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Recovery Summer, We Hardly Knew Ye July 29, 2010

Posted by geoff in News.

So that’s it folks. I hope you didn’t blink, because we’ve just come to the end of our six weeks of ‘Recovery Summer.” You remember how it started six weeks ago?

Vice President Joe Biden today will kick off the Obama administration’s “Recovery Summer,” a six-week-long push designed to highlight the jobs accompanying a surge in stimulus-funded projects to improve highways, parks, drinking water and other public works.

A “surge,” you say. A surge of stimulus-funded jobs, you say. Yes, looking back 6 weeks, that’s what they said, all right…

The vice president on Thursday will present Obama with a report laying out a spike in stimulus activity this summer, and how it will contribute to a steady climb to a total of 3.5 million Recovery Act jobs by the end of the year.

Well, our six weeks is over, and how did we do? Did we see a surge? Let’s check in on initial unemployment claims.

The unemployment claims don’t show much surging. In fact, they seem to be completely unperturbed by any increases in spending. But not to worry, I’m sure that Congress and the administration will jump on the problem. Just think back to last October and Congress’s laser-like focus on the employment situation…

Yes, what you see in that chart is that the improvement in the unemployment situation has been stalled for over 8 months. The same 8 months where the first 5 months were spent on health care reform. The same 8 months where the administration has told us that it’s all working as intended. If this was their intent, well, yikes. But I suspect that what they’re really trying to do is bluster their way through the summer, and hope that there’s an upturn before the end of the year.

As to the claims for ‘Recovery Summer,” I can’t believe that this administration has the gall to tell us that a year and a half after the ARRA passed, they’re finally going to start spending the money. Wasn’t that the biggest criticism of the Act? That the money would be spent too slowly to give relief? And it is typical of this administration that rather than making jobs their priority in Recovery Summer, they’ve made talking about jobs their priority.

As I said over at NiceDeb’s, all the Recovery Summer hype did was serve as a confession by the administration that over 85% of stimulus projects were not ‘shovel ready’ when ARRA was passed. Just as we had suspected.


1. nicedeb - July 29, 2010

Gee, I can’t wait to find out what plan B is.

2. Cathy - July 29, 2010

Gee, I can’t wait to find out what plan B is.

Plan B:
1) Lie some more.
2) Continue to steal from citizens.
3) Call anyone who utters concern a RACIST.

3. kevl - July 29, 2010

Improve drinking water? That’s a priority?

4. JackStraw - July 29, 2010

I can hardly wait for Train Wreck Fall.

5. Eddie The Bear - July 29, 2010

I read where Biden is back to blaming Bush. How original

6. lauraw - July 29, 2010

Recovery Summer.

7. kevl - July 29, 2010

That’s no orchestra! That’s Dave in Texas’ band.

Love it Laura.

8. Dave in Texas - July 29, 2010

That was the 80s band.

Not good with the classics,

9. Enas Yorl - July 29, 2010

Obviously y’all aren’t doing enough to stimulate the economy! I suggest you do your part by buying stuff from Saddleback Leather. You’ll thank me later.

10. kevl - July 29, 2010

Enas, that’s a MAN PURSE.
So now you’re Jack Bauer?

11. MostlyRight - July 29, 2010

“and hope that there’s an upturn before the end of the year.”

Hope and Change were all we were ever really promised anyway…

12. Enas Yorl - July 29, 2010

Dunno about Bauer (never watched the show), but “man purse” hardly does that stuff justice. Seriously high quality leather goods is what that is.

13. Nan G - July 29, 2010

Enas, I’m going to check it out.

I’m at the point where there are so few independent businesses around here that I have to use the internet to get anything good.
It wasn’t that way just…..oh, about 1 & 1/2 years ago.
I craft.
We used to have bead shops, stained glass shops, mosaic tile shops and more all local.
Thanks, Obama…….NOT!!!!

14. Nan G - July 29, 2010

Enas, Just bought hubby a fabulous wallet.
He needed one!
Guess he’ll never need another!

Thanks for linking it.

15. Dave in Texas - July 29, 2010

I ordered some chaps.


16. Enas Yorl - July 29, 2010

Oh great Nan G! I’m sure he’ll love it. SBL looks like a great small company too.

17. Cathy - July 29, 2010

I ordered some chaps. Hot.

*chaps worn over that leopard print thong… was it purple?*

18. Michael - July 29, 2010

Something ate our goldfish while we were on vacation. Harry must have forgotten to stay out of sight under the lily pads.


That’s 50 cents down the toilet right there.

19. Dave in Texas - July 29, 2010

Standard leopard colors for my leopard homies.

20. Cathy - July 29, 2010

Standard leopard colors

lime green & purple

21. wamk - July 29, 2010

I bet there will be some hiring in the “Bankruptcy Lawyer” segment of the economy soon. So there’s that.

22. Retired Geezer - July 30, 2010

We used to have bead shops, stained glass shops, mosaic tile shops and more all local.

Mrs. Geezer does Stained Glass.

Ask Cathy.


23. Cathy - July 30, 2010

Something ate our goldfish while we were on vacation. Harry must have forgotten to stay out of sight under the lily pads.

A big, fat gray tabby cat’s been hanging around a lot lately.

Last night he/she was licking paws while sitting on the next-door neighbor’s driveway.

24. Cathy - July 30, 2010

^ Another possible theory for mysterious disappearance of Harry-Goldfish…

Cleaned water gardens today. Scads of tiny tadpoles swimmin’ around in there. How they got there?? Dunno! Maybe their mommy dumped them there and they swarmed Harry and sucked up all the oxygen in the water. Bein’ he was bigger he needed more of that oxygen stuff. Sheesh! What a way to go!

Poor Harry.

Moved some tadpoles to the OTHER water garden and will adopt another Harry today.

25. Nan G - July 30, 2010

Mrs. Geezer does great work!

I only ever did a few lamps.

We used to be able to get sale glass because there were so many local stores selling Vietnamese glass.
Now, you have to drive all over the place to find anything.

26. Cathy - July 30, 2010

@ #24 Update: Talked to gal at the pet store where I got our replacement fish. She said tadpoles wouldn’t be able to kill fish with lack of oxygen… more likely a predator… She figures it’s either the Tabby-cat or a snake. I explained the container is an elevated Asian pottery piece, but she says that snakes are quite innovative in getting into those things if they think there’s a nummy meal waiting for ’em.

Guess snakes like goldfish.

27. Retired Geezer - July 30, 2010

Could an ovulating frog have eaten Harry?

Thus the tadpoles…

28. Cathy - July 30, 2010

Could an ovulating frog have eaten Harry? Thus the tadpoles…

Nope. According to the pet store gal.

29. Lipstick - July 30, 2010

R.I.P. Harry.

*plays taps

30. lauraw - July 31, 2010

Most frogs don’t bother.
But bullfrogs will grab fish. We had one that nearly fished out our minnows one year. It dove in after our goldfish when I was feeding them. I tried to grab him with the net but was unsuccessful, so I just smacked him with it.

31. Cathy - July 31, 2010

Oh My! Lost two more brand new resident gold fish last night.

Methinks I know the culprit.

Actually either Reddish Egret or Little Blue Heron or similar… but it’s in it’s Dark phase… and HUGE! Flew out of the tree over the water garden this morning when I let the pooches out… flew over the pool and into neighbor’s cypress. Couldn’t see all markings, but dark and HUGE!!!

32. Lipstick - July 31, 2010

OK, this means war.

33. daveintexas - July 31, 2010


34. Cathy - July 31, 2010

^Checked water garden thoroughly and found one of the two fish still cowering under plants amid the rocks.

35. daveintexas - July 31, 2010

we call em that here. get the vernacular. EMBRACE IT

36. Cathy - July 31, 2010

Laura, you feed your fish?
*and smack around your friggin frogs, obviously*

And thanks for the sympathy expression for Harry, Lipstick. *hug*

37. Cathy - July 31, 2010

Called cowbirds, because they sit on the cows?

38. daveintexas - July 31, 2010

exactly so.

39. Cathy - July 31, 2010

Oh! Consider the similarities…

FEDERALLY Protected.

INVADE & DESTROY property.

CONSUME private resources.

CRAP all over everything.

MAKE people SICK.

Solution: Get creative, ban together with neighbors & friends,
and make a lot of noise. *Like the Tea Party!?!!* *Love it!*

40. Lipstick - July 31, 2010

*hugs Cathy back*

It wouldn’t look so pretty, but maybe a tent of chicken wire will keep predators away while you form a battle plan.

41. daveintexas - July 31, 2010

or a bazooka

42. Lipstick - July 31, 2010

That might piss off the Homeowners Association.

43. daveintexas - July 31, 2010

fuck em

44. Cathy - July 31, 2010

I like how the neighborhood in Taylor Texas did it.

Lawn Chairs. Air Horns. To TEXAS!!!
… and the little kid on the bike was precious.

*adds crap to Wal-Mart shopping list*

45. Cathy - July 31, 2010

For now we’ve opened the gate to the pool area and will encourage our cow-dog-Rosie and goofy-pooch-Peaches to do their jobs watching for the return of the culprit.

Peaches has staked out a great vantage point in the dining room.
Rosie’s flopped next to her. Both dependable gals.

Have aluminum screen and hardware cloth I could use…
Prefer to not mess with that stuff.

46. Lipstick - July 31, 2010

Is Casey supervising?

That kid on the bike made me laugh. I got silly and put one of those horns on my bike.

47. Cathy - July 31, 2010

Is Casey supervising?

Um. Haven’t mentioned it… Sorry.
Casey is happy in doggie-heaven now.

48. lauraw - July 31, 2010

Cathy, we feed our fish only occasionally during the normal season, sometimes not at all.
But as Winter nears we do regular feeds with high protein stuff so they can fatten up a bit for their long miserable vacation.

Sorry to hear about Casey. She had big beautiful people-eyes in her photos. Looked like a sweet girl.

Great Blue Herons like to do fly-bys on our pond, but we have made the edge pretty impossible for them to traverse. They have to be able to walk into the water. We built the pond with a dropped edge so they couldn’t get close enough to do any fishing.

Is there a way you could put some obstacles around the place so they can’t walk up to the water?

49. Lipstick - July 31, 2010


I’m so sorry about dear, sweet Casey.

50. Cathy - July 31, 2010

Thanks for your sweetness, Laura. Casey was a good buddy for us for many years. Her health had been failing, lots of things were changing physically, she started falling down the stairs, and then on top of all that she was becoming very combative with the other pooches who were not picking on her or bothering her in any way, which told us lots of stuff must be going on.

I’m going to work on a temporary cover of sorts with hardware cloth. I didn’t want to do this and hope I can fashion something without cutting myself. We’ll see if that works until that sukka loses interest and moves along.

And feeding fish as winter approaches sounds like a plan for us too. Last winter our fish didn’t make it through til spring. I should probably read some more on that about when to start feeding.

51. Cathy - July 31, 2010

Thanks, Lipstick.

*little tears*

52. Lipstick - July 31, 2010

When I tell Mr. Lipstick about some of the goings-on of my internet buddies, he nods or makes a rare comment about things. I figure he is just sort of pretending to pay attention.

But when I just told him about Casey he shot back:

The Crimefighting Dog?!

ahhhhh, that’s right.

53. Michael - July 31, 2010

She was indeed a noble and fearless crimefighter, even with just three legs.

Ima gonna miss her.

54. geoff - July 31, 2010

Sorry to hear that – she was a cool dog.

55. Russ from Winterset - August 1, 2010

Damn, that’s sad news Cathy. All four of us send our condolences (me, Janis, Mo’ Money AND Bandit The Wonder Dog)

56. Retired Geezer - August 1, 2010

Condolences from your friends at Camp Geezer.

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