Monday, November 09, 2015

Just a little something to keep at the ready for that Thanksgiving conversation with your conservative family members.

Courtesy of Vox:  

President George W. Bush inherited 4.2 percent unemployment in January 2001. That rate had grown to 7.8 percent when he left office eight years later and hit 8.3 percent in the first full month of Obama's presidency. 

The quick rise and dramatic fall of the unemployment rate during the Obama years is unusual. In the past 50 years, there's only been one other president — Ronald Reagan — who saw a bigger swing between high and low unemployment during his terms in office. 

(Under Reagan, unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent in December 1982. By his final full month as president, it had fallen to 5.3 percent.)

So the takeaway is that President Obama cleaned up the mess left by the LAST guy the Republicans  managed to put in office, and that he is sort of like Ronald Reagan, only better.

Sounds like the makings of a good old fashioned Thanksgiving fistfight to me.


  1. Anonymous6:23 AM

    Oh, but Obama has seen such a rise in the deficit! Could it be that fighting all these wars is actually costly? I dread having to listen to some of my family members and their know it all opinions.

  2. Anonymous6:36 AM

    Mu husband's family and a lot of mine, are certain that Obama is a Muslim dictator who is trying to bring down the USA. They wouldn't believe this chart if they were lulled to sleep by Sarah Palin reciting it over and over again. But I feel great about our wonderful President and what he has accomplished. The GOP belongs in hell or prison...all of them!

    1. Anonymous7:12 AM

      If they can be lulled to sleep by the sound of Sarah's voice, I envy them. That screech would keep me awake forever and cause nightmares if it was played after I'd already dozed off!

  3. Anonymous7:02 AM

    But, but, but what about this workforce number the conservatives quote endlessly.

    You know, the number we never heard of before Obama was president, and the number we will never hear of again the next time a republican is president

  4. Anonymous7:11 AM

    Unemployment at 5% ... and none of the Palins can find a full time job.

    1. Anonymous9:10 AM

      Like many families there are mixed political affiliations as well as religions. A wise family value is to keep calm and embrace the differences with dignity. Isn't that what Sarah Palin is bridging with her newest money maker of inspirations?

      Certainly her cooking a big spread and serving both sides of her family at Todd's hangar/garage is all about unity, values, faith and easy clean up. What a wonderful time to spread the word about her current and soon to be a best seller book. No big controversy, just plain old Sarah and 260 "meditations" that apply "biblical principles" to contemporary issues.

      Sarah is self employed and has financial security. It is the time of year for giving and charity towards others.

    2. Anonymous8:47 AM

      President Obama has done a fantastic job as president. I am SO proud of him, and the job he has done.

  5. Anonymous7:34 AM

    Yes, this holiday is interesting in regard to conservative family members and Thanksgiving.

    A Day of Celebration or Mourning for Native Americans?
    'This week school children everywhere will be dressing up as Pilgrims and Indians to reenact the first Thanksgiving. They’ll learn that the starving Pilgrims were saved by a group of Indians who generously donated barrels of corn and squash. That these two groups – despite speaking different languages and a long history of violence – looked past their differences to break bread together.'

    Bristol Palin may not be interested in Tripp's Halloween but she can't wait until Sarah can hose out Todd's 'shop' after the family turkey feast. The 'shop' and sarah's turkey feast ROCK in a Bristol Palin world.

    #flashbackfriday Thanksgiving in my dad's shop!! #repeat this year

    Being part "Eskimo" Bristol must have special pride for heritage, sharing Native American cred.

    1. Anonymous9:34 AM

      To be fair, Bristol posted a photo of Tripp and Trig in their Halloween costumes. If youre going to make a claim about her at least make it accurate.

    2. Anonymous11:31 AM

      Link please @ 9:34 AM

    3. Anonymous12:45 PM

      Bristol Palin only cared for herself and days later she cared about Kylie Jenner for Halloween. 'I read that you dressed up as an “Eskimo” for Halloween.'

      Remember that Bristol was digging deep into her DNA, cultural heritage and Kylie's fashionable costume when Nancy French wrote 'Predictable, people freaked out, saying you were politically incorrect and — wait for it — offensive' ? ? ? Don't forget that.

      Bristol is not authentic. Not even as a mother. She needs Marina, Britta any old nanny or whatever to help her. Even with all the help she fails.

    4. Anonymous2:06 PM

      Nancy is busy, November is National Adoption Month. She messed up Halloween thinking so much about her posts for adoption in November.

    5. Anonymous3:43 PM

      Halloween ? November 6, 2015 9:37am
      Cutest little foggy-goggled boys

    6. Anonymous12:47 AM

      Halloween was October 31. What a slacker of a mother to show a pic of their snow machine suits a week into November. Bristol is an idiot like her mother and said nothing about Halloween in the title 'Cutest little foggy-goggled boys'.

      If she wants to appear authentic she needs to be relevant and behave like a mother. The real deal would be excited and proud in real time, like at Halloween WHEN IT IS HALLOWEEN. And not be posting 11/6/15 goggles to fake as Halloween. They do that because they stalk IM and other blogs to see how they screw up. Once they see it on IM they post and pretend no one will notice they are failing.

      Seriously, it would behoove Bristol to fire any and all hired help from her mother or whoever is paying to help her with her social media. Everyone knows she can't handle the Pathetic Patheos Blog. I doubt she can handle Facebook or the others. Her mother has some of the worst hired help known to mankind. Bristol needs to grow a spine and hire her own staff. She is addicted to faking and being a fraud so she is stuck with all the losers.

  6. Anonymous7:49 AM

    "Wrong! It's all Muslin Propaganda!! Part of the plan to ruin America!!"
    We will never convince anyone on the right of the truth. No matter how much research and study, it will be shot down by the likes of Rush and Levin, etc. And the lazy and ignorant will suck it up. These people have unquestioning faith in their "leaders".

    I also read recently some comments pro-Trump. The title "The Magnificent Bastard" seems to sum up how much these people are looking for a savior, with blindness not unlike Palin's followers.

    It's a mindset I'll never understand.


  7. Anonymous7:55 AM

    President Obama "sorta like" Ronald Reagan???
    Not even close, for our betterment!

    1. Anonymous10:25 AM

      I think President Obama is like the fictional Reagan, you know like the one the GOP pretends he was, just like President Obama but white :)

  8. Anonymous7:58 AM

    At family affairs, my gun-nutted baby brother condescendingly calls me his 'favorite liberal' and i can tell he feels sorry for poor pitiful me.

  9. Anonymous8:03 AM

    Something else to give the right wing heart burn -

    1. Anonymous8:18 AM


  10. Anonymous8:09 AM

    Beware: Conservatives, Republicans And Seniors Are Most Motivated To Vote In 2016 Election

    ...Democratic activists and political pundits can mock the GOP presidential field as much as they want, but if they aren’t actively engaged in mobilizing Democratic voters in 2016, the outcome in November will be no laughing matter.

  11. Anonymous8:38 AM

    Try the old rule: No talk of religion, or politics.

  12. Anonymous8:42 AM

    OT-Boys will be boys

  13. Anonymous9:34 AM

    yes but....obummer never could have gotten those impressive reduction results if bush hadn't given him such a lofty point to begin just have to get your head right and that type of "reasoning" will make sense

  14. Anonymous10:26 AM

    I must be truly blessed ( and no I am not religious) because I don't have any conservative relatives.
    It may be because my parents talked to us about not dating republicans because they couldn't be trusted.

  15. We usually don't talk politics at Thanksgiving. Or any other meal. Because we know they cause arguments. So we stick to the weather and our health.

    This year it will only be my parents and me. I tried to talk them into going to a restaurant or even and take out complete feast. But my Dad wants to make a turkey.

    So we discussed other options. Several friends to invite. And calling the local servicemen's Y to have some servicemen over. We've done this off and on a few times. I think that may be what we end up doing as the friends my parents want to invite will likely have other places to go plus it's weird after all of these years suddenly getting an invite for Thanksgiving out of the blue.

    We haven't divided jobs yet but I expect I'll be making pies and appetizers.


Don't feed the trolls!
It just goes directly to their thighs.