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California employers added just 12,500 jobs to payrolls in January, pushing the unemployment rate down to 12.4% from 12.5% in December, according to the state Employment Development Department.
Los Angeles County’s jobless rate edged down to 12.9 percent in January from a record 13 percent in December, said the California Employment Development Department.
tonight’s food it’s what’s for dinner
...Barack Obama will go down in history as, among other things, the first president to brew his own beer in the White House...
Talkin’ ‘bout yer Droopy-Eyed Armless Children…
in the Green Lame
Flying off the lots like it flies down the highway!
Chevy Volts sold February ‘11: 281
Chevy Volts sold January ‘11: 321
Nissan Leafs sold February ‘11: 67
Nissan Leafs sold January ‘11: 87
Wow. Seems like the whole 40-mile range, coal-powered car thing just ain’t catching on…
...Wisconsin’s Republican leaders upped the stakes Thursday in their standoff with Democratic state senators who fled the state to deny a vote on anti-union bill, with Gov. Scott Walker threatening to begin issuing layoff notices within 24 hours unless his measure was passed and Senate Republicans authorizing police to round up their missing colleagues.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Walker said he will issue layoff notices to 1,500 state workers on Friday ...
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The final 50 or so protesters left peacefully about two hours after the judge’s order, which also said the state unconstitutionally limited access to the building since Monday and ordered the state to grant greater access to the public starting next Monday.
The protesters departed after a group hug, clutching sleeping bags, pillows and drums...
when I blow up
...The lease for land at Coralville Lake that was to be home to a long-delayed Muslim youth camp has expired, but the project isn’t dead yet.
The five-year lease between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Muslim Youth Camps of America expired Feb. 28.
But Ron Fournier, spokesman for the Corps office in Rock Island, Ill., said Thursday the Corps is reviewing MYCA’s request for an extension.
Also, Jalel Aossey of Cedar Rapids, one of the organizers of the camp, said in an e-mail message that the project is alive, although its scale will be reduced and take a more regional approach for campers and nonprofit activities.
Aossey is travelling overseas and more details were not immediately available.
“There is more to follow on MYCA,” he wrote.
First proposed in 1999, MYCA’s plan for a summer camp for Muslim youth at Coralville Lake was met with environmental, safety and road concerns from neighbors and county officials. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, religion and race also became an issue for a few people...
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win of the day
~ FailBlog ~
(What? Yeah, it might be apocryphal, but it’s a great story. Just go with it.)
fail of the day
...A local school district in Joe Biden’s own state snubbed America’s No. 2 by opting not to name a new elementary school after him. Though his name was in the running as a finalist, voters in the Brandywine school district in Delaware ultimately chose to name it after one of their community’s early farming families…
...though there is an environmental center in Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park bearing his name…
Projects named for Senator “KKK” Byrd
Robert C. Byrd Drive, from Beckley to Sophia (Byrd’s hometown)
Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center at Wheeling Jesuit University
Robert C. Byrd Highway
Robert C. Byrd Federal Correctional Institution
Robert C. Byrd High School
Robert C. Byrd Freeway
Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism
Robert C. Byrd Science Center
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia
Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Center
Robert C. Byrd Technology Center at Alderson-Broaddus College
Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, near Princeton
Robert C. Byrd Bridge between Huntington and Chesapeake, Ohio
Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling
Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships
Robert C. Byrd Expressway, U.S. 52 near Weirton
Robert C. Byrd Institute in Charleston
Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing
Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse
Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center
Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center
Robert C. Byrd Federal Building (there are two)
Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex
Robert C. Byrd Library and Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center
Robert C. Byrd Rural Health Center
Robert C. Byrd Clinical Addition to the veteran’s hospital in Huntington
Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Hardy County
Robert C. Byrd Scholastic Recognition Award
Robert C. Byrd Community Center in the naval station, Sugar Grove
Robert C. Byrd Clinic at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University
the science is settled
Meteorologists launched a new campaign Wednesday to get people in England involved in measuring climate change by using a mirror, soap bubbles or simply looking up at the sky.
The Met Office national weather service is asking people to complete a series of simple activities to check the results of climatic computer models.
They include measuring wind speed by blowing bubbles into the air to monitoring the direction of clouds with the aid of a mirror.
Participants are being asked to spot plane vapour trails to measure air temperature and humidity, and to record how cold or hot they feel...
--- some Libyan freedom fighter
no friends of freedom
In a showdown over the privacy rights of gun owners, the Illinois State Police are refusing to release a list identifying all firearm permit holders in the state after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan determined that the information “must” be made public.
At least the State Police seem to have their shit together in refusing this little tinpot harridan’s grab, but that doesn’t make the fact that she presumed it in the first place any more palatable.
Assistant Public Access Counselor Matthew Rogina, citing federal court decisions as well as Illinois law, wrote in a letter to the state police attorney that disclosing the names “cannot be characterized as highly personal or objectionable.”
Not to him, maybe, but then I’m sure he doesn’t carry anything as “objectionable” as a firearm. The sinister little busybody probably has bodyguards to do that for him.
“Therefore, even if disclosure of the names and expiration of the (Firearm Owner’s Identification Card) card owners did constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, this fact is outweighed by the public interest that exists in ensuring the integrity of the (police) database,” he wrote
Someone explain to me how that’s a function of the public having access to all those names, and not just the police? Are the police letting random people update their databases for them now? The police ALREADY HAVE both those names and the responsibility to keep their own databases up to date.
They should just knock off the pathetic justifications and come right out and say what they mean: if you dare to exercise your second amendment rights, they want you to know they know exactly who you are and where you live, and they’re going to advertise that to everyone else who might be interested as well. So if you don’t want that kind of attention - the kind that might get your boss’s nose out of joint if he happens to lean left, or give your ex-wife’s lawyer leverage against you in a custody case, for example - then you’d better reconsider your right to bear arms.
oh freaking SNAP
Idea: a re-imagining of Mississippi Burning in which Hackman and Dafoe are cast as villains for trying to force a principled sheriff to arrest and prosecute “his people” — in this instance, a local community organizer who preaches ethnic pride and a handful of good ol’ boys/working men who have joined the fight to save civic custom.*
Oppressed underdogs fight The Power. A can’t miss.
– Though this time, we might think about setting it in Madison, WI.
Jeff G @ PW
sighde by sighde
I guess they can protest these deaths also.
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what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is ours
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Michael Moore Says Wealthy American‘s Money is Not Theirs its ’Ours‘ ’A National Resource’ We Need To Take It From Them
graphic thanks to UU
...According to [Middleton State Sen. Jon] Erpenbach, taxpayers and unions are not fitting the bill. “The costs right now are coming out of my pocket. My mom and dad are helping out, and my aunt and uncle who live in the area are also helping me out.”...
“I’m sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay.
And I’m sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.
Furthermore, I’m sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.
I’m sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn’t acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.”
Ooooooh, that’s gotta sting!
I hereby declare that from this day forth, political wedgies be measured in a new unit:
1 Walker = 1 good ol’ political sarcowedgie.
there’s a word for this
...One of the most aggressive of the bunch, he says, was a shaggy-bearded man banging a drum who started railing against collective bargaining and the unions. “The guy who was the most violent about it turned out to be pretty right wing,” he says. “He seemed a little off.” All Grothman would say about him was that he was “a little mean.”...
By the end of the day this will have been a bunch of TEA Partiers…
HotAir in comments
your morning parable
tonight’s from the wayback machine
Gas Prices @ Watergate Exxon Today (March 1, 2011 )
Original photo KisPian ThomasM
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ironing tonight’s KisP fun facts
...The union horde is spreading, from Madison to Indianapolis to a state capital near you. And yet the Democratic and union bigwigs engineering the outrage haven’t directed their angry multitudes at what is arguably the most “hostile workplace” in the nation: Washington, D.C.
It will no doubt surprise you to learn that President Obama, the great patron of the working man, also happens to be the great CEO of one of the least union-friendly shop floors in the nation.
This is, after all, the president who has berated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employees, calling the very idea an “assault on unions.” This is also the president who has sicced his political arm, Organizing for America, on Madison, allowing the group to fill buses and plan rallies. Ah, but it’s easy to throw rocks when you live in a stone (White) house.
Fact: President Obama is the boss of a civil work force that numbers up to two million (excluding postal workers and uniformed military). Fact: Those federal workers cannot bargain for wages or benefits. Fact: Washington, D.C. is, in the purest sense, a “right to work zone.” Federal employees are not compelled to join a union, nor to pay union dues. Fact: Neither Mr. Obama, nor the prior Democratic majority, ever acted to give their union chums a better federal deal...
“Oh my gosh, it’s a joke! ...we talk about carrying around bottles of Febreze!”