Saturday, March 27, 2010

Threats against lawmakers over health care reform.

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A fax bearing the image of a noose. Profane voice mails. Bricks thrown, a gas line cut. White powder sent to an office.
Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have started receiving threats over the recently passed health care initiative. Both sides of the aisle are condemning such actions with Democrats blaming Republicans for not commenting on these threats quickly enough and Republicans claiming the Dems are using these threats as a political tool to further their agenda and degrade the Republicans position.
 "By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels," said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor. "Enough is enough. It has to stop."

At least 10 Democrats now have reported harassment, the majority of the threats involve obscene phone messages, although a few random acts of destruction of property have also occurred.
"It is unfortunate that a small but vocal group of people are using insults to convey their opinions and alarming that anyone would make threats against me or my family," said Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Pa.
On Thursday, two Republicans said they, too, had been menaced.
No arrests have been reported. A threat to assault a member of Congress in retaliation for the performance of official duties is punishable by up to a year in prison.

Starting this week the threats began arriving by mail, in email and on fax machines of lawmakers.
From the AP:
Pelosi was careful to avoid blaming Republicans directly for inciting the harassment, though she said that words "weigh a ton." Such threats of retaliation "have no place in a civil debate in our country," she said.
Boehner followed moments later. While many are angry over the health care measure, he said, "threats and violence should not be part of a political debate."

Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, released a recording of a voicemail where the caller repeatedly accuses Republicans of being racists.
Eric Cantor said he has received e-mail threats and that a bullet hit he window of his campaign office building in Richmond. Local police say the bullet was fired randomly at an upward angle.(Like this makes it something other than someone shooting a gun at a political office.)
Democratic campaign chairman Chris Van Hollen, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine had incited retribution against Republicans by telling The Huffington Post that the GOP would "own" responsibility for retaliatory slurs.
Here's a short list of some of the fun:

Rep. Anthony Weiner's received a package containing a mystery white powder. It was found to be non-toxic.
Ohio Rep. John Boccieri, said he had received threats.
Suzanne Kosmas, D-Fla., was to commit suicide and that her family should rot in hell."
Louise Slaughter,said someone had left her a voicemail that used the word "snipers."
Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich. was told "I hope you bleed ... (get) cancer and die,"
A fax carried a picture of a gallows with "Bart (SS) Stupak" on it and a noose. It was captioned, "All Baby Killers come to unseemly ends Either by the hand of man or by the hand of God."
Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., received a letter with a shredded American flag. and said, "I will hound you. I will intimidate you and your family."

It is apparent the Democrats are going to use this as a tool to demonize Republicans. I'm sure it will be subtle, but it's hard to deny that it will seem to most people that the angry callers are conservative voters and therefore a reflection of Republicans as a whole. The person who called Bart Stupak is a prime example. He is clearly anti-abortion and a Christian. He is also a complete douchebag but that is another story.

This also underlines another issue. With states amending their constitutions to try and circumvent all or part of this new health care initiative and at least 14 filing a lawsuit against the federal government, 38 or three quarters of the states are clearly not happy about this bill at all. Add this to the fact that for the first time in a long time people are angry to the point of cursing lawmakers and using physical destruction to get their message across, it's clear that this is NOT what the American people want. Good luck in November Democrats you are going to need it.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Obamacare:Socialism Arrives in America

R.I.P. Lady Liberty, you shall not be forgotten.

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Obama claims it's a "Victory for the American people." Victory is about overcoming an adversary and insuring the continued survival of your side. 54% of Americans are opposed to the Obamacare bill. 57% believe it will drive the cost of health care up and 54% believe that it will drive the quality of health care coverage down. This according to a Rasmussen poll. But don't take my word for it, you can take the word of every polling agency and news service you can think of.
(NRO)- The support/opposition split on the health care bill, according to various pollsters:
Rasmussen: 41/56
Newsweek: 40/49
Public Policy Polling: 39/50
Pew: 38/50
Quinnipiac: 35/54
Ipsos/McClatchy: 37/51
NBC/WSJ: 31/46
CNN: 38/58
NPR: 39/55
Through the reconciliation talk, President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Reid are sending a very important message to the American people: Shut up.

Let's face facts. This couldn't make it more clear. With spreads from 9 to 20 points in opposition to this bill it's apparent what the American people want. President Obama is clearly ignoring the American People when he talks about this health care bill passing. This isn't for the people, it's for his people. The Democrats who have been pushing to control more and more of the lives of the people. The minority voters, the illegal immigrants, the dumb, the lazy, the ignorant. These people all have their reasons for wanting socialized health care, and all of them are going to learn a painful lesson in the years ahead if this continues.

Our elected representatives in Washington, the people we elected to work for us are no longer with us. They are their own entity now. They wave their arms and their lips move and say things that stir our souls. But they are not talking to us, they are cooing succor in to our brains as they slowly drain from us our will and our reason. They whisper death that sounds like hope and change. And though you can't see it, you can smell the stench of evil that emanates from their scurilous mouths.

So begins the end for the United States of America. God has been crucified again. Our freedom eroded, our values distorted, our rights degraded and slowly stripped away. We will all soon fall asleep and while we slumber they will take what is left. We will be an empty husk. There will be no grave stone. No memorial service, just the drone of slaves feet dragging across the soil our forefathers fought and bled for. This bill is not going to kill us all. Just our parents and grand parents. We, the children will survive. Our deaths will be much slower.

This bill is not the end. It is but the beginning of a long, black road that we have started to travel and unless there is a shake-up, an outcry from the people so loud that it awakens the gods of Olympus, we will be defeated by our own acquiescence. Please America. Wake up. This is going to turn in to nightmare very soon. I have seen terrible things and I know that I will be all right. I am scared for my daughter and her safety as we slowly give away the management of our health, our very lives to the same government that gave us the DMV and the IRS.

I am become Obama. Destroyer of worlds.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Carly Fiorina Senate Bid

California may just be ready for a shake-up. With a failing economy, a massive immigration problem, and brain-damaged Senator Barbara Boxer representing them in to the ground, fresh blood could be the answer for California’s woes.

Enter Carly Fiorina. A former Executive with AT&T/Lucent, she took that company to new heights being named the most powerful women in business by Fortune magazine in 1998. She continued this trend when she became the new CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 1999. Fortune kept her on their most powerful list during her entire stay with HP. Forbes listed her at #10 in their 2004 listing of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

From her humble beginnings as a receptionist at a small California company to her meteoric rise to the top of the food chain in Corporate America Carly Fiorina appears to be a focused, and dedicated businesswoman. Now with her bid to oust Barbara Boxer from the Senate it looks like She is ready to add another achievement to her already stellar list.

Fiorina for all her accolades is not without her detractors. She received harsh criticism for her actions as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. During her time the companies stock took a sharp drop in price due in part to the highly contested merger with Compaq computers. Market share fell and the company was heckled for lacking focus by having too large a product line to effectively support.

 I, for one, completely agree with her decision, these two companies having successfully merged and offering a very diverse line of products are now the worlds largest PC manufacturer, edging out both Acer and Dell for the top spot. So, while her critics may have lambasted her for her lack of vision and focus, they failed to see the big picture, and now they look kind of foolish.

I’m sure a lot of her career will be slammed by the liberal bloggers and political websites in the coming months, they will cite the same information I did, but of course leaving it without any real analysis to try and make Carly Fiorina look like a failure, when in fact she was anything but.

She isn’t the only one trying to shake things up in California. Republicans Tom Campbell and Chuck Devore are also vying for the Senate seat in the November mid-term elections. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, none of these three candidate have been able to edge out Boxers lead so far. Fiorina has a strong showing behind Boxer by only 4 percentage points for a spread of 46 to 42 %. Chuck Devore appears to be favorable with 42% of the voters also but Boxer leads him with 47%. Tom Campbell is showing similar results trailing Boxers 45% with 41% favorability.

Now given the amount of time until the election these results could change drastically as we saw earlier in the Massachusetts Senate race in which Scott Brown went from being 30 points behind to less than 10 points in a month, and than in the coming weeks edging out his opponent Martha Coakley, to take the seat that was held by Democrat Ted Kennedy for well over 3 decades.

While Carly Fiorina may seem like a long shot considering her lack of political experience, we need to look no further than the California Gubernatorial seat to find that political experience isn’t a big issue for the citizens of California. Actors and other celebrities run for office and win all the time. Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood spent one term as the mayor of Carmel, California. Fred Grandy, Ben Jones, Sonny Bono. Pat Paulson and Stephen Colbert both tried and failed at presidential bids more or less as a joke, but the real joke was on the people of Minnesota who elected not so funny, funny man Al Franken to the US Senate.

The one thing that Washington does need are outsiders who aren’t entranced by the lure of power and money that seems to overtake all career politicians. Carly Fiorina has experienced power and money, yet still seems willing to enter in to politics for the people and not herself. She has already stated in interviews that she has no intention of spending the rest of her life in the political arena.
Let’s wish her luck. California can use all the help it can get. If you are interested in learning more about Carly Fiorina or her campaign, check out her campaign website at
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Monday, March 15, 2010

US Israel criticism ignites firestorm in Congress

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This is from the AP. I just had to re-post this here because it's a prime example of the things I hate the most about the current administration. This just proves that our president, Barack HUSSEIN Obama is a terrorist apologist like the rest of the loony left that follow him. Only mildly retarded college students and our president criticize Israel while giving Palestine a pass. While the rest of the Middle-East gears up to eventually nuke Israel off the face of the earth, our president decides he's going to poke at them. Thanks O-blowme. You are a real champion of the people.

I am totally and utterly sick of people coming down on Israel. This one tiny nation that has been shit on for millennia, is in the eyes of the apologists this massive Zionist army ready to terrorize it's peaceful Muslim neighbors. Israel doesn't have any peaceful Muslim neighbors. Palestine wants to bomb them, Iran wants to Nuke them, who know what other countries will join in the fight. But of course you say, "What proof do you have that these people would do such a terrible thing to the people of Israel?"  Well you can start here or here for a nice long list of all the Muslim leaders, clerics, etc who have in recent times called Jews and Christians "Pigs and Dogs." Yes that lovely quote from the Qu'ran does not apply to a select few infidels it appears to extend to all of us non-believers. Not exactly the "I love you" vibe I was hoping for. Nope. Not. One. Bit.

Associated Press Writer
The Obama administration's fierce denunciation of Israel last week has ignited a firestorm in Congress and among powerful pro-Israel interest groups who say the criticism of America's top Mideast ally was misplaced.
Since the controversy erupted, a bipartisan parade of influential lawmakers and interest groups has taken aim at the administration's decision to publicly condemn Israel for its announcement of new Jewish housing in east Jerusalem while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting on Tuesday and then openly vent bitter frustration on Friday.
With diplomats from both countries referring to the situation as a crisis, the outpouring of anger in the United States, particularly from Capitol Hill, comes at a difficult time for the administration, which is now trying to win support from wary lawmakers — many of whom are up for re-election this year — for health care reform and other domestic issues.
And those criticizing the administration's unusually blunt response to Israel say they fear it may have distracted from and done damage to efforts to relaunch long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
"It might be well if our friends in the administration and other places in the United States could start refocusing our efforts on the peace process," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday.
"Now we've had our spat. We've had our family fight, and it's time for us now to stop and get our eye back on the goal, which is the commencement of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks," he said.
McCain and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., both urged the administration to ease the tone of the dispute, which they said was demonstrating disunity and weakness to steadfast allies of Iran.
"Let's cut the family fighting, the family feud," Lieberman said. "It's unnecessary; it's destructive of our shared national interest. It's time to lower voices, to get over the family feud between the U.S. and Israel. It just doesn't serve anybody's interests but our enemies."
At least eight other lawmakers have offered similar concerns, and more are expected to weigh in after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton upbraided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the housing announcement in a tense and lengthy phone call on Friday and White House officials repeated the criticism on Sunday's talk shows.
"It's hard to see how spending a weekend condemning Israel for a zoning decision in its capital city amounts to a positive step towards peace," said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. He complained that the administration was attacking a "staunch ally and friend" when it should be focusing on the threat posed by Iran's nuclear problem.
Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., accused administration officials of using "overwrought rhetoric" in suggesting that the east Jerusalem housing announcement threatened U.S.-Israeli ties.
"The administration's strong implication that the enduring alliance between the U.S. and Israel has been weakened, and that America's ability to broker talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities has been undermined, is an irresponsible overreaction," she said.
With tensions still high, former Sen. George Mitchell, the administration's Mideast peace envoy, has delayed his departure to the region, where he is scheduled to hold separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, a U.S. official said.
Mitchell had been scheduled to depart Washington on Monday night. He still intends to go, but the timing is uncertain, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations.
The State Department on Monday said it was still awaiting a formal response from Israel to Clinton's call and, while repeating elements of the criticism, stressed that the U.S. commitment to Israel's security remains "unshakable."
But spokesman P.J. Crowley also said a lot is riding on whether Israel agrees to take steps suggested by Clinton to underscore its commitment to the peace process and strong relations with America.
"We will evaluate the implications of this once we hear back from the Israelis and see how they respond to our concerns," he told reporters.
Reaction to the administration was particularly intense from pro-Israel groups.
Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, said he was "shocked and stunned at the administration's tone and public dressing down of Israel on the issue of future building in Jerusalem."
"We cannot remember an instance when such harsh language was directed at a friend and ally of the United States," Foxman said.
Associated Press writer Robert Burns contributed to this report.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

RINO's may ruin November Elections.

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The November elections could see the Republicans taking back control in Washington, but I now have my doubts that it will be for the better. In the last few months many Republicans have been showing their true colors and frankly there are far to many RINO's in Washington for my taste.

While it's clear the Republican's are against Obama's ridiculous health care proposal, some are just too soft in their fight against the onslaught of Socialist policies that are permeating the floor of the House and Senate.

Worse still are Republican leaders like Michael Steele and Mitch McConnell who, instead of defending their party are now spending most of their time apologizing for it. The "Evil Empire" cartoon that cropped up recently is a prime example.

There was nothing about this that was beyond the normal satire you can find in any local newspaper or the Washington Post, or the New York times, etc. Yet, because of it's attachment to an organized Republican event, the Democrats and the media jumped all over it.

It was barely newsworthy, yet it continues to make it's rounds on the internet as leftist bloggers and the MSM have a field day with this overblown bit of cartoon humor.

Steele and McConnell had a real opportunity to state the facts and play down this nonsensical attack by the left. They chose instead to apologize and even criticize their party members for this innocuous bit of political satire.

Newt Gingrich is maintaining his sacred status as a 'true conservative' despite his recent ties with Dede Scozzafava and Montana democrat Brian Schweitzer. In defense of Mr. Gingrich, Brian Schweitzer's record shows he has quite a lot in common with conservative values and has shown his support for America, and American businesses when it counted.

He signed legislation exempting guns made in his state from federal gun laws, he went against his own party after the now government controlled GM canceled a contract with Montana for mining minerals such as Palladium, Platinum, and Rhodium citing the fact that the only other places to get these minerals is South Africa and Russia. Newt Gets a pass for now.

At least five Republicans voted with Dennis Kucinich on a bill that would force America to leave Afghanistan in 30 days of it's signing. There's at least five Republicans who will never get my vote. Just like Vietnam, where in the midst of America's struggle to keep the people of South Vietnam free of the invading North Vietnamese communists, the Democrats and the hippies made so much of a stink, and on the heels of the Watergate scandal we pulled out of Vietnam.

Gerald Ford, despite being a Republican did little to strengthen our economy and we continued to decline through the 1970's until a real conservative Ronald Wilson Reagan stepped up to the plate and got us back on track.

Conservative talk show hosts whom I have respected for years are even starting to lose their minds. Sean Hannity is hawking Dinty Moore beef stew on his show and showing open hostility to conservative callers who don't mimic his ideas exactly or dare criticize any republican he deems to be a sacred cow.

I hate seeing the party fall apart again on the heels of strong victories in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts, but unless we start getting some real conservatives stepping up to the plate and playing real hard ball with the Democrats it will be an anti-climactic November and we will have to endure more nonsense from the Obama administration and his new and exciting brand of Socialism.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Scientology Defectors out church as scam

In what can only be described as "not news" here is another story of long time Scientologists leaving the church and outing it for it's deceptive and abusive practices. NYTimes Article

I for one have a really difficult time understanding how people can be that gullible. So far every  time I have seen a Scientologist on television my spidey-senses start going berserko-ballistic. These people are fucking creepy. It doesn't help to have Tom Cruise on your payroll, he's a complete loon when he isn't acting for a movie. John Travolta is only slightly less ridiculous, but both of them show their true colors whenever the anti-Scientology crowd shows up at one of their events. The Xenu folks love to harass Scientologists. Can you blame them?

I have seen numerous videos in which a very agitated Tom Cruise or John Travolta refuse to leave the building they are in until someone removes the Xenu people from their presence. Seriously? What? Are you scared of them? Aren't you a good Scientologist? Don't you have an answer for every thing they could possibly say to you? No? Well then. I guess you both are just whiny little sissies who need to grow a pair or just stay indoors where it's safe.

The Church of Scientology has had a long and sordid history. Horror stories from former members abound. Allegations of intimidation, murder, torture, starvation, and reports of Tax fraud  are just some of the fun stuff you hear. Wow, this church sounds awesome! I would love me some of that kind of abuse! Let me go put on my gimp gear and grab a bottle of lotion. I'm Ready!

This latest New York Times article is no different. Allegations of being worked like slave laborers making wages that sweat-shop employees would laugh at, being shunned by family members, forced abortions, and a host of other assorted claims of abuse.

Amidst all this controversy the church is spending obscene amounts of money on new and remodeled buildings and even a 380,000 sq. foot convention center. Oddly enough reports from various sources claim that the churches numbers have actually dropped by half in the last decade.
Who are they spending this for? Their non-existent members?

It's not hard to see why people generally laugh at Scientology as a whole and take frequent pot-shots and celebs like Cruise and Travolta who, for all their acting ability, can't see a scam when it hits them in the face. It could be very soon that this church goes the way of the do-do or worse, gets reincarnated as something even more ridiculous and sinister.

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McConnell and Steele apologize over "The Evil Empire" slideshow.

There are certain times when in the face of positive change and impending victory, someone will step up to the plate who is so inept, so ignorant in his actions as to be the undoing of all that has been achieved. One such idiot would be Mitch McConnell. Here is a recent article about McConnell concerning his disenchantment with his own party.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate's top Republican says he didn't like a recent GOP appeal to party donors that was based on stoking fear and negative feelings toward President Barack Obama and other Democrats.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says he doesn't understand why anyone thought such an appeal would help the GOP.
 The pitch last month to Republican fundraisers included a direct call to exploit "extreme negative feelings" toward Democrats. In the presentation, Obama was depicted as "The Joker" and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Cruella De Vil.
McConnell tells ABC's "This Week" that it's up to the Republican National Committee to hold someone responsible for the controversial appeal. He says, "I don't like it and I don't know anybody who does."
McConnell's response it typical of the lame Republicans who litter the halls of Congress these days. RNC Chairman Michael Steele is no better. He gets on television and makes a lame excuse about the slide-show presentation depicting members of Obama's administration as cartoon and movie characters. Steele called the photo "Inappropriate". Thanks Michael for your pussy response.

McConnell and apparently even the mighty Michael Steele are incapable of showing even a small amount of balls and telling it like it is. All you need to do is say "Yes. We used this humorous slide show at one of our gatherings. Get over it. You clowns do the same thing, so don't take the moral high ground with us."

After stunning victories in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts the Republicans are once again falling apart and turning in to a bunch of spineless worms in the face of adversity. Stop apologizing for making a joke. Don't offer your apologies for anything less than a blatantly disastrous statement.(You know like the one's Harry Reid and Joe Biden make all the time.)Stand up for yourselves and show the American people you are ready to lead.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

“Einstein” Cyber Shield spies on Americans.

The recently declassified information on the “Einstein” Cyber Shield, a new technology developed by the NSA for use by the division of Homeland Security is a comprehensive tool for rooting out new terrorists threats by monitoring all communications on the internet. Let me say that again. ..By monitoring all communications on the internet. That's right. If you were one of the people who were scared by the "Patriot Act" wait until you get a load of this. The "Einstein" Cyber shield will root through your emails looking for possible terrorist communications.

The problem with this is I'm sure it won't stop there. Instant messaging conversations, blog entries, internet searches, tweets, all of these things could be monitored and recorded by this new technology. My suggestion to all of you who find this kind of intrusion unacceptable start protecting yourselves now. There are ways to encrypt emails and instant messaging conversations. If you haven't done it, you should start. I think what I would like to see is an international effort by people to tell Homeland Security that they are not happy about this new technology. Here is my idea:

Write a series of emails using tons of keywords that this system might pick up on like Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Jihad, World Trade Center, etc. Than attach a picture of your genitalia to all of these emails. Have all your friends do the same. Let's send a clear message that we will not stand for our privacy being invaded by these clowns in Homeland Security.

So far the only threat Janet Napolitano has been able to detect is her monthly period. How are we supposed to entrust the security of our nation to such inept individuals such as Napolitano. Al-Qaeda probably has a party every time Janet Napolitano opens her big, fat mouth. The next presidential election can't come soon enough in my opinion. We need to rid ourselves of Socialist and Communist Czars like Van Jones(Stepped-Down), Carol M. Browner,Ron Bloom, and homosexual Safe School Czar Kevin"boy-toucher"Jennings.(I am poking fun at Mr. Jennings not because he is gay, because he failed to report it when an underage male student informed him that he was having an affair with an older man. This is a crime and you shouldn't cover it up just because it involves a homosexual relationship.)

Start safeguarding yourselves now before these idiots misconstrue something you say on the internet and come breaking down your door to find that you are not a member of a terrorist organization, but your ex-boyfriend did name your cat "Osama Bin Laden".

For more information on how the information police are going to invade your living room and probe your anus for weapons of mass destruction you can click HERE.
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Asshat of the week #10:Harry Reid

Harry Reid is this weeks ASSHAT  for his asinine comment earlier. I don't think Mr. Reid truly understands just how dumb that statement was. It's been over 1 year since Barack Obama took office with the solemn promise to get this economy back on track and to save or create 3 million jobs. So far economists can't agree on a number, but estimates range from 1 million to around 1.8 million depending on who you talk to. Obama claims 2 million jobs saved or created so far. Problem is, since last year people have been tearing these figures apart due to some incredibly sloppy work on the part of the Obama goons who give us these facts.

One of the more ridiculous errors was in Arizona where 30 jobs were saved in Arizona's 15th district. There is only one problem with that, Arizona only has eight. The Washington Examiner has set up an updating webpage with a custom Google map showing the 'bogus' jobs that have been created so far under the Obama administration. To date it's around 94,341. So, if we are to believe the President than we will have to simply ignore the fact that at least 94,000 of these jobs created don't even exist and simply take the rest on faith.

I'm going to say that IMHO, this is all a load of bull. In the last 6-8 months close to 3,000 jobs have been lost in my area of New York state alone. It's getting worse here every day. The amount of people applying for welfare has risen 58% since this time last year. Now the Obama camp has passed a new jobs creation bill that gives incentives to companies  to hire the unemployed in the form of tax breaks. Here's a snippet from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Despite doubts among many lawmakers that the measure will create many jobs, the House passed legislation yesterday giving companies that hire the jobless a temporary payroll tax break.
The measure passed, 217-201, on a mostly party-line vote. The bill also extends federal highway programs through the end of the year.
Some Democrats think the approximately $35 billion bill - blending $15 billion in tax cuts and subsidies for infrastructure bonds issued by local governments with $20 billion in transportation money - is too puny, while others say the tax cut for new hires won't generate many jobs.
Well let's look at the facts. If you own a business you are well aware that business is pretty slow right now. A tax break might be nice, but unless that tax break equals or exceeds the wages you will have to pay these new hires there is no point in hiring any new people. What will they do? Clean toilets? Most businesses just call a cleaning company and they send over a couple of guys with mustaches who can't speak English and they clean the toilets. There is no 'incentive' for people to go out and spend their money, so there is no 'incentive' for companies to hire new employees. There is not an increased demand, so hiring new people is ridiculous.

As you can imagine I am sure that Harry Reid's comment is going to make more than a few people angry. It's already a you tube hit. One of the comments suggested that since the DJIA is up 4000 points in the last year than the economy is fine and we can all relax. No. What that means is the 30 companies that the Dow reports on are up, it doesn't take in to account the thousands of other publicly traded companies and therefore is only a guide, and not an absolute value of the health of the economy. Harry Reid might want to ask those 36,000 people who just lost their jobs if they are happy today.

A report on Yahoo news from the AP had this to say about the state of the economy"

The recession eliminated about 8.4 million jobs. The slow-motion recovery means hiring is expected to remain feeble for the rest of the year — at most a net gain averaging about 100,000 a month.
To put that in perspective, about 125,000 new jobs are needed each month just to keep up with population growth and prevent the unemployment rate from rising.

To reduce the jobless rate significantly, employers would need to create 200,000 to 300,000 jobs a month. But most of them are waiting to see stronger sales, more spending by consumers and businesses, and a more vigorous global rebound to stimulate demand for U.S. goods and services.

Clifford Adkins of ARC Products LLC in suburban St. Louis, which makes gurneys to evacuate buildings, would like to hire. He said he doesn't need to see a prolonged boost in sales. He would hire if even a few of the government agencies and schools he serves step up spending.

But orders are falling. His cash flow just can't support new workers.
"I think if orders started coming in, I'd immediately start using that cash to put (salespeople) on the street," he said.

So there you have it. Harry Reid thinks things are just peachy, but the numbers just don't add up. sorry Harry. You are our ASSHAT of the week. Thanks for playing.
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