The Post reports that ”the national unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent, and the nation added 146,000 jobs, not the mere 85,000 that forecasters had expected. . . . The jobless rate dropped in large part because the labor force fell by 350,000, suggesting that people gave up looking for work. The number of people saying they had a job actually fell by 122,000. And the Labor Department revised downward its estimates of job creation in September and October by a combined 49,000 jobs.” One way to get that unemployment rate down, I suppose,
Obama´s primed and willing to see scores of more layoffs in the military contracting business.
A lot of the supposed jobs created from Oct. forward were seasonal hires for Christmas but they act like they´re permanent jobs. When layoffs go back to 400,000 per week after the first of the year,they´ll blame obstinate republicans for it.The emerging new class of low information voters will suck it right up.
If they pass unemployment extensions, they should have to get a drug test once a month to prove employment fitness. If they fail the test,they should have to pay for it.That´ll shrink the pool of check grabbers real quick.
President Obama is succeeding beyond his wildest dreams at bringing this nation to its knees. His second term will be a nightmare for every hard working taxpayer in this country. The takers have won and America has lost big time. When Obama neuters our military we will have a lot more to worry about then lost jobs. It will be our lives that are at stake.
While there´s a lot of blame to go around as Obama heads to a 2nd term and the media licks his boots, the reality is that-- for those who believe in Biblical prophecy unfolding in our times -- America will not be a player in the end times that involve Israel and Armageddon.
I know non-believers will poo poo this, but painful as it may be, God´s providence hasn´t stopped working since Nov. 6th.
Chief Brown, an 11-year-old shortstop in Winona’s city league, scooped up the ground ball and fired it to first base for what should have been the final out of the game. The throw sailed high and wide, and the tying and winning runs scored. Tears streamed down his face as he reached the dugout and looked up at his coach, Eddie Hammond. “I lost the game for us, Mr. Eddie,” he said. Hammond told him, “No, no. That play was no different than one in the first inning or the third inning … the team lost the game. Not you.” And Hammond hugged him. That
Havana- Elian Gonzalez, the object of a 1999-2000 custody squabble involving Washington, Havana and family members on both sides of the Florida Strait, holds a piece of U.S. legislation directly responsible for what he endured then, Cuban official media said Monday. "They were very sad times for me, which marked me for my whole life. I was never given the chance to have a moment to think about my mother, who as a result of that (U.S.) Cuban Adjustment Act died at sea," the now-19-year-old Gonzalez said last weekend during a Union of Young Communists event. Gonzalez was 5 years old in
You might not recall hearing about an undocumented Nepalese man who was picked up by U.S. border cops in south Texas a year ago. His case didn’t make the news at first, perhaps because federal health officials wanted to avoid a panic. But earlier this year, when a Wall Street Journal reporter finally broke the story, it was clear right away why the feds were nervous. The detainee was suffering from a particularly nasty disease – contagious, tough to treat, and potentially deadly. It was the superbug they call “extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis,” XDR-TB for short. Ordinary tuberculosis is bad enough. Once
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George Cohen is resigning only days after learning he is a target of a congressional inquiry spurred by a Washington Examiner series. The Examiner series reported that FMCS employees spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on luxuries and that top officials retaliated against employees who questioned the spending. “I have notified President Obama that I intend to resign as Director, effective December 31, 2013,” Cohen told employees in a memo obtained by the Examiner. “I am happy to report that I leave the agency in very good shape with the admiration and respect coming from private parties,
Edgar Jimenez Lugo, or "El Ponchis," is an admitted member of Mexico´s Beltran Leyva drug cartel and a four-time murderer. And, as of early this morning, he´s a free man. Although he´s not really a man; at 17, he´s still a year shy of adulthood. And after serving three years in a juvenile detention center for his crimes, he´s heading back to America, where he´s a citizen. Lugo was arrested December 2010. Then just 14, he´d already killed four people. He told authorities he did so while under the influence of drugs and under threat of death. His victims´ headless bodies
Harry Reid is having a banner year. The Senate majority leader has emerged as an unlikely darling of the Left, most recently because of his decision to annihilate longstanding Senate precedent by “nuking” the filibuster on executive-branch and judicial nominations. In the near term, this move will allow President Obama to pack the lower courts with liberal justices to rubber-stamp his extensive regulatory regime; in the longer term, it potentially sets the stage for the outright demise of the filibuster and “the end of United States Senate.” At least, that’s how Reid himself put it in 2005, when the Republican
The height of the holiday shopping season is upon us, as fervor over the deals coming on Black Friday and Black Thursday (a.k.a. Thanksgiving) grows. Which means it’s time to take a look at some of the best tech deals on offer from retailer this week. While there are plenty of tech-lovers who are probably be happy to stick strictly to online shopping from now through Cyber Monday, there are a few bargains that may lure them out to fight crowds in stores. If smartphones are your most-coveted item, you may want to check out the myriad deals for the Samsung
Give President Obama credit: You can’t trust his promises, but when it comes to his ideas, you can be certain he means what he says. As a politician, he’s as dishonest and slippery as any we’ve ever seen, but as an ideological leader, he tells you the truth about what he really believes. Thus, you can’t trust that the ObamaCare Web site will be fixed by Nov. 30, but you know he meant it when he said it is “doing what it was designed to do.” What it was designed to do is fundamentally reshape the relationship of the American citizen and
The entire Senate Republican Conference on Monday filed a friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court, continuing its effort to oppose President Barack Obama’s disputed use of the recess appointment power. Several federal appeals courts have ruled against the constitutionality of the appointments, which included slots on the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the initial move to put Richard Cordray in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Resolving the fate of the individuals in question was among the key features of a July deal that (only temporarily, as it turned out) prevented the use of the
Stars and Stripes — the venerable military publication that has chronicled the heroism of America´s fighting men and women since the Civil War — could be on the budget-strapped Pentagon´s chopping block. The Department of Defense, which subsidizes the newspaper to the tune of $7.4 million per year, is considering a range of spending cuts that could also affect the Pentagon Channel and some programming at the American Forces Network. But word that it could shutter a proud paper read by generations of soldiers left at least one former military man disappointed. "I think it would be a terrible mistake, I
To see how unusual it is for the GOP to lead in this metric, scroll through RCP’s compilation of generic-ballot polling for 2013. Before this month, only once all year had Republicans topped Democrats in a poll taken by someone other than Rasmussen. Even Rasmussen (which asks this question every week) has found the Dems ahead far more often than not. Suddenly, in the last three weeks, Quinnipiac shows the parties tied and both Fox News and now CNN show the GOP with a small lead. As does Rasmussen, of course. I wonder why. Democrats a month ago held a 50%-42% advantage
By day, Jeffrey Zients drives around Washington’s Beltway, overseeing the private contractors and government officials racing to fix the flawed Obamacare website. By night, President Barack Obama gets a rundown of Zients’ progress from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough during their evening stroll along the South Lawn. A fuller report follows in a briefing book Obama takes upstairs to the first-family’s quarters for late-night reading. As the Nov. 30 deadline for repairing the Affordable Care Act’s website approaches, Obama is sweating the details, down to the timeline for technical fixes. He’s armed with questions every Thursday, when he
President Obama requested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take a “breather” from his harsh criticism of the U.S. strategy regarding Iran during a call betwee the two leaders, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The request came as the administration girds up for a push in the next six months to reach a final settlement on Iran´s nuclear program. The president reportedly urged Netanyahu to tone down his rhetoric for the sake of diplomacy and urged him to dispatch officials to Washington who could help negotiate a resolution agreeable to both countries. The president called Netanyahu last Sunday, promising to
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.” I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president.
Cher told her fans on Wednesday that she does not celebrate Thanksgiving. In fact, she appears to deplore the American holiday, calling in the “beginning of a great crime.” Cher said that the American settlers were guilty of taking land from native Americans who had no concept of property ownership and also intentionally infected them with smallpox. “You don’t celebrate the holiday I thought?” a fan asked Cher. “I DON’T,” Cher replied emphatically. She said that, to her, Thanksgiving is a day to see family, eat food together and watch a movie. “Not 2 celebrate the beginning of a GREAT Crime.” When asked
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are starting to sour on the new pope. In response to Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, in which the pontiff denounced “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” these two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus. Sarah Palin complained that Pope Francis sounded “kind
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President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas — Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny — I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll be spending today just like many of you — sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football and. most importantly, count our blessings. And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.
LEE COUNTY - The Lee County Sheriff´s Office has arrested a juvenile in connection with two random attacks reported in Lee County. Traveshia Blanks, of Fort Myers, is charged with two counts of battery on a person 65 years of age or older. On Tuesday around 3:50 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a group of people who randomly attacked an unsuspecting victim (Snip)We talked to students from nearby Cypress Lake High School who didn´t seem to think the teens did anything wrong. "I´m not gonna say it´s not right and it´s not fun, because it is fun," said
President Obama is concerned these days with the "young invincibles," the 20-somethings he needs now to buy into his program, but who probably won´t because they feel (you guessed it) invincible and think they will stay so for quite a long time. But it takes one to know one, as the irony is Obama himself is, or once was, an ultra-invincible, unstoppable and doing what people said couldn´t be done. Could he become world famous on the strength of one speech? Yes, he could. Could he beat Hillary Clinton, a president´s wife and a feminist icon? Yes, he could. Could he
One day after a new poll showed that only a minority of Americans trust President Barack Obama, the president told an audience that his policies are based on kindness. “Kindness covers all of my political beliefs,” Obama told his audience of wealthy investors, high-tech donors, journalists and fellow Democrats Tuesday, only two months after he slashed at GOP legislators, calling them arsonists, nuclear blackmailers, economic wreckers, hostage-takers, obsessives and irresponsible extremists. “When I think about what I’m fighting for, what gets me up every single day, [kindness] captures it just about as much as anything,” he told his audience at the DreamWorks
For Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, enough was enough. The Senate´s top Republican had watched a Tea Party-driven government shutdown sink the GOP´s already-weak brand and jeopardize McConnell´s own chances of ever becoming majority leader. The solution, he concluded, was that the party´s so-called Establishment had to start fighting back against its most conservative wing. McConnell, an ardent Obamacare opponent, and other Republican pragmatists in Congress, supported the conservatives´ mission to defund Obamacare during budget negotiations, which led to the 16-day shutdown. But the pragmatists also accepted that their odds of success were virtually nil. Democrats ruled the Senate and White House, those
In the wake of the Obamacare fiasco, President Obama’s poll numbers are collapsing in two industrial Midwestern states — the quintessential swing state of Ohio and his home state of Illinois. In Illinois, the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found Obama’s approval rating falling to just 50–46 positive in a state he carried by 17 points just a year ago. His biggest drops in support came among women voters (only 50 percent positive) and Hispanics (only 51 percent positive). Without his overwhelming support among African-Americans (92 percent), his approval rating would easily be in the low 40s. The liberal website
So this is how first lady Michelle Obama imagines Americans should spend their Thanksgiving dinner: Talking about Obamacare. That’s her call to supporters, via an email invitation to Democratic Party backers, The New York Post reported. “As you spend time with loved ones this holiday season, be sure to talk with them about what health care reform can mean to them,” she said, in the email that contained 14 talking points that could be raised. Among her touted topics, The Post reported: Talk about the need to sign up for Obamacare. And, ask guests to bring W2 tax forms, or