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The Recession Deepens

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Employment increased by 38,000 last month, the smallest increase since September, from a revised 177,000 in April, according to figures from ADP Employer Services. 

After rebounding in 2009 and 2010, national home prices have sagged to another low in what housing experts are calling a "double dip."

Falling for the eight consecutive month, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index reveals that home prices in major metro areas are back to mid-2002 levels, with no end to the declines in sight. The 20-city National Index dropped 4.2 percent in the first quarter after having fallen 3.6 percent in the final quarter of 2010. In Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit and Las Vegas average home prices tumbled below January 2000 levels.


Epic FAIL

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to 424,000 last week from a revised 414,000 in the prior week, pointing to a painfully slow improvement in the nation's job markets.

Unemployment line

The Labor Department on Thursday revised the prior week's claims number up from an originally reported 409,000.

(Liberal)Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast that claims last week would decline to 400,000, rather than rise.


Americans hate small cars

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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SUVs saved Chrysler

Chrysler's return to profitability is a direct result of the fabulous success of its SUVs.

Chrysler Group reported sales were up 17 percent to 1.1 million vehicles in 2010 on the strength of its wildly popular, redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs. For CEO Marchionne, the SUVs success in the U.S. market has been a revelation and he is planning to expand the SUV lineup into Europe with Alfa Romeo and Maserati-badged trucks. Marchionne is no starry-eyed green - he has realized that trucks like the Cherokee typically rake in twice the per-vehicle profit of cars.

Americans only buy small cars when they are forced to and  they trade them for trucks as soon as they are able to.


Poverty and Morality

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Minneapolis liquor store looted after tornado

Soon after a tornado ripped through North Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon, an estimated 20 looters ripped off Broadway Liquor Outlet.

Notice that the crooks are stealing booze, not diapers and baby formula.


"Taxes? Cuts? To economy, it's all the same" -- Idiocy!!!!

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Taxes? Cuts? To economy, it's all the same, Paul Anton's contribution from today's Strib, is idiotic!

Specifically, what difference would it make if the budget deficit were closed through a combination of tax increases and spending cuts, rather than through an all-cuts budget?

Based on the applicable economic theory and available evidence, my answer is: Whichever budget solution is chosen will make little, if any, difference to the Minnesota economy over the next two years.


Can you blame the guy?

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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So Arnold got tired of hitting this and turned to this,


Democrats backed this guy for President!

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You idiot! Shamed politician John Edwards rages at mistress Rielle Hunter for not destroying sex tape

Furious John Edwards has allegedly vented his anger at mistress Rielle Hunter over the steamy sex video they made during his White House run.

In an amazing outburst, the shamed politician reportedly exploded after a judge ruled portions of his testimony under oath would be made public.

An insider said: 'John took his anger and frustrations out on Rielle.


Our Affirmative Action President

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Ted Rall's cartoons and opinion pieces were all the rage when he was attacking George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and American soldiers.

But now that there's a man in the White House the press absolutely adore, the once syndicated polemicist claims he's having a hard time getting anyone to publish his work:


Some help for our liberal friends

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When your friends cannot explain why they voted for Democrats, give them this list. They can then pick their reasons from this "TOP 11"...  

1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.  

2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.  


Solar is doomed to fail

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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With over 700 solar panels over 1 1/2 acres, the solar farm should produce 147 Kilowatts at maximum power, enough electricity for 20 homes.

The $27,689 tax bill for the Charleston Township prop­erty means that the owners are losing money, even when being paid a premium price of 45 cents a kilowatt hour by Consumers Energy, he said.

“That Michigan property tax burden works out to a cost of 12.3 cents per kilowatt hour,” Field said. “That amount is more than the retail value of the electricity.”


Pie in the Sky

Posted by: JW of Minnesota

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"A building that could still be loved"

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/121809629.html

The attached article does a poor job selling us on why $138 million should be spend to upgrade Riverside Plaza. She tells us that the millions should be spend to preserve the populist, humanist ideas of the architect. 

"Humanist to the core, Rapson's approach synced nicely with the progressive ethos of Minneapolis during the 1960s and '70s"


The Libtards killed Vo-Tech?

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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It has been a while since I was in High School so I was surprised to learn that the schools have done away with vo-tech. I would recommend to almost any kid a vocational training. My electrician charges $85 an hour, the plumber can get up to $125 an hour and the HVAC guy just picks a number and I pray that he shows up. This came to my attention from the testimony of Mike Rowe.

Right now, American manufacturing is struggling to fill 200,000 vacant positions. There are 450,000 openings in trades, transportation and utilities. The skills gap is real, and it's getting wider. In Alabama, a third of all skilled tradesmen are over 55. They're retiring fast, and no one is there to replace them.

In high schools, the vocational arts have all but vanished. We've elevated the importance of "higher education" to such a lofty perch that all other forms of knowledge are now labeled "alternative." Millions of parents and kids see apprenticeships and on-the-job-training opportunities as "vocational consolation prizes," best suited for those not cut out for a four-year degree. And still, we talk about millions of "shovel ready" jobs for a society that doesn't encourage people to pick up a shovel.


Hot 73 year old Chick Friday

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I know I'm gonna piss some guys off but loo at these pictures of Jane Fonda

I wouldn't bang Jane Fonda with Jim's dick, but I have to admit that the liberal dipshit is aging quite well. Money and some skilled surgeons have certainly helped.


Liberalism hurts the poor

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One of the most insidious things about liberalism is that it disproportionally harms the poor and under educated the most. Here is just one example:

In a switch that highlights enormous changes in the American family, married couples no longer make up the majority of households in the Twin Cities area.

A new release of 2010 state data by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows that 48.6 percent of households in the seven-county metropolitan area were married couples. That's down from 50.9 percent in 2000. The rest of Minnesota is not far behind, with 50.8 percent of households made up of married couples.


The US will not default on it's debt

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The buzz this week within the GOP conference surrounded a 1985 GAO ruling that said, essentially, that the Treasury did have the right to prioritize interest payments over domestic spending.

This is a key tenet of the debt ceiling hawks, who claim there's no risk in not raising the ceiling, because the Treasury has plenty of revenue to pay off bondholders and avoid default.


The double standards of the left

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“When my friend told me his wife was Black, I felt my spirit wince.”

Wow, that is pretty racist huh?

“When my friend told me his wife was Caucasian, I felt my spirit wince.”


The robbers jumped a 61-year-old ex-Marine, but he was armed and managed to fire several shots

The Uptown robbers struck again Tuesday night, only this time their victim was armed, police say.


Headed back to the 13th century

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The 127-acre Living Energy Farm in Louisa County will show that “it is possible to live a healthy, joyful life without the use of any fossil fuel,” project organizers say.

Using oxen as draft animals is part of the farm’s zero-fossil-fuel formula. The farm also plans to offer a workshop for “anyone interested in learning how to train their own oxen,” the news release said.

According to the center’s Web site, “The most powerful sustainable ‘technology’ we will employ is cooperative housing in an income-sharing community. We will foster a lively community culture that will be an eye-opener for many modern youth. Though we will use some modern machines (such as solar electricity for pumping water), we will not have a general accessibility to electric power. We will pro-actively build a homemade positive social culture without electronic escapism.”


It's a comin'

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Three strangers strike up a conversation in the passenger lounge in the Bozeman , Montana airport, while waiting for their respective flights.

One is American Indian passing through from Lame Deer, another is a cowboy on his way to Billings for a livestock show and the third passenger is a fundamentalist Arab student, newly arrived at Montana State University from the Middle East.

Their discussion drifts to their diverse cultures. Soon,the Westerners learn that the Arab is a devout, radical Muslim and the conversation falls into an uneasy lull.


Could Carbon Labeling Combat Climate Change?

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=could-carbon-labeling-combat-climate-change

This article angered me. Unlike the energy use labels that are used as a model for this fictitious "carbon footprint" amount, the energy use amount is measurable. The fictitious "carbon footprint" amount is a feel good number that can only be based on contrived numbers. They talk about one example of Brazilian beef and its number not including the deforestation necessary for the grazing cattle--fictional contrivance!

Are we to include the gas that employees of an appliance manufacturer use to get to work to build the appliance? How about the fuel for the raw materials used? The carbon footprint of the flatulence of the employees and the animals they eat? Anything can be included and government or some czar(ista) will have to be appointed to determine whether company A or B, or unionize company C is to include what additions to their numbers.


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