)

    09/24/2012 6:42:53 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 6 replies
    Church of Our Savior ^ | 9-23-2012 | The Rev. George William Rutler, S.T.D.
    Most Recent Column from Fr. Rutler September 23, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI was in Lebanon last week where the principal Catholic rite, the Maronite, traces its roots to Saint Maroun, who in the fourth century was a friend of Saint John Chrysostom. The Holy Father spoke to people who “know all too well the tragedy of conflict and . . . the cry of the widow and the orphan.” Like Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, the Pope linked violence to contempt for the right to life: “The effectiveness of our commitment to peace depends on our understanding of human life.” The...
  • Americans put saving energy ahead of vacations

    06/07/2012 9:02:20 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 7 replies
    More than a summer break, poll finds Americans want a break on their energy bills WASHINGTON (AP) -- As summer beckons, it seems Americans are thinking more about the stifling cost of energy than about making tracks to the beach. Cutting energy bills and use is a bigger deal to them than taking a vacation or scoring the latest smartphone or tablet, according to an AP-NORC Center poll that asked people to choose priorities. Not even 1 in 5 ranked a summer trip or the latest gadget as a priority, while majorities said reducing electricity use and making homes energy-efficient...
  • Who will Obama Pardon? (VANITY)

    03/05/2012 10:06:21 AM PST · by frogjerk · 25 replies
    Free Republic ^ | frogjerk
    If God wishes to grant us pardon and release us from the bondage of Obama, who do you think in all likelihood would he pardon in his last days of office: 1. Tony Resko 2. Any remaining member of the Weatherunderground 3. The usual campaign people in trouble
  • New Lighting Standards Begin in 2012

    01/03/2012 9:33:11 AM PST · by frogjerk · 52 replies
    Beginning in 2012, common light bulbs sold in the U.S. will typically use about 25% to 80% less energy. Many bulbs meet these new standards, including incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs, and are already available for purchase today. The newer bulbs provide a wide range of choices in color and brightness, and many of them will last much longer than traditional light bulbs. The lighting standards, which phase in from 2012-2014, do not ban incandescent or any specific bulb type; they say that bulbs need to use about 25% less energy. The bipartisan Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA...
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise

    12/01/2011 6:44:11 AM PST · by frogjerk · 13 replies
    New claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week, popping above 400,000 for the first time in just over a month and reinforcing the view that the battered labor market was healing only slowly. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed to a seasonally adjusted 402,000 from an upwardly revised 396,000 in the prior week, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims at 390,000.
  • Employers Add 80,000 Jobs in October, Jobless Rate Dips to 9 Percent

    11/04/2011 6:27:27 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 31 replies
    Hiring slowed in October as employers faced more uncertainty over future economic growth. The Labor Department says the economy added 80,000 jobs last month, the fewest in four months and below September's revised total of 158,000. The unemployment rate dipped to 9 percent. Businesses added 104,000 jobs, below September's total. Government shed 24,000 jobs. The report included some positive signs. The government revised August and September's figures upward by 102,000. Average hourly earnings rose. And the unemployment rate fell for the first time since July, because a separate survey of households showed more people found work. The report suggests that...
  • The tragedy of miscarriage

    06/08/2011 11:28:14 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 32 replies
    www.lifesitenews.com ^ | Mon Jun 06 | Fr. Frank Pavone
    The wound comes from well-meaning people. “Well, it wasn’t that far along.” “You can always have another child.” “Lots of people go through this.” Miscarriage is a tragedy that so many people misunderstand. They are not quite sure how to console a friend or relative who has suffered this loss. While there are no magic formulas, there is one fundamental truth that needs to stay front and center: a miscarriage is the loss of a child who is just as real and has just as much value as any other child of any age. A woman who has a miscarriage...
  • U.S. requests for unemployment benefits rise Applications climb 10,000 to 424,000

    05/26/2011 6:55:16 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 9 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 5-26-2011 | Jeffry Bartash,
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The number of people who filed applications for unemployment benefits rose by 10,000 last week, keeping claims at a level typically associated with modest to below-average hiring trends, according to the latest data released Thursday. The Labor Department said 424,000 people filed new applications for jobless benefits in the week ended May 21, compared to an upwardly revised 414,000 in the prior week. A government official said no special factors were involved. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected claims to decline to a seasonally adjusted 405,000. Requests for unemployment benefits have remained above 400,000 for seven straight...
  • Gas prices expected to drop by nearly 50 cents for summer

    05/25/2011 8:30:52 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 46 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | May 7, 2011 | AP via Huffington post
    NEW YORK — Some relief from suffocating gas prices will likely arrive just in time for summer vacation. Expect a drop of nearly 50 cents as early as June, analysts say. After rocketing up 91 cents since January, including 44 straight days of increases, the national average this past week stopped just shy of $4 a gallon and has retreated to under $3.98. A steady decline is expected to follow. It might not be enough to evoke cheers from people who recall gas stations charging less than $3 a gallon last year. But it would still ease the burden on...
  • Crude Oil Closes Higher Again As Gasoline Futures Continue To Surge

    05/10/2011 1:03:55 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 20 replies
    Dow +95.43 at 12780.11, Nasdaq +29.74 at 2872.99, S&P +12.97 at 1359.26 [BRIEFING.COM] June gold finished higher by 0.9% to $1516.30 per ounce, while July silver ended up 3.7% to $38.49 per ounce as the precious metals extended their bounce to a third consecutive session. Inflation and geopolitical concerns helped the precious metals finish higher. Both metals have continued their move higher in electronic trade. In a move similar to that of yesterday's close, June crude oil, which closed higher by 1.3% to $103.88 per barrel, traded to its highest levels of the session at $103.95. Yesterday's news that the...
  • Japanese Nuclear Fallout Reportedly Reaches California

    03/18/2011 7:04:09 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 47 replies
    VIENNA -- A diplomat with access to U.N tracking of Japan's radioactive fallout says it has reached Southern California but first readings are "about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening." The diplomat was citing readings Friday from California-based measuring station of the Vienna-based CTBTO. He asked for anonymity because the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization does not make its data public. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/18/source-minuscule-radioactive-fallout-reaches/#ixzz1GxXrr2mw
  • Consumer sentiment at five-month low in March: survey - ( More Hope and Change!)

    03/11/2011 7:36:17 AM PST · by frogjerk · 5 replies
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level in five months in early March as gasoline prices rose, a survey released on Friday showed. Even so, buying plans were largely unchanged and although the rate of real consumer spending will diminish, the report does not indicate a renewed downturn on the horizon, the latest consumer survey from Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan said. The preliminary March reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 68.2, down from 77.5 in February. That was the lowest level since October 2010 and was well off...
  • A Life Given (Judge John Roll)

    03/11/2011 6:44:21 AM PST · by frogjerk · 8 replies
    Columbia Magazine ^ | 2/28/2011 | Matthew Bowman
    On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 8, Chief Judge John M. Roll attended Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Tucson, Ariz., before heading to the grocery store where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was holding an event for constituents. When a gunman opened fire on the crowd moments later, Roll shielded a friend from attack and took a fatal bullet in his own back. In the weeks that followed this devastating attack, much has been written and said about the victims. Although Judge Roll is now known as a hero, the Catholic community may not fully appreciate the loss it...
  • Union’s grievance feeds Walker’s plan

    03/10/2011 10:00:54 AM PST · by frogjerk · 7 replies
    The Journal Times.com ^ | March 3, 2011
    Timing, it is said, is everything. That includes bad timing. Local 67 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, may well have garnered the prize in that department when they filed a grievance against the City of Racine for hiring outside contractors to help dig out from the Feb. 1-2 blizzard that overwhelmed southeast Wisconsin. The union filed the grievance on Feb. 18. The headlines in the newspaper that day were "Senate Dems flee Capitol" -- headlines that marked the escalation of the fight over Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill that would strip many public sector...
  • Garden State Update

    11/02/2010 1:30:35 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 7 replies
    Former New Jersey governor Tom Kean tells National Review Online that he’s keeping an eye on the 3rd congressional district, where Republican Jon Runyan, a former NFL lineman, is locked in a close race with Rep. John Adler, a freshman Democrat. “I think we’re competitive there,” Kean says. “We should pick that up. I’ve spoken with Democrats in the district, people who’ve seen the internal polling, and they’re all pretty downcast.” Another clash to watch, Kean says, is in New Jersey’s 6th, where Tea Party favorite Anna Little is challenging veteran Rep. Frank Pallone. The district, Duncan Currie points out,...
  • Giants beat Rangers - Win World Series

    11/01/2010 7:58:21 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 23 replies
    San Francisco's wait is over. After 56 years, the Giants are world champions, winning Game 5 via Edgar Renteria's HR
  • Caption W and Nolan Ryan

    10/16/2010 9:18:02 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 71 replies · 1+ views
  • The worst train in NY

    10/04/2010 8:54:28 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 19 replies
    Next time you want to complain about your commute, think about the riders on LIRR train No. 1062. The 5:41 p.m. run from Penn Station to Seaford, LI, has the worst track record of any train on the nation's largest commuter railroad. Since July 1, the line has been canceled outright or halted in its run seven times -- more than any other of the 1,431 daily trains operated by the MTA's Metro-North or LIRR, according to a Post analysis of transportation data. Frustrated rider Tom Seigel, who was on the 5:41 p.m. train Friday, said, "It's hard to be...
  • New poll shows Cuomo with 33-point lead over Paladino (Smoking Crak Alert!)

    09/23/2010 6:51:54 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 18 replies
    ALBANY - Maybe Carl Paladino shouldn't get his hopes up after all. A day after a statewide poll showed Paladino within striking distance of Andrew Cuomo, another survey out today shows the Democratic attorney general with a runaway 33 percentage point lead over the bombastic Buffalo developer. The Siena College survey found Cuomo with 57 percent of the vote to 24 percent for Paladino and eight percent for Conservative Party candidate Rick Lazio, who was crushed in the GOP primary to Paladino last week. The poll found Cuomo leading Paladino and Lazio in all regions of the state including New...
  • New Jobless Claims Drop Third Time in Four Weeks, Remain High

    07/29/2010 6:21:12 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 12 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON -- New jobless claims fell last week for the third time in four weeks but remain elevated. The Labor Department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance dropped by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 457,000. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a smaller drop. Claims have fluctuated this month due to temporary seasonal factors. General Motors and other manufacturers skipped their traditional summer shutdowns, which led to fewer layoffs and unemployment claims. But the impact of that distortion has largely faded from the data, a Labor Department analyst said. The four-week average of claims, which smooths fluctuations, dropped to...
  • New Jobless Claims Jump by 37,000 After Hitting 2-Year Low (Marxism OOPS!)

    07/22/2010 8:47:52 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 22 replies · 2+ views
    WASHINGTON -- New jobless claims in the U.S. jumped last week by the most since February, reversing a sharp fall two weeks ago. The rise is partly a result of seasonal factors but also reflects the job market's weakness. The Labor Department says new claims for unemployment insurance jumped by 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 464,000. Analysts expected a smaller rise, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters. The sharp increase comes after claims fell steeply two weeks ago to their lowest level since August 2008. But much of that drop was driven by temporary seasonal factors and not necessarily...
  • New jobless claims rise in sign of weak job market (Big lie in article!)

    07/01/2010 6:30:55 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 9 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose for the second time in three weeks last week, signaling that layoffs are rising. The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for jobless benefits jumped by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000. Analysts expected a small drop, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters. Greater layoffs by construction firms contributed to the increase, a Labor Department analyst said, as home sales and construction slumped in May after the expiration of a popular homebuyer tax credit. Summer layoffs in many school districts also added to the total, he said.
  • Biden: May jobs report will be strong (6/1/2010) (Calling Karnack!)

    06/04/2010 8:57:35 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 20 replies · 523+ views
    bullfax.com ^ | 6/1/2010
    Reuters - Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday predicted the upcoming May employment report would show a much larger number of jobs created than in the previous month, when 290,000 jobs were added.
  • Wall Street pares losses on materials and retail (Dow to finish above 10000 today, how convenient!)

    05/25/2010 12:50:20 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 17 replies · 1,095+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks sharply cut losses on Tuesday as shares of basic materials and retail-related companies advanced. The Dow Jones industrial average (DJI:^DJI - News) dropped 112.53 points, or 1.12 percent, to 9,954.04. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index (^SPX - News) fell 9.46 points, or 0.88 percent, to 1,064.19. The Nasdaq Composite Index (Nasdaq:^IXIC - News) lost 22.70 points, or 1.03 percent, to 2,190.85. Indexes opened down nearly 3 percent.
  • FNC Special Report - All Star Panel on Crack (Vanity)

    03/23/2010 3:48:24 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 111 replies · 3,236+ views
    Idiots on Special Report say they new Gallup poll out today means the GOP is now in trouble since Americans are now behind Obamacare
  • How free markets sank the U.S. economy (Socialist Alert)

    03/11/2010 10:54:32 AM PST · by frogjerk · 11 replies · 441+ views
    By Ellen Freilich NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two years ago, a poisonous brew of bad economics, lax regulation, and egregious behavior boiled over, scalding the financial system and pitching the United States into its steepest downturn since the Great Depression. The antidotes to the crisis, concocted by many of the players who stirred the original toxic brew, have pulled the U.S. economy back from the brink. But those remedies won't prevent future crises, Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Economics, writes in "Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy" (Norton, $27.95). In contrast...
  • Stocks falter after drop in pending home sales

    03/04/2010 10:37:54 AM PST · by frogjerk · 13 replies · 532+ views
    Early stock gains ebb after surprise drop in home sales; Retail sales, factory orders climb NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks clung to a tight range Thursday after an unexpected drop in pending home sales raised new concern about the economy. Major indexes were little changed in afternoon trading following the National Association of Realtors' report that its index of home sales agreements fell 7.6 percent in January from December. Contracts fell to the lowest level since April. The drop in the number of buyers of previously occupied homes dampened some of the enthusiasm about better retail sales numbers. Macy's Inc.,...
  • Wall Street Swings Back in Final Hour; Dow Claws Above 10,000

    02/05/2010 2:35:04 PM PST · by frogjerk · 15 replies · 587+ views
    After falling below 10,000 and then 9,900 amid worries about the recovery and Europe's debt woes, the Dow clawed back in the final hour of trading. The Dow briefly popped above 10,000 after a rapid-fire comeback that put it within distance of positive territory for the day -- and the week.
  • Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly to 480,000 (DRINK!)

    02/04/2010 6:36:26 AM PST · by frogjerk · 23 replies · 873+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week, evidence that layoffs are continuing and jobs remain scarce.</p> <p>The rise is the fourth in the past five weeks. Most economists hoped that claims would resume a downward trend that was evident in the fall and early winter.</p>
  • Stimulus paying for 'pork'?

    01/26/2010 7:50:12 AM PST · by frogjerk · 9 replies · 518+ views
    amfix.blogs.cnn.com ^ | Jan 26th 2010 | Laura Dolan and Christine Romans
    Pork: It's what's for dinner. Remember that well-known advertisement on television? Thanks to the stimulus package, it's now true for millions of Americans. One hundred million dollars of stimulus money is filling the plates of struggling Americans, like Robert Carlucci from rural Franklin, North Carolina. --snip-- The federal government doled out big contracts to well-known companies to make food for these pantries...quickly. DelMonte received nearly nine million dollars to make canned peaches. Jennie-O Turkey received seven million dollars to process turkey. Wisconsin-based Lakeside Foods got the largest share of stimulus money, more than 21 million dollars. Most of it went...
  • President Obama takes the heat President Bush did not

    01/04/2010 5:22:38 PM PST · by frogjerk · 46 replies · 2,009+ views
    Eight years ago, a terrorist bomber’s attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner was thwarted by a group of passengers, an incident that revealed some gaping holes in airline security just a few months after the attacks of Sept. 11. But it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate. That stands in sharp contrast to the withering criticism President Barack Obama has received from Republicans...
  • Woods scandal a boon to Internet publications

    12/10/2009 9:00:08 PM PST · by frogjerk · 2 replies · 409+ views
    AP via Google ^ | 12/10/2009 | JORDAN ROBERTSON
    By JORDAN ROBERTSON (AP) – 23 hours ago SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Tiger Woods sex scandal has been a boon for online publications, even though it hasn't generated the same amount of Internet traffic as Michael Jackson's death or President Barack Obama's inauguration. Provocative remarks by Yahoo Inc. CEO Carol Bartz at an investor conference in New York this week illustrate how major Internet channels and niche publications are benefiting from the Woods controversy. Known for her off-color commentary, Bartz told financial analysts Tuesday that the Woods story is "better than Michael Jackson dying" for helping Yahoo make money,...
  • New Unemployment Claims Rise More Than Expected to 531,000

    10/22/2009 6:32:22 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 50 replies · 1,343+ views
    The Labor Department said new jobless claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 531,000 last week, from an upwardly revised 520,000 the previous week. Wall Street economists had expected only a slight increase, according to Thomson Reuters. WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, after falling in five of the past six weeks, as employers remain reluctant to hire even with the economy showing signs of recovery. The Labor Department said Thursday that new jobless claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 531,000 last week, from an upwardly revised 520,000...
  • Stimulus jobs: Is the recovery act working? (New Math Alert!)

    10/14/2009 7:17:56 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 27 replies · 654+ views
    Is the largest one-time economic recovery effort in U.S. history creating jobs? According to new reports from governors across the country, it is. Republicans in Congress say it's not, and the debate is getting louder. States and other recipients of stimulus funding have handed in their first assessments of the $787 billion recovery act in recent days. While the Obama administration plans to make these reports public by month's end, some governors have released their initial evaluations. In California, stimulus funds have created or saved more than 100,000 jobs through the end of September, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The...
  • AP Poll: Health care overhaul has a pulse

    10/07/2009 8:11:52 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 17 replies · 908+ views
    WASHINGTON – The fever has broken. The patient is out of intensive care. But if you're President Barack Obama, you can't stop pacing the waiting room. Health care overhaul is still in guarded condition. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll has found that opposition to Obama's health care remake dropped dramatically in just a matter of weeks. Still, Americans remain divided over complex legislation that Democrats are advancing in Congress. The public is split 40-40 on supporting or opposing the health care legislation, the poll found. An even split is welcome news for Democrats, a sharp improvement from September, when 49...
  • Olympic decision as it happened (Obami FAIL)

    10/02/2009 12:20:41 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 27 replies · 1,336+ views
    BBC News' Adam Brookes in Chicago: "The shock of Chicago's elimination was greater for the fact that it came in the first round. And greater for the fact that President Obama had taken valuable hours from his packed and tense political schedule to travel to Copenhagen. His legendary powers of persuasion will be said to have failed him, though in reality it will be Chicago's bid that failed him. Nonetheless, this is a moment which allows the president's detractors to allege waning prestige on the part of his presidency. And it will raise questions about the political advice that he...
  • Seasonal adjustments can't hide bad economy

    10/01/2009 9:10:10 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 7 replies · 476+ views
    NYPost ^ | October 1, 2009 | John Crudele
    <p>YOU don't have to feel that little nip in the air to know that the seasonals are changing.</p> <p>Nope, that's not a typo.</p> <p>I'm referring to the seasonal adjustments that the US government and many private organizations, like the Conference Board and the National Association of Realtors, make to their economic statistics.</p>
  • New Unemployment Claims Drop Unexpectedly to 530,000

    09/24/2009 6:06:40 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 46 replies · 1,583+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits in the U.S. fell for the third straight week, evidence that layoffs are continuing to ease in the earliest stages of an economic recovery. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment insurance dropped to a seasonally adjusted 530,000 from an upwardly revised 551,000 the previous week. Wall Street economists expected claims to rise by 5,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters. The four-week average, which smooths out fluctuations, dropped to 553,500. That's the lowest since late January, though still far above the 325,000 weekly claims...
  • Survey: San Francisco's universal health care praised (The Devil is in the details)

    08/26/2009 11:09:19 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 12 replies · 482+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO — As debate over federally funded health care coverage rages across the country, a survey released Wednesday found that San Francisco's universal health care scheme gets high marks from participants. Of the nearly 1,100 users surveyed, 63 percent said they were "very satisfied" with the program, known as Healthy San Francisco, according to the survey conducted by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. An additional 31 percent said they were "somewhat satisfied." More than 45,000 residents are enrolled in the landmark plan, created in 2006 to provide health care for residents who lack private insurance but are not eligible...
  • 10 Questions to Ask at Healthcare Town Hall Meetings

    08/25/2009 6:26:57 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 27 replies · 1,261+ views
    EconomicPolicyJournal.com ^ | August 13, 2009 | Robert Wenzel
    The following questions are all written by me(Robert Wenzel - the author). However, I couldn't have come up with them without the truly Herculean reading of the 1,000 plus page healthcare document by Peter Fleckstein, and also Russell Wilcox. When history books for this era are written, both these men's names should go down as heroes, for letting the public know what this so called, "healthcare" bill is really all about. Question 1: Who actually wrote this bill? Congressman can you get us the names of the people that wrote this bill, so that we can understand their views on...
  • Tonight August 25th - Congressman Pallone (D) Town Hall Meeting - 6th District - NJ

    08/25/2009 6:04:34 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 4 replies · 403+ views
    August 25, 2009 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Red Bank Middle School 101 Harding Road Red Bank, NJ‎ Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl