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    If the economy produces jobs over the next eight months at the same pace as it did over the past four months, the nation will have created more jobs in 2010 alone than it did over the entire eight years of George W. Bush's presidency.

    That comparison comes with many footnotes and asterisks. But it shows how the economic debate between the parties could look very different over time -- perhaps by November, more likely by 2012. More important, the comparison underscores the urgency of repairing an American job-creation machine that was sputtering long before the 2008 financial meltdown.

    First, the numbers: From February 2001, Bush's first full month in office, through January 2009, his last, total U.S. nonfarm employment grew from 132.5 million to 133.5 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's an increase, obviously, of just 1 million. From January through April of this year, the economy created 573,000 jobs. Over a full year, that projects to 1.72 million jobs. Job-creation numbers are notoriously volatile, so the actual result could run above or below that estimate. But Obama administration economists are increasingly optimistic that job growth this year will exceed expectations. Few of them will be surprised if more jobs are created in 2010 than over Bush's two terms...............

  2. Rumor: Henry Has Signed Pre-Contract With Red Bulls



    Just when you thought things would get interesting after the World Cup ends, now we are finding out that the heat and the excitement has turned up a bit hotter. This late report from The Sun in London has Thierry Henry already signing a pre-contract with the New York Red Bulls. If this is true he can't play for the club till after the World Cup and after MLS transfer window opens in the middle of July. But with one rumor getting more tantalizing by the minute, the other is Brazilian Midfielder Ze Roberto leaving Hamburg of the German Bundasliga and coming to the Cathedral of Football that is Red Bull Arena.

    To have Ze Roberto behind both Juan Pablo Angel and Henry this attack could be lethal and with the good start that RBNY has had to the season (Yes the LA Galaxy are playing lights out and destroying everyone in sight at the moment), it would be very interesting to see what could happen in the second half of the season.

    If you saw on the live stream from the Red Bulls official website of their US Open Cup Qualifier against the New England Revolution, it really doesn't matter who is on the first team or the second. All the players are doing a job and when they get their chance to show what they are made of, it's no mercy on who their opponent is.

    But at the moment every single supporter of the New York Red Bulls just went to the supermarket on a late night run and got tons & tons of Kleenex tissue boxes to wipe the drool off their mouths. Yes we all know about the Hand Ball incident against the Republic of Ireland in the second leg of the World Cup UEFA Qualifying playoffs. To be honest while that was a horrible thing he did to the Irish, it doesn't mean we here in the NYC Tri-State Area are shunning him because he is that good of a talent and we all know that he still has the talent to attack the net and score at will.

    While Salou Ibrahim has done a decent job being Angel's strike partner at the time, the truth in all this is that New York City needs to have Henry to make a statement in the city that never sleeps and the Red Bulls need another superstar in World Football to make Red Bull Arena shine and sparkle at night.

    You can bring in the top clubs from Europe and South America for pre-season or international exhibitions to showcase this fabulous Arena and earn some respect from the other side. But honestly while it's nice to have these things happen, this club needs to bring in the top players from the world and help earn some hardware, either domestically and or internationally.

    If Hans Backe & Erik Soler continue with the good fortune and the right chemistry, it feels like this club will finally start earning some hardware a bit earlier than they had envisioned.

  3. Published: 7:15AM BST 14 May 2010









    Hartwig Hausdorf, a German academic, believes that the reason Voyager 2, an unmanned probe that has been in space since 1977, is sending strange messages that are confusing scientists, is because it has been taken over by extraterrestrial life.



    Since its launch, Voyager 2 has been sending streams of data back to Earth for study by scientists, but on April 22, 2010, that stream of information suddenly changed.


    Nasa claimed that a software problem with the flight data system was the cause but Mr Hausdorf believes it could be the work of aliens.



    This is because all other parts of the spacecraft appear to be functioning fine.



    He told the German newspaper Bild : "It seems almost as if someone has reprogrammed or hijacked the probe, thus perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth."



    Voyager 2 carries a disk with greetings in 55 languages on it in case the craft encounters other life forms.



    Dr Edward Stone, a scientist on the project, said the desk, called the Golden Record, is "a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials.



    "The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth."

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    In a game where New York had nearly all the advantages, the Red Bulls advanced to the final play-in round of the U.S. Open Cup with a 3-0 win over New England on Wednesday night.

    Veteran John Wolyniec tallied two goals either side of a Sinisa Ubiparipovic strike. New York next face the Colorado Rapids in the final qualifying match for the national tournament.

    Fielding a lineup filled with several first-team regulars, the Red Bulls were strongest in possession, had better scoring opportunities and held the homefield advantage. They even even had the edge in the number of players available.

    Struck by an injury bug, New England traveled to Red Bull Arena with just 14 players. And with just three bodies on the bench-one a goalkeeper and two field players-the Revolution were no match for a more talented and deeper Red Bulls side.

    In the 36th minute, the Red Bulls broke the seal on the scoreboard. A slicing through-ball from Brian Nielsen perfectly dissected the New England backline, springing Conor Chinn alone on New England goalkeeper Bob Shuttleworth. Chinn's shot was saved by a diving Shuttleworth, but it fell to Wolyniec who, opportunistic as ever, was about eight yards out. Wolyniec fired two efforts on goal that the Revs goalkeeper blocked before powering a final shot into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

    Six of New York's starters on Wednesday night would be considered regulars from 2009's last place team, but it was new additions to the side that changed the match. Winger Brian Nielsen looked dangerous and pacey down the left side, even if his lack of fitness seemed to affect his workrate.

    On the defensive side, former New England right back Chris Albright showed solid man-marking and overlapped well in his first start for New York. The defender showed no signs of the knee injury that shelved him for all but one game last year.

    New England never looked in sync throughout the match, moving lethargically and failing to consistently hold possession or look dangerous. They relied heavily on goalkeeper Shuttleworth making save after save.

    New York would soon make them pay. Following a foul at the left side of the box in the 62nd minute, Nielsen laid off a square pass to Ubiparipovic, who blistered a shot from the top of the penalty area under Shuttleworth and into the net.

    Two minutes later, New York iced the game. After a quick offensive foray, Nielsen fired a low shot from the top of the box that forced Shuttleworth into a diving save to his right. Wolyniec pounced onto the rebound to complete his brace.

    Fielding a young and inexperienced side, the visitors looked to have no answer for New York despite brave efforts by Marko Perovic on the left side of the midfield and Shuttleworth in the nets.

    The Revolution, with no bench to speak of and obviously rattled, never really threatened Greg Sutton in goal. For Sutton, it was his second win in U.S. Open Cup play on the season.

    Scoring Summary

    NY, John Wolyniec (unassisted) 36

    NY, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Nielsen) 62

    NY, John Wolyniec (unassisted) 64

  5. # 125 Bob Marley cwm27.gif

    During the course of a white person's education they will go through many phases including but not limited to: "awkward," "classic rock," and "being really into a foreign country." Of these phases, there is only one that all white people are required to go through before they can obtain their bachelor's degree. It is known as "Bob Marley."

  6. Well, there is no denying that so far there has been more pleasant moments than unpleasant ones this season. As far as the team goes Lindpere has been the most pleasant surprise so far, for me. I attribute much of the turn around we have seen to him. He has brought a "take no hostages" approach to this team, that has spread through it. If this turns out to be JPA's last season with el toro rojo than Lindpere has to wear the captain's arm band next year. Agreed?

  7. Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year since Harry Truman's presidency, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data found.



    Some conservative political movements such as the "Tea Party" have criticized federal spending as being out of control. While spending is up, taxes have fallen to exceptionally low levels.



    Federal, state and local taxes - including income, property, sales and other taxes - consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. That rate is far below the historic average of 12% for the last half-century. The overall tax burden hit bottom in December at 8.8.% of income before rising slightly in the first three months of 2010.



    "The idea that taxes are high right now is pretty much nuts," says Michael Ettlinger, head of economic policy at the liberal Center for American Progress. The real problem is spending,counters Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks, which organizes Tea Party groups. "The money we borrow is going to be paid back through taxation in the future," he says.



    Individual tax rates vary widely based on how much a taxpayer earns, where the person lives and other factors. On average, though, the tax rate paid by all Americans - rich and poor, combined - has fallen 26% since the recession began in 2007. That means a $3,400 annual tax savings for a household paying the average national rate and earning the average national household income of $102,000.



    This tax drop has boosted consumer spending and the economy, which grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the first quarter. It also has contributed to the federal debt growing to $8.4 trillion.



    Taxes paid have fallen much faster than income in this recession. Personal income fell 2% last year. Taxes paid dropped 23%. The BEA classifies Social Security taxes as insurance payments and excludes them from the tax calculation.



    Why the tax bite has eased:



    "¢ Stimulus law. One-third of last year's $862 billion economic stimulus went for tax cuts. Biggest reduction: The Making Work Pay tax credit reduced income taxes $800 for married couples earning up to $150,000.



    "¢ Progressive tax rates. Presidents Clinton and Bush pushed through a series of tax changes - credits, lower rates, higher exemptions - that slashed income taxes for poor and middle-class families. A drop in income now can trigger big tax breaks and sharply lower rates, sometimes falling to zero.



    "¢ Sales tax. Consumers cut spending sharply in this downturn, thereby paying less in sales taxes.



    A Gallup Poll last month found that 48% thought taxes were "too high" and 45% thought they were "about right." Those saying taxes are "too high" remain near a 50-year low.



    The lower tax burden should last at least through 2010, says Roberton Williams of the Tax Policy Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C. "Virtually all the stimulus tax cuts expire at the end of the year," he says. "So the key decision is whether to extend them into 2011."





    Stick that in your teabag