January 31, 2007

Cowbell: Economy Grows 3.5% In 3rd Q, Easily Besting Expectations
— Ace

Hoovermerica:

The economy snapped out of a sluggish spell and grew at a faster-than- expected 3.5 percent pace in the final quarter of last year as consumers ratcheted up spending despite a painful housing slump.

The fresh snapshot of business activity, released by the Commerce Department Wednesday, underscored the resilience of the economy; it has managed to keep on moving despite the ill effects of the residential real-estate bust.

The economy's performance in the October-to-December quarter, which followed two quarters of rather listless activity, exceeded analysts' forecasts for a 3 percent growth rate.

The economy opened 2006 on a strong note, growing at a 5.6 percent pace, the fastest spurt in 2 1/2 years. But it lost steam during the spring and late summer. It grew at a 2.6 percent pace in the second quarter and then a weaker 2 percent pace in the third quarter. The fourth-quarter's rebound ended the year on a positive note.

For all of 2006, the gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 3.4 percent, an improvement from a 3.2 percent showing in 2005.

That's even more impressive considering the economy was hit by the housing slump. Investment in home building for all of last year was slashed by 4.2 percent, the most in 15 years.

GDP measures the value of all goods and services produced within the United States and is the best barometer of the country's economic standing.

President Bush, who had a trip to New York scheduled Wednesday to discuss the economy, was certain to point to the GDP figures as evidence that his policies are working and benefiting most Americans. But Democrats, now in control of Congress for the first time in a dozen years, counter that economic inequality is widening and that it's harder for America's middle class to get ahead.

With the Fed
facing a strongly rebounding economy" but leaving interest rates alone,
the Dow looks on its way to setting a new record:

Has anyone kind of noticed the economy's been growing steadily and nicely since the Clinton-Gore recession of late 2000?

Maybe an easy-to-read picture will help our subretarded media understand:


GDPchart.jpg

Hmm... how does a very smart military blog mark this news?


Click on the pic for Blaster's Cowbell Theme

Posted by: Ace at 11:36 AM | Comments (73)
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1 I am sure there's some bad news in here somewhere, just give us a few minutes to make it up, look for it.

Posted by: MSM at January 31, 2007 11:40 AM (gNyUT)

2 They sure were able to get a lot of negative sentences in this positive report.

Posted by: roc ingersol at January 31, 2007 11:40 AM (m2CN7)

3 Thanks Nancy!

Posted by: ulost at January 31, 2007 11:45 AM (56UMe)

4 Thanks Nancy!

Posted by: tachyonshuggy at January 31, 2007 11:47 AM (w0dpL)

5 OT Boston just got punk'd by Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Posted by: Tres at January 31, 2007 11:48 AM (CJ5+Y)

6 The Pelosi recovery is finally here!

Posted by: ulost at January 31, 2007 11:52 AM (56UMe)

7 Uh, Ace, aren't those femtroopers missing some body armor?

Good Bush economic news = bad news for the dems until they can spin it.

Posted by: BattleofthePyramids at January 31, 2007 11:57 AM (q27Mg)

8 The Pelosi recovery's been here since 2002!

Thanks, Nancy!

Posted by: menuts at January 31, 2007 11:58 AM (GFaLW)

9 Nancy's to do list:

Fix economy -- check
raise min wage -- check
Fix Irag mess--- working on it
Fix health care-- working on it.

Posted by: ulost at January 31, 2007 12:10 PM (56UMe)

10 Ok, I've let some of this shit go that I didn't understand around here but if I'm going to be spending as much f'n time here as I do I need to get some kind of bloody idea what a few things mean. I'm relatively new to your site, I've been here alot in the past 6 mos or so but mainly as an innocent bystander. What the hell do the two storm trooper chicks have to do with the economy? and what the hell is this: Cthuluesque? I'm sure other things will come up but you've got to do something about getting me straight on a few of the small things...I love it here but I hate feeling like such an outsider on the inside jokes.

Posted by: Meatball at January 31, 2007 12:12 PM (i8nuF)

11 I'm missing those pix of the Austrian chick and the Whitesnake Album

Posted by: eddiebear at January 31, 2007 12:13 PM (wnU1W)

12 Hello futuristic military blog...

Posted by: Vader Dark lord of Sith at January 31, 2007 12:16 PM (2X4q0)

13 Kind of gives a new meaning to "Breast Plate". Ok, no, not really.

Posted by: at January 31, 2007 12:16 PM (gv0Cs)

14 I'd hit it

Posted by: Darth Vader at January 31, 2007 12:18 PM (gv0Cs)

15 Doesn't this rate a cowbell?

Posted by: Toby928 at January 31, 2007 12:18 PM (ATbKm)

16 Meatball,

Since you're new here, we'll go easy on you.

Anytime there's good economic news, Ace usually throws up a pic of Bush ringing an Tibetan (?) holy bell, a Whitesnake album cover, a chunky Austrian girl, and a picture of Kim Roberts from 1982. Sometimes, it's been a hottie wearing a t-shirt that says "More Cowbell"; a couple of times it was an obscure actress from Animal House. Anyways, it's an excuse for Ace to post some eyecandy.

Just you wait for Ace to call in Johnny Coldcuts! That usually happens during the fall when he makes his favorite picks. Maybe we'll see him come back for March Madness. Oh yeah, don't fuck with Johnny Coldcuts. This is your only warning...

Cthulu gets called in whenever Andrew Sullivan gets on his hobbyhorse with gobsmacking heartache. Apparently he doesn't like bugs or something.

Posted by: EC at January 31, 2007 12:23 PM (mAhn3)

17 Ace, don't fall for Meatball's seemingly-innocent questions. He's a Scandii spy sent to scout out the new body armor.

Posted by: at January 31, 2007 12:23 PM (gv0Cs)

18 The Golden Cowbell of Luxor

Posted by: Toby928 at January 31, 2007 12:28 PM (ATbKm)

19 Are Ace, Johnny Coldcuts, and Jack M. the same person?  And those chicks in the storm trooper outfits are buttafaces!?!  Why not put up something pleasing from head to toe?  A bad face on a great body is a bad as cankles on nice legs.  It just ruins it for me.  Thats another thing I have no f'n clue what a Scandii is....much less a spy for them or it. 

Posted by: Meatball at January 31, 2007 12:32 PM (i8nuF)

20 Those chicks may not be supermodels, but they're dressed the way nerds like 'em. That counts for a lot around here.

Scandi is just another name for a snow wop, an odin thumper, a reindeer sniffer. Get it?

Posted by: adolfo_velasquez at January 31, 2007 12:36 PM (WqVCj)

21

do you all just label yourselves nerds or is this pinned to you by this Sullivan guy?  I tried to read the guys website and my knee jerked so hard it set off a chain reaction of events that is still talked about here in the office.  I had to be rushed to the hospital for 17 stitches in my satchel.


oh yeah jeez makes perfect sense now...wtf?


Posted by: Meatball at January 31, 2007 12:40 PM (i8nuF)

22 Now you're trying our collective patience, Meatball.

Know your place, n00b.

It took me months to figure this crap out. You'll have to learn the same way the rest of us morons did: trial and error.

Posted by: AFKAF at January 31, 2007 12:41 PM (ivbbD)

23 Yeah, economic inequality is increasing because more people are making more money while the deadasses at the bottom are making as little as they ever were because of their lazy, mongoloid grabasstic work ethic.

Posted by: Fuck You at January 31, 2007 12:43 PM (X5HHU)

24 What the hell was that?  It flashed by so quickly ...

Posted by: Toby928 at January 31, 2007 12:44 PM (ATbKm)

25 EC, you know misspelling "Cthulhu" is practically volunteering for a Darwin Award.

BTW, there's far too much white plastic in the picture.

Posted by: Al at January 31, 2007 12:45 PM (4Thhc)

26 Those chicks may not be supermodels

But they are bright, clean and nice-looking.  Articulate?, who cares.

Posted by: Toby928 at January 31, 2007 12:47 PM (ATbKm)

27 And those chicks in the storm trooper outfits are buttafaces!?!

Knees too sharp, eh?

Posted by: sandy burger at January 31, 2007 12:50 PM (Cpse7)

28 I haven't time for trial and error, I'll take my seat where its comfy thank you.  If you'ld prefer not to answer the questions then just pipe down, seems someones gonna answer. 

Posted by: Meatball at January 31, 2007 12:51 PM (i8nuF)

29 Nancy's to do list:

Fix economy -- check
raise min wage -- check
Fix Irag mess--- working on it
Fix health care-- working on it.


ulost, now you're confusing my feeble conservative brain. Are you really trying to give Pelosi credit for the GDP numbers?

You do realize that those are from Q4 of last year, and the new Democrat Congress wasn't sworn in until Jan. of this year, and that none of their economic initiatives have actually been enacted yet, right?

You know that, right?

Posted by: Tom at January 31, 2007 12:57 PM (02oyd)

30 Meatball,

There's really about fifty inside jokes running all the time.  It's kind of hard to explain. 

A lot of it is just references to past posts or whatever.  If you want to know what "Scandi" means, google ace of spades and scandi.  Should explain it.

Cthuluesque is a reference to the weird horror tales of HP Lovecraft.  Geigeresque, it means, if you know who Geiger is.  He designed the "Alien" from that movie.

I post hot chicks when there's good economic news because otherwise the retards on this site won't understand what I'm talking about.  I've conditioned them to associate tits with positive economic news, though, so when I post cute chicks they vaguely grasp there's more wealth.


Posted by: ace at January 31, 2007 01:00 PM (4qddO)

31

Where's the 'I just farted' guy when you need him?


Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at January 31, 2007 01:02 PM (WTn2v)

32 Meatball, cowbell is from an SNL skit (Blue Oyster Cult). The connection to the economy is presumably "gold plated diapers". Search the archives; there's an inside joke explanation thread somewhere. Also, if you scroll down, on the right-hand side of the main page there are links to some old posts (e.g. Paul Anka) which you might want to look at.

This site will probably socially stunt you worse than you obviously already are. Even being a beta male will soon become an impossible dream for you. Enjoy hope while it's still on speaking terms with you.

Posted by: sandy burger at January 31, 2007 01:05 PM (Uuy++)

33 ace, didn't you write an "inside jokes" post a while back for hapless morons who actually find this place interesting? Perhaps a link is in order.

I don't know. I'm an idiot.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at January 31, 2007 01:08 PM (pzen5)

34 Really, it doesn't matter. Either you get an inside reference or you don't. Reading an explanation it won't make it funny, so why bother?

they're throw-away references anyway.

Posted by: ace at January 31, 2007 01:08 PM (4qddO)

35 The Corner is reporting that Bush visited the NYSE and received huge cheers.

Posted by: DSkinner at January 31, 2007 01:09 PM (Z887G)

36 May I empty your trash can now, Mr. Ace?

Posted by: gamma-minus male at January 31, 2007 01:10 PM (ATbKm)

37 I searched for that and can't find it. The thing is most of that stuff isn't being rehashed anymore, so it would be reading about inside jokes that have been unofficially retired.

Posted by: ace at January 31, 2007 01:11 PM (4qddO)

38 True, if you have to explain the joke...

humor is intuitive.

often moronic

Posted by: Dave in Texas at January 31, 2007 01:12 PM (pzen5)

39 Meatball -- you're just gonna have to roll with the blog for awhile to get all the inside jokes. Every long-running thread gives rise to some (like the Steven Seagal thread that shows every sign of becoming a permanent meme). Put-downs of notable trolls give rise to others ("proud liberal vet" and "dannyinwisconsin" insults are almost a subgenre all their own).

Start with the Paul Anka stuff on the right-hand side. Paul Anka is kind of like the patron saint of the blog, for reasons which will become obvious once you listen to the clip.

Posted by: Monty at January 31, 2007 01:15 PM (7Iqke)

40

There is nothing that can be done to socially stunt a person who for years has been socially unacceptable anyway.  The preacher won't even visit anymore.  1st hit I got on the ace of spades scandi deal was the article about the kid with the penis tatto on his back so I think I got it, thanks!  You'll be happy to know also that I think I'll get the good econ. news without hot chicks, I had no brain damage from my vaginal birth, and can grasp ideas from words.


 


Posted by: Meatball at January 31, 2007 01:17 PM (i8nuF)

41 ....and can grasp ideas from words.

Wow... people can really do that?

Posted by: A. Weasel at January 31, 2007 01:19 PM (Lo+U9)

42 Wow... people can really do that?

They think they can anyway.

Posted by: gamma-minus male at January 31, 2007 01:21 PM (ATbKm)

43 >>>Knees too sharp, eh?


Hey, thats MY line! She is way below my standards.

Posted by: Studman 69 at January 31, 2007 01:21 PM (oHd6r)

44 (like the Steven Seagal thread that shows every sign of becoming a permanent meme).

speaking of that, I was going through the guide on the television and almost fell out of my chair laughing.

I had no idea that Seagal had a real movie that is called

Steven Seagal in .......Belly of the Beast

Posted by: roc ingersol at January 31, 2007 01:29 PM (m2CN7)

45 And yes meatball, we call ourselves nerds, though in AoS, we usually call ourselves morons. But yeah, everyone is right, this place is heavy on the inside jokes, and it just takes a while to figure it out, you can get a few gimmes on them, but you'll have to figure many out on your own.

Proud Liberal Vet and the Special Polar Assault Forces or whatever the fuck he claimed to be was my favorite troll, I was still fairly new and that guy was just all kinda crazy.

Posted by: Sinistar at January 31, 2007 01:30 PM (oHd6r)

46 wow!  I'd been led to believe (by the wife) Paul Anka was some f'n dawg from some chick show.  He lays down a real slobberknocker...

Posted by: Meatball at January 31, 2007 01:32 PM (i8nuF)

47 I'm just glad that the MSM didn't distract us with all this economic good news during that critical time prior to the election, so we could focus our full attention on critical issues like Tom Foley and Scooter Libby.

Now that the universe is unfolding properly again, we have more time to absorb the good news about the economy without it detracting from critical Macaca-coverage.

The MSM... thank goodness we have them to act as our spokespeople without all the overhead of having to elect them.

Posted by: sherlock at January 31, 2007 01:57 PM (5eQQx)

48 Meatball, you fucking guido, Google is your friend.

Use it.

What are we, your fucking personal assistants? Are we little helpers here to polish your knob? What are we, butlers? Do I look like a butler to you? DO I LOOK LIKE A FUCKING BUTLER!!!

Seriously, you watch, you learn, you follow links. With the exception of a few infrequent posters, there's very few here longer than me. With that experience, let me tell you, you bring the FUCKING FUNNY. THat's your job.

If you can't do that, you're gonna have a rough time.

Posted by: hobgoblin at January 31, 2007 02:08 PM (p1s9n)

49 so when I post cute chicks they vaguely grasp there's more wealth

Emphasis on VAGUELY

Tits . . . . What?

Posted by: hobgoblin at January 31, 2007 02:10 PM (p1s9n)

50 hobgoblin,

How long have you been here.
I think I'm here since 2003 or so.

Posted by: Birkel at January 31, 2007 02:25 PM (GHrbr)

51 If Republicans were smart they'd embrace the "Pelosi economy" language. You know the MSM would cream themselves if they could report it that way because a) it favors the 'home' team and b) saves them time as they no longer need to find/invent caveats to spin positive economic stories negative during a Republican administration. Without the caveats consumer confidence soars and the economy grows even more.

And no worries about the Dems taking down the Pubs in 08 - we still have Diebold on our team, afterall. And that's the only vote that counts!

Posted by: Sweetie at January 31, 2007 02:25 PM (UbmOh)

52 How would I ever get funny like you though? Maybe I need to get an assistant. You available?

Posted by: Meatball at January 31, 2007 02:35 PM (i8nuF)

53 Birkel,

January 2004 at the latest, I remember the posts that ace has in the archive , especially the Channeling Colonel Kurtz one from 1/12/04

and I clearly remember laughing my ass off at the The Definitive D&D Guide to the Democratic Presidential Candidates posted like a week earlier, but I might have gone back to that.

I seem to remeber reading stuff in 2003, but maybe not, since the posts only go back to 11/2003. Wasn't there another url?

Posted by: hobgoblin at January 31, 2007 02:56 PM (p1s9n)

54 meaty,

I'm not one of the funny ones. I'm one of the as$hole moron ones.

Not as available as yer momz.

teh funny, monkey, dance!

(and since when is as$hole filtered!?!?!?!!?!?! WTF, ace?)

Posted by: hobgoblin at January 31, 2007 03:02 PM (p1s9n)

55 Meatball,

You're not one of those man-lesbians, are you?  'Cause I honestly think this site has more of those than it needs.

Posted by: wiserbud at January 31, 2007 03:12 PM (56ssE)

56 i just farted.

Posted by: fakeijustfartedguy at January 31, 2007 03:17 PM (YDuKm)

57 Tom:

It doesn't matter.

The economy is doing good because of the democrats.


Get with the program retard.

Posted by: ulost at January 31, 2007 04:04 PM (1KWpc)

58 Tom:

30 mill people watch the evening news on the major networks each night.

What they say goes........

Deal with it dipsh*t.

Posted by: ulost at January 31, 2007 04:11 PM (1KWpc)

59 I cannot believe this new creature is real.

It's too perfect.

Which one of you criminal masterminds invented this perfect pinata?

(I don't do fancy html scripts so fuck your tilda-lovin' asses.)

Posted by: Birkel at January 31, 2007 04:28 PM (GHrbr)

60

I'm not one of the funny ones. I'm one of the as$hole moron ones.


 


Keep it up buddy its working well for you obviously.  I'm sorry if thats what it requires for you to enjoy yourself here.  Me, I just like the fact that there are people who agree with me.  Course I'm from the south so I don't really know any assholes or morons, but I've also never met a real Homo, but Baptists are all over the place.  If being here for that long makes you into one of those I'll just stay on the outside and enjoy myself b/c an asshole-moron doesnt sound all that appealling.  There is no reason for you to objectively explain away the small size of your cock to me, I'm not "one of those man-lesbians", I'm just a guy with a healthy appetite for laughter and an inexaustable supply of bullcrap...I'm assuming sh*t is not allowed here...to talk about.  You can like it or Ace can lump it. 


Posted by: Meatball at January 31, 2007 06:25 PM (b/Zcq)

61 Apparently Meatball is a clever troll with a completely exhaustible supply of 'h' which explains the way he spelled "inexaustable" (sic).

Posted by: Birkel at January 31, 2007 06:40 PM (GHrbr)

62 explain away the small size of your cock to me,

I'm assuming sh*t is not allowed here...


You really haven't been reading here the shit that's posted here for that fucking long, have you?

I'll give you this, you're off to a grand start!

Posted by: wiserbud at January 31, 2007 06:46 PM (56ssE)

63 You can like it or Ace can lump it.

I know you are, but what am I?

Posted by: wiserbud at January 31, 2007 06:47 PM (56ssE)

64 Why is no one acknowledging my fart? I worked hard on it and it lingers still.

Posted by: fakeijustfartedguy at January 31, 2007 07:30 PM (QwqtU)

65 Meatball is... Missing Teh Funny
Meatball is... Slow To Learn
Meatball is... The Gamma Male
Meatball is... Of Questionable Gender
Meatball is... Protesting Too Much
Meatball is... Taunting The Lifers
Meatball is... Dissing Paul Anka
Meatball is... Googling Lovecraft
Meatball is... Easily Offended
Meatball is... Shilling For Scandiis
Meatball is... Scarred By Sullivan
Meatball is... Repairing His Satchel
Meatball is... Shopping For Butlers
Meatball is... Hard On Cankles

Posted by: VJay at January 31, 2007 07:54 PM (HaFcU)

66 It didn't have the requisite "green cloud" that the real Fart would have left.

Posted by: otcconan at January 31, 2007 07:59 PM (aSXzD)

67 Maybe an easy-to-read picture will help our subretarded media understand

I say calling people retards who can't recognise clear trends in graphs shows real promise for shaming the intellectually dishonest into admitting clear facts.

Posted by: Tank at February 01, 2007 04:26 AM (aOeXm)

68

>>Meatball is... Hard On Cankles


VJay, you need to explain it better.


Is Meatball hard on cankles, or do cankles give him a Hard On?


Posted by: Hermann Goering at February 01, 2007 05:29 AM (h76y6)

69 Tank, I looked at your graph.

You're not staying inside the lines. Use that sharpener thingy on the outside of the box. It's at the bottom in the middle, follow the big black arrow.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at February 01, 2007 05:43 AM (pzen5)

70 Hey, everybody!  Tank has just proven that the earth is getting warmer!  Amazing!

Let me see if  I can extrapolate from his graph, which only begins it's measurements 1000 years ago (or, in a more scientific notation, uses less than .0001% of the total number of years available) this kind of warming has never happened before!  So, using Tank's amazing deductive reasoning, it must be humans that are causing it!  Of course!

That's some damn good scientific method you got working for you there, Tank. 

Posted by: wiserbud at February 01, 2007 06:31 AM (1tlBF)

71 wiserbud,

You forgot your html tag: /sarcasm
There, I fixed it for you.

Tank,

That sure is a pretty hockey stick you got there. I wonder what would happen if we inserted random numbers into the calculations for sh!ts and giggles. Wait here and I'll go try...
Damn. Another hockey stick. That's weird.

Posted by: Birkel at February 01, 2007 08:01 AM (GHrbr)

72 That's some damn good scientific method you got working for you there, Tank.
Posted by wiserbud at February 1, 2007 11:31 AM


Appears you'll have a lot of opportunities over the next few weeks to expand upon your explanations of scientific method and how clear upward trending graphs can't be trusted... hockysticks or otherwise.

Posted by: Tank at February 01, 2007 09:01 PM (aOeXm)

Posted by: Tank at February 02, 2007 03:53 AM (aOeXm)

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