Saturday, March 10, 2012

Not So Super Tuesday Report

Not So Super Tuesday Report

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Will There Be “Pink Slime” in Your Lunch?

Will There Be "Pink Slime" in Your Child's School Lunch?
By KJ DELL'ANTONIA

"Pink Slime:" it's tasty (well, probably not), nutritious (oops, not
that either) and cheap (got that right) and it's probably found in a
hamburger near you. Most particularly, in the hamburger or
cheeseburger that almost certainly graced the lunch menu at your
child's school this month.

"Pink Slime" is the appetizing term for a ground-up amalgam of beef
scraps, cow connective tissues, and other beef trimmings, once useful
only for dog food and cooking oil, that are treated with ammonia to
kill pathogens and then added to stretch the use of "traditional"
ground beef (what most people once called simply "ground beef"). It's
also known as "lean finely textured beef," and it's produced by a
single, rather profitable, company in the United States: Beef Products
Inc.

As The Times described in 2009, faced with a glut of fat, connective
tissue and other once largely unsaleable remnants, the company's
founder developed a process that turned those slaughterhouse
trimmings, which were more prone to contamination with E. coli and
salmonella, into desirable (to hamburger-makers) filler by compressing
them and exposing them to ammonia gas, killing the pathogens.

The term "pink slime" came from one of two whistle-blowing former U.S.
Department of Agriculture scientists who are on a crusade against the
stuff, and particularly against its unlabeled inclusion in everything
from school lunches to, according to ABC News, up to 70 percent of all
supermarket ground beef. It's "not nutritionally equivalent," Carl S.
Custer told The Daily. This is "economic fraud," Gerald Zirnstein told
ABC News. "It's a cheap substitute."

After the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver went on a tirade against the
filler last year, McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King decided to
stop padding their meat offerings with it. Still, the U.S.D.A. plans
to purchase 7 million pounds of it for use in school lunches over the
coming year — and whether yours is a community where school lunches
are prepared with loving care, or one where they're more of a standard
production, if your children's school uses the meat that the complex
federal and state bidding and supplying system procures, then the odds
that they're serving "pink slime" are high. And they might never know
it.

Once Beef Products settled on a method of processing the beef
trimmings that allowed them to be deemed fit for human consumption, it
turned its focus to lobbying. First, it prevailed on the question of
whether ammonia should be listed as an ingredient. Then, it turned its
attention to the labeling of the filler itself. "U.S.D.A. officials
with links to the beef industry labeled it meat," said ABC News. "The
under secretary said, 'it's pink, therefore it's meat,' " said Mr.
Custer.

Maybe the use of the trimmings, ammonia and all, is just fine. After
all, as Rob Lyons wrote for the Huffington Post, "Getting every last
bit of meat off a carcass is a good thing, given the cost of rearing a
cow. Butchers and meat processors are proud of the fact that they use
everything but the moo." As for the ammonia, it doesn't sound
appealing, but if you question whether or not your family sometimes
consumes chemicals that it wouldn't necessarily have occurred to you
to eat or drink, one read of Patrick Di Justo's "What's Inside: Tap
Water" from the March issue of Wired magazine should remind you
otherwise.

But what's really bothersome about this is that we, as consumers, as
school officials, and as parents, have no way of knowing if "pink
slime" or "lean finely textured ground beef" is on the menu for one
simple reason: paid corporate lobbyists convinced government officials
that we don't need to know, and not, I suspect, because they had our
best interests at heart. Someone, somewhere, thought that we wouldn't
buy a product labeled "ground beef, with added connective tissues,
fatty trimmings, and ammonia" — not for ourselves, and not for our
schools.

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For First Time in 16 Years, Dennis Kucinich Loses His Seat in Congress due to Gerrymandered District

For First Time in 16 Years, Kucinich Loses His Seat
By SABRINA TAVERNISE

In a primary faceoff between two veteran Democratic incumbents, voters
in Ohio delivered a victory to Representative Marcy Kaptur, a
progressive from Toledo, over Representative Dennis J. Kucinich,
leaving him without a seat in Congress for the first time in 16 years.


Mr. Kucinich conceded just past midnight Wednesday. With nearly 85
percent of the vote counted, Ms. Kaptur led Mr. Kucinich, her
colleague and frequent ally in the House, by about 24 points in the
race to represent Ohio's recently redrawn Ninth Congressional
District.

The outcome was largely expected. Mr. Kucinich, an antiwar populist
from Cleveland who has run for president twice, lost his district when
state lawmakers redrew the electoral map after Ohio, whose population
has been dwindling, lost two Congressional seats last year. The new
district — a skinny strip of land that covers parts of five counties
from Cleveland to Toledo — contained more of Ms. Kaptur's old
territory than Mr. Kucinich's, and Mr. Kucinich had been struggling to
win over voters in areas beyond his traditional stronghold of
Cleveland.

It is not clear whether Mr. Kucinich will try to run for public office
somewhere else. After his district was eliminated last year, he
visited Washington State to explore his options, though his spokesman,
Andy Juniewicz, said that Mr. Kucinich had said he "never had any
intention of leaving Cleveland."

Most political analysts agreed that Mr. Kucinich would likely remain
in the public sphere, even if he was not in elected office, either in
a research group or as a television commentator.

"Dennis has this remarkable ability to persist," said Dennis E.
Eckart, a former Democratic congressman from Cleveland. "He will not
go quietly into the good night."

Ms. Kaptur is one of the longest-serving women in the House and has a
powerful position as the No. 2 Democrat on the House appropriations
committee. She stands to become the top Democrat on that committee
when Norm Dicks of Washington retires.

One of the most common criticisms of Mr. Kucinich by local elected
officials was that he focused more on national issues than local ones,
and Mr. Eckart said that people in the district expected that to
change with Ms. Kaptur, who was seen as a powerful advocate for her
constituents.

"She is famously well connected on appropriations, and it will be
worth tens of millions of dollars in a community that was once ranked
as one of the poorest in the nation," Mr. Eckart said. "Having someone
like her going to bat for you is an advantage."

Ms. Kaptur will face a general election race against Samuel
Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," who announced his
candidacy last year. The district, however, is heavily Democratic, and
Ms. Kaptur is broadly expected to win.

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Uganda: Kony’s Victims and the Kony 2012 Video

Kony's Victims and the Kony 2012 Video
By LISA SHANNON

Lisa Shannon
Girls recover in the hospital after Ugandan troops rescued them from
LRA abduction a few days prior. Both suffered bullet wounds to the
legs.
The recent Kony 2012 viral video has attracted widespread controversy,
as well as scrutiny of the organization Invisible Children. While it
has stirred questions about the role of westerners advocating to end
mass atrocities in Africa, as well as useful dialogue on non-profit
fiscal management, the debate has obscured the key point. Joseph
Kony's immediate capture and delivery to the International Criminal
Court (ICC) would be an unambiguous victory for humanity. It is the
solution for which affected Africans have desperately, unanimously
pleaded.

The last few years have been a steady stream of bad news for my
friend, Congolese ex-pat Francisca Thelin, who was born and raised in
Congo's remote northeastern town of Dungu. In the late 1980s, she
moved to Portland, Oregon with her Peace Corp volunteer husband.

Since 2008, at night she has camped out at her dining room table,
trying to reach home. The few calls that make it through are often
static-marred and quickly broken, or full of hasty reports of cousins,
nieces, nephews and more cousins killed, abducted, burned alive. Or
she can't make contact at all for months at a time. Under Kony's
command, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted six of
Francisca's young cousins, and murdered seventeen family members.

In 2010, Francisca and I spent a month in Dungu, interviewing
witnesses to attacks on her family. We asked everyone we spoke with
what they would like to say to the world. Their frustration was
palpable.

It was widely understood around Dungu that the United Nations would
rarely get out of the vehicles outside their secure compounds, much
less intervene to protect civilians. The FARDC (the Congolese Army)
only patrolled the main roads. And several eye-witnesses corroborated
that in January 2010 they blocked the only route for thousands of
civilians to escape a deadly LRA attack-in-progress. Francisca's
cousin Modeste was one of those forced to stay, while his fatally
wounded daughter bled to death, cradling her still-nursing baby.

"It's not right. The soldiers should be in the front so they can
protects us. But the soldiers were in the back, and we were in front,
with the LRA coming." Modeste added, "I can't even talk to my own
government. Because they don't care about the way people are dying
from the LRA. They don't do anything about it."

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Ugandan forces were the only ones reported to enter the bush and
rescue abductees from the LRA.

Franscisca's Uncle Alexander lost several sons and grandchildren in
one day. He and his elderly wife were forced to run naked through the
forest with the LRA shooting at them. Though he lost everything in a
few days, he was clear. "We don't need plastic buckets and cloth
handouts. We had a good life before. Get rid of the LRA."

Raphael was a witness to the death of Francisca's cousin Roger, and
himself left for dead with axe wounds to the head. He agreed with
Alexander. "The world knows we have a problem here," he lamented. "Why
can't they get together and finish it? When will the answer come?"

Armed with no more than homemade slingshots and bows-and-arrows, we
met a 'local defense force' lead by the school principal, that day
covered in ash from burning underbrush to allow easier sightings of
new attacks. They were clear: "We don't need cornmeal. What is that
stuff anyway? We need peace!"

Francisca's family priest, a stout Italian who has lived in the area
for decades, now wears deep rope scars on his arms from LRA
restraints. On the day they held him hostage, the LRA ransacked the
parish and burned more than 200 neighboring huts to the ground. When
the topic of LRA's notorious leader came up, Father Farruccio grew
steely. "Kony. Cut him down."


Lisa Shannon
Girl recovers from bullet wound in the hospital after after being
rescued from an LRA abduction a few days prior.
In fact, whenever I floated alternate solutions or half measures past
LRA victims, they summarily dismissed the suggestions with one flat
sentiment. Every single LRA-affected person we spoke with emphatically
insisted on only one solution, delivered at fever-pitch: Get rid of
the LRA.

Questions about slick brand, campaign strategy, and non-profit fiscal
issues aside, we owe Francisca's friends and family — and all who have
suffered at the hands of the LRA — solid solutions. We owe them
concrete steps toward capturing Kony. Dismantling his small but
devastating force will require sophisticated surveillance.
Cost-effective early-warning programs are needed to warn vulnerable
locals of attacks. Demobilization, disarmament and reintegration
efforts are available, some of them relatively simple, to help LRA
abductees escape peacefully.

Tonight, I sat down with Francisca at her dining room table, where she
has spent so many anxious late nights, crying over lost family. I
asked her what she thinks of the Kony 2012 campaign.

"This guy is a monster. It's about will. If the US wants to do
something, they will do it." She paused for a moment. "I hope this
time it's serious."

Lisa Shannon is author of the book A Thousand Sisters, and founder of
Run for Congo Women and the new organization, A Thousand Sisters. She
has visited areas devastated by the Lord's Resistance Army, the focus
of a new viral video "Kony2012″.

More:
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/konys-victims-and-the-kony-2012-video/?ref=opinion

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A Breach of Trust: House Republicans Cannot Be Trusted

A Breach of Trust

The hard-fought deal that settled last year's debt-ceiling fight made
painfully deep cuts in spending, but it promised one thing: a year's
peace from the destructive Congressional battles that led to threats
of government shutdowns and defaults. By signing the pact, Republican
and Democratic leaders set spending levels for 2013, putting off
further budget wars until after the election.

But now a coalition of extreme conservatives in the House wants to
break the budget agreement and cut spending below the agreed level,
and the House Budget Committee seems willing to go along.

Reneging on the agreement would not only endanger vital programs like
Head Start, but it would erase the thin residue of trust left in
Congress. It would clearly demonstrate that the current House cannot
be trusted to live up to its own pledges.

When Republicans created the debt-ceiling crisis in August, their
principal goal was to cut spending, and they got their wish. By
threatening a government default, they forced an agreement, negotiated
by Speaker John Boehner, that cut $2.3 trillion from the budget over a
decade without a dime of new taxes. That includes more than $800
billion cut from nondefense discretionary spending, in vital areas
like education, housing assistance, transportation, public health and
veterans benefits.

For fiscal year 2013, the agreement set a discretionary spending level
of $1.047 trillion. Though far too low, that level at least let
appropriators in both the House and Senate know how much they had to
spend, and House Republicans crowed about it at the time. "The Budget
Control Act represents a victory for those committed to controlling
government spending and growing our economy," said Representative Paul
Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Now members of the
Republican Study Committee, the most right-wing members of the House,
want to bring the 2013 level down to $931 billion, an unimaginable 11
percent cut in a single year. House officials say Mr. Ryan's committee
is unlikely to cut that much but could bring 2013 spending down to
$1.028 trillion.

That $19 billion cut, on top of the ones already agreed to, could have
terrible consequences. Assuming it was applied evenly to all
nondefense programs, it would mean that 50,000 children would lose
access to Head Start; 20,000 families would lose child-care slots; and
10,500 teachers and their aides would lose their jobs.

With the Senate sticking to the agreed-upon spending limit, a lower
House number could lead to a clash between the chambers that raises
the prospect of another government shutdown. Democrats say they are
furious that the agreement could be undercut. "If House Republicans
walk away from the agreement their own speaker made less than a year
ago, then they will show that a deal with them isn't worth the paper
it's printed on," said Senator Patty Murray, who led the Democrats on
the budget "supercommittee" last year. If Mr. Boehner is to retain any
credibility as a leader of the House and a responsible lawmaker, he
needs to extinguish this rebellion and make it clear that a deal is a
deal.


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Deficits Push Municipalities to Desperation

Deficits Push Municipalities to Desperation
By DANNY HAKIM
Published: March 10, 2012
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On Monday, Rockland County sent a delegation to Albany to ask for the
authority to close its widening budget deficit by issuing bonds backed
by a sales tax increase.

On Tuesday, Suffolk County, one of the largest counties outside New
York City, projected a $530 million deficit over a three-year period
and declared a financial emergency. Its Long Island neighbor, Nassau
County, is already so troubled that a state oversight board seized
control of its finances last year.

And the city of Yonkers said its finances were in such dire straits
that it had drafted Richard Ravitch, the former lieutenant governor,
to help chart a way out.

Even as there are glimmers of a national economic recovery, cities and
counties increasingly find themselves in the middle of a financial
crisis. The problems are spreading as municipalities face a toxic mix
of stresses that has been brewing for years, including soaring
pension, Medicaid and retiree health care costs. And many have
exhausted creative accounting maneuvers and one-time spending cuts or
revenue-raisers to bail themselves out.

"We really are up against it," Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said during
a recent trip to Albany, urging the state to reduce pension benefits
for future public employees. New York City's annual pension
contributions have increased to $8 billion from $1.5 billion over the
past decade.

In a radio interview on Friday, Mr. Bloomberg noted the spreading
financial woes of local governments, saying, "Towns and counties
across the state are starting to have to make the real choices — fewer
cops, fewer firefighters, slower ambulance response, less teachers in
front of the classroom."

And Thomas S. Richards, the mayor of Rochester, recently described a
grim situation facing New York's cities in testimony to the State
Legislature, saying, "I fear that Rochester and other upstate cities
are approaching the point of financial failure and an inevitable
financial control board — as is the case in Buffalo — unless something
is done now."

The problem has national echoes: Stockton, Calif., a city of almost
300,000, is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Jefferson County,
Ala., made the biggest Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing in history in
November and stopped paying its bondholders. In Rhode Island, the city
of Central Falls declared bankruptcy last year, and the mayor of
Providence, the state capital, has said his own city is at risk as its
money runs out.

The concerns of municipal officials are validated by the ratings
agency Moody's, which downgraded the debt of Rockland County and Utica
last month, and Yonkers and Long Beach last year. New York is hardly
alone, and certainly not the worst; for four straight years, Moody's
has had a negative outlook for the country's local governments . And
the problems are likely to persist.

"We expect that the pressure from fixed expenditures, and pensions in
particular, will continue to be a strain," said Geordie Thompson, a
Moody's analyst. "This is where the budgetary tradeoffs will continue
to be difficult. There will have to be tradeoffs that will have to be
made to make those payments."

Pension costs are a particular problem. The stock market collapse of
2008 decimated public pension fund investments, and municipalities are
now being asked for greater contributions to make up for the losses.
The impact has been drastic: Three percent of New York property tax
collections were used to pay pension costs in 2001; by 2015, pension
costs are expected to eat up 35 percent of property tax collections.

Falling property values have also affected cities and towns because
lower assessments hurt property tax collections.

The state is taking some steps to ease municipal burdens, but they
come with risks. A relatively new plan allows municipalities to borrow
from the state pension fund, with interest, a portion of their
required contributions to the pension system.

"It's the worst thing that you can do financially," said Steve
Bellone, the Suffolk County executive. "But when you are up against
the wall and you have a county that has used every one-shot revenue
that it can possibly use already, and you're facing a deficit of huge
proportions, suddenly that becomes not such a bad option."

Suffolk and Nassau are borrowing a combined $85 million this year to
pay their required contribution into the state pension system.

"That's where we're at today," Mr. Bellone said. "We are in a
financial crisis."

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Obama Campaign film "The Road We've Traveled" gets mixed reviews (politically)

Obama Campaign film "The Road We've Traveled" gets mixed reviews (politically)

While the political types debate the film Game Change -- discussed in
an earlier post -- there is also chatter about another new production:
The 17-minute documentary on President Obama.

The filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, who directed The Road We've Traveled
for the Obama re-election campaign, drew catcalls this week for what
he called his biggest challenge.

"The negative for me was there were too many accomplishments,"
Guggenheim said on CNN. "I had 17 minutes to put 'em all in there."

The trailer was released last week; the film is expected to come out next week.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he had some
suggestions for the makers of the Obama infomercial.

Mitt Romney
CAPTIONBy Rogelio Solis, AP"First of all, talk to the 24 million
Americans that are out of work or underemployed in this country,"
Romney told a crowd in Jackson, Mississippi. "And, by the way, you
could talk to some of the young ones (in the audience), like those two
in that second row there, that got hit with $15.5 trillion of debt."

"And then how about our soldiers coming home that can't find work,"
Romney added. "You could talk to them as well. And how about the folks
that are having a hard time filling up their car because of the price
of gasoline. It's doubled under this president."

CNN host also mocked Guggenheim for saying there are too many
positives about Obama, telling the director, "oh, come off of it! ...
You can't say that with a straight face, come on!"

Replied Guggenheim: "I'm looking at you right now with a straight face."

Guggenheim cited health care and other initiatives in the face of a
tough "political climate" facing near-united Republican opposition.

"The challenge for me is I wanted to put more in there, I really did,"
Guggenheim said, adding about Obama: "I'm really quite in awe of him
as a leader."

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Television Alert: Palin-McCain film "Game Change" debuts tonight on HBO, 9 Eastern

Television Alert: Palin-McCain film debuts tonight on HBO, 9 Eastern

A reminder that Game Change, the HBO film about John McCain's
selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, debuts tonight. Here's
what we wrote this week about the movie that is roiling the political
world:

The book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and
the Race of a Lifetime raced to the top of best-seller lists in 2010
because it provided behind-the-scenes details of the compelling 2008
presidential election.

The film Game Change, which debuts on HBO Saturday at 9 p.m. ET,
covers only half the story.

Not Barack Obama's election as the nation's first African-American
president; instead, Game Change zeroes in on how little-known Sarah
Palin, governor of Alaska for less than two years, became John
McCain's running mate and zoomed into the stratosphere of political
celebrity.

"I just thought it was by far the most compelling story in that book,"
director Jay Roach says.

Ed Harris and Julianne Moore portray John McCain and Sarah Palin in
HBO's Game Change.
CAPTIONBy Phillip V. Caruso, HBOMcCain's last-minute decision to tap
Palin offered a tight story within a short time frame, less than 60
days from the announcement to Election Day. Screenwriter Danny Strong
calls it "one of the most amazing political stories of our time."

Palin supporters see a different motive for devoting the movie to
McCain and Palin: Hollywood's antipathy to Republicans.

On the website for Palin's PAC, seven supporters of the Alaska
governor describe Game Change as "historical fiction" and "a series of
scenes where the dialogue, locations and participants are invented or
rendered unrecognizable for dramatic effect." One of the signers is
foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann, who is portrayed in the
film.

McCain, played by Ed Harris, has said he won't watch Game Change,
telling the Fox News talk radio show Kilmeade and Friends it is "based
on a book that's totally unfair and untrue, especially to Sarah Palin.
… She's a good and decent person, and this continuing maligning of her
by the liberal left is reprehensible to me."

To be sure, there are some cringe-worthy moments in the film for Palin fans.

As played by Julianne Moore, Palin did not know why there are two
Koreas or what the Federal Reserve System is. She nearly had a nervous
breakdown. On Election Night, she tried to seize center stage from
McCain before his concession speech.

The negative news coverage that accompanied her candidacy is featured,
from her pregnant teenage daughter to the disastrous interview with
Katie Couric.

The real John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2010
CAPTIONBy Darren Hauck, Getty ImagesBut Palin is also shown reviving a
moribund McCain campaign after her well-received convention speech.
Her family is portrayed as loving and close-knit. Game Change
showcases Palin's exceptional political skills and her ability to
reach voters who feel locked out of the political system.

Before Game Change, Roach and Strong worked together on Recount
(2008), another HBO production, about the 2000 post-election battle of
Florida between lawyers for George W. Bush and Al Gore.

The director and the screenwriter say they are political junkies
interested in how decisions are made behind closed doors. They say
they want to tell stories, not promote political agendas.

"I don't think anybody is going to change parties or switch their
votes because of the film," Strong says.

Game Change has three main characters: Palin, McCain and Steve
Schmidt, the campaign strategist who pushed Palin for running mate as
a way to compete with the charismatic Obama.

Played by Woody Harrelson, Schmidt supplies the film's title, telling
McCain in an early scene he needs a "game changing pick" for veep.
Schmidt's character spends the rest of the movie wrestling with the
consequences of that decision.

In a phone interview, the real-life Schmidt said watching Harrelson in
Game Change was like an "out-of-body experience." Schmidt, who
cooperated in the project, vouched for the film's accuracy and called
the story "an instance in which the ambition to win superseded
judgment."

"There are a lot of important lessons to be learned," Schmidt said. "I
regret playing a part in a process that yielded someone on the ticket
who was not prepared to be president."

More:
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Playboy magazine reportedly offered Sarah Palin $4,000,000 to pose nude in an upcoming issue.
 
Michelle Obama was offered $50 by National Geographic.
 
In other news... we all remember when KFC offered a "Hillary" meal, consisting of two small breasts and two large thighs.
Now KFC is offering the "Obama Cabinet Bucket." It consists of nothing but left wings and chicken shit.

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Re: [I-S] Sandra Fluke -- Comes FROM Where? --WHY? / HOW?

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Re: [I-S] Obama-Endorsed Libya Violent Rape and Murder of a female French journalist - Atlas Shrugs


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Grossly Distorted Statistics



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Digging under the surface, the drop in the unemployment rate over the past two years is nothing but a statistical mirage. Things are much worse than the reported numbers indicate
 
 

Nonfarm Payroll +227,000 ; Unemployment Rate Steady 8.3%; BLS vs. Gallup

Posted: 09 Mar 2012 08:25 AM PST

Quick Notes About the Unemployment Rate

In the last year, the civilian population rose by 3,584,000. Yet the labor force only rose by 1,569,000. Those not in the labor force rose by 2,014,000.
In February, the Civilian Labor Force rose by 476,000.
In February, those "Not in Labor Force" decreased by 310,000. If you are not in the labor force, you are not counted as unemployed.
Participation Rate rose .2 to 63.9%
Were it not for people dropping out of the labor force, the unemployment rate would be well over 11%.

Over the past several years people have dropped out of the labor force at an astounding, almost unbelievable rate, holding the unemployment rate artificially low. Some of this was due to major revisions last month on account of the 2010 census finally factored in. However, most of it is simply economic weakness.

Jobs Report at a Glance

Here is an overview of today's release.

US Payrolls +227,000 - Establishment Survey
US Unemployment Rate steady at 8.3% - Household Survey
Average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged to 34.5 hours
The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged higher 0.1 hour to 33.8 hours.
Average hourly earnings for all employees in the private sector rose by 3 cents to $23.31

Recall that the unemployment rate varies in accordance with the Household Survey not the reported headline jobs number, and not in accordance with the weekly claims data.

February 2012 Jobs Report

Please consider the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) February 2012 Employment Report.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 227,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in professional and businesses services, health care and social assistance, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, and mining.

Unemployment Rate - Seasonally Adjusted

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Nonfarm Employment - Payroll Survey - Annual Look - Seasonally Adjusted

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Actual employment is about where it was in 2001.

Nonfarm Employment - Payroll Survey - Monthly Look - Seasonally Adjusted

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Between January 2008 and February 2010, the U.S. economy lost 8.8 million jobs.

Over the last two years, nonfarm payrolls have added 3.5 million jobs. Of the 8.8 million net jobs lost between January 2008 and February 2010, 40 percent have been recovered.

Statistically, 127,000 jobs a month is enough to keep the unemployment rate flat. The average employment gain over the last two years has been 145,000, barely enough (statistically speaking) to make a dent in the unemployment rate.

Yet, the civilian unemployment rate has dropped from 9.8% to 8.3%.

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Average Weekly Hours

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Index of Aggregate Weekly Hours

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Average Hourly Earnings vs. CPI

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"Success" of QE2 and Operation Twist

Over the prior 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 1.9 percent. In January, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) had an over-the-year increase of 2.9 percent; growth in prices has recently been outpacing growth in earnings.
Not only are wages rising slower than the CPI, there is also a concern as to how those wage gains are distributed.

BLS Birth-Death Model Black Box

The BLS Birth/Death Model is an estimation by the BLS as to how many jobs the economy created that were not picked up in the payroll survey.

The Birth-Death numbers are not seasonally adjusted while the reported headline number is. In the black box the BLS combines the two coming out with a total.

The Birth Death number influences the overall totals, but the math is not as simple as it appears. Moreover, the effect is nowhere near as big as it might logically appear at first glance.

Do not add or subtract the Birth-Death numbers from the reported headline totals. It does not work that way.

Birth/Death assumptions are supposedly made according to estimates of where the BLS thinks we are in the economic cycle. Theory is one thing. Practice is clearly another as noted by numerous recent revisions.

Birth Death Model Adjustments For 2011

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Birth Death Model Adjustments For 2012

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Birth-Death Note

Once again: Do NOT subtract the Birth-Death number from the reported headline number. That approach is statistically invalid.

Household Survey Data

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In the last year, the civilian population rose by 3,584,000. Yet the labor force only rose by 1,569,000. Those not in the labor force rose by 2,014,000.

That is an amazing "achievement" to say the least, and as noted above most of this is due to economic weakness not census changes.

Decline in Labor Force Factors

Discouraged workers stop looking for jobs
People retire because they cannot find jobs
People go back to school hoping it will improve their chances of getting a job
People stay in school longer because they cannot find a job

Were it not for people dropping out of the labor force, the unemployment rate would be well over 11%.

Part Time Status

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Part-time status shows little improvement vs. a year ago.

Table A-15

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Table A-15 is where one can find a better approximation of what the unemployment rate really is.

Notice I said "better" approximation not to be confused with "good" approximation.

The official unemployment rate is 8.3%. However, if you start counting all the people that want a job but gave up, all the people with part-time jobs that want a full-time job, all the people who dropped off the unemployment rolls because their unemployment benefits ran out, etc., you get a closer picture of what the unemployment rate is. That number is in the last row labeled U-6.

U-6 is much higher at 14.9%. Both numbers would be way higher still, were it not for millions dropping out of the labor force over the past few years.

Grossly Distorted Statistics

Given the complete distortions of reality with respect to not counting people who allegedly dropped out of the work force, it is easy to misrepresent the headline numbers.

Digging under the surface, the drop in the unemployment rate over the past two years is nothing but a statistical mirage. Things are much worse than the reported numbers indicate.

BLS vs. Gallup

Gallup has the unemployment rate at 9.1% not 8.3% and the "underemployment" number at 19.1%, not 14.9%.

Bear in mind the Gallup numbers are not seasonally adjusted but the BLS numbers reported above are. Nonetheless, it's entirely safe to say that 19.1% is far closer to the truth than 14.9%.

Please see Gallup Reports Large Jump in Unemployment to 9.1%, Underemployment to 19.1% for details.

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OH, BOO HOO! Somebody in Canada pulled on a Muslim woman’s headbag and now police are calling it a ‘hate crime’



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OH, BOO HOO! Somebody in Canada pulled on a Muslim woman's headbag and now police are calling it a 'hate crime'

by barenakedislam

Kingston, Ontanrio police are asking for the public's help after a woman allegedly pulled on another woman's hijab (headbag), which police are calling a hate crime assault. (Seriously? She tugged at it, she didn't pull it off or assault the Muslim woman. Grow the hell up!)

CBC  Police said a woman was finishing her grocery shopping at a store around 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 28 when another customer came from behind her and pulled on her hijab. They said the suspect yanked the head covering so hard it forced the victim to bend backward. The suspect then let go and left the store without saying a word.

The female suspect is described as: Caucasian, 40-45 years of age, long black hair and slim. She was wearing a red ski jacket with black shouldering, dark pants and dark shoes. Her male associate is described as: Caucasian, 40-45 years of age, with short brown hair. He is wearing a long blue jacket that may have horizontal white stripes at the top of the collar and on the arms, and blue jeans.

Surveillance images of the suspect an associate and the victim can be viewed on the Kingston police website.

Below are surveillance video still captures of the female suspect and male associate. The two may be regular shoppers at this location so if believed to be seen please contact 9-1-1 and provide Communications staff with the occurrence number 12-2890. If the male and/or female are departing the area do not intervene but please ascertain the last known direction, licence plate if a vehicle is used, and even cab company and number if a taxi is taken.

  

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YEE HAAAA! Muslim School denied entry into Texas Private School Sports League



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YEE HAAAA! Muslim School denied entry into Texas Private School Sports League

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An athletic association consisting of private Christian and Catholic parochial schools in Texas is drawing national attention after refusing to grant an Islamic high school membership.

American Magazine  The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools faces accusations of religious discrimination after a Muslim school in Houston was denied entry.  TAPPS has declined to comment. Mustafa Carroll with the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Texas admits the Iman Academy may not have any legal recourse.  Still, he's disgusted the school was denied a spot in a sports league after being asked theological questions

With 500 students, increasing academic prestige and an established soccer team, Iman Academy SW, an Islamic school in Houston, was seeking membership in 2010 to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, a group that organizes competition among more than 200 schools in the state.

In addition to an application form, Iman Academy SW was given a questionnaire. Among the questions:

--"Historically, there is nothing in the Koran that fully embraces Christianity or Judaism in the way a Christian and/or a Jew understands his religion. Why, then, are you interested in joining an association whose basic beliefs your religion condemns?"

--"It is our understanding that the Koran tells you not to mix with (and even eliminate) the infidels. Christians and Jews fall into that category. Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is in disagreement with your religious beliefs?"

--"How does your school address certain Christian concepts? (i.e. celebrating Christmas)"

Houston Iman Academy (Sorry, no asslifting in Texas Sports)

The private-schools association, known by the acronym Tapps, was established in the 1970s to coordinate sports among Christian schools.

Lawsuits and legislation are being considered to prevent this situation from happening again. Searching the TAPP website reveals that several Catholic schools are members of TAPP. Just like immigration, it shocks me that some Catholics today are willing to engage in this sort of xenophobia and denigration of the "other" when they themselves were victims of such prejudices just decades ago. Imagine the prophetic witness that the Catholic members of TAPP could offer by withdrawing support from the organization until the association changes its policies. (No, they are not xenophobic, they just don't want a group whose religion commands them to kill all non-believers)

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WOO HOO! Bare Naked Islam made the list of Active Anti-Muslim Groups




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Looks like BNI is making an impact. The notoriously vile, anti-American, far left wing pressure organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center, has included BNI on its exclusive list of anti-Muslim groups.

(You'll notice that BNI is listed in California. That is intentional, for security reasons) 

SPLCenter  Anti-Muslim hate groups are a relatively new phenomenon in the United States, most of them appearing in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Earlier anti-Muslim groups tended to be religious in orientation and disputed Islam's status as a respectable religion.

All anti-Muslim hate groups exhibit extreme hostility toward Muslims. The organizations portray those who worship Islam as fundamentally alien and attribute to its followers an inherent set of negative traits. Muslims are depicted as irrational, intolerant and violent, and their faith is frequently depicted as sanctioning pedophilia, marital rape and child marriage.

These groups also typically hold conspiratorial views regarding the inherent danger to America posed by its Muslim-American community. Muslims are depicted as a fifth column intent on undermining and eventually replacing American democracy and Western civilization with Islamic despotism. Anti-Muslim hate groups allege that Muslims are trying to subvert the rule of law by imposing on Americans their own Islamic legal system, Shariah law.

Anti-Muslim hate groups also broadly defame Islam, which they tend to treat as a monolithic and evil religion. These groups generally hold that Islam has no values in common with other cultures, is inferior to the West and is a violent political ideology rather than a religion.

ACTIVE ANTI-MUSLIM GROUPS

California
City Chapter
Hemet Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment
Marina Del Rey Bare Naked Islam
Ramona United States Justice Foundation
San Francisco Christian Guardians
Sherman Oaks Jihad Watch
Wildomar Concerned American Citizens
Wildomar Escaping Islam

 

Colorado
City Chapter
Lone Tree Barnhardt Capital Management, Inc.
Lone Tree Gold is Money

 

Florida
City Chapter
Lake Worth United West, The
Orlando Insight USA

 

Georgia
City Chapter
Marietta Islam: the Religion of Peace (and a big stack of dead bodies)

 

North Carolina
City Chapter
Newton Christian Phalange

 

New Mexico
City Chapter
Berino Aggressive Christianity
Fence Lake Aggressive Christianity

 

New York
City Chapter
Radio Jihad
New York 9/11 Christian Center at Ground Zero
New York Atlas Shrugs
New York Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI)
New York Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA)
New York Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield
New York The American Defense League

 

Pennsylvania
City Chapter
North Versailles Casa D'Ice Signs

 

Tennessee
City Chapter
Nashville Citizen Warrior
Nashville Political islam
Nashville Tennessee Freedom Coalition

 

Virginia
City Chapter
Courtland Silver Bullet Gun Oil
Forest Christian Action Network

 

Washington
City Chapter
Bellevue Faith Freedom
barenakedislam | March 9, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Categories: Islam in America | URL: http://wp.me/p276zM-FVX

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