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Friday, March 04, 2005

Dishonest Numbers and Media Complicity 

Just now, I heard "good news" on the ABC nightly newscast. This "good news"? Our economy has added 262,000 jobs in February! President AWOL has also been trumpeting this sign our economy is good on his social security traveling medicine show.

Using the magic power of the internets, I found what the president would call "bad internets". According to partisan chopshop the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate increased by 251,000. Using another magic power I call "subtraction", that means we only added 11,000. This is a drop in the bucket of more than 8 million jobless, not accounting for those who have given up looking for work out of frustration, like me.

Know, I don't know what the research staff of ABC makes, but its more than me: $0. Why am I doing a better job than they are? I know people hate bad news, but what about lies? What kind of world are we living in where Xinua gives a more honest account of the US economy? In the immortal words of Lt. Don Brodka, security officer of the Springfield "Try-n-Save":

If I wanted smoke blown up my ass I'd be at home with a pack of cigarettes and a short length of hose.

-Miguel Sanchez  19:42 EST | |

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This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

Ben is a Paramedic and would-be philantropist who lives in Denver. He knows everything about nothing.

Fuzzy Dunlop lives in Manhattan. He is more than capable of standing up to the stresses of a high crime urban environment.

Jess is a teacher. But have YOU given her an apple? No, you haven't. You should be ashamed of yourself. This crazy feminist currently rests her copy of Awakening in Jersey City.

Matt is a pariah, iconoclast, and professor of gambling living in Oakland.

Miguel Sanchez is not Lionel Hutz.

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Paul just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.

Ziggy Stardust has no past.

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