Unemployment Update: Action stalled in Senate where parties bicker over funding mechanism…

10/23 See Update https://moderateinthemiddle.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/unemployment-update-senate-cloture-vote-on-unemployment-extension-next-tuesday/

Update 10/16 : Where is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while Americans are waiting for a vote on the UE Extension??! Is he working hard behind the scenes to force a vote? Nah.

He is FUNDRAISING AND CAMPAIGNING IN NV WITH JOE BIDEN! unreal. The state of NV is among the highest in UE and foreclosures and this yahoo is doing PRIVATE HIGH DOLLAR FUNDRAISING appearances with Biden while we twist? NV please vote this guy out in 2010, pretty please? If you are waiting on this vote, please call your Senators.


Vice President Joe Biden is back in Reno for the first time since last year’s presidential election. The former U.S. senator from Delaware is in town to tout the progress of the federal stimulus package as well as help raise money for Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election campaign.

After a private fundraising breakfast, the two are scheduled to speak at an invitation-only event at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lawlor Events Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

The visit comes at a time Nevada continues to suffer more than other states from the recession. The unemployment rate continues to increase. Taxable sales are down, and gaming revenue continues to drop.


October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics. 13 comments.

Update: FOX Exec Preston Beckman agrees he is an a**hole; TSCC – the machine aspires to be human; Dollhouse – the human is reduced to a machine


Update: 10/16 SciFiWire picked up one of the THR Beckman quotes around the Dollhouse 13 episode pickup I had not seen before.

So word from Joss is that prxck Reilly (who hated TSCC and made nasty comments about we TSCC fans at the announcement it wasnt being picked up) called Joss with the AWFUL rating of S2 premiere and the first thing he told Joss was Dont worry we are airing all 13. Yeah cuz Reilly clearly has a hard on for Dollhouse and hated TSCC.

Could not be more crystal clear. But in case it wasnt Preston admits he is an axxhole and whines about Joss fans giing him shxt. Frak the studio execs, they suck.

(…)”If you cancel it, you’re an asshole; if you renew it and then don’t put it back on, you’re an asshole,” he said. “I’m still paying for ‘Terminator.’ ‘Dollhouse’ has a small rabid fan base that in the world of social media seems bigger than it is. We gave them another season knowing full well we were going to burn in hell if we pulled it.”

Great comment on SciFiWire from a fan:

By ants97 at 1:48 PM ON 10/16/09

you see that excuse would actually hold some credence if they hadn’t cancelled tscc which gained better live numbers, better dvr numbers, better dvd sales and has a much larger and more rabid fan base than the 5 dolhhouse guys over at whedonesque. I mean would the dollhouse fans hire a mobile billboard or cinema screen time to get their show back on the air, no they’ll go and re watch tru calling. No it’s all down to the fact that dollhouse is now dirt cheap to make and fox had no other shows to air on a friday as seen by the 2 comedy shows dollhouse has been paired with. The fans excuse is just a pathetic attempt to garner favour with the sci fi community after it lost them after cancelling firefly and tscc amongst others. When they cancel fringe this season let them see what pathetic excuse them come up with for that one.

I want my TSCC.


Yep. TSCC all the way baby. As the Cameron/John storyline became more romantic, FOX seemed wigged by it, but they clearly have no problem dressing a grown woman as a Barbie and making her a personal robot. Huh.


October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Horror, media, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. 1 comment.

Update: More Clips! Denna! Legend of the Seeker – DVD- ‘The Future’ clip from Season 1 Finale

Update: More clips from S1. Denna! Awesome. Making me miss the books, after the new WoT Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson at the end of the month I may have to go back to Sword of Truth and re-read it (again)…I want a scanner for my Kindle so I can load all my books 🙂 It is just a few weeks to Season 2 (November 7th!)so we have that to look forward to! DVD 1 Boxed set on sale now $31.99 AMZN.

The making of a Mord S’ith explained-

Spell of the Lying Moon snags Richard, 1.12: (after the break):


October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Legend of the Seeker, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

Update 2: Rush on being dropped from bid; Rush Limbaugh fires back….

Update 2: More clips, callers today:

Courtesy of theConservativeSite

More clips from today’s and yesterday’s shows after the break:


October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , . Entertainment, Politics, Sports. Comments off.

Barnes n Noble Kindleslayer?

ohhhh pretty!

Sneak Peek of BnN;'s ebook reader from Gizmodo

Sneak Peek of B&N's ebook reader from Gizmodo

h/t Instapundit! Exclusive from gizmodo. Word is it will have access to all the books Google is uploading also!

And here is the date for the big reveal:


October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , . Entertainment, Fiction, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

It’s that time again!!! Simpson’s ‘Treehouse of Horror XX’ airs Oct 18th…

My favorite 🙂

Variety has the inside dish on this year’s Treehouse of Horror:

…The first segment, an homage to Alfred Hitchcock with a lot of references to movies like “Strangers on a Train,” is extremely clever, containing all sorts of stuff that’s too good for the kids to appreciate. (Remember, those who were in middle school when the series premiered are in their 30s now, so its audience cuts across a wide swath, to say the least.)

The next two installments — one loosely derived from “28 Days Later,” and reasonably gruesome, which is quite a feat for animation — are considerably less effective, including a stage show complete with musical numbers….

October 14, 2009. Tags: , . Art, Comedy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, graphic art, Horror, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

DOW 10,000? Watch the zombie bull ride as the US Dollar tanks!

Update: linkys added


How long can it go on before the falling dollar slips from the control of Rahm and Timmeh and we get slammed with hyperinflation? MiM is long HARD assets now, like  ‘drop it on my foot go ouch’ hard as the guys on FastMoney would say…it may seem like a brilliant idea to these fools on the Hill to let the dollar slip to reduce the ginormous debt, but Americans buy goods with American dollars ya dig? maroons, all of them. No nation ever got strong by devaluing its own currency, was that Reagan? Kudlow opines:

Smells like the 1970s.Just look at two ominous headlines in the news: First is the global shift out of the dollar and into commodities. Second is the dollar losing its reserve status to the yen and the euro.

In the second quarter ending in June, central banks around the world invested 63 percent of their new cash reserves into euro and yen, and put only 37 percent into dollars. Over the past six months, the dollar has lost 15 percent while gold has climbed nearly $150. If this continues, spiking inflation and interest rates will choke off the bull market in stocks and do serious damage to the economy. It could happen fast.

Yet markets are rallying hard off the weakened greenback. They think consumers will feel BETTER about spending as their dollar value shrinks?? (exports may help the MNCs and unions short term but it is a fool’s game) The DOW is up >100 b/c the retail sales only fell 1.5% (consensus was over 2%)  IMO any bump on anything but sustained job growth is premature, I dont give a flying frak if they say it is a lagging indicator*, the US Consumer is STILL 70% of GDP and TOTUS is off the rails of the crazy train spending like it’s going out of style (and it has gone out of style!)…

How bout some Metallica? The Bell is Tolling for the US Economy and the fools don’t hear it.


October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Heavy Metal, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

NY: Bloomberg – Thompson Debate

Unbelieveable! almost no questions about UNEMPLOYMENT!

Courtesy of theuptowncurrent

NYPost OpEd:

BY the end last night’s debate between incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg and challenger Bill Thompson, the city comptroller, we had the answers to numerous pressing questions. We knew if the candidates had ever had a manicure, where they stood on the Roman Polanski affair and whether they exercised regularly. But we still awaited the first adult discussion on our imperiled economy.

The economy came up only in passing, when the candidates referred to the homeless, crime or subsidized housing. Amazingly, none of the questions in the debate — sponsored by NY1 and radio station WNYC and held at The Museum of the Barrio — spoke to the looming economic and fiscal dangers ahead.

Unemployment went unmentioned, even though the city has lost 100,000 jobs since Wall Street tanked, sending our unemployment rate up to 10.3 percent — the highest level in 16 years.

Barring an entirely unexpected revival in hiring, that number will only go sharply higher as the financial sector continues to shrink and as the numbing effect of federal stimulus money wears off in a year and half — leaving the next mayor in the fiscal soup.

An alert challenger less concerned with pandering would have asked, as Thompson did not, why, even in the recent boom years, the city’s rate of job creation has been so far below the average of the last 30 years. And asked why so many of the jobs that have been created are either in low-end hospitality work or at city-subsidized health-care facilities….

Clips 3-7 of the debate after the break-

Continues after the break:


October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

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