Showing posts with label Hatton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hatton. Show all posts

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Interesting Unemployment Figures

Just after the first Presidential debate I heard a news commentator make the statement that, “states led by Republican governors have enjoyed lower unemployment than those with Democrat governors.” Rather than take this statement as pure fact, I decided to crunch the numbers and what I found was that she was absolutely right. I present here the findings of my analysis.

Initially I grabbed just the unemployment rate by month (January 2012 through August 2012) and got the following:

As you can see, month over month, Republican led states do indeed have a slight (the difference is minuscule in most cases) advantage over their Democrat counterparts. A colleague of mine suggested that I factor out those states where the Governor has been in office for less than two years to see if this held true. The logic behind his idea was that those who have been in office for less than two years would not have had a chance for their policies to truly take hold. Here are those results:

The number scale is smaller so the size of the bars might seem the same as above. In truth, they are not. There is a slightly more marked difference between the two.

Not satisfied with just pulling these numbers, I decided to pull in the party leadership of the Upper and Lower chamber for the state and compare those.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

In Line at Wal-Mart

My good friend Fabian Story just posted the following on Facebook:
Ok, so as I am standing in line in Wal-Mart I am privy to a conversation that takes place between two very very verl large women who have carts full of junk foods and processed pre-cooked meals laughing and talking about the fact that the are now going to vote for Obama since they have received their new Obama phone and was able to drop their contract with Verizon and now pay 10.00 a month each for the same plan they were paying 69 for the equivalent services with Verizon. They then proceeded to tell me and another lady in the line that Obama is saving this nation by "giving" everyone healthcare, phones, paying off people's houses and making it harder on businesses to screw us.

I asked her where she worked and she told me she lives off of child support for 5 kids with 4 diff daddy's and she was not ashamed to tell me that she made more by lying in court and making them "pay" than getting a real job. She said that since she did not have to report Child Support as income she lived in "rent assisted" house, gets nearly 1600 in food stamps and other services and she sees this as her right. What are we becoming?
Now, if you talk to Democrats about those who leech off our public support system, they'll tell you these are "few and far between."  Unfortunately, this isn't the only story that I've heard that follows this same narrative. It seems to me like the exception, for some demographics, is becoming more and more the rule.

Even President Obama has said, "I think we should acknowledge that some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency.… As somebody who worked in low-income neighborhoods, I've seen it where people weren't encouraged to work, weren't encouraged to upgrade their skills, were just getting a check, and over time their motivation started to diminish. And I think even if you’re progressive you've got to acknowledge that some of these things have not been well designed." (ref: President Obama Admits Welfare Encourages Dependency)

Apparently in some parts of the country, it's not just the past but also the present where this is the case.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Video Episode 4: Scary Games Politicans Play

I seem to be having more fun with this video stuff, so that means you'll be seeing more of it along with the weekly podcast recordings! Tonight I wanted to share my thoughts on two bits of absurdity. The first was the fact that a liberal candidate for State Senate in Maine was Slammed for World of Warcraft Fandom. The second relates to the recently release unemployment numbers. My apologies if I offended any of you WoW players out there. I'm guessing my students were the exception... unfortunately they're also the only experience I have in real life!

We invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well as our RSS feed!  Follow us on Twitter @ECConservative to stay up-to-date with articles and check the website for video comments when they're recorded. If you want to comment on something you can, post comments on the website or on our Facebook page. Thanks for listening!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Video Episode 3: Post Debate Comment

After watching and listening to the first Presidential debate tonight, I had to record a quick comment and response.  What did you think?

I also assigned something of a homework question, which I'll see about putting up as a poll as well.  Did "candidate" Obama provide the same level of specifics and details for his plans in 2008 that his campaign is now asking Romney for?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Video Episode 2: Church Issues

It took a while but we finally have our second video issue out.  I took the opportunity of something that was mentioned briefly in Episode 248 regarding the 1,000 or so pastors that intend to make a political statement from the pulpit on October 7.

Here's the link to an article that covers what I'm taking about in the video: Pastors pledge to defy IRS, preach politics from pulpit ahead of election

Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

No Podcast This Week

Our apologies for this week, folks, but there is not a podcast episode to post.  There was a serious technical issue with Talkshoe when we went to record on Sunday night and there is no time this week to do a make-up.  Unfortunately these things happen from time to time.

So... next weekend's episode will still be #238 and Dr. Paul Ibbetson has agreed to join us for the recording session.

Thank you for your continued support of the show!  Join us for the recording session if you can and if not, email any questions you might have for Dr. Ibbetson to

In the mean-time, here's a video my loving wife found that speaks truth from the past.  Make Mine Freedom!

For those that would rather watch in YouTube: Make Mine Freedom!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

File Server Back Online

Talkshoe has completed their upgrade and audio files are once again available for download.  I have re-synched the feed so the original posting on Episode 237 is working again, however if your podcast program doesn't want to refresh nicely, here's the link for the file again:

Click Here to download the podcast, or listen using the Blubrry player (the blue ball on the right of the page).

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Problems with file download

It appears that the server hosting our file downloads is experiencing technical difficulties.  Right now episodes cannot be downloaded.  I will post again when the files are available.

*** UPDATED 7/3/2012 3:23pm Eastern ***

I was just notified of the following message on TalkShoe's home page.  This is what's impacting our downloads:

Dear TalkShoe Users,

In order to provide a better user experience we are increasing our storage capacity for your recordings (MP3s). As a result some users may periodically experience a delay in hearing the recording play back begin. If you experience a delay please consider downloading the recording at a later time. The storage capacity expansion is expected to be completed by July 6th. We appologize for any distruption this may cause for you. Thank you for your continued use and support of TalkShoe.

The TalkShoe Technical Team


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

At Least One Hundred Percent

One of the running jokes I've been using during the primary season is the fact that, "Obama must be upset that is isn't winning at least 100% of the primaries this time around." It turns out that the numbers are very telling, not just with the recent results of the West Virginia primary where Obama won 59/41 against a Texas inmate. Understand, we know that Obama is going to win the nomination… I still find it funny that some sites list him as the "presumptive nominee."

Here are the votes or delegate percentages for the 2012 Democrat primary season. Overall, Obama has been running an average of 87% of the primary vote. Some states are much lower, though there are many that did not even have a primary and are not counting or do not allow "uncommitted" delegate counts.

Since news of the Democrat primary season seems to be extremely rare, I thought it would be worth-while to compile a list of the states that have already had some kind of delegate-placing action and include them here. I’ve got a whole Excel spreadsheet with the full breakdowns, but for this chart, all of the "non-Obama" names I've put them in the "Others" column. Some states allow for "No Preference," and those are in the Uncommitted column.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Video Episode 1: Partisan Hacks

Well folks, it finally happened.  One of our listeners posted a video comment and I took the opportunity to create and post our first video episode as a reply.  It is posted on YouTube and I have linked to it here as well!

This video was a reply to a video posted by Zack, a progressive listener on Facebook.

Let us know what you think!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Transparency WIN!

No, the walls on Capital Hill didn't turn to glass, but there's now a new process for how we (that is, Ken and I) share the stories that we find that might make it on to the podcast - Twitter!

Instead of a sneaky set of emails, we'll be posting our finds on Twitter for all the world to see (and possibly comment) during the week.  I've already done a few.  You can find the articles by following @ECConservative or simply looking on the website - there's a "recent tweets" section there now!

Oh, and sorry to our Twitter friends that this announcement comes out twice.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Delay for Episode 219

Well, folks, Mr. Murphy has applied his wonderful rule to our podcast schedule again.  I'm stuck in a hotel with the family and won't be home to record until Monday night at 9:00pm.

Thanks for your continued support of the podcast and, if you can, join us for the conversation!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Delay of Episode #215

Folks, wanted to let everyone know that the recording of Episode #215 has been delayed, we're looking at recording tomorrow.  I was in a bit of an accident this evening and was stuck in a ditch for just over two hours.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of our podcast.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Evening Announcements

Monday Started Early and is Way Too Long

Just a quick update on the status of Episode 140.  It's been recorded and is in the process of being edited.  Unfortunately time is neither my friend nor friendly.  I'll have that show online as quickly as I can.

In other news, I received the following group notice from the GOP of Second Life:
For personal reasons we will be closing the GOP Cafe in its current form on Sagamore Island. While we hope to be back in another form soon, for now we will be supporting our party virtually. I want to thank all of you who over the past 2 years have visited the Cafe. It was created on the concept that ideas and views could be discussed and debated without the acidic retoric seen in some places. We succeeded more than we failed. Our eyes remain on victory in November and a new Republican Majority.

As of this moment, Sagamore is closed an no longer the home of the GOP of Second Life. I'e been assured that this is a "for the momentThe group owners are in the process of identifying a new home for the group. In the meantime, we'll be finding a new home in Second Life.

Finally, keep an eye on the site in the future.  Tonight we post the first article by our guest writer.  For shows moving forward I'm going to work to post the list of articles and questions on the site before the show.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cross link to personal blog

During the last episode I mentioned that I was going to post the sermon I gave on my personal blog site and post a link here.  I've just finished posting it and you can find it here: