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What Is Wrong With America? June 30, 2009

Posted by Michael in Economics, History, Law, Literature, News, Philosophy, Science.
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What is wrong with our economy?

What is wrong with our politics?

What is wrong with our values?

It’s not that hard to figure out.  What’s wrong is that we have been hit with some Boom Boom Boom.

Balls Of Steel June 30, 2009

Posted by Michael in Ducks, Entertainment, Family.
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Watch this to prepare for the release of the June unemployment numbers by the Department of Labor.

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Update Bonus — great local commercial from Break.com below the fold.


Unemployment: June Projection and a Dire Warning of Posts to Come June 30, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.
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The official unemployment numbers for June should be out on July 2, but Bloomberg compiled an estimate for June based on inputs from 58 economic experts. Their composite prediction was that unemployment would increase by 0.2% in June. Last month they predicted 0.3%, and we got 0.5%, but they were dead on with their April guess. We’ll see how they do this month.

In any case, here is the unemployment vs. stimulus graph, updated with what people think the BLS will say in a few days:


Of course, by now the Obama administration has acknowledged that their initial predictions for the effectiveness of the Stimulus plan were crazily optimistic, but they have mistakenly blamed it on the Bush administration (“the Bush economy was worse than we thought”). As has been pointed out many times before, from the time of the bill’s passage until early June, they claimed that they fully understood the problem and that the Stimulus was working, even though no money had been spent.

I think that none of us believe that spending $787 billion will not create some employment – it certainly must. The question always was: how much benefit will spending the money have compared to the natural cycle of the economy? The answer, I think, is not much.

I’ll apologize in advance for going “all economy all the time” over the next few days, but I got a green light from the other bloggers here to do just that. So tomorrow I’m going to take a look at a second set of predictions from back in January – the Stimulus-supporting predictions of Moody’s Economy.

Gird thyselves.

Everything Is More Awesome When It Comes From Japan June 29, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Ducks, Economics, Food, Handblogging, Humor, Man Laws, News, Personal Experiences, Religion, Science, Sex, Sports.
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Food, Crazy Businessmen, Pr0n, Robots, Booze, and now,

Guess What, I’m Not A Robot June 28, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music.
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If you are female, you can prove that you are not a robot with way too much makeup, apparently.  Or, you have a fan blowing your hair around.

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What’s up with that?

I do not understand women.  But I get the basic point of this video.  She is pissed off at some guy.  She has deep feelings about it.  The guy is no doubt clueless about this, and does not know what he did wrong.

In a recent post, I noted that most women are weird about shoes.  Many of them also use too much makeup, like the chick in this video.

BEAT IT! June 27, 2009

Posted by Michael in News.
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The Thugs Who Lead Iran’s Supreme Leader.  Thanks to Hot Air.

Who would have thunk that Michael Jackson can say something about Iran?    This video is going viral.

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Swing Dancing (Fast Lindy) June 26, 2009

Posted by Michael in Family.
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This is Michael dancing with Mrs. Peel at the Connecticut Moron Meetup two weekends ago:

Throw that girl!

Throw that girl!

That’s actually just the beginning of her move.  Mrs. Peel can arch her back and bend way back.

In this still shot, you cannot tell exactly what dance we were doing, of course, so I found a YouTube video that will show you the exact kind of dancing we were doing.

At least, that’s how I remember it.

Alcohol may have been involved.

Picture courtesy of Rosetta, who had to take it four times to adjust for the shutter delay in low light, because he is a retard. I finally just had to yell “NOW” at the beginning of the move to trigger the shutter release so he could get the picture.  Frickin’ drunk retard.

Chuckwagon Breakfast June 26, 2009

Posted by Michael in Food.
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Genyoowine West Texas Cuisine by Jerry Baird.

The best part is, Jerry commercialized the work he did on the West Texas plains at his chuckwagon, and now sells it nationwide on the internet.  You can buy it here.  Right now, at this very moment, there is a 15% off sale on Jerry’s Gift Pack.

That’s the American way.

BTW, Jerry is right when he says that West Texas is “quiet.”

That’s because it is some of the most butt-ugly and boring terrain in America.  Worse than the high plains of eastern Colorado, in my opinion, and that’s saying something.  If you have ever driven though there, you won’t want to go back.  It does not even have the stark beauty of an actual desert.  It’s just plain butt-ugly and boring, and it’s big.

Just stay out of there and order some of Jerry’s spices to connect with the Old West.  I did.  I went for that Gift Pack on sale.

BTW, if you have a Citi credit card and have registered your account online, you can go to their website and download an applet that gives you an icon in your systray that you can click on to automatically generate a one-time-use-only credit card number to use online.  It seamlessly links to your account, but it only works once for the order you are entering.  This vastly enhances the security of online shopping with a credit card.

Storm Chaser June 25, 2009

Posted by Michael in Gardening.
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Time to Move!

Time to Move!

Many more amazing photos of weather events at Demonicious.com.

Man in the Mirror June 25, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music.
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This was a pretty good moment for Michael, I think.  He was an amazingly talented and creative person.

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Perpetuum Jazzile June 24, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music.
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. . . does a truly original version of Africa , beginning with a thunderstorm simulated by hand and foot sound effects.  You almost have to close your eyes at the beginning and just listen to realize how convincing the sound effects are.

A Natural Rest For The Breasts June 24, 2009

Posted by Michael in Philosophy.
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Kush Support™.  Problem solved.

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Couldn’t you just use a toilet paper tube?  Or one of your hubby’s sock rolls?