Mid Afternoon Jobs Thread

The employment situation in the US is looking up, with new unemployment filings down for the third straight week.  This is wonderful news, but some people, including some of our fellow Juicers aren’t there yet, or aren’t where they want to be.

If you need a job, or would like to upgrade your current job, let us know in the comments your field and location, and if you know of open or soon-to-be open positions, let us know that information in the thread too.  As always, your first stop on a job hunt should be www.usajobs.gov especially if you are a Veteran.

Mid-day open thread and Balloon-Jobs thread

It’s cold here.  25 degrees F.   I know it’s colder in other places, but this is Oklahoma.  This is very cold for this part of the country. Cue some dumbass conservative: “It’s cold so climate change isn’t real suckit lib, lol!”

It’s been a while since we’ve done a jobs thread.  If you or someone you know needs a job or would like a shot at a better one, let us know in comments.   Similarly, if you know of position that is or soon will be available, let us know that too.  As always, http://www.usajobs.gov should be the first stop for just about everybody.  If there’s a profession, the US Government likely employs somebody to do it, and may have positions open.

Also too, congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens.  Bastards.


Bill Frist’s Divorce Will Ruin Barney Frank’s Marriage

Bill Frist is getting a divorce from his wife, Karyn.  And Barney Frank is happily married to his friend and lover of many years, Jim Ready.

h/t to Kaili Joy Gray @kailijoy

Open Thread, and it’s also time for a jobs thread.  If you need one, let us know in comments.  If you know of one, likewise, let us know.  As always, the US Government is hiring right now.  Join me.  We want more members for my union, the American Federation of Government Employees.

One final note–if you think FYWP is hard to comment in, you should try composing a blog posting.

I have SO got to get the poster of this–Now with extra teabagging!

Behold!  What may be the single greatest piece of 21st Century art.  Buy one for all your conservative friends!  UPDATE:  It can be found here.


When I get home from work, I have to begin packing for vacation, which starts on Saturday morning.  Only one more day of being pretty much useless at work until we go!  San Diego, with your 70’s and 80’s weather, and your Comic-con, here I come!   I’m looking forward to the Battlestar Galactica panel and the Dexter panel.  I’ll suffer through attending the Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 panel with my daughter because it’s her first Comic-con.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a jobs thread around here.  It’s perhaps time for another.  If you need a job, post your request.  If you have or know of an available job, post that information.  Also, too, open thread.

ETA–as always from me, USA Jobs should be your first stop for an employment search.

Speaking of wingnut patriotism, Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh was on the Ashleigh Banfield show on CNN and got into what has been described as a 10-minute long shouting match with the usually genial and inoffensive host over his remarks last week that his opponent, Tammy Duckworth is not a “real hero” because, unlike John McCain, she actually talks about being in a war.  NOTE–I haven’t seen the video.  It’s blocked at work.

Here is a link on Talking Points Memo.  Walsh looks like hell, like he hasn’t slept in days.  My God, that melt down is fucking epic!  He’s blaming the Duckworth campaign for video taping him.  It’s Duckworth’s fault that he’s a prick.

Handful Of Job Breakers

Jobs numbers pretty much fooled everyone on the econ side, but not anyone on the political side.

The American jobs engine hit stall speed in May, with the economy adding just 69,000 new jobs while the unemployment rate climbed to 8.2 percent.

As another summertime swoon looms, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job creation missed economist estimates for 158,000 new positions and the jobless rate rose for the first time in nearly a year.

Labor force participation remains near 30-year lows though incrementally better than last month, rising to 63.8 percent.

The unemployment rate that counts discouraged workers rose as well, swelling to 14.8 percent form 14.5 percent in April.

Long-term unemployment also took a sharp upturn, with the number of those out of work for 27 weeks or more jumping from 5.1 million to 5.4 million. The average duration of unemployment moved from 39.1 weeks to 39.7 weeks.

“It’s painfully obvious the economic recovery in the U.S. isn’t just slowing down, it’s pulling up the emergency brake. And, lack of job creation isn’t the only critical concern. Wages/Income is sharply lower,” said Todd Schoenberger, managing principal The BlackBay Group in New York.

Your headline:  “GOP Plan To Throttle Economy Ahead Of Crucial Elections Proceeding Apace.”

Open thread.

[UPDATE]  Yeah, pretty much every gorram thing Chuck Pierce says on this.

He cannot win re-election on the merits if he’s mixing pale middle-class nostrums with deficit-hawk snake oil. The nation is in crisis now. It’s not in as deep a crisis as it was when he came into office, when we were shedding 800,000 jobs a month, but the unemployment level we have now is not sustainable in a viable political democracy. The media will be no help. This morning, as the crows came to sit upon the Capitol, I heard one commentator after another talk about how the jobs figures were depressed because the corporate class in this country was “concerned” about, or “uncertain of,” the situation in Europe. This is all my balls. They’re still hiring people in Malaysia, and in China, and everywhere else that people will work for 40 cents a day and no bathroom breaks. They’re not thinking about Greece when they do that. They’re not hiring people in this country because, frankly, and I know their tender fee-fees will be injured by this, the average American corporate CEO has the same relationship to patriotism as John Edwards had to his marriage vows. But he cannot run on any of this, either, not credibly, anyway. He lost that opportunity a couple of years ago. This morning, it’s hard to see a way forward for him on this, except to argue that the ditch was deeper than he thought it was, which is, let’s face it, an argument for dullards.

Team Obama, I’m gonna say this once.  I had your back, I still have your back, I will still have your back.
But you guys?  Nut the fuck up and go the full Krugman.
[UPDATE 2]  OK fine, assholes.  Here’s what I would at least start with:
1)  Absolute full court media press on legislation.  I’d start with “Here’s the list of things we sent to the House to die under John Boehner’s watch, most recently the Paycheck Fairness Act on Thursday.”  Today, Saturday, Sunday, pound it, pound it, pound it.
2)  Europe.  Summit.  Meeting.  Hillary, Geithner, somebody goes over there.  Meets with Hollande, Merkel, Cameron, other leaders.  Gets on the same page.
3)  New stimulus bill.  Yes, it will die in the House.  Yes, it needs to be done anyway.  Let the GOP say “We will do nothing to help the economy, fuck you” with a huge 300 foot megaphone to all Americans.
4)  Executive order stuff, especially on the mortgage front.
That’s off the top of my head.