A Prediction October 31, 2012Posted by Sobek in Entertainment, Politics.
Some time between November 7, 2012 and January 19, 2013, President Obama will issue a pardon to Eric Holder and probably other Justice Department officials, to cover their illegal activities in Fast and Furious. He’ll say that any allegations about Holder’s knowledge of the scandal are false, but that the nation needs to move on, and so he’s signing the pardons to prevent a witch hunt.
I feel pretty confident about this prediction.
Here’s a video for “Worry About You,” by Ivy. It was used as intro music for a television miniseries called Kingdom Hospital, produced by Steven King. I dig this song. It’s got a good, creepy vibe that works for Halloween.
Black Valentine October 31, 2012Posted by Retired Geezer in Gardening, Women Ranting.
Since it IS Halloween, here’s a haunting video for you.
HT to Politichick
Is this something that the IB Wimmins like?
Obamafail: Manufacture Much? October 31, 2012Posted by geoff in News.
Upon accepting his nomination at the DNC convention last month, the President presented quite a list of specific accomplishments he wanted to achieve. I talked about one a couple of days ago; his promise to double exports by the end of 2014. Not gonna happen, not that he has much to do with it anyhow.
Today I’d like to address a second Obambition: adding 1 million manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016. The President is fond of claiming that he’s created 500,000 manufacturing jobs since January 2010. For example, here’s the chart that Obama for America had in the brochure they sent me yesterday:
You can see that while his claim is strictly true, his clever policy going forward is to simply extend the line from the existing data to 2016. He’s assuming that the rebound rate of job recovery will continue well into what should be a normal growth phase (that doesn’t normally happen).
But there are two additional problems with this chart. The first is that the data they use is slightly (and conveniently) outdated. Here’s the latest from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
You see that leveling off that started last March? Yeah, for the last 7 months manufacturing jobs have been flatlining. Since the geniuses at Obama for America stopped using data in April and projected thereafter, they haven’t noticed that in the last 6 months we’ve gained 0 manufacturing jobs. Yeah, zero.
So I took the liberty of updating their chart (without the artsy wiggles in the predicted part):
The second problem lies in their cherrypicking of the time period. The job gains they show above look impressive because they’re starting from the lowest point in the data. So let’s look at the big picture for a moment:
Now you can see that Obama’s claim that he’ll get manufacturing jobs up to 13 million by the end his second term means that they still won’t have recovered to where they were at the beginning of the recession. Yes, folks, President Obama is telling us that it will take a total of 8 years to get manufacturing jobs back to Nov 2008 – the month he was originally elected.
Remember – this is his bold new plan to resurrect manufacturing. He proudly trumpeted this completely underwhelming goal to the nation, and it’s a basic part of his platform. And of course, even with its inadequacy, he’s already failing to meet it.
The manufacturing job sector’s recovery has been pathetic. It has taken us 4 years to recapture 14% of the manufacturing jobs that were lost. President Obama is promising us that it’ll take another 4 years to recapture the next 28%.
And after 8 years of Obamanomics, even if it’s completely successful, we still won’t be halfway to full recovery.
Say Hello to the newest Bystander/Moron/Hostage… October 30, 2012Posted by wintersetruss in Ducks, Family, Love, Man Laws, Personal Experiences.
Samantha AKA “Sam the Sheepdog”. She’s a 2-month old Great Pyrenees/Akbash puppy who came to live with us on Sunday. Here’s a picture of her with her new bestest buddy, Mo’ Money. When we drove down to get her Sunday, I was thinking “where’s that puppy we picked out last month?”, because she’s almost doubled in size since the first weekend of October.
She’s really taken to Moses from the get-go. We set up a crate in the dining room for her to stay in while we’re at work/school, but on Sunday night I fell asleep on the couch with her snuggling with me, and last night Moses and I decided to have a “secret” and let her sleep with him (Mom is out of town until Thursday, so it’s “guys week with Sam”). I think this is her first experience inside a house, so she’s been a little shell shocked dealing with indoor issues, but she’s good on “accidents” so far.
Obamafail: Export Much? October 29, 2012Posted by geoff in News.
Last January the NYT was pumping up Obama’s economic performance by claiming that his 2010 promise to double exports in 5 years was on the mark:
Two years ago, President Obama popped a surprise into his State of the Union address: His administration would double American exports in five years, helping to create two million jobs.
Two years later, the administration is on track — for now — to meet its ambitious goal.
Weeellll, 10 months after that article, it appears that the administration is in a leetle trouble:
That last 18 months? That’s the part where exports only increased by 4.5%. And we had the same export level in October 2011 that we did last month – no progress at all.
Just another promise by a man who has no idea of what he’s promising.
Do I Like Instapundit’s New(ish) Multi-Blogger Format? October 29, 2012Posted by geoff in News.
No. No I do not.
Reminiscing About My 2010 Election Coverage Debacle October 29, 2012Posted by geoff in News.
The election looming large reminded me of my misadventure with election coverage two years ago:
Hitler Finds out about the Debate October 28, 2012Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, History, Humor.
This video has some pretty clever lines.
Angel Flight October 25, 2012Posted by Retired Geezer in Heroes, Honor, Love.
For some reason, I thought this was previously posted here but I couldn’t find it.
Obama’s Big Achievement October 24, 2012Posted by Michael in News.