October 29, 2009

After Eight Long Years: The Return of the "Prosperity Montage!"
— Ace

This is a longstanding complaint of mine. If you've read this eight times before, bear with me: I can't help myself.

The media uses -- or... used to use -- a "Prosperity Montage" as an illustration of, and reification of, good economic news. The Montage consists of the following three images:

1) Cash registers beeping and cash register drawers popping open, filled with cash.

2) The ding-ding-ding at day's end on Wall Street, to the cheers of traders.

3) Government printing presses rolling off millions of dollars in $100 bills.

This montage was used to illustrate -- and, again, reify -- the numbers, which, left to their own, are abstract things with not much concrete, tangible effect on people's daily lives. The montage is used to sell the idea that oh yes indeed this affects your daily lives plenty.

The Prosperity Montage disappeared from the television screens for... um, almost precisely 8 years. Nine years, I suppose, because there wasn't a lot of great economic news to illustrate at the end of Clinton's term (he bequeathed Bush a recession) nor since Obama was inaugurated.

But I know, for a fact, with all certainty, that the Prosperity Montage has now been pulled out of semi-retirement now. And I know this without looking at a TV screen. I know CNN and MSNBC are running the Prosperity Montage now, every time they mention this story. And I know all the networks will run it tonight.

Pictures matter. Visuals matter. "Optics" matter. The media concedes this whenever they discuss, say, a tableaux of veterans or ordinary folks at a State of the Union, or the theatrical power of a candidate's stage at a convention.

But they are of course entirely unwilling to concede that the pictures they choose to illustrate a story are similarly theatrical. And potent.

The media will not address this point, but supposing they did, they would claim 1, it was pure coincidence that they never ran the Prosperity Montage during Bush's terms, despite (for example) quarters of 5.5% and 7.2% growth, and even if they didn't, it's no big deal anyway: They're just pictures.

No, they're not. The media sold Bush's big growth as a mere abstraction having nothing at all to do with the lives of "real people;" where are the jobs?, they asked and asked. (Until there was in fact lots of jobs; at which point, they began asking, when does this unsustainable growth end and the new recession begin? If you remember, there were always "storm clouds on the horizon" for Bush.)

And to illustrate that -- to make sure you didn't confuse these growth rates as having any tangible effect on your lives -- they would just put up the number and an up arrow in the corner of the screen. No Prosperity Montage. No demonstration of economic growth in actual, tangible, real terms that impact people's day-to-day lives.

Just a number. And where are the jobs? And oh, the numbers are deceptive; there's a recession coming, you know. (Yes, any period of growth will be followed by a recession, same as it has for all of economic history. Nice prediction, there, that the growth will end. And interesting that you will only concede growth in the same breath you state it is doomed to end.)

But for Obama -- the Prosperity Montage will be back in full force, and the question will not be Where are the Jobs? The pictures will tell the story: The economy is "roaring back to life," as the Washington Post claims on its front (web) page.

This complaint is connected to another longstanding observation of mine: the media is always trying to denigrate and minimize growth under Republican presidents, this affects consumer and investor psychology to a small degree. Markets and economics have a big psychological component to them, and the media does its level best to sell a depressive psychology under Republican administrations, and a euphoric one under Democrats.

Because this does have an effect, the media does in fact wind up shaving about a half-point of GDP growth every quarter from the economy when it's managed by a Republican. I call this the "Republican Tax" -- the missing growth the media takes away from the economy, deliberately, in order to sabotage Republicans. It's an unfair tax, of course, and we shouldn't have to pay it, but we do.

Because the media is determined to downplay prosperity under Republicans and, by so doing, actually does in fact undermine consumer and investor confidence.

Anyway, I am writing to one of the Newsbusters (Tom Blumer), to make sure I get to see the return of the Prosperity Montage.

Because it's such a nice, optimistic, thrilling montage. And I haven't seen it for nine years. Like an old friend who's on his way back for a visit.

Oh: Because of worries that Obama is simply printing money to paper-up a fake recovery, it's likely you won't see the Treasury-presses-rolling-off-$100-bills part of the Prosperity Montage. That might be a bit too suggestive, a bit too reifying, in the wrong sort of way.

Not sure what they'll use instead of that. That is part of the "Prosperity Montage Classic" formula, so they'll have to come up with a new, sweeter ingredient for the "New Prosperity Montage."

They'll get creative and find something good, I'm sure.

Posted by: Ace at 08:43 AM | Comments (179)
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1 I'd nearly forgotten about our old frind, the prosperity montage.  It's the cum-pilation of the TV news world.

Posted by: Truman North at October 29, 2009 08:46 AM (e8YaH)

2

Reification?

That was the favorite word of the campus Marxists in the '70's.

Ace!! Say ain't so!!!

Posted by: TexasJew at October 29, 2009 08:46 AM (VPwsO)

3 I don't think a government printing press printing $100 bills nonstop is a positive image anymore.

Posted by: kefka at October 29, 2009 08:48 AM (n1uMU)

4 It is to people in line for summa dat Obama money fum his stash

Posted by: Truman North at October 29, 2009 08:48 AM (e8YaH)

5 We were going to run a montage of children singing, investors holding hands and dancing in circles in the streets with rainbows of skittles falling on them, and families running through fields of gumdrops to cancycane forests, but we like your idea and will dust off the "Prosperity Monatage" instead.

Posted by: Your Liberal Media at October 29, 2009 08:49 AM (1Y3Fy)

6 MONTAGE!

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 29, 2009 08:49 AM (ujg0T)

7
Instead of the printers spitting out increasingly worthless benjamins at an alarming rate, we'll probably see either the Big Arrow that expands to fill the screen; or the Amazing Expanding Piechart that balloons up. 

The SRM has much to answer for.  Someday.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 29, 2009 08:50 AM (Haq+B)

8 kefka-- I had just added that before i read your comment. I had meant to include that in the post as a parenthetical, but forgot. However, that is a key ingredient in the Classic Prosperity Montage. But yes, as I've updated, I think that bit will be replaced.

Posted by: ace at October 29, 2009 08:50 AM (mT0zX)

9 How about a vault door opening and revealing a vault full of gold bars?

Posted by: kefka at October 29, 2009 08:50 AM (n1uMU)

10 Dead on, Ace.

Posted by: Roy D Mercer at October 29, 2009 08:50 AM (kNiZP)

11 Because it's such a nice, optimistic, thrilling montage. And I haven't seen it for nine years. Like an old friend who's on his way back for a visit. Unfortunately, this economy is going to be more like a return of 1932. Or a dose of the clap. Take your pick.

Posted by: joncelli at October 29, 2009 08:51 AM (RD7QR)

12

Great friggin' post, Ace.  Long-time complaint of mine.  I think the portrayal of economic news is up there in importance with liberals controlling the education-industrial complex.  I mean, "it's the economy, stupid," and it's always going to be the economy unless it's a major war or catastrophe. 

And the Rs always get the bad numbers later revised up and the Ds get the good numbers later revised down.  It's friggin' sick.

Posted by: FUBAR at October 29, 2009 08:51 AM (J5Srq)

13 Also, when jobs are created under a republican administration, the media decides to dissect those jobs and determines them low-paying or substandard. Under a democrat, all jobs are manna from heaven.

Posted by: Dr. Spank at October 29, 2009 08:51 AM (muUqs)

14 The new Prosperity Montage will contain footage of one of President Pantscrease's unprecedented heroic super-intellectual golf drives.

Posted by: Waterhouse at October 29, 2009 08:52 AM (Do9Eu)

15

It is amazing how lazy the msm has become, isn't it? It's like how every story about some barbaric thug finally getting killed includes a quote from the family saying he was "getting his life together".

Pathetic.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at October 29, 2009 08:53 AM (P33XN)

16

The day is approaching to give it your best
You've got to reach your prime!
That's when you need to put yourself to the test
And show us the passage of time.
We're gonna need a montage. (Montage)
An economic montage! (Montage)

And just show a lot of things happenin' at once.
Remind everyone of what's goin' on. (What's goin' on?)
And with every shot, show a *little* improvement
To pretend it won't take too long.
That's called a montage. (Montage)
Obama needs a montage! (Montage)

In Obama economy, if you want to go
From just a recession to a full blow
You'll need a montage. (Montage)
A simple little montage! (Montage)

Always fade out (Montage) into a montage... (Montage)
Under Obama it will seem like a long time (Montage) has passed in a montage... (Montage)
Montage... (Montage)

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 29, 2009 08:53 AM (ujg0T)

17 Another favorite trick of the media is the use of percentages vs. raw numbers.  100 is 1% of 10,000.  When the market was at 10,000 back when Bush was POTUS and there was a 100 point gain the media always reported the the market was "up 1%", but when there was a 100 point loss they always reported that the market "plummeted" 100 points.

I expect to see this practice reversed with the current administration.

Posted by: Nighthawk at October 29, 2009 08:53 AM (OtQXp)

18
Or possibly atoms being split by the force of The Ballerina of Staffs mind.    That would work.

Maybe Sheriff Joe throwing bags of money from a helicopter?

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 29, 2009 08:53 AM (Haq+B)

19 >>>How about a vault door opening and revealing a vault full of gold bars? Eh... the image that puts in my head is of Simon Peter Gruber about to steal all the gold at the Fed. Which is a bad image for Obama.

Posted by: ace at October 29, 2009 08:54 AM (mT0zX)

20
If the Republicans were smart, (and they're not), they'd start with the "Are You Better Off Now Than You Were ______  Months/Years Ago."

Yeah, it's old, but it's a simple way of making people reflect on, you know, the reality of their own situation rather than the bullshit of the powers in charge.


Posted by: Tweet Gingrich at October 29, 2009 08:56 AM (9X3KM)

21 Eh... the image that puts in my head is of Simon Peter Gruber about to steal all the gold at the Fed.

Which is a bad image for Obama.

Yeah, gold bars is over the top.  I'd never make it in the state controlled media. damn

Posted by: kefka at October 29, 2009 08:56 AM (n1uMU)

22 I kind of think maybe Obama is a Die Hard villain. Bear in mind, all of his villains disguise their crimes as something else. Maybe he got elected just to loot Fort Knox.

Posted by: ace at October 29, 2009 08:56 AM (mT0zX)

23

Realistic montage:

A new Jeep Cherokee careening off a moutain road and bursting into flames in mid-air a la 1970s cop shows.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 29, 2009 08:57 AM (B+qrE)

24
More than likely, a heroic shot of Wee Wee addressing his subjects making a speech, with the special effects cranked up to emphasize the halo.

Then people will look around at their lives falling apart and realize they don't live in AmeriKKKa anymore. 

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 29, 2009 08:57 AM (Haq+B)

25

Maybe he got elected just to loot Fort Knox.

He couldn't hold Auric Goldfinger's golden jock.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 29, 2009 08:58 AM (B+qrE)

26

It's commodity fetishism!!

And what's wrong with that?

To quote from Groucho:

"Reification in thought occurs when an abstract concept describing a relationship or context is treated as a concrete "thing", or if something is treated as if it were a separate object when this is inappropriate because it is not an object or because it does not truly exist in separation.

Marx argues that reification is an inherent and necessary characteristic of economic value as it manifests itself in market trade, i.e. the inversion in thought between object and subject, or between means and ends, reflects a real practice where attributes (properties, characteristics, features, powers) which exist only by virtue of a social relationship between people are treated as if they are the inherent, natural characteristics of things, or vice versa, attributes of inanimate things are treated as if they are attributes of human subjects.

This implies objects are transformed into subjects and subjects are turned into objects, with the result that subjects are rendered passive or determined, while objects are rendered as the active, determining factor. Hypostatization refers to an effect of reification which results from supposing that whatever can be named, or conceived abstractly, must actually exist, an ontological and epistemological fallacy.

The concept is related to, but is distinct from, Marx's theories of alienation and commodity fetishism. Alienation is the general condition of human estrangement. Reification is a specific form of alienation. Commodity fetishism is a specific form of reification."

Posted by: TexasJew at October 29, 2009 08:58 AM (VPwsO)

27 I think the new meme will be that now that the recession is over, can we please pass healthcare? Since voters have the economy number 1 on their list of concerns, if the MSM deems that "fixed", they will then push for HC overhaul.

Posted by: Tendstl at October 29, 2009 08:59 AM (GQkyJ)

28 Too true. They would be smart to go light here though. The surest way to foster voter anger? Who has the most time to be sitting around watching tv and seeing the montage? The unemployed. Rub it in their faces guys, I dare ya.

Posted by: Rocks at October 29, 2009 08:59 AM (Q1lie)

29
A new Jeep Cherokee careening off a moutain road and bursting into flames in mid-air a la 1970s cop shows.

While a Prius full of pony-tailed Enlightened Ones pulls over and they cheer from the roadside.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 29, 2009 08:59 AM (Haq+B)

30 I think the new prosperity montage cap will be something "job" related. Like skyscraper construction, or maybe, a container ship being loaded for export, so you can see "real" working people benefiting from the "prosperity".

Posted by: MikeTheMoose at October 29, 2009 09:00 AM (0q2P7)

31
btw, morons, 'Kurt Wicksell' is eggmcmuffin.

shit, I leave for an hour and you dummies get fooled by eggie again?

The names are the usual giveaway. Look up the names, morons! Kurt Wicksell?!?!


Posted by: Tweet Gingrich at October 29, 2009 09:01 AM (9X3KM)

32 He couldn't hold Auric Goldfinger's golden jock. The Economy: Do you expect me to talk? Obama: No, Mr. Economy, I expect you to die!

Posted by: joncelli at October 29, 2009 09:01 AM (RD7QR)

33 Gawsh...what a shock.  Events manipulated to make a democrat look good.  Apparently, the memory hole is bottomless.

Posted by: joeindc44 at October 29, 2009 09:01 AM (QxSug)

34 You know what they should show?  A regular, nerdy guy accompanied by two bimbos in their underpants, with game-show lights in the background.  I think we would definitely get the message.

Posted by: Truman North at October 29, 2009 09:02 AM (e8YaH)

35

What with all the demonization of Wall Street, I'm not sure if that'll be part of the montage.  The board, probably, but guys in suits, probably not so much.

Dead on with the cash registers, though. And your Republican Tax theory is also fantastic.

Posted by: Some Guy at October 29, 2009 09:02 AM (lPxkl)

36 Gee, according to the ABC liberal news that just broke into my all conservative radio station; Things are really good now except for those who are unemployed and , whoops, the effects of the stimulus are wearing off so, um, don't expect any more wonderful improvement.

Posted by: dagny at October 29, 2009 09:02 AM (7E/uE)

37 They'll replace the money with a wide shot of a happy multiethnic workplace, with lots of busy people smiling.

Posted by: Robert at October 29, 2009 09:03 AM (cRjEb)

38 Holy crap, we need a flaming David Frum skull for that Hugh Hewitt transcript in the Headlines.

Posted by: Mama AJ at October 29, 2009 09:03 AM (Be4xl)

39 Ace: "They'll get creative and find something good, I'm sure."

We have artist renderings of unicorns, an assembly line of skittles production in a video loop, and kittens. Lots and lots of kittens. Which would you prefer?

Posted by: MSM Prosperity Montage Department at October 29, 2009 09:03 AM (swuwV)

40 The names are the usual giveaway. Look up the names, morons

I wait for the inevitable "knucklehead" to appear in a comment.

Then I laugh heartily at the dipshit who thinks Soros isn't a hard-core Marxist.

Posted by: Waterhouse at October 29, 2009 09:03 AM (Do9Eu)

41
nah, Obama is Kaiser Soze + Lord Palpatine + Famous Amos

Posted by: Tweet Verbal at October 29, 2009 09:04 AM (9X3KM)

42

More propaganda montages of Americans going into hock to buy Chinese crap....

The difference is, we're paying with large rolls of green toilet paper.

And we're totally broke.

And we're unemployed.

And our President is a communist dumbass.

And we're totally fucked.

And Iran has atomic weapons

And we're totally fucked.

Posted by: TexasJew at October 29, 2009 09:04 AM (VPwsO)

43 This Dovetails nicely with one of MY favorite topics. The Media is our real ENEMY! Not the Democrat politicians, it's the Democrat media that makes it even possible for one of those idiots to get elected.

I have been saying for years that we need to take them apart so that no stone remains atop another. They constantly warp the public mind by using just the tactics described in Ace's post.

I have also long suggested that it might be a good idea to file affirmative action lawsuits against media and entertainment organizations alleging they are routinely discriminating against conservatives in their hiring practices.

Posted by: Diogenes at October 29, 2009 09:04 AM (EOnG1)

44 The National Association for Business Economics thinks growth will slow to a 2.4 percent pace in the current October-December quarter. It expects a 2.5 percent growth rate in the first three months of next year, although other economists believe the pace will be closer to 1 percent.

These guys are on drugs. 1% the next two quarters will be a miracle.

Posted by: Rocks at October 29, 2009 09:04 AM (Q1lie)

45 Ace, you wake up in the morning hoping something terrible has happened to this country.


Posted by: Kurt Wicksell at October 29, 2009 09:05 AM (HUSdz)

46 I half thought you were joking about the Washington Post headline being the "economy roared back to life". It actually says that when we lost over 500 thousand jobs yet again. WTF

Posted by: Mr. Pink at October 29, 2009 09:06 AM (SqAkN)

47 I think, at this point, we're just going to have to tough it out. The MSM, the payola, the handouts the shitty handed unions... All I'm hoping for is getting congress back The presidents agenda is too radical to get passed with a R controlled congress. And, yes, this is assuming the Rs don't stay as pussyfied as they are now.

Posted by: runninrebel at October 29, 2009 09:06 AM (i3PJU)

48 Maybe he got elected just to loot Fort Knox.

And I also liked to golf.

Posted by: Auric Goldfinger at October 29, 2009 09:07 AM (sey23)

49
Ace, you wake up in the morning hoping something terrible has happened to all the brown people in this country.

^ fixed it for you, fuckface

Posted by: Tweet Verbal at October 29, 2009 09:07 AM (9X3KM)

50
It actually says that when we lost over 500 thousand jobs yet again. WTF

Didn't you get the memo?  All those funemployed people are HAPPIER now that they don't have to wake up early in the morning to go to a high-paying job.  They've readjusted, cut back in their 'lifestyles', readjusted their expectations.  All because of Dear Leader and his munificence. 

Clearly you are having dangerous thoughts, citizen.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 29, 2009 09:08 AM (Haq+B)

51 45 Something terrible has happened to the country and Ace wants people to be aware of it. But you should just ignore it and go back to feeding those unicorns the manna Obama dropped off under your pillow. Watch out not to slip on the skittles or be dazzled by the rainbows he pissed when he came through.

Posted by: dagny at October 29, 2009 09:08 AM (7E/uE)

52 Does Obama's brother have any extra room in his mud hut? We all may need to live there.

Posted by: TexasJew at October 29, 2009 09:08 AM (VPwsO)

53 @45

Wow, that's a really insightful observation.  We've never heard that before.  We hereby award you the Nobel Prize for Trolling. 

Posted by: Dirty Scandis at October 29, 2009 09:09 AM (sey23)

54 Growth is good, I like to see America doing well economically. My problem is I'm deeply worried that this is at a horrible price that will be seen soon enough: the inflation will start soon and that plus unemployment (which will go up with inflation) means we'll be nostalgic for Carter Years. That's my fear, and while I'm no economic genius, I can't see things turning out any other way.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at October 29, 2009 09:09 AM (PQY7w)

55

Posted by: Auric Goldfinger at October 29, 2009 02:07 PM (sey23)

"I want you to DIE, Mr. American taxpayer."

Posted by: TexasJew at October 29, 2009 09:10 AM (VPwsO)

56 @45
Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Barack Obama, fellow Nobel laureate at October 29, 2009 09:10 AM (sey23)

57

Posted by: TexasJew at October 29, 2009 02:04 PM (VPwsO)

Yes, we are fucked, toally fucked. This does not change the fact that I went partially blind watching Chewbacca on TV last night during the first pitch of the Worl Series  As a veteran I was very offended  that the  Wookie pretended to care about veterans. And what a big ass she has!!!

Posted by: Todd ( the guy who agrees with TexasJew) at October 29, 2009 09:10 AM (LLOGQ)

58 Ace, you wake I wake up in the morning hoping something terrible has happened to this country. FIFY, ergie. No charge.

Posted by: joncelli at October 29, 2009 09:11 AM (RD7QR)

59 Kurt sucks cock

Posted by: Todd ( the guy who says Kurt sucks cock) at October 29, 2009 09:12 AM (LLOGQ)

60

Here; listen and watch this video and know that this kind of crap Ace is talking about didn’t start 8 years ago.

 

Good one Ace!

Posted by: Vic at October 29, 2009 09:12 AM (CDUiN)

61 Republicans need bad news. "Three hundred Marines killed in Afghan rebel assault" = Obama's "dithering." And so on.

You need consecutive tragedies to give your ideology its justification.

Posted by: Kurt Wicksell at October 29, 2009 09:13 AM (HUSdz)

62 Holy crap: CNBC is having serious conversation about jobs "saved". And are getting pissed and interrupting when someone mentions cutting taxes and how its a fraud that cutting taxes gets companies to hire. I am in the fucking twilight zone! The are talking about MILLIONS of jobs have been saved and don't like people talking about cap and trade and HC raising taxes. Full blown IN THE TANK.

Posted by: Tendstl at October 29, 2009 09:13 AM (GQkyJ)

63 I'm guessing the last member of the new, improved montage will be billions of little boner pills rolling down conveyor belts set to some Einsturzende Neubauten.

Posted by: The Dread Pirate Neck Beard at October 29, 2009 09:14 AM (/+Ia0)

64 Happy days are cleared again.




(or cheered, but I like this better)

Posted by: right at October 29, 2009 09:15 AM (EquV1)

65

"You need consecutive tragedies to give your ideology its justification."

Kind a like you need the Gay Pride Parade to justify your existence...

Posted by: Todd ( the guy who says Kurt sucks cock) at October 29, 2009 09:15 AM (LLOGQ)

66 @59
Tsk, tsk, Todd -
I'm pretty sure that if an "accident" befell Kurt, you would be suspect #1 for the hate crime charges based on your ghey-bashing comment. 
Watch those impure thoughts! 
We certainly are. 

Posted by: Big Brother at October 29, 2009 09:15 AM (sey23)

67 I've never seen the word reify or heard it, but if Ace uses it I guess it's a word, you go Ace!

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at October 29, 2009 09:15 AM (OXZNH)

68
More on Ace's points above:

When Clinton was president, all the imagery of commerce (malls, cash registers, car dealerships, computers being boxed, etc) was shown in a positive light. During the Bush years, if those images were shown, they were accompanied with the lamenting question, "Are we becoming a nation of consumers and polluters?"


Posted by: Tweet Verbal at October 29, 2009 09:16 AM (9X3KM)

69 The media re not cheerleaders for the Democrats; the Democrats are the political wing of the MSM.

Posted by: Truman North at October 29, 2009 09:16 AM (e8YaH)

70

Ace, you wake up in the morning hoping something terrible has happened to this country.

Originality: 0

Impact: 0

Truthiness: 0

Let's move on to the vault where maybe you'll land on your head.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 29, 2009 09:17 AM (B+qrE)

71 Sorry big brother

Posted by: Todd ( the guy who has unpure thought) at October 29, 2009 09:17 AM (LLOGQ)

72

"Three hundred Marines killed in Afghan rebel assault" = Obama's "dithering."

I think in the current parlance, this is known as "speaking truth to power".  Or something.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 29, 2009 09:19 AM (B+qrE)

73 Hmmm....a montage depicting a great economy under Obama....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSjVq0cJyTM
(NSFW)

Posted by: bgates at October 29, 2009 09:19 AM (DGDcc)

74
I think in the current parlance, this is known as "speaking truth to power". 

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism will not be tolerated, citizen.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 29, 2009 09:20 AM (Haq+B)

75 O/T:  Tush is talking about the football thing again.  An Iowa congressman in a hearing defended Rush.  Anyway, my football "knows everything" friend said something I didn't know.  He said that year before MeNab, Doub Williams, a black quarterback, won the Super Bowl for the Washington Redskins.  Makes you wonder why so much was made of the McNab thing then?

Posted by: curious at October 29, 2009 09:20 AM (p302b)

76 You need consecutive tragedies to give your ideology its justification.

Spit take...

46 million uninsured!111!!!!Eleventy!!!!  Coat hanger abortions!!1111!!!!Eleventy!

Posted by: rockhead at October 29, 2009 09:20 AM (RykTt)

77 Circa,

I don't have a problem with Ace and his posts if you do I suggest you go to another blog, he's pretty spot on, the majority of the time.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at October 29, 2009 09:20 AM (OXZNH)

78 At least when FDR wanted to see some propaganda in the media about how great he was making the economy he had to ask and direct the media. This bunch just knows what to do and when to do it.

Posted by: runninrebel at October 29, 2009 09:20 AM (i3PJU)

79

You need consecutive tragedies to give your ideology its justification.

What the hell does that even mean? Tragedies one after another? Do you mean to justify an ideology? You can't give a justification to an idealogy. How do tragedies justify freedom from tyranny? Rahm is the one who doesn't want to waste a crisis. The worse things are the more government steps in and removes freedom. There are a lot of decent history books out there, try reading one. You can start with the Roman Empire. I bet you feel like it's the opposite, no?

Posted by: dagny at October 29, 2009 09:22 AM (7E/uE)

80

I don't have a problem with Ace and his posts if you do I suggest you go to another blog, he's pretty spot on, the majority of the time.

Uh--as politely as I can:  WHAT?

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 29, 2009 09:23 AM (B+qrE)

81 61 Republicans need bad news. "Three hundred Marines killed in Afghan rebel assault" = Obama's "dithering." And so on.

You need consecutive tragedies to give your ideology its justification.

Posted by: Kurt Wicksell at October 29, 2009 02:13 PM (HUSdz)

--We here just expect bad news.

Posted by: logprof at October 29, 2009 09:23 AM (A+6fk)

82

I don't have a problem with Ace and his posts if you do I suggest you go to another blog, he's pretty spot on, the majority of the time.

What the hell  are you talking about?

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 29, 2009 09:23 AM (Haq+B)

83
You know what's funny about eggie?

When Bush was in office and spending like a whore with the stupid Republicans, eggs used the name "Friedrich von Hayek" as a clever way to mock us about Bush's reckless spending. eggie was tellin us we weren't 'real' conservatives.

Now that Obama is in the White House and spending three times as much as Bush, eggie is all about Kurt Wicksell and Keynesian economic philosophy.

So, ergie, why aren't you a fan of von Hayek, any more, You piece of shit hypocrite water-carrying cocksukcing spin-artist troll?

Posted by: Tweet Verbal at October 29, 2009 09:24 AM (9X3KM)

84 Sorry, didn't read the post properly, busy at looking at something else at the time.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at October 29, 2009 09:25 AM (OXZNH)

85 I think circa was just ripping on a troll there 'nam, not ace or ace's posts.

Posted by: kefka at October 29, 2009 09:25 AM (n1uMU)

86 When Clinton was president, all the imagery of commerce (malls, cash registers, car dealerships, computers being boxed, etc) was shown in a positive light. During the Bush years, if those images were shown, they were accompanied with the lamenting question, "Are we becoming a nation of consumers and polluters?"


Good catch.  I was just wondering how malls full of shoppers and ringing tills was a "good" image after eight years of "dumpster diving and thrift stores will Save Teh Planet!™"   But I think normal people never bought into "wearing clothes of garbage is hawt" or "what your kid really wants for Christmas is a used toy and happy polar bears."

Posted by: HeatherRadish at October 29, 2009 09:25 AM (NtiET)

87 And what a big ass she has!!!

Posted by: Todd ( the guy who agrees with TexasJew) at October 29, 2009 02:10 PM (LLOGQ)

We're paying for that big worthless ass with our children's future.

Posted by: TexasJew at October 29, 2009 09:25 AM (VPwsO)

88 Damn my slow typing!!

Posted by: kefka at October 29, 2009 09:25 AM (n1uMU)

89 46 million uninsured!111!!!!Eleventy!!!!  Coat hanger abortions!!1111!!!!Eleventy!

Yeah, but at least they kept a positive attitude during the Iraq war.

Posted by: sandy burger at October 29, 2009 09:25 AM (VC56G)

90

75 Doug Williams 1988. Williams was also the first African-American quarterback to reach the Super Bowl, and to date is the only African-American starting quarterback to win one.

 

Posted by: dagny at October 29, 2009 09:25 AM (7E/uE)

91

Does this mean I won't be seeing the front lawn "For Sale" from an ant's perspective for awhile? Or those rusty chain-link fences with the gate chained shut, all rusty brown in color?

Posted by: FireHorse at October 29, 2009 09:26 AM (Vl5GH)

92

Well, since jobs, and more specifically, the creation and/or salvation of them, is another key point of our current Prosperity Rampage!, then the appropriate montage would show something work-related.  A busy street of suited pedestrians, walking to work, or maybe an assembly-line of Yukons (wait, no, those are bad for Gaia), Prisuses (crap, those are imports), Malibus (yes, perfect!).

Or just a generic CG swirl of green up-arrows, dollar signs, and jagged bar charts going from lower-left to upper-right.  Maybe some digital numbers, ablur in wild incrementations, faded to the background.

Posted by: reason at October 29, 2009 09:26 AM (sPO/s)

93
If they show malls full of people, they'll make sure and tell us that most of their children don't have insurance and WILL SURELY DIE!!!!!111!!! because they aren't covered.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 29, 2009 09:27 AM (Haq+B)

94 My apologies Circa, I was distracted.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at October 29, 2009 09:27 AM (OXZNH)

95 @75

OMG, I'm a little worried about you, curious.  How could you not know about Doug Williams' record-breaking Super Bowl appearance?  Not because of his skin color, but because of how amazing that game was and how dramatic Williams' part in it was.  I take it you don't follow football... ?

Anyway, at the time of Rush's comments I remember thinking they were ok - he's certainly entitled to his opinion - but not really that accurate.  I think McNaab was overly-hyped, and certainly race played a part in that, but a big part was where he played and the fact that he is a talented guy.  I wouldn't want him on my team because I don't think he's a very good leader, but I don't think the hype was purely about his race.

Posted by: Y-not at October 29, 2009 09:27 AM (sey23)

96 I liked those, FireHose!  Especially the one shot of the for-sale sign where the REDUCED! banner had fallen off of one of the two rings, and was hanging askew, blowing in the wind...as the house behind wept invisible, silent tears...

Posted by: reason at October 29, 2009 09:28 AM (sPO/s)

97 "busy at looking at something else at the time." Eh, mmm. Too easy. Pass.

Posted by: runninrebel at October 29, 2009 09:28 AM (i3PJU)

98

I expect to see this practice reversed with the current administration.
The chocolate ration has been increased to 30 grams. Repeat. The chocolate ration has been increased to 30 grams.

Posted by: press announcement at October 29, 2009 09:28 AM (2qU2d)

99 Doug Williams, man, he in da wrong sport. Why can't we get a brother to pitch in the World Series?  And I don't mean no colored boy from the Domingan Republican like Pedro Manriguez.

Posted by: Joe Morgan at October 29, 2009 09:29 AM (e8YaH)

100 Doug Williams was Black?

Posted by: Todd ( the guy who din't know Doug Williams was black) at October 29, 2009 09:30 AM (LLOGQ)

101

Cue the montage of empty office buildings, "for sale or lease" signs, unemployment queues, and foreclosure notices.

Also known as the 'Obama recession' montage

Posted by: TMF at October 29, 2009 09:31 AM (waaUg)

102 @99

Is Joe Morgan really like that?  I haven't watched his broadcasts for a few years, but my recollection is he did a pretty straight broadcast with Miller.  I don't remember a bunch of extraneous comments from him about race. 

Posted by: Y-not at October 29, 2009 09:31 AM (sey23)

103 Franlky politics have NO business in sports period, let them play or lose, odumbass generation are taking away all of our traditions slowly but surely!!

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at October 29, 2009 09:32 AM (OXZNH)

104

"what your kid really wants for Christmas is a used toy and happy polar bears"

It's okay.  I love all that you did for me these past eight years, despite that evil oppressive BOOOOSH, that I'll cut you some slack.  Go blow a thick wad of cash this Christmas.  You deserve a small splurge.  There are a few of us that will glady die as a result of your reward, since there are so gosh-darn many of us now!  25,000 last I heard, up from 2,000!

Posted by: teh polar bearz at October 29, 2009 09:32 AM (sPO/s)

105 Bad news is good news for you because bad news justifies your abstract opposition to O (muslim/communist/african/baby-killer/chicago mafia blah).

And of course the economy sucks and will suck. We gave the economy to the financiers who turned into a casino. Both parties did that!

But not for Ace. No. He was too busy for 8 years using his tongue to clean Bush's morning asshole.

Posted by: Kurt Wicksell at October 29, 2009 09:32 AM (SUU19)

106 Posted by: dagny at October 29, 2009 02:25 PM (7E/uE)

Wow my friend is good.  I didn't even know about Williams and I think I should have.  He had quite an accomplishment.  And, since my friend says ole Donovan became physically ill after the tow minute warning during an important game this led our little group to a discussion of expectations and being pushed into situations you are not ready for.  No matter what your profession.

Posted by: curious at October 29, 2009 09:33 AM (p302b)

107
But I think normal people never bought into "wearing clothes of garbage is hawt" or "what your kid really wants for Christmas is a used toy and happy polar bears."

 I concur, ol' chummette.

However I think there's a lot of psy-ops going on here, as well as all leftwing preaching. The intent is to make people feel bad, feel guilty about the core traditions and values we Americans hold near and dear to our hearts. The leftwing keeps sowing these types of seeds and guess what? The people stop celebrating Christmas season, Thanksgiving, prosperity, and they begin to feel guilty about such things.

Posted by: Tweet Verbal at October 29, 2009 09:33 AM (9X3KM)

108 I go wherever the Thundabird takes me.

Posted by: Joe Morgan at October 29, 2009 09:33 AM (e8YaH)

109

I think back then before McNabb went to the Super Bowl Rush was going on a limb to be edgy for his new TV gig.  McNabb's getting the Eagles to those NFC chamionship games has demonstrated that he's a good, if not great, quarterback (having Westbrook makes his job very easy).

But remember last year when the Eagles tied the then-dreadful Bengals and McNabb said he didn't know/forgot a regular season game could end in a tie?  That was a total brain fart.

Posted by: logprof at October 29, 2009 09:34 AM (A+6fk)

110 I shoulda stuck with basketball.  Plus, my hair was way cooler in college.

Posted by: Donovan McNabb at October 29, 2009 09:35 AM (e8YaH)

111

"If they show malls full of people, they'll make sure and tell us that most of their children don't have insurance and WILL SURELY DIE!!!!!111!!! because they aren't covered."

And don't forget, these people at the mall can't afford health insurance for their children.  Because they're at the mall.  Buying things.  Mall things.

I think maybe we need Mall Reform.

Posted by: reason at October 29, 2009 09:35 AM (sPO/s)

112

Doug Williams was Black?

Still is.

 

P.S.:  No, problem, Grunt.  My eyes have deceived me at times, too.  Especially that one time at a titty bar in Orlando.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 29, 2009 09:36 AM (B+qrE)

113 I cheered Mcnab when he played in college almost every week, but when he went to the NFL he acted like he was supposed to be there and never played like he did in college.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at October 29, 2009 09:37 AM (OXZNH)

114

"But not for Ace. No. He was too busy for 8 years using his tongue to clean Bush's morning asshole."

I doubt it, but hey, how is your new job? You know, getting fisted daily for sport....

Posted by: Todd ( just a guy) at October 29, 2009 09:37 AM (LLOGQ)

115 I remember a lot of talk during the Carter years (double digit unemployment), of a construct called the "structural unemployment rate" being around 5%.  This was apparently the percentage which it would be physically impossible to drive the unemployment rate below because of people "in flux" changing jobs, moving, businesses closing, as others opened, etc, etc.  With the populace moving every 5-7 years or so, that 5% number doesn't seem all that far out of whack.

Of course the "structural" unemployment rate was used to soften the blow of the published rates by saying what we're really looking at is only 5-8% really unemployed, cuz that extra 5% would be there no matter what.

Of course the media ignored the fact that for most of Bush's term the published unemployment rate was pretty close to this "structural" 5% rate, because that would have meant that the US economy was in fact near what would be considered "full employment" of the not in flux workforce, and all their claims of "where's the jobs" would have been seen as complete bullshit, which in fact they were.

Oh the media?  They LIE.


Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 29, 2009 09:41 AM (HUGgZ)

116 I didn't even know about Williams and I think I should have.

Doug started at Tampa, I believe, then he was battling for the QB slot with Jay Schroeder, who was a deeply unpopular, rat-faced QB.  So it's kind of understandable in a way that you might not know him.   He is not a very well-spoken guy and was cut by the Skins the next year (I think) so he didn't really capitalize on his QB career the way many of those guys do. 

But I'm a little surprised, because the Super Bowl Doug won was the one against the Broncos, that was supposed to go against the Broncos.  Denver scored quickly and then Doug got hurt in the first (or second) quarter... so it looked really bad for the Skins.  But Doug came back in and proceeded to slaughter the Broncos in the second quarter.  There were a bunch of records set that day, including great performances by the back and the WRs. 

It was the best game evah (for a 'Skins fan).  Actually, Doug's performance was selected for the top Super Bowl performance of all time by the NFL Network. 

Posted by: Y-not, Skins fan at October 29, 2009 09:42 AM (sey23)

117 Posted by: Y-not at October 29, 2009 02:27 PM (sey23)

I don't know why I didn't know that but I wasn't the only one. 

Posted by: curious at October 29, 2009 09:42 AM (p302b)

118 That does it. * looks up reification * Oh. Well then, now that I know what that means, I'm against it!

Posted by: bour3 at October 29, 2009 09:42 AM (Ya12A)

119 I guess erg is the web version of that smelly derelict seen talking to himself downtown .
ergie ,,,, I think you just pissed on yourself .
 Is that last  weeks vomit all over your shoes or something more recent ? That mad dog is some wicked shit , ain't it ?

Posted by: akward davies at October 29, 2009 09:43 AM (wb68R)

120 Because of worries that Obama is simply printing money to paper-up a fake recovery, it's likely you won't see the Treasury-presses-rolling-off-$100-bills part of the Prosperity Montage. Not sure what they'll use instead of that.

It'll be a picture of Obama.

Posted by: libbyt at October 29, 2009 09:43 AM (xtgND)

121

Kurt is spot on in his analysis. You people here are praying that Obama, and by extension your country, fails. This is a much different form of dissent than the last 8 years of loyal opposition. You guys need to get a grip please, you are tearing this country apart with your opposition.

Posted by: Mr. Proggressive at October 29, 2009 09:43 AM (SqAkN)

122 abstract opposition to O

Reading Comprehension: F.

Posted by: Waterhouse at October 29, 2009 09:44 AM (Do9Eu)

123 OK, so while I'm here:  Can reification end in a tie?

Posted by: Donovan McNabb at October 29, 2009 09:44 AM (e8YaH)

124 "that was supposed to go against the Broncos"

That is, supposed to go for the Broncos. 

Talk about media hype.  It was so irritating running up to that game if you were a 'Skins fan 'cause everyone knew Elway was supposed to win that game!

Posted by: Y-not, Skins fan at October 29, 2009 09:44 AM (sey23)

125 "morning asshole" 

Is that a thing?

Posted by: right at October 29, 2009 09:44 AM (EquV1)

126 My 17 year old son was just approached by a Deeds campaign worker. She asked him if he was voting, he said yes. (He looks for opportunities to lie to liberals--just because). She said, "Did you know McDonnell wants encourages nuclear war?" He said, who says? She said "Top researchers in America." He said, "really what are their names." She said, "Top researchers" He said, "Wow, that's a weird name 'Top researchers of America' Must be a bitch on standardized tests. She said, who are you voting for? He said, well I don't want to vote for nuclear war but isn't Deeds running for governor? She said yes. He said, So McDonnell wants Virginia to attack Iran with nuclear bombs? Does Va even have nuclear bombs? She said, who are you voting for? He said, not the stutterer---she starts screaming, "He doesn't stutter". He said "the National Stuttering Association came out in his defense. I did an article on it for my school paper." She said, "I'm sick of you." He said, I work for McDonnell, idiot. Stop lying to people. 

Posted by: dagny at October 29, 2009 09:44 AM (7E/uE)

127 This is a much different form of dissent than the last 8 years of loyal opposition

You lie.

Posted by: Waterhouse at October 29, 2009 09:44 AM (Do9Eu)

128 It was the best game evah (for a 'Skins fan).  Actually, Doug's performance was selected for the top Super Bowl performance of all time by the NFL Network.

I was on the other end of that ass kicking, rooting for the Broncos, heh.  Damn, I still remember that 2nd quarter quite well. Denver was doing well, ahead I think, and then 35 quick points for Washington in that 2nd quarter and its over. Better luck next year.

Posted by: kefka at October 29, 2009 09:45 AM (n1uMU)

129

yeah, Kurt,

guess ya forgot, we're gonna die! crap and raid!

Health Care or we're  all gonna die!

Stimulus or were all gonna die!

Bail out car companys unions cuz we're gonna die!

yes a crisis a mth, Ace thought all of it up to blog about.

 

Posted by: ugh at October 29, 2009 09:45 AM (1kwr2)

130

Bad news is good news for you because bad news justifies your abstract opposition to O (muslim/communist/african/baby-killer/chicago mafia blah).

Crapulustm, Incoherent Honduras Policy, Afghanistan Dithering, Iran Dithering, Deficit Inattention Span, Crap and Trade, Declared Communists and 9/11 Truthers in the Administration, Mao Admirers in the Administration, H1N1 Vaccine Incompetence, Nuclear Weapon Silliness....

And our opposition is "abstract."

Fuck you.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 29, 2009 09:47 AM (B+qrE)

131 Yeah, it's old, but it's a simple way of making people reflect on, you know, the reality of their own situation rather than the bullshit of the powers in charge.

Back when the economy was soooooooooo horrible under the evil Bush, I used to love to screw with people who were moaning about how bad the economy was nd how many people were being hurt.  I would ask them to name one person that they personally knew who was being squeezed by the "bad" economy.  About 1% of the time, they would come up with an answer.  Most of them didn't know jack about the economy other than what the talking heads had told them.  They couldn't think about it in terms of their own experiences because the news told them that things were dire.

Posted by: Steve L. at October 29, 2009 09:47 AM (Gkhxf)

132 Orwell, like Franklin, has a quote for all occasions: 

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

Posted by: toby928 at October 29, 2009 09:47 AM (PD1tk)

133 well at least Kurt admits it's damn bad news for America, heh

Posted by: ugh at October 29, 2009 09:48 AM (1kwr2)

134 Uhhh... what does "reify" mean?

Posted by: CoolCzech at October 29, 2009 09:48 AM (QECjC)

135 I won't look for it, but I can promise you that CNN's Ali Velshi is having hourly orgasms reporting on the prosperity montage.

Posted by: WTFCI at October 29, 2009 09:48 AM (GtYrq)

136 So, ergie, why aren't you a fan of von Hayek, any more, ... Posted by: Tweet Verbal

Because a troll is a troll is a troll. It's not here for a discussion. It's not here to ask legit questions. It's not here to offer honest information.

It's here to drop hyperbole like so much excrement and then masturbate at the responses that morons here dutifully provide.

It's a fcking troll. You respond to it and it returns. End of story.


Posted by: Iskandar at October 29, 2009 09:48 AM (u1pln)

137 You people here are praying that Obama, and by extension your country, fails.

Obama fail != USA fail

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 29, 2009 09:48 AM (HUGgZ)

138 129 Remember the Reagan administration? I remember the entire college campus huddling around the TV watching "The day after tomorrow" or whatever it was. They were convinced we were all on the brink of nuclear armegeddon. Reagan was protrayed alternately as an idiot and a madman trying to start WWIII. This was nice compared to what they did to Bush. I still don't see much Bush did wrong except when he pandered to the left by spending money and being friendly to Kennedy.

Posted by: dagny at October 29, 2009 09:49 AM (7E/uE)

139 @133
Great point, ugh!

@127
That's Mr. Pink having fun pretending to be a troll, I think.

Posted by: Y-not, Skins fan at October 29, 2009 09:49 AM (sey23)

140 Actually, come to think of it, I picked the one statement out of Mr. PenisObsessive's drivel that wasn't a lie.

Our opposition to Obama is based on clear policy differences, and despair at seeing the President whine like a spoiled brat when his minions dare to suggest he's not the font of Eternal Truth.

Their opposition to Bush was based on incoherent spittle-flecked rage.

Posted by: Waterhouse at October 29, 2009 09:50 AM (Do9Eu)

141 This is a much different form of dissent than the last 8 years of loyal opposition. You guys need to get a grip please, you are tearing this country apart with your opposition.

8 years of Chimpy McHaliburton and Bushitler.  You guys politicized a war with troops in the field, just to hurt Bush and the GOP.  How soon you want us to forget.  Its cute.

Posted by: kefka at October 29, 2009 09:50 AM (n1uMU)

142 @128

I always liked Elway.  I'm glad he finally won the big one (or was it two?).  Meanwhile, my 'Skins haven't had a very good QB since... I dunno, Theisman?

Posted by: Y-not, Skins fan at October 29, 2009 09:51 AM (sey23)

143 "morning asshole" Maybe it's like a morning coat?

Posted by: joncelli at October 29, 2009 09:52 AM (RD7QR)

144 That's Mr. Pink having fun pretending to be a troll, I think.

Dammit. I thought the socks always spelled it with only one "g", while the real dude was the shitty speller..

Posted by: Waterhouse at October 29, 2009 09:52 AM (Do9Eu)

145

You guys politicized a war with troops in the field, just to hurt Bush and the GOP.

And just to be clear on the difference from the current question--we want to WIN in Afghanistan. 

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 29, 2009 09:52 AM (B+qrE)

146 You guys politicized a war with troops in the field, just to hurt Bush and the GOP.

The hard left did the same thing to LBJ.  They wished for his policies in Vietnam to fail. 

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 29, 2009 09:52 AM (HUGgZ)

147
Because a troll is a troll is a troll.

Thank you, Olympia Snowe.

Posted by: Tweet Verbal at October 29, 2009 09:52 AM (9X3KM)

148

Kefka in the second half of that super bowl you can thank a man by the name of Timmy Smith for exploding and pooping all over Denver Broncos fans faces. It was glorius.

Oh yeah you guys hate America. Dissent is the highest form of treason.

Posted by: Mr. Proggressive at October 29, 2009 09:53 AM (SqAkN)

149 Because a troll is a troll is a troll.

And a horse is a horse of course, of course. 

Posted by: Mr. Ed at October 29, 2009 09:53 AM (sey23)

150 Damn it, it is Mr. Pink. He got me, I lose at teh internet.

Posted by: kefka at October 29, 2009 09:53 AM (n1uMU)

151 @148

Now we know it's not a real troll.  They go in for ice dancing and soccer. 

Posted by: Y-not at October 29, 2009 09:55 AM (sey23)

152 wow, rush has a caller on who sounded so much like bill of bill/hill it was amazing.

Posted by: curious at October 29, 2009 09:55 AM (p302b)

153 aw hell Mr. Pink is  kurt?

Posted by: ugh at October 29, 2009 09:55 AM (1kwr2)

154 Don't forget the "man on the street interview" where they interview about 20 people to find the one that says "yeah, things are a lot better, I'm optimistic"
.

Posted by: Dr. Do-it-yourself at October 29, 2009 09:56 AM (DIYmd)

155

Yeah I have always been the sock with the 2 g's. I do not know who the guy is doing the one g impression but I need to trademark it so that don't happen anymore.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at October 29, 2009 09:56 AM (SqAkN)

156 No no I ain't Kurt. I think Kurt is the real deal bro.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at October 29, 2009 09:57 AM (SqAkN)

157 @153
No, Proggressive. 
I think Kurt is real.
Real stupid, that is. 

Posted by: Y-not at October 29, 2009 09:57 AM (sey23)

158

I remember once when W was president they would run at image of McDonalds in the text of the report of GDP growth.

Ie the only jobs were fast food jobs.

Posted by: Pablo Honey at October 29, 2009 09:58 AM (jxHlf)

159 k, whew Mr Pink, I thought you were whooping my rear twice : P

Posted by: ugh-willow at October 29, 2009 09:58 AM (1kwr2)

160 Talk about media hype.  It was so irritating running up to that game if you were a 'Skins fan 'cause everyone knew Elway was supposed to win that game!

Posted by: Y-not, Skins fan at October 29, 2009 02:44 PM (sey23)

--Remember the SNL skit (I only caught it years later) having an overly contrite Jimmy the Greek noting that the game pitted the savvy and intellect of Doug Williams against the brute animal strength of Elway?

Friggin' hilarious, like "King Cobra Malt Liquor Presents: You Make the Call"

Posted by: logprof at October 29, 2009 10:00 AM (A+6fk)

161 You people here are praying that Obama fails

I still hope his kidneys fail.

Posted by: toby928 at October 29, 2009 10:01 AM (PD1tk)

162

Psychology. Yeah. Team Obama's radical legislation, their histrionics, their economic poor-mouthing and crisis promotion language in support of more government intrusion into the economy, has probably cost us a lot more than half a point of growth. Nobody knows what the bastards are going to pull next. Lenders don't lend, borrowers don't borrow, and employers don't hire, because nobody knows what to expect.

I believe that things have gone too far now for the media to have much positive influence on economic psychology. People know how bad it is.

"The economy is roaring back to life."  Damn, we really do have a state-aligned media, don't we?  It's nauseating.  I am reminded of the Japan in WW2 - their press kept announcing great victories, that for some reason got closer and closer to Japan.

How about the truth - we're in a long-term economic depression and China owns us. Stagflation is just around the corner. Nobody wants to buy our government's worthless paper anymore.   Social security and Medicare are unsustainable.  The government will renege, renege, renege.

Posted by: Wm T Sherman at October 29, 2009 10:02 AM (w41GQ)

163 @105 Bad news is good news for you because bad news justifies your abstract opposition to O (muslim/communist/african/baby-killer/chicago mafia blah).

Posted by: Kurt Wicksell at October 29, 2009 02:32 PM (SUU19)

We don't need bad news to justify anything, nor do we enjoy it.  Nobody here wants to lose his job to prove how much socialism sucks.  Nobody here who has already lost his is sitting at home hoping for his period of joblessness to linger on so that he can blame Obie.  Frankly, for conservatives there's little joy in being proven right (over and over and over again).  We can do little but sit back and watch in silent horror as things get ever more F-ed up. 

The fact is, though, that bad news happens and sticking our heads in the sand is not going to fix anything.  Going around with a cockeyed, Pollyanna type attitude and wishing it all better isn't going to work.  We're being lied to day after day by media scum who want to keep us pacified and inactive while the ship of state sinks.  So long as the Left holds power they will lie constantly to keep folks blind to their failures.  Meanwhile those dirty totalitarians sharpen their knives, knowing full well what it will all come to in the end.

Bad news results, inevitably, whenever people deviate from the principles that conservatives have identified as desireable.  It's no crime to remark upon that fact.  And conservatives aren't the ones trumpeting every setback - but of course the Left can't tolerate any disagreement, and has no sense of scale, so to them every casual negative remark is the same as a stinging tirade.  It is the Left that sees every aspect of life through an ideological prism.  And so long as they are not in power, it is the Left that relishes bad news, and gloats whenever this country suffers a setback.  The Liberals hate this country, hate western civilization, and see only the bad things in both.  They are blind to all the good that western man has brought about, and they take joy in working to bring down the system.

Posted by: Reactionary at October 29, 2009 10:04 AM (P+HSn)

164 add handing over individual citizens rights for the U.N. to decide on.

Posted by: ugh-willow at October 29, 2009 10:04 AM (1kwr2)

165 And driving down the street showing all the foreclosed houses, why those will just somehow go into the file footage until a republican is in the white house.

Posted by: Dr. Do-it-yourself at October 29, 2009 10:06 AM (DIYmd)

166 The truth is that its easier to talk a good economy down than a bad economy up.

The media will fail.   And then Obama will be forced to take the form of a giant Slor.

Many Ergs and Clouds will  know what it is to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you.

Posted by: toby928 at October 29, 2009 10:06 AM (PD1tk)

167

41
nah, Obama is Kaiser Soze + Lord Palpatine + Famous Amos

He's too fucking clueless to be Kaiser Soze

Posted by: The Butcher at October 29, 2009 10:09 AM (8g9qq)

168 Obama fail != USA fail

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 29, 2009 02:48 PM (HUGgZ)

Obama fail = USA Success!

Posted by: libbyt at October 29, 2009 10:16 AM (xtgND)

169

So you are saying Kurt is the Keymaster?

Posted by: Mr. Pink at October 29, 2009 10:18 AM (SqAkN)

170 Another great post, Ace!  Ever consider doing this for a living?

Posted by: Tim the Enchanter at October 29, 2009 10:23 AM (izA2D)

171 @169

I smell burnt dog hair.

Posted by: Y-not at October 29, 2009 10:23 AM (sey23)

172 Nah Kurt is Slimer.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at October 29, 2009 10:25 AM (SqAkN)

173 How about replacing the $100 bills with a picture of Obama as a Leprechaun showering gold upon the masses. … Gold coins that is. Instead of "Republican Tax" how about "Disobedience Tax?"

Posted by: Glen at October 29, 2009 10:58 AM (BSbOk)

174

In 1992 CBS News had a nightly feature called "The Money Crunch," the implication being that we were in a nasty recession, times were really tough, etc. - even though the economy actually grew during 3Q 1992.

For some strange reason they cancelled it shortly after the election.

Posted by: Bubba at October 29, 2009 11:05 AM (kYSVV)

Posted by: sickinmass at October 29, 2009 11:06 AM (rYWEB)

176

I know I'm fired up about it.  Even if I'm in the shitter, I know that prosperity is all around me and just around the coroner.

Posted by: The Most Interesting Man In the World (rdb) at October 29, 2009 12:18 PM (piBto)

177 If I get a cash advance of 500 dollars off of one of my credit cards, do I get to run out and crow about how I "just increased my income by 500 bucks"?

No, because that's not what I did. I added to my debt. In similar fashion, government spending went up by 7.2% this last quarter over last Q. So then how do we have an increase in GDP when we now have government spending $2 for every $1 it takes in?

The numbers are phoney, and mere propaganda. The coming crash is going to make the Great Depression look like rock and roll plastic banana good times.

Posted by: JCD at October 29, 2009 03:37 PM (UwsOR)

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Posted by: herman198 at March 10, 2011 01:10 AM (tnRWG)

179 Well done, thak you for your great posts, i learned more from here.

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