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Jobless claims fall to near a 42-year low

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/08/us-usa-economy-unemployment-idUSKCN0S21IZ20151008
The number of Americans filing new applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected to near a 42-year low last week, pointing to ongoing tightening in the labor market despite the recent slowdown in hiring.

The data released on Thursday provides an upbeat check on the health of the labor market after last week's monthly employment report increased doubts the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates by the end of this year.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 263,000 for the week ended Oct. 3, the Labor Department said.

That was the lowest since mid-July when the number of claims was at its lowest since 1973. Hitting such a historical low is remarkable considering the U.S. workforce has grown considerably since the 1970s.More bad news for the hate-filled morons it seems. The country just seems to be doing fine without either Teabagger dumbassery or socialism.

Time to gin up some new outrage about Hillary. Maybe she ate an ice cream cone or something, and that's a Federal offense, because, well this is the 20,000th time she's been in a scandal, and uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children.

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Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Thu Oct 8, 2015, 12:25 PM (32 replies)

Furious Boehner allies lash out

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/255026-furious-boehner-allies-lash-out
A fired-up House Ethics Committee Chairman Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), speaking not long after Boehner dropped the bombshell at a Friday conference meeting that he’ll leave Congress at the end of next month, ripped into hard-line conservatives. He accused them of opposing Boehner at every turn, and noted they have “never had a horse of their own.”

“Any jackass can kick down a barn door. It takes a carpenter to hang one. We need a few more carpenters around here. Everybody knows it,” Dent said off the House floor.
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. They also argue Boehner repeatedly bent to conservative critics on spending issues, only to see them stab him in the back.

“Frankly, I thought our leadership in too many cases has been too accommodating, too quick to appease those who will not govern,” Dent said. “They give far too much procedural consideration to those who will not vote for the bills at the end of the process. That’s going to end. We’ve had enough of that.”
The funny thing for the kook brigade of the GOP is how effective Boehner has been as a speaker for Republican priorities. But, just like the Naderite/Green kooks on the left (now swooning over Sanders), they are more interested in gesture politics than actually making progress on their agenda.

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Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Sun Sep 27, 2015, 02:50 PM (47 replies)

The Sad, Unremarkable Demise Of Scott Walker

The TL/DR version: Scott Walker is a crazy dumbshit asshole, but not quite crazy enough, dumbshit enough, or asshole enough, for the modern day nutcase right...

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/the-unremarkable-demise-of-scott-walker
[Conservatives are] being endlessly lectured by mainstream media pundits and political professionals in their own camp that they need to “compromise” with Democrats or “reach out” to new constituencies beyond their base if they are to win presidential elections. That’s almost exactly what Jeb Bush is saying in announcing he’s willing to take some hits in the primaries if it enables him to win a general election. But conservatives naturally resist this kind of tradeoff, which they believe they’ve been asked to make far too often with far too little payoff. Walker tells them they do not have to choose. They can win by confrontation, not compromise or outreach, and his three victories are the proof.


Since January, however, the context has changed. Fury at party elites for forcing conservatives to sacrifice their “principles” has metastasized far beyond the search for an alternative electability theory. It’s now a full-fledged revolt that has lifted three candidates with no experience in public office into a troika that dominates the field. Walker, who has been in public office since he was 24, can’t pretend to be that sort of “outsider.” But more importantly, as conservatives have given vent to rage over rapists and murderers pouring over the border, the abortion “holocaust” spilling over into open infanticide, a new crime wave emerging from anti-police protests, and Barack Obama consciously selling out the country and its most important ally to the Ayatollahs, the once-gripping saga of Scott Walker taking on the public-employee unions of Wisconsin just isn’t as galvanizing as it once was. Indeed, his accomplishments seem as small as his own persona.
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Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Wed Sep 23, 2015, 11:46 AM (3 replies)

NY Times fires Washington Bureau Chief over inaccurate criticisms of Hillary Clinton

http://www.dailynewsbin.com/news/ny-times-fires-washington-bureau-chief-over-inaccurate-criticisms-of-hillary-clinton/22235/
After months of negative stories about 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton which were almost bizarrely inaccurate and had to be repeatedly retracted, the New York Times has finally taken definitive action within its organizational structure to put a stop to the strange editorial agenda. Carolyn Ryan is now officially out as Washington Bureau Chief, and while the newspaper isn’t referring to it as a firing, the move was made after less than two years on the job.

The NY Times had been pushing various strange and false storylines regarding Hillary Clinton and her campaign. An article depicting doom and gloom for Clinton based on her standard-issue use of private email as Secretary of State was deemed so factually inaccurate that even after a comprehensive retraction was published, so much additional false information was found within the story that an unprecedented second retraction had to be issued. The article was deemed to be such a work of fiction that even the Times’ own Public Editor criticized the hatchet job.

This was followed by several additional negative New York Times pieces about Clinton of questionable validity, including a headline last week which falsely claimed that Clinton had criticized democratic rival Bernie Sanders during her MSNBC interview. To anyone watching the interview, it was clear that she was answering a question about Donald Trump, but the Times made a point of trying to falsely paint Clinton as attacking Sanders.Finally, the New York Times starts to show some integrity. For a while there, it was starting to lie almost as much as FOX.

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Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Fri Sep 11, 2015, 11:16 PM (10 replies)

A different kind of tech: Hawg



Just leaving this here.

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Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 06:11 PM (0 replies)

A political cartoon more insightful than funny



And here's the thing. Daesh is really made up of the exact same people that backed Saddam. Except now instead of having the entire nation of Iraq, they've only got about a third of it, plus another third of Syria.

While he was in power, Saddam's secret police alone are estimated to have permanently "disappeared" roughly 200,000 Iraqis. (This doesn't count any of those he got involved in wars.) So while I've never been particularly in favor of having the U.S. kick this particular hornet's nest, this is what the region has always been like, and we must compare US actions against reality, not some pacifistic delusion of what this region has historically been like.

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Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 04:17 PM (5 replies)

Logos




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Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Thu Sep 3, 2015, 09:29 PM (2 replies)

The science behind the Iran deal


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Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Wed Sep 2, 2015, 07:19 PM (7 replies)

Kentucky Clerk Fighting Gay Marriage Has Wed Four Times

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/09/01/kentucky-clerk-fighting-gay-marriage-has-wed-four-times
The Kentucky county clerk facing potentially stiff penalties for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses has been married four times, raising questions of hypocrisy and selective application of the Bible to her life.

The marriages are documented in court records obtained by U.S. News, which show that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis divorced three times, first in 1994, then 2006 and again in 2008.

She gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. Davis worked at the clerk's office at the time of each divorce and has since remarried.

Davis has described her desire to strictly adhere to the Bible in stark terms and thus far has shown no sign of bending to court orders on same-sex marriage. She said Tuesday she fears going to hell for violating "a central teaching" of the Bible if she complies with the orders.Yup. Smells like a typical southern Teapublican to me.

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Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Tue Sep 1, 2015, 06:23 PM (33 replies)

Iranians erase ‘Death to America’ graffiti on wall of former U.S. Embassy


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/08/31/iranians-erase-death-to-america-graffiti-on-wall-of-former-u-s-embassy
Reports in Iranian state media over the weekend appeared to show a handful of Iranian men painting over anti-American graffiti on the wall of what was once the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

The removal of the "Death to America" slogan from the side of a very sensitive political site may be a sign, the Jersualem Post muses, of "a new era." A majority of Iranians support the nuclear deal reached in July between Iran and world powers, which could eventually lead to a wider rapprochement with Washington.
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Britain, whose political legacy in Iran is considered by many Iranians to be as toxic as that of the United States, recently reopened its embassy in Tehran after a four-year hiatus. Inside the restored diplomatic mission, observers found graffiti above an image of Queen Elizabeth II that read "Death to England."

"We are exploring our way forward," British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond told the Guardian newspaper, shrugging at the presence of the graffiti. "The important thing is to distinguish between agreement to have a civilised dialogue and agreement to agree on everything."- C.D. Proud Member of the Reality Based Community
Posted by ConservativeDemocrat | Tue Sep 1, 2015, 03:43 PM (9 replies)
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