Mancow Muller Talks Waterboarding On "Countdown"
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Man, I have been locked down with so many projects I don't know where to begin. I have a couple of random thoughts that I'll post up.
Cheney is out and about saying torture was effective. He says Bush knew and in an interview yesterday on Faux News he said he wasn't sure if Pelosi knew - which gives further credibility to her insistence that she did not know waterboarding was actually taking when she was briefed about enhanced interrogation techniques.
The Bears come in at #4 in Peter King's early power rankings for the upcoming NFL season. Obviously the guy loves Cutler.
A few weeks ago, blowhard idiot Sean Hannity said he was willing to be waterboarded for charity - in particular, for the families of fallen soldiers. He did this on his own TV show. Of course, he isn't actually going to do it because he would end up crying like a baby and soiling himself on national TV. (Too bad for the troops.)
The White House is projecting a $1.8 trillion deficit for this year. That is a horrible number no matter how you look at it.
ExxonMobil voluntarily gave up 8 of its 13 oil leases with the State of Alaska because they didn't want to open up new oil production operations. They got the leases in 2002 and have done nothing with them for 7 years. The State has been fighting with ExxonMobil to get them back. Sarah "Drill Baby Drill" Palin has been in protracted litigation because ExxonMobil didn't want to return the leases. They made a business decision to hold on to the leases in order to prevent other firms from drilling and further eroding oil prices.
It looks like the rate of job losses is slowing. We still had 539,000 job cuts in April, but when Obama took office in January, we had 741,000 cuts in that month - the worst of the recession. Unemployment rose to 8.9 percent - which is much too high - but again we see evidence of an improving economy. As I have stated in earlier posts, unemployment is a lagging indicator of the economy and we should expect no job gains for a few months yet. Firms want to see that the economy is in fact improving and will wait and wait until they are sure before they start hiring again.
The results are to be released today on the Fed's analyses of the 19 largest banks. This is going to be a complete non-event. Between leaks and the promises that the government won't let these banks fail there isn't much news.
In another sign of the improving economy, home sales rose in March - making it two months in a row with an increase.
It is an astounding 68 percent approval for the President.