“College grads hiring is expected to jump 19.3 percent”

Thanks everyone for the non-stop flooding of news. I haven’t seen most of this stuff anywhere else, and I’m incredibly proud of this organic development. Special thanks to Jovie. I don’t know how you do it. 🙂
And thank you, dotster, for this particular sweet piece of news:


Colleges see increased interest from companies; many seniors say they’ve secured employment

Kyle Kuntz didn’t send out a single resume. He didn’t fill out any applications. He didn’t have to endure even one grueling job interview.

Yet the Ball State University student has already landed an impressive position as a business engineer at Hunt Construction Group.

He’s not alone.

Employers are hiring college graduates this spring in numbers not seen since before the recession. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, spring hiring is expected to jump 19.3 percent, compared with a 5.3 percent rise last year and a 22 percent drop in 2009.


“This is the first time since (before the recession) that we’ve seen a double-digit increase” in hiring, said Marilyn Mackes, executive director of NACE. “That’s a good indication that the job market . . . is gaining momentum.”

Some of the best prospects, according to the NACE report, are in engineering, business, accounting, pharmaceuticals, economics and communications.

Local colleges, however, are noticing many different types of employers recruiting their students.

“From our perspective, things are looking up and things are looking very, very good,” said Gary Beaulieu, director of internship and career services at Butler University.

Butler has seen a 30 percent increase from last spring in the number of online job postings placed on its website by employers this spring.

“We’ve also seen a significant increase in the number of employers coming to campus,” he said.

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103 thoughts on ““College grads hiring is expected to jump 19.3 percent”

  1. This is very good news. We will keep hope alive. Slowly but surely we will reach our goals with the steady pragmatic leadership of President Obama.

    Stay Positive everyone.

  2. Very good news. We are gonna need those yung’uns enthusiasm and optimism for 2012 and future.

  3. Things are getting in place just as the President said it would take time. Things are going to be hard in the 2012 race but just fight on the light is ahead of us.

  4. Great vid, btw. Great kids. Nice to Ice Miss Chris Evert chipping in there.

  5. Not to muscle into Jovie’s territory, but here’s a good green energy story from North Carolina:

    North Carolina the new solar battleground
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 9:30:16 AM – by Danny Vo
    Companies that specialize in solar power are now pushing for the North Carolina state government to reverse its policy of not allowing consumers to choose their electrical supplier.

    Green energy advocates are now pushing legislators to allow them to sell electricity generated by solar power directly to businesses and homeowners alike, according to a report from the Raleigh News and Observer. Currently, these groups are only allowed to buy power from their regional provider, which can include big energy concerns, rural cooperatives or municipal agencies.

    Advocates of the change beleive that not allowing them to sell power to state residents restricts business opportunities, the report said.

    “It’s absolutely pure competition,” Ivan Urlaub, executive director of the solar producer trade group N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, told the newspaper. “There’s definitely companies that’ll be interested, and the solar market will just grow over time.”

    If a bill were to be adopted that would allow for greater choice in energy providers, up to 1 gigawatt of solar energy could be added in the state over the next decade.

    Many state and local governments are moving to adopt solar power these days because of the lower costs it provides.

    Link is here: http://goo.gl/ECDnT

  6. And, in another story, it seems that bit.ly is owned by Gaddafi’s eldest son, Mohammed. From a WSJ article:

    The .ly domain is controlled by Libya’s General Post and Telecommunications Co., whose chairman, Mohammed el-Gadhafi, is the dictator’s eldest son. It says it has rented out more than 10,000 .ly domains, either directly or through resellers.

    Human Rights Watch, which has blasted the Gadhafi regime for blocking Internet access within Libya, is one organization that unwittingly used the .ly addresses. “It’s ironic and a little bit distasteful,” says Tom Malinowski, the group’s Washington director, upon learning the news from a reporter.

    Hence, why I encourage everyone to use Google’s URL shortener.

  7. I can attest to this great stat. My daughter is graduating with a fine arts degree and is weighing 3 job offers.

  8. Gotta repost this one from the end of the last thread


    Good Morning all

    Today an uplifting story of students

    UMass Students Transform Campus Lawn into Permaculture Food Garden

    When posting the story I added a video of Michele Obama talking about the whitehouse garden.

    Once I got this idea to include video of the President and First Lady in many of my standard blog posts it became very simple to make connections. Please share the story with all the gardening folks you know.


  9. I hve run out of education clips so inspired by Jovie, have edited President Obamas energy speech from Fairless Hills Pennsylvannia.

    Obama Energy: A Future where America is less dependent on foreign oil

    I am hoping to get enough energy clips that when Jovie spreads her good news on the energy front, I can follow right on her heals and spread clips of the president. Then when you folks facebook, tweet, email and blog the “jovie stories” you can include a “President video” he is so charming when you listen to him talk.

  10. Hi ALL::

    Our Governor and strong supporter of the President, Christin Gregoire, signed a bill yesterday to require mediation prior to foreclosure. This will give the consumer another to chance to hold on to their home. I am applying to get on the list of mediators. This is very exciting because I know how powerful and effective mediation can be.
    I hope that if this effective, the methods can be used in other states.

    We have such a huge crisis here in Pierce County, so many people under water. I am grateful to be able to use my skills to help.
    here is a link to the Seattle Times article.

  11. Shepard Smith: “Fox News Can Confirm That The President Of The United States Is A Citizen Of the United States, Period”


    (Unfortunately Shep also refers to Billy Graham as “… the late Billy Graham” when the man is still in fact with us.)

    Partner this from Shep Smith and Anderson Cooper thoroughly debunking the birther issue with a two part in depth look, first of which is here –

    It seems like folks might finally be pushing back against this utter silliness. Now I wonder if it’s coming from the GOP power brokers as they’re realizing it’s hurting them with independents and keeping serious Presidential candidates on the sidelines because they don’t want to play the birther games.

  12. SR – It’s a media generated bullshit to aid rethugs in distracting the people’s attention from the ryan’s curse disaster. All this debunking is to generate more noise.

  13. “But, but, but, all you said is he is a citizen, you didn’t say he was BORN here!!! He’s not a true Merkin!”

    — local braindead teabagger

  14. Thank you for always providing such uplifting clips and info. Really appreciated!

  15. My daily dose of delicious! I LOVE this blog so much!!

    Finally found a minute to watch the video from the Easter egg roll – I almost peed my pants watching the President hit the tennis ball between his legs – the man is so COOL! I know I’m showing my age when I use that word but there you are!

  16. NEW YORK – Americans’ confidence in the economy grew in April as fears about the job market eased, outweighing the pain from rising prices at the gas pump.

    The increase comes after an unexpected drop in March. But the measure had risen for five consecutive months before that to hit a three-year high in February.

    The Conference Board said Tuesday the index rose to 65.4 from a revised 63.8 in March. Economists expected a smaller rise to 64.8, according to FactSet.


  17. Hi folks,
    Even Ron Paul knows President Obama is winning per this CNN article:

    Paul: Other possible GOP candidates ‘cautious’ because of Obama
    By: CNN’s Leinz Vales

    (CNN) – Republican Rep. Ron Paul said Tuesday his fellow Republicans’ reluctance to get into the presidential race may have more to do with President Obama strengths than his weaknesses.

    In an interview for CNN’s “In the Arena” with Eliot Spitzer to be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, the Texas congressman said the potential Republican presidential contenders are being “cautious.”

    “They may believe that the president is stronger than most of the polls show.” Paul said. “The president is liked a lot and in politics, being liked is very important. So, maybe they don’t think he is as vulnerable as the polls indicate he might be.”

    Paul is scheduled to formally announce his formation of a presidential exploratory committee, taking another step toward a bid for the GOP nomination.

    In a recent CNN Poll of Polls, 48 percent of Americans said they disapproved of Obama’s handling of his job as president. President Obama’s approval numbers dropped from 49 percent in January to 45 percent.

    Rep. Paul will join others who have announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, including former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

    Paul, well-liked by some members of the Tea Party, has run for president twice, in 1988 as a nominee for the Libertarian Party and in 2008 for the Republican nomination. In February, Paul won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for the second year in a row, beating Romney.

    Spitzer also pressed Paul on the value of running as a third party candidate, highlighting his name recognition and bi-partisan base that favors his ideology.

    “I would be less likely able to win in the third party because of our system.” Paul said. “It’s hard to get on ballots.”

  18. BrightSource Energy’s plan to raise $250 million in an initial public offering may advance its goal to use solar-thermal technology across the Southwest at generators with the equivalent capacity of 11 atomic plants.

    The Oakland-based company, which counts Google (GOOG) among its investors, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week to sell stock for the first time in a document that identified projects that could potentially earn $4 billion of revenue and produce 11 gigawatts of power on 110,000 acres in California and elsewhere in the Southwest.

    The IPO would boost BrightSource’s plan to build more plants that use mirrors to focus the sun’s energy on boilers that make steam for power turbines. BrightSource vies with bigger suppliers including Abengoa, Acciona, Siemens and ABB to commercialize a technology that is struggling to be chosen over photovoltaic panels and gas-fired generators.

    “The technology and the company both require billions of dollars in project financing and electrical infrastructure to continue growing,” said Nathaniel Bullard, a solar analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance in San Francisco. “The sector faces challenges not only from falling costs of PV and electrical storage technologies but also from low natural gas prices, which could suppress demand for solar generation.


  19. When Senate Bill 17 was signed into law by California lawmakers in October 2009, the three large investor-owned utilities in the state were happy to comply, but felt that they had already started to address many of the topics required by the legislation.

    SB 17 called for smart grid deployment plans: essentially, these are 10-year roadmaps that outline the vision, deployment baseline, grid and cyber security strategy, smart grid strategy, and cost and benefit estimates and metrics for each utility.

    “We said, ‘We already have a plan,’” said Lee Krevat, Director of Smart Grid for San Diego Gas & Electric, “but we wouldn’t say that now.”

    Krevat and his counterparts at Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison will be discussing these deployment plans, which are due to the California Public Utilities Commission by July 1, at the upcoming Networked Grid conference, slated for May 3-4 in San Francisco.

    The legislators called not only for plans that were more detailed in some aspects than what the utilities had already drafted, but also for other stakeholders to be brought to the table early on.

    “I think we greatly improved the projects we previously had on the roadmap,” said Krevat. “They became deeper and more complete with multiple perspectives.”


  20. “This week our view is oil prices should roll back depending on how much you increase last week. If you increase last week your roll back should be higher. If you did not increase then it should be lesser than those that did the increase,” Energy Secretary Almendras said in a briefing in Malacanang.

    Several oil companies which did not follow the oil price increase calculated by the Department of Energy (DOE) will be punished by the DOE-Department of Justice (DOJ) task force, he added.

    “The law is clear. If the joint task force feels that there is an abuse then the DOJ task force will file a case in court and subsequently the appropriate action will be followed depending on the law,” he said.


  21. Antimatter Experiment Aboard Friday’s Space Shuttle Launch
    Submitted by Charles Rousseaux on April 26, 2011 – 10:41am
    This Friday, April 29th, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will launch into space in search of extremely small particles. Specifically, it will be carrying the Department of Energy-supported Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment, which will sweep the skies for signs of antimatter and the even more exotic dark matter.

    Why search for something so small in such large a space?

    Scientists often work with opposites, since that’s where they sometimes find unexpected answers. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory understand this very well, since they work with the opposite of matter — antimatter.

    Specifically, they used Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) — a supersized demolition derby for extremely small particles — to observe the heaviest form of antimatter ever seen, the nuclei of antihelium-4 (Read more about it here or go to Nature online.)


    Anti-Matter, you say?

  22. I too love the Easter Egg Roll Video. We do have a very cool First Family. I do love the news that the Grads are getting jobs. DCsandy, Congrats to you daughter.

    I do believe inspite of the msm word is getting out and people are starting to feel better.

    I so love all the news that everyone brings to this site. Jovie is a real inspiration, but Liberal Librarian, I am thankful everyone contributes. We need to know all everyone brings forward. Thanks for your tidbits.

  23. The Obama administration is planning to have a replacement for Robert Mueller “nominated and ready to go” by the time the FBI director steps down in September, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

    “Bob is a hard person to replace. He’s done a really excellent job in transforming the FBI,” Holder told reporters. “So we want to make sure that the person we pick to be his successor will be able to fill those really large shoes that he leaves.”

    Holder said he has been “working diligently” with White House staff members and the vice president’s office to find Mueller’s successor, but he wouldn’t comment on the details of the vetting process.

    “I think there are a lot of good candidates out there,” the attorney general simply said.

    Mueller, who is nearing the end of his 10-year term, joined the FBI days before the Sept. 11 attacks.

  24. He’s only stating the obvious; and he knows that he’s a fringe candidate, so why bother lying, he’s not running to win anyway.

  25. I just watched the video. What a great idea. To grow food for the dining hall for free. It is very inspiring.

  26. For second straight day, Carney responds to Birther questions. To which he responds, why aren’t you guys asking me about the economy?

    HMMMM! Why, Indeed?

  27. If the space shuttle goes warp factor 1, does that mean we will have first conatct with the Vulcans? Just saying!

  28. 3 offers with a fine arts degree? Wow, that is excellent news. When I was in college, unless you graduated with a business, engineering, or computer science degree, you were graduating without a job.


  29. I think SR and you are BOTH right.

    I’m convinced the GOP establishment is hard at work to find ways to distance themselves from the extremists in their party while KEEPING THEIR VOTES.

  30. White House economic adviser makes the case for cutting oil tax breaks
    By Andrew Restuccia – 04/26/11 03:14 PM ET

    White House economic adviser Gene Sperling made the case Tuesday for eliminating a series of oil industry tax breaks, part of a ramped-up push by the administration to focus on the issue in light of rising gas prices.

    “At a time when we are asking our entire country to engage in shared sacrifice, we have to ask ourselves whether we can still afford $43 billion over 10 years on subsidies that do not seem to be efficient or needed or consistent with our G20 commitments and obligations,” Sperling said during an energy conference on Washington on Tuesday afternoon.


    WH jumping on Boners remarks, but the MSM will not give it any attention. Not surprisingly.

  31. I really think all the doom and gloom about a government shut down and the deficit made people more anxious about the overall economy. Now that the shutdown was averted and the media is covering more positive economic stories, Americans outlooks are looking up.

  32. That news about more college graduates getting job offers just made my day. Thanks dotster for finding it and thanks BWD for highlighting that.

    That is a huge sign that the economy is improving.

  33. Wow! These so called republican candidates for President of the USA are STILL looking into announcing the “formation of an exploratory presidential committee?” Wow! What ditherers, what lack of courage, so much indecisiveness, and they want to be the leaders of the free world. Wake up America!

  34. I think they want 1) the Ryan’s budget to be “scrapped” before they have to comment on it …. and 2) the birther issue to go back to the back burner so they don’t have to comment on it and either make fools of themselves or alienate the lunatics of their party.

  35. LOL !

    First it was the Easter crap yesterday now the birther questions. The media is a joke !

  36. I could not believe Pat Buchanan on Hardball tonight. He went beyond his usual despicable, racist self. They(he and Trump & Co.) have moved on to this Affirmative Action topic now, demanding to see test scores, yelling “affirmative action” over and over etc. etc. It was so disgusting, raw racism.

  37. The crazies are here to stay as a thread within the party. They invited them to the dance so they now have to dance with the one who brung them. Trump is threading that needle, he is not hurting the Dems, he is actually emphasing and demonstrating how extreme and lunatic the teaparty is. Imagine he is running neck and neck with former “Governor” Romney as a potential nominee. The Republican party and its constituents are sick in the head.

  38. YES! Congrats to your daughter. As one who has worked in higher ed for many years to make sure our students graduate, I know how important this breakthrough in hiring is for students in all fields. Best of luck to her!

  39. There are some interesting things coming down the medical pipeline that are going to change the costs of medical care drastically within the next few years, if true.
    Technology companies in Ireland have almost finished developing an injection that has so far proven to kill cancer, and not just one type of cancer. Also, an injection in the heart that will halt heart disease after a heart attack and looks to stabilize the heart function and perhaps then improve it. Also, and they say within perhaps two years, an Alzheimer’s injection that will reverse the disease.
    If all these do come about, this is going to make major improvements in the economies of all countries, and bring great benefits to all household budgets and relief to so many people. These may prove to be the answer to “fixing” Medicare and Medicaid for all time.
    I haven’t been posting these news stories, but if there is an interest I can try to dig them back out.


    I just watched that video and I got a toothache. It’s sooooo sweet!! Love watching all those happy people having fun in the sun.

  41. Hello everyone,

    Listen, “What Is Working”, I just watched the video, on gardening. Very Intersting. Now listen, I was born and raised on the farm, Mom and Dad had a garden, but do you know I don’t know the first thing about gardening. Yes I had to pick the peas and beans, cut okra, gather the tomatoes and cucumbers, but all I know how to do Is pick It off the vine, lol. I’m, just wondering being that Michelle Obama was raised In the City, how did she learn how to garden? Did she Google It? I mean, her garden looks so very healthy and plentyful too, like she been gardening all her life.

  42. The funny theing is that this will not help the Republicans one bit. This only makes them look racist and radical.

    The President is liked by a good amount of the American public and character attacks will only endear there base (those that hate Obama).

  43. Please do dig them out, OSG. The only long term solution to our medical cost problem is to actually cure diseases, not merely treat them. If these therapies do eventually do what they promise, literally trillions of dollars in budget allocations worldwide will be freed up from treating what are now terminal diseases. Healthcare will be about managing health, then, not managing disease.

  44. Here’s the President’s letter to the Senate and House leadership:


    Partial quote:

    “Dear Mr. Speaker, Senator Reid, Senator McConnell, and Representative Pelosi:

    I am writing to urge you to take immediate action to eliminate unwarranted tax breaks for the oil and gas industry, and to use those dollars to invest in clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

    High oil and gasoline prices are weighing on the minds and pocketbooks of every American family. While our economy has begun to recover, with 1.8 million private sector jobs created over the last 13 months, too many Americans are still struggling to find a job or simply just to pay the bills. The recent steep increase in gas prices, driven by increased global demand and compounded by unrest and supply disruptions in the Middle East, has only added to those struggles. If sustained, these high prices have the potential to slow down the pace of our economy’s growth at precisely the moment when we need to be accelerating it.

    While there is no silver bullet to address rising gas prices in the short term, there are steps we can take to ensure the American people don’t fall victim to skyrocketing gas prices over the long term. One of those steps is to eliminate unwarranted tax breaks to the oil and gas industry and invest that revenue into clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Our outdated tax laws currently provide the oil and gas industry more than $4 billion per year in these subsidies, even though oil prices are high and the industry is projected to report outsized profits this quarter. In fact, in the past CEO’s of the major oil companies made it clear that high oil prices provide more than enough profit motive to invest in domestic exploration and production without special tax breaks. As we work together to reduce our deficits, we simply can’t afford these wasteful subsidies, and that is why I proposed to eliminate them in my FYll and FY12 budgets.”

    Just excellent!!

  45. Disgusting indeed. I don’t know about his grades but I suspect that he performed exceptionally well in his last years in New York, when he became very serious and focused. And I think there must have been some people who HIGHLY recommended him for an admission at Harvard Law School, having known him and recognized his extraordinary gifts.

    And ANYWAY, this is TOTALLY irrelevant now. Barack Obama proved without any doubt that he deserved to study at Harvard. He graduated with honors. He was ELECTED BY HIS PEERS as the editor of the Harvard Law Review, a very prestigious position. There are NUMEROUS accounts of professors, colleagues who have praised his exceptional intelligence and knowledge.

    Buchanan and his ilk are looking SMALL. The racism and resentment is so obvious.

  46. If you check Google news with the query “Obama tells Congress to end oil subsidies” you will find that ABC, WSJ, …., a bunch of folk are on this particular story 🙂

    Thanks for all your great links, btw.

  47. Well, she didn’t plant the garden. I think the Forest Service or Parks and Recreation and some staff from the WH food service did. She helped some and has been learning along the way. At any rate there is quite the staff of gardeners who plant and maintain the White House vegetable garden.

  48. In the near term I would like to see the way Health care is delivered in this country in part by making payments from Medicare and even private insurers based on positive outcomes. Reducing the spread of disease in hospitals could go a long way toward reducing costs, too. The very real systemic problems in Medicare have shaped my opinion toward believing that this country simply isn’t ready for single-payer or public option. The system is too rigged for repeated tests, unnecessary and expensive procedures, etc. The whole for-profit hospital scheme could benefit from a serious dose of re-evaluation. Disease care is all we have right now. And we’re paying astronomical prices for it. Bring down the costs, then talk about single-payer/public option.

  49. This is the one on the heart research:

    “Breakthrough research from UCC could pave the way to a treatment that could save hundreds of heart attacks victims lives a year.
    The exciting new treatment is being spear-headed by college’s Centre for Research in Vascular Biology, which hopes to begin clinical trials of the injection of the insulin-like growth factor into the heart, a medical intervention which — if the research comes to fruition — could save the lives of those who have recently suffered a heart attack.2…more


  50. This is not the one I am looking for on cancer, but interesting:

    A GROUNDBREAKING medical device for non-invasive treatment of lung cancer is to undergo clinical trials at University College Cork.

    Developed at the Cork Cancer Research Centre, the Lung Laparoscopic Electroporation Electrode is a system that kills cancer cells through the delivery of an electrical field targeting tumour tissue.

    The device, developed by Declan Soden and John Hinchion, is a joint winner of the UCC Invention of the Year award. The system underlying the new device is currently being patented by UCC’s technology transfer office.

    No more, but the link is here:


  51. Excellent indeed. Thanks for spreading the word :-). Glad to see it’s making the rounds in the media.


    Your body is endowed with a complex immune system to fight off disease, but tumours may create blind spots that hide the errant cells from those defences.

    Now researchers at University College Cork are developing a way to put a tumour back on the map by stimulating the immune response to it directly.

    The approach uses a vector to deliver DNA sequences directly into the solid tumour, explains Dr Declan Soden, general manager of the Cork Cancer Research Centre.

    The cancer cells that take up the DNA start to express molecules called cytokines, which help stimulate the body’s immune response to the cancer.

    “The tumour becomes a mini-protein factory producing the cytokines,” says Soden.

    “But it produces so many of them that it causes the cells to die. So it’s the combination not only of just expressing the cytokines and recruiting the immune response but killing the cancer cells in the process – it’s a double whammy.”

    So far, pre-clinical tests on solid tumours have proven effective and the hope is to transition the approach into clinical trials, according to Soden.

    No more on this, but a couple of other interesting items on cancer:


  53. A JAB to halt Alzheimer’s could be ready within two years – bringing hope to millions of sufferers around the world.

    The ‘bapineuzumab’ ­injection has passed to the final stages of testing, after it was proved to stop and even reverse the damage caused by the illness.

    The vaccine is being hailed as one of the greatest hopes for a breakthrough in the disease that affects almost a million Britons along with other forms of dementia.

    Advertisement >>
    The drug is now being trialled after it passed initial safety checks.

    Current drugs can delay Alzheimer’s progress temporarily, but because they do not treat the underlying cause the symptoms eventually continue unabated.

    But the new jab prevents the chemical build-up that affects the brain and causes damage – and even reverses existing symptoms.

    No more, but the link is here:


  54. Fox created and perpetuated the birther lie, and now they want to shield their Presidential candidates from further scrutiny by announcing it to be untrue. They are speaking out of both sides of their mouths. They’ve created a monster, it’s done its damage, and now they want to move on. They have to pay the consequences for the damage they’ve done, and their Bachman, Pawlenty, Huckabee racists have to live with what they’ve done.

  55. Precisely, theresa.

    And, if as some speculate, Trump is doing what he is doing to demonstrate what a spectacle the Republican Party has become and that is his only intention, i.e., he is not going to campaign, well that is going to be one big punch to gut of the teabaggers, as well, as their Republican corporatist overlords.

    He is such a megalomaniac it wouldn’t surprise me to see him simply start laughing at all of them as he announces – Yo, Teabaggers, you’re fired 🙂

  56. The President is nearly 50 years old, and has worked for more years than he was in school. He didnt just graduate last year or even last decade. To question his college grades at this point is pure idiocy. And what’s wrong with Affirmative Action anyway – the reason it was there was to provide fairness in a world where fairness was lacking, and racism was prevalent and prohibitive for minority and diverse populations, including people of color and women – much like today. In my estimation, that was a good thing. And with the way these racists are behaving, they’re proving that Affirmative Action was the only way some people would get a chance at the so-called American Dream.

    There are plenty of billionaries who never even went to college, for crying out loud! Sometimes I just hate these people.

  57. From a purely selfish standpoint, the heart disease and Alzheimer’s drugs hit home the closest. I have a history of heart disease in my family on my dad’s side, and my aunt slowly wasted away from dementia.

  58. If I remember correctly Bill Gates dropped out of college.
    Amazing how the President managed to pass the bar and become a lawyer and a college prof and a state senator and a federal senator and President with his lousy grades, yes?

  59. Hey laurie, LOL – for a second I misread the word “mediation” as “meditation” and wondered why would a law require folk to meditate prior to their homes being forclosed, and why should we be excited about anyone signing this ridiculous bill into law?!?! Thank goodness I did a double take and recognized my mistake!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  60. I hope I have given you a bit of peace of mind, LL. Just imagine,though, how different medicine will soon be with no one languishing for years in a nursing home going downhill with Alzheimer’s.
    Of course, if we all start living to 125, Social Security may have a different problem, but we will solve it.

  61. Congratulations to your daughter, and you! Can you hint a bit about where (as in what TYPE of businesses) the offers came from? I’m not trying to be nosy, but I have a son who just finished first year in Fine Arts – Music (while I’m wondering what he hopes to accomplish with it). There was no sense trying to talk him out of it as being financially impractical, because that’s his strength, but I wonder…

  62. I mean, really, all that Koch money and all it could do was buy this band of incompetents? Almost makes me believe that the Koches are part of a deep false flag operation. But I don’t go in for conspiracy theories. 🙂

  63. If we live to 125 in sound body and mind, I intend to still work! I can’t stand being idle.

  64. Promise you won’t get cranky and start ordering the kids to “Get away from my bookshelves!”
    Some youngster of 75 might need your job, so you might consider retiring at 100.

  65. Bobfr – Oh, I loved reading the 1990 NYT article about Barack Obama’s becoming president of the Harvard Law Review, and especially his humble, modest quote at the time. Notice how he included others in his thoughts and goals then – as he surely does now.


  66. WOW, Overseasgranny. We need to hear more about it. Please find more articles.

  67. I’ll retire at 90 and spend my last years traveling. That’s the good thing about a union job: great retirement benefits.

  68. Both my parents had Alzheimers, so I also am very interested in this. I am trying to be as healthly as I be and always on the lookout for new developments there.

    Thanks for all this great information.

  69. I just love the idea of getting the bankers and the consumers in the same place and making foreclosure the problem not the consumer. When you reframe the concept you never know what ideas can come forth.

    hopefruit 2 I know just what you mean…but I always meditate, or clear my brain, or pray before the clients arrive.

  70. Marilyn, I’ll start posting them as they pop up from now on.

    Before I head off to bed, I will leave you with the latest joke circulating around.

    Awful Neighbors

    There is a huge house in our street. The extended family is run by a
    grumpy old woman with a pack of irritable dogs allowed to run without

    Her car isn’t taxed or insured and doesn’t even have a number plate,
    but the police still do nothing.

    To the best of my knowledge, she has never worked a day in her life.
    Her bad-tempered husband is notorious for his racist comments.

    All their kids have broken marriages except the youngest, who everyone
    thinks is gay.

    Two grandsons are meant to be in the Army but are always out partying
    in nightclubs.

    They are both out of control.

    It is not known if they have the same father.

    God I hate living near Buckingham Palace !

  71. Lawrence O’Donnell has been doing a great job against Donald Trump.

    Besides attacking Prez Obama’s character and saying he is not deserving of being the President due to not being born here, being foreign, Muslim and now not being a good student Trump has gone WAY too far.

    This behavior is dangerous.

  72. BWD,

    Ciao form Europe! I had no clue that you also had a blog and a beautiful one at that!

    I will add you to my blog roll with a banner.. I like your cyber real estate very much.

    Although I am a former producer for TV News stateside my writing skills are not great in fact not good at all.

    I have a difficult time thinking and writing my mother tongue because I have been away so very long. But I must double down on getting the message out to everyone on my website and via my story, it truly is extraordinary. This week I must post about my White House communiques especially prior to the President visiting Poland a country of great interests to me / No I do not live there. They hate anyone who is not heterosexual white and Roman Catholic. Sound familiar?

    Anyway, heads up big post by me this week … Stay Tuned.


    PS I will bookmark and return often.

  73. My child and her husband graduated from Drexel University (her husband in 2001 and my child in 2003, they married in 2005) and they both had to take mediocre jobs just to show something in their resumes b/c… The Bush years were not very kind to us. Is Bush/Cheney anywhere to be found yet? Don’t take me wrong not missing them-any-time-soon!

  74. I still think Trump is a Plouffe disinformation operative who is ginning up this birther thing all over again just because Repubs can’t resist and it makes them look like lunatics. Trump is just not that stupid to believe this crap. He is savvy about media though and knows what gets attention. Look at the meltdown the Gov of Ariz had this week about the birther bill she had to veto. This issue scares the Normals.

  75. I wonder what grades Trump got at Wharton School of Business at Univ or PA? The idea that PBO is not intelligent is ridiculous! It is racist affirmative action trash talk. It only speaks to the same people that are Birthers. What I don’t like is it is dangerous stirring racist language. Our Secret Service has a hard enough job without this kind of talk. I wonder if the Secret Service keep track of the threat/violence curve with what is going on at the same time?

  76. Indeed, this is good news. A week or so ago, I read that this year’s college graduates would struggle the most to find jobs upon graduation. I read that over at a place well-known for frustrati front-pagers. Maybe their previous story has been revised?

  77. Because it shows how STUPID it makes americans look across the country and the world. Who in the heck would want to do business with a bunch of bumpkins who can’t read, reason or use common sense. The rest of the world outside the United States see PBO as an intelligent, caring, thoughful human being. When a quarter of our population thinks that centuries of checks and balances would allow a noncitizen be president. He has a state issued certificate of live birth, he has had to show a birth certificate from kindergarden through high school, college, passports, social security, many jobs, state senator, U.S. senator, background checks, and for the presidency. This is just about some racist americans feeding on the hatred of other racist americans against an african american president who is also biracial. Who would have believed this in this day and age.

  78. What does he grades in college have to do with him being president? Have these people lost their everlasting minds?

  79. Me too. If I live that long and still healthy and mentally alert, I would do a lot of volunteering in the community.

  80. Thanks for the laugh, OSG. I was trying to figure out who it was as I read it, didn’t guest correctly.

  81. What all the Repub states are doing to hold down voters registration and all is maddening. They don’t believe in a democracy. They want only the rich to vote.

  82. That’s nothing new for Buchanan. All the ills that have befallen poor, maligned rich white guys are the fault of ‘affirmative action’.

  83. Great news, due to spending and infrastructure development championed by what pundits are trying to tell me is a Republican President. Do the lies ever stop? Do the lies ever stop from these people? Do they ever stop lying and trying to shock, distort, spin, spinning themselves silly? What happened to people who just told it like it is with no hidden agenda?

    Clearly left of center Democratic POTUS with some centrist outcomes due to the obstruction, a historical and unprecedented one at that, of the Republican party. Yet all I get is lies and spin from both the right and the left in the media; everyone wants to sound edgy and cute yet almost none want to just tell the truth.

  84. bpi campus:

    I know the speech [President Obama’s response to the Ryan budget] is long, and you may have already listened. But the point is so important: The Republicans want to deny our children a future like the one we have enjoyed. They are actually demanding cuts to funding for schools and for educational grants, making it harder for our children and grandchildren to achieve the kind of education that can take us to the moon or invent new technologies for green energy.

    They are saying we can’t afford it.

    Now look at those tax rates for the wealthy again. They remained wealthy under 1969 tax rates, and would remain wealthy now if they paid the same rate as they did back then. Clearly those tax rates didn’t prevent the making of millionaires and didn’t cripple business, or we would not have been able to do the things we did then.

    Without an educated populace, we never would have gone to the moon, invented computers, or done so many other important things that have revolutionized our lives.

    The Republicans want to cede ground. They want to cede a future that rightfully belongs to our children, while CEO pay rises to new highs. While profits increase. While the wealthy get ever more bloated.

    Yet our president reminds us of something we all used to know: That we do not have to cede ground. We can instead seed ground. Where some would give up the things that make us great and proud, others, like our president, see this as a time to sow for the future. Seeding instead of ceding.

    We are not too poor to afford a future as bright as our past. I don’t want to be looking back at our glory days, I want to be looking forward.

    And so should all the rest of us.



    I find this turn of phrase: seed ground versus cede ground, to be so brilliant and so key to understanding POTUS’ plans to win the future. Thanks to everyone who has the resolve to continue on this journey despite roadbumps (GOP obstruction) and setbacks (Nov. 2010). We’re fighting for the future of this country here, and I think we’re going to succeed.

  85. GN, my theory is that the owners of various lefty sites got tons of traffic and views during the Bush Administration as they were the main sources of criticism and outrage. Places like FDL, HuffPo, DKOS, got lots of site hits during that time. Now that a Democrat is president, they have to keep the site traffic up some how and that’s through spinning the poutrage about this prez. Their agenda is money – gotta keep site traffic up to generate ad revenue. Sadly, there are regular posters at those sites who sincerely dislike the prez because “he is not Kucinich, Feingold, or FDR.”

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