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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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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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