AP Sobs: It’s Really Hard To Create Jobs

The Associated Press explains it all:

Formula shows why it’s so hard to cut jobless rate

By Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer

January 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — The economy’s 5.7 percent growth last quarter — the fastest pace since 2003 — was a step toward shrinking the nation’s 10 percent unemployment rate.

There’s just one problem: Growth would have to equal 5 percent for all of 2010 just to lower the average jobless rate for the year by 1 percentage point.

And economists don’t think that’s possible.

Most analysts say economic activity will slow to 2.5 percent or 3 percent growth for the current quarter as the benefits fade from government stimulus efforts and from companies drawing down less of their stockpiles.

And, lest we forget, 3.3% GDP growth was called a recession under President Bush by our watchdog media.



Gibbs ‘Tries, Convicts And Executes’ KSM

From the joyous defense counselors at Reuters:

Accused 9/11 plotter likely to face execution

By Alan Elsner Sun Jan 31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Accused September 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried and convicted and is likely to be executed, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Sunday.

Interviewed on CNN’s "State of the Union," show, Gibbs said: "Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is going to meet justice and he’s going to meet his maker. He will be brought to justice and he’s likely to be executed for the heinous crimes he committed."

Gibbs did not confirm reports that the Obama administration has begun looking for places other than the heart of New York City to prosecute self-professed mastermind Mohammed and four accused co-conspirators in the face of fierce criticism tied to security and costs.



Obama Lies About Nukes For Cap/Trade

From his partners in duplicity, the Associated Press:

Obama pushes nuclear energy to boost climate bill

By Dina Cappiello And Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writers

January 31, 2010

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is endorsing nuclear energy like never before, trying to win over Republicans and moderate Democrats on climate and energy legislation.

Obama singled out nuclear power in his State of the Union address, and his spending plan for the next budget year is expected to include billions of more dollars in federal guarantees for new nuclear reactors. This emphasis reflects both the political difficulties of passing a climate bill in an election year and a shift from his once cautious embrace of nuclear energy.

He’s now calling for a new generation of nuclear power plants.



Haiti Nabs Idahoans For Child Trafficking

From an outraged Associated Press:

Laura Silsby, head of Idaho-based charity called New Life Children’s Refuge sits at a police station in Port-au-Prince.

Haiti detains Americans taking kids across border

By Frank Bajak, Associated Press Writer

January 31, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Ten U.S. Baptists were being held in the Haitian capital Sunday after trying to take 33 children out of Haiti at a time of growing fears over possible child trafficking.

The church members, most from Idaho, said they were trying to rescue abandoned and traumatized children. But officials said they lacked the proper documents when they were arrested Friday night in a bus along with earthquake survivors aged from 2 months to 12 years.

The group said its "Haitian Orphan Rescue Mission" was an effort to help abandoned children by taking them to an orphanage across the border in the Dominican Republic.



Human Sacrifices On The Rise In Uganda

From Uganda’s New Vision:

Human sacrifice on the increase

Friday, 29th January, 2010

By Margaret Ziribagwa

THE number of people killed in human sacrifice is on the rise. According to a report obtained from the Police, the number of people killed in human sacrifice increased from three in 2007 to 25 in 2008 and 29 in 2009.

In addition, a total of 123 people were still missing by the end of 2009, the majority of them, or 90, were children.

Most of them are suspected to having become victims of human sacrifice.

To date, 125 suspects have been arrested and 54 were taken to court.

They were charged with criminal offences such as murder, abductions, kidnap, causing harm and attempting to sell children.



ABC: Obama ‘Texts’ God, And Vice Versa

From ABC News:

Holy BlackBerry! Obama Finds Ways to Keep the Faith During First Year in Office

Has the First Family’s D.C. Church Search Come to a Close?


Jan. 29, 2010—If church attendance is one measure of a man’s faith, then President Obama may appear to have lost some of his. The first family, once regular churchgoers, have publicly attended services in Washington just three times in the past year, by ABC News’ count, even bypassing the pews on Christmas Day.

Obama quit Chicago’s embattled Trinity United Church of Christ months before taking office in 2008 and has not formally joined a new one in his new hometown.

But sources familiar with the president’s personal life say Obama remains a faithful Christian while in the White House, practicing his beliefs regularly in private with family and the aid of his BlackBerry.



California Dems Want To End Free Parking

From the Los Angeles Times:

State lawmakers seek to end free parking

By Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

January 29, 2010

State lawmakers are taking aim at what some of them see as a menace to California’s environment: free parking.

There is too much of it, the legislators say, and it encourages people to drive instead of taking the bus, walking or riding a bike.

All that motoring is contributing to traffic jams and pollution, according to state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), and on Thursday he won Senate approval of a proposal he hopes will prompt cities and businesses to reduce the availability of free parking.

"Free parking has significant social, economic and environmental costs," Lowenthal said. "It increases congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.’’

The bill, supported by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, provides financial incentives for cities and counties to stop providing free parking on the street and at government offices and to reduce the amount they require businesses to provide.



WP: Conservative Activist Admits To Plot

From a shamelessly mendacious Washington Post:

Conservative activist admits to plot in Landrieu’s office

By Carol D. Leonnig
Saturday, January 30, 2010; A07

The conservative activist accused this week in a plot to tamper with telephones in the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) admitted to the scheme Friday, conceding that he "could have used a different approach" in trying to determine whether she was avoiding calls from opponents of the health-care reform bill.

This is simply and blatantly untrue. Mr. O’Keefe did not admit to plotting “to tamper with telephones in Sen. Landrieu’s office.

You can read his statement here.

This is libelous.

Federal prosecutors allege that James O’Keefe helped carry out a plot in which two friends impersonated telephone repairmen to get access to Landrieu’s office in downtown New Orleans.



AP Crows: 4th Quarter GDP Grew 5.7%

From a walking on air Associated Press:

Economy grows at 5.7 pct pace, fastest since 2003

January 29, 2010

The economy grew faster than expected at the end of last year, though the engine of that growth — companies replenishing stockpiles — is likely to weaken as consumers keep a lid on spending.

The 5.7 percent annual growth rate in the fourth quarter was the fastest pace since 2003. The Commerce Department report Friday is the strongest evidence to date that the worst recession since the 1930s ended last year, though an academic panel that dates recessions has yet to declare an end to it.

The two straight quarters of growth followed a record four quarters of decline. Still, the expansion in the fourth quarter was fueled by companies refilling depleted stockpiles, a trend that will eventually fade.



Climate Change Is Due To… Water Vapor

Compare and contrast the treatment of this (access by subscription only) report.

First from the New York Times:

Less Water Vapor May Slow Warming Trends


January 29, 2010

A decrease in water vapor concentrations in parts of the middle atmosphere has contributed to a slowing of Earth’s warming, researchers are reporting. The finding, they said, offers part of the explanation for a string of years with relatively stable global surface temperatures.

Despite the decrease in water vapor, the study’s authors said, the overall trend is still toward a warming climate, primarily caused by a buildup in emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases from human sources.

“This doesn’t alter the fundamental conclusion that the world has warmed and that most of that warming has to do with greenhouse gas emissions caused by man,” said Susan Solomon, a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the lead author of the report, which appears in the Jan.



Bin Laden Blasts US Over ‘Climate Change’

From his media outlet, Al Jazeera:

Bin Laden deplores climate change

Friday, January 29, 2010

Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, has condemned the US and other industrial economies, holding them responsible for the phenomenon of climate change.

You would think Mr. Bin Laden would be grateful for a warmer world, living in a cave as he does.

Still, every day it gets harder and harder to tell Mr. Laden’s complaints from those of the average run of the mill leftist – like Mr. Obama.

In an audio tape obtained by Al Jazeera, bin Laden criticised George Bush, the former US president, for rejecting the Kyoto pact and condemned global corporations.

He blames George Bush. Check.

"This is a message to the whole world about those responsible for climate change and its repercussions – whether intentionally or unintentionally – and about the action we must take," bin Laden said.



SEC: Corps Should Disclose Climate Risks

From the ‘global warming’ cultists at the New York Times:

S.E.C. Adds Climate Risk to Disclosure List


January 27, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday for the first time that public companies should warn investors of any serious risks that global warming might pose to their businesses.

Although the agency has long required companies to reveal possible financial or legal impacts from a variety of environmental challenges, it has never specifically cited climate change as bringing potentially significant business risks or rewards.

The S.E.C., on a party-line 3-2 vote, issued “interpretive guidance” to help companies decide when and whether to disclose matters related to climate change. The commission said that companies could be helped or hurt by climate-related lawsuits, business opportunities or legislation and should promptly disclose such potential impacts.


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Why Didn’t Pelosi Stop Waterboarding?

As is too often the case, we find real journalism being buried back on the ‘opinion’ pages – in this case, in the op-ed section of the Washington Post:

Pelosi stopped one CIA operation. So why not waterboarding?

By Marc A. Thiessen
Friday, January 29, 2010; A21

In mid-2004, then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi learned something from a CIA briefing that made her blood boil. Pelosi reportedly "came unglued" at the revelation and had "strong words" with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, demanding that the CIA abandon its plans. As a result, a top-secret finding that President George W. Bush signed to authorize the CIA’s activities was revised. Pelosi succeeded in stopping the agency from moving forward with the controversial operation.

What drove Pelosi to action?



WH Now Seeks Other Site For 9/11 Trial

From the New York Daily News:

People sing during a rally across the street from Federal Court in New York to protest the plan to bring the conspirators in the September 11, 2001 attacks to trial in the city in December 2009.

White House asks Justice Department to look for other places to hold 9/11 terror trial

BY Kenneth R. Bazinet, Adam Lisberg and Samuel Goldsmith

Thursday, January 28th 2010

The White House ordered the Justice Department Thursday night to consider other places to try the 9/11 terror suspects after a wave of opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan.

The dramatic turnabout came hours after Mayor Bloomberg said he would "prefer that they did it elsewhere" and then spoke to Attorney General Eric Holder.



NYT: A New Grasp Of Complexities In DC

From Mr. Obama’s tireless press agents at the New York Times:

A New Grasp of Complexities in Washington, and of Blame


January 29, 2010

Last month, Mary Haas, a 62-year-old retiree in Wisconsin, told pollsters that she disapproved of President Obama’s handling of the economy. While his State of the Union address did not change that opinion, Ms. Haas did say Thursday that she now appreciated his frustrations about dealing with Congress, particularly on health care.

“Even though I didn’t vote for him, I really want him to succeed,” she said. “It’s in the country’s best interest. But he can’t do it alone.”

Funny, but that is exactly what Mr. Obama said. And, indeed, it has been a talking point for his minions since the speech.



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