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Economic Statistics for 28 Mar 12

The following statistics were released today on the state of the US economy:

The MBA reports Purchase Applications rose 3.3% last week.  Sadly, re-fis dropped -4.6%, so overall mortgage applications fell -2.7%

Durable goods orders rose 2.2% in February, which is up 12.2% from February, 2011. Ex-transportation, orders rose 1.6% for the month, 8.5% from last year.

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Sometimes there are a lot of stories out there on a day but few that really spark a need for a lengthy discussion.  Today, at least to this point, is one of those.  Yes, all attention is focused on SCOTUS and the ObamaCare law, but that will be later in the day.

But there are some things I’d like to just hit with a short comment or two.

Such as the fact that Newt Gingrich simply doesn’t know when it’s over.  Hey Newt, it’s over and charging $50 bucks for a campaign photo isn’t going to endear you to those whose support you’re seeking.  And by the way, when the press pulls all their people from your campaign, it’s a sign that even most addle-brained politicians can usually figure out.

Anyone else as appalled at the “love fest” Dick Cheney sparked by having the audacity to accept a heart transplant.  And how about this “bioethicist” who weighed in saying Cheney was “too old” to qualify and shouldn’t have gotten one.  But remember, in the future, there will be no “death panels”.  Newsweek again proves why it’s not worth reading anymore.

Do you remember all the lefties hyperventilating over the rise of militias a while back?  And the Southern Poverty Law Center claiming the they were the internal threat of the future.  That was all driven by a group called the Hutaree militia group out of Michigan.  They were arrested by federal agents and charged with conspiring to commit sedition and conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction among other things.  Yesterday:

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted defense requests for acquittal on all charges against five of the defendants and the most serious charges against two others: alleged ringleader David Stone Sr. and his son Joshua Stone.

Acting after prosecutors rested their case, Roberts ruled the government didn’t have enough evidence to back its claims.

Given this DoJ, is anyone surprised?

Under the category, “there is no cure for stupid”, we have some wannabe assassins, to include a former army officer and an active duty soldier, who’ve been plotting to do “wet work” with undercover DEA agents (thinking they were drug cartel members) for a year.  You’ve got to read the story to believe it.  My guess is there are way too many ninja movies in these bozo’s past.

Spike Lee is a dumb ass.

The real reason to push the global warming scare.

Astroturfing Allen West.  Hey, why not?  The professional protesters on the left are always looking for a new gig, especially now that OWS is winding down.

VIPER teams?  Did you know that TSA is now out on the highways and byways?

Zimmerman/Martin case – it has nothing to do with the FL “stand your ground” law.  In fact, it is “legally irrelevant”.

EPA slap down.  Nothing like missing a deadline to act by 3 years.  The court was not impressed.

Have we hit rock bottom on this little charade yet?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

B..b..but won’t poor and minority students be “disadvantaged”?

Apparently cheating on the SAT and ACT is rampant.  Therefore:

The millions of students who take the SAT or ACT each year will have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the college entrance exams, under a host of new security measures announced Tuesday in the aftermath of a major cheating scandal on Long Island.

The two companies that administer the tests, the College Board and ACT Inc., agreed to the precautions under public pressure brought to bear by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who is overseeing the investigation. The measures take effect in the fall.

"I believe these reforms, and many others which are happening behind the scenes, will prevent the kind of cheating that our investigation uncovered and give high schools and colleges the tools they need to identify those who try to cheat," Rice said.

Rice has charged 20 current or former students from a cluster of well-to-do, high-achieving suburbs on Long Island with participating in a scheme in which teenagers hired other people for as much as $3,500 each to take the exam for them. The five alleged ringers arrested in the case were accused of flashing phony IDs when they showed up for the tests. All 20 have pleaded not guilty.

Students have long had to produce ID to take the test (another example where ID is required), but the use of a picture is new.  That is, students will now have to submit a head shot with their application for the tests.  The picture will be printed on their ticket presented on the day of the test.  Additionally the test results will be sent to their high school along with the picture of the student for a final check to ensure the student taking the test is the actual high school student.

All of this for what?  To ensure the integrity of the testing system.  Something, apparently, that is too much to ask when applied to the voting system.

And thus far, not a single cry about poor and minority students being disadvantaged.  No one talking about anyone being “disenfranchised”. Go figure.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO