…and tell me it’s raining!
Unemployment: If you listen to the White House and the mainstream media puppets you’ll think unemployment is trending down and at 8 percent as of February 2012. Too bad the numbers are cooked (FYI all administrations cook) and are quite misleading…okay not “misleading” but flat out lies. Gallup offers real unemployment numbers;
REAL UNEMPLOYMENT IS 19.0 PERCENT
If you want to compare the numbers the White House uses then Gallup determined that rate to be 9.0 percent;
- I’ll bet this image caught your eye!
No I am no talking about fashion. If you ever saw me dress you’d know that I do not follow current trends. The blends that I am talking about are “designer” gasoline blends that are required depending on where you live. First some background from the General Accounting Office,
“The Clean Air Act, as amended, requires some areas with especially poor air quality to use a “special gasoline blend” designed to reduce emissions”
“when different octane grades and other factors are considered, there were at least 45 different kinds of gasoline produced in the United States during all of 2004.”
Finally there is news that President Obama’s “stimulus” has had some positive effects on our economy. The usually Obama-cheer-leading Associated Press has produced a very deep “news” article boasting the fact that gasoline prices are finally coming down and some predict prices as low as $3.25 per gallon within a month. First I’ll believe and welcome that when I see it. Second there is a rather sinister reason for the recent price drop.
The Pirates did the unthinkable in July and actually sat atop of the National League Central Division…for about a day. There was actually a buzz in Pittsburgh with our baseball team doing good things this late in the season. They promptly went on a 10 game losing streak. I had the pleasure of attended when they got blown out by the lowly San Diego Padres 13-2. Not a great game to watch, but it was really hot and humid too. The organization did, however, provide some entertainment as the group Train played a set and we were treated to Zambelli fireworks.
It seems like just yesterday that I wrote about how Obama’s Administration and Czars are prodding us back to living like the early days of our nation. Actually that is not true they are prodding us to become like some small European nation even though our country is more vast and our populations are more spread out. Our slow decline into European living took another step today as American Electric Power (“AEP”) announced that in order to comply with EPA emissions standards they will be shutting down five power stations and spending up to $8 billion to upgrade some remaining plants.
I was struck, yet again, by a move by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency. They are looking to ban the sale of most rat poisons to consumers claiming that the move will,
“to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures of children that occur every year from rat and mouse control products and also to protect household pets.”
It seems like the price of gasoline jumps ten to twenty cents between each time I need to fill my tank. I don’t have a particularly long commute and I am able to start work early to avoid most traffic, but between work and play I fill up twice a week. The price of crude oil is again spiking hurtling us ever closer to four dollar a gallon gasoline. Perhaps the bigger story is how quiet Congress and the lame-stream media are on the high prices; I should point out that not only gas prices are skyrocketing – media also fairly silent. It’s almost as if they are trying to protect someone or like the high prices.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this Mid East port
Aboard a tiny ship
The Obama administration, in yet another example of a long string of leadership failures, has jumped in to the fray to rescue United States citizens stuck in Libya amid the rioting. For this White House the reaction was fairly rapid if not effective as the ship that they chartered to haul away our fellow Americans was far too small to handle the number of people and the rough seas and was unable to leave the port. Could have happened to anyone you say and I suppose that is true, but the Greeks and the Turks had the foresight to get a proper boat. No disrespect to those nations, but we should have done better.
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
Brief 1: What are the REAL chances of meaningful tort reform in the United States when one of the men responsible for that task files a lawsuit. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is suing the company that runs the cafeteria at the Longworth House Office Building. The suit claims that his veggie sandwich “contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit, that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the final product served.” So when you get something with olives it is not reasonable to possibly find a pit once in a while? Since when is an olive pit a “dangerous substance?” Kucinich is only asking for $150,000 to cover his “permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures,” and he also wants compensation for his pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment. I can imagine the heartfelt testimony as Kucinich describes his crippling fear of olives and not even being able to stand the sight of Popeye’s girlfriend. Perhaps it would have been more fitting if the dangerous substance had been a nut.
The Chinese, it seems, are at it again stealing American jobs. This time their “cheating” come in the form of providing subsidies to their “green” industries as reported in Pittsburgh’s Tribune Review. The charge was lobbied by the United Steel Workers union and they estimate that the Chinese government has provided more than $216 billion as subsidies to their “green technology” industries: