Sinful Pleasure

I went to the local convenience store to pick up a few things, and was thrilled to see that “for a limited time only,” Pepsi is selling their “Throwback” formula, made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

Be still, my heart.

Unemployment Up in 27 States

Maybe it’s time to change the definition of a recession!

As fears of a double-dip recession grows, unemployment in 27 states increased in August, according to a monthly report. The number of states experiencing increases dwarfs the number of states (14) that saw increases in July.

It’s a surprising total, especially considering the unemployment rate moved up only slightly in August. 

According to CNNMoney, Nevada, Michigan and California all saw unemployment rates continue at the highest levels across the country. Nevada boasts the dubious honor of having the highest rate, with 14.4 percent looking for work. That’s up slightly from July when the Silver State had a 14.3 percent unemployment rate.

Thirteen states saw decreases in the number of people without jobs in August, which was an improvement over July. The lowest unemployment rate came from North Dakota, which was an enviable 3.7 percent. South Dakota (4.5 percent) and Nebraska (4.6 percent) also had rates below 5 percent.

NJ Readers – Free Buses to Oct. 2 Rally

Reserve Your Free Seat Today – NJ Buses are filling Up Fast!  Bring Your Family – Bring Your Neighbors – Bring Your Friends!

On Saturday, 10.2.10 hundreds of thousands of Americans from across the country will gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for the ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER RALLY to demonstrate our re-commitment to change.

Let’s put our country back to work and create good jobs for working people!
One Nation Working Together is about reordering our nation’s priorities to invest in our most valuable resource-our people! On October 2nd we will reclaim American themes and traditions – Good Jobs, A Quality and Affordable Public Education, and Equality for All.

There are already over 70 buses leaving from New Jersey and our FREE SEATS ARE GOING FAST!

CLICK HERE to save your free seat on the bus.

Saturday, October 2, 2010,
Lincoln Memorial in Washingto
n, D.C

Buses are leaving from Across the State. CLICK HERE to find a bus location nearest you. .

CLICK HERE to sign up and tell us you will be there!

Join this event on Facebook CLICK HERE and please help us spread the word by sending the event to your entire friends list.

To reserve seats on the bus and/or for more information contact David Hopkins at or at 609-868-2733

Quote of the Day

Anne Laurie at Balloon Juice, commenting on all the “concern” about unemployed workers applying for Social Security disability:

So, let’s drop the mealy-mouthed charades for a minute and get blunt: “We”—the tiny percentage of people at the top of the American income pyramid and the millions of its enablers—are breaking people at an increased and ever-expanding rate. The backdoor programs cobbled together to keep these broken people out of public perception are being strained past the point where Very Serious Economists are comfortable. And therefore “we” need to… further cut back Social Security eligibility, “force” people to stay in the jobs they don’t have, presumably until everyone below boardroom level drops dead 20 minutes before shift-end, so they can be recycled expeditiously with the rest of the day’s garbage.

Since providing even the most minimal raggedy social safety net is un-American socialism, I guess it may come down to a choice between a good murderous pandemic influenza, like the 1918 version that tended to kill previously healthy young adults, or soylent green.


I was reading this post by BTD and had a sudden realization.

Here it is. Policy wonks measure results by abstract data that deals with marginal improvements on a large scale, and voters measure results by large improvements on a personal scale.

There’s an obvious problem there, don’t you think? What have Democrats done that has made your life better, right now?

This is what they don’t get, and this is why we keep talking past each other.

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