Friday, February 05, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
President Obama bemoaned the "erosion of civility" in the nation's political debate Thursday, telling an audience at the National Prayer Breakfast that there is a growing sense that "something is broken" in Washington.
"Those of us in Washington are not serving the people as well as we should," Obama said. "At times, it seems like we're unable to listen to one another, to have at once a serious and civil debate."
You've got an entire political party that is hell-bent on destroying the greatest nation on the planet, a party that was willing to allow terrorists the time and space to plot the September 11 attacks for the spiteful pursuit of a goddamn BLOW JOB between consenting adults, and you only just now noticed there's a tad of incivility????
More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.
The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
WASHINGTON—The U.S.'s top intelligence officials said Tuesday that an attempted al Qaeda attack on the U.S. in the next three to six months was "certain."
An official also said the Nigerian who allegedly attempted to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day was again cooperating with federal investigators. Republicans have accused the administration of squandering a chance to gain valuable intelligence from the suspect by using the civilian court system to charge him, instead of declaring him an enemy combatant and subjecting him to more interrogation.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
On Friday the Obama administration signed off on a $6.4 billion (£4 billion) arms package for Taiwan. China, which claims the island, had repeatedly warned against the sale and retaliated by vowing to punish US companies.
Obama may butt heads with Beijing again in the coming weeks if he meets the Dalai Lama. The two nations also have a number of trade rows including Google's threat to leave China over the hacking of political activists' email accounts.
Officials and experts doubted that Obama was seeking to antagonise China. Rather, they said he had long planned to sell arms to Taiwan and meet the Dalai Lama but wanted first to develop a good rapport with Beijing.
Monday, February 01, 2010
This morning I was awakened by my alarm clock powered by
electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated
by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in
the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After
that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels
to see what the National Weather Service of the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined
the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed,
built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of
US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the
drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and
At the appropriate time as regulated by the US Congress and
kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Tech-
nology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile
and set out to work on the roads built by the local, state, and
federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to
purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the
Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued
by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit
any mail I have to be sent out via the US Postal Service
and drop the kids off at the public school.
After spending another day not being maimed or killed at
work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the
Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, enjoying another two meals which again do
not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back
home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned
down in my absence because of the state and local building
codes and fire marshal's inspection, and which has not been
plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.
I then log on to the Internet which was developed by the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and post on
free republic and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in
medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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. [...]
Another way of looking at it: A net total of about 3 million jobs would have to be created this year to lower the average unemployment rate by 1 percentage point for 2010, economists estimate. Yet even optimists think the creation of 1 million net jobs is probably out of reach this year.