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A little truth from the head of Gallup

By Patrick Van Roy On February 5th, 2015 at 9:30 pm

The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment + UPDATE
“13 Million jobs were lost, only 3 Million have
have been created”

I ask those who keep saying that the economy has recovered, In what way has it recovered? Watch the New Clip.

by Jim Clifton

Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.

Right now, we’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is “down” to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market.

None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job — if you are so hopelessly out of work that you’ve stopped looking over the past four weeks — the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. That’s right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news — currently 5.6%. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren’t throwing parties to toast “falling” unemployment.

There’s another reason why the official rate is misleading. Say you’re an out-of-work engineer or healthcare worker or construction worker or retail manager: If you perform a minimum of one hour of work in a week and are paid at least $20 — maybe someone pays you to mow their lawn — you’re not officially counted as unemployed in the much-reported 5.6%. Few Americans know this.

Yet another figure of importance that doesn’t get much press: those working part time but wanting full-time work. If you have a degree in chemistry or math and are working 10 hours part time because it is all you can find — in other words, you are severely underemployed — the government doesn’t count you in the 5.6%. Few Americans know this.

There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.

And it’s a lie that has consequences, because the great American dream is to have a good job, and in recent years, America has failed to deliver that dream more than it has at any time in recent memory. A good job is an individual’s primary identity, their very self-worth, their dignity — it establishes the relationship they have with their friends, community and country. When we fail to deliver a good job that fits a citizen’s talents, training and experience, we are failing the great American dream.

Gallup defines a good job as 30+ hours per week for an organization that provides a regular paycheck. Right now, the U.S. is delivering at a staggeringly low rate of 44%, which is the number of full-time jobs as a percent of the adult population, 18 years and older. We need that to be 50% and a bare minimum of 10 million new, good jobs to replenish America’s middle class.

I hear all the time that “unemployment is greatly reduced, but the people aren’t feeling it.” When the media, talking heads, the White House and Wall Street start reporting the truth — the percent of Americans in good jobs; jobs that are full time and real — then we will quit wondering why Americans aren’t “feeling” something that doesn’t remotely reflect the reality in their lives. And we will also quit wondering what hollowed out the middle class.

Jim Clifton is Chairman and CEO at Gallup.


Gallup CEO: Number of Full-Time Jobs as Percent of Population Is Lowest It’s Ever Been

Gallup CEO and Chairman Jim Clifton doubled-down on his comments earlier in the week on the misleading Obama unemployment rate.

Obama says the unemployment rate is 5.6% which is very misleading.  Clifton went on America’s Newsroom today to explain the misleading government numbers.

The number of full-time jobs, and that’s what everybody wants, as a percent of the total population, is the lowest it’s ever been… The other thing that is very misleading about that number is the more people that drop out, the better the number gets. In the recession we lost 13 million jobs. Only 3 million have come back. You don’t see that in that number. “

Via America’s Newsrooom:



Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in north.

By Mike Cunningham On January 28th, 2015 at 9:03 am

I have some comforting news for British people; the hugely-subsidised and fairly useless Met. Office, well known for its useless forecasts, huge amounts of taxpayers cash spent on ever-more complex computers which produce ever-more catastrophically-wrong forecasts, and slavish devotion to either Global Warming or Climate Change beliefs; this boondoggle of a forecasting organisation is no longer the worst in the world. It has come under severe pressure to be the worst forecaster ever by the bunch in America known as the National Weather Service, who forecast three feet of snow, hurricane winds and power outages over two-thirds of the North-Eastern United states.

What did New York get, after shutting down all the subways, streets, tunnels and airports? They get moderate snowfalls of six-ten-odd inches, empty streets, businesses closed down, and Mayor de Blasio surveying all of his empire, secure that he had ‘done the right thing’. Philadelphia was promised fourteen inches of snow; they got about two.

American NWS, we salute you!

The meteorologist-in-charge of the Philadelphia forecast office, Gary Szatkowski, posted to Twitter:

My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public.

You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t. Once again, I’m sorry.

Aim, Steady, Squeeze that trigger slowly.

By Mike Cunningham On January 25th, 2015 at 6:35 pm


When America wants to see and watch class, it instinctively knows which films to watch. American Sniper was the highest-grossing film over the long weekend with over $200 million, playing in  3,705 theatres across America. N.B.  No free seats were given away at all! A story about an American hero, who served his Country, and his family, and died in truly tragic circumstances, apparently murdered by a man he was trying to help.

American Sniper, a movie celebrating the heroics of a white man (a white man who every institution – television, Hollywood, academia, government, and commercials – in America works overtime to denigrate) has one of the most astounding opening weekends in the history of cinema.

Compare this record with the much-hyped Selma, which hoovered up some 275,000 ‘students’ who were given free tickets to see a film which not many other people wanted to pay to watch, and of course was the critics’ darling and ‘best film’ and all that rubbish. We even got the widest mouth in American politics, that’s the one belonging to Al Sharpton, decrying the fact that there are no black people in the nominations for the Oscars.

Selma? No one cares, save Oprah Winfrey and her coalition of well-connected black businessman in major American cities whose entire fortune is dependent on government-mandated minority contracts.

My choice

By Patrick Van Roy On January 14th, 2015 at 4:49 pm

If you haven’t figured out who I’m pulling for in the next election than you’re not really paying attention.  2016 is a long way off, but the circus started before Christmas when Jeb started to gobble up as much of the party money as he could.

Here is the platform that I support, read it tell me what you like, what you don’t like. What you believe even if he were to win that there is no chance in hell of getting through.

Ted-Cruz-620x348Ted Cruz is ready to bring big change to Washington—one bill at a time.

Speaking yesterday at Heritage Action’s 2015 Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., the Texas senator outlined his 10 policy goals for the new Republican-controlled Congress.

In doing so, Cruz stressed the importance of the GOP fulfilling the promises it made last election cycle.

“These are extraordinary times,” he said.

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Partisan is, as Partisan does

By Mike Cunningham On December 10th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

When the level, non-partisan, and genuinely sympathetic report regarding the allegations of serial torture from Senator Feinstein’s committee was published (Sorry about the sarcasm) the usual suspects collectively cleared their throats, and unanimously condemned this bunch of criminals masquerading as employees of the CIA; for their terrible and illegal approach towards people whose only real ambition in their lives was to kill Americans. I would have thought that the first thing any committee, intent upon carving a way through the lies and serial attempts at covering up the truth about the nasty things which were alleged to have been done to these men, all of whom were seemingly arrested whilst on holiday in terror-strewn lands, would have been to interrogate the CIA leaders, ex-leaders and CIA staff who were engaged in these alleged acts of torture.

The rebuttal, shown on the website, is fairly damning to the Majority report, produced without a single interview from any senior or ex-senior CIA staffer. Reading through a small selection of rebuttal documents shows that both the White House and the Administration were briefed, aware, and approved of the techniques used to gain intelligence about people who were planning to kill Americans.

I applaud the CIA for their stance, but of course fully expect the Obama Administration to condemn the CIA, because after all, those nasty Republicans knew what was being done in America’s name, and all those orange jump-suit detainees were all completely innocent; well nearly all, except possibly one or even two bad apples, and they were picked up by mistake, possibly on jay-walking charges.


Strange ways of peaceful protesting

By Mike Cunningham On December 8th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

So the  peaceful ‘Protest’ against alleged white police brutality towards black people goes nationwide in America. Fair enough, if these guys want to protest, that is their undoubted right.

But it seems rather strange, to this obsever at least, that protests against violence turns into violence themselves.

Seems to me that what they threaten is ‘if we don’t get what we want, Whitey is gonna’ see much more of our violence. Not too many observers point out that both Grand Juries’ were from both black and white communities, and they considered all the evidence over many days; and still they refused to indict either officer.

The protests have developed into not so much ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ as ‘We want Whitey down, and we want it now; and to hell with the Law’!

the Agony………and the Memory

By Mike Cunningham On December 6th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I shall be busy with Family duties tomorrow, duties involving two of my Grandsons; which of course makes tomorrow important to me. Far too busy to give due accord to a day which changed the history of the World, so; a gentle and subtle reminder of America’s strengths, along with her weaknesses, in today’s convoluted and turbulent times.

From agony:-





To a statement that America will prevail, whilst always remembering:





…………..almost despite the presence of an academic liberal at the helm; mainly because America is an idea, which cannot be trashed by a President who got elected mainly because he was black, not because of what he promised, or what he proposed.


but they don’t really count;…..

By Mike Cunningham On December 1st, 2014 at 10:52 pm

………..mainly because most (74%) of these deaths are Black on Black in Chicago

155 homicides (74% black males)
725 shot & wounded
Six (6) 18 year olds killed: Kawantis Montgomery, Kamaal Burton, Tony McIntos, Alexandra Burgos, Rayvon Little, Johnathan Cartwright
59 …….18 year olds shot & wounded
29 teenagers (13-19) killed
244 teenagers (13-19) shot and wounded
10 shot (5 killed) by the CPD
2 teens – 17yo Laquan McDonald & 19yo Roshad McIntosh – shot & killed by the CPD
9yo Antonio Smith was executed by 4 jagoffs
3yo Donnell Coakley killed by his mother
Brutal, yet incredibly asinine and absurd to say the least.

But still the headlines, the talk-shows; all feature that “Teenaged” Six-foot four black man named Michael Brown, and his death by shooting by a white Policeman in Ferguson; who has been forced to resign after his family received death threats..

Strange how different deaths gain different emphasis.


Westminster makes a stand

By Mike Cunningham On November 18th, 2014 at 12:27 pm


The whole place is in an uproar. A few well-meaning ‘Nanny-State’ supporters have placed the whole outfit on a collision course with Big Tobacco by planning to ban All Tobacco Products from sale in any store, bar or any commercial outfit in Westminster.

Obviously, it ain’t our Westminster, its the one in Massachusetts, and the local Board of Health smeaked in preparations to outlaw all smoking substances, all the things which some people want to enjoy, even though they know the risks.

But the good Board of Health members forgot one teensy-weensie little item when they proposed this ban; they forgot that this is Small-town America; and no-one tells Americans what to eat, smoke or even chew: no-one that is, who wants to keep their seats on that same Westminster Board of Health!

Where Westminster goes, hopefully lots of others might just stand up and follow.


and there I am, next to Buddy with the beer!

By Mike Cunningham On November 9th, 2014 at 2:03 pm



No, not him, the one next but seven across from him, and then two rows down! His buddy pulled the trigger!

A compilation of all those SEALS who now claim to have killed/slotted/injured/finished off/drowned/poisoned/silenced/admired/recruited or otherwise came into comparatively-close contact with the guy who actually hid for over five years in plain sight of the Pakistani military and ISI.