The Washington Times - April 19, 2010, 08:33AM


Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:Unexpected unemployment chart of the day, Extra tax refunds giving consumers a short-term boos, New ‘Jews for Palin group’ ‘takes aim at Obama.



  • Hot AirUnexpected unemployment chart of the day 

The employment picture hasn’t changed much at all in the past six months despite all of the media spin. Initial jobless claims have been flat since the end of October, as this chart from Uncommon Misperceptions shows.

As the economy was nose-diving last spring, most people probably overlooked the record-smashing $259 billion in refunds awarded (as of April 24) — roughly $40 billion, or 17% ahead of the 2008 tax season.
Arutz Sheva:  New ‘Jews for Palin’ group takes aim at Obama
A new Jewish organization has been started in the United States – openly supportive of Sarah Palin, but its bottom-line goal appears to be opposition to President Barack Obama and his tilt against Israel.