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k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Dec 6, 2012 - 09:12pm PT
Obama is going to tax the job creators and no jobs will be created...


I suppose it'd be news to you that the "job creators" are sitting on the largest sums of cash that they've ever had in history. Corporations are richer, more profitable than ever, and the CEOs are making more bank that ever.


Stop listening to your old and tired "news" sources and plug into something real.


The Republican senators would look more serious if they started riding around in a clown car.


hahahahaha
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Dec 6, 2012 - 09:35pm PT
I saw Mitt Romney in Vons the other night, and almost asked the job creator if he had any work for me.

I like working with an ocean view
dirtbag

climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 04:47am PT
One of my gripes about Obama last term is that he caved too easily, or even preemptively, in the case of the 2010 tax rebates. I am very happy to see Second Term Obama behaving differently.
dirtbag

climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 04:52am PT
LOL...self-filibustering = masturbation.
jghedge

climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 05:55am PT

U.S. Economy Adds 146,000 Jobs As Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.7; Repub Predictions Proven Wrong Again

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-57557746/jobs-report-economy-added-146k-jobs-in-november/

Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Dec 7, 2012 - 06:26am PT



Yet again... Maher wins the point
Dave Kos

Trad climber
Temecula
Dec 7, 2012 - 06:34am PT
I am very happy to see Second Term Obama behaving differently.

I predict that his approach in his second term will be very different from the first.

There is tremendous power in the role of 2nd-term president.

During his first term, he knew the 2nd term election would be close. The nation is generally polarized, the economy had tanked, he was black (and Muslim!)

He knew all along that any 2nd term victory would never be a landslide - it all came down to a thin margin of swing voters.

So he kept a low profile on many issues, didn't create controversy when he could avoid it, and picked his battles carefully.

Obama is a chess player. He plays the long game well.

Fox News can get as hysterical as they like - he doesn't have to give a crap this time around. They can't touch him.



The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Dec 7, 2012 - 06:39am PT
Obama is a chess player. He plays the long game well.


My sentiments exactly, Mr Kos.

Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Dec 7, 2012 - 06:42am PT
How the right objects to their own style of favoritism...

mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Dec 7, 2012 - 07:35am PT


Obama is a chess player. He plays the long game well.

...he doesn't have to give a crap this time around. They can't touch him.

Absolutely. And it's amazing how many people mistake his lack of hysterics for some form of stupidity. The joke's on them.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2012 - 06:59pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2012 - 07:00pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.

Unemployment Drops to 7.7%: As Usual, Right-Wingers Can’t Believe Their Eyes!


2012/12/07
By John Viall
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/07/unemployment-drops-to-7-7-as-usual-right-wingers-cant-believe-their-eyes/


It’s official. President Barack Obama is doing a better job of dealing with unemployment in his first term than Ronald Reagan. Sarah Palin might not believe it — the Alaska Banshee showed up on Fox News last week to warn again that Obama was leading the nation down the road to communism — but there are facts — cold, hard, adamantine facts — to consider.

For all Americans able to read actual graphs, the numbers and the overall trend are quite clear. On February 1, 2009, at the start of Mr. Obama’s first full month in office, unemployment in the United States stood at 8.3%. Today, on its Facebook feed, even Fox News had to admit the rate had fallen to 7.7%.

No doubt right-wingers will go into “damage control” and endeavor to put the worst possible spin on the numbers. In the end, though, their efforts will only be sad. We all know what happened 31 days ago. The polls indicated Barack Obama was going to win. Yet, real numbers could not convince the right that they were being delusional any more than real birth certificates could convince them President Obama had every right to sit in a comfy chair in the White House. Those first five days of November 2012. Those were happy times for the right. Everyone from Dick Morris to Karl Rove to Rush Limbaugh and Anne Romney was predicting that our 45th president was going to be 100% more Mormon and noticeably more white.


Now the right must either crack their skulls on another set of facts or continue to insist facts don’t exist. Unemployment surged during Mr. Obama’s first eight months in office, peaking at 10% in October 2009. From the start of his term to today, however, he has cut the rate six tenths of one percent.

That means the policies of his administration are working.

Thirty years ago, then-President Ronald Reagan had the same kind of difficulty turning an ailing economy around. On February 1, 1981, when he picked up the newspaper to read the funnies, unemployment stood at 7.4%. Job losses soared for sixteen months while he was in office. They soared higher, too, peaking at 10.8% in November 1982. It took Reagan, a man who never saw a tax cut for wealthy Americans he didn’t like, his entire first term to cut into unemployment, so that by January 1985, the rate had fallen to 7.3%, a drop of one tenth of one percent.

Job numbers fluctuate from month to month, of course, and Hurricane Sandy scrambled this month’s data. So the Wall Street Journal warns today against excess optimism (also known as giving President Obama any credit), explaining: “Friday’s release for November will be the least important look at the labor market in about five years.”

Those who rely exclusively on Fox News for information won’t believe it; but that doesn’t mean the unemployment numbers aren’t the lowest since December 2008. The report for this month, the overall trend since October 2009, and evidence from Reagan’s first term all indicate that this is good news for the country.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 7, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
Any of you guys heard of this guy?

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2012/12/07/laurence-kotlikoff-is-the-united-states-broke/

An Economist who apparently registered to run for Prez but not having Ralph Naders branding didn't get far. Anyway I listened to it this morning and it looks like Cliff or not, you're Fukt.


Hit Listen then Go to the 3 minute mark
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.


Senate Rejection of Disabilities Treaty Shows GOP Descent Into Irrationality

by Amitabh Pal
Published on Friday, December 7, 2012 by The Progressive



The Republican Party is fast losing touch with reality.Former Republican presidential candidate and Senator Bob Dole on the Senate floor ahead of the vote.

When on December 3, I read a New York Times editorial urging Senators to vote for the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, I thought the piece to be a waste of time, since no one in his right mind would be against such a measure.
Boy, was I wrong. The next day, I was shocked to find out via Twitter that a significant portion of Republicans are indeed delusional. Not even the presence of Bob Dole in a wheelchair compelled enough Senators to break ranks. (And kudos to the eight who did, including John McCain, Richard Lugar, and the two Senators from Maine.)

“The Senate's rejection of the disability treaty is disgraceful,” tweeted Joe Cirincione, an arms control expert and an observer of the D.C. scene for a long time. “Whipped by the worst of the conspiracy fanatics. They should be ashamed.”

The treaty was blocked by a gaggle of hyperventilating characters who dictated Republican policy from the sidelines.

“The vote was a triumph for Glenn Beck, Rick Santorum and others on the hard-right loon fringe, who have been feverishly denouncing the treaty as a United Nations world-government conspiracy to kill disabled children (you can look it up),” blogged New York Times editorialist Lawrence Downes.

These cranks have hijacked the party. They have a paranoia about the United Nations that they’ve made GOP policy. A prime obsession of this group is Agenda 21, a U.N. blueprint for ecologically sound development. The John Birch reincarnates see this as a plan to take over the United States. They’ve gotten a road project cancelled in Maine after claiming to the governor that it was part of a U.N. conspiracy. They’ve strong-armed the GOP to officially adopt a resolution against the agenda. And now they have a friend in the Senate who fully agrees with their obsession: Senator-elect Ted Cruz from Texas.

“ ‘Stop Agenda 21,’ cried Cruz in an alert posted prominently on his campaign website,” Jim Hightower reported in the October issue of The Progressive. “Agenda 21 is a twenty-year-old, innocuous nonbinding U.N. resolution (agreed to by then-President George Bush the First). It encourages governments to develop plans for sustainable development of ‘open spaces’—and that’s what rubs Ted raw.”

It is this crowd that has helped make the “Left Behind” series a best-seller—where the villain is the suave U.N. Secretary-General Nicolae Carpathia, who uses his post to lead as the Antichrist a one-world government.

The opposition to the disabilities treaty fits in well into this worldview—except that it isn’t clear what the opponents of the treaty achieved by scuttling such a worthy initiative.

“Praised Be the Glorious Sovereignists Who Protect the U.S.A. from.... from.... wait, what?” asked the headline of a commentary by Professor Daniel Drezner at the Foreign Policy website.

Instead, a motley crowd of U.N. haters, pro-lifers, and anti-abortion freaks stoked the worst sort of fears in their base, compelling them to coerce their frightened GOP senators into embarrassing themselves.

Shame on all of them.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2012 - 07:50am PT
Funny
Cornhole Chommper hasn't posted since Nov 6
and her last words were how Mitt Romney will win by a Landslide
Poor KKK, so brainwashed by Fox News, she didn't realize it was all a pack of lies



corniss chopper

climber
breaking the speed of gravity Nov 6, 2012 - 05:10pm PT
In despair will Obama supporters do THIS, unable to face
an America led by President-elect Romney ?

http://www.black-and-right.com/wp-content/uploads/Unknown.gif



corniss chopper

climber
breaking the speed of gravity Nov 6, 2012 - 11:28am PT

Not the exact moment he lost the election but when he
tied a pretty bow on his failure.
Credit: Dr. F.
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Dec 8, 2012 - 08:16am PT
Credit: philo
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Dec 8, 2012 - 08:25am PT
The Tea Party still continues their assault on America. The Michigan branch just passed a Right-to-Work-for-Less law.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2012 - 08:38am PT
Research shows the US is a low wage country


http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505144_162-57415828/research-shows-the-us-is-a-low-wage-country/

(MoneyWatch) Recent research from John Schmitt of the Center for Economic Policy Research shows that the US leads developed countries in the share of workers earning low wages. The research also shows that increased wage polarization over the last several decades is one of the reasons for the large share of low wage-work in the US.

The bars in this graph represent the share of workers in low wage work, where low wage work is defined as employees earning less than 2/3 of the median wage (approximately $10 per hour or $20,000 per year). In this category, the US leads among developed nations:

Credit: Dr. F.
John Schmitt


The next graph shows that the share of employees earning low wages has increased from 22 percent in 1979 to 28 percent in 2009. Thus, we have more people at the extremes of the distribution, and fewer in the middle. This helps to explain why the US has such a large share of workers engaged in low wage work:

Credit: Dr. F.
John Schmitt


The bottom line is that there are two big issues facing US labor markets. The first is getting people back to work as soon as possible. The unemployment rate is still far too high, and our most immediate problem is providing jobs for the millions of people who are still seeking work. But there is also the the problem of reversing the trend toward increased wage polarization. This will require the creation of middle class jobs that are at least as good or better than jobs that existed in the past, something that is much easier said than done.
jghedge

climber
Dec 8, 2012 - 10:11am PT
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/08/1168247/-SKETCH-Karl-Rove-Dick-Morris-and-the-Ghost-of-Christmas-Past

INT. BAR-VERY LATE NIGHT.

The bar is a small hole in the wall joint in Brooklyn, festooned with cheap Xmas decorations. The only ones left are THE BARTENDER (Late forties. With a beard and a who-gives-a-shit demeanor.) and his customers, KARL ROVE and DICK MORRIS who are nursing scotches.

KARL ROVE:
 F*#k him!

DICK MORRIS
: Who?

KARL ROVE
: Alies.

DICK MORRIS:
 Oh…Yeah, f*#k him!

KARL ROVE: 
After all I’ve done for him, he kicks me off his network like I’m that apocalyptic cowbell ringer, Glenn Beck.

DICK MORRIS
 Over Ohio.

KARL ROVE
: Over motherf*#king Ohio! Because I had the f*#king insolence to suggest that maybe…maybe they might be calling it early?

DICK MORRIS
 Like they’d know…

KARL ROVE
: I was running my first senate campaign while he was still stuck in Philadelphia lining up coke and whores for Mike Douglas.

DICK MORRIS
: Exactly. Wait? Mike Douglas did coke?

KARL ROVE
: To hear him tell it.

Pause.

KARL ROVE
: You good for money?

DICK MORRIS: 
Eh. Trump tried to hook me up with a job at Macy’s playing Santa.

KARL ROVE: 
How’d that go.

Beat.

DICK MORRIS
: They said my voice was scaring the children.

KARL ROVE
: Any chance of making nice with the Clintons?

DICK MORRIS
: Oh, those bridges are good and burnt, my friend. I just got a Christmas card from Bill. You know what it said?

(Beat.)

Happy Holidays. Guess what? I got more than my toes sucked and I still kept my job. Ha, ha, ha.
 And you know the worst part? Hillary cosigned it.

KARL ROVE: 
Ouch!

DICK MORRIS
: That speaks volumes.

KARL ROVE
: F*#king volumes!

DICK MORRIS: 
How about you? Any problem with the PAC’s?

KARL ROVE: 
Adelson’s been up my butt all month, claiming that I was skimming money from Crossroads.

DICK MORRIS
: Weren’t you?

KARL ROVE
: Yeah but he’ll never have any actionable evidence, thank you, FEC.

(To Bartender.)

You didn’t hear that!

BARTENDER
: Hear what?

KARL ROVE
:
You’re a scholar and a gentlemen.

(To Morris.)

Trouble is I’ve got the money in offshore accounts that I can’t access because of Anonymous.

DICK MORRIS
: Why? What are they doing?

KARL ROVE: 
I get a new laptop. I barely have it open five minutes. Next thing I know, it’s running like it’s been dipped in maple syrup because it’s been infected with nine kinds of malware and they’ve loaded the hard drive with the kind of Japanese porn that makes you throw up.

DICK MORRIS: 
Does that include the stuff where they actually throw up?

KARL ROVE
:
(Nods.)

I can’t even get them repaired. I gotta bury then and cover the holes in cement. I’ve gone through five laptops in three weeks. My backyard’s starting to look like Forest Lawn.

Just then, we hear The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil”. Rove pulls out an iPhone.

KARL ROVE

You got a pitcher of water?

The Bartender puts a pitcher on the bar. Rove hits the speaker and holds the phone a foot from his face.

MAN’S VOICE (Over.)

Hey, Karl! It’s Nate Silver. Just called to ask you a quick question.

(Beat.)

WHO’S GOT THE MATH NOW, BITCH!!!

As Silver breaks into a cackle over the phone, Rove drops it into the pitcher.

KARL ROVE
: Seventh phone. They keep giving Silver the new number too.

The Bartender refills their glasses.

BARTENDER: 
Last call, fellas. This round is on the house.

KARL ROVE
: Thanks.

BARTENDER
: What can I say? I’m a sucker for a sob story.
(Beat.)

I gotta check the bathrooms. You guys all right?

They nod and mumble. The Bartender heads for the restrooms.

DICK MORRIS
: So, it’s come to this. Off the air, pitied by bartenders and hounded by nerds.

(Beat.)

What the f*#k happened to us, Karl? We were golden gods! Now we’re lucky if we get though the day without getting spit on or sued.

KARL ROVE
: The salad days are clearly over.

DICK MORRIS
: We’re finished. I can’t even get a talk radio gig because I sound too much like static. What are we gonna do?

KARL ROVE
:
I don’t know.

LEE ATW#TER: 
I’ll tell you what you must do…

They turn to see the ghost of LEE ATW#TER standing behind them. He’s wearing a ragged suit, weighted down with chains and carrying a guitar that has the words “THIS MACHINE KILLS WELFARE MOTHERS” stenciled on it. He speaks in ghostly cadences.

KARL ROVE
: Holy shit!

LEE ATW#TER
: YOU…MUST…ATONE!

KARL ROVE
: Lee...is that you?

LEE ATW#TER: 
In life I was known as Lee Atwater. Political operative. I was responsible for putting men in office who did not deserve it and in the process, sowed the seeds of bitter fruit.
(Indicates his chains.)

In life, I formed these chains with acts of deceit, cruelty and general acts of ratf*#kery. I bought out the worst in my fellow man, all the while helping to corrupt the democratic process.
(Beat.)

And these chains I forged in life, I wear in death. The same chains that you forge even now. But you can but still escape my fate. Walk away from politics and devote your life to good works. Repent. Repent! REPENT!!

Pause.

KARL ROVE
: Seriously? What the f*#k, Lee?

DICK MORRIS
: Yeah, I know it’s December and you’re going for a Jacob Marley thing. But still…?

KARL ROVE: 
And what’s with the whole repent and do good works thing?

DICK MORRIS
: It’s like dying of cancer turned you into a pussy or something.

At that moment, Atwater drops the chains and starts speaking normally.

LEE ATW#TER: 
Yeah, I told them this Christmas Carol bullshit wouldn’t work.

KARL ROVE
: Who’s them?

He sits down facing them.

LEE ATW#TER
: They. Them. Those who cannot be named because the veil cannot be pierced by the living, only the dead, yadda, yadda.

KARL ROVE
: So…how are things?

LEE ATW#TER
: Honestly…it’s been hell.

KARL ROVE: 
How so?

LEE ATW#TER:

(Beat.)

I died and went to hell. It ain’t that complicated.

DICK MORRIS
: Wait, I thought you converted to Catholicism on your deathbed.

LEE ATW#TER: 
Yeah, well it turns out that dodge doesn’t work. My orientation guy my first week was Pope Alexander the Sixth.

KARL ROVE: 
Is Hell as bad as they say? You know, demons, lake of fire and all that?

LEE ATW#TER: 
Honestly, it’s more mundane.

(Beat.)

They’ve got me in a studio apartment. It’s always twenty degrees too warm. The clock radio plays nothing but Henry Mancini and my roommate is Ted Bundy who, by the way, never stops masturbating.

DICK MORRIS
: Lucky break for Bundy.

LEE ATW#TER: 
Not really, he has sandpaper grafted to his hands. But that’s beside the point. The actual point is that you guys need to stop now.

KARL ROVE
: Stop what?

LEE ATW#TER
: What you’ve been doing?

(Beat.)

You guys have been enabling the GOP in its current death spiral. And the fact is that a lot of people are getting hurt in the process. You guys are in the pipeline and if you keep going in this direction…
He indicates himself.

KARL ROVE
: Lee, you can’t be serious about this?

LEE ATW#TER: 
Karl, I’m sharing a studio apartment with a degenerate serial killer and I got the less awful Bush elected. You want to chew on that one for a moment?

Pause.

DICK MORRIS
: So…what? We’re supposed to work for Democrats now?

LEE ATW#TER
: You kidding? You guys are so thick with slime right now, no one outside the GOP would hire you.
(Beat.)

Well, maybe the Greens might accept some pro-bono work but come on…

(Beat.)

No, the only way out for you guys is to quit the business, give whatever excess monies you have left to charity and do nothing.

DICK MORRIS
:
And that’ll get us into heaven?

LEE ATW#TER

You. Yes. Karl…best I can promise you is Limbo. And that’s only if you donate a kidney to an orphan.

Pause.

KARL ROVE
: Yeah, we could do that…or…

DICK MORRIS
: Karl, you got something cooking?

KARL ROVE
: How about this. What if we accept that we’re going to hell but when we get there…we take it over?

LEE ATW#TER
: WHAT?

DICK MORRIS: 
How?

KARL ROVE
: We get there and we start a popular uprising against Satan. Lee, that’s
what they call him down there, right?

LEE ATW#TER: 
I’m not helping.

KARL ROVE
: We spread rumors about his effectiveness. Start claiming he’s no longer proactive about getting souls. That’s he’s becoming too lenient on The Damned.

DICK MORRIS
: We can say that he wants to change their title to The Darned.

KARL ROVE: 
I can work with that.

LEE ATW#TER
: Are you insane? Do you know the strings I had to pull to come up here to warn you guys?

(Beat.)

Sweet lord, I promised to give Bundy a hand job.

KARL ROVE:

I say that we could be running the place within six months, a year tops. What do you say, Dick?

DICK MORRIS: 
You know what Dante once wrote. “Better to be a Prince in hell than serve in heaven”.

LEE ATW#TER: 
You know, I have it on good authority that he meant that sarcastically.

Rove gets up and slaps a twenty on the bar then starts for the door. Morris follows.

KARL ROVE
: I’ll get Rand Paul on the phone. Can you get a hold of Rubio?

DICK MORRIS
: What do I pitch him? President or VP?

KARL ROVE: 
Keep it vague. We’ll work it out later.

(To Lee.)

Lee, how can I ever thank you?

LEE ATW#TER
: You know that Manson doesn’t have that much time left. You honestly want to wind up with him as a roommate?

KARL ROVE
: I think we’ll surprise you.

They exit.

LEE ATW#TER
:
(Yelling after them.)

You know what the surprise is gonna be? How much Manson likes to talk about Roman Polanski! Spoiler alert, IT’S A LOT!

Just then the Bartender returns and sees Lee. The two just look at each other for a moment.

LEE ATW#TER:

(Finally.)

So…by any chance is there a House of Blues near here?

BLACKOUT.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 8, 2012 - 10:17am PT
OMG. Can't National Lampoon or somebody do a feature length movie?
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