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Good Friday News
Author: BobR    Date: 04/02/2010 11:28:55

This being Good Friday, and a beautiful day, and the prime weekend for the Cherry Blossom festival here in DC, AND my birthday weekend (*whew*), I just can't get angry about anything. So - in honor of Good Friday, here are some good news tidbits to get the weekend started...

First up: The impending job report is supposed to be full of good news. The reactions from both parties are as expected:
Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to put out their spin ahead of Friday’s unemployment report.

The report is expected to show the economy gained a significant number of jobs for the first time in three years, and a Thursday release by the Department of Labor that said that weekly unemployment claims had hit a new low did nothing to lower the expectations.

Republicans on Thursday emphasized that if the report is positive, it will only be because government is growing.

House Republican Leader John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) press shop issued a release predicting the numbers will be “inflated” because of temporary Census workers...

I'm sure those people getting a paycheck could care less whether they come from the government or a private company. Neither will the merchants who benefit from the newly employed spending their paychecks.

Next: We have been complaining for years about the war profiteering of government contractors. It seems that something is finally being done about it. The Justice Department is suing KBR for improper billing. Seems they charged for private security... while working with the military:
The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it sued the Houston-based military contractor KBR Inc for alleged false claims act violations over improper costs for private security in Iraq.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleged that KBR knowingly included impermissible costs for private armed security in billings to the U.S. Army covering the 2003-2006 time period, the department said.

KBR has been the U.S. military's largest private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been criticized for cost overruns in Iraq, and lawmakers in Congress last month questioned the Army's continued use of KBR for logistics work.

The company said it had to hire private security because the government failed to protect its employees, and added that it believed the government filed the lawsuit to avoid reimbursing it for security costs.

The Justice Department said the case, which seeks unspecified damages, was brought as part of an initiative to crack down on procurement fraud...

Here's hoping this is just the tip of the iceberg and Halliburton is next on the chopping block.

Finally: You may have heard this, but Sean Hannity actually compared the teabaggers to Timothy McVeigh:
...a FOX News Channel broadcast on March 30 [...], conservative radio host and Fox anchor Hannity can be clearly heard telling his audience, "Can I add one thing. I think we won the debate."

"When you think of the vast majorities they have in Congress, and they had the bribe back room deals, corruption," Hannity continued, "that's because of the Tea Party movement, all these Tim McVeigh wannabes."

(NOTE: There is a video at the link...) So it seems that Hannity is tacitly admitting that the teabaggers are cut from the same racist violent cloth as McVeigh. Sure that can be a little scary, but it means that either Hannity is on the side of violent racism, or he pretends to be for ratings. Either one is bad bad bad...

Speaking of Teabaggers, here's a bonus click: Teabonics, the curious language (and spelling) of the teabagger movement...

It's Friday, ya bastahds - have a great weekend!

23 comments (Latest Comment: 04/02/2010 19:49:18 by TriSec)
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Comment by Raine on 04/02/2010 12:58:22
Good Morning!



and for this friday, I Present to you the Worst Campaign song EVER. -- This is the guy we kicked McKinney out for?



(AND the guy who said that if we build too much, Guam might tip over -- )

Comment by wickedpam on 04/02/2010 13:06:03
Morning



Teabonics hurts my head

Comment by wickedpam on 04/02/2010 13:26:44
I'm so going to see Clash of the Titans - it looks so bad as bad then the original

Comment by BobR on 04/02/2010 13:30:38
Quote by Raine:

Good Morning!



and for this friday, I Present to you the Worst Campaign song EVER. -- This is the guy we kicked McKinney out for?



(AND the guy who said that if we build too much, Guam might tip over -- )




WOW - that is hawwwAWWWfulll....

Comment by Scoopster on 04/02/2010 13:30:55
Morning all & Happy Sunny Dry Fridee!

Comment by Raine on 04/02/2010 13:39:33
Hey Scoop! They showed Rhode Island and Mass last night on the local news. Good Lord, I am so happy that you and Tri and a few other of my friends in the area are alright.





Comment by trojanrabbit on 04/02/2010 14:06:20
Morning all.



Today is "Spring Holiday" so no work for me. But I still had to bring my wife to work since the new windshield on her car needs another day to set. So I'm in the mall parking lot with the iPod playing the SMS live stream and the laptop surfing. Good thing the mall has wi-fi.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 04/02/2010 15:00:06
Good morning, bloggers!



No subbing for me today, so I am grabbing a cup of tea before yard work. Unlike our friends in New England, the weather has been great in Chicagoland. We may reach the low 80s today.



BobR, excellent blog. I hope that we can see the end of using private contractors so much. There was a time when our military provided protection for our embassies and soldiers had KP duty.



As for Hannity's remarks, I am not so much concerned about it but at the roaring approval of it by the audience. No moral individual would want to be equated to Tim McVeigh.

Comment by wickedpam on 04/02/2010 15:00:39
Okay - set up and making the move to vios - thanks for the help everyone

Comment by wickedpam on 04/02/2010 15:07:29
and the show time travels to jr high

Comment by Scoopster on 04/02/2010 15:32:11
Quote by Raine:

Hey Scoop! They showed Rhode Island and Mass last night on the local news. Good Lord, I am so happy that you and Tri and a few other of my friends in the area are alright.



Oooh that reminds me.. I have some pictures to upload! I live on the other side of the bay where we didn't get this really nasty flood, but we still got some flooding and there's a small bridge out near my house heh.

Comment by wickedpam on 04/02/2010 15:33:59
aawww - they need to bring the sexy liberal show to DC

Comment by wickedpam on 04/02/2010 15:57:10
Bye Miranda!

Comment by livingonli on 04/02/2010 17:06:04
Greetings from das salt mine. Another OT day for me due to afternoon tennis. Well I do need the money. The work load will start to thin out as teams get eliminated from the playoffs. Already, the Islanders and Knicks are done. We will have the Devils and Sabres in and the Rangers are on the bubble but not looking good.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/02/2010 17:10:17
Quote by BobR:

Quote by Raine:

Good Morning!



and for this friday, I Present to you the Worst Campaign song EVER. -- This is the guy we kicked McKinney out for?



(AND the guy who said that if we build too much, Guam might tip over -- )




WOW - that is hawwwAWWWfulll....




Yeah that 70 TSOP style soul ballad is gonna charge people up. I am Leonard Pinth Garnell with another episode of "Bad Campaign Songs."

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/02/2010 17:14:27
Quote by wickedpam:

I'm so going to see Clash of the Titans - it looks so bad as bad then the original




I so want to see it based on the one line I've heard from Liam Neeson. "Release the Kraken!" It is delivered with such scene chewing intensity that I hope all of his performance is equally over the top. As you might know the Kraken is a fixture in Norse, not Greek mythology.

Comment by BobR on 04/02/2010 17:32:08
Quote by Mondobubba:

Quote by wickedpam:

I'm so going to see Clash of the Titans - it looks so bad as bad then the original




I so want to see it based on the one line I've heard from Liam Neeson. "Release the Kraken!" It is delivered with such scene chewing intensity that I hope all of his performance is equally over the top. As you might know the Kraken is a fixture in Norse, not Greek mythology.


as was mentioned on this morning's show...

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/02/2010 17:35:07
Quote by BobR:

Quote by Mondobubba:

Quote by wickedpam:

I'm so going to see Clash of the Titans - it looks so bad as bad then the original




I so want to see it based on the one line I've heard from Liam Neeson. "Release the Kraken!" It is delivered with such scene chewing intensity that I hope all of his performance is equally over the top. As you might know the Kraken is a fixture in Norse, not Greek mythology.


as was mentioned on this morning's show...




Well gee, Bobber as I wasn't listening to the show. I was basing this on my crack knowledge of Norse mythology. Can't a guy be pedantic?

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/02/2010 17:36:10
Comment by TriSec on 04/02/2010 17:47:29
Howdy folks....busy morning. I wasn't working, but I was in the city anyway.



Now I'm making pizzeles for Easter.





Comment by Scoopster on 04/02/2010 18:54:15
Are you guys ready to ?!

Comment by TriSec on 04/02/2010 19:49:18
One for the gamers out there.



FS2004 was giving me such a hard time recently, so I blew it away. Uninstalled, wiped all the folders, deleted my fleet. Done. Gone.



I ran across my copy of FS98, so on a whim, I installed it to see what it looked like.



Glass smooth....frame rates over 70, but completely atrocious and cartoonish graphics. I just couldn't do it. So, it's out and I'm going to try a full reinstall of FS04 again.



But it was neat to see again. I remember when that was the bee's knees.