Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on December 28, 2013 by Allahpundit

An emergency federal program that acts as a lifeline for 1.3 million jobless workers will end on Saturday, drastically curtailing government support for the long-term unemployed and setting the stage for a major political fight in the new year.

The program, in place since the recession started in 2008, provides up to 47 weeks of supplemental unemployment insurance payments to jobless people looking for work. Its expiration is expected to have far-reaching ramifications for the economy, cutting job growth by about 300,000 positions next year and pushing hundreds of thousands of households below the poverty line…

The loss of benefits is expected to drain billions in consumer spending from the economy next year. People losing their federal benefits — often benefits they expected to continue to receive for weeks or months into 2014 — described cutting back on Christmas, driving less, turning off the heat, draining retirement accounts, applying for food stamps, readying to move in with relatives and missing mortgage payments.

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The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet…

Some unemployed people said the loss of benefits might drive them to take minimum wage jobs to get by until they can find work at their skill level and in their field.

Richard Mattos, 59, of Salem, Ore., has been out of work since March, when he was laid off as a case manager at a social services organization. Without the unemployment income, Mattos said he and his wife will have enough money for one month’s worth of bills. Almost every day, he visits employment centers run by the state of Oregon or Goodwill Industries International.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” he said. “We could end up homeless because of this.”

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“Even the four weeks without money would set me back. I don’t have any savings; I don’t have anyone I can borrow from. I’ve been on my own basically since I’m 18 and there isn’t anyone I can ask for money.

“Things are going to change drastically because, I hate to say it, but I’m going to have to go down to social services for food. It’s going to humble me. My son is hungry and I can’t feed him. I might lose my car. I’m not going to have a phone for people to contact me when I am looking for a job. It’s going to be hard. This is just hard. To not even be able to give your son anything when he’s hungry. We’re all scared, every one of us. Not just me.

“I keep a roof over our head. There’s food — maybe not steaks, but there’s food. [It’s] keeping our head just above the water, you know. We’re all about to drown. The 1.3 million of us are about to drown.”

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Hirshfield has lived a largely ideal life. After leaving the insurance industry (where he had worked for 20 years), he joined a Connecticut bank as a vice president, earned a six-figure salary and lived comfortably with his wife and children, one of whom he had sent to college. The job was relatively stable and professionally stimulating. At 54 years old, he was happy.

Then it fell apart. The bank went through one, two, three restructurings. The last one cost Hirshfield his job.

He began training for a new career, taking a 30-week course in project management at the University of New Haven in hopes of widening his allure to prospective employers. But the search for work has been impossibly tough. He has been unemployed now for 14 months. For just over a year, he has been receiving unemployment benefits…

Hirshfield says he’s more open now to blue collar work. But like Torian, he isn’t sure if his skill set would be appealing to such an employer and he stubbornly (he admits) wants to hold on to the life he built.

“You grow into a certain station in life, and you want to maintain that,” he said.

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The looming expiration of federal unemployment benefits for more than 1 million Americans is “simply immoral,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday…

Meanwhile, Republicans contend that Democrats dropped the ball by not offering a specific plan to cover the costs of an extension before heading home for the holidays…

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he plans to bring up an extension as his first order of business in 2014, but some Republicans have indicated they would only be willing to extend the program if the cost of another extension is offset elsewhere

Other GOP lawmakers have not said they would oppose an extension, but are concerned about the roughly $26 billion cost of extending the program for another year. Pelosi has said she does not believe that cost has to be offset, arguing the program does more good for the economy than it costs.

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Some opponents of continuing the program say the roughly $25 billion price tag would be more effective at rehabilitating the labor market if put toward creating jobs, rather than extending a safety net. Some analysts also describe the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program as a recession-era holdover no longer needed in an economy—and labor market—that has been recovering for more than four years.

“This is an emergency program,” said Chris Edwards, of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington. “The emergency has long been over.”

“It is to an individual’s advantage—as soon as they are unemployed—to really try to get employed again,” Mr. Edwards said. “The curious thing about emergency unemployment benefits is that [they] induce people to wait to start searching for a job and that ends up kind of hurting them.”…

“The problem we have right now is not a shortage of people who want jobs,” said Jesse Rothstein, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “The problem we have is a shortage of jobs and that doesn’t get better if you make people more desperate.”

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This is the argument that’s made: people have a disincentive to find jobs because of the unemployment insurance. End the insurance, give people the incentive to work. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called the insurance a “disservice” to workers. And in the wake of North Carolina’s move, unemployment did drop in the state. It was near 9.5 percent at the beginning of the year; now, it’s around 7.5 percent.

But there isn’t the direct line that people like Paul suggest. First of all, at least one study suggests that no significant disincentive actually exists. And as Business Insider reported earlier this month, yes, the unemployment rate in North Carolina dropped — but so did the size of the labor force. People in North Carolina stopped looking for jobs at a dramatic rate over the course of 2013. Since the unemployment rate is the number of unemployed divided by the size of the labor force, and since the labor force only includes people looking for jobs, the unemployment rate fell. The graph at right, via the Federal Reserve, shows the link between unemployment and labor force size in North Carolina. Blue is unemployment; red, labor force.

People in North Carolina did get new jobs, of course, but Business Insider, citing JP Morgan’s chief economist, explains that this is in part thanks to “unemployed folks taking jobs for lower pay than they were waiting for.” But, JP Morgan’s Michael Feroli said, “the participation effect may be more important.” You have to actively look for work to collect unemployment benefits, and without that push, it’s easy for the long-term unemployed to lose hope.

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Unemployment has reached multi-year lows in 27 states, a bit of positive news for state labor markets that are still struggling through a mild recovery.

In just over a third of states, there are more jobs now than there were when the recession began, according to an analysis of new Labor Department data by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank focused on the needs of low- and middle-income workers. There may be more jobs in many states since the recession, but there are also more people

In 37 states, the share of jobs needed to return the local economy to pre-recession employment rates is at or above 5 percent, according to the analysis provided by Doug Hall, director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network at EPI.

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US employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high…

[T]he number of workers who quit rose 2.5 percent to 2.39 million, the most since October 2008. More workers quitting can signal a healthy job market, because most of those people likely either have a new job or are confident they can find one…

The job market remains competitive, even though the competition is easing. There were 2.9 unemployed people, on average, for each available job in October. That’s down from a ratio of nearly 7 to 1 in July 2009. In a healthy economy, the ratio is typically 2 to 1.

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Need Work?????

Now?

After Obama has had 5 years?????

WTF????

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

B9

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Long Live The Unemployment Line…

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Cancelling of millions of family’s health care insurance is no big deal….?

d1carter on December 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Brought to you by Hope and Change,..and as Pelosium stated,….

….” Embrace The Suck”!!
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The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet…

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Its expiration is expected to have far-reaching ramifications for the economy, cutting job growth by about 300,000 positions next year

I’m so glad our best and brightest have such a wonderful understanding of incentives.

Fenris on December 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Hi. Pelosium lol.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Spawn discovered yesterday that while he can buy a 40 caliber carbine @ 19-because 40 caliber ammo can be used in a handgun…he’s not old enough to buy ammo for the dang thing!
I’m pickin’ him up some ammo tomm.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 28, 2013 at 8:43 PM

I recent events.

ObamaCare did save or create any jobs.

He destroyed our health care system.

But at least Moochelle gets free lobster by the crate.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Mom Twerp buys her babies ammo. Omg. Twerp could get her own spawn dynasty show. Lol.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Obama did Not save or create jobs.

Stupid Android thingy.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:46 PM

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM

There ain’t no point in goin’ to the range w/ no ammo.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 28, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Some opponents of continuing the program say the roughly $25 billion price tag would be more effective at rehabilitating the labor market if put toward creating jobs, rather than extending a safety net. Some analysts also describe the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program as a recession-era holdover no longer needed in an economy—and labor market—that has been recovering for more than four years.

(snip)

“The problem we have right now is not a shortage of people who want jobs,” said Jesse Rothstein, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “The problem we have is a shortage of jobs and that doesn’t get better if you make people more desperate.”

So, which is it? Or is this a “jobless recovery”, with only Wall Street benefiting?

Unemployment has reached multi-year lows in 27 states, a bit of positive news for state labor markets that are still struggling through a mild recovery.

Exactly how much of that is due to people going “off the rolls” because they’ve been unemployed for so long their benefits have run out is something they either aren’t wanting to say, or simply don’t know.

In just over a third of states, there are more jobs now than there were when the recession began, according to an analysis of new Labor Department data by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank focused on the needs of low- and middle-income workers. There may be more jobs in many states since the recession, but there are also more people…

Here in OH, there are invariably 6 to 8 applicants per opening at any “cattle call”. Most of whom won’t have the requisite skill sets.

In 37 states, the share of jobs needed to return the local economy to pre-recession employment rates is at or above 5 percent, according to the analysis provided by Doug Hall, director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network at EPI.

And according to the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, here the “share” is about half that. What employment opportunities we are getting are due to the petroleum business, i.e., the horrid “fracing”. Which the federal government is still trying to shut down here, in concert with the other usual suspects (Sierra Club, Greenpeace, etc.).

Either no one knows the real facts on the ground, or we’re being bullsh!tted to keep things for The One and the Dems from going completely into the dumper.

Since this is the MSM we’re talking about, my (pension) money is on the latter.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 28, 2013 at 8:48 PM

An emergency federal program that acts as a lifeline for 1.3 million jobless workers will end on Saturday, drastically curtailing government support for the long-term unemployed and setting the stage for a major political fight in the new year.

The program, in place since the recession started in 2008, provides up to 47 weeks of supplemental unemployment insurance payments to jobless people looking for work.
Its expiration is expected to have far-reaching ramifications for the economy, cutting job growth by about 300,000 positions next year and pushing hundreds of thousands of households below the poverty line…

(someone at the NYTimes)

.
(Multiple expletives)

You want job growth? Cut taxes for the people who create jobs.

listens2glenn on December 28, 2013 at 8:49 PM

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Hi. Pelosium lol.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

SparkPlug: Pelosium:)
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Physics alert: heaviest element identified — Pelosium
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermnore, California) has now identified with certainty the heaviest element known to science*.

The new element, Pelosium (PL), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 zombie-like particles are held together by forces called morons which, in turn, are energized by green-backed Sorons (named for Billionaire, George Soros, who funded the basic research which lead to their dicovery).

Pelosium is highly unstable and attracts brightly colored neon-like particles which, oddly enough, mate only with same-charge particles. The entire mix is most active in a vacuum chamber filled with amyl nitrate, KY, tight jeans, and a disco ball.

Pelosium is easily detected because it directs all actions of the 312 helper particles as vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Pelosium also impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

For example, a tiny amount of Pelosium can slow a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.

Pelosium has a normal half-life of 2 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a biennial reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

Pelosium mass will increase over time, since each reorganization will promote many peons to become morons and morons to become isodopes in an ever increasing cycle.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a critical critical morass.

When catalyzed with money (Sorons), Pelosium becomes Senatorium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Pelosium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
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http://www.examiner.com/article/physics-alert-heaviest-element-identified-pelosium

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 8:50 PM

When you are receiving unemployment, you are required to take any job.

Not taking a minimum wage job is illegal.

slp on December 28, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I’m not going to have a phone for people to contact me when I am looking for a job.

Guy needs a free Obamaphone.

Valiant on December 28, 2013 at 8:50 PM

“The problem we have right now is not a shortage of people who want jobs,” said Jesse Rothstein, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “The problem we have is a shortage of jobs and that doesn’t get better if you make people more desperate.”

Somebody should this idiot a copy of the Want Ads from the Houston Chronicle Sunday edition.

RickB on December 28, 2013 at 8:51 PM

There ain’t no point in goin’ to the range w/ no ammo.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 28, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Hey I like the sound of that expression. Sounds very Texan. I say you are a full Texan now even though cozmo prolly says not yet.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Some unemployed people said the loss of benefits might drive them to take minimum wage jobs to get by until they can find work at their skill level and in their field.

And just what in the hell is wrong with that? It’s called getting a job. Does wonders for unemployment.

Rational Thought on December 28, 2013 at 8:53 PM

“It is to an individual’s advantage—as soon as they are unemployed—to really try to get employed again,” Mr. Edwards said. “The curious thing about emergency unemployment benefits is that [they] induce people to wait to start searching for a job and that ends up kind of hurting them.”…

Yeah. Two years sitting on their asses doing absolutely nothing to find a job while taxpayers support them kinda, sorta, in a teensy way…hurts them.

Ya think?

Rational Thought on December 28, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Hey Bevis my checks stopped coming in
TS Butthead. You will have to go back to work!
UHHHH….drive through dude.

rodguy911 on December 28, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Keep voting democrat, you a$$holes. Keep voting democrat.

Lanceman on December 28, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Need Work?????

Now?

After Obama has had 5 years?????

WTF????

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

(:->)
Bishop!

KOOLAID2 on December 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Its expiration is expected to have far-reaching ramifications for the economy, cutting job growth by about 300,000 positions next year

Wait a minute. They already don’t have a job. So how is ending their unemployment benefits going to cut job growth?

Socratease on December 28, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Alternate Unemployment Charts

Last Updated: December 6th, 2013
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The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes short-term discouraged workers.

The U-3 unemployment rate is the monthly headline number. The U-6 unemployment rate is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) broadest unemployment measure, including short-term discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment.

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Unfortunately there’s still that whole Chicago-accent thingy.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 28, 2013 at 9:02 PM

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

So I guess under Bush the U-3 would have been about -6.3.

Lanceman on December 28, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Need Work?????

Now?

After Obama has had 5 years?????

WTF????

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Electrongod: Maddening and Madness eh:)

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:02 PM

The loss of benefits is expected to drain billions in consumer spending from the economy next year.

So cut taxes equal to the amount in lost “benefits”.

kcewa on December 28, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Cutting the able bodied off the dole is real stimulus. Relief for the taxpayer, and more goods produced by more workers. Work! A four letter word for the left.

AshleyTKing on December 28, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Mom Twerp buys her babies ammo. Omg. Twerp could get her own spawn dynasty show. Lol.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Honey Boo Boo’s upscale relatives. :)

arnold ziffel on December 28, 2013 at 9:07 PM

When you are receiving unemployment, you are required to take any job.

Not taking a minimum wage job is illegal.

slp on December 28, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I wish you were right but see below (from the NJ DOL (I know it’s the same or even more liberal in WA).

Q. Do I have to accept a job that pays less than I used to earn?

A. While you are collecting unemployment benefits, you are expected to accept suitable work when it is offered or you could be denied benefits for four weeks. Suitable work depends on your work history, salary, skills, commuting distance, etc. If you remain unemployed for an extended period of time, you will be expected to revise your minimum job requirements. You may be required to travel a greater distance, accept a different type of job or accept a lower starting salary.

kcewa on December 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Electrongod: Maddening and Madness eh:)

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:02 PM

As barbera What-The-F@ck said not too long ago…

Give Obama a chance…

He has 3 more years to prove that he is the Messiah…

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

He has 3 more years to prove that he is the Messiah…

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

As if being the US President can make you a Messiah..

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

“The problem we have right now is not a shortage of people who want jobs,” said Jesse Rothstein, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “The problem we have is a shortage of jobs and that doesn’t get better if you make people more desperate.”

Well ok then professor, how do you suggest we just shit them jobs out? Your presidente ain’t making things any better. And living in CA you obviously know how great things are there with the majesty of full dem control.

arnold ziffel on December 28, 2013 at 9:11 PM

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-26/frances-culture-tax-could-hit-youtube-and-facebook#r=hp-ls

Should YouTube subsidize le cinéma français? France’s audiovisual regulator thinks so. In a report this week, the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) says that video-sharing websites should be subject to a tax that helps finance the production of French films and TV shows.

The so-called culture tax, totaling more than €1.3 billion ($1.8 billion) annually, is paid by movie theaters, broadcasters, and Internet service providers in France. The CSA contends that YouTube (GOOG), French video-sharing site DailyMotion, and their ilk are effectively providing video-on-demand services, which are already subject to the tax.

And…

Separately, France is considering a tax on smartphones, tablets, and other devices as another source of revenue for cultural subsidies. A government-commissioned report, released in May, said that a sales tax of 1 percent should be imposed on electronic devices capable of accessing movies, music, and other content. The proposed tax would raise an estimated €86 million annually that would be used to finance the “cultural industries’ digital transition,” France’s Culture Ministry said at the time.

Murphy9 on December 28, 2013 at 9:13 PM

As barbera What-The-F@ck said not too long ago…

Give Obama a chance…

He has 3 more years to prove that he is the Messiah…

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

lol, but not really. Was the first five years just practice fooking things up?

arnold ziffel on December 28, 2013 at 9:13 PM

There are jobs but some are making more on unemployment than if they worked. I know of at least one person that was with a company for several years. He was released because he had seniority and cost the company more money. When he started getting unemployment he was making more than if he started out again at another company. The attitude is to take what you can now and work when the benefits run out. There is no incentive to find a job.

You know when all these people drop off the rolls the unemplyment rate is probably going to show a drop and the admin is going to take credit.

MH53J on December 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

2010 Never Happened.
Forget the Tea Party Win.
2010 Never Happened.
Forget the Tea Party Win.
2010 Never Happened.
Forget the Tea Party Win.
2010 Never Happened.
Forget the Tea Party Win.
2010 Never Happened.
Forget the Tea Party Win.
2010 Never Happened.

So sick of people forgetting why we won in 2010.
Come on Tea Party 2014. End this for good.

Steveangell on December 28, 2013 at 9:16 PM

lol, but not really. Was the first five years just practice fooking things up?

arnold ziffel on December 28, 2013 at 9:13 PM

To the left….
And the Media..

Yes….

The adolescent child President named Obama…
Can’t be held accountable for anything because…

He is under-aged…

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 9:17 PM

He is under-aged…

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Training wheels are still present with the One…

Electrongod on December 28, 2013 at 9:18 PM

The trades. Swing a hammer. Paint. Pull wiring. Just show up and ask where they need help.

Galtian on December 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Some unemployed people said the loss of benefits might drive them to take minimum wage jobs to get by until they can find work at their skill level and in their field.

Oh, the humanity! Why haven’t they already taken those jobs? Is it really better to sit on your butt collecting benefits until you find a job “at your skill level in your field?” What b.s.

mbs on December 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Maxine Waters Lays into Hopey:

08.18.11: Rep. Maxine Waters on Black Unemployment, Obama

Uploaded on Aug 18, 2011
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http://www.CREWof42.com – 08.18.11: Rep. Maxine Waters talks on MSNBC from the third stop on the CBC JOBS TOUR in Atlanta GA. Waters speaks on black unemployment, President Obama, being tough against the Tea Party and politics.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR_bgJynVsU

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

**************** Le Shovel Ready ***********************!!

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Pull wiring.

Galtian on December 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Um, no, I got enough idiots who think they’re electricians. I don’t need people who think the job is beneath them on top of it.

Lanceman on December 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

**************** Le Shovel Ready ***********************!!

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Le Crap!

Lanceman on December 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Hirshfield says he’s more open now to blue collar work. But like Torian, he isn’t sure if his skill set would be appealing to such an employer and he stubbornly (he admits) wants to hold on to the life he built.

“You grow into a certain station in life, and you want to maintain that,” he said.

Hirshfield needs to read @catspolitics twitter feed, and start making his own destiny.

http://twitchy.com/2013/12/28/because-america-must-read-story-of-hard-work-success-and-making-your-own-destiny/

mbs on December 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Hello all!

Today is my birthday!
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=azEiXfb-Hfg

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Almost every day, he visits employment centers run by the state of Oregon or Goodwill Industries International.

These people are driving me nuts. You don’t find a job by visiting employment centers, you find a job by visiting employers.

mbs on December 28, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Hello all!

Today is my birthday!
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=azEiXfb-Hfg

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Brat:Congrats,..Happy BirthDay:0

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:32 PM

**************** Le Shovel Ready ***********************!!

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Le Crap!

Lanceman on December 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Lanceman:Lol,….Le True!:)

canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Seems like plenty of work in North Dakota. I got laid off in CO on 3 Dec., went to work in ND on the 11th, of course the Mrs. stayed home.

rginco on December 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Hello all!

Today is my birthday!
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=azEiXfb-Hfg

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFQPNApwJGU

Murphy9 on December 28, 2013 at 9:36 PM

MeanWhile Drama in Arizona:
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Shooting reported at mall in Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 28, 2013

Tempe, AZ, US
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Update: Police say there was a confrontation between 2 groups in Tempe, Ariz., mall parking lot, several shots fired; searching for suspects and potential victims – @abc15
read more on abc15.com
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canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:37 PM

The trades. Swing a hammer. Paint. Pull wiring. Just show up and ask where they need help.

Galtian on December 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I wish I could but as a 63 year old grandmother I’m not in the shape I used to be.

BeachBum on December 28, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Thanks canopfor and Murphy! I’m going to open gifts now. Ya’ll have a good night. Maybe I’ll lurk again later.

I’M 50!!!
50 down and 50 (or more) to go!

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Have a wonderful 50th!

KCB on December 28, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Thanks canopfor and Murphy! I’m going to open gifts now. Ya’ll have a good night. Maybe I’ll lurk again later.

I’M 50!!!
50 down and 50 (or more) to go!

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Brat:You have a great night as well,..welcome to the 50 to 60 group!
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canopfor on December 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Happy Birthday Brat…

OmahaConservative on December 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Spawn discovered yesterday that while he can buy a 40 caliber carbine @ 19-because 40 caliber ammo can be used in a handgun…he’s not old enough to buy ammo for the dang thing!
I’m pickin’ him up some ammo tomm.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 28, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Hmmm. Does that rule also apply to .22LR?
Or even .410 now.(Taurus Judge)

That would have put me outta shooting commission forty years ago as a ten year old.

soundingboard on December 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM

I’ve noticed that people have stopped using the word “mere”.

Feel free to use it.

Also the word “notwithstanding” can make you sound smarter.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Ken loves to do the mashed potato. I suppose it’s better than his macarena.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 9:59 PM

It’s hard to dance with a bucket on your head but Axe tries his best. Little did he know that he was dancing with Ken.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Also the word “notwithstanding” can make you sound smarter.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM

You need all the help you can get.

cozmo on December 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

cozmo on December 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Well at least I’m smart enough to not idolize Yoko Ono. (:

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

First person to shoot at a racoon gets a nice juicy steak. (:

You don’t have to hit the racoon so maybe Twerp will give it a try.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

B9 where R you? Give me a sign.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

First person to shoot at a racoon gets a nice juicy steak. (:

You don’t have to hit the racoon so maybe Twerp will give it a try.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Rocky Racoon Animation

kcewa on December 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Hello all!

Today is my birthday!
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=azEiXfb-Hfg

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
(…my brothers is today’s too!…did you have to grow up…. getting “combined” gifts?)

KOOLAID2 on December 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Recovery Winter!

Del Dolemonte on December 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

If you like your unemployment, you can keep your unemployment.

Christien on December 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Well at least I’m smart enough to not idolize Yoko Ono. (:

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

You gotta’ admit, she did split up that goofy band so George Harrison could showcase his musical genius.

cozmo on December 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Anything is better than my Macarena.

KCB on December 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

B9 where R you? Give me a sign.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I think she said she would make me a sammich.

KCB on December 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Patrick Berglund tied the game |b| Blues and Blackhawks!

Murphy9 on December 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Florida drivers suck. Must be the bath salts.

Christien on December 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Christien on December 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Nope. Florida drivers sucked long before bath salts.

cozmo on December 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

It’s NOT the “expiration of unemployment benefits”.

It is the expiration of welfare for those who’s unemployment benefits have expired a long time ago.

Do not allow the media and the frauds in DC, from both sides, incl. Faux, to snooker you.

As to the violin-playing “I’m going to lose my house and bla, bla”.

Get a grip on yourselves, grown-ups in diapers and depends.

Have you no shame? None? If you made so much dough, you should have saved some. If you don’t even have 3 mortgage payments lines up you are a creep. NO one owes you anything. You are no different than the obama-phone-lady.

No, I’m not talking about the truly disabled. I’m talking about the whiners listed/quoted in the articles AP posted today/tonight.

obama is the pajama-boy-president.

America is pajama-boy-president’s land now, full of sissies.

Wake up, grow up, or go to Hades, you diapered old fools.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM

is there a single liberal who realizes that amnesty will make this situation ten times worse?

WisCon on December 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Murphy9 on December 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Too bad you can’t get CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) Earlier tonight I was switching between the Wings and Panthers on Fox Sports and the Bruins – Senators on CBC. Now it’s the Flyers – Oilers on CBC.

bw222 on December 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

is there a single liberal who realizes that amnesty will make this situation ten times worse?

WisCon on December 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM

They want it to be at least 10 times worse….more sheepleton, from both sides.

The RINOs want the same thing. Just ask Huckabee and the former Sen. Brown, two shameless hacks.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Christien on December 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

cozmo on December 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

No, it’s all the Yankees who decided to retire in Florida.

There are times I wish Mr. Carrier had never invented air conditioning. Then the wealthy would have come to Palm Beach in the winter and stayed back north the rest of the time.

INC on December 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

As to the violin-playing “I’m going to lose my house and bla, bla”…Get a grip on yourselves, grown-ups in diapers and depends.

Should have been one sentence…oh well, same sentiment.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Too bad you can’t get CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) Earlier tonight I was switching between the Wings and Panthers on Fox Sports and the Bruins – Senators on CBC. Now it’s the Flyers – Oilers on CBC.

bw222 on December 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

The Blues may have 11 players going to the Olympics in Sochi Russia.

Murphy9 on December 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Yet Obama’s agenda of gun control, immigration reform, a grand budget bargain and more sits unfulfilled. Obama’s job approval and personal favorability ratings are near the lowest point of his presidency, with increasing numbers of Americans saying they no longer consider him to be honest or trustworthy. Abroad, too, positive views of Obama have slipped, with confidence in him doing the right thing in world affairs dropping.

In a year-end news conference, the president optimistically predicted that 2014 would be “a breakthrough year for America.”

But Obama’s dismal standings in the polls suggest he can’t count on a public groundswell to propel his agenda. The heady days of 2009 when aides boasted of Obama as “the best brand on earth” are long gone.

“We all wear thin with the American people after a while,” says McCain, though he warns against counting out any president with three years left to govern — particularly this one.

To count a man of that talent out at this point in time in his administration would be a huge mistake,” he says.

With fools like obama and McCain the land is in wonderful hands.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Shattenkirk for teh win!

Murphy9 on December 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

INC, read the other day that FL will surpass NY, soon.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Not one politician talks about creating a better environment for legal American workers.

Pitchfork them all, politically, of course.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Obama Triples The Deficit – Says He Cut It In Half

http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/obama-triples-the-deficit-says-he-cut-it-in-half-2/

Murphy9 on December 28, 2013 at 10:58 PM

“To count a man of that talent out at this point in time in his administration would be a huge mistake,” he says.

McCain, you are one sick puke. Went through the Naval academy, flight training and was apparently a manly man at one point.

You think Obama has talent—-WTF, over?

arnold ziffel on December 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Thanks Ken and OC!

…did you have to grow up…. getting “combined” gifts?)

KOOLAID2 on December 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

THANK YOU!

I am so fortunate; my family and friends have always recognized my birthday separately. Plus, being the only girl born after 6 boys kinda caused my parents to treat this day as extra special. Hence my nom.

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Happy Birthday Brat!

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 11:23 PM

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.

The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Yeah, I saw that. FL still has not state income tax, and that’s probably helping to drive it. The thing is, as people in other states lament, when people flee the taxlands, they don’t necessarily have a clue about making the connection between policies and politicians and taxes. They bring their bad habits with them.

INC on December 28, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Plus, being the only girl born after 6 boys kinda caused my parents to treat this day as extra special. Hence my nom.

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 11:21 PM

:)

Happy Birthday!

INC on December 28, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on December 28, 2013 at 11:39 PM

The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Heh the Dems will stop at nothing to demonize the Republicans. Unfortunately this is a tactic that will be effective with the lame brain dem voters, as impeachment = racist.

Brat on December 28, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2013 at 11:27 PM

I see their gameplan hasn’t changed..Scare tatics..:)

Dire Straits on December 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

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