February 28, 2014

Unexpectedly, Decent 4Q Growth of 3.2% Revised Way Down to an Anemic 2.4%
— Ace

This, the New York Times understatedly tells us, represents a "substantial" revision of the figure.

The figure was actually lowered below the level analysts expected. They thought it would be lowered to 2.5%.

They say they expect "lackluster" growth throughout this year. And:

It is also well below the so-called breakout speed economists have been hoping to see the economy sustain for more than a quarter or two.

No sh*t really?

Analysts are of course blaming... the weather. Yes, they figure it was all this Global Warming falling over much of the country that is responsible for the economy's failure -- now it its fifth year -- to reach break out speed.


Posted by: Ace at 05:34 AM | Comments (341)
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1 Which means it was actually negative.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at February 28, 2014 05:37 AM (T2V/1)

2 Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters Thursday morning that comprehensive immigration reform and serious entitlement reform were both dead for the year in the Senate. He blamed President Obama and Senate Democratic leaders for creating a toxic atmosphere and refusing to negotiate with Republicans, like him, willing to work on a compromise.

Asked about tax reform at a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Corker said: "I see no way it is going to be dealt with this year. In fact, I see no way anything important is going to be dealt with this year."

He said "GSE reform" -- meaning government-sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- was the only possible exception.

Posted by: Harry Reid's lobotomy at February 28, 2014 05:38 AM (e8kgV)

3 I'm about to show you some "break-out speed."

Posted by: Pooty-Poot at February 28, 2014 05:38 AM (JQuNB)

4 They misspelled "unexpectedly."

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 05:38 AM (0HooB)

5 Bush would have payed good money to see an adjective like that in front of his 3% results.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2014 05:39 AM (DPkKe)

6 One wonders why we can have a "slow growing" economy at the same time unemployment continues to go up?  Now above 30%

Posted by: Vic[/i] at February 28, 2014 05:39 AM (T2V/1)

7 Summer of Recovery VI!

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 05:39 AM (0HooB)

8 If it weren't for that meddlesome winter... Yeh, sure. Okay. As long as we don't have a rainy spring, the economy should SOAR!1!

Posted by: Mama AJ at February 28, 2014 05:39 AM (SUKHu)

9 Maroons....
No, really....

Posted by: backhoe at February 28, 2014 05:39 AM (ULH4o)

10 So full blown lame duck or Constitutional Crisis?

Posted by: Strange Bedfellow at February 28, 2014 05:39 AM (QCc6B)

11 Got the others.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 28, 2014 05:40 AM (d0Dmj)

12 At some risk, I re-post a mildly stomped question from the last thread: I've looked and looked for a record of the actual voting by the Judiciary Committee re the Cruz amendment. I'm curious what the amendment was attached to, and how the Repubs voted on it also. Does anyone know where that record might be found?

Posted by: Mike Hammer at February 28, 2014 05:40 AM (aDwsi)

13 Anyone else see a pattern, here?

Posted by: garrett at February 28, 2014 05:40 AM (HjmUN)

14 Economic growth is what I say it is proles.

Posted by: King Barakakakakan I at February 28, 2014 05:40 AM (Aif/5)

15 The wheat harvest in Ukraine has exceeded the expectations of the Fourth Five-Year Plan Comrades!

Posted by: Commerce Department at February 28, 2014 05:40 AM (sOtz/)

16 Anyone that believes US Govt Economic Data is a prime candidate for NY Bridge and Florida Swamp investment portfolios.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2014 05:40 AM (QU+RI)

17 Clown nose on, clown nose off.....clown nose on, clown nose off.

Posted by: Tami [/i][/b][/u][/s] at February 28, 2014 05:40 AM (bCEmE)

18 “We head into next year with an economy that’s stronger than it was when we started the year,” the president said at a White House news conference shortly before leaving the capital for a vacation in Hawaii. Obama said he was looking forward to “a breakthrough year for America.” -TFG Dec 13

Posted by: RWC at February 28, 2014 05:41 AM (fWAjv)

19 It's dead, Jim!

Posted by: Bones McCoy, on the US economy at February 28, 2014 05:41 AM (BAS5M)

20 Analysts are of course blaming... the weather. Yes, they figure it was all this Global Warming falling over much of the country that is responsible for the economy's failure -- now it its fifth year -- to reach break out speed. So-o-o-o, magic is to blame for the economy. Damn you, magic economy destroying magical thingy!

Posted by: naturalfake at February 28, 2014 05:41 AM (KBvAm)

21 Just put this is the news dump but since it's related - from the Reuters article after noting the downward revision: "the second-half growth pace was a stellar 3.3 percent and a jump from 1.8 percent in the first six months of the year." Point number #1,243,562 on "if this were a Republican President." Imagine them writing the following line: President Bush's GDP was a stellar 3.3%. What word would they actually have used? "Slow," "anemic," "disappointing?"

Posted by: duke at February 28, 2014 05:41 AM (d3clc)

22

Analysts are of course blaming... the weather.

 

Well, it has been snowing.  And there weren't enough shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And that Mr. Cruz made a mean face. 

Posted by: The United Apologists Union of Apologists Who Unite at February 28, 2014 05:41 AM (A0sHn)

23 18 "Poised"......

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at February 28, 2014 05:41 AM (ojnk6)

24 Unexpected!

Posted by: Insomniac at February 28, 2014 05:41 AM (DrWcr)

25

There is that word "unexpected". We have had five years of "unexpected" .  Limbaugh will have fun with this. 

Posted by: burt at February 28, 2014 05:42 AM (1+kJ5)

26 Anyone else see a pattern, here?

Posted by: garrett


Nothing but down?

Posted by: rickb223 at February 28, 2014 05:42 AM (d0Dmj)

27 Recovery(less) Summer Six comin' up.

Economy's still dead on the GA coast.

ThankX, JEF....

Posted by: backhoe at February 28, 2014 05:42 AM (ULH4o)

28 4th quarter.  All the Christmas sales and people tending to say, 'who cares the economy sucks I'm splurging' and a whopping 2.4% eh.  I bet they didn't do a any seasonal adjustment. 

Posted by: PaleRider at February 28, 2014 05:42 AM (vL0Nv)

29 communist economies don't usually do well.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 28, 2014 05:42 AM (t3UFN)

30 Get in their face. Make it improve. Ah nevermind I don't care. Prez 404

Posted by: Chavez the Hugo at February 28, 2014 05:42 AM (Q8vlx)

31 If those are the numbers for Q4 and they're blaming the weather I can't wait until 1Q 2014 are out. You can only use the same excuse so many times before its a joke.

Anemic is going to become catastrophic...

Posted by: H Badger at February 28, 2014 05:43 AM (n/0Nw)

32 This is another one of those "ECONOMY GROWING" on page A1, "numbers revised downwards" on A15 deals isn't it?

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 05:43 AM (sOtz/)

33 Wait.
With Glowbull Wormening, the construction season will be longer, right?

Housing starts going gangbusters year round.

Go team Glowbull!!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2014 05:43 AM (DPkKe)

34 Clearly, the ATMs are winning.

Posted by: garrett at February 28, 2014 05:43 AM (HjmUN)

35 I got laid off one month ago today.

Let me be the first to say ... it's getting worse out there.

I survived over a dozen layoffs at my company.  Employees went from over 14,000 to less than 3,000.  So to get wacked now, tells me .. we are all fucked by this economy. 

Pres**ent Obama has done nothing except expand FUNemployment.

Posted by: Harry Reid's stiff at February 28, 2014 05:44 AM (e8kgV)

36 Ace didn't you once write a post about how they always want the growth to be 3% so they always push that first report to be around 3% no matter what and then will always revise down to what they knew the real original number should be?

Posted by: buzzion at February 28, 2014 05:44 AM (LI48c)

37 Year of Action!

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at February 28, 2014 05:44 AM (T0AB4)

38 Gotta head over to Bloomberg to see if they're keeping their "unexpected" streak alive.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 05:45 AM (gBnkX)

39 Economic de-growth for Gaia!

Posted by: Your Leftie Betters at February 28, 2014 05:45 AM (JQuNB)

40 In  many  ways, the  trajectory of ValuJet Flight 592 is the story of Obama's economy.

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2014 05:45 AM (BAS5M)

41 Lookout! I'm fixin' to wreck the economy.

Posted by: Warm Summer Breeze at February 28, 2014 05:45 AM (KBvAm)

42 3.4% Growth, headlines. Revisions? Section B34, bottom of the page, in a 4 font size.

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at February 28, 2014 05:45 AM (ojnk6)

43 This doesn't make any sense.  Everywhere I look there is economic activity, as far as the  eye can see.  Everybody's working... the economy HAS to be booming. 

Posted by: Union contruction crews with Government Contracts at February 28, 2014 05:46 AM (TOk1P)

44 An applicable song


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmwOWmd7c98

Posted by: Vic[/i] at February 28, 2014 05:46 AM (T2V/1)

45 They also blamed the weather for an "unexpected" drop in home sales, But sales rose slightly in the northeast and were up in places like San Diego.

So I guess they meant the "good" weather was responsible?

Posted by: Marcus T at February 28, 2014 05:47 AM (GGCsk)

46 Some enterprising group of individuals could, if they chose to, make many substantial political points from this situation. And possibly win elections.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 05:47 AM (0HooB)

47 If it wasn't for oil and gas production that TFG has fought tooth and nail against for the last 5 years, our economy would be so far in the shitter that we'd be asking Detroit for a bailout.
 
$6 trillion in new deficit spending over 5 years and a whopping 2% growth rate, baby. Our ship came in. We're in tall cotton now.

Posted by: GnuBreed at February 28, 2014 05:47 AM (cHZB7)

48 Don't you worry pilgrim, we're going to give the economy a two barrel boost this time. Totes promise.

Posted by: Slow Sheriff Joe Biden at February 28, 2014 05:47 AM (Aif/5)

49 Don't cry for me, Venezuela!

Posted by: Hippity Hoppin' Red-Hot Barky Stimulus Planz at February 28, 2014 05:47 AM (KQp38)

50 That thing that happened in your mouth? Unexpected.

Posted by: Jenny Likes Memes at February 28, 2014 05:48 AM (GmTxn)

51 Sssssssssssssssssssssssssss...

Posted by: The Fuse on the Employer Mandate Bomb at February 28, 2014 05:48 AM (RwPqC)

52 You wanted 3.5% ...

Posted by: garrett at February 28, 2014 05:49 AM (HjmUN)

53 More NEWS of the CRIMINAL party ...


California Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a move to expel their Democratic colleague Sen. Rod Wright by sending a Republican proposal to the Rules Committee, where it could permanently stall.

Sen. Steve Knight, a Republican from Palmdale, introduced a resolution to expel Wright from the Senate because a jury found him guilty of eight felonies last month for lying about living in the district he represents.

“This will be precedent-setting,” Knight said as debate on his measure was being quashed on a 21-13, mostly party-line vote.

Posted by: Harry Reid's conscience at February 28, 2014 05:49 AM (e8kgV)

54 I believe sales and prices are good in CO at least along the Front Range.  Its amazing what a couple big fires running through housing divisions and then a 100 year flood can do to create demand. 

Posted by: PaleRider at February 28, 2014 05:49 AM (vL0Nv)

55 GODDAMMIT CRUZ!!

WHY THE HELL ARE YOU DESTROYING THE ECONOMY!!

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 05:50 AM (buZ/8)

56 You wanted 3.5%


You'd settle for 2.5%.......

Posted by: rickb223 at February 28, 2014 05:50 AM (d0Dmj)

57 Of course it was the weather; in Venezeula Tommy Boy Maduro has told the people to start Carnival early and hit the beach.  It's settled science motherfuckerz.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 28, 2014 05:50 AM (qvahQ)

58 No, Mr. Economy. I expect you to die.

Posted by: Baurich Shitfinger at February 28, 2014 05:50 AM (RwPqC)

59 Lies, Lies and more damned Lies. Hallmark of the Obama Administration. Seriously, based upon all the other economic news, there was NO F'ING WAY IN HADES that we grew at anything near 3% or more. Anyone who actually believed that needs to have their head examined. But for O-Man, this is the "new normal" - and yes OCare now breaks me away from "job-lock". HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Pelosi Schmelosi at February 28, 2014 05:50 AM (jHf6U)

60 "blaming... the weather"

Shit just got... wet?  Wait,  wha...

Posted by: Dang at February 28, 2014 05:50 AM (MNq6o)

61 Wait, colder weather is bad? I'm so confused now. Sure, severe cold can kill in minutes and nearly all warming deaths are speculative, but I was told we need to reduce the temperature of the earth to prevent a catastrophe.

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 05:50 AM (sOtz/)

62 I've been looking for a job- even the meanest- since it was blatant the fix was in to put the Jug-earred Eff-stick in office.

Know what hurts? None of the people I wrote or emailed or called would even get back to me.

Not a one....

It's that bad out there. Since 2008.

Posted by: backhoe at February 28, 2014 05:51 AM (ULH4o)

63 Unexpectedly, I left something in your mouth.



Posted by: TFG at February 28, 2014 05:51 AM (GQ8sn)

64 56
You wanted 3.5%


You'd settle for 2.5%.......

Posted by: rickb223 at February 28, 2014 10:50 AM (d0Dmj)


And you'll get 1.5% . . .

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 05:51 AM (buZ/8)

65 Housing sales.   Just started drinking my coffee.

Posted by: PaleRider at February 28, 2014 05:51 AM (vL0Nv)

66 when Bush was President no matter how good the numbers were it was always doom and gloom. If the number was 7% they would have said it was lower than expected.

Posted by: Cicero Skip at February 28, 2014 05:51 AM (3m9Uc)

67 Well, couldn't find "unexpectedly" over at Bloomberg (yet), but I did enjoy these two adjacent headlines: US Stocks Rise on Fed Speculation as Economy Slows and Treasuries Fall as Signs of Economic Growth Damp Haven Appeal. I'm not sure whether to file this in What Could Go Wrong or WTF Are You Talking About or Get Your Shit Together.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 05:51 AM (gBnkX)

68 this fuckin day started out like shit and has gone down hill. Daughter had an accident going to wrk this AM and probably totaled car ( at least according to the cop who was there). No one hurt thank G-D, but there goes my clean insurance record. I had her on my policy so the rate would be lower. Real smart of me ha?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 28, 2014 05:51 AM (t3UFN)

69 Unexpectedly, I am going to eat this entire bag of mini Snickers.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Mmmm. Blondies with whipped cream. at February 28, 2014 05:52 AM (VtjlW)

70 68 That sucks. Sorry to hear, NGU.

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at February 28, 2014 05:52 AM (ojnk6)

71 TFG is convinced that the gubmint can create jobs. It can start any day now. I'm already getting collection calls from my stay in the hospital last Christmas. As soon as I get my computer out of the shop, I'll start sending out the "I'm sorry, but I've been out of work for six years and have no income" letters to them.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 05:52 AM (0HooB)

72 66 when Bush was President no matter how good the numbers were it was always doom and gloom. If the number was 7% they would have said it was lower than expected.

Posted by: Cicero Skip at February 28, 2014 10:51 AM (3m9Uc)


Now it is always unexpectedly lower with Obama.

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 05:52 AM (buZ/8)

73 You wanted 3.5%


You'd settle for 2.5%.......


Posted by: rickb223 at February 28, 2014 10:50 AM (d0Dmj)

And you'll get 1.5% . . .


If we are lucky...............

Posted by: rickb223 at February 28, 2014 05:53 AM (d0Dmj)

74 I am altering the growth rate. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Posted by: Darth Shitmidas at February 28, 2014 05:53 AM (RwPqC)

75 In related news: "Top economists' estimates of Robert Reich's actual height have unexpectedly been revised downward."

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 28, 2014 05:53 AM (g4TxM)

76 Obama's legacy: Everything he says, or his administration says, is complete BS.
Everything.

Posted by: Lizzy at February 28, 2014 05:53 AM (aq/zi)

77 Has there ever been one of these economic growth indicators that has not been lowered? Because if not, then that would be unexpected.

Posted by: ExSnipe at February 28, 2014 05:54 AM (LKJt3)

78 Maybe we should break some more windows . . . or crack some skulls.

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 05:54 AM (buZ/8)

79 Let me guess the weather caused the revision

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 05:54 AM (1Jaio)

80 TFG is convinced that the gubmint can create jobs.


Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at February 28, 2014 10:52 AM (0HooB)



That ignorant sack of community organizing shit doesn't even understand what a job is beyond post office and road construction.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 28, 2014 05:54 AM (qvahQ)

81 Check the clock, Reggie. I may be due for another pivot.

Posted by: Barky O'Genius at February 28, 2014 05:54 AM (RwPqC)

82 In the Summer it will be the heat,rain,or storms or something else.Nothing but excuses.Meanwhile the path to prosperity is clear,frack and drill.

Posted by: steevy at February 28, 2014 05:54 AM (zqvg6)

83 The sugar ration has been raised!

Posted by: The Ministry of Truth (aka NYT) at February 28, 2014 05:55 AM (/cUUk)

84 Despite the first quarter's weak start, economists remain optimistic that growth this year will be the strongest since the recession ended almost five years ago. For all of 2013, the economy grew 1.9 percent.






Anyone who remains optimistic ought to be fired for being stupid

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 05:55 AM (1Jaio)

85 Affirmative Action has consequences.

Posted by: garrett at February 28, 2014 05:55 AM (FldYE)

86 83 From 5 grams to 4.....

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at February 28, 2014 05:55 AM (ojnk6)

87 Just think, when you factor in the way GDP calculations have changed since Barky's been in office, these numbers have probably been more red than black.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 05:55 AM (gBnkX)

88 Obviously we have to expand food stamps and unemployment compensation, because that's where the jobs come from.

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi at February 28, 2014 05:55 AM (JQuNB)

89 Look at the bright side.  When the next GOP President is elected, they will be able to blame him (her?).

Posted by: dfbaskwill at February 28, 2014 05:55 AM (ndlFj)

90 Last night I talked to the Texas republican primary candidates.When I talked to Stovall (running against Cornyn) I said 'Sen. Stovall, you and I have something in common. We both voted for you'. He said he was going to use that line.

Posted by: Erowmero at February 28, 2014 05:56 AM (OONaw)

91 Real smart of me ha?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 28, 2014 10:51 AM (t3UFN)

She okay?

Head over to PWT and I'll buy you a drink.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 28, 2014 05:56 AM (QFxY5)

92 The sugar ration has been raised!


From three cups a month to two!

Posted by: rickb223 at February 28, 2014 05:56 AM (d0Dmj)

93 Global Warmening is all-purpose. Ain't nuttin it can't do.

Posted by: votermom at February 28, 2014 05:56 AM (GSIDW)

94 But, how are our Profit to Earnings Ratios?

Posted by: garrett at February 28, 2014 05:56 AM (FldYE)

95 Thank God Fox Business Hired Maria Bartiromo! If not for that? She wouldn't have to ask all of her "tentacles", What the F**ck is Going on?!?

Posted by: Slapwesael at February 28, 2014 05:56 AM (lq3Ak)

96 I'm so sorry, Nevergiveup, but I'm glad she's o.k. I hope some additional people just decide they want to come to you for dental work.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 28, 2014 05:57 AM (XyM/Y)

97 It would have been 4.5% if you wInGnUtZ!!!!111!!! would stop Mr. Cruz and implement a Carbon Tax. We know better.

Posted by: Ivy League Douchenozzles at February 28, 2014 05:57 AM (x5kJb)

98 The economy took an Ambien and knocked 0.8% off its car. 

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at February 28, 2014 05:57 AM (Ec6wH)

99 You fucked up... you trusted us! Hey, make the best of it!

Posted by: The Dems at February 28, 2014 05:57 AM (RwPqC)

100 Damn NGU...that sux.

Hopefully, no injuries.


Serious question.
Can anyone guestimate what the growth rate would be without shale oil and the North Dakota boom.
I mean guestimate, and show your work to the point that it would be received as a legitimate figure.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2014 05:57 AM (DPkKe)

101 Consumer spending accounted for a large chunk of the revision after retail sales in November and December came in weaker than assumed.







Weaker than assumed during the Christmas Winter Solstice season no less




Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 05:57 AM (1Jaio)

102 f those are the numbers for Q4 and they're blaming the weather I can't wait until 1Q 2014 are out. You can only use the same excuse so many times before its a joke.

It was colder in 1Q2014 than 4Q2013 (which is normal, but you know).

In 2Q2014 there will be tornadoes, in 3Q there will be tropical storms. 

QED.

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 05:57 AM (/kI1Q)

103 NGU,

That sucks.  I love my kids, but damned if I didn't get them off my policy as fast as I could.


Posted by: EC at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (GQ8sn)

104 nevergiveup?

Sorry to hear that but no injuries is good.

backwardsboy?

I have never seen it so bleak. Not even in Wee Jimmy Carter's days. But the MFM shows us "happy meal" pix....

"Remain clam- all is well...."

Posted by: backhoe at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (ULH4o)

105 Real GDP increased 1.9 percent in 2013 (that is, from the 2012 annual level to the 2013 annual level), compared with an increase of 2.8 percent in 2012.

Posted by: Leonard Zelig at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (e8kgV)

106 This downward revision was clearly caused by the sequester.

Posted by: Hairy Reed at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (JQuNB)

107 Yeah, globalfukkinwarmin been fukkin up the euroweenie economy for decades. Nothing it can't do, save for make Manbearpig a human.

Posted by: maddogg at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (xWW96)

108 Numbers and words means whatever I say they mean.
At that time.
And they're subject to revision whenever the mood strikes me.
Just be happy I'm giving you anything, peasants.
I could have used my pen and my phone to make you illegal, or allocate a couple hundred million for my brothers.
Because I won.

Posted by: Barack the Magnificent at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (aq/zi)

109 Oh,and GDP numbers are even more bullshit than they used to be as currently calculated.So it is even worse.

Posted by: steevy at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (zqvg6)

110 This marxist ponce is undermining just about anything positive in the economy with Obamacide's suffocating effect and a rogue EPA regulating the shit out of energy. Not connecting Juggy to the dots relative to our "unexpected" economic anemia would be like calling Titanic sinking an unforeseen weather related mishap.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (QU+RI)

111 Damn that Polar Vortex and his super-villain ally, El Nino. Jack Frost can kiss my ass as well.

Posted by: The sagging economy at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (/cUUk)

112 Unexpectedly, I am going to eat this entire bag of mini Snickers. Of course, you may experience a sharp, but temporary increase in your productivity, but in the long term, what is that going to do for your gross product?

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (gBnkX)

113 Serious question.
Can anyone guestimate what the growth rate would be without shale oil and the North Dakota boom.



Remember that pic of Sean Penn bailing out his canoe during Katrina?



Posted by: EC at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (GQ8sn)

114 US Stocks Rise on Fed Speculation as Economy Slows ---- ---- ---- ---- Speaking of speculation, QE Infinity is the only thing holding up this market with PE ratios out of whack. When it goes it's Hindenburg time.

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 05:58 AM (sOtz/)

115 I wonder if an increase in Health Insurance Costs could result in lower Consumer Spending?

Posted by: garrett at February 28, 2014 05:59 AM (FldYE)

116 The loss of momentum appears to have spilled over into in the first quarter of 2014, with an unusually cold winter weighing on retail sales, home building and sales, hiring and industrial production.







That's quite a laundry list of things the weather stopped dead in its tracks. I'm guessing that spring like weather will have the same effect

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 05:59 AM (1Jaio)

117 Head over to PWT and I'll buy you a drink.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 28, 2014 10:56 AM (QFxY5)


There will be no alcohol in the camps.  However, on the Dear Leader's birthday you will be allowed to suck on an icicle if you can find one.

Posted by: Kathleen Sebelius at February 28, 2014 05:59 AM (RwPqC)

118 "Policy works with business during Washington expansion. We all know that it is bad, but it is good for my job".

Posted by: Slapwesael at February 28, 2014 05:59 AM (lq3Ak)

119

No, I didn't. Honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!

 

 

 

Posted by: Barack H Obama at February 28, 2014 05:59 AM (D+lxs)

120 The Tea Party is killing the economy.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 28, 2014 05:59 AM (RwPqC)

121 Russians in Crimea ... Global Warming to blame

Posted by: James Hansen at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (e8kgV)

122 ...on second thought, probably just a result of the Republican Shutdown.

Posted by: garrett at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (FldYE)

123 That ignorant sack of community organizing shit doesn't even understand what a job is beyond post office and road construction. I'm about to revive my call for some sort of qualifying exam for candidates. It'd consist of some 6th grade level questions about economics (and maybe the Constitution, too). A lot of fun could be had with those who wouldn't take it.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (0HooB)

124 There will be no alcohol in the camps.

Note to self: learn how to ferment gruel.

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (/kI1Q)

125

It is kind of hard to get up to cruising speed - let alone flank speed - when you still have your anchors down.  And with Obama and the Dems there are a lot of anchors.

Cronyism.

Regulation-palooza.

ObamaCare.

Punishment by Bureaucracy.

And that is just a few.

 

Posted by: Mikey NTH -Clean Up You Caucus! Rumor Soap with Lathering Phosphates at the Outrage Outlet! at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (hLRSq)

126 Stuart Varney? I've NEVER been so happy to see Stuart Varney!!!!

Posted by: Slapwesael at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (lq3Ak)

127 114 Yep.

Posted by: steevy at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (zqvg6)

128
WINTER RECOVERY V: The Revision Downwarding!

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (1Jaio)

129 Year 7 of the Ensuckening.  By my calculations, we're up to 1936 by historical standards.  Five more years plus a Japanese sneak attack, then happy days will be here again. 

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (Ec6wH)

130 The most maddening aspect of all of this is the gas and oil industry is what bailed Obama out of a full blown depression his entire Presidency.

Posted by: McAdams at February 28, 2014 06:00 AM (0XUBg)

131 Remember, Obama inherited this mess. 

Posted by: The United Apologists Union of Apologists Who Unite at February 28, 2014 06:01 AM (A0sHn)

132 130 He dies nothing but impede it and he still takes credit!

Posted by: steevy at February 28, 2014 06:01 AM (zqvg6)

133 The most maddening aspect of all of this is the gas and oil industry is what bailed Obama out of a full blown depression his entire Presidency.


Nah.  Has to be the hiring streak that ACORN has been on since 2008.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 28, 2014 06:02 AM (RwPqC)

134 I see globalfukkinwarmin brings out the rapey. And they wonder why nobody believes them anymore.

Posted by: maddogg at February 28, 2014 06:02 AM (xWW96)

135 106 This downward revision was clearly caused by the sequester.

Posted by: Hairy Reed at February 28, 2014 10:58 AM (JQuNB)


No. It was TEH SHUTDOWN!!!!!!!!1!!1!!

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 06:02 AM (buZ/8)

136 To QE!!!  And beyond!

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at February 28, 2014 06:02 AM (BZAd3)

137 Of course, you may experience a sharp, but temporary increase in your productivity, but in the long term, what is that going to do for your gross product? Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 10:58 AM (gBnkX) It will lead to me doing my best to spur on economic growth by having to buy all new clothes.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Mmmm. Blondies with whipped cream. at February 28, 2014 06:02 AM (VtjlW)

138 Meanwhile the House GOP's tax bill explicitly excludes software development from getting any tax breaks.  Because we wouldn't want that to happen in this country.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 28, 2014 06:02 AM (B/VB5)

139

75 -

 

I wonder if anyone other than me here has seen his movie, Inequality for All?

 

The thing is,  I kinda like that guy.  He  is incredibly short-sighted, but he is likable. 

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2014 06:02 AM (TOk1P)

140 The most maddening aspect of all of this is the gas and oil industry is what bailed Obama out of a full blown depression his entire Presidency. Posted by: McAdams at February 28, 2014 11:00 AM (0XUBg) And only because he could not kill it on private lands. If he could have he would have.

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 06:03 AM (sOtz/)

141 Took me a second to find that piece on the changes to GDP calculations: http://tinyurl.com/kkj5znn

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 06:03 AM (gBnkX)

142 I have never seen it so bleak. Not even in Wee Jimmy Carter's days. But the MFM shows us "happy meal" pix.... Yep. All that is old is new again. Remain clam, indeed. A meme is born...

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 06:03 AM (0HooB)

143 Ollie-Ollie-Umphrey! HAH! I reached Stuart Varney! Look! There's Charles! He got his ass kicked during school, so he could carry a briefcase. He Kicks Ass. +16.33 ...earnings.

Posted by: Slapwesael at February 28, 2014 06:03 AM (lq3Ak)

144 Analysts are of course blaming... the weather. ...and Booooosh. But mostly the weather.

Posted by: Citizen X at February 28, 2014 06:03 AM (7ObY1)

145 Note to self: learn how to ferment gruel.

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 11:00 AM (/kI1Q)


Throw some raisins in some brake fluid.  Drink.



Posted by: EC at February 28, 2014 06:04 AM (GQ8sn)

146
Can't Barry's laser like focus counter the weather's bad impact on the economy? Or is the Koch Brother/Tea Party/Fox News's global warming machine too powerful for the most powerful being ever?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 06:04 AM (1Jaio)

147 Roll the Prosperity Montage

Posted by: garrett at February 28, 2014 06:05 AM (FldYE)

148 It was merely the substitution of one piece of nonsense for another. Most of the material that you were dealing with had no connexion with anything in the real world, not even the kind of connexion that is contained in a direct lie. Statistics were just as much a fantasy in their original version as in their rectified version. A great deal of the time you were expected to make them up out of your head. For example, the Ministry of Plenty's forecast had estimated the output of boots for the quarter at one-hundred-and-forty-five million pairs. The actual output was given as sixty-two millions. Winston, however, in rewriting the forecast, marked the figure down to fifty-seven millions, so as to allow for the usual claim that the quota had been overfulfilled. In any case, sixty-two millions was no nearer the truth than fifty-seven millions, or than one-hundred-and-forty-five millions. Very likely no boots had been produced at all. Likelier still, nobody knew how many had been produced, much less cared. All one knew was that every quarter astronomical numbers of boots were produced on paper, while perhaps half the population of Oceania went barefoot. And so it was with every class of recorded fact, great or small. Everything faded away into a shadow-world in which, finally, even the date of the year had become uncertain.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2014 06:05 AM (DErq5)

149 yes, they are blaming the weather.

Will they point out any other year--besides the years in the Glorious Reign of Lord Obaaama--where we suffered similar reductions due to the weather?

Are you out of your fucking mind? Of course not, only Lord Obaaama has had to endure the fickleness of the Weather Gods.
That he has so mightily overcome their efforts to stymie his recovery--forcing growth where all others would have none--is a true testament to his glory and skill.

Anyway, as I said, before everyone left (I should take the hint, eh?):

That's 1.9% that includes how many billions a month of phony money pumped in by the Fed? Shuffled around and amplified as banks keep scrambling to paper over their debts; lent to corporations to buy back stock, further inflating the stock market.

Yeah.

It's worse than it looks.

The only thing that surprises me is how long they've been able to keep up the con.
Which I knew would be a long time because everyone--you, me, everyone--is invested in keeping this train rolling along. Even if we have to pretend to believe lies.

So yeah? The coming crash? Sure, they'll write it in the books as a "surprise."
A surprise not seen since Wily E. Coyote found himself suspended in air 20 feet from the cliff edge.

Posted by: NSA at February 28, 2014 06:05 AM (VjL9S)

150 If they reported real numbers instead of the typical Obama lie it would be negative.  If they threw out the Keynesian BS government spending numbers because actuality they are not part of the economy because every dollar put in is taken back out at the same time it would be scary.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at February 28, 2014 06:05 AM (T2V/1)

151 I don't know what you are complaining about.  This economy is great! Poor kids are much easier to lure into my lair.

Posted by: Harry Reid at February 28, 2014 06:05 AM (tv7DV)

152 88 Obviously we have to expand food stamps and unemployment compensation, because that's where the jobs come from.

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi at February 28, 2014 10:55 AM (JQuNB)

Don't you remember? All we have to do is wait for Obamacare to create all those jobs you said were coming. All 400,000 jobs.

We got to get started on all those jobs we lost before the stimulus was passed. You know, the stimulus where you stated Americans would lose 500 million jobs.

(Of course there are not that many Americans, but who cares right?)

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 06:05 AM (buZ/8)

153 You can't argue that Barry didn't keep one promise he made -


The country has been fundamentally changed.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at February 28, 2014 06:05 AM (BZAd3)

154 131 Remember, Obama inherited this mess. Posted by: The United Apologists Union of Apologists Who Unite at February 28, 2014 11:01 AM (A0sHn) .....and you ReTHUGliKKKans are obstructing everything because you hold all the power in government, you assholes. If you let the messiah spend more, we would have -35% unemployment and lots of trillion dollar coins. We hate you.

Posted by: United Apologists Local 4 at February 28, 2014 06:06 AM (x5kJb)

155 However, on the Dear Leader's birthday you will be allowed to suck on an icicle if you can find one. Posted by: Kathleen Sebelius at February 28, 2014 10:59 AM (RwPqC) **** How you doin'?

Posted by: renowned rapper Vanilla Ice at February 28, 2014 06:06 AM (g4TxM)

156 You are all liars and you are Lying about being not-liars. ...why do you lie about lying? WeYou Shut Down This Government!!!

Posted by: Hairy Reed at February 28, 2014 06:06 AM (lq3Ak)

157 The preliminary look at that GOP tax restructing shows that it is a POS even before they start "compromising" with the Dems.


They don't even need Dems to sell us out anymore.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at February 28, 2014 06:07 AM (T2V/1)

158 It's contradictory but most red states are doing better than the national average and most blue states are struggling yet the the support and opposition for Obama in these states remain the same or greater.

Posted by: Ima Siqofitt at February 28, 2014 06:07 AM (DAevm)

159 She okay? Head over to PWT and I'll buy you a drink. Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 28, 2014 10:56 AM (QFxY5) Yeah she's fine. Just shaken.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 28, 2014 06:08 AM (t3UFN)

160 153 Yes but the groundwork was decades in the making.The country was ready for this change,many out there wanted it.

Posted by: steevy at February 28, 2014 06:08 AM (zqvg6)

161 Since it has been 5 solid years of unexpected, I'd say it's time to fire every single economist/analyst  in the United States.


Posted by: West at February 28, 2014 06:08 AM (1Rgee)

162 Maybe they mean break down speed?

Posted by: Marmo at February 28, 2014 06:08 AM (QW+AD)

163 138 Meanwhile the House GOP's tax bill explicitly excludes software development from getting any tax breaks. Because we wouldn't want that to happen in this country.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 28, 2014 11:02 AM (B/VB5)


They have not pissed off the software developers yet, they were next on the list of GOP fuckups. Who do they have left to piss off now?

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 06:09 AM (buZ/8)

164 Posted by: West at February 28, 2014 11:08 AM (1Rgee) ...said the Lawyer/Economist.

Posted by: Hairy Reed at February 28, 2014 06:09 AM (lq3Ak)

165 146?

( Sticks had up- founding member of both Island and mainland TEA parties here on the GA coast.... )

Yeah, we did it. Getting together to discuss lower taxes, fewer regulations, and getting back to the Constitution & BOR.

Yep, we dragged it into the gutter, doing that. And holding demonstrations by the Post Office and courthouse and waterfront here....

Posted by: backhoe at February 28, 2014 06:09 AM (ULH4o)

166

Note to the idiots what can't get the hang of this: Keynesian stimulus is based on the idea of tangible results rather than crony grant giving.

 

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at February 28, 2014 06:10 AM (6bMel)

167 130 The most maddening aspect of all of this is the gas and oil industry is what bailed Obama out of a full blown depression his entire Presidency. Posted by: McAdams at February 28, 2014 11:00 AM (0XUBg) I know!! *plunges knife deeper*

Posted by: Barqui Momjeans McFuckstick the 1st at February 28, 2014 06:10 AM (x5kJb)

168 Mornin' Ace + Horde! Mike Rowe on Beck now, talking about Walmart. Rich velvety voice mmmm... Laughing about the Ford fired him rumors.

Posted by: LizLem at February 28, 2014 06:10 AM (1tsbS)

169 If they reported real numbers instead of the typical Obama lie it would be negative. If they threw out the Keynesian BS government spending numbers because actuality they are not part of the economy because every dollar put in is taken back out at the same time it would be scary. This isn't rocket surgery. The government acts like a leech on the body of the private economy, and the bigger the leech grows, the more harmful the effects on the host. Somewhere out there on teh Intarwebz there should be a chart that shows a direct correlation between growth in gubmint and economic downturn in the private sector.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 06:10 AM (0HooB)

170

So, global warming will cause more rapes . . .  and global cooling will slow down the economy.... sounds like we're screwed either way 

 

 

Posted by: McCool at February 28, 2014 06:11 AM (nCSwS)

171 88 Obviously we have to expand food stamps and unemployment compensation, because that's where the jobs come from.

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi at February 28, 2014 10:55 AM (JQuNB)



That's another thing that isn't getting coverage by the MSM - the number of people who are in desperate straights over what Obama has done to the country and the economy.

http://tinyurl.com/5uhr2h7

It's jaw dropping.  Aid may be available, but that's not really the issue, is it?

More than 20%, 1 in 5, kids are hungry in this country.


Yet somehow it is the Republicans who want to kill them.

I guess Dems just want to starve them to death.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at February 28, 2014 06:11 AM (BZAd3)

172 (Of course there are not that many Americans, but who cares right?)

You forgot the 7 billion  Undocumented Americans who languish in their countries of origin because Rethuglikkkan racism and xenophobia won't let everyone on the planet move here.

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 06:12 AM (/kI1Q)

173 Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2014 11:07 AM (T2V/1) Careful though, or else you're going to have ace tell us again that the Dems don't stake out maximalist positions.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 06:12 AM (gBnkX)

174 158 It's contradictory but most red states are doing better than the national average and most blue states are struggling yet the the support and opposition for Obama in these states remain the same or greater. Posted by: Ima Siqofitt at February 28, 2014 11:07 AM (DAevm) I know!!!! *dials IRS up*

Posted by: Barqui Momjeans McFuckstick the 1st at February 28, 2014 06:12 AM (x5kJb)

175 "Mike Rowe on Beck now, talking about Walmart. Rich velvety voice mmmm... Laughing about the Ford fired him rumors." Posted by: LizLem at February 28, 2014 11:10 AM (1tsbS) *HaH!* Call Me!

Posted by: Hairy Reed at February 28, 2014 06:12 AM (lq3Ak)

176 It wasn't more than a few weeks ago that some news outfit fact checked the Republican claim that the stimulus was a failure and determined that the Republicans were lying because we are experiencing acceptable growth.

Who will fact check the fact checkers?

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 28, 2014 06:13 AM (XUKZU)

177 My suspicion is that all the economic growth is hiding in the deep oceans, along with the global warming... ...and perhaps Jimmy Hoffa.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 28, 2014 06:13 AM (g4TxM)

178 The government will announce its third and final revised estimate for economic growth for the fourth quarter on March 27. Can't wait.

Posted by: RWC at February 28, 2014 06:13 AM (fWAjv)

179 Stop worrying peasants. I'll let you know when it affects me.

Posted by: moochelle at February 28, 2014 06:13 AM (nsOJa)

180 There must be some way to invest in a raped economy. Probably booze.

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 06:13 AM (sOtz/)

181 Pedophile sock *OFF*... damnit.

Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 06:14 AM (lq3Ak)

182 They don't even need Dems to sell us out anymore.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2014 11:07 AM (T2V/1)


The GOP-e is out to prove that they are just as capable of selling us out as the Democrats have proven they are.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 28, 2014 06:14 AM (o3MSL)

183 >>At 2.4 percent, the revised figure represents a substantial slowing from the pace of growth in the third quarter, 4.1 percent.

It is also well below the so-called breakout speed economists have been hoping to see the economy sustain for more than a quarter or two.<<

 

It's a trap!

Posted by: Admiral Akbar at February 28, 2014 06:14 AM (xvtYZ)

184 It was the weather.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at February 28, 2014 06:14 AM (sBUAE)

185 More than 20%, 1 in 5, kids are hungry in this country. Which has almost zero to do with lack of funds and everything to do with price explosion. Yet somehow it is the Republicans who want to kill them. I know!!!! *planning next multi-million dollar vacay*

Posted by: Barqui Momjeans McFuckstick the 1st at February 28, 2014 06:15 AM (x5kJb)

186 Stop worrying peasants. I'll let you know when it affects me.

Posted by: moochelle at February 28, 2014 11:13 AM (nsOJa)


When Moochelle starts eating cake instead of an entire waygu cow, we'll know we are really in trouble!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 28, 2014 06:15 AM (o3MSL)

187 Isn't 4Q supposed the be the high point for the year?

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 06:15 AM (gBnkX)

188

It was the weather.

 

My fault, then.  Sorry. 

Posted by: The Butterfly who farted in the chaos theory at February 28, 2014 06:15 AM (A0sHn)

189 I'm wondering if this coming summer will be so hot that it causes a surprising decline in GDP.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at February 28, 2014 06:16 AM (sBUAE)

190 There must be some way to invest in a raped economy. Probably booze. Nah, cigarettes.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 06:16 AM (0HooB)

191 180 There must be some way to invest in a raped economy. Probably booze.

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 11:13 AM (sOtz/)



How about "We're #17! tee shirts, bumper stickers and coffee mugs.


I know... Sometimes I amaze even me.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at February 28, 2014 06:16 AM (BZAd3)

192 As we speak, Lucy is lining up the ball for America for RECOVERY SUMMER X!!!

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 56% more DOOM! at February 28, 2014 06:16 AM (09o/X)

193 Unexpectedly fiscal irresponsibility results in fiscal disaster.

Funny how that works.

There's also the cotangent that moral irresponsibility results in moral disaster.

It's just harder to see as clearly.

Unless of course you're a bible thumping god bothering christian shoving their religion down peoples throats. They kind of have a reason to be so intense about it.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Microaggressive SoCon) at February 28, 2014 06:16 AM (LSDdO)

194 "Jobs For Justice" has filled Mike Rowe's inbox. All with the same letter. Union Thugz. ..on Glenn Beck right now.

Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 06:17 AM (lq3Ak)

195

170 -

 

Did you know that more murders  are committed at 92 degrees than any other  temperature?  I read an article once.  At lower temperatures people are easy going, over 92 it's too hot to move, but  at  just 92 degrees, PEOPLE GET IRRITABLE!

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2014 06:17 AM (TOk1P)

196 172 (Of course there are not that many Americans, but who cares right?)

You forgot the 7 billion Undocumented Americans who languish in their countries of origin because Rethuglikkkan racism and xenophobia won't let everyone on the planet move here.

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 11:12 AM (/kI1Q)


That's true, but I contend that the number is 8 billion because at least a billion of them are hiding in the shadows.

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 06:17 AM (buZ/8)

197 More than 20%, 1 in 5, kids are hungry in this country.

"Hungry" defined as missed a single meal in the past 30 days, to keep that number big and scary.

I feel bad that there are kids who get fucked into being by people who can't be bothered to make an attempt to feed them (with free food!) on the days school is not in session, but taking more money from responsible people to give to bureaucrats won't help them.

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 06:17 AM (/kI1Q)

198 More than 20%, 1 in 5, kids are hungry in this country. **** If you trace that particular statist-ic (pun intended) back to its origins, you will find it is pseudo-social-scientific nonsense of the worst kind.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 28, 2014 06:17 AM (g4TxM)

199 "Which has almost zero to do with lack of funds and everything to do with price explosion." Which will result in benefits increases, in turn resulting in more price explosion, resulting in more misery. Fuck civics and economics, can they start teaching a more basic class on Cause and Effect in school?

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 06:17 AM (gBnkX)

200 "The economy merely muddled along at the end of the year, but economists call it "impressive" given the federal spending cuts and the government shutdown in October." What horseshit.

Posted by: RWC at February 28, 2014 06:18 AM (fWAjv)

201 Nine-Thousand emails filled Mike Rowe's "inbox" from "Jobs for Justice" thugs.

Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 06:18 AM (lq3Ak)

202 Did you know that more murders are committed at 92 degrees than any other temperature? I read an article once. At lower temperatures people are easy going, over 92 it's too hot to move, but at just 92 degrees, PEOPLE GET IRRITABLE! Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2014 11:17 AM (TOk1P) *** Plus, digging is more difficult when the ground is frozen.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 28, 2014 06:18 AM (g4TxM)

203 Numbers look good to me.
Maybe they could refine the underlying data a bit more to make it more hockey-stickish. No one will ever know, I swear....

Posted by: Michael Mann at February 28, 2014 06:19 AM (aq/zi)

204 Mike Rowe on Beck now
-
Speaking of Beck, did anybody hear him this morning on the Liam Neeson movie Non-Stop?  SPOILER ALERT!!!! Beck was so aggravated that once again Hollywood made the villain a Tea Partier that he gave a bunch of spoilers to ruin the movie's box office.  The secrect Tea Partier is ex-military and is the guy who in the first few minutes says he is going to Amsterdam and he shoot the pilot with a dart through a small hole in the cockpit.

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 28, 2014 06:19 AM (XUKZU)

205 Isn't 4Q supposed the be the high point for the year? Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 11:15 AM (gBnkX) Only if you think of economic growth in terms of selling things and employment. One should imagine a better world where people have the free time and idle hands to pursue whatever idiotic scheme pops into their heads.

Posted by: Nanzi Pelousy at February 28, 2014 06:19 AM (sOtz/)

206 187 Isn't 4Q supposed the be the high point for the year?

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 11:15 AM (gBnkX)


No. Because SHUT UP.

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 06:19 AM (buZ/8)

207 Remember all those shovel-ready jobs I promised? Well, I didn't lie. My cronies and minions are employed fulltime, shovelin' the shit.

Posted by: The Obumerator at February 28, 2014 06:19 AM (/cUUk)

208
I'll say this again:

People around the world were pretty shocked when they saw the residence and property of the ousted Ukraine pres.


Just the expenses of the White House for a year under Obama could have bought all of that several times over.


Yet nobody is upset about over a BILLION in expenses per year.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at February 28, 2014 06:19 AM (BZAd3)

209 If there are ANY hungry children out there it is because their moms are selling their SNAP cards so they can buy cocaine and the corrupt child services people are too busy harassing white middle class people to mess with them.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at February 28, 2014 06:19 AM (T2V/1)

210 Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 11:17 AM (/kI1Q)

Hunger isn't what it used to be, by another planned approach to defining the language down to pure liberal thought.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 28, 2014 06:19 AM (o3MSL)

211 I am so sick of the magical, Tooth-Fairy explanation of "Because Climate Change" that I would actually prefer to simply get the authoritarian fascist explanation of "Because Shut Up."

At least there's some honesty in that.

Posted by: The Obsidian Owl at February 28, 2014 06:20 AM (tWmgi)

212

OK, we didn't get growth.  We didn't get jobs.

 

We did get bikini Kate Upton in space.

 

I'm a glass half full kind of guy.

Posted by: Frumious Bandersnatch at February 28, 2014 06:20 AM (A0sHn)

213 "If you trace that particular statist-ic (pun intended) back to its origins, you will find it is pseudo-social-scientific nonsense of the worst kind." That's true, but it's also a way to use the left's own weapons against them. "This is what your policies have led to." Make them either defend their policies or debunk their own statistics. Make 'em defend something for once.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 06:20 AM (gBnkX)

214 How can "hungry" kids be obese in record number to the point the First Lady finds it necessary to starve them at lunch?

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 06:20 AM (sOtz/)

215 More than 20%, 1 in 5, kids are hungry in this country. Sorry, absolutely not buying it. Maybe 20%, 1 in 5, households are irresponsible.

Posted by: dogfish at February 28, 2014 06:21 AM (nsOJa)

216

202 -

 

Crack a hole in the ice, drop the body in.  By the time it melts, there will be too little left after the fishes and the creeping crud of the water destroy it, they'll never be able to pin it on you! 

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2014 06:21 AM (TOk1P)

217 Does Maria Bartiromo come with chili-cheese fries? ...I'm still wondering.

Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 06:21 AM (lq3Ak)

218 I wonder when Biden is going to announce that this is the millennium of recovery?


You know... give them some cushion.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at February 28, 2014 06:21 AM (BZAd3)

219 Good news! The Choco-rat has been increased from thirty to twenty grams.

Posted by: Warthog at February 28, 2014 06:22 AM (WDySP)

220

 >>>he shoot the pilot with a dart through a small hole in the cockpit.

 

 

Thus accomplishing the goal of establishing small government and respect for individual rights, man!

Posted by: Bigby's Hangnail at February 28, 2014 06:22 AM (3ZtZW)

221 208  Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at February 28, 2014 11:19 AM (BZAd3)


I saw an article and posted a link a few months ago that said Obama had over 2,000 assistants, aides, and other support staff at the WH.  George Washington and Thomas Jefferson could be harnessed for power now if we could fit their bones with magnetos.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at February 28, 2014 06:22 AM (T2V/1)

222 How can "hungry" kids be obese in record number to the point the First Lady finds it necessary to starve them at lunch?

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 11:20 AM (sOtz/)


A:  Republican thugs like BUUUSH!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 28, 2014 06:22 AM (o3MSL)

223 "Because Climate Change"
-
The magical word used to be abracadabra. Now it's climate change.

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 28, 2014 06:22 AM (XUKZU)

224 214 I know,1 in 5 are hungry and 1 in4 are overweight.Solution: hungry kids eat the fat kids.

Posted by: steevy at February 28, 2014 06:22 AM (zqvg6)

225 Fuck civics and economics, can they start teaching a more basic class on Cause and Effect in school? Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 11:17 AM (gBnkX) Sure thing. Cause - Republican's racism and sexism Effect - Everything bad in your life.

Posted by: RWC at February 28, 2014 06:22 AM (fWAjv)

226 8 If it weren't for that meddlesome winter...

Yeh, sure. Okay.

As long as we don't have a rainy spring, the economy should SOAR!1!
============
What's the Old Farmer's Almanac say?

Hot, dry summer for most of the country and wet fall, I believe.

Well, well, well.

Might as well write the story now, "Drought conditions followed by rainy fall preventing harvest unexpectedly caused a revision from 2.4%GDP to 1.6%."

Posted by: NSA at February 28, 2014 06:22 AM (VjL9S)

227 I believe in Freedom of Religion! (*) . . . . . (*) Except when it comes to birth control and gay marriage, of course.

Posted by: Progtard 2000 at February 28, 2014 06:23 AM (ZPrif)

228 I Don't Mind Stealing Bread From The Mouths Of Decadence.

Posted by: Maria Bartiromo at February 28, 2014 06:23 AM (lq3Ak)

229 That Liam Neeson on a plane flick looks horrid even without the political angle.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at February 28, 2014 06:23 AM (6bMel)

230 What horseshit. Posted by: RWC at February 28, 2014 11:18 AM (fWAjv) The captain has turned on the Unbelievable Bullshit light. The flight attendants will be passing out bottles of lubricant shortly.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 06:23 AM (gBnkX)

231 So, if not for the winter, we'd really be poised for some serious Electric Boogaloo right about now.  Do I have that right? 

Posted by: Lady in Black at February 28, 2014 06:23 AM (22bm2)

232 Euromaidan PR ‏@EuromaidanPR 10 armed unknown soldiers have captured #Crimea National TV Radio company building -5cannel |PR News #Ukraine

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at February 28, 2014 06:24 AM (ZPrif)

233 Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 11:21 AM (lq3Ak)

I think she just uses a vibrator.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 28, 2014 06:24 AM (QFxY5)

234 1 out of 5 kids is hungry. 3 out of 5 kids are fat. What about the fifth kid? My guess is the three fat ones ate him and didn't share with the hungry one.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 28, 2014 06:24 AM (g4TxM)

235 Posted by: WalrusRex at February 28, 2014 11:19 AM (XUKZU) I was really excited to see that movie. Not now! Sorry Lady Mary, I'll catch your next film.

Posted by: LizLem at February 28, 2014 06:24 AM (LgMJG)

236 The shit weather didn't even start until after the 4th Q, dumbshits!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 28, 2014 06:24 AM (Z7PrM)

237 201 Nine-Thousand emails filled Mike Rowe's "inbox" from "Jobs for Justice" thugs.

Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 11:18 AM (lq3Ak)


IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!

Posted by: Guy Who Uses Memes at February 28, 2014 06:25 AM (buZ/8)

238

215 -

 

The thing is, you have to start with the assumption that those numbers are based on self-reporting, and the recording  is being done  by people with a vested interest in overstating the problem.

 

When we talk about the lack of scientific rigor in social "sciences,"  this is what we get,  this is what it looks like. 

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2014 06:25 AM (TOk1P)

239 Posted by: Lady in Black at February 28, 2014 11:23 AM (22bm2)


You can expect to see green shoots this spring, unless the starving hungry children eat them!

Posted by: Caliph Barky O'Choomba I at February 28, 2014 06:25 AM (o3MSL)

240 If we could just change the labels on food items we could reduce the number of kids going hungry by 23% !!

Posted by: Ima Siqofitt at February 28, 2014 06:25 AM (DAevm)

241

Honest question:  .

 

Has the administration had any numbers get revised in a better direction?  Seriously.  Every number released is quietly revised.  Have any been revised in a positive direction?

Posted by: Washington Nearsider at February 28, 2014 06:25 AM (fwARV)

242 Heh, Steevy- you and I were thinking along the same lines, went slightly different directions. Nice!

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 28, 2014 06:26 AM (g4TxM)

243 That Liam Neeson on a plane flick looks horrid even without the political angle.

I thought it was funny that they ran an extended trailer for it during Person of Interest, when POI itself did "Jim Caviezel beats up an entire plane" like 2 weeks ago.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 28, 2014 06:26 AM (B/VB5)

244

Good news! The Choco-rat has been increased from thirty to twenty grams.

 

 

That's no good.  We're Americans, we don't know how to eat in grams.

Posted by: Frumious Bandersnatch at February 28, 2014 06:26 AM (A0sHn)

245 Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2014 11:22 AM (T2V/1)

And the % who actually do meaningful work?

1%?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 28, 2014 06:26 AM (QFxY5)

246 Posted by: WalrusRex at February 28, 2014 11:19 AM (XUKZU) It was really funny listening to him and his boys trash Non-Stop. The right should do more of that.

Posted by: ExSnipe at February 28, 2014 06:26 AM (LKJt3)

247 222 How can "hungry" kids be obese in record number to the point the First Lady finds it necessary to starve them at lunch?

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 11:20 AM (sOtz/)


I saw a report several days ago (can't validate its accuracy) that said childhood obesity is dramatically down.  So starvation could be a good thing.  Nancy Pelosi will probably make an announcement shortly.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at February 28, 2014 06:26 AM (BZAd3)

248 Arizona Democratic Representative Ed Pastor has been in Congress for 23 years but this will be his last term.

“After 23 years in Congress serving the people of Arizona, I have decided that I will not seek re-election this year. It has been a great honor and experience, but it is time for me to close this chapter of my life and start a new one,” Pastor announced in a Facebook post.

Posted by: William Sydney Porter at February 28, 2014 06:26 AM (e8kgV)

249 Posted by: Lady in Black at February 28, 2014 11:23 AM (22bm2) Ma'am? If "Breakin' Two" has happened anywhere near your home? The Declaration of Independence covers your "liability".

Posted by: Maria Bartiromo at February 28, 2014 06:27 AM (lq3Ak)

250

Has the administration had any numbers get revised in a better direction? Seriously. Every number released is quietly revised. Have any been revised in a positive direction?

-

Not since Bush, and they were very quiet about upward revisions

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at February 28, 2014 06:27 AM (sBUAE)

251 The captain has turned on the Unbelievable Bullshit light. The flight attendants will be passing out bottles of lubricant shortly. Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 28, 2014 11:23 AM (gBnkX) Yay! We get lube this time! ... Why is it labeled 'NaCl?'

Posted by: RWC at February 28, 2014 06:27 AM (fWAjv)

252 The fundamental error (other than being lying douchebags) is counting government spending as part of GDP. Paying bureaucrats and contractors to do things that no one in his right mind would ever pay for is not genuine economic productivity. If anything, government spending should all count as a negative.

Posted by: Phinn at February 28, 2014 06:27 AM (dfx5L)

253 How can "hungry" kids be obese in record number to the point the First Lady finds it necessary to starve them at lunch? Heh. BBoySquared didn't get full until he was about twenty years old. Every conversation started with, "I'm hungry. When do we eat?"

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 06:27 AM (0HooB)

254 242 Moron gestalt.

Posted by: steevy at February 28, 2014 06:27 AM (zqvg6)

255
Barry: I can lower the oceans and heal the planet but can't stop cold weather from crashing the economy. It's kind of like my Kryptonite.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 06:27 AM (1Jaio)

256 Did we quit when the weather tanked our economy?!?

Posted by: John Blutarsky at February 28, 2014 06:27 AM (gBnkX)

257 I support Free Speech (*) . . . . . . (*) Except for Hate Speech, of course. You know Hate Speech, it's the stuff the teabaggers say. That's not real Speech anyway, so doesn't qualify for legal protection.

Posted by: Progtard 2000 at February 28, 2014 06:28 AM (ZPrif)

258 ..."And the % who actually do meaningful work? 1%?" Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 28, 2014 11:26 AM (QFxY5) AGAIN?!? *shits on police car* I didn't get the memo, so I acted on impulse.

Posted by: Maria Bartiromo at February 28, 2014 06:29 AM (lq3Ak)

259 If we could just change the labels on food items we could reduce the number of kids going hungry by 23% !!

I can't imagine being so ill-educated (thank a teachers union!) that I truly believe Cheetos are healthy because cheese-flavor.

Anyway, perhaps I read too much, but I see "remove calories from the marketplace" and read "planned famine."  Particularly since cereals and canned soups are staples of food pantries.
http://is.gd/V33cOz


Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 06:29 AM (/kI1Q)

260
In about a month spring weather will stop the economy because you can't hire people when it's rainy out

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 06:29 AM (1Jaio)

261 Euromaidan PR ‏@EuromaidanPR
10 armed unknown soldiers have captured #Crimea National TV Radio company building -5cannel |PR News #Ukraine
-
Now they'll make those rebels pay.  Non-stop Project Runway broadcasts.

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 28, 2014 06:29 AM (XUKZU)

262 Has Obama's GDP numbers ever been revised upwards?

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 28, 2014 06:29 AM (P1WNR)

263 "29 communist economies don't usually do well.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 28, 2014 10:42 AM (t3UFN)"



Communist economies also usually lie with their government statistics.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-hole at February 28, 2014 06:29 AM (PD6iL)

264 Everyone gets a rice cooker. Unfortunately, the rive harvest is unexpectedly a disaster.

Posted by: Fidel Obama at February 28, 2014 06:30 AM (8MjqI)

265 I support the 2nd Amendment (*) . . . . . (*) Except for guns, of course. They are icky.

Posted by: Progtard 2000 at February 28, 2014 06:30 AM (ZPrif)

266 (*) Except for Hate Speech, of course. You know Hate Speech, it's the stuff the teabaggers say. That's not real Speech anyway, so doesn't qualify for legal protection.


Posted by: Progtard 2000 at February 28, 2014 11:28 AM (ZPrif)


Well to be fair, its not like the teabaggers are human anyways. Knuckledragging neanderthals trying to imitate human speech with their gutteral noises of "smaller government" and "lower taxes."

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 06:31 AM (buZ/8)

267 Communist economies also usually lie with their government statistics. That's not true! You take that back, right now!

Posted by: China at February 28, 2014 06:31 AM (gBnkX)

268 261 Euromaidan PR ‏@EuromaidanPR

10 armed unknown soldiers have captured #Crimea National TV Radio company building -5cannel |PR News #Ukraine
-
Now they'll make those rebels pay. Non-stop Project Runway broadcasts.

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 28, 2014 11:29 AM (XUKZU)


Ru-Paul's Drag Race will really get them going though.

Posted by: NWConservative at February 28, 2014 06:32 AM (buZ/8)

269 Anyway, perhaps I read too much, but I see "remove calories from the marketplace" and read "planned famine." Particularly since cereals and canned soups are staples of food pantries.
http://is.gd/V33cOz


Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 11:29 AM (/kI1Q)



Gotta get those obesity figures lower, much lower, and Mooshelle's economic planners are saying a famine has worked every time it's been tried.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 28, 2014 06:32 AM (o3MSL)

270 Everyone gets a rice cooker. Unfortunately, the rive harvest is unexpectedly a disaster.

And there's no electricity.

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 06:32 AM (/kI1Q)

271 Also, SNAP triples while hunger goes up? That's nonsensical as well. I go to public school in an immigrant heavy area every day (with Harry Reid in a panel van, but I digress) and I have never seen a kid who looked underfed, ever. My kid is probably the thinnest and we throw food at him hoping some sticks.

Posted by: Beagle at February 28, 2014 06:33 AM (sOtz/)

272 With me around, expect the unexpectedly.

Posted by: Prez'nit 404 at February 28, 2014 06:34 AM (Dwehj)

273 Everyone gets a rice cooker. Unfortunately, the rive harvest is unexpectedly a disaster.

And there's no electricity.

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 11:32 AM (/kI1Q)




Or rice cookers

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 06:34 AM (1Jaio)

274 Boy howdy is Winston Smith going to be a busy boy in the next few weeks. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/12/31/record-cold-temperatures/4264237/ Takeaway, through the end of November, the US was having it's 35th warmest year on record.

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, aka MrCaniac at February 28, 2014 06:34 AM (HxSXm)

275 Everyone gets a rice cooker. Unfortunately, the rive harvest is unexpectedly a disaster.

Posted by: Fidel Obama at February 28, 2014 11:30 AM (8MjqI)



So the actual rice cookers will be available after the next good rice harvest, but in the meantime, you will get a nutritious certificate for a rice cooker, suitable for framing or eating.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 28, 2014 06:34 AM (o3MSL)

276 – At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore. While the USA is pulling back and hiding behind a "Fortress ( with decreased Military) America" concept? But the smartest man in the room knows best right?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 28, 2014 06:35 AM (t3UFN)

277

259 -

 

Amen.  Stalin did it.  I see no reason to assume these people wouldn't try it if they thought it would work to their advantage. 

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2014 06:35 AM (TOk1P)

278 I saw Euromaidan open for Iron Maiden, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, 1981.

Posted by: Citizen X at February 28, 2014 06:35 AM (7ObY1)

279 Studies have shown that the Keystone Pipeline project would result in a loss of approximately 20,000 jobs in addition to the negative impact on the enviroment which would subsequently over a period of 12 years result in an additional loss of one trillion dollars and one million jobs.

Posted by: Obama and TOTUS at February 28, 2014 06:36 AM (DAevm)

280 124 There will be no alcohol in the camps. Two words: prison hooch

Posted by: Citizen X at February 28, 2014 06:36 AM (7ObY1)

281 Why did Fox Buisness need Maria B. when they had this?


http://tinyurl.com/n8auh6e


Side view


http://tinyurl.com/mx4um2s


And this, but better not touch she is married to a Seal Commander.


http://tinyurl.com/mf32q8x

Posted by: Vic[/i] at February 28, 2014 06:36 AM (T2V/1)

282 Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities

What could possibly go wrong?

Posted by: Prez'nit 404 at February 28, 2014 06:36 AM (Dwehj)

283 Also, SNAP triples while hunger goes up?

In some states it goes on a card that can be used like a debit card to get cash or for non-food purchases.  (Heh.  My corner liquor store has a sign on the ATM that reminds customers it is a violation of state law to use their HoosierWorks card to get cash from an ATM in a liquor store.  There's a gas station with an ATM 30 yards away.  Not sure which governor signed that law, but I'm sure he got properly bashed for being cruel to the poor, making them walk an extra 60  yards to get booze with taxpayer money.)

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 06:36 AM (/kI1Q)

284 Big chain retail looks sick. Target, Macy's, BestBuy, you name it. Visit a store and kick around inside. Monster markdowns everywhere.

Posted by: the littl shyning man at February 28, 2014 06:37 AM (tmFlQ)

285 Miss me yet?

Posted by: GWB at February 28, 2014 06:37 AM (R5UOB)

286 While the USA is pulling back and hiding behind a "Fortress ( with decreased Military) America" concept? But the smartest man in the room knows best right?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 28, 2014 11:35 AM (t3UFN)




Barry the Brave: I single-handedly killed bin Laden. What more do you want from me?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2014 06:37 AM (1Jaio)

287 YOu knew it would eventually come to puppies- didn't you?

>>HHS borrows “Doge” meme to sell Obamacare, and elicits a few groans<<

http://tinyurl.com/mhaxwrx



Posted by: Marcus T at February 28, 2014 06:37 AM (GGCsk)

288 276?
NGU?

I have seen not a thing to indicate Duh!1 is even of average intelligence. I think he's dumb as a rock. It's the ones controlling and backing him who are dangerous to America.

Posted by: backhoe at February 28, 2014 06:37 AM (ULH4o)

289 Every conversation started with, "I'm hungry. When do we eat?" Oh no. Six more years of this? ;^) I have a coltish14 year old who wasn't particularly interested in eating much unless he was having growth spurts, but now he wants to eat all the time it seems-he's still coltish st. Those raging hormones must be fed, I suppose. I wish that I had his metabolism.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 28, 2014 06:38 AM (XyM/Y)

290 I support a Strong National Defense (*) . . . . . (*) Except for the military, of course. By Strong National Defense, I mean useful stuff -- like Teach For America and food stamps.

Posted by: Progtard 2000 at February 28, 2014 06:38 AM (ZPrif)

291 Oh I forgot that Obama is now adding "intangible assets" to his GDP numbers per a revision in how those numbers are calculated starting last year, so yeah, things are shittier than they appear.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 28, 2014 06:38 AM (P1WNR)

292 Boy, Reagan really lucked out.
There wasn't snow, ice storms, or any other serious weather occurrences during the eight years of Reagan to mess up his economy.




Posted by: B at February 28, 2014 06:38 AM (Pson9)

293 Posted by: Marcus T at February 28, 2014 11:37 AM (GGCsk)

Have they no shame?

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 28, 2014 06:40 AM (o3MSL)

294 Because I am loving my retirement. You ran two clowns that couldn't beat me in 2000 and 2004. How'd you expect them to beat Sham Wow, the "light skinned negro with no unusual dialect"?

Posted by: GWB at February 28, 2014 06:40 AM (R5UOB)

295 Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2014 11:36 AM (T2V/1) I now understand why Fox Business paid Millions to hire an Idiot. ...wait. I still don't get it. She predicts nothing. She calibrates nothing. She relies on her sycophants to say Nothing.

Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 06:40 AM (lq3Ak)

296 HHS borrows “Doge” meme to sell Obamacare, and elicits a few groans

And they used the wrong picture for the meme.  Your Government Atwerk.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 28, 2014 06:40 AM (B/VB5)

297 Fuck growth I am busy making things fair... Watch this drive. //Bronk O'bama America's Golf Pro and economics and self-hep guru

Posted by: sven10077 at February 28, 2014 06:40 AM (TE35l)

298 In early January he signed up for a plan that cost nearly $300 a month. About a half hour later he and his wife realized they could barely afford that. They quickly found a less expensive plan through Humana for $116 a month.

“I immediately called back Florida Blue and asked them to cancel the policy,” Robinson said.

But he quickly learned canceling that coverage is no easy task. He said Florida Blue officials told him if he signed up for the other policy, his Florida Blue policy would cancel automatically, but the exact opposite happened instead.

“[Florida Blue] took the premium two days later and almost wiped out our account,” Robinson said.

More than six weeks later, after spending 50-60 hours on the phone, his policy is still not canceled. Robinson is still waiting for the payment Florida Blue withdrew from his account to be refunded.


.... Mr. Obama .. tear out your heart

Posted by: Ronald Reagan at February 28, 2014 06:40 AM (e8kgV)

299 What your name reveals about your politics. You know you want to try it! http://tinyurl.com/pwsfubv

Posted by: Citizen X at February 28, 2014 06:40 AM (7ObY1)

300 This is unforgivable. I remember the crowing about the 4Q "growth". It was supposed to show how Obamacare wasn't killing the economy.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 28, 2014 06:40 AM (xSegX)

301 I have seen not a thing to indicate Duh!1 is even of average intelligence. I think he's dumb as a rock. It's the ones controlling and backing him who are dangerous to America. Posted by: backhoe at February 28, 2014 11:37 AM (ULH4o) obama thinks of himself that he is the smartest man in the room.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 28, 2014 06:40 AM (t3UFN)

302 I can spell GDP.

Posted by: Joey Biden at February 28, 2014 06:41 AM (/cUUk)

303

>>>How can "hungry" kids be obese in record number

 

Need to find the snippet of Cartman crawling on the ground moaning "must...reach...appetizer..."

Posted by: Bigby's Hangnail at February 28, 2014 06:41 AM (3ZtZW)

304 Nothing new, every month and quarter for jobs and Econ growth stated by the gov is touted loud in the news. Then it's downgraded, usually by half for Econ and raised by a third in more jobless claims. But the change is barely ever mentioned.

Posted by: Dedwzyl at February 28, 2014 06:41 AM (h6bZe)

305 Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua,
-
And a few months ago the Obama administration declared that they were no longer following the Monroe Doctrine.

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 28, 2014 06:41 AM (XUKZU)

306 Just out of curiosity, and I'm not being snarky here I really want to know, has there been a quarterly statement that has not been revised downwards in the past 5 years?

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at February 28, 2014 06:41 AM (yh0zB)

307 I wish that I had his metabolism. True story: we bought a new gignormous fridge (mostly out of necessity, as you can imagine). BBSq postponed his outside activities to help me wipe down the insides, for about two hours. After that, the joke was that his favorite toy was the refrigerator.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit[/i][/u][/b][/s] at February 28, 2014 06:41 AM (0HooB)

308 Posted by: GWB at February 28, 2014 11:40 AM (R5UOB)


Sorry, but I think your buddy Rove had a hand in that!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 28, 2014 06:41 AM (o3MSL)

309 Are we currently encountering head winds, bumps, in the road, or Damian Thorn rottweilers?

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at February 28, 2014 06:41 AM (6bMel)

310 Hey I heart MSNBC is coming up with a new show: Driving while a Kennedy

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 28, 2014 06:42 AM (t3UFN)

311 Fox Business just paid millions for a "Money-Honey" who has Nothing To Say.

Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 06:42 AM (lq3Ak)

312 I can spell GDP.

Posted by: Joey Biden at February 28, 2014 11:41 AM (/cUUk)


I see that Li'l Joey Boo Boo says that ever since he jumped the gun on that gay marriage thing and stole 'Bammy's thunder, The Won has been giving Joey the cold shoulder.  Must be climate change.

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 28, 2014 06:42 AM (XUKZU)

313 Brave Sir Barry ran away, away, bravely ran away...

Posted by: Medieval Minstrel at February 28, 2014 06:42 AM (gBnkX)

314

Posted by: Ronald Reagan at February 28, 2014 11:40 AM (e8kgV)

That can't possibly be true, Harry Reid Told me so!!!

Posted by: LizLem at February 28, 2014 06:43 AM (BF+2f)

315 Our estimates indicates that Obama being black adds $1T worth of "intangible assets" to GDP. $400B in racial pride and self-esteem for black America, and $600B worth of feeling slightly less like the racist scum they secretly are for white America. If the country were to ever elect a white conservative again that would immediately, sharply reduce GDP. Can we afford to put that kind of a burden on our economy?

Posted by: Krugtron at February 28, 2014 06:44 AM (ZPrif)

316 When I remember people of my parents' generation talking about the Great Depression, they always seemed to treat it like an earthquake or hurricane or natural disaster.  Benevolent FDR was looking out for the folks (as Bill O'R likes to say) and if everybody worked together we Americans could get through the tough times.  Maybe that was just wartime propaganda smeared over their memories of the previous decade or maybe it is just that they were kids during the Depression and came of age during WW II.


In any event, I think that Amity Schlaes' book "The Forgotten Man" paints a more accurate picture of the Great Depression and lays much of the responsibility on specific actions taken by FDR and his administration.  I think that it was not so much the mobilization for WW II that ended the Depression as much as the fact that it distracted Roosevelt and his administration from screwing with the economy. 


Just remember that when Democrats sing the praises of The New Deal, what they are actually nostalgic for is The Great Depression.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-hole at February 28, 2014 06:44 AM (PD6iL)

317

299 -

 

What, type my name into  some random website that  purports to be about  politics?

 

Nope.  Pass. 

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2014 06:44 AM (TOk1P)

318 I've always thought numbers are racist. And this apparently proves it..

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at February 28, 2014 06:45 AM (oFCZn)

319 10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 3:45 pm || Delivers remarks at the White House Student Film Festival; East Room 4:50 pm || Delivers remarks at a DNC meeting; Washington 5:20 pm || Attends a DNC event; Washington She works hard for the money So hard for it, honey She works hard for the money So you better treat her right

Posted by: RWC at February 28, 2014 06:46 AM (fWAjv)

320

>>>Two words: prison hooch

 

stop that you'll go blind

Posted by: Bigby's Hangnail at February 28, 2014 06:46 AM (3ZtZW)

321 316?

Both of my parents loathed FDR for what he did to the economy and his totalitarian habits.

Posted by: backhoe at February 28, 2014 06:46 AM (ULH4o)

322 You ever notice they never adjust these figures in the other direction? It's almost as if they are in the tank for that illiterate college dropout.

Posted by: Boss Moss at February 28, 2014 06:47 AM (6bMeY)

323 Years from now, the history channel will have 2 hr. specials about Cold War II - in color!

Posted by: bergerbilder at February 28, 2014 06:47 AM (8MjqI)

324

stop that you'll go blind

 

Good, I can't stand the sight of my hairy palms.

Posted by: the guy what fapped too much at February 28, 2014 06:47 AM (A0sHn)

325 Nood

Posted by: Medieval Minstrel at February 28, 2014 06:47 AM (gBnkX)

326 I support the Monroe Doctrine (*). . . . . (*) Except for that nasty, racist, imperialist part about the US is the dominant power in the entirety of the Western Hemisphere like it's some sort of slave plantation.

Posted by: Progtard 2000 at February 28, 2014 06:47 AM (ZPrif)

327 Glenn Beck Naming Alcoholics in Congress: --? ...names a J. Turley article. ? ...says nothing. Damn you, Glenn.

Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 06:49 AM (lq3Ak)

328 295 Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2014 11:36 AM (T2V/1) I now understand why Fox Business paid Millions to hire an Idiot. ...wait. I still don't get it. She predicts nothing. She calibrates nothing. She relies on her sycophants to say Nothing. Posted by: Slapweasel at February 28, 2014 11:40 AM (lq3Ak) She is a big name that people who watch business shows are familiar with. The hope is that giving her the 9am show will have those companies that have tv in their place of business to tune in to her. Same reason why they have Imus on in the morning since it looks like they are trying to recreate CNBC. Little reported fact, the Tea Party wasn't a Fox created movement but a CNBC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp-Jw-5Kx8k

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, aka MrCaniac at February 28, 2014 06:52 AM (HxSXm)

329 #312 They can't go hidin' the Biden. I will be heard, loud and clear, in all my gaffey glory!

Posted by: Joey B. at February 28, 2014 06:52 AM (/cUUk)

330 With a Dem in the White House, the MSM Band gives us months of "Happy Days are here again". Then the correction which somehow always seems to be in the not-so-happy direction. But at the same time as the correction is coming out (on a Friday) the big MSM Band is tuning up for an encore of "Happy Days...". Funny how that keeps happening over and over.

Posted by: Ray Van Dune at February 28, 2014 06:53 AM (qIFL7)

331 Bartinaloma, or whatever her name is, has the face of a cartoon fish.

Posted by: Nemo at February 28, 2014 06:56 AM (/cUUk)

332 "321 316?

Both of my parents loathed FDR for what he did to the economy and his totalitarian habits.

Posted by: backhoe at February 28, 2014 11:46 AM (ULH4o)"



Well, the numbers from the elections FDR won four times suggest that they were in the minority.  

Posted by: Obnoxious A-hole at February 28, 2014 06:57 AM (PD6iL)

333
Note to self: learn how to ferment gruel.

Posted by: HR at February 28, 2014 11:00 AM (/kI1Q)




note to self: get in good with HR...

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at February 28, 2014 07:02 AM (yh0zB)

334 Trillions wasted on alternate energy companies for imaginary climate changers also be the reason for slow growth. So technically the response to global warming is the issue; not actual global warming.

Posted by: Airandee at February 28, 2014 07:03 AM (iiT5R)

335 It used to be that we could say, at a minimum, that our numbers were accurate as we weren't some third world dictatorship. Those days are long gone.

Posted by: ejo at February 28, 2014 07:10 AM (GXvSO)

336 As long as blood flows in my veins, there will be alcohol in the camps. I was appointed the camp's Director of Libations, and by God, there will be hooch.

Posted by: Phinn at February 28, 2014 07:23 AM (xE7Vp)

337 I shudder to think what might have happened if Roosevelt had died while Henry Wallace was VP.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at February 28, 2014 07:31 AM (aDwsi)

338 Perhaps Obama should let Biden have a crack at the economy. After all, he's a leading VP of his generation. Or he could just blame congress/weather/Europe/generalized headwinds.

Posted by: Pigilito at February 28, 2014 07:51 AM (AW99N)

339 Emmm, check me on this, but why do we pay any attention to these "initial" estimates?

Posted by: steve walsh at February 28, 2014 08:07 AM (gB9nl)

340 All the five year plans in the USSR were blamed on bad weather, too.

Posted by: teapartydoc at February 28, 2014 03:48 PM (4U98b)

341 The failures of the five year plans, that is.

Posted by: teapartydoc at February 28, 2014 03:48 PM (4U98b)

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