Sunday, January 31, 2010

Real Greenbacks, Faux Green

It's easy to be cavalier with other peoples money when you can spend it like this with impunity.
When CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson dug into the latest House expenses filing for the climate confab, she found that the cost for a hotel room for the congressional delegation of 15 Democratic and six Republican members of Congress and 38 staffers was $2,200 per person per day -- more than most Americans spend on their monthly mortgages. In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members flew on three military planes, at an estimated cost of $168,000. Many staffers, however, flew on commercial airlines, at fares ranging from $4,163 to $10,038.

The tab for the House delegation -- not including the military planes -- was $553,564. We still do not know the price tag for the 60-plus administration officials who, like President Barack Obama, attended the summit. Ditto the unknown bill for the two senators -- John Kerry, D-Mass., and James Inhofe, R-Okla. -- and 30-plus Senate aides.

I asked Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill about the $2,200-a-day tab. "We don't get to pick the hotel we stay in," he answered; the State Department picks hotels for congressional delegations, and it chose a five-star Marriott with a six-night minimum during the summit -- hence the $4,406-per-room tab for a 48-hour stay. My journalist pal Ola Tedin of Ystad, Sweden, suggested, "They would have found a better deal in Malmo, Sweden," where many attendees stayed. No, I am told, the delegation worked nonstop and didn't have time for the 35-minute train ride.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pic of the Day

Solar Power? Fuhgettaboutit

If you've ever contemplated putting in a solar power system in your home READ THIS FIRST.

Friday, January 29, 2010

TV host's 'black Obama' praise backfires, stirs row

Never forget that it's the left that insists on emphasizing racial distinction. The right would embrace racial neutrality in this country. Unfortunately, racial neutrality negates the demagouguery of victimhood.
Five little words — "I forgot he was black" — have exposed a contradiction in the idea of a post-racial nation.

The comment came from MSNBC host Chris Matthews after President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Wednesday. "He is post-racial, by all appearances," the liberal host said on the air.

"I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he's gone a long way to become a leader of this country, and past so much history, in just a year or two. I mean, it's something we don't even think about."

Matthews meant it as praise, but it caused a rapid furor, with many calling the quote a troubling sign that blackness is viewed as a handicap that still needs to be overcome. But his comments instantly exploded online, especially on Twitter. Ninety minutes later, he clarified his comments on the air.

Economy soars 5.7 percent in Q4, fastest in 6 years

Anyone wanna bet next month this is revised down significantly?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The economy grew at a faster-than-expected 5.7 percent pace in the fourth quarter, the quickest in more than six years, as businesses made less-aggressive cuts to inventories and stepped up spending.

The Commerce Department said on Friday its first estimate put fourth-quarter gross domestic product growth at its fastest pace since the third quarter of 2003. The economy expanded at a 2.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter.

Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast GDP, which measures total goods and services output within U.S. borders, growing at a 4.6 percent rate in October-December period.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New US jobless claims, factory orders disappoint

Only if you expected better, those of us paying attention did not.
WASHINGTON — A drop in new U.S. jobless claims came in short of expectations and factory orders rose only slightly, fresh evidence the economy is recovering at a slow, uneven pace.

The Labour Department said Thursday that first-time jobless claims dropped by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 470,000. Analysts had expected a steeper drop to 450,000, according to Thomson Reuters.

The four week average, which smooths out volatility, rose for the second straight week to 456,250. The average had fallen for 19 straight weeks before starting to rise.

Two weeks ago, claims surged by 34,000 due to administrative backlogs left over from the holidays in the state agencies that process the claims, a Labour Department analyst said. Those delays may still be affecting the data, the analyst said.

SOTU Falsehood

Obama's SOTU was chock full of mischaracterizations and some just plain blatant lies. One of the more agregious of those is HERE. He went on to say "Citizens United v. FEC "open[ed] the floodgates for special interests - including foreign corporations - to spend without limit in our elections."

Shame on you Mr President and shame on the co-dependent Democrat Congress that enables you.

Nap Naps

This pic summarizes Obama's SOTU speech far better than I ever could.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nelson Says He Planned to Filibuster for Stupak All Along

Yep, before it before he was against it...
First Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) said the Cornhusker Kickback was just a "placeholder," and that he planned on securing the same deal for all states or stripping the measure from the final bill. Now he says that his "compromise" on abortion language was never meant to make it. The senator was just waiting for the bill's final pass through the Senate to swoop in and filibuster for the stronger Stupak amendment.

Wednesday Funny

Toomey over Specter by 14 points

How long before the Democrats don't want him either.
Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey has opened up a 14-point lead among likely voters in his bid to deny U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter a sixth term, according to the latest Daily News/Franklin & Marshall Poll.

Poll director G. Terry Madonna said that the results reflect a growing national Republican resurgence mixed with a lack of Democratic enthusiasm as the two parties battle over issues like health care and the economy.

Specter, who switched from Republican to Democrat in April, was tied at 30 percent in a general election match-up with Toomey among registered voters, with 35 percent undecided, the poll found.

But Toomey jumped out to a 14- point lead when the poll targeted "likely voters," people who said they are certain to vote and are paying close attention to the race.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rubio Edges Crist In Florida Gop Senate Race

Oh what a difference 6 months can make.
Former State House Speaker Marco Rubio has squeaked past Gov. Charlie Crist in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, leading 47 - 44 percent and topping Gov. Crist on trust, values and conservative credentials, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Rubio beats the leading Democrat, South Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek, 44 - 35 percent in a general election matchup, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Crist leads Meek 48 - 36 percent.

President Barack Obama is under water in Florida as voters disapprove 49 - 45 percent of his job performance, down from a 48 - 46 percent approval rating October 21.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Home sales tumble as first-time buyers back off

One of the many recent indicators of a double dip recession.
WASHINGTON - Sales of previously occupied homes took their largest drop in more than 40 years last month yet managed to end 2009 with the first annual gain in four years.

Still, prices plunged by more than 12 percent last year — the sharpest fall since the Great Depression. The price drop for 2009 — to a median of $173,500 — showed the housing market remains too weak to help fuel a sustained economic recovery. Total sales for 2009 were nearly 5.2 million, up about 5 percent from 2008.

'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq

Better get used to the chemical component of brimstone.
BAGHDAD - Iraq's government spokesman says Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was executed Monday about a week after being sentenced to death for the poison gas attacks that killed more than 5,000 Kurds in 1988.

News of the hanging came shortly after three suicide car bombs struck downtown Baghdad. It was not immediately clear whether the attacks were linked the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majid.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh confirmed the execution took place.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

More UN climate claims undermined

Sunshine in the form of scutiny is truly the ultimate disinfectant for BS.
THE UN climate science panel faces new controversy for wrongly linking global warming to a rise in natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change based the claims on an unpublished report that had not been subjected to routine scientific scrutiny - and ignored warnings from scientific advisers, The Australian reports.

The report's author later withdrew the claim because the evidence was too weak.

The link was central to demands at last month's Copenhagen climate summit by African nations for compensation of $US100 billion from the rich nations.

However, the IPCC knew in 2008 that the link could not be proved but did not alert world leaders, who have used weather extremes to bolster the case for action on climate change.

Kevin Rudd last November linked weather extremes to the debate over the Government's emissions trading scheme.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ellie Light Sockpuppet Extraordinaire

Someone appears to be doing a little Astroturfing for Obama.

In recent days, a letter defending Obama has appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the country — all signed by an “Ellie Light.” In the letters, which all use identical language, Ms. Light explains that Obama never promised to fix all our problems quickly or painlessly. She declares:
Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.
Editors all over the country found Light’s message strangely compelling. It was reprinted at The Politico; the Philadelphia Daily News; the San Francisco Examiner; the Washington Times; and a USA Today blog. In addition, the letter has appeared at literally dozens of small-town papers across the country, with names like the Los Banos Enterprise, the North Adams Transcript, and the Danbury News-Times.

Video Memories

Anyone with an adolescent sister in the mid 60s would be all too familiar with this bloke. Notice the rag stuffed in the mandolin (think it was a Fender Mandocaster but could have been a Rickenbacker), it's what gave it the distinctive sound, and how about that suit Peter Noone is wearing, classic

And for all you screamin middle aged teeny boppers out there.....he was 17.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Air America Ceases Radio Broadcasts

Pretty much what happens when you have no audience.
New York - Liberal talk-radio network Air America unceremoniously announced on Thursday that it would cease broadcasting immediately and file for bankruptcy. "It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business," the company said on its website.

"The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America's business. This past year has seen a 'perfect storm' in the media industry generally," the company added.
Tell that to Fox.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Videos of the Day

Even a blind sow finds an acorn once in awhile. See HERE. and HERE.

Supreme Court Partially Strikes Down Campaign Finance Reform

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court threw out a 63-year-old law designed to restrain the influence of big business and unions on elections Thursday, ruling that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress. The decision could drastically alter who gives and gets hundreds of millions of dollars in this year's crucial midterm elections.

By a 5-4 vote, the court overturned two of its own decisions as well as the decades-old law that said companies and labor unions can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to produce and run their own campaign ads. The decision threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.

It leaves in place a prohibition on direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions.

Critics of the stricter limits have argued that they amount to an unconstitutional restraint of free speech, and the court majority agreed.

Initial jobless claims unexpectedly rise

How long before "unexpected" becomes the expected?
WASHINGTON – The number of newly-laid off workers seeking jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, as the economy recovers at a slow and uneven pace.

Layoffs have slowed and the economy began to grow in last year's third quarter, but companies are reluctant to hire new workers. The unemployment rate is 10 percent and many economists expect it to increase in the coming months.

The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 36,000 to a seasonally adjusted 482,000. Wall Street economists expected a small drop, according to Thomson Reuters.

The four-week average, which smooths fluctuations, rose for the first time since August, to 448,250.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

TSA Nominee Erroll Southers Withdraws

Another one bites the dust...
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name Wednesday, a blow to an administration trying to explain how a man could attempt to blow up a commercial airliner on Christmas Day.

Erroll Southers said he was pulling out because his nomination had become a lightning rod for those with a political agenda. Obama had tapped Southers, a former FBI agent, to lead the TSA in September but his confirmation has been blocked by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who says he was worried that Southers would allow TSA employees to have collective bargaining rights.

In an e-mail to friends and colleagues, Southers said, "It is unfortunate that we are residing in such contentious political times, that exceptional, 'apolitical' candidates have to seriously consider their willingness to participate in public service."

Quote of the Day

"Make no mistake, Obama owns this"

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Beginning of the End

It's OVAH! The Scott heard round the world.

Hoyer: Voters upset about GOP obstructionism, not Dem agenda

In other words people are so pi$$ed off at the Republicans they're going to (in the bluest of blue states) elect a Republican. The left are either insane or unabashed liars. I used to believe it was the latter but I'm beginning to suspect it's the former.
Hoyer: Voters upset about GOP obstructionism, not Dem agenda By Jordan Fabian -

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday said that angst voters have expressed early this election year is the result of GOP obstructionism, not the Democrats agenda.

Hoyer's remarks come as Republican state Sen. Scott Brown has surged in the Massachusetts special Senate election in part due to his pledge to be the GOP's 41st vote to filibuster healthcare reform legislation.

"I think what the public is angry about is they see, first of all, an opposition for opposition's sake," Hoyer told reporters.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Latest Massachusetts Special Election Polls

Insider Advantage: Brown 52 Coakley 43 Brown +9

ARG: Brown 52, Coakley 45 Brown +7

PJM/CrossTarget: (R) Brown 52, Coakley 42 Brown +10

PPP(D): Brown 51, Coakley 46 Brown +5

InsideMedford/MRG: Brown 51, Coakley 41 Brown +10

Daily Kos/R2000: Brown 48, Coakley 48 Tie

Ave: Brown +6.8

*Still awaiting Rasmussen

ClimateGate's Michael Mann Received Stimulus Funds

And they wonder why the economy hasn't been "stimulated".
A scientist in the middle of the ClimateGate scandal received economic stimulus funds last June.

Penn State University is investigating Professor Michael Mann, the creator of the discredited "Hockey Stick Graph," for his involvement in an international attempt to exaggerate and manipulate climate data in order to advance the myth of manmade global warming.

According to the conservative think tank the National Center for Public Policy Research, Mann received $541,184 in economic stimulus funds last June to conduct climate change research.

With this in mind, NCPPR issued a press release Thursday asking for these funds to be returned.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Democrats Threaten Nuclear Option if Brown Wins

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, recently stated in an interview on Bloomberg television that if Republican Scott Brown wins the Massachusetts senate seat, vacated by last summer's passing of Ted Kennedy, the Democrats will ram through the very unpopular health care bill by pushing the so-called "nuclear option button" of reconciliation. “Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation.” said Van Hollen, who stands by his belief that Brown's Democratic challenger, Martha Coakley, will win. Regardless of the outcome, Van Hollen made clear his party's intention of overruling the desire of an overwhelming majority of Americans who do not want this health care bill to pass by stating, “Getting health-care reform passed is important.”
Important enough to endure a millstone on the Democrat partys neck for the next twenty years? We shall see.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Quote of the Week

MSNBCs Ed Shultz commenting on voting ten times in MA if neccessary: "Id cheat to keep these bastards out"

Another class act brought to you by the uberridiculous MSNBC.

Drug Industry Threatening to End Support for Obama's Health Bill

This reminds of the episode of MASH where Hawkeye is willing to wheel and deal with anyone for a needed new pair of boots. Everyone in the process is out for themselves and in a complex matrix of favors Hawkeye ultimately ends up bootless. Could we be so lucky?
The drug industry is threatening to end its support for President Barack Obama's health overhaul effort because of a rift with the administration over protecting brand-name biotech drugs from low-cost generic competitors.

In an e-mail obtained Friday by The Associated Press, the president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America told the trade group's board members that "we could not support the bill" if the industry is given less than 12 years of competitive protection for the expensive products.

Obama and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., are leading the drive to shorten that period, which proponents argue would be a boon to consumers.

"Please activate immediately all of your contacts," said the e-mail from Billy Tauzin, the group's president.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Arkansas Democrat Snyder Retiring

More rats jumping the sinking ship.
Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder announced today he will not seek re-election this year, joining several other Democrats from moderate districts who are opting out of tough re-election campaigns.

Snyder, first elected in 1996, never won re-election with less than 58 percent. In 2008 he was not even challenged by a Republican, while John McCain won 54 percent in the district to President Obama's 44 percent -- an increase from 2004, when George W. Bush won by just a 51-48 margin.

In Arkansas, Democrats hold three of four House seats, both Senate seats and the governor's mansion. However, McCain carried the state with 59 percent, and Sen. Blanche Lincoln is in for the re-election battle of her career.

New Suffolk Poll Brown Tops Coakley

I'm beginning to become a believer.
BOSTON -- A new poll in the Massachusetts Senate race shows a shift in favor of the Republican Party and a potential disaster for President Barack Obama and his Democratic political agenda in Tuesday's special election.

The Suffolk University survey released late Thursday showed Scott Brown, a Republican state senator, with 50 percent of the vote in the race to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in this overwhelmingly Democratic state.

Democrat Martha Coakley had 46 percent. That was a statistical tie since it was within the poll's 4.4 percentage point margin of error, but far different from a 15-point lead the Massachusetts attorney general enjoyed in a Boston Globe survey released over the weekend.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Majority Would NOT Vote for Obama

One year in and we've got some serious buyers remorse
The Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll shows 50% say they would probably or definitely vote for someone else. Fully 37% say they would definitely cast a ballot against Obama. Meanwhile, just 39% would vote to re-elect the pres. to a 2nd term, and only 23% say they definitely would do so.

Obama's first year in office has been marked by an unemployment rate that surged to 10%, an increased commitment of troops to Afghanistan and a health care battle that has taken a serious political toll on the WH.

Retail Sales Down, Unemployment Claims Increase

The good news just keeps on rollin in...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales at U.S. retailers unexpectedly fell in December as consumer spent less on vehicles and an array of other goods during the holiday shopping month, data showed on Thursday, raising concerns about the durability of the economy's recovery.

The Commerce Department said total retail sales fell 0.3 percent last month, the first decline in three months, after rising by an upwardly revised 1.8 percent in November. Sales in November were previously reported to have increased 1.3 percent.

Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales gaining 0.5 percent last month.
NEW YORK ( -- The number of Americans filing for initial unemployment insurance rose more than expected last week, the government said Thursday.

There were 444,000 initial job claims filed in the week ended Jan. 9, up 11,000 from a revised 433,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said in its weekly report.

A consensus estimate of economists surveyed by expected new claims to rise to 437,000.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Obama's Approval Splits Evenly For First Time (Quinnipiac)

Yet another poll backs up Rasmussen.
American voters are split 45 - 45 percent on whether Barack Obama's first year in office is a success or failure and split 35 - 37 percent on whether the U.S. would be better off if John McCain had won the 2008 election, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today. As he marks the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Obama's approval has slipped slightly into an even 45 - 45 percent split for the first time.

Photo of the Week

Democrat Martha Coakley thug shoves down journalist John McCormack of The Weekly Standard as he tries to question Coakley outside a fundraiser in Washington, Tuesday.

Update: Meanwhile, Martha Coakley is blaming tensions on “Scott Brown stalkers” and said she was not “privy” to the facts surrounding the incident.

WTF, She's right THERE!

Update II: Bottom line, Meehan shoved McCormack to the ground. He then realized there were cameras present and feigned concern by trying to help him up. All the spin in the world isn't going to change that fact. Coakley denying she saw what happened is a provable lie.

It’s that simple.

Reporter roughed up outside Coakley fund-raiser

Interesting how the strong arm tactics are almost without exception coming from the left. It's the old "ends justify the means" mentality and sooner or later it's going to get out of hand.
A Weekly Standard reporter says he was roughed up last night outside a Washington, D.C. fundraiser for Attorney General Martha Coakley by someone he believes is associated with her U.S. Senate campaign.

John McCormack, the magazine’s deputy online editor, writes about the incident outside the Sonoma restaurant in an online dispatch entitled: “We Report, We Get Pushed.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rasmussen: Coakley by Two Points in Massachusetts

Two words, Ruh Roh...
The Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election has gotten tighter, but the general dynamics remain the same.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley attracting 49% of the vote while her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, picks up 47%.

Three percent (3%) say they’ll vote for independent candidate Joe Kennedy, and two percent (2%) are undecided. The independent is no relation to the late Edward M. Kennedy, whose Senate seat the candidates are battling to fill in next Tuesday's election.

NIECE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ON SEN. REID: “His Thinking is Sadly Outrageous"

Agreed. Stereotyping a race of people by it's very definition IS racist. Would anyone have been more offended if he would have said "he's also not lazy"? Personally I think his statement was worse than what Trent Lott said as Lott's comments could have been interpreted in several different ways. Reid's comments on the other hand are pure unadulterated elitist white man stereotyping.
Following is a statement from Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Senator Harry Reid’s comments, “light skinned with no Negro dialect,” regarding President Barack Obama’s acceptability as a choice for holding the highest seat in the nation.

“This type of thinking by Senator Reid and others is sadly outrageous, no matter what the ethnic or political viewpoint happens to be. We are one human race, and polarizing people because of skin color is horrendous.

“If Michael Steele or any other conservative had said anything like it, the remarks would be labeled racist and plastered over every available news outlet.

Tuesday Funny

Monday, January 11, 2010

Obama Approval Rating Dips to New Low

CBS is finally acknowledging what Rasmussen has known and reported for 6 weeks.
President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 46 percent, according to a new CBS News poll.

That rating is Mr. Obama's lowest yet in CBS News polling, and the poll marks the first time his approval rating has fallen below the 50 percent mark. Forty-one percent now say they disapprove of Mr. Obama's performance as president.

In last month's CBS News poll, 50 percent of Americans approved of how the president was handling his job, while thirty-nine percent disapproved.

Mr. Obama still receives strong support from Democrats (eight in ten approve of his performance), but his approval rating among Republicans is only 13 percent. More importantly, Mr. Obama's approval rating among independents has declined 10 points in recent months – and it now stands at just 42 percent.
Considering this was a sampling of adults rather than registered or likely voters you can deduct an additional 5% from his positives.

ND Gov. Hoeven to Announce Run for US Senate

Barring something catastrophic, this should be a slam dunk Republican pick up.
The Tribune has learned that North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven will announce today he is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan.

The announcement, confirmed by multiple sources, will be made at a district convention of Bismarck Republican organizations at 6 p.m.

Hoeven, 52, is in his third term as governor, elected in 2008 with more than 70 percent of the vote.

December 2009: Second Snowiest on Record in the Northern Hemisphere

Anecdotal evidence yes but soon or later enough anecdotal evidence adds up to a trend.
According to the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, last month had the second greatest December Northern Hemisphere snow cover since records were started in 1966. Snow extent was measured at 45.86 million sq. km, topped only by 1985 at 45.99 million sq. km. North America set a record December extent at 15.98 million sq. km, and the US also set a December record at 4.16 million sq. km.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Poll: Scott Brown Pulls ahead of Martha Coakley in MA

Still a long shot but very interesting.
Republicans have a very real chance at orchestrating a Massachusetts miracle in this month’s special Senate election to determine Ted Kennedy’s successor, at least according to a new Democratic poll out tonight.

The shocking poll from Public Policy Polling shows Republican state senator Scott Brown leading Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley by one point, 48 to 47 percent, which would mean the race is effectively tied.

Among independents, who make up 51 percent of the electorate in the Bay State, Brown leads Coakley 63 percent to 31 percent.

Just 50 percent of voters view Coakley favorably, while 42 percent viewing her unfavorably.
Brown, who began an advertising blitz this month, sports a strong 57 percent favorability rating, with just 25 percent viewing him unfavorably – very strong numbers for a Republican in the heavily Democratic state.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Final AP Football Poll

Other than TCU being ahead of Iowa, I think the poll is pretty dead on.

2009 NCAA Football Rankings - Postseason
Final Rankings
1 Alabama (60) 14-0 1500
2 Texas 13-1 1399
3 Florida 13-1 1370
4 Boise State 14-0 1366
5 Ohio State 11-2 1224
6 TCU 12-1 1163
7 Iowa 11-2 1126
8 Cincinnati 12-1 1060
9 Penn State 11-2 1016
10 Virginia Tech 10-3 953
11 Oregon 10-3 886
12 Brigham Young 11-2 806
13 Georgia Tech 11-3 768
14 Nebraska 10-4 724
15 Pittsburgh 10-3 697
16 Wisconsin 10-3 571
17 LSU 9-4 501
18 Utah 10-3 491
19 Miami (FL) 9-4 310
20 Mississippi 9-4 296
21 Texas Tech 9-4 224
22 USC 9-4 216
23 Central Michigan 12-2 166
24 Clemson 9-5 125
25 West Virginia 9-4 91

Three Big Ten teams in the top 10, no other division can boast that. Should definately give the flyover division a boost.

Friday, January 08, 2010

85,000 More Jobs Whacked in December

In February Obama pledged the stimulus would create 3.5 million jobs by Dec 2010. Considering that by his own promise we would need to create 6.3 million jobs this year to make that a true statement, be assured that we were lied to big time yet again.
U.S. employers sliced 85,000 jobs in December, the Labor Department said Friday, a stall in the monthly progress of the jobs data that had given some economists hope of a recovering labor market.

The Labor Department’s report was considerably worse than expectations, with economists originally forecasting a loss of 8,000 jobs for the month.

The unemployment rate remained steady at 10.0%.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Obama Denied and Lied, Finally Admits Brits Passed Intel to US on Bomber

And I thought Bill Clinton lied with impunity.
A president who gives shout-outs to native Americans before taking his sweet ass time to respond to the biggest attack on a military base in US history that led to thirteen dead and 21 wounded .......

Fresh on the heels of that unprecedented show of cold blood and contempt for American life........ after initially lying by denying that they had received British intelligence, Obama officials last night finally admitted that they received British intel information on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as reported here at Atlas.

The thing is, Americans will be killed, slaughtered in these terror attacks. What is terrifying is that Umar Farouk got on a plane, in the exact seat he wanted, 19A above the fuel tank. That is as precise as 911. And Obama's only concern is that he looks bad.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Dorgan, Dodd and Ritter, Oh My!

The writing is on the wall and it's indelible. See here, here and here.

Iowa Kicks A

Big Ten rolls this year. Even the losses were extremely competetive. It appears that the BT at 4-3 is the red headed ba$tard stepchild no longer.
No. 10 Iowa solved Tech's explosive triple option and Ricky Stanzi threw two early touchdown passes for a 24-14 victory Tuesday night.

Despite a temperature of 49 degrees at kickoff, the Hawkeyes had Tech sweating from the start. The ninth-ranked Yellow Jackets averaged 35 points during the regular season, but their only score in the first three quarters came on Jerrard Tarrant's 40-yard interception return.

"This was Hawkeye weather," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We feel right at home right now."

The Hawkeyes (11-2) earned their first Bowl Championship Series bowl win, matched the school record for victories and could claim their highest final ranking since finishing No. 3 in 1960.

Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech (11-3) totaled nine first downs and 155 yards, both season lows.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Dorgan says he will not seek re-election in 2010

Yet another Democrat sees the writing on the wall.
WASHINGTON – North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan says he will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2010, a surprise announcement that could give Republicans an opportunity to pick up a seat from the Republican-leaning state.

Dorgan, who was first elected to the Senate in 1992 after serving a dozen years in the U.S. House, said he reached the decision after discussing his future with family over the holidays.

The moderate Democrat said he has other interests he wants to pursue.

Pending Home Sales Plunge 16% in November

So much good news so little time.
Pending home sales unexpectedly plunged in November, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Association of Realtors, a big correction after several months of positive gains for a closely-watched indicator of housing market activity.

According to the industry group, November pending home sales activity dropped by 16% to a reading of 96.0, compared with the previous month’s reading of 114.3. The drop was much larger than expected by Wall Street, which was looking for a dip of 2% for the indicator for November.

It was the largest drop, point-wise, since the industry group started the index in 2001, dragging the indicator to its lowest level since June.

Americans' job satisfaction falls to record low

It's a combination of the increasingly soft, spoiled and whiny workforce with a sense that hard work and ability no longer determine whether someone succeeds in Obama's socialist utopia.
Even Americans who are lucky enough to have work in this economy are becoming more unhappy with their jobs, according to a new survey that found only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work.

That was the lowest level ever recorded by the Conference Board research group in more than 22 years of studying the issue. In 2008, 49 percent of those surveyed reported satisfaction with their jobs.

The drop in workers' happiness can be partly blamed on the worst recession since the 1930s, which made it difficult for some people to find challenging and suitable jobs. But worker dissatisfaction has been on the rise for more than two decades.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Arctic freeze and snow wreak havoc across the planet

Must have been Copenhagen. All those positive waves made a difference!
Arctic air and record snow falls gripped the northern hemisphere today, inflicting hardship and havoc from China, across Russia to Western Europe and over the US plains.

There were few precedents for the global sweep of extreme cold and ice that killed dozens in India, paralysed life in Beijing and threatened the Florida orange crop. Chicagoans sheltered from a potentially killer freeze, Paris endured sunny Siberian cold, Italy dug itself out of snowdrifts and Poland counted at least 13 deaths in record low temperatures of about minus 25C (-13F).

The heaviest snow yesterday hit northeastern Asia, which is suffering its worst winter weather for 60 years. More than 25 centimetres (10in) of snow covered Seoul, the South Korean capital — the heaviest fall since records began in 1937.

In China, Beijing and the nearby port city of Tianjin had the deepest snow since 1951, with falls of up to 8in and temperatures of minus 10C. In the far north of China, the temperature fell to minus 32C. More than two million Beijing and Tianjin pupils were sent home and 1,200 flights were delayed or cancelled at Beijing’s international airport.

The same far-eastern weather system took its toll of Sakhalin, the Russian island off Siberia, which was hit by blizzards and avalanches. Farther west, in northern and eastern India, more than 60 people, mainly homeless, died of exposure. Thousands of schools were closed. In Uttar Pradesh, the state neighbouring Nepal, the authorities spent £1.3 million on blankets and firewood for needy households.

Western Russia suffered a deep freeze as snow swept across the Baltic and north-central Europe, leaving the worst devastation in Poland, where 13 people died, bringing the toll from the cold this winter to 122.

NY: $32,000 Teaches Addicts How to Shoot Up

The big apple is going bankrupt and yet there's still money for this...
New York’s Department of Health has spent $32,000 for 70,000 leaflets depicting how to shoot up.

There are even comic-like drawings to help those not all that adept at reading words, per Brad Hamilton of the New York Post.

Things are really getting cozy with crime when that kind of money is forked out for that kind of pastime.

"It's basically step-by- step instruction on how to inject a poison," said John Gilbride, who heads the Drug Enforcement Administration's New York office.

Ghoulish Bid to Slap Tax on Twin Towers

These blood sucking leaches truly have no shame.
One of the weirdest developments in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack is being played out in an astounding tax court battle.

More than eight years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, New York City authorities are demanding that developer Larry Silverstein fork over almost $35m in commercial rent taxes on the Twin Towers and two other buildings that no longer exist.

The city's reasoning is that Silverstein continued to pay rent to the Port Authority after the towers fell.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Sunday Funny

Low favorables: Dems rip Rasmussen

Don't like the news, shoot the messenger. Too bad in this case the messenger happens to represent the gold standard of political polling.
Democrats are turning their fire on Scott Rasmussen, the prolific independent pollster whose surveys on elections, President Obama’s popularity and a host of other issues are surfacing in the media with increasing frequency.

The pointed attacks reflect a hardening conventional wisdom among prominent liberal bloggers and many Democrats that Rasmussen Reports polls are, at best, the result of a flawed polling model and, at worst, designed to undermine Democratic politicians and the party’s national agenda.

On progressive-oriented websites, anti-Rasmussen sentiment is an article of faith. “Rasmussen Caught With Their Thumb on the Scale,” blared the Daily Kos this summer. “Rasmussen Reports, You Decide,” the blog Swing State Project recently headlined in a play on the Fox News motto.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Obama Links Christmas Day Terrorist Attempt to al-Qaida

So much for “It’s an isolated incident” and “There was no wider plot”. How the MSM lets him get away with it is inconceivable.
U.S. President Barack Obama, for the first time, has publicly connected the suspect who tried to blow up a U.S.-bound passenger plane on Christmas Day, December 25, to al-Qaida.

In his weekly radio and Internet address released early Saturday on the White House Web site, Mr. Obama said it appeared a Yemeni affiliate of al-Qaida trained the suspect, "equipped him with ... explosives, and directed him to attack" the plane "headed for America."

Mr. Obama said the group had attacked American targets before, including killing an American at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen in 2008. He said the U.S. government is strengthening its partnership with Yemen "to strike al-Qaida terrorists."

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year

December 1st month without US combat death in Iraq

Now this one the White House can legitimately blame on Bush....
Fri Jan 1, 9:28 am ET BAGHDAD – December was the first month since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq nearly seven years ago in which no U.S. forces died in combat in the country.

Gen. Ray Odierno called it a significant milestone and said it speaks to how the violence in Iraq has diminished. Odierno is the commanding general in Iraq.

There were three U.S. troops who died in December as a result of non-combat related incidents.

According to an Associated Press count, 149 U.S. troops died in Iraq in 2009. That includes combat-related deaths and those not related to fighting.

That's the lowest number of U.S. deaths for a year since the Iraq war began in 2003.