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Thoughts and Links on Friday Night

 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/1/7 5:30:00 (805 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLive in Lewisville? Want to see where your property tax dollars are going?

Lewisville's City Council agenda for Monday is out. Nothing controversial is on the agenda this time.

Residents in West Flower Mound may need to boil water before using next Tuesday due to a service interruption for construction of a new water tower.

More about Rick Perry's abrupt change of heart and decision to stay in the presidential race.

There was a minor earthquake this morning (magnitude 2.0) just North of Dallas. In case you were wondering: No, there are no gas wells in the area.

I bet the dog thought this was cool - up until the point where it started crapping.

Denton County Republicans will host Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott at the MCL Grand in Lewisville on January 19th for their monthly meeting.

Lewisville ISD's Calendar Committee has come up with two options for the calendar for next school year. Both versions start school on August 27th and end on June 6th if there are no bad weather make up days.

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Unemployment Rate Continues Downward Trend at 8.5%

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/1/6 14:59:40 (753 reads)

Open in new windowNonfarm payroll employment rose by 200,000 in December, and the unemployment rate, at 8.5 percent, continued to trend down, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in transportation and warehousing, retail trade, manufacturing, health care, and mining.

Both the number of unemployed persons (13.1 million) and the unemployment rate (8.5 percent) continued to trend down in December. The unemployment rate has declined by 0.6 percentage point since August. (See table A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men decreased to 8.0 percent in December. The jobless rates for adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (23.1 percent), whites (7.5 percent), blacks (15.8 percent), and Hispanics (11.0 percent) showed little change. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 5.6 million and accounted for 42.5 percent of the unemployed.

More detail is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Thoughts and Links on Thursday Night

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/1/6 4:21:36 (958 reads)

Open in new windowDallas Morning News' Transportation Blog, after having a powwow with County and TxDOT officials reported that lo and behold, TxDOT now plans to build some free lanes to match each new toll lane on I-35, and do it right from the start. It was big news - until TxDOT dialed it back later today and said "The agency views the new total of $1.4 billion or more in public money for the project 'aspirationally.'" We still have to write up more about our discussion of the project with Mary Horn, who shed some light on how the funding would work.

Lewisville Fire Department divers assisted police in recovering bodies from a deadly one-car crash in Irving Wednesday night. A speeding Porsche left the roadway and crashed into a canal, killing three.

Dallas Business Journal says that Terminix and TruGreen in Lewisville will be hiring for 150 new full-time positions. They'll be holding a job fair at their 1801 Lake Pointe Drive location on January 18th.

Open in new windowScientists have found a compound that appears to vastly reduce the effects of alcohol on laboratory rats. Human trials will begin soon.

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Thoughts on the Iowa GOP Caucus

The Flip Side Revisited
Posted by kjudk1955 on 2012/1/5 8:30:00 (939 reads)
The Flip Side Revisited

We’ve now experienced the first round of the fight for the GOP presidential nomination and the winner of the Iowa caucus is: Barack Obama. His chances for reelection trend upward as Mitt Romney stagnates and hard-right conservatives (collectively) garner the majority of votes.

It’s hard to see how anyone in the Republican Party outside of Rick Santorum is happy with the outcome. Mitt Romney, who actually came out eight votes ahead of Santorum, is still unable to break 25% of the vote in the face of the weakest field of Republican challengers in my memory. (I vaguely remember the 1960 election, and have paid attention to presidential politics ever since.)

The majority of Republican voters for some reason cannot bring themselves to vote for sane candidates. I consider Romney sane. I know that Jon Huntsman is as well, but he’s done. He needs to endorse either Romney or Obama and move on. I doubt an endorsement of the President could make him any less popular with Republicans than he is now, since he couldn’t break even 1% in the first contest.

Rick Santorum was simply at the right place at the right time. He is nothing more than a marginal candidate who filled a void left by the complete flame-out of every other hardcore conservative in the race. Those voters had nowhere else to go. With Michele Bachmann dropping out, and Perry soon to follow after South Carolina, Santorum may be able to gain some momentum by picking up their voters. It could happen as long as he picks up most of their donors as well. It’s still a long shot, though.

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Thoughts and Links for Wednesday Night

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/1/5 3:00:00 (1157 reads)

Police killed a Brownsville 8th grader who was brandishing a pellet gun that looked like a real handgun.

A 14 year old African American girl who was missing from Dallas since 2010 has been located. Turns out that ICE deported her to Columbia, despite the fact she was a child and spoke no Spanish. She was put to work cleaning houses.

Kathy Duke will run for the LISD Board seat that Tom Ferguson will be vacating this May.

Kid sticks up for his little brother. Way to go!

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