Many of the problems can be due to the general incompetence of the bureaucrats who organize the count — or disorganize it rather — but this time around much of the disarray is intentional:
Last week, one of the millions of workers hired by Census 2010 to parade around the country counting Americans blew the whistle on some statistical tricks.
The worker, Naomi Cohn, told The Post that she was hired and fired a number of times by Census. Each time she was hired back, it seems, Census was able to report the creation of a new job to the Labor Department.
Each month Census gives Labor a figure on the number of workers it has hired. That figure goes into the closely followed monthly employment report Labor provides. For the past two months the hiring by Census has made up a good portion of the new jobs.
Labor doesn’t check the Census hiring figure or whether the jobs are actually new or recycled. It considers a new job to have been created if someone is hired to work at least one hour a month.
Another worker wrote to John Crudele, the author of the article, to say that he was on his fourth rehire with the Census Bureau, and each rehire is recorded as a “new job created,” and each time he’s paid to take the same re-training.
Last month, Plugs Biden said that the economy would be creating 500,000 jobs a month soon — and I don’t doubt it. Hell, they’ll probably get to that number just by hiring, firing and rehiring four Census workers 125,000 times each.
With this kind of sleight of hand accounting going on, you can’t help but wonder what the real unemployment rate is in this country.
At a townhall in New Jersey yesterday, a whiny teacher who could use a few weeks at one of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” boot camps complained about the state’s education budget and how little money she makes and how she’s not compensated for her education and blah blah blah WAAAAHHHH! (violins, pity party).
Governor Christie’s response? “Maybe you should find another job then.” Many in the crowd applauded.
If Christie would have followed up with “You sound pretty stressed out — just wait a week or so and you’ll have the entire summer off with pay to think about how unfairly compensated you are” he would have scored some bonus points.
It was yesterday at a meeting in Washington about Obama’s agenda for small business in America that the president praised the “great work” that the governor is doing in Michigan in the area of tax credits and other incentives for small businesses in Michigan.
“Great work” indeed:
“But… but… it was an administrative error and she never really knew him!”
The governor who claims to be trying to lure business to the state also gives tax incentives to Michael Moore to make his corporation-bashing films here.
“Bring your business to our state while we’re giving tax breaks to a hypocritical lard-ass who might end up bashing your company!” There are better messages that could be sent, but we should expect no less from one of Obama’s brilliant economic advisors.
New Orleans — PNN: President Obama has not only travelled to Louisiana to monitor the progress of the effort to “plug the damn hole,” but the White House announced that the president is personally swimming to the site of the leak to negotiate with, and more than likely apologize to, the spilling oil.
Amid much heroic fanfare, the president departed the Louisiana shoreline this morning, thus beginning his courageous journey to save the Gulf and possibly his presidency (though not necessarily in that order):
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano brought the press up to speed at a briefing this morning. “From day one we were saying ‘from day one’ — From day one there’s never been any doubt about that… from day one. And that ocean out there has been thanking us from day one. And we’ve said that from day one, which was the first day we were right on top of this problem, which was of course, by definition, day one.”
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, during his daily press briefing, refused to answer any questions that required a response and instead showed reporters a chart of the president’s progress as he swims to the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster:
The president is now approximately 75 miles northwest of the leak site and has stopped for the day to play a round of mini-putt golf on a nearby cruise ship. An Obama staffer said that another reason for the stop was that the president’s teleprompter had become waterlogged.
Once on site at some point late Friday afternoon, the president is expected to meet with the leak, as shown in this Washington Post graphic created using data provided by Obama’s staff:
“If the talks are encouraging and the leak shuts down, the president may award it with a ‘Medal for Courageous Restraint’ for avoiding further harm to civilians, animals and the ecosystem,” said Gibbs.
NBC Newsreader Ann Curry delivered the commencement address at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and provided evidence of why you should never rely on Google for your speech prep:
After taking the stage to launch into the school’s 175th commencement address, she sought to drive home the inspirational content of her speech by ticking off the names of a few of the school’s more illustrious alums. Among the entries on the Curry honor roll: “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl, evangelist Billy Graham, slasher-film director Wes Craven, and United Airlines Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer. There was just one problem: Apart from Stahl, everyone on that list actually graduated from another Wheaton College, the Christian liberal-arts college in Wheaton, Illinois.
A funny error, but still, no big deal in the big picture — but the school seems to think so:
You won’t find video or a transcript of Curry’s commencement gaffe anywhere on the Web at this point, because the school has graciously scrubbed all traces of it from the official video and transcript posted on its website. “We didn’t want to broadcast misinformation,” Wheaton spokesman Michael Graca told the Boston Globe.
I can’t help but wonder if somebody from Fox News, which of course now includes Sarah Palin, made the same gaffe, if the school would have been so gracious or if they’d have sent the video to the Huffington Post by now.
Joe McGinniss has for quite some time had an unhealthy fixation on Sarah Palin, but this is just plain creepy:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has long had a contentious relationship with the media, lashed out today against a writer she says has moved in next door while he writes a book about her.
Joe McGinniss, a non-fiction novelist known for works including the book The Selling of the President, an account of the 1968 Nixon presidential campaign, has rented a house next to Palin’s Alaska home for about five months, Palin writes in a Facebook note.
“He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us – while he writes a book about me,” Palin writes. “Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of ‘journalism’ (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they’d ever encountered), we’re sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he’s penning. Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?”
McGinniss is reportedly writing a book about Palin, slated for release in 2011.
Here’s Palin’s Facebook post, along with a picture of the rental house that allows you to see how close it is (caption mine):
Hopefully the Palins plan to do an awful lot of skeet shooting and motorcycle riding this summer… way over close to that side of the yard and at about 2 o’clock in the morning.
It’s a nutcase “Twin Spin” today, brought to you by the uber-corpulent harpies of Code Pink — so named because of all the Pepto Bismol you have to swill after seeing them in bathing suits, smeared in oil, wrapped in fish nets and protesting in front of a BP office.
Somebody roll these things back in the swamp:
And then of course Code Pink staged yet another obligatory attempted citizens arrest of Karl Rove for war crimes — but this one’s funnier because Rove asks the spaceloon if she’s aware that the handcuffs are plastic toys:
Heaven forbid that people who could somebody be sent to fight in a war slip down an obelisk and dislocate a toe during a ritual that’s been going on since about 1940, so fortunately the Safety Patrol has arrived on site at our military academies:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. â€“ As they have for 70 years, students at the U.S. Naval Academy celebrated the end of their grueling first year by scaling a 21-foot obelisk on Monday. But this time, without a lard coating on the monument, students completed the task in minutes.
For years, the Herndon Monument was slathered in the grease to make the event as challenging as possible. It often took hours for a group of first-year students, or “plebes,” to hoist a peer on their shoulders to place an officer’s hat atop the obelisk.
This year, the event drew more attention after Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, the academy’s superintendent, cited “unnecessary injury risk” as a reason the school could end the yearly ritual.
I’m still trying to figure out if the reason that the lard was prohibited is because of a risk of slippage, or because it’s so dangerously high in fat that accidental ingestion could have tragic consequences — a few decades later.
Vice Adm. Fowler, who ordered the lard use discontinued, added:
“I just think at some point it will become not very interesting and it will just cease to be a climb.”
World safer for Democracy!
Now it’s on to putting corks on the end of all forks in the mess hall — those things are pointy-sharp and I can’t believe there hasn’t been a utensil-caused fatality yet.
Quite a ways into John Heilemann’s looooong New York magazine article about Obama, Geithner and Wall Street, there’s this quote I could have done without:
Indeed, the president’s support for his Treasury secretary has been unwavering. (Axelrod would laugh at rumors that Geithner was about to get the boot: “Don’t these people realize they have a man-crush on each other?”) And Obama’s loyalty has been repaid with results.
I don’t think I want to know what those “results” are, because they’re certainly not a revitalized economy.
Oh sure, it’s a “man crush” in a purely metrosexual way and probably has never devolved into a tickle fight or shopping for shoes together, but still, I like my presidents to have just a tad more testosterone.