Is it just me or is it getting really weird in here?


Your taxes at work 

Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security has been running a side business in a crazy attempt to lure “sex tourists” to the United States.  Yeah, it’s true.  Last year they set up a website enticing foreigners (and domestics as well) the opportunity to travel here for the explicit purpose of engaging in sexual activity with minors.  All that any pedophile interested in such a “tour” had to do was register, pay the fee and lounge through the sleazy website’s to make their choice.  The Massachusetts based web hosting firm that gave Big Sis the server space finally had had enough and cut it off in response to some complaints about content, use your imagination.  Read the story for yourself here.

Atlas Shrugged

First of all, if you haven’t read this masterpiece by Ayn Rand, get it and read it.  It took some stones to bring this classic to the big screen and now the liberal progressives are fighting it tooth and nail to keep it out of theaters.  But we can do something about that, thanks to the internet.  You can DEMAND the movie to be shown in your area, just click here and follow the instructions.

Unemployment

First time jobless claims rose to 397,000 (seasonally adjusted) last week, up 26,000 from the prior we ek.  Economists attest that when the number of new weekly unemployment claims falls below 425,000, it is an indication of modest job growth.  The unadjusted number indicates something different entirely, with total NEW claims of just over 406,000 for the same period.  In order to signal a true decline in unemployment the weekly numbers need to stay below 375,000 on a sustained basis which is something that we have, in reality, been able to do.  Take a look at the table below, from the U.S. Department of Labor:

Take a look at the “Change” column.  Notice anything there that seems just a bit goofy?  The increase in the NSA number is more than twice as much as the SA number.  There is a real 35,000+ difference in the number of unemployment claims between NSA and SA for March 5.  I don’t know the rationale but it is very possible that they could model the report to comply with the economists’ definition of “modest job growth”.

“I think they have guns”

A guy in Portland, Oregon placed a puzzling call to 911 the other night after breaking into a home.  Yep, he did.  Apparently the guy was helping himself to a shower when he heard someone just outside the bathroom door demanding to know who he was.  So, he called 911 seeking help. “I just broke into a house and the owner came home,” Chapek told a police operator. “You broke into a house?” the surprised operator responded. “I think she’s got guns,” Chapek added.  When the homeowner told him that she was calling the police he said, “Don’t bother.  I already did.” 

Laugh while you can

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