Show Notes: 08-5-2012

Uncooperative Radio Show Notes: Sunday 8/5/12

A Prayer for the day

Lord, May all that we do this day, from morning until night, begin with your inspiration, and
continue with your powerful help.

Record number of coal fired generators to be shut down
Facing declining demand for electricity and stiff federal environmental regulations, coal plant operators are planning to retire 175 coal-fired generators, or 8.5 percent of the total coal-fired capacity in the United States,according to an analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Shatner helps NASA rover to boldly go to Mars
A NASA rover is preparing to boldly go to the surface of Mars and the landing has been explained in a video by original Star Trek actor William Shatner.

Fewer Americans had jobs in July
There were 195,000 fewer people employed in the United States in July than in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as the national unemployment rate ticked up from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent.

Napolitano: Terroist enter US from Mexico from time to time
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress last week that terrorists intending to harm the American people enter the U.S. from Mexico “from time to time.”

Report: cites killings blamed on non-deported illegals
The Obama administration released illegal immigrants who went on to commit more crimes, including charges of 19 murders, 3 attempted murders and 142 sex crimes, the House Judiciary Committee said in a report Tuesday.

Border controls are back in Europe
Somewhere in America, Barbara Boxer is weeping. The California senator’s version of the Highway Bill (S.1813, also known as MAP-21) which passed the senate and seemed destined to become law, has been dropped in favor of a rival bill that President Obama will sign into law today.

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New Obama plan: Test a job, keep unemployment benefits
The Obama administration is announcing the start of a new strategy to curb nagging unemployment – allowing Americans to keep their benefits while trying out a job.

Cost of Green Products Makes Shoppers See Red
Earth Day has a long way to go before it convinces consumers to put their money where their mouth is and pay more for eco-friendly green products, a new study shows. Though nearly half of people surveyed (46 percent) said they were more inclined to buy a product if it is eco-friendly, the majority (59 percent) said they were unwilling to pay more money for that product of service. Green products may be good at generating lip service, but they’re not so good at opening wallets.

Cutting-edge Navy warship being built in Maine
An enormous, expensive and technology-laden warship that some Navy leaders once tried to kill because of its cost is now viewed as an important part of the Obama administration’s Asia-Pacific strategy, with advanced capabilities that the Navy’s top officer says represent the Navy’s future.

Did Los Angeles Times make right call on photos of dead Afghans
Photos released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times – showing smiling US troops in Afghanistan posing with the remains of suicide bombers – are reigniting a debate about the ethics of publishing such photos during wartime.

Report: Threat from anti-jihadist extremists grows
Anti-Islamist groups and individuals like those that inspired Norwegian Anders Berhing Breivik to launch his bloody attacks in Norway last July are growing in number, reach and interconnectedness, according to a new report.

Eight ways your job may be killing you
How many times have you thought, “This job is going to kill me”? The truth is, you may have been right. For better or worse, a person’s job plays a critical role in his or her mental and physical health. The good news is that there are some things about work that are good for you, too.

Unemployment rate drops to 4.5 percent, Economy Strong

Yeah, we need to do something about thhose Bush tax breaks…

From the AP:

The nation’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.5 percent in February even as big losses of construction and factory jobs restrained overall payroll growth. Wages grew briskly.

The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department on Friday, offered a picture of an employment climate that remains in fundamentally good shape despite slower job growth in part due to bad winter weather in parts of the country, economists said.

The slight decline in the politically prominent jobless rate, from 4.6 percent in January, came as hundreds of thousand of people left the work force, a development that economists also believe was related to the bad weather in February that made it difficult to get out and look for jobs.

Employers, meanwhile, added 97,000 new jobs to their payrolls in February, the fewest in two years, as bad winter weather forced construction companies to slash 62,000 jobs, the most since 1991. Factories, feeling the strain of the troubled housing and auto industries, also continued to cut jobs. They eliminated 14,000 positions last month.

On a more encouraging note, job gains in the previous two months turned out to be stronger than previously estimated. Employers added 226,000 new jobs in December, versus the 206,000 last estimated. Payrolls grew by 146,000 in January, up from a previous estimate of 111,000.

The new tally of jobs added to the economy in February was close to economists’ forecast for a gain of around 100,000. They had predicted the unemployment rate would hold steady at 4.6 percent.

Workers’ wages grew quickly last month.

Average hourly earnings rose to $17.16, a 0.4 percent increase from January. That was slightly faster than the 0.3 percent gain economists were expecting. Over the 12 months ending in February, wages grew by 4.1 percent.

In other economic news, the
Commerce Department reported that the trade deficit narrowed to $59.1 billion in January as U.S. exports climbed to an all-time high.

This all sounds very good to me. Add to that, the record amount of revenue coming into the tax coffers and it is like magic!

Hey Democrats, maybe you can learn from my gran pappy, IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT!