February 5, 2009 archive

Four at Four

  1. The Washington Post reports New jobless claims surge to 626,000. “The number represents a larger-than-expected increase over the 591,000 people who filed for benefits the week before, and it sets the stage for another jump in the January unemployment rate when it is released Friday.”

    Meanwhile the AP reports Productivity surges and labor pressures ease.

    Productivity was increasing at the end of last year at three times the expected pace while labor costs slowed significantly, underscoring that a deepening recession has taken away the threat of inflation.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that productivity rose at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the final three months of last year, far above the 1.1 percent rise that economists had expected. The increase was double the 1.5 percent rise in productivity in the third quarter.

    Americans are working harder for less money.

  2. The CS Monitor reports From Minnesota to Texas, wind power sweeps new jobs into old-tech towns. “Before the nation’s financial crisis hit, wind manufacturing was on a roll. Riding a wave of wind-farm development, some 55 new or expanded facilities popped up nationwide just last year – from blade manufacturers to bearing makers – in what some describe as a new north-south wind manufacturing corridor running roughly from Minnesota to Texas.”

    “Nationwide, wind-turbine manufacturing added 13,000 jobs for a total of 85,000 wind workers last year… Even amid the economic gloom, demand is still soaring in one wind-energy area: wind-turbine technicians. Wind-farm growth has come on so fast worldwide that huge demand remains for technicians to maintain them.”

    But, The Guardian reports gloom from one of the companies featured in the Monitor’s article — a Californian wind turbine firm axes staff as recession hits renewables sector. “Clipper Windpower said in a trading update that 90 staff would be laid off and production levels cut by up to a fifth… Clipper had been ramping up its production facilities at its main manufacturing base at Cedar Rapids in Iowa in anticipation of new demand. But the company said it was now ‘reducing overall operating expenses, component purchases and working capital balances to align with the lower production levels, including an 11% workforce reduction.'”

Four at Four continues with Wall Street pay, Treasury Department over paying for bailout ‘assets’, Dawa party’s big win in Iraq, and the U.S. Navy’s wargame plans for Oregon.

Army: 24 Suspected Suicides in January ’09

This is just being reported,

Army reports alarming rise in suicides last month

There has been a small sprinkling of reports about the Military Suicides in the last couple of months, most of those found only if one is hitting a number of news outlets but not making National News, even as those who serve do so for the Country not a Community located near a base or where their from.

Republiban Comes Out of Closet….The Terrorist Closet!

Republiban Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the National Republiban Congressional Committee, is most likely experiencing a rush of freedom today. The freedom that can only come when you fully admit to both yourself and the world your true nature. Pete Sessions has come out of the terrorism closet. And presumably, as leader of the NRCC, will encourage his Repuliban comrades to do the same.

Tired of maintaining a false front and false life as a reasonable and responsible politician, Sessions has received and embraced his true nature as a terrorist. A  terrorist intent on, as apparently are his fellow Republiban terrorists, destroying the Good Old US of A.

“If they do not give us those options or opportunities then we will then become insurgency of a nature to where we do those things that are necessary to making sure the American public knows what we think the correct answer is,” Sessions said during the 60-minute interview.

From Wikipedia….

If there is a rebellion against the authority (for example an authority recognized as such by the United Nations) and those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents then the rebellion is an insurgency.[2] However not all rebellions are insurgencies, as state of belligerency may exist between one or more sovereign states and rebel forces. For example, during the American Civil War, the Confederate States of America was not recognized as a sovereign state, but it was recognized as a belligerent power, and thus Confederate warships were given the same rights as United States warships in foreign ports.

The use of the term insurgency does recognize the political motivation of those who participate in an insurgency, while the term brigandry implies no political motivation. If an uprising has little support (for example those who continue to resist towards the end of an armed conflict when most of their allies have surrendered) then such a resistance may be described as brigandry and those who participate as brigands.

Fortunately, President Obama is rapidly becoming fully aware of this plot to destroy America and has issued a statement condemning the Republiban Terrorists:

The time for action is now, because we know that if we do not act, a bad situation will become dramatically worse.  Crisis could turn into catastrophe for families and businesses across the country.  

And I refuse to let that happen.  We can’t delay and we can’t go back to the same worn-out ideas that led us here in the first place.  In the last few days, we’ve seen proposals arise from some in Congress that you may not have read but you’d be very familiar with because you’ve been hearing them for the last 10 years, maybe longer.  They’re rooted in the idea that tax cuts alone can solve all our problems; that government doesn’t have a role to play; that half-measures and tinkering are somehow enough; that we can afford to ignore our most fundamental economic challenges — the crushing cost of health care, the inadequate state of so many of our schools, our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.

So let me be clear:  Those ideas have been tested, and they have failed.  They’ve taken us from surpluses to an annual deficit of over a trillion dollars, and they’ve brought our economy to a halt.  And that’s precisely what the election we just had was all about.  The American people have rendered their judgment.  And now is the time to move forward, not back.

Now is the time for all good wo/men to come to the aid of their country. Why, if we don’t stop these insurgents bent on terrorizing our country, before it is too late, they may be able to build their numbers and putrid insidious influence…and perhaps even take over the government!


In Defense of Bipartisanship

Way, way back in the heady days of the primary, before we knew who the Democratic nominee would be, while we were still duking it out for our respective favorite candidates, I wrote the following about Obama’s “big tent” style approach to politics:

This isn’t Clintonian triangulation. It’s actually worse than that. It’s unilaterally disarming before the first shot’s been fired.

and I quoted Ian Welsh when he said:

The time for the failed politics of compromise is over.

So, you’d think I’d be the last person sitting here defending Obama’s bipartisanship to the progressive left.

But that’s exactly what I find myself doing.

Open Thread


Happiness is a warm thread.

Empires Decline!

Is my rapturous joy about this subject premature or is it just another one of those movements that go nowhere.  For sure you won’t see it in lamestream “news” and once again people who still have half a brain in America-stan are in the minority.  

Docudharma Times Thursday February 5

Gonzales Claims U.S. Attorneys Were Not ‘Fired for Political Reasons

Of Course They Weren’t

They Were Fired For Failing To Attend

Pat Robertson’s Law School

Thursday’s Headlines:

Deluge Is Holding Up Benefits to Unemployed

No territorial concessions to Palestinians, says Netanyahu

Gaza War Created Rift Between Israel and Turkey

Europe needs to forge a strategy to cope with a shaken, evolving Russia

French foreign minister ‘took cash from African dictators’

Zimbabwe’s MDC plan to extradite Mengistu Haile Mariam to Ethiopia

‘Pirate pay-off’ for weapons ship

China declares an emergency amid worst drought in 50 years br>

In Pakistan, Swat Valley police give up in face of Taliban attacks

Higher prices irk Venezuelans ahead of Chávez’s referendum

Obama puts the heat on Republicans

He says the ‘half steps’ now urged by the GOP for the stimulus bill are the same ideas that led to the financial crisis.

By Peter Nicholas

February 5, 2009

Reporting from Washington — President Obama abruptly changed tactics Wednesday in his bid to revive the economy, setting aside his bipartisan stance and pointedly blaming Republicans for demanding what he cast as discredited “piecemeal measures.”

Obama’s comments were a marked departure from the conciliatory tone he has maintained as he courted Republican votes for his stimulus package through compromise. Against the wishes of his own party, Obama crafted a plan that relied heavily on tax cuts rooted in Republican economic doctrine.

But in an unusual opinion piece in today’s Washington Post, and in remarks he made at two White House appearances, the president seemed to acknowledge that his approach wasn’t working.

Evidence of torture ‘buried by ministers’

Judges condemn secrecy over files detailing treatment of suspect by CIA

Richard Norton-Taylor

The Guardian, Thursday 5 February 2009

The government was accused last night of hiding behind claims of a threat to national security to suppress evidence of torture by the CIA on a prisoner still held in Guantánamo Bay.

An unprecedented high court ruling yesterday blamed the US, with British connivance, for keeping the “powerful evidence” secret, sparking criticism from lawyers, campaigners and MPs, who claimed the government had capitulated to American bullying.

Two senior judges said they were powerless to reveal the information about the torture of Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian-born British resident, because David Miliband, the foreign secretary, had warned the court the US was threatening to stop sharing intelligence about terrorism with the UK.



Senate Advances Tax Break for Homebuyers


Published: February 4, 2009

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Wednesday voted to expand the economic stimulus package with a tax credit for homebuyers of up to $15,000, a provision championed by Republicans as addressing a root cause of the recession.

The vote to add the tax credit, at a cost of about $18.5 billion, came as Senate leaders seemed to be nearing completion of negotiations. The majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, suggested that a final vote on the stimulus plan could come on Thursday.

Moderate lawmakers in both parties are pushing to reduce the overall cost of the measure and to focus it more tightly on provisions that will quickly spur spending and create jobs. The vote came as President Obama met with centrist lawmakers to address concerns about the package.


Someone whispered “Niagra” didn’t they?

Or was it “Poko Moko“?

“Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch…”

Like a burlesque show’s post-hypnotic suggestion, the revenge has begun; they will not stop until they wring the last breath out of our scrawny necks.

Just as predictable as this well-worn skit, both the Republicans and the Democrats are treading the boards in their anticipated role, as type-cast as Shatner…. only, if it can be imagined, far less likable.

I mean, who would have thought that the Republican’s would be looking for any or all inane bullshit scandals to bring down people in an Obama administration? Are you shocked?

Are you shocked any less that President Obama stepped into his victim’s role like a brilliant second dying to fill the shoes of an aging Democratic Party who have long lost their chops?

“I made a mistake.”


Muse in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

Focusing a Blind Eye

Creative Control

Because a thought occurs

is insufficient reason

for it to require voicing

let alone dissemination

equal time



Who speaks against

when it is necessary?


Not that.

Who decides?

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–August 29, 2008

Late Night Karaoke

Nikai Thursday

Steve Miller Band – The Joker

The Greatest Depression

1929.  The stock market crashes.  The Great Depression hits America.  It was a depression that took 10 years before America recovered.

In 2009, we could see the Greatest Depression…

Male Template Expired: No More Extensions (Bailouts)

Imagine a United Nations body responsible for the recall of faulty human systems. Surely they would recall the “male template.” Its 10,000 year warranty has expired. Further extensions or bailouts will only exacerbate a doomed strategy.

Its faulty wiring system has resulted in a deranged habituation to violence and war since the beginnings of “civilization” and history. As to the previous hunter-gatherer period, when women had a voice in decision-making, we are in the dark. I wonder who turned out the lights

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