Archive for October, 2009

Cartoon of the Day

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William Henderson: Boo Packers Fans, Boo

Via ESPN’s “NFC North Blog,” which also points out this.

Inter­est­ing side note: As a free agent in 2006, Hen­der­son vis­ited the Vikings and entered into nego­ti­a­tions with the team before the Pack­ers re-signed him. Noth­ing like using a divi­sion rival for a lit­tle con­tract leverage.

Since retir­ing from the NFL after the 2006 sea­son (He was released by the Pack­ers and no other team was will­ing to sign him), Hen­der­son has been try­ing to break into a career in broadcasting.

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Cartoon of the Day

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Halloween Tips from Blame Society Films

Blame Soci­ety Films, the inter­net sen­sa­tion from Madi­son behind “Chad Vader, Day Shift Man­ager” and other short inter­net films on YouTube posts this short film of celebrity par­ody on Hal­loween Safety.

The voices might be fake, but the tips are real.

Have a safe and Happy Hal­loween everyone.

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Quote of the Day

From a memo to House Repub­li­cans by Alan Meltzer, Eco­nom­ics Pro­fes­sor at Carnegie Mel­lon University.

There is no greater recog­ni­tion of the fail­ure of the stim­u­lus pro­gram to cre­ate jobs than the efforts to mis­lead the pub­lic into believ­ing the pro­gram had saved thou­sands, or mil­lions, of jobs.One can search eco­nomic text­books for­ever with­out find­ing a con­cept called “jobs saved.” It doesn’t exist for good rea­son:  how can any­one know that his or her job has been saved? The Admin­is­tra­tion can make up any num­ber it pleases.  The num­ber has no mean­ing.  The Coun­cil of Eco­nomic Advis­ers gets a num­ber for jobs saved using the same model that Dr. Christina Romer and Jared Bern­stein used when they fore­cast that the $787 stim­u­lus pro­gram would keep the worst unem­ploy­ment rate in this reces­sion at about eight per­cent.  But as we all know, since that bill became law, our econ­omy has shed some three mil­lion jobs and the unem­ploy­ment rate is near­ing dou­ble digits.

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Our National Punchline for Today

Just got this email from Politico.

White House offi­cials, under pres­sure from the economy’s con­tin­u­ing job losses, plan to announce Fri­day that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s $787 bil­lion stim­u­lus plan “has cre­ated and saved at least 1 mil­lion jobs” since he signed it in February.

You can read the entire arti­cle at Politico here.

How did they come to this num­ber?  We have no idea.  The AP has already debunked the first round of numbers.

Hell, even CBS News isn’t buy­ing it.

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Cartoon of the Day

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Favre and Rodgers…Together Again

Took this pic­ture one day in August when I stopped by Green Bay to watch the Pack­ers prac­tice dur­ing train­ing camp. I just liked the jux­ta­po­si­tion of it, if I recall.

Think it was a few days later, Favre offi­cially signed with the Vikings.

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US Auto Subsidies">China Considering Challenging US Auto Subsidies

Truth be told, I saw this com­ing when the World Trade Orga­ni­za­tion recently ruled in Boeing’s favor against the Euro­pean Union’s long his­tory of sub­si­diz­ing Air­bus (Air­bus has rarely — if ever — made a profit with­out British, French, and Ger­man tax­pay­ers fork­ing the bill.).  Even­tu­ally, some coun­try would look at the var­i­ous auto bailouts, tax sub­si­dies, cor­po­rate wel­fare pack­ages states have given them, etc., etc., and come with a case against the US’s recent sub­si­diz­ing of the auto indus­try and bring it before the WTO over the same rea­sons Boe­ing took on Airbus.

I just never expected it’d be the Chi­nese to launch the challenge.

China has told the United States it is launch­ing a trade inves­ti­ga­tion that could lead to new import duties on autos and sports util­ity vehi­cles made by Chrysler, Ford and Gen­eral Motors, a U.S. indus­try offi­cial said on Wednesday.

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The doc­u­ments con­tain­ing the charges were pre­sented by China to the U.S. gov­ern­ment this week, but have not yet been trans­lated. There­fore we are not in a posi­tion to com­ment on the mat­ter at this time,” Steve Collins, pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Auto­mo­tive Pol­icy Coun­cil, told Reuters.

He esti­mated the tra­di­tional Big Three U.S. automak­ers export about 9,000 vehi­cles to China.

Total U.S. pas­sen­ger car exports to China — which would also include those made by man­u­fac­tur­ers such as BMW and Nis­san — were $1.1 bil­lion in 2008.

As a likely-end con­sumer of Amer­i­can cars, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has a very legit beef with the auto bailouts and even the “Cash for Clunk­ers” pro­grams.  With­out them, the excess inven­to­ries might have made their way to China; at a dis­count, and sold there.  With the pro­grams and sub­si­dies, the Chi­nese are pay­ing full price was last year’s models.

We’re quickly see­ing the other side of the coin about hav­ing the Chi­nese as full-fledged World Trade Orga­ni­za­tion mem­bers.  Though we can now sue them with a gov­ern­ing body to enforce the rul­ings found against them; they can sue back.

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Dumbasses of the Week

Two men in Iowa attempted to rob an apart­ment.  One prob­lem, they were out of black masks.

Their solu­tion: Per­ma­nent Black Marker.

The expected out­come ensued.

Police had no trou­ble iden­ti­fy­ing two men accused of try­ing to break into a Car­roll apart­ment. Police were respond­ing to a call about an attempted bur­glary when they pulled over a car match­ing the alleged sus­pects’ vehi­cle. Inside the car, offi­cers found two men with their faces black­ened with per­ma­nent marker. Police said the caller described two men with painted faces attempt­ing to break into an apart­ment Fri­day night before dri­ving off.

Matthew McNelly, 23, and Joey Miller, 20, were arrested at gun­point after offi­cers were told they might be armed. Nei­ther man had a weapon. McNelly and Miller were each charged with attempted second-degree bur­glary. Both men were released after post­ing bond.

Attor­neys for the men declined com­ment Tuesday.

Here’s their mugshots.

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Is the first guy try­ing for an “Ulti­mate War­rior” look there?

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