July 28, 2014

Friday Afternoon Thread: An October Surprise

(Photo: WhiteHouse.gov)

Here’s the basics:

  • Total unemployment DROPPED to 7.8% — the lowest since January 2009!
  • 114,000 jobs were created in September
  • The labor participation rate INCREASED from 63.5% to 63.6%
  • July and August jobs numbers were revised UP, adding 86,000 jobs
  • 31 straight months of private sector jobs growth
  • Black unemployment rate DROPPED from 14.1% to 13.4%

Of course, this killed the media’s prepared “Jobs Numbers Are Bad! Obama’s In Trouble!” narrative, and caused Republicans and their media shills to have a meltdown….

Joe Scarborough is in denial…

CNBC accuses Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis of cooking the books:

Some Wally the Walrus looking mofo on Fox News thinks the numbers are fishy, but it’s really his upper lip he’s smelling:

And poor, Mittens. Just when he thought he was a contender…

Meanwhile….

  • Kennymack1971

    Wally the Walrus….ROTFLMAO. Damn I love POU.

    • crazycanuck

      LOL, me too. Best blog on the intenet

  • crazycanuck

    Am I the only one having probles with Disqus. This has been going on all week. I’m so tired of having to refresh 50 billion times to see the comments.

    • AxelFoley

      Disqus doesn’t like black and brown people, and now it’s confirmed that it doesn’t like Canadians.

      SMH

      • crazycanuck

        But we are so nice, what is not to like lol.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      What browser are you using. Have you tried clearing your cache and cookies? Here’s instructions on how to do that: http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=32050

  • TyrenM

    I like how Secretary Solis shut down bs and threw shade at Boehner and crew.

  • Tafr

    Sepia you are crazy as hell lol. That pretty motherfucka picture has me laughing like a fool. I swear you and Miranda are behind some of those parody twitter accounts.

    • edp4bho

      They could take it on the road and make a killing !!

      • edp4bho

        Oh, and must take aquagranny along for special effects…LOL !

    • crazycanuck

      I’m glad I’m not the only one whose been thinking they are behind some of those parody accounts lol.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        I’m innocent.

  • qosine

    Hilarious!

  • AxelFoley

    Is Jack Welch mad?

    U mad, Jack? U mad, muhfucka?

    Is AxelFoley gonna have to choke a CAC?

  • GN

    WHY

    /dead@the last two pics

  • GN

    I saw that Morning Joe meltdown in real time. In order to fully appreciate it, you have to watch the previous hour or so. Joe S, in what he believed was a moment of utter triumph for the right, went on and on about Mendacious Mitt’s supposedly masterful performance.

    Then alongside Mika, he concern-trolled yesterday’s rallies, asking why PBO pulled his punches during the debate yet had zingers at the rallies. You have to watch Joe speculate that PBO must be relying on teleprompters and sharp remarks which “his staff writes for him” because of course, PBO pulling his punches proves that he can’t play the dozens in the world of the vapid media.

    In order to fully and utterly enjoy Joe’s disappointment and denial at those jobs numbers, you have to watch him in those minutes before the BLS release, speculating that PBO is isolated and doesn’t have as good of a grasp on policy as progressives on twitter and in blogs (!). It’s that prelude that led to me almost having an orgasm when those numbers were released–the right’s clowning and laughter turned to tears and a denial of reality in a flash. Really enjoyable spectacle.

    • AxelFoley

      Joe believed that PBO couldn’t come up with shit on the fly, but RMoney was the one who admitted to planning out his zingers? GTFOWTBS, Joe. LOL

      • edp4bho

        He’s never had a one on one B ball session with PBO- and never will.

      • GN

        Joe got high on his own supply and bought into the media’s pre-planned “comeback kid” nonsense. He was talking straight trash up until 8:30. It was awesome.

        • AxelFoley

          Wish I woulda saw it live. I had to run some errands this morning.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      It’s funny, but at the same time it’s sad and revealing because here you have a bunch of wealthy, privileged, employed folks visibly upset because people are being hired.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        If they would get out of that Beltway bubble they would see the economy is really getting better. 31 straight months of private sector job growth is eventually going to have an impact.

        They know all of this of course but can’t stand the fact of who’s engineering the recovery.

      • AxelFoley

        Ain’t that some shit? These mofos are the same ones that cheered when Chicago didn’t get the Olympics. Since when the fuck do Americans cheer when we don’t get rewarded the Olympics.

        When a black Dem is in charge, that’s when.

    • edp4bho

      I for one will never understand any reasonably sane and left leaning person ever, ever needing to go on that show. How does it benefit one to appear with the likes of that round table of putrid pundits who make no pretense of hating this President (note: I will always use a capital “P” on that word as long as Barack Obama is in that position)?

      • AxelFoley

        (note: I will always use a capital “P” on that word as long as Barack Obama is in that position)

        I thought I was the only one who did that. ;)

        • conlakappa

          I learned in a grammar class years ago that the only job in the country that was supposed to have a capital p is the President of the U.S.

    • TheShyLurker

      Aww, man!

      His “SWEET JESUS!” cry would have been appropriate for today.

    • trose1

      I caught it online. Joe and Mika both were upset. Little Willie was trying to find out why those numbers were wrong.
      It was comical in a way but sad to see so many who hope people stay unemployed for their own gain. It is disgusting.

  • rikyrah

    Jack Welch is still mad at those who called out his wife on twitter.

    here’s the thing, Jack..

    don’t start none…won’t be none..

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Ahh, yes! I remember that! Good times…good times.

      • Miranda

        Oh yeah that was a barrel of laughs!

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, I wasn’t gonna go there with him, but let him keep that shit up. I’ll light into him and his wife’s ass.

    • TyrenM

      He’s on to a new hoe. Scratch that – he got hoes in different area codes.

  • eclecticbrotha

    Well, the problem here is losing one of Mitt Romney’s favorite attack lines about unemployment being over 8%. The problem is, you’re accusing the government of playing fast and loose with the figures while rooting for a candidate who’s never told the truth EVER.

    “The problem is, this is such an inexact science.” Oh really, Joe? Why weren’t you saying that BEFORE unemployment dropped below 8%? Are you saying its only an inexact science when the numbers go DOWN?

  • rikyrah

    NOM ‘Laundered A Quarter Of A Million Dollars’ Equality Group Charges
    by David Badash on October 5, 2012

    Mainers United For Marriage, a group working to support legalization of same-sex marriage in Maine, is charging NOM with having “laundered a quarter of a million dollars” into the Maine marriage campaign, in continued violation of Maine’s state ethics laws. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to even hear a case NOM tried to file, after losing several appeals that are requiring NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, to do what every other non-profit is required to do: make their list of donors public once it reaches a certain threshold…

    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/nom-laundered-a-quarter-of-a-million-dollars-equality-group-charges/politics/2012/10/05/50352

  • Miranda

    The polls are all wrong! The Labor Report is rigged! We are unsafe from terrorists! AAAAAAARGHHHH!

    This ad bought to you by right wing nut jobs, were reality is a liberal plot.

  • rikyrah

    Rooting Against America
    by BooMan
    Fri Oct 5th, 2012 at 09:26:11 AM EST

    With the unemployment rate now down to 7.8 percent, it is at the same level it was when President Obama took office. When you subtract all the jobs that were lost in his first 13 months on the job from the jobs that have been added since then, you get 325,000 net jobs created. Despite a total lack of cooperation from the Republicans which prevented Obama from taking more forceful action, he has now climbed himself out of the hole George W. Bush and the Banksters dug for him. Naturally, this is upsetting to the Republicans who have been doing everything they can think of to keep the economy weak and the unemployment rate high. So, their first inclination is simple disbelief. “This can’t be happening. This is the worst thing ever. People can’t be getting work. Not after all we did to keep them on food stamps. The administration must have cooked the books.” Jack Welsh is even tweeting such nonsense. It’s quite a scene. A bunch of rich, white men complaining that the economy is strengthening and the stock market has more than doubled in value on Obama’s watch.

    It’s a sad unpatriotic spectacle when greedheads cannot even be happy when they’re getting rich because the wrong team is in the White House.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/10/5/92611/9177

  • Miranda

    Jeez This Is Hilarious
    Josh Marshall-October 5, 2012, 2:23 PM434
    The Romney camp is under intense pressure apparently to embrace Jobs Report Trutherism. Check out this video after the jump …

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/10/jeez_this_is_hilarious.php

  • Miranda

    Twitter is ON A ROLL

    TBogg‏@tbogg
    White House website informs me that today is 10/5/2012. I think those numbers look a little fake

  • creolechild

    Anti-Obama Judge Who Sent Racist Email To Take Partial Retirement |

    Earlier this year, Chief Judge Richard Cebull, a George W. Bush appointee to the federal district court in Montana, forwarded a racist email suggesting that President Obama’s mother *** *** **** * ***. Cebull admitted his actions were unacceptable, and they are currently the subject of a misconduct review before the Judicial Council of the 9th Circuit. As an epilogue to this story, Cebull’s name was recently added to the list of judges who will take “senior status,” a kind of partial retirement where the judge hears a reduced caseload. Although there is no indication that his new status is related to the racist email, this nonetheless means that fewer litigants will be judged by a man who so recently showed such terrible judgment.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/10/05/965111/anti-obama-judge-who-sent-racist-email-to-take-partial-retirement/

    H/T Ian Millhiser

    (Note: I blanked out the original text and added the asterisks out of respect for PBO’s mom.)

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Partial retirement is not enough. He should be fired. He has no business judging any cases!

      • creolechild

        Agreed, he’s been downgraded to to partial retirement but he isn’t out of the woods yet because he’s still in the midst of a misconduct review. Here’s to hoping that they fire his ass!

    • TheShyLurker

      To quote Stringer Bell, “Muzzle that bitch!”

  • rikyrah

    The “L” Word
    By Betty Cracker
    October 5th, 2012

    Soledad O’Brien (who apparently didn’t get the CNN memo that stated, “Effective immediately, CNN staffers should emulate their Fox News counterparts at all times because we’re getting our asses kicked in the ratings, for Pete’s sake!”) had a question today for Romney surrogate Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia:

    In case you can’t get off the boat, here’s a summary: O’Brien asked if advocating one set of policies on the campaign trail in front of herds of ravening wingnuts and then trotting out an entirely different set of policies before a national audience might not expose the candidate to charges of, well, LYING. Gingrey replies that “lying” and “campaigning” are basically interchangeable terms since of course you must tell each audience what it wants to hear to get elected.

    He goes on to say that even though he, Gingrey, is a wingnut extremist of the first order, he was “perfectly comfortable” with Romney’s weathercock act because he knows it’s necessary to tell whopping lies to get elected, so what’s the big whoop? We knew this, of course—we haven’t been calling this the “post-truth” campaign for nothing. Still, it’s somewhat startling to see it stated so baldly

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/10/05/the-l-word/#comment-3803066

    • Ebogan63

      Soledad just kills me with that SEOD.

    • AxelFoley

      Soledad stay murkin’ muhfuckas.

      Fuck her husband, I’ma have to snatch her up.

    • TyrenM

      I nominate her for this years Peabody! (Is that the award for top newscaster?) She stay on that arse. Love it.

  • creolechild

    90 Percent Of Seniors Are Satisfied With Medicare Part D

    Healthcare Finance News flagged a survey today by Medicare Today and KRC Research that found roughly six out of ten seniors describe themselves as “very satisfied” with their prescription drug coverage under Medicare. Another three out of ten characterize themselves as “somewhat satisfied,” for a grand total of 90 percent:[See chart.]

    Both categories of satisfaction have been on a relatively steady upward climb since the program’s creation in 2006. Those in the “very satisfied” category jumped by a full 9 percentage points, and among those seniors that have actually received medicines, “very satisfied” increased 11 percentage points.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/10/04/963381/90-percent-seniors-satisfied-with-medicare/

    H/T Jeff Spross

  • rikyrah

    going over to Steve Benen right now to check if his weekly MITT’S LIES post is up.

    He could have done one totally on the debate. I wonder how long this week’s list is going to be.

  • http://twitter.com/symmetry11 symmetry11
    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Jack Welch is an idiot.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 10/05/2012
    The unemployment truthers are not helping Romney
    By Greg Sargent

    So the unemployment rate truthers are in a panic this morning. Some conservatives are angrily claiming that the new Labor Department stats finding unemployment below eight percent were cooked to help Obama win reelection.

    The Tweet from former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is gaining the most attention: “Unbelievable jobs numbers…these Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.” The refrain has been picked up by conservative Republicans in Congress and CNBC contributors. Fox News’s homepage blares: “Jobless rate dips under 8 percent, but…IS THE NUMBER REAL?”

    Ezra Klein debunks the whole thing, as if it needs debunking. But it’s also worth noting that it’s hard to see how the unemployment truthers are helping Mitt Romney here. By launching into a full blown angry panic about improving jobs numbers, they only draw attention to, and reinforce, the idea that the economy is, in fact, improving — and, worse, that the prospect of economic improvement is terrible news for Romney’s presidential prospects.

    Here is Romney policy director Lanhee Chen, trying to get a sane message out about the new employment numbers, but finding his efforts cluttered up by his questioner’s insistence that he endorse unemployment trutherism. Chen distances the campaign from it:

    This is the latest manifestation of what Jonathan Bernstein has called the closed conservative information feedback loop. There were the poll truthers, who told us that any Obama lead simply must be the result a liberal media conspiracy to rig all the polls to create a false sense of an inevitable Obama victory. Only Rasmussen and Gallup are telling the truth. Oh, wait — Gallup shows Obama ahead now. So those numbers can’t possibly be true, either.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

  • creolechild

    Methodist Group Fights Back Against Anti-Muslim Ads

    New ads went up yesterday in New York City’s subway system to counter controversial anti-Muslim ads paid for by Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) that referred to Muslims as “savages.” United Methodist Women announced their ad campaign Sept. 25 press conference of the Interfaith Center of New York.

    The counter-ads — which read “Hate speech is not civilized. Support peace in word and deed” on a simple green background — will be running in subway stations throughout Manhattan at all ten of the locations where AFDI ads are currently running. United Methodist Women’s Facebook page has posted photos:[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/10/03/952921/methodist-group-counters-geller-anti-muslim-ads/

    H/T Hayes Brown

  • Miranda

    _______________________*Done*__________________

    Elmo‏@FireMeElmo
    @PerezHilton Elmo desperate for work – will trade goods on Bert and Ernie in exchange for internship.

    • crazycanuck

      lmao, come on Miranda, give, it’s u isn’t it?

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      LAWD! LMBAO!!!

    • Ebogan63

      _______________WHY????

    • Tafr

      By the time this is over the name Mitt Romney will be a punch line thanks to twitter.

      • conlakappa

        I’d rather it be a “who?” He should join the Cabot Lodges in rich guys who ran for office for the fun of it. Unlike Moosilla, he doesn’t need the money gotten from instant political fame.

    • Daltex82

      No! I can’t breath! ___________________________________

    • AxelFoley

      I can’t. I just can’t

  • rikyrah

    Hitting Paul Ryan at home
    By Greg Sargent

    Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee has drawn national attention to Ryan’s Medicare plan. One measure of this: Rob Zerban, the Democrat challenging Ryan for his House seat in Wisconsin, has been able to raise some $770,000 for his race — outraising Ryan himself.

    According to the Zerban campaign, 84 percent of his contributions come from outside Wisconsin, underscoring the intensity of feeling among Democrats nationally towards Ryan and his plan.

    In this context, the new ad that Zerban is set to run against Ryan is worth watching. With Ryan set to debate Joe Biden next week, Ryan is under fire in his own district:

    The ad strikes a moral tone against the Ryan plan, calling it “dangerous,” “cruel,” and “deeply wrong.” And it flatly claims Ryan’s plan “ends Medicare,” an assertion that has drawn scowls from fact checkers, even though Ryan’s plan would end Medicare’s core mission over time. (Paul Krugman has said the plan would “kill the program.”) Zerban claims: “I will never cut Medicare benefits. Ever.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/hitting-paul-ryan-at-home/2012/10/05/298019c6-0efc-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_blog.html

  • creolechild

    “The Beast” (DOJ) is on the move…

    Mississippi Voter ID Law On Hold Until After Election Day |

    Mississippi voters will not need to show ID at the polls this election, as the state’s voter ID law has been put on hold until after the election, when the DOJ can review the law. Mississippi, as a region with a history of discrimination, must get changes to its election law “pre-cleared” by the Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The DOJ has requested more information to review the law, including a copy of data supporting the state’s assertion that the law does not disenfranchise minorities. Texas’ voter ID law was struck down earlier this summer due to its failure to prove it would not disenfranchise minorities.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/10/03/944751/mississippi-voter-id-law-on-hold-until-after-election-day

    H/T Aviva Shen

  • rikyrah

    Obama eager to tout drop in unemployment rate
    By Steve Benen – Fri Oct 5, 2012 1:42 PM EDT

    Every month, without fail, White House officials respond to monthly job numbers in the identical way: there will be month-to-month fluctuations and it’s best not to make too much of any one report.

    And while the official line hasn’t changed, President Obama seemed awfully eager to talk about the new jobs numbers at an event in Virginia this morning

    “This morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since I took office. More Americans entered the work force. More people are getting jobs,” Obama said Friday at a campaign stop at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia.

    The president said the unemployment figure “reminds us that we have still got too many of our friends and neighbors who are looking for work, and they’re too many middle-class families that are still struggling to pay the bills,” but it was clear he viewed the drop below eight percent as a reason to vote for his reelection.

    “Today’s news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down at the economy to score a few political points,” Obama said. “It is a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/05/14245777-obama-eager-to-tout-drop-in-unemployment-rate?lite

    • gc

      Has he been accused of arrogance yet?

      • Ebogan63

        GC all in due time.

      • creolechild

        Yup, that was the meme pre-debate…which failed.

      • Miranda

        Its coming!

        • conlakappa

          C’mon, how dare he mention things that happened on his watch?!!!

  • creolechild

    New Study Confirms Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate Will Reduce Abortion Rate

    A new study focusing on low-income women in St. Louis, MO concludes that expanding access to free contraception — just as the health care reform law does through its provision to provide birth control without a co-pay — leads to significantly lower rates of unintended teen pregnancy and abortion. Researchers found that when women weren’t prohibited by cost, they chose more effective, long-lasting forms of birth control and experienced much fewer unintended pregnancies as a result.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/10/05/966121/obamacare-birth-control-abortion/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • Miranda
    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Mitt ain’t neva gonna live this down! LOL

      • MsKitty

        Blows my mind that when the post-game analysis is written about Election 2012 that the Muppets are gonna be in the top 5 of Romney campaign killers.

        The Muppets. Somewhere Jim Henson is laughing his ass off.

        • gc

          !0 to 1 my students will be asking about this. When they ask questions about the Bush years and now Romney, I never have to be diplomatic or evasive. I simply answer their questions . The answers speak for themselves. “Did Pres Bush really let Black people drown Mrs gc?’ (and this was a white bread school!) “Most people believe Bush did not respond adequately or quickly.” (you want to come to a DROWNING conclusion, be my guest!)

    • Alma98

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • creolechild

    U.S. Birth Rate Drops For The Fourth Year In A Row |

    There were fewer than 4 million births in the U.S. last year — the lowest number since 1998 — making it the fourth year in a row where the nation’s birth rate decreased. The 1 percent decline was not as steep of a drop compared to recent years, but the birth rate for Hispanic women dropped 6 percent and the teen birth rate continued to fall to a new record low. In a statement, Planned Parenthood officials contributed the decline in teen births to teenagers using better forms of birth control.

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/10/03/950671/us-birth-rate-drops-for-the-fourth-year-in-a-row/

    H/T Amanda Peterson Beadle

  • rikyrah

    Damn.

    Benen has FIFTY ITEMS for this week in Willard’s Lies.

    FIFTY.

    • Ebogan63

      The most I had ever seen was twenty seven. Damn.

    • eclecticbrotha

      In other words, in a 90 minute debate Mitt Romney averaged better than one lie every two minutes.

  • creolechild

    Massachusetts Schools Sue Monsanto For PCB Contamination

    A new lawsuit over harmful levels of the coolant polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) in Massachusetts school buildings is forcing biotech firm Monsanto Company to revisit its unsavory past.[....] The company managed to survive the many lawsuits from poisoned communities and distance itself from its toxic past — largely thanks to the help of Mitt Romney.[....]

    [....] As governor, Romney slashed state funds for local aid in 2003 and 2004, forcing towns to cut corners and enact freezes on education spending. As almost half of all municipal revenue goes toward education, Romney’s austerity budgets dealt a serious blow to local schools.

    Later, Romney took credit for then Treasurer Tim Cahill’s plan to refinance school building assistance, which was meant to clear the more than 400 pending school construction projects in the state. Soon after the refinancing plan was passed, however, Romney froze state contributions to local school construction projects, leaving cities and towns to scramble for funds and suspend some of their backlogged projects.{….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/10/05/959821/massachusetts-schools-sue-monsanto-for-pcb-contamination/

    H/T Aviva Shen

  • aleth

    A black man in power has made an entire group of OLD white rich males crazy (including you Jon stewart)… hahahahahaha its funny has hell.

    My evil laugh………………………………………THIS ELECTION SHOULD NOT BE CLOSE.

    • Daltex82

      They are losing it and it’s a wonderful sight to behold.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Exactly. I mean am I really supposed to take anti-Obama Jack Welch seriously.

    • gc

      This election will not BE close. And Stewart disgusts me.

  • MsKitty


    Erick EricksonVerified
    ‏@EWErickson
    I don’t think it is helpful or healthy for GOP to argument both polling and jobs numbers are cooked.

    Erick Erickson is the voice of reason for the GOP. Let that sink in for a minute.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Imma go pray.

      • creolechild

        Imma go find some garlic…

        • Shilohsmama

          I have the Crucifix ready!

        • AxelFoley

          I got the holy water.

          • rikyrah

            BWA HA HA HA HA HA

    • annvic

      Welp, I guess it’s time to stock up on canned goods and lay out my outfit for when I meet Jesus.

  • creolechild

    5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gets first black chief judge

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has its first black chief judge. Monday is Judge Carl E. Stewart’s first day as chief judge of the New Orleans-based appeals court. The Shreveport resident succeeds Judge Edith H. Jones, who stepped down from the post.[....] The 5th Circuit hears appeals from cases in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

    Read more: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/10/5th_us_circuit_court_of_appeal.html

  • RinaX

    “Black unemployment rate DROPPED from 14.1% to 13.4%”

    Hmmm, where Corny and them at?

    October Surprise for realz, b!tches!

    • Alma98

      My nephew helped with that he got a new job last month.

      • AxelFoley

        So did my daughter.

        It’s funny, she didn’t start paying attention to politics until this year (she’s 17), and already she can’t stand RMoney.

  • Alexander2

    (This ugliness goes way back! H/T Hilda Solis.)

    “Of course, this flaming of BLS reminds us of the episode where President Nixon thought that BLS was manipulating the unemployment data and as part of some Jewish conspiracy against him. He sent White House personnel director Fred Malek (more recently, the national finance co-chair of the McCain campaign) to count the Jews at BLS. Tim Noah wrote the story a few years ago. The Washington Post also covered it. The charges were outrageous then and they remain outrageous today.”

    http://www.epi.org/blog/outrageous-attack-bls/

    • eclecticbrotha

      Hilda slick wit it, ain’t she? “Yeah, the last time y’all pulled that shit you tried to retaliate by firing all the Jews.”

  • Daltex82

    Love, love, love the videos and the pictures especially the one with Shmitt.

    The fact that so many rethuglicans are upset and in denial about the jobs numbers should leave no doubt that these mofos care more about winning the White House than the well being of the Country.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Jack Welch is on his Honey Badger, ya’ll…

    “I am doing nothing more than raising the question,” Mr. Welch said in an interview published in The Wall Street Journal. “It’s fact-based.”

    Welch said that the nation needs to be adding between 150,000 and 200,000 jobs per month in order to just keep up with population growth, let alone drive the official unemployment rate down. “We haven’t reached those numbers at all,” said Welch of September’s 114,000 new jobs added.

    MORE: http://www.mediaite.com/online/jack-welch-doubles-down-on-allegation-september-jobs-report-was-falsified-%E2%80%98i-wasn%E2%80%99t-kidding%E2%80%99/

    • creolechild

      If Welch is sooooo so concerned about the plight of the unemployed (which I highly doubt), as the ex-CEO of General Electric why doesn’t he appeal to his peers to start paying their corporate taxes. He could ask them to step up hiring and stop the massive layoffs. While he’s at it, he might want to encourage these corporations to refuse the oil and gas subsidies theyre’ getting, which taxpayers end up paying for.

      That would be a start but no one’s holding their breath. He wasn’t raising a question and he’s not concerned about the unemployed. He was expressing his honest, tin-foil-hat opinion, but didn’t expect to be called out on it…

    • conlakappa

      How many jobs did he kill at GE? Jack, you’re, what, 80something? Enjoy your platinum years with latest-wife.

  • crazycanuck

    The President gave someone his coat for the rain. I so would of ran off with that coat lmao. Ok off to remove cache, to see if that helps

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    UH OH! Austan Goolsbee finna snatch CNBC contributor James Pethokoukis, who is falsely accusing him of saying Bush “cooked the books in a 2003 NYT article. Read Goolsbee timeline: http://twitter.com/Austan_Goolsbee

  • creolechild

    Appeals Court Rules Ohio Must Make Early Voting Available To All Voters

    The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that Ohio must make early voting during the three days before the election available to all voters if it’s available to military members and voters who live overseas. The ruling upheld a lower court’s decision.[....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/appeals-court-rules-ohio-must-make-early-voting

    H/T Ryan J. Reilly

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      The bad news just rolling in for the Romney and the Rethugs! :-)

    • creolechild

      I know it’s a movie, but it was based on a true story. Keep this image burned in your mind of a slave being whipped simply because he wanted to be free. Then make sure you, and yours, get to the polls next month.

      • Scopedog

        Yep. And to hell with those who tell us not to bother vote, like Turley, Greenwald and Moore.

        No one is going to take away their right to vote. No is trying to. They are trying to take away OURS, and too much has been fought for, too much blood spilled, for us to simply shrug and walk away.

        Voting is a tool of Democracy. Don’t start complaining if you don’t use it.

        (Of course, there are those who bring up the “Democracy is a sham!” argument. Sure it is. I mean, the alternatives worked out so well, didn’t they?)

    • rikyrah

      YES YES YES YES

  • MonieTalks

    It is sad commentary when the GOP and media engages in claims that PBO cooked the numbers, yet they decry the President when he criticizes Wall Street who screwed the economy up while cooking numbers.

    What’s even more telling is that the GOP and their rich Bush tax cut banking friends are deliberately sitting on trillions of cash hoping to keep the President at a disadvantaged and he has still beat the odds.

  • creolechild

    House Republicans Caught on Video Refusing to Stay in Session to Create Jobs

    Democrats Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. Ruben Hinojosa attempted to stop the House adjournment in order to conduct more work, but the Republicans refused to acknowledge them and instead adjourned the Pro Forma session until Tuesday, Oct 9 at 11 AM, while legislative work will not resume until November 13. In other words, House Republicans denied the Democrats’ request to do further work for the people.

    The pending agenda Republicans are kicking down the road is full of jobs bills, a middle class tax cut, the Violence Against Women Act, deficit reduction/Sequestration, relief for underwater homeowners, and more. Watch Democrats Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. Ruben Hinojosa seeking recognition:[See video.]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/house-republicans-refuse-democrats-request-work.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+politicususa%2FfJAl+%28Politicus+USA+%29

    H/T Sarah Jones

    • Kennymack1971

      This should be front page news.

      • conlakappa

        And used in ads for those in race with the leadership. They were too busy rushing home to talk about the lack of jobs to, yanno, discuss helping create jobs.

    • AxelFoley

      House GOP = lazy sumamabitches.

      Let PBO take a month off. All hell would break loose.

      • conlakappa

        Please, he’s called trifling if he takes a day off.

    • malletgirl02

      This was not the first time the Republicans refused to do their job, it was the first time it was caught on tape.

  • Miranda

    SIDE EYE OF DEATH

    Anderson Cooper‏@andersoncooper
    Jack Welch says the new job numbers are “unbelievable,” he will be on @AC360 tonight to discuss his suspicions 8p, 10p

    • Ebogan63

      TeaNN is just disgusting, Solis already shut this bullshit down. First Trump, now this azzhole.

    • Tafr

      When is Anderson going to apologize to the Ambassador’s family with his tacky ass? I expect someone as low down as Anderson to entertain such nonsense.

      • Ebogan63

        I thought that isht was unpatriotic as hell. And these RWNJ have the fucking nerve to talk about the State Dept. ‘restricting free speech’

    • creolechild

      So, CNN is “Keeping Them Honest” by giving this crank a platform to spew more lies and conspiracy theories. So now everyone is supposed to believe that employment data (which btw no one questioned before) is “suspect.” Really, Anderson? Why don’t you just apply at Fox News for a job and be done with it since you lost any semblance of credibility you may have had long ago…

    • Kennymack1971

      These right wingers are having a full fledged meltdown over people finding jobs. Obama Derrangement Syndrome is real ya’ll.

    • aleth

      Obama v. Media

      I think it was Tapper or Todd when the President got into office who said they would make his life miserable. I forget. They believe their own hype.
      Seriously — its Media v. Obama. Anderson seriously… isn’t there somewhere to go put this asshat.

      Men it feels like ole boy network v. Obama

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • AxelFoley

        One of them really said that shit?

        • conlakappa

          I think the person said he would question everything the President said/did, as sort of an atonement for never questioning the previous occupant is how it came across.

      • Scopedog

        Yeah, but when it was Bush II, out came the kneepads.

        Robert Parry at Consortium News was right–since Reagan’s election in 1980, the MSM has coddled the GOP Presidents and tossed the candidates major softballs. But as we’ve seen with both Clintons, Gore, and now Obama, the long knives come out, with “Well, now we’re REALLY going to be fair!” as the excuse.

        They’re scared of the Right Wing media machine. They do a disservice to truly _brave_ journalists like Murrow, Cronkite, Webb, and Palast (although he’s based in the UK, he’s a transplanted Yank and was the first to expose the skullduggery of the 2000 Election).

    • trose1

      Jack Welch, a man who sent jobs overseas is now concerned about the unemployment rate in the US.
      I really need someone to ask this hypocrite how many jobs did he outsource overseas.
      SMDH!

      • conlakappa

        You know? GE was notorious for slashing [and not bringing things to light, as the documentary against it was called] but he’s some sort of eminence grise of business who can speak to jobs report.

    • TyrenM

      This bitch right here. “I have no evidence (of malfeasance) but something ain’t right.”

      • AxelFoley

        Oh, now this mofo is Keef Sweat?

        Yeah, I said “Keef”.

    • malletgirl02

      Wasn’t Cooper the one who released unauthorized, the ambasasor who was killed Libya embassy attack private correspondence?

  • Miranda

    ThinkProgress‏@thinkprogress
    Dow Jones closes at 5-year high after positive jobs report http://thkpr.gs/OaXenW #socialism

    • goldenstar

      Ha, ha, ha, ha! They should bring Big Bird, Elmo, and Oscar for the celebration next week!!!!

  • Miranda

    OK….I AM SO DONE!!!!

    David Waldman‏@KagroX
    MRAH! AND ANOTHER THING! THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM IS BULLSHIT!

  • Ebogan63

    utaustinliberal @utaustinliberal

    Pres. Obama: “Moms and kids of America, Gov. Romney wants to fire Big Bird! Elmo had better make a run for it!” #Ohio

  • GN

    I love the President’s new stump speech, incorporating the recent economic news. Talking up good economic news is not only good politics, but it is also President Obama’s jobs as one of the stewards of the American economy. Good news and optimistic forecasts, based upon solid data, increases consumer confidence which is necessary for a recovery. President Obama simply continues to do a fantastic job as the POTUS.

  • Miranda

    Disqus acting a plum fool. Just be aware.

  • lamh35

    Casual Observation
    by BooMan

    If Mitt Romney had promised in the debate to write (once elected) every American a check for $50,000, our pundits would still have stood around congratulating the man for coming out the winner.
    They see it as their job to be psychologists rather than experts.

    Imagine if we had both Obama and Romney give a presentation on particle physics. Then we asked a panel of physicists which presenter did a better job of educating the people about particle physics. What would we think if the physicists talked about who was more aggressive or who blinked more, totally ignoring that Romney was describing organic chemistry instead of particle physics while Obama actually dealt with the subject at hand?

    Why do all our pundits, who all follow politics religiously, think it not their job to explain the facts and that their expertise is best put to use pretending to know how people feel?

  • Miranda

    WOW

    BOOOOM: CONSUMER CREDIT DESTROYS EXPECTATIONS

    The number has just come out…

    At first glance, the consumer credit number is a big beat.

    $18.12 in new consumer credit is well ahead of expectations of $7.25 billion.

    Last month’s shrinkage of 3.25 billion was also revised upwards to shrinkage of just $2.45 billion.

    The growth mix was both revolving and non-revolving.

    You can download the full report here.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/august-consumer-credit-2012-10#ixzz28ScuKC94

  • creolechild

    Not so fiesty today, are you Mitt? Poor thang…is that the best ya’ got because I’m quite sure that someone has a friend or family member who was unemployed but is now working.

    Romney: Economy improving because Americans are ‘giving up and dropping out’

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Friday that the nation’s improving unemployment rate actually means that “more and more Americans” have simply decided they don’t want to work anymore, “giving up and dropping out” of the job hunt.[....] He added that the “real reality” is that unemployment would be closer to 11 percent if those workers were accounted for. However, BLS statistics show that the labor force participation rate has only dropped by 2 percent since Obama took office, which doesn’t come close to covering the spread in Romney’s claim.[...]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/05/romney-economy-improving-because-americans-are-giving-up-and-dropping-/

    H/T Stephen C. Webster

    • GN

      Mendacious Mitt strikes again.

    • Kennymack1971

      Mitt needs to sit his lying ass down somewhere.

    • AxelFoley

      This POS here…

    • Scopedog

      Wow. Seems like he’s repeating a common criticism of PBO that’s usually limited to some on the far Left.

      And that whole thing about PBO not going after Wall Street? Hmmmm….sounds like Romney was channeling Matt Taibbi.

      Sometimes, it seems, the Right’s best talking points come from the far Left. Sadly.

  • creolechild

    New black ‘Rooti’ dolls aim to foster African knowledge and pride

    First there was the golliwog, then there was black Barbie. Now the creators of a new talking doll say that after 140 years of racism and negative stereotyping, toys for black children have finally come of age with a doll that helps them to learn their roots. “Rooti” dolls claim to be the first fashion dolls to speak languages from countries ranging from Ghana to Zimbabwe and are designed to help the western children of African parents to stay in touch with their African heritage.[...]

    The dolls are the latest in a long line of attempts to reshape a toy industry that for many people of African descent still reflects racial prejudice. Attempts by Mattel to create an entire range of African American Barbie dolls – with names such as Chandra, Zahara, Trichelle and Janessa – met with derision from some groups who said the dolls did not go far enough in portraying a more realistic body image of black women.

    “Many people told us that the existing black dolls on the market look like a white doll painted black,” said Ngoforo. “Our dolls are created as a real image and identity of us as black people – African, African Caribbean and African American. They have wider noses, fuller lips, long curly hair and they come in various shades of black.”

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/05/new-black-rooti-dolls-aim-to-foster-african-knowledge-and-pride/

    H/T Afua Hirsch

  • GN

    To any in the liberal media still bitching about President Obama’s strategically choosing to present a very civil face in the debate (I don’t think that he’ll pull punches again, because he’s proven that his civility is rewarded with lies from pathological Mittens), well here’s an actual story to cover–rampant voter fraud. Liars on the presidential ticket, cheaters in the grassroots:

    @CFormigoni5:
    Tea Party Voter Suppression Group Under Investigation For Possible ‘Criminal Conspiracy’ http://thkpr.gs/QYzCTM via @thinkprogress

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!