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After His Very Worst Week, The Weakest Jobs Report Since Last October. by The Elephant's Child

The Worst Economic Recovery in History” trumpets the headline in the Wall Street Journal over a column by Edward Lazear, chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2006-2009. “Weak March jobs report could spell trouble for Obama’s reelection bid” says the headline from the Hill.

U.S. employers added just 120,000 net jobs last month— the smallest increase since last October. The U.S. economy hasn’t been below 8% since Obama took office in January 2009. Back in May 2007, unemployment was just 4.4%. Average hourly wages are up just 2.1% over last year, but inflation is up 2.9%. American workers are losing ground.  March was expected to yield another positive report, but job gains were almost 100,000 below expectations.

The broader U6 measure of unemployment which includes the discouraged and the part timers is still a sky high 14.5%. Everyone juggles the numbers and attaches their own meaning. The president regards it as another step in the recovery, if one that is a bit of a disappointment. But the U.S. needs to generate 262,000 jobs each month to get back to the breakeven point.

Obama says, on the campaign trail, that he knows there’s still work to be done, but those dastardly Republicans want to make tough choices about the deficit, and cut taxes. He wants to invest in education, and science and research. He wants to make sure that our air is clean and our water is clean, that we’re not poisoning our kids. See how dastardly the Republicans are?

A Newly Discovered Piece by W.A. Mozart by The Elephant's Child
April 8, 2012, 6:48 am
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A new piano piece by W.A. Mozart —Allegro Molto in C Major: Florian Birsak. The World Premier.

(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)

Happy Easter! by American Elephant

Matthew 28:1-10

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

How to Catch the Easter Bunny: by The Elephant's Child
April 8, 2012, 6:12 am
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You need some preparations first. The Easter bunny comes in the early morning hours, right at dawn, when the sun is just coming up and the dew is still shining on the grass. You have to find a likely spot which seems as if it might be a bunny path. You will require a standard bushel basket, a long straight stick of kindling, and a good strong straight pin or slender nail. And you will need a nice fresh young carrot with its greens still intact.

You must set up the trap the night before Easter, just when it is about to get dark. Turn the bushel basket upside down, and prop up one side with the stick of kindling. Attach the carrot so it hangs on the front of the stick of kindling. You many have to take the kindling out and attach the carrot with a hammer.  It must be well attached, and yet still look enticing. When the Easter bunny comes hopping along, he will spot the carrot right away. Bunnies cannot resist nice fresh carrots. When he takes a bite of the carrot, the stick of kindling will fall, and the bushel basket will fall on top of the bunny, and he is captured.

Then he needs only love and care.  Bunnies are particularly fond of carrots, of course, and soda crackers, and rabbit chow, grass and clover.

It always worked for me. You can tell if it is the real Easter bunny because he will have a blue ribbon around his neck.

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