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  • The Obama Family's Summer Highlights

    09/06/2010 12:57:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    politico ^ | 9/6/10 | AMIE PARNES
    As the first family has traveled up and down the Eastern seaboard (and occasionally beyond) for various summer excursions, they’ve given us a number of picture-perfect moments. Remember when the president and Sasha took a dip in Panama City Beach, Fla.? Or how Michelle Obama strode through the streets of Marbella in southern Spain? Not to mention the almost-famous bike ride President Barack Obama took (in long pants!) at Martha's Vineyard. Malia made it to the Vineyard too; sadly, however, we didn’t get a peek of her at sleepaway camp. With summer coming to an end, POLITICO takes a look...
  • 'Recovery Summer' Ends With Economic Pothole (Whew! It's finally over!)

    09/05/2010 5:59:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | 9/03/10 | Scott Horsley
    'Recovery Summer' Ends With Economic Potholeby Scott Horsley September 3, 2010 Whatever happened to recovery summer? This was supposed to be the season the economy heated up, thanks to a wave of public works projects, funded by the government's stimulus program. But summer is coming to an end, and the recovery has not taken root. (The Labor Department on Friday reported a slight rise in the unemployment rate to 9.6 percent in August as more people were looking for work.) And before long, stimulus dollars will be fading like autumn leaves. None of that is encouraging for President Obama, who...
  • August Employment Report: Unemployment- 9.6%, Minus 54,000 jobs.

    09/03/2010 5:37:58 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    Per CNBC TV.
  • "Recovery Summer" Democrats’ Claims vs. America’s Realities

    09/01/2010 9:13:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    pop.gov ^ | 9/1/10 | House Republicans
    “Welcome to Recovery” –Treasury Secretary Tim F. Geithner, (Op-Ed, August 3, 2010) CLAIM #1 – A January 2009 report authored by Christina Romer, President Obama’s chief economist, and Jared Bernstein, Vice President Biden’s chief economist and economic policy advisor, predicted that the $814 billion stimulus bill would keep unemployment below 8 percent. * America’s Reality: Since the stimulus was signed into law, the unemployment rate reached a 27 year high of 10.2 percent. Currently, the unemployment stands at 9.5 percent and has not dropped below 9.5 percent in 12 months. CLAIM #2 – On February 17, 2009, President Obama stated,...
  • You Call This a 'Recovery'?

    08/27/2010 8:32:52 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 27, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    So this is the economic growth that by far the largest Keynesian stimulus in American history produces? President Obama’s $814 billion in stimulus, a more than $1.3 trillion annual deficit for the second year in a row, has produced what the administration has declared is the long awaited "Summer of Recovery." Last fall the economy grew at a reasonable 5 percent annual rate, though even that was not particularly fast for a "recovery." Yet, it has dropped since then: during January through March, the growth rate dropped to 3.7 percent and April through June, 1.6 percent. But Americans didn't need...
  • Democrats move to shore up faltering recovery (RATS have time to do even more damage?)

    08/24/2010 10:24:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/24/10 | Lori Montgomery and Neil Irwin
    Democrats move to shore up faltering recoveryBy Lori Montgomery and Neil Irwin Tuesday, August 24, 2010; 11:17 PM A rapidly weakening economy threatens to undermine President Obama's assertion that he has set the nation on a path to prosperity and, with barely two months until congressional midterm elections, Democrats find themselves with few options for reviving the faltering recovery. The latest sign that the economy is losing steam: Home sales fell 27 percent in July, the steepest one-month drop since figures were first compiled in 1968, according to a report released Tuesday. Analysts had expected sales to decline following the...
  • What Recovery Summer?

    08/21/2010 8:16:32 AM PDT · by Son House · 16 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | August 6th, 2010 | J.D. Foster
    The Obama Administration announced “Recovery Summer” in June to highlight the expected gains in jobs and economic strength resulting from Obama’s stimulus.. Well, maybe next summer. Initial estimates from the Department of Labor (DOL) suggest the economy shed a whopping 131,000 jobs in July while employment for the prior two months was revised down by 97,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady in August at 9.5 percent despite a drop in employment, because the number of people in the workforce also declined as workers appear to be giving up in the face of persistent high unemployment. To an important extent,...
  • 'Just a bad trend' - 500,000 jobless claims

    08/19/2010 8:44:02 AM PDT · by Signalman · 8 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 8/19/2010 | Julianne Pepitone
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- A government report Thursday brought bad news for workers and the economy: The number of unemployed Americans seeking a financial lifeline has reached its highest level in nine months. Last week, the number of first-time filers for unemployment insurance rose for the third time in a row, to 500,000, according to a Labor Department report released Thursday. There were 488,000 claims filed the previous week. "This 500,000 level is very difficult, on both a psychological and semi-technical level," said Tim Quinlan, an economist at Wells Fargo. Initial claims had been hovering in the mid- to upper-400,000s...
  • Temperatures continue well below average in Southern California

    08/10/2010 7:19:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    whittierdailynews.com/ ^ | 08/09/2010 04:09:43 PM PDT | Hector Gonzalez
    The average temperature in July was 79 degrees, five degrees below normal, and the first eight days of this month also have been five to six degrees below normal, weather experts said That could put Southern California on track for a near-record-low summer, but it's still too early to say, according to weather experts. The Los Angeles area, in fact, has had below-normal temperatures every month since April. On Monday forecasters were monitoring a high-pressure system developing to the north that could swing over Southern California by Sunday and heat things into the mid-90s in some inland areas, she said....
  • Desperation Grows as Unemployment Benefits End

    08/02/2010 3:18:07 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 173 replies · 37+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 2, 2010 | Michael Luo
    ... Ms. Jarrin is part of a hard-luck tribe of jobless whose members have taken to calling themselves “99ers,” because they have exhausted the maximum 99 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits that they can claim. For them, the resolution recently of the lengthy Senate scrum over extending jobless benefits was no balm. The measure renewed two federal programs that extended jobless benefits in this recession beyond the traditional 26 weeks to anywhere from 60 to 99 weeks, depending on the state’s unemployment rate. But many jobless have now exceeded those limits. They are adjusting to a new, harsh reality with...
  • Biden says Recovery Act is on track (Joe is back on the sauce again)

    07/31/2010 8:08:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 2+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/30/10
    Biden says Recovery Act is on trackPublished: July 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden said Friday the 2009 Recovery Act had saved or created 750,000 jobs in the second quarter, the highest quarterly total to date. "This record number reflects the early impact of our surge in projects across the country as part of "Recovery Summer," Biden said in a statement. He said the 750,000 jobs were the result of $80 billion in federal spending, 17 percent of the $787 billion package. Biden said the reporting on the jobs was "not perfect...
  • Cool summer: L.A. sets more low-temperature records

    07/30/2010 9:07:00 AM PDT · by Signalman · 21 replies · 1+ views
    LAT ^ | 7/29/2010 | Shelby Grad
    The unusually cool summer continued in Southern California, where several new record-low temperatures were recorded on Wednesday. The 68-degree low at Los Angeles International Airport broke the old record low for the day, which was 70 degrees in 1991. Santa Barbara (68) and San Luis Obispo (69) broke records as well. The temperature at USC, 75, tied the record low set in 1999. UCLA also set a record, 56 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. While the region saw a heat wave a few weeks ago, temperatures have been gradually going down again as July comes to an end....
  • Sweaty misery in Philadelphia

    07/24/2010 3:19:14 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 24,2010 | Tom Avril
    Through Thursday, the temperature at Philadelphia International Airport has averaged 81.8 degrees for the month, 4.4 degrees above normal. The way forecasts are shaping up, the city is headed for its third-hottest July on record, a shade behind 82.4 in 1872 and 82.1 in 1994. The last below-normal day in the city was July 2; there have been just six below-normal days in Philadelphia in the last two months.
  • Obama, family going to Martha's Vineyard in August

    07/23/2010 4:10:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 74 replies · 4+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 23, 2010
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is taking his family back to Martha's Vineyard, Mass., for summer vacation next month. The White House announced the vacation plans on Friday, one day after disclosing that the Obamas would overnight somewhere along Florida's oil-threatened Gulf Coast on the weekend of Aug. 14.
  • Stan Cox Wants to Ban Air Conditioning

    07/12/2010 1:25:38 PM PDT · by Marcus · 105 replies · 6+ views
    Associated Content ^ | July 12th, 2010 | Mark R. Whittington
    Proving that there is no folly fallacious enough that it can't be written down, both in a book and in an oped in the Washington Post, Stan Cox, an agricultural scientist, has proposed to ban or greatly restrict air conditioning.
  • UK heatwave may have caused hundreds of deaths (U.K. Health Protection Agency)

    07/10/2010 1:00:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 6 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | July 10, 2010 | David Batty
    Britain's heatwave could have caused a sharp rise in deaths over the past two weeks, health officials warned today. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said its analysis of government data on death rates in June or July over the past decade revealed there had been several hundred "excess deaths" in the past two weeks, which could be due to the heat. "Although these are very preliminary data, experts suggest that the hot weather may have been the cause for some of the increase," a HPA spokesman said.
  • Miss Me Yet?

    07/07/2010 1:14:23 PM PDT · by Stoutcat · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 07-07-10 | Stoutcat
    In case you wondered where I’ve been since last week, I’ll tell you first what I haven’t been doing. I haven’t been at work; I haven’t been spending upwards of $100 a week for my public transportation; I also haven’t been spending 5 hours commuting to and from work each day. What I have been doing is spending time here: Red River Beach, in Harwich, MA.
  • The last hurrah of summer

    As the last firecracker sizzled in the night, I heaved a sigh of relief. It is not that I do not enjoy a good firework display, but after all, when you have seen one firecracker they are all just about the same. The thing they all have in common is they cost money. That is my problem. Blowing up bushels of dollars in the air does not seem very exciting to me. But the Fourth of July celebration has a different meaning for me. Certainly, I revere and celebrate the patriotic significance of the Fourth of July and faithfully pray...
  • Free summer lunches feeding more kids locally and statewide (Dayton OH)

    06/18/2010 6:52:01 AM PDT · by relictele · 27 replies · 386+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 18 Jun 2010 | Cornelius Frolik
    More children in the Dayton area and Ohio are relying on free summer meal programs. In 2009, schools and community groups in Montgomery County served 510,496 free summer meals, a 20 percent increase since 2007, according to the Ohio Department of Education. Statewide, schools and community groups last year served 3.56 million free summer meals, an increase of 10 percent from 2008 and 17 percent from 2007, according to federal data. Food service officials expect the numbers to be even higher this year. Money is tight in the home of Amanda Gyldholm, a 32-year-old single mother of four who is...
  • Poll: Will you vacation in Arizona this Summer?

    04/29/2010 5:28:15 AM PDT · by aquapub · 37 replies · 810+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4-29-10 | Robert Moon
    Arizona is under attack. Absurd left-wing hysterics are throwing violent, half-witted tantrums day-and-night over the state's "controversial" new law requiring people to endure the tragedy of identifying themselves.
  • Memphis Man Arrested: Accused of Making Bomb Threats & Threatening to Start "Holy War"

    12/28/2009 12:01:01 AM PST · by Cindy · 74 replies · 2,369+ views
    MyEyeWitnessNews.com - Local News ^ | Last Update: 12/25 9:52 pm | n/a
    Note: The following news brief is a quote: Last Update: 12/25 9:52 pm Memphis Man Arrested: Accused of Making Bomb Threats & Threatening to Start "Holy War" MEMPHIS, TN – Tonight, Mohamed Ibrahim is out after posting $100 bond. Earlier in the day, he was arrested after police say he walked into several Memphis businesses and threatened to blow them up. Court records show Ibrahim was also telling people he was Muslim, and wanted to start a jihad, or holy war, in Memphis. Police say when they arrested him, he had a butcher knife hidden in one of his jacket...
  • Obama Wants More School, Shorter Break

    09/27/2009 4:32:40 PM PDT · by NavVet · 52 replies · 2,863+ views
    AOL ^ | 27 September 2009 | AOL
    WASHINGTON (Sept. 27) -- Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.
  • Obama Wants More School, Less Vacation

    09/27/2009 2:42:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 96 replies · 2,648+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Sun, Sep 27, 2009 | Natalie Rix
    President Obama wants kids to spend more time in school. Students in the U.S. need more class time to remain competitive with students around the world, the President said. Obama advocates schools adding time to classes, extending hours into evenings and weekends, and shortening summer vacation. "Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas, not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom," Obama said. Some schools that extended their hours have seen positive results. Early results...
  • More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation

    09/27/2009 12:00:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 84 replies · 3,197+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/27/2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. "Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said earlier this year. "Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom." The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools...
  • More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation

    09/27/2009 8:05:16 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 101 replies · 2,320+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept. 27, 2009 | LIBBY QUAID
    WASHINGTON – Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. "Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said earlier this year. "Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom." The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools...
  • More School: Obama would curtail summer vacation

    09/27/2009 10:56:41 AM PDT · by Tidbit · 41 replies · 1,400+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 27, 2009 | Libby Quaid, AP
    WASHINGTON – Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. "Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said earlier this year. "Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom." The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools...
  • 2009 shatters heat record (Austin, TX.)

    08/30/2009 12:33:29 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 47 replies · 1,395+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 8.30.2009 | Chuck Lindell
    This is already the hottest summer in Austin's history — shattering the previous record — but the sweltering city might not be done setting dubious milestones in 2009. Two more days of triple digits will tie the record for the most 100-degree temperatures in a year: 69 days of lawn-killing, air conditioner-straining heat. A typical year has 12 triple-digit days. The 1925 record appears safe for at least the next few days, with highs forecast in the 90s.
  • The Season Without a Summer ( I guess Mother Nature didn't get the "Global Warming" Memo. )

    08/30/2009 11:49:53 AM PDT · by kellynla · 47 replies · 1,943+ views
    weather.com ^ | 8/30/2009 | staff
    The season without a summer. (Video)
  • The Dog Days Of Summer: Stray “Blue” Dogs, A Summer Breeze, And Painting With Your Eyes

    08/21/2009 2:13:43 PM PDT · by luckybogey · 297+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | August 21, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    The WH and Congress have severely overestimated the charm of President Obama. They believe that when the President speaks the public all feel a tingle running up their legs... The public is smarter than for which the bureaucrats in Washington give them credit… In the old days, when Americans took civics, and took civic life seriously, every schoolboy/schoolgirl knew what a yellow dog was. The phrase, which almost certainly came from Alabama more than three-quarters of a century ago, grew out of the notion that some Southerners would (gladly) vote for a yellow dog if he ran on the Democratic...
  • Summer

    08/08/2009 7:44:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 536+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2009 | Rich Galen
    The New York Times had an amazing front page story yesterday which I would have thought would have jumped to the top of every cable news cycle except for the Senate's confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The headline of the story was: "White House Affirms Deal on Drug Cost" by David Kirkpatrick. I want you to read the lead paragraph very slowly: Pressed by industry lobbyists, White House officials on Wednesday assured drug makers that the administration stood by a behind-the-scenes deal to block any Congressional effort to extract cost savings from them beyond an agreed-upon $80 billion. Whoa! Check...
  • New Foods on a Stick: WI State Fair adds Chocolate-Covered Bacon to Its Menu

    08/03/2009 5:24:49 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 27 replies · 1,406+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | August 1, 2009 | Mary Bergin
    Chocolate-covered bacon, anyone? Food on a stick means kabobs on the grill, ice cream bars on the run, caramel apples for Halloween. You know where we’re going with this, right? Fair-weather fans crave oddball food during this time of year, and that can mean collecting sticks during all meal courses. The lines don’t begin and end at the Pronto Pup stand. Food-on-a-stick menus are getting fatter, embracing cotton candy and hot dogs to deep-fried Oreos and chunks of cheese. Expect more than three dozen choices when the Wisconsin State Fair opens Aug. 6 in West Allis, and the most outrageous...
  • Early numbers show cool July for Iowa

    08/02/2009 4:10:14 PM PDT · by Signalman · 7 replies · 484+ views
    syracuse.com ^ | 8/1/2009 | AP
    (AP) — DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa climatologist says temperatures are the coolest this July than any other on record in the state according to preliminary statistics. Climatologist Harry Hillaker says that's good news for Iowa's agricultural crops like corn and beans. Hillaker says the best crop yields are during cooler summers. The lowest July average temperature in Iowa was in 1891 at 68.3 degrees. This July the average has been 68.1 degrees. But Hillaker says more temperature reports could alter that number. There was a low temperature of 42 degrees in Sheldon, Sibley and Spencer on July 19...
  • How cold was it? We've got some facts for July (Chicago)

    08/01/2009 2:26:00 PM PDT · by Signalman · 5 replies · 612+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | 8/1/2009 | jamie sotonoff
    On July 1, the high temperature reached 64 degrees and it drizzled all day. Things didn't get much better after that. July 2009 has gone down in the record books as Chicago's coldest July in almost seven decades, and the third coldest since the National Weather Service started keeping records in 1872. How cold was it? It was so cold that: • The average temperature was 69.4 degrees, the same average temperature as Fairbanks, Alaska. • The high temperature was below 80 degrees for 14 of the 31 days (45 percent). • In the early morning hours of July 20,...
  • July 2009 sets record for temperatures (Austin,TX)

    08/01/2009 2:36:20 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 38 replies · 1,656+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 8.01.2009 | Juana Summers (gotta love it)
    July 2009 goes down as the hottest month ever recorded, Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose said Friday.
  • Are You a Mosquito Magnet?

    08/01/2009 10:48:41 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies · 1,938+ views
    CBSNews ^ | July 31, 2009 | Elizabeth Heubeck
    (CBS) You’re trying your best to enjoy an evening cookout, but a constant swarm of mosquitoes follows you from grill to poolside. The threat? A pierce to your skin, leaving behind an itchy red welt and possibly even a serious illness. As you swat madly at the pests, you notice that others seem completely unfazed. Could it be that mosquitoes prefer to bite some people over others? The short answer is yes. Mosquitoes do exhibit blood-sucking preferences, say the experts. "One in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes," reports Jerry Butler, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida....
  • Could Wednesday be Seattle's hottest day ever?

    07/29/2009 7:04:32 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 45 replies · 1,104+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 07/29/09 | Sandy Doughton
    How much sweat does it take to set a new heat-wave record? Sticky Seattleites may find out this week. If temperatures stay at 90 degrees or higher through Saturday, that will add up to six sweltering days in a row. And if Seattle's high reaches 100 degrees today, as forecast, it will tie the city's all-time temperature record. The region's previous record hot spells lasted five days, in August 1981 and July 1941. "We're certainly in the running," said Brad Colman, local meteorologist-in-charge for the National Weather Service.
  • Chicago Sees Coldest July In 67 Years

    07/28/2009 1:04:47 PM PDT · by safetysign · 30 replies · 900+ views
    CBS ^ | 07/28/2009 | staff
    Average Temperature Only 68.9 Degrees! Have you left your air conditioner in the closet this summer, and worn long pants more often than shorts? If so, you may not be surprised to find out that Chicago is seeing its coldest July in more than 65 years. The National Weather Service says 2009 has seen the coldest July since the official recording station was moved away from the lakefront in 1942. The average temperature this month in Chicago has been a mere 68.9 degrees. Even in the years before 1942, when the National Weather Service recorded temperatures at the cooler lakefront,...
  • 3,000 Low Temp Records Set This July!

    07/26/2009 9:53:46 AM PDT · by jpsb · 40 replies · 347+ views
    AccuWeather.com ^ | Jesse Ferrell
    Story here
  • ACCUWEATHER: 3,000 Low Temp Records Set This July!

    07/26/2009 8:40:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 566+ views
    AccuWeather ^ | July 25, 2009 | Jesse Ferrell
    Here are some stats and maps regarding the unusually cold July that is happening over a large portion of the U.S., especially the Northeast quadrant (yes, it's been unusually hot in the SW, see below). Note: Since I am on vacation at the end of the month, I will not be able to update these but AccuWeather.com will be running news articles about how cool July was in these areas, come the first week in August. First, some stats. 1,044 daily record low temperatures have been broken this month nationwide according to NCDC -- count record "low highs" and the...
  • HIGH LIFE ON 'FARM' FOR O; OBAMAS SET FOR VINEYARD VACATION

    07/26/2009 6:25:30 AM PDT · by Liz · 57 replies · 1,806+ views
    NY POST ^ | 7/26/09 | GEOFF EARLE Post Correspondent
    The Obamas will rent the stunning 29-acre Blue Heron Farm, on Martha's Vineyard, Chilmark, a glamorous spread featuring spectacular views, the Vineyard Gazette reported. Features a Victorian farmhouse, 5-bedroom "guest house," reconstructed Pennsylvania barn and NH shed.... owned by Mississippi timber magnate William Van Devender and wife Mollie.....had $20 million pricetag in 2005. Prior owners hosted the Clintons in 1998. The Obamas can stroll to a private saltwater pond or take a dip in the Atlantic from a private beach. Other features: a private dock with a Boston Whaler, a catamaran and several kayaks, a pool, and a hot tub...
  • July one of the coolest on record

    07/21/2009 5:58:07 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 898+ views
    Journalstar.com ^ | 7-20-2009 | Staff
    Though frequently quoted, Mark Twain probably didn’t say the coldest winter he ever spent was July in San Francisco. But someone did. No one would mistake Lincoln for San Francisco. It’s not that foggy. But this July is proving to be one of the coolest on record in both Lincoln and Omaha. On average, the temperature reaches 90 degrees or higher at least 15 days in July in Lincoln. So far this July: once. The best chance for 90 this week is Friday. Monday’s high was only 75. Omaha has yet to reach 90 this month. Lincoln set record lows...
  • State cleared to clamp down on nude beaches

    07/21/2009 7:26:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 61 replies · 1,787+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/21/9 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Keep that towel handy. California parks officials can enforce a ban on nudity at any state beach, even in areas that have been informally designated as "clothing optional," a state appeals court says. The new policy will take effect immediately, although officers will decide whether to warn, cite or arrest violators, said Roy Stearns, spokesman for the state Parks and Recreation Department. "I'm pretty sure that we will try to tread lightly to get compliance at first," he said Monday, three days after the appellate court in Santa Ana published its ruling as a statewide precedent. "We're not in the...
  • Heat wave to test Southern California power grid

    07/21/2009 11:56:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies · 1,488+ views
    reuters ^ | Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:44pm EDT
    The largest utility in southern California urged consumers on Monday to conserve power to help keep air conditioners running without interruption as hot weather sends demand soaring over the next few days. Temperatures in Los Angeles will reach the low 90s Fahrenheit (low 30s Celsius) Monday and Tuesday with the humidity making it feel more like the low 100s F (high 30s C), according to AccuWeather.com. Edison International's Southern California Edison utility said its transmission system was performing well but the continuing multi-day heat wave and lighting caused some isolated equipment failures and scattered outages. As the heat continues, the...
  • A Year Without A Summer? (We might have one of the coolest summers on record)

    07/18/2009 6:26:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies · 1,744+ views
    Powerline ^ | 7/18/2009 | John Hinderaker
    1816 was the "year without a summer." There were several causes of the abnormally cold weather that year, as this source recounts: The year 1816 is still known to scientists and historians as "eighteen hundred and froze to death" or the "year without a summer." It was the locus of a period of natural ecological destruction not soon to be forgotten. During that year, the Northern Hemisphere was slammed with the effects of at least two abnormal but natural phenomena. These events were mysterious at the time, and even today they are not well understood. First, 1816 marked the midpoint...
  • Things I Hate: Capri Pants

    07/16/2009 2:59:42 PM PDT · by vaper69 · 148 replies · 7,192+ views
    Introducing a new series to Needs of the Many … “Things I Hate.” They are numerous, and they need to be shared. In the inaugural post of “Things I Hate” I will take aim at the scourge of female fashion … capri pants. I don’t know where the capri came from, and I don’t give a damn. They have all the glamor and charm of a bucket full of vomit, and that opinion is nearly universal among men. I have yet to meet a man who likes his woman to wear capris. The irony is how ‘cute’ women seem to...
  • Holiday Dressing: Michelle Obama Style (Barf alert)

    07/16/2009 7:46:38 AM PDT · by llevrok · 8 replies · 905+ views
    The Obamas will be proving their presidential worth by summering in the moneyed seclusion of Martha’s Vineyard, off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the island retreat beloved of John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton. The requirements are comfort and mobility – cookouts, cycling and sailing are favourite island pastimes – but remember, Vineyard vacationers are power players back home (Meg Ryan, Reese Witherspoon and Beyoncé Knowles are also regular visitors), so wardrobes need to be sharp and stylish – in a nonchalant, no-time-taken-to-dress kind of way. Barack Obama is JFK's 'inspirational' heir, says former Kennedy aide Ted Sorensen“I can wander around in...
  • A Blaze Of Blooms To Send Your Spirits Floating Like A Butterfly

    07/10/2009 8:49:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 619+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 10th 2009
    A blaze of blooms to send your spirits floating like a butterfly By FIONA MACRAE 10th July 2009. Just a few yards from the noise and fumes of one of the nation's busiest motorways stands an oasis of dazzling natural colour. Twenty acres of grassland have been transformed by an explosion of summer blooms into Britain's biggest and brightest wildflower meadow. Designed to attract butterflies and naturelovers alike, it was created in only 12 weeks and boasts 65 different species of flower from around the world. [Pic in URL] Dazzling: Sunflowers form the centrepiece of the massive wildflower meadow that...
  • NATIONAL SUMMER LEARNING DAY, 2009 - - - - - - -

    07/10/2009 3:25:45 AM PDT · by Cindy · 205+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | July 9, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2009 NATIONAL SUMMER LEARNING DAY, 2009 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Like an athlete out of practice, a child who takes long breaks from learning can face academic setbacks. This problem is especially prominent during the summer, when students may lose more than two months of progress. Children must remain engaged to maintain and build upon their current academic achievement. Learning loss can...
  • Summer Sunday Mass: Obligation or Option?

    07/06/2009 2:55:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 602+ views
    BlackCordelias ^ | June 23, 2009 | Father Michael Van Sloun
    Sunday is the Lord’s Day. Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday morning, so Sunday is reserved as the “Lord’s Day,” the day to remember the Resurrection and to offer our praise and worship. Sunday is the Christian “Sabbath,” a shift from the Jewish Sabbath that runs from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. God gave us the Third Commandment as a solemn obligation, not a suggestion or an option: “Keep holy the Sabbath day (Ex 20:8-11; Dt 5:12-15) (see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Numbers 2174 – 2178).Regular Sunday worship dates back to the first generation...
  • Teenage Jobs Wasteland

    07/03/2009 8:09:13 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 45 replies · 1,412+ views
    Forbes ^ | 7/2/2009 | Joshua Zumbrun
    Not since 1965 has it been so hard for teens to get work. Think an unemployment rate of 9.5% is bad? It could be worse. You could be a teenager. For teenagers, the summer job market has not been so bleak in generations. During what should be the start of the bustling summer job season, the unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds who want work is 24%--the worst since 1965. The outlook for teen jobs is so bleak that it's weighing down the entire employment report, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Thursday. The country is headed for...