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By Tom Blumer | July 9, 2011 | 8:46 PM EDT

While Associated Press Economics writers like Christopher Rugaber and Paul Wiseman, as seen in a post this morning (at NewBusters; at BizzyBlog), talk of "baffled economists" and a job market that is "defying history," one AP writer, in discussing stocks which have done well in this economy, has revealed what employment prospects really are with quite un-baffling certainty from the point of view of those who have to put their money where their expectations are, i.e., investors.

The wire service's Bernard Condon cited a pawn shop operator, a payday lender, a debt-collection firm, and a rent-to-own outfit as companies which have outperformed the market and are expected to continue doing so. The reason for the expectation is found in the title of this post, which is also seen in the following excerpt from Condon's composition:

By Noel Sheppard | July 9, 2011 | 8:13 PM EDT

Bill Maher on Friday proudly equated the Casey Anthony verdict with Republican thinking.

Unfortunately for him, conservative author Ann Coulter was present, and when she got the chance to respond during the internet-only Overtime segment of HBO's "Real Time," she nicely exposed some of the host's most delicious hypocrisies (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | July 9, 2011 | 3:45 PM EDT

Stephanie Condon of CBS News reports the Party of Charlie Rangel is attacking freshman Republicans as sleaze-oids: "Democrats are launching a series of robocalls today against six vulnerable House Republicans who have been caught in ethics scandals."

The calls focus on six relatively new GOP members: Reps. Scott Tipton of Colorado, David Rivera of Florida, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, and Stephen Fincher of Tennessee were all elected in 2010. Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida came into office in 2007.

By Noel Sheppard | July 9, 2011 | 3:31 PM EDT

It's one thing to report dishonestly. It's another to proudly display it.

The front page of the ABC "World News" website now contains a "Countdown to U.S. Debt Default' clock:

By Noel Sheppard | July 9, 2011 | 12:59 PM EDT

You knew when you saw conservative author Ann Coulter was pitted against far-left MSNBC contributor and Nation magazine editor Christopher Hayes on HBO's "Real Time" sparks were going to fly.

Such occurred when Hayes told the panel that his mother works for the government prompting Coulter to respond, "She is a drain on society" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | July 9, 2011 | 12:03 PM EDT

Bill Maher less than a week after the 9/11 attacks made an absurd comment on his "Politically Incorrect" program that led ABC to not renew his contract.

Almost ten years later, as the host of HBO's "Real Time," Maher is trying to revise history concerning what he said (video follows with transcripts and commentary):

By Matthew Sheffield | July 9, 2011 | 11:12 AM EDT

Amid all of the spurious talk about "tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires" (defined incongruously by the left as anyone with income of over $200,000), the Obama administration and its media lackeys are trying to raise support for an increase in taxes on corporate jets.

It's well-known that the amount of money that potentially would be raised by closing this loophole is miniscule, it'd take 5,000 years for it to equal the new debt added just last year, but since we're talking about tax cuts for the wealthy, it's worth noting that the Hollywood Left actually has managed to get a significant number of tax deductions to promote television and movie production. Magically, however, we aren't seeing much discussion about closing these tax loopholes from the elite media.

By NB Staff | July 9, 2011 | 11:10 AM EDT

For general discussion and debate about politics, the economy, sports, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

By Tom Blumer | July 9, 2011 | 11:10 AM EDT

If we are believe two late Friday afternoon dispatches from the Associated Press following the government's awful Employment Situation report earlier in the day, you would think that even a cadre of cops with the talent of Sherlock Holmes couldn't solve the mystery of the underperforming job market.

Economics Writers Christopher Rugaber and Paul Wiseman went with themes of "baffled economists" and "defying history," respectively.

First, here are a few paragraphs from Rugaber's risible report (bolds are mine):

By Noel Sheppard | July 9, 2011 | 10:52 AM EDT

Ann Coulter marvelously smacked down Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time" Friday evening.

After the host called the Tea Partiers Coulter speaks to "rubes," the conservative author smartly responded, "I do not talk to rubes except right here" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | July 9, 2011 | 7:24 AM EDT

In Thursday's Home section of the New York Times, they published an article by the fiction writer Charlotte Bacon, who fondly remembered her experiment in Third World living in Bali. It was titled "Lessons of a Grass House." She went to Indonesia for idealistic reasons -- "to develop a school that was based around a curriculum of sustainability" -- but was forthright about her liberal guilt:

It was a fantasy that strongly appealed to me. Growing my own lettuce in volcanic soil. Creating a community of teachers and students. Having my children learn another language and experience a vibrant part of the world. Hiring someone to give me a hand with the children so I could find more time to write.It called on the spirit of “Walden,” an intentionality of living, blended with a darker dose of the colonial: I could hire help for very little and not spend all day attached to a sponge.

By Brad Wilmouth | July 9, 2011 | 12:34 AM EDT

  On Friday’s NBC Nightly News, as correspondent Richard Engel informed viewers that many thousands of Egyptians are again protesting against the government in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, he noted that organizers of the original protests fear that the Muslim Brotherhood will have too much influence in the new government, and recounted the Islamist group’s increased power in Egypt since January.

He went on to highlight the "staunchly anti-Israel" views of the Brotherhood and showed a clip of one of the group’s leaders making an anti-Semitic statement accusing Jews of wanting to "live in war," claiming that it is their "history":

By Penny Starr | July 8, 2011 | 9:23 PM EDT

Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued a “Dear Colleagues” letter on June 14 advising federally funded schools about establishing clubs on campuses, specifically Gay-Straight Alliance clubs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The letter was issued from the department’s Office of Civil Rights for elementary and secondary schools and was sent to all school districts in the United States, according to Jo Ann Webb, spokesperson for the Department of Education (DOE).

By Noel Sheppard | July 8, 2011 | 6:19 PM EDT

Like so many members of the press, "Inside Washington" host Gordon Peterson wrongly thinks New York Times columnist David Brooks is a conservative.

When Peterson depicted Brooks this way on Friday, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer marvelously corrected him with surprising support from Politico's Evan Thomas (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | July 8, 2011 | 5:24 PM EDT

Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert appeared on Thursday night on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC to discuss how the death penalty demonstrates how America is marred by “such a macho culture, such a violent culture” that we would actually execute murderers and politicians haven't completely banned it.

For her part, Maddow tried to imply that there’s race-baiting politics involved, which is like preaching to Herbert’s choir. She insisted a new resurgence of tough-on-crime politics is typified by how Fox News is “trying to hype the issue of urban crime with racial overtones.”