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It's all Obama's fault

This morning during the thunderstorm the house sprung a leak I'd never seen before, the raindrops tap-tapping onto the window sill inside the living room, something that certainly does not speak well of the integrity of the house -- and for which I blame Obama.

Why blame the president? Because that's what we do in America. He should take full responsibility for this. And never mind that he pushed through tax credits for new windows. He should do more. Where are the tax credits for new towels, for example?

But what's really got me worried today is the economy, and this alleged "recovery" that seems to be evaporating by the minute. The Great Recession is being followed by the Wretched Recovery. It's a recovery with no jobs. Unemployment is still parked near 10 percent and millions of Americans who are fully capable of working are finding themselves heading into their third year without a job.

The Times reports that the GDP in the most recent quarter may have grown only 1 percent:

The optimism that had pervaded Wall Street only weeks ago has faded quickly. In its place is a growing realization of what many Americans have been feeling in their bones: this is not the economic recovery the nation had hoped for. While the economy is growing again, it is growing too slowly to create many jobs or to increase household incomes.

Given the uneven rebound in the United States, and now signs that the world's other economic engines are slowing, economists say Americans may confront high unemployment and lackluster growth for some time to come.

"This is going to be a long slog," said David H. Resler, the chief United States economist at Nomura Securities International.

I hate this sloggish economy. When will the good times roll again? This is getting old.

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 12, 2010; 9:51 AM ET
 
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Get a life loser.

Posted by: MDFan | August 12, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Well, Joel, *I* am getting old, too.

Certainly if the *real* Americans don't want the gummint to provide jobs, then it's up to the private sector to create jobs. Which they're not doing, presumably because they're saving the money to pay the exorbitant salaries of upper management and overworking the employees still working there, who are too terrified for losing their jobs to request better working conditions and higher pay. Besides, upper management needs to keep all that money to fuel their private jets.

*taking a breath*

Dontcha just love the corporate welfare system?

This'll be on the front page, too. Slyness, get ready to open the bunker. . . .

Posted by: ftb3 | August 12, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Either I got up too late (2:30 AM) or last night wasn't the peak of the mentor shower. Only saw five in 40 minutes. Now off to work blearily eyed.

Posted by: bh72 | August 12, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The recovery is not happening because industry is not hiring or spending money. Industry is not hiring because they don't know how much employees are going to cost them, and they aren't spending money because they are worried that inflation is going to deplete their reserves. The reason they don't know how much employees are going to cost and what the financial system is going to do is because we have an undecipherable healthcare system, and no one can say whether we are going to have inflation or deflation. Instability breeds uncertainty, uncertainty breeds inaction.

Posted by: phntsm | August 12, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Industry is operating well below capacity. No incentive to invest, except that historically companies that invest during recessions go on to whomp their competitors during the recovery.

Exorbitant and fast-rising health care costs were causing job losses well before the reform bill. Why build cars in Michigan when Ontario is cheaper?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 12, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

That's a pretty good analysis, phntsm.

Posted by: bobsewell | August 12, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I was mudged in a reply to bh about our trip; not feeling the need to repost. You know where it is.

Posted by: -bia- | August 12, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The house sprung a leak?

But I am sure you put that there on purpose, to give your readers something to think about other than the sorry state of the recovery.

Posted by: Itzajob | August 12, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The huge run up in petroleum prices presaged the economic downturn and is the primary cause. With fuel prices still bouncing around at historic highs and no large new supply on the horizon, economic growth has a cap. Whether we can run around this obstacle has yet to be determined but thinking the primary cause was Wall Street's wild bets on further growth or thinking that government spending can get us around a fundamental obstacle won't solve the problem.

Posted by: edbyronadams | August 12, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Make sure you trademark Wretched Recovery pronto. We are going to be stuck with that phrase for a long time.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 12, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Yep, gonna be one of those days.

Bunker is open and ready for bidness.

Mudge, where did you put the checkers? and Trivial Pursuit?

Fridge is stocked with appropriate adult beverages and comestibles; the crackers and trail mix are in the pantry.

There is even plenty of TP, so we are good to go.

Enjoy, folks!

Posted by: slyness | August 12, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

@phntsm, industry is not hiring because there is no demand. There is no demand because so many of us are unemployed or afraid of losing our jobs. We're trying to save or simply survive. It's a chicken and egg thing. Industries will be delighted to expand if they think they can get us to spend money. Industries expand using other people's money. Interest rates are so low now that if that was the incentive needed to invest, industry would be thriving. Without demand there is no recovery.

Posted by: julie10 | August 12, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Look. Presidents have very little power. Oh, they can propose things that may help out the short term prospects for certain groups but when it comes to the overall economy, there are two major groups who actually control whether we grow or whether we contract--the consumer and business. At the moment, the consumer is holding back. Why? Because they see business is not hiring so they conclude that it is time to tighten our belts and spend less. Business is looking at the lag in consumer spending and and concluding that this is not the time to expand and hire. Everyone is sitting around and watching and waiting for something to happen.

In such an environment, occasionally a President can embark on a major project that would require the contracting of business to construct something major--like Lincoln's transcontinental railroad or FDR'S TVA WPA programs. But, that is impossible in this political environment. Even though there are needed improvements in our transportation and public works infrastructures.

So, who's really to blame? You are. You people idiotically blathering on blogs like this that it is all Obama's fault. No it isn't. Its yours. You won't let him do the things only a President can do. Yet, neither you consumers or business leaders want to make the first move. It isn't Obama who is at fault here. It is you.

Posted by: jaxas70 | August 12, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The Great Recession is being followed by the Wretched Recovery.
___________

I forgot to watch.

Cider, hard and soft, sweet corn and tangy 'maters, crabs (edible and verbal) and dark choco birthday cake in the bunker. Backgammon on the porch, or crocheted doily lessons - take your pick.

;)

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

jaxas70: To quote the venerable Walt Kelly (for those of us old enough to remember Pogo)..."We have met the enemy, and he is us."

Posted by: lee54 | August 12, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Businesses are too scared to hire and those that have jobs are too scared to quit. Banks are too scared to lend and people with money are too scared to spend. It’s a vicious cycle of fear that benefits nobody except those who have learned how to benefit from fear.

None of this is something that the President can really do much about because he is not, in fact, omnipotent. Yet, of course, scared people have a hard time accept that the President is not an emperor.

Now, many on the left set themselves up for this by pretending that in the world after Bush everything would magically be Right as Rain.

Which, considering that whole tap-tapping raindrop business, was probably a bit naive.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | August 12, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I did my part for the economy. I went out and bought a new fancy schmancy bicycle on sale at a brand new bike shop. Hopefully all that will trickle down to whoever designs and builds those high-tech carbon frames.

I regret that the new bicycle has yet to make me any faster, but at least the other cyclists compliment me on how sharp I look on it as they blow by me.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 12, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh goodness. Every time Joel attempts that whole "Irony" thing the Kit ends up being catnip (Kitnip?) for the humor impaired.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | August 12, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Walt Kelly is more than venerable. He is, in some circles, venerated.

Posted by: bobsewell | August 12, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah . . . . . shout out to ftb on the private sector not creating jobs but hating the gummit for 'taking the reins out of our hands'. Hard to know some days when "real 'mericans" might be just around the corner, huh?

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"You people idiotically blathering on blogs like this that it is all Obama's fault."

Oh boy.

Posted by: gmbka | August 12, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I hope the Hutu don't swarm the Boodle today.

Re: the power. Inside breakers should be turned to the "off" position with no-nonsense vigor, then snapped to the "on" position. No pussyfooting. The red button should be reset then as described previously. There also may be a two-pole breaker for the unit outside, which is half-thrown out. I would throw it off and then on just to make sure.

I would also look for the heaviest extension cord for the 'fridge; they use a fair amount of current. However, if the power strip box overloaded it will just throw it's own breaker.

Charlotte NC is swinging in the wind. 10%+ unemployment. Despite what off-shoring supporters say, our clothing is not cheaper in price nowadays. As U.S. textiles were markedly superior, they last twice as long or more. The industry seems to have been shut down here for the sake of extra profits from planned obsolescence.
But those jobs went away some time ago. Along with many others.

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 12, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

jaxas70 - I would hope you realize from context and the history of this blog that Joel doesn't *really* blame Obama for everything. Joel is just articulating the underlying frustration that comes from hard times.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | August 12, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

to jaxas70, julie10, et al:

think a bit differently, imagine your step-uncle nimrod died yesterday, and today you became heir to his fortune. (you didn't know he was rich? oh, he was filthy *filthy* rich... he first conceived the "greeting card" and trademarked the phrase.)

in his will, nimrod left you $2.5B, but he stipulated that you'd have to forfeit all the money unless you could make a 5% profit in each of the first five years managing the money. you need to make money now! what would you do with the money?

Posted by: BertinDC | August 12, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

With a disastrously incompetent regime presiding over an economy circling the drain, we're all under incredible strain. Let's try to keep it together.

Posted by: thebump | August 10, 2010 10:47 AM |

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For a homophobic troll, thebump was presciently on-kit prematurely.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 12, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The flip side of phntsm's comment is that those of us with jobs aren't spending as much and creating a demand for goods either. As a defense contractor, my job is far from secure if the gov't decides to tighten its belt. I'm in the middle of buying a house, and it has my stomach in knots. I view it as far more risky to buy today than I did in this same job 4 years ago.

Our maximum price was far less than the bank was willing to pre-approve us for because we wanted to have a better chance of making the payments if I end up without a job in my field and working for less than half of my current salary (again, did that for a year already). Also, instead of contracting out the renovations, we're looking at DIY. That's the best choice for us, but not for the economy.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | August 12, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

My perspective, FWIW - We have become so infatuated with instant gratification that almost everyone is forgetting how bad things were this time last year. The stimulus plan has worked - maybe not as well as was hoped, but it kept us fromt the abyss. The auto industry is coming back, and the unemployment rate is holding at around 9.5%. Part of the larger issue is that the financial world and a lot of our economy has come to be based on services and paper. By that I mean that we've been losing our industrial base while pushing paper (trading real estate, stocks and bonds, etc.) none of which creates any tangible value. We're now feeling the aftershocks of our meltdown around the globe, which is reverberating back here. We need to get back to making things that we and other folks want and our willing to pay our price for. It is not a good thing when China can make ironing boards and ship them 5,000 miles to sell here cheaper than we can make them ourselves.

Posted by: ebtnut | August 12, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh goodness. Every time Joel attempts that whole "Irony" thing the Kit ends up being catnip (Kitnip?) for the humor impaired.

Posted by: RD_Padouk
_______

Honey, did you need that shirt ironed? Want starch in the collar or will you just use the stays that you left on the dresser there? While you're at it, will you help the President solve every ill that befalls every single person who resides on our beloved land? Thank you. He'll appreciate our participation.

[RD, not directed at you, dear one.]

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Et tu Achenbach?
Can Toles and Telnaes be far behind?

Beware The Wrath of Kha err Gibbs.

Posted by: spamsux1 | August 12, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority we own an iron. I'm just not very irony. And it shows.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 12, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Slyness -- please put an irony board in the bunker.

Posted by: ftb3 | August 12, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

yello, be sure to activate the "Steam" button to your desired intent. (Ironing in a cool breeze, as we do here, is preferable. ;))

OFF would be a grand idea for some whose shirts are a might tight and could prevent 'hot under the collar' syndrome, not to mention 'ring around the . . . . . '

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

to BertinDC, interesting scenario. I wouldn't have to limit my investment to the US, right? How was my uncle nimrod doing with his investments the past couple of years? Maybe I could break that stipulation and bring the return down to a more realistic number? With that kind of money, I could buy some pretty good lawyers and accountants.

Posted by: julie10 | August 12, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I can blame Obama for the mangoes on my little tree ripening all at once. A fridge full of juicy Indian Mallikas.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8435014754824626009#

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 12, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. When the President proposes a plan to give people government-financed jobs similar to the New Deal (road construction, infrastructure repairs, etc.), opponents claim "that's not jobs, that's work." They also say it's adding to the deficit. Then when he doesn't put forth plans, people claim he's not doing enough. If you don't think anything has been done, look at the economic indicators from a year ago as well as the predictions going forward. Then, look at those same indicators and projections for this year. We're MUCH better off.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | August 12, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm on it, ftb! Let me check prices on Amazon and maybe I'll go to the mall this afternoon and see if I can find one there...how much do you think I can spend without bringing the wrath of the shop steward down on me? $10? $25? $150?

Posted by: slyness | August 12, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

We will have a great recovery when out Community Organizer In Chief decides that we've had enough and resigns. So, bottom-line, January 2015 is when the up-swing should start. It may be delayed until the full repeal of ObamaCare, Obama Financial Overhaul, Obama Student Loan, and Obama Stimulus.

Posted by: MDDem1 | August 12, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

BertinDC's scenario is daunting. I got lots of investments, but "5% in 'each' year" is not so easy. Uncle Nimrod didn't even do that, I'd bet. He was obviously a sadist. My only hope would be put it in CSX and Nucor and cross my fingers.

Now the Boodlers have done it: I was just prompted to get the Tiptree bio. What the heck; I've been wanting to read it for a long time now.

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 12, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the Hutu have arrived!

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 12, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I recently found out that the repair bill on my Toyota Camry which is 15 years old had problems that added up to a $1500 dollars for starters. My first impulse was to buy at least a late model used car since the problems with my Camry didn't seem worth the cost of the repair. Then I started thinking that a Toyota is a good car and with the repairs, it should give me several more years of relatively good service. In contrast, a used car might end up costing me around $250 a month and we won't even talk about a new car. So you do the math. Several months of a car note would end up costing more of the repairs on my old car. Years ago that Camry would have been history. Obiously this doesn't help the auto industry but this is the way consumers are thinking these days. Look out for your wallet. Must be Obama's fault.

Posted by: browneri | August 12, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Empires change, not always for the same reasons. History will have to unfold about which element of our current problems, will be the primary issue, for our forthcoming change. Cannot blame Dubya forever, he was at a baseball game last night so he is harmless.

Posted by: dangreen3 | August 12, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

MDDem1, my third grade teacher taught me the difference between 'our' and 'out'.

Your slip in showing, and the blame game is tiresome as h**l.

I might add that President Obama was duly elected by a majority. Whether he fulfills his goals is contingent upon those of us (We The People) who care enough to help our country get back on it's feet. Not one man --- all of us!

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the left has so demonized big business and created an economic environment hostile to business, I don't understand why they should be surprised when businesses are not ready to invest in our country. As much as we love to bash the CEOs and of course when they go too far they do need to be reined in, but the reality is, big business drives our economy and our jobs.

Posted by: shewholives | August 12, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

According to Bloomberg:

The $20 billion fund for victims of BP Plc’s oil spill may be backed by the company’s U.S. oil and gas production, an arrangement that an advocacy group called a conflict of interest for the Obama administration.

Provisions of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust were released today at the White House. BP agreed to the trust fund, to be administered by Kenneth Feinberg, after a June meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama and BP executives including Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg.

Using BP’s production as collateral is “wildly inappropriate” because it may give the administration pause in pursuing criminal charges against the London-based oil company and in cracking down on its safety failings, Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group, said today in a statement.

Posted by: alance | August 12, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Slate and Mother Jones linked to an interesting WSJ article on unemployment recently:

http://www.slate.com/id/2263335

http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2010/08/plenty-jobs-not-enough-workers

that boils down to the concept that jobs are there, companies are hiring--but they're hiring at low pay, with low to no benefits, little by way of training, for low-skill jobs, or they ask workers to make massive life changes (like moving to Dubai). In other words, there's a disconnect between the expectations and needs of the unemployed, and the expectations of their potential employers.

Posted by: dkp01 | August 12, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to get a bit of sun burnt during our "Recovery Summer". With 5.1 million foreclosures in the last 17 months, others are also very burnt. "Remember, come November".

Posted by: richard36 | August 12, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

This story seems interesting reading but it does not say why this is happening even after spending billions of dollars on projects which are being ridiculed by investigators in CNN,FOX,NBC,ABC and CBS. The so called economists who proposed such huge spending were not able to go through the projects and arrive at the estimated costs while these media were able to do so. The simple thumb rule is when our budget is tight we need to trim the expenses and not increase the expenses unless they create jobs and production. The corrupt politicians are passing the bill even without reading them. The recent episodes of Charlie Wrangle, Maxine Waters and those in the previous administration clearly tell us where the tax pater money is going. Creating Govt jobs will only result in inefficiency, corruption and more burden to the tax payers. The small business sector is the only solution which would have utilized the funds/grants/loans from Govt to create permanent jobs and improve the economy. Why the companies which pay millions in salaries and perks to CEOs who doom the companies should be bailed out ?.When they make profits they don't give it back to tax payers. Further the small businesses would have repaid the loans at some stage. The financial advisors to Clinton and Reagan should be involved at least now. It is better to be late than never.

Posted by: ganeshan | August 12, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

browneri, I'm still driving a 1996 Saab with 176,000+. Works for me, right down to the dealer-installed CD rack in the trunk. Why be stupak, eh?

Heck, I'm not above hauling recyclables to the local dump in it - I just make sure a Green Day cd in loaded so I don't confound my better spirit.

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

scc: 'is' loaded

I'm going to the bunker now.
Quietly.

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

You really captured the culprit on this one. We all know that it's the President's fault on everything. Even if it's our kid misbehaving, we should blame it on him.

People short-term memory can't relate to the fact that just two years ago, this thing called the Great Recession could have easily been called the Great Depression. This was roughly a hundred days before our current president took office.

Posted by: ronhamp | August 12, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

yes, julie10, you could invest worldwide in whatever way you like.

and sure (this is for jumper, too), imagine there's a clause in there that you can cut the 5% annual profit stipulation in half if you invest every dime in something that creates lots of jobs for the low-skilled.

i mean, that's what we're really talking about isn't it? 10% unemployment means 9 in 10 overall have jobs (though, of course, many ostensibly employed folks are under-employed). the real eyeball-bursting figures are not for the economy overall; it's the figures for specific segments of the economy that snap off your jaw. low-skilled, under-educated, minority, etc. these folks are ready to work, but what do we do to get them productive (and i don't mean making babies)?

corporate titans have shareholders and employees to please, just like you have uncle nimrod's ghost looking over your shoulder.

Posted by: BertinDC | August 12, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Joel. It reminded me to stock up on barf bags; I need them just for reading the headlines of WAPO columnists Gerson and Krauthammer who dump on Obama EVERY TIME they write something.

Posted by: chrismadison1 | August 12, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The Canadians are taking over the entertainment industry, still.

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/slideshow/canadians-hollywood-new-generation-slideshow-20017

I blame...Justin Bieber.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 12, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I really admire the patience of RDP, who kindly explains the style of the Achenblog to people who did not bother to read more than the headline, otherwise they could not have missed the irony. I wish I were that good, but I am not and I get annoyed.

Posted by: gmbka | August 12, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

dkp01 and bertinDC (1:43) have mutually contradictory posts. If there are lower wage jobs available, why are the poor disproportionately unemployed?

This recession has been heck on the middle class. I have a friend who is a human resources director (ironically, the HR dept is the first to go in a recession) and he spent a year unemployed.

He had just downsized to a new condo but had two daughters in college and one of them got married. He had to resort to working the cart at the driving range just to afford greens fees.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 12, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

And when you're done, chrismadison, feel free to send said bags over to Gerson and Krauthammer, with the Boodle's blessings, of course.

Slyness, I think we deserve the whippiest-skippiest irony board in existence. Make sure it has Wi-Fi, at least.

Posted by: ftb3 | August 12, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, the nice thing about irony is the heady smell of steam meeting starch.

Not that I, like, iron. But my grandmother did.

I suspect that's why so many home fragrance lines include a "fresh linen" scent.

Personally, a steamer dewrinkles nicely, although the result isn't crisp.

Posted by: -dbG- | August 12, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

NoNoNo It's suppose to be bushes fault.

Posted by: votingrevolution | August 12, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Business is the engine of this economy. Private sector jobs create the revenue for our Government. President Obama is more concerned with the growth of Government than in the growth of the private sector.

Posted by: bobbo2 | August 12, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

hello yello,

unemployment rates are 'sticky' for lots of reasons. it takes time for employees (especially) to adapt to new circumstances. if you were born and raised in tallahassee, and your family is still living there, jobs in bloomington aren't so attractive. if you're used to a job/lifestyle with benefits, it takes time before you can rework your life and budget to accommodate $13/hr period. and so on. it's a sad truth, but dubai won't sound so bad to some folks when the cable company comes and pulls the plug on espn and 'jersey shore.'

also, hr = cost center = overhead. the best way to stay employed is to be on the other side of the balance sheet.

Posted by: BertinDC | August 12, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

yellowjkt, I don't think it's so contradictory. In the articles I posted, it's not (so-called) unskilled jobs that are being offered; they're low-skilled, but still often require a certain skillset. The problem outlined by those two articles seems to be that employers are unwilling to give potential employees either training or financial incentive to get trained, and that employers are asking potential employees to make sacrifices that are not in line with the wages and benefits being offered.

I don't think it's contradictory to say "the low-wage jobs are being offered, but the poor are disproportionately unemployed," because the jobs being offered a) shouldn't *be* low-wage (many are at least low-skill, which means some training and/or experience is required), and b) they are offered in such a way that they are not entirely accessible to the poor or unskilled/differently-skilled laborer (they require employees to move long distances, they require employees to take wages lower than unemployment benefits or lower than the wages that jobs like that used to offer, they don't offer training that could be costly if sought out by an individual on his or her own, etc.).

Also, I'm pretty sure Justin Beiber has performed at the White House, so I think you can blame Obama for that, too.

Posted by: dkp01 | August 12, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

dbG, evoke through scent why doncha? Is there a emoticon for laughing/crying/relating? *guffaw*

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Jumper left pie in the bunker. :)

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Last time I looked this country belonged to all of us who are citizens. I take that to mean that the responsibility for what happens here lies with ALL of us, not just the President. If it were all in his control, we wouldn't be a democracy, would we? In the long run, it's all of our faults. We do the electing, remember? So if A = B and B = C, then A = our own darn fault that we let those politicians run Congress and the White House. No?

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | August 12, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

*financial geek warning*

@BerlinDC 2:20 I believe you meant the other side of the income statement. Yanno, revenue (in sales) vs. expenses (in HR).

*geek out*

Posted by: Raysmom | August 12, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

dkp01,
Very cogent explanation. All part of Friedman's global leveling. Why pay an American living wages when what passes for living wages in Bangalore are a lot lower? All talk of globalization reminds of my favorite passage from Neal Stephenson's 'Snow Crash':

///When it gets down to it — talking trade balances here — once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here — once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel — once the Invisible Hand has taken away all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity — y'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else:
music
movies
microcode (software)
high-speed pizza delivery ///

Posted by: yellojkt | August 12, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Liz Cheney has broken with the Bush Administration? http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/08/liz_cheney_breaks_with_bush_ad.html

Liz, darling, those a-hats left town 19 months ago. Your dad chief among them.

Good to play "catch-up" with you, though. Say hi to your mom for me.

Posted by: chollynickabocka | August 12, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@jaxas70 - My thoughts exactly. Co-sign.

Posted by: cholly85241 | August 12, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

@jaxas70 - My thoughts exactly. Co-sign.

Posted by: cholly85241 | August 12, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Bieber performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1635425/20100405/bieber_justin.jhtml

Personally, I blame the Easter Bunny for that one, not Obama. But in any event the cast of Glee was also there, so it's a wash.

(Bieber also performed at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, so Obama gets to skate on that one. He had no say in the arrangements, showed up only as guest speaker.)

Posted by: chollynickabocka | August 12, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Middle of the Pacific! I was wondering about you just last week. Honestly, really! HowRya????

Posted by: ftb3 | August 12, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Of course it Obama fault?

He closet Marxist, that doing the opposite of what he pledged during the campaign!

That LEMON he sold us, drove itself into the DITCH!

Posted by: theaz | August 12, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

thx, raysmom. zactomundo.

Posted by: BertinDC | August 12, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Evidentially orangutans are not naturally solitary.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iBvhohGWm7AamW2-d6A4mAsEKxAgD9HI1HLG3

Posted by: davemarks | August 12, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

He closet Marxist? Me not know that. Which Marxist him he? Harpo? Chico? Gordo? Pancho?

Lemon drive itself into ditch? Where lemon driver? Got no drive, be not closet Marxist fault, yes? Unless him key leave in ignition.

You come back again. You funny.

Posted by: chollynickabocka | August 12, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

While I am quoting Stephenson, there is this one from 'The Diamond Age':

"the difference between stupid and intelligent people—-and this is true whether or not they are well-educated—is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations—in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward."

And may I say that this is the nicest group of FPA drive-bys we have ever had. I hope some stay and stick around for a while.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 12, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

bia, how far up Highway 1 did you drive? I hope not past Bodega Bay.

Posted by: bh72 | August 12, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom!!! *Grover waves*

Indeed, yello, by and large this FPA features a cogent commentariat... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 12, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

bh72, just the mention of Bodega Bay reminds me of Hitchcock's "The Birds". I'd actually like to see that film again. It's been too long since the last time.

Hey, Raysmom! I thought of you last night while watching SYTYCD. Now that Alex is gone, I think my favorite is Lauren. She's really stupendous. But whoever is the winner this season is okay by me. I will admit that I have mostly become bored by the program. Too many tweenie screams and too much pandering by the "judges" and the choreographers, as well as an overload of pretension by all.

I've become über-crotchety in my advanced years. . .

At least I hope so.

Still no A/C.

*now where did I put that fan?*

Posted by: ftb3 | August 12, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

You should of thought about this when you published an Op Ed advocating more budget cutting.

Posted by: rjoff | August 12, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I am by nature an optimistic person. In my adulthood I've changed careers and left good jobs with benefits to take a chance on the next fun thing, without a single regret. Mr. F and I have bought two residences since the housing market collapsed (though it hadn't collapsed quite enough yet in FL, like many others our house is worth less than we paid-thankfully, not less than we owe). However even my perky optimism is running on empty. We are seriously considering participating in a buy-out program for the FL house while Mr. F still qualifies, mainly because we have no confidence that we'll be able to climb up to the break even point in the 5 years we figure he has left in Tampa. I fear this confidence problem is going to extend the wretched recovery for quite some time to come. When in the very depths of despair I think of Japan's lost decade(s) and say "they ain't seen nothin'."

Last week I bought a watch I'd been looking at since I saw The Blind Side. (A knock off of the white one Sandra Bullock wore for the entire movie). Yes, I waited for a watch that cost 1/4th of the price of the real thing to be marked down. In the past I just would have enjoyed the good deal, now I worry that I'm contributing to a deflationary spiral.

On that cheery note, I'd like to share that the new DQ Mini Blizzards rawk.

Later gators.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | August 12, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

You folks over in NOVA, you're about to get some of what we got this a.m. in MD. Probably in the next 20 to 30 minutes.

Posted by: ebtnut | August 12, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, frosti, for allowing me to think about blizzards once more. No matter what the context.

Posted by: ftb3 | August 12, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

No, bh, not that far. We cut pretty straight across to Petaluma (and promptly ran into backups on 101, but oh well). Maybe around Olema? Or the next cut-across possibility after that? (I don't remember; J was navigating at the time.) Then we took it again from Mendocino to Leggett, but that was less difficult driving that the first stretch, especially because we knew more what to expect, and because I took my ginger pills early and knew I had to drive from the start. That was a beautiful morning drive.

Posted by: -bia- | August 12, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I remember you telling us to backtrack instead, but we ignored you. Sorry, no respect for the honored boodler.

Posted by: -bia- | August 12, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, thank you for reminding me it is Blizzard Children's Miracle Network day, since I am alone for dinner I do believe I have found my meal!

I do not have anything to add on the topic, recovering is stalling here but the tone more upbeat

Posted by: dmd3 | August 12, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I've figured out how to make my vacation-recounting on-kit. It was all about supporting the economy! We provided income and employment to workers at hotels (nice little family-owned ones, mostly), restaurants, state parks, (oil companies... but at least we were driving a nice, fuel efficient Corolla). Even if we did make a number of meals of cheese sandwiches and granola bars and dried fruit and nuts. Hey, but then we're supporting the little local grocery stores. We're so virtuous.

Posted by: -bia- | August 12, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Does the boodle have an official welcoming haka for our visitors? It should.

Something like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o0pv6k37yE

Posted by: baldinho | August 12, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

bia, the Calif-Oregon coast survives on summer visitors. Logging is pretty much gone, at least until trees grow up.

Newport, Oregon is a big retirement spot (a friend who grew up there says he'll never leave the nice, dry climate of Klamath Falls for that horrible wetness. And he has a Ph.D. in jellyfish!)

Lincoln City seems to have picked up a lot of low-income single moms. Don't know if that's still the case, but it's been sort of a hard luck town.

On the bright side, better wetsuits and such have made for lots more surfing kayaking, personal watercraft, etc. It's amazing how much better the cold protection is than a decade ago.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 12, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

In that case, ftb, I will check Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom's first! Hmmm, ya think Burberry or Louis Vuitton will carry them?

That's quite the video, Talitha, wouldn't you love to see JA in the role of leader?

Posted by: slyness | August 12, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Hello, friends. Another hot day in the works, and I'm inside nursing a headache. Finally got to the computer just to do a short hello.

I know absolutely nothing about the economy because from my once a month income the economy is always wretched, and I'm always behind the eight ball. Yet I do realize this is not the case for everyone. In order for the economy to work there's got to be some love folks. Just plain old good fashion love.

But let's see who has all the money in America? It belongs to......who? Fill in the blank. I tell you I just can't think of the answer. Must be the meds I'm taking, and getting ready to find some more. This headache just won't go away. I wonder if the folks with the money love President Obama?

Hope no one got hurt in that thunder boomer in DC. Those storms can get really nasty.

Oh, I read the news item about chicken being the number one cause of food borne illnesses. It sad to be right about some things.

Have a great day, folks. And love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | August 12, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

What does it mean when "me" stands in for "I" repeatedly?

Just wondering, in case Shortz throws it into next Sunday's puzzle or sumpin'. I really ort to know.

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

What does it mean when "me" stands in for "I" repeatedly?

Just wondering, in case Shortz throws it into next Sunday's puzzle or sumpin'. I really ort to know.

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Dang doublepost ghost.

Hi, Cassandra. I wish, like you, that love on one plate and money on the other balanced the scales somehow. You just take care of yourself. The love you send is felt here in my heart every time I read your words. You make a difference. :)

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I say this is a better welcome
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUQX2B67KL4

Cassandra, I think the deal is, they took all the money OUT of the country. Probably into Swiss banks or Aruba or somewhere like that.

My AC is out. Hell of a day for it. Repair slated "soon."

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 12, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe the economy and unemployment will improve very much over what it is today. The ecnomy will float a little upward but unemployment will remain ~8% or even higher. Why? I had always wondered why EU unemployment numbers were always higher than USA numbers. Now I know. EU businesses do not hire those workers who are marginally productive even in good times. Their "welfare state" benefits are too high. This will also be true here when the current set of democrat legislation kicks in. Employers have found out that they are more productive without these marginal workers. In my almost 60 years of working I do not remember all but a few jobs where eliminating 10% of the workers would not have increased productivity.

Posted by: fcrucian | August 12, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Even Democrats don't like Obama. He has become the Black Plague.

No one running for office wants Obama anywhere near his or her campaign.

Posted by: Jerzy | August 12, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

bia -- such wonderful pictures!

My husband and I were also on the Oregon coast over the weekend, at Seaside and Cannon Beach. A family reunion hosted by a nephew who lives in Vancouver, WA. Beautiful coastal views there, but it was overcast and misty most of the time.

Will just look at your pictures if we want to remember the area.

Posted by: nellie4 | August 12, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Health care was forced down our throats. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. This country is being divided. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. Claims this country is broken and must be fixed with socialist tools. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. Profits are now considered evil. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. The Republicans were shut out so Obama could fundamentally change and transform this country. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. Our allies are treated like our rivals. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. Our taxes are going up so Obama can pay for his social justice programs. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. Jobs, the economy, the deficit, and the debt are side issues to the fantasy world Obama is creating. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. Everyone who disagrees with Obama is a racist. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. The Democrats are now a dictatorial one party rule. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. The free market and capitalism are being made to look as if they are responsible for job losses and the economy. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. The memories of the country we grew up in are being wiped away because we have been told we have been doing things wrong in this country. Your darn right it's Obama's fault. What isn't Obama's fault. Even this column is Obama's fault.

Posted by: houstonian | August 12, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Funny how when Bush leaves office, the president is a victim of circumstance. Bush was responsible for El Nino, La Nina, Katrina, 9/11, etc. Now that Obama is in, well, this darned economy just won't start.

Obama's healthcare mess on top of the already bloated federal budget and debt in concert with a tanking economy has crushed consumer and investor confidence. Uncertainty reigns. He had created a situation where he can't raise taxes and he can't not raise them. Unlike FDR who didn't have to support a bloated entitlement program and extant federal debt when he started the New Deal, Obama has pushed borrowing into an economic No Man's Land. Additionally, his stimulus was encumbered with a regulatory legal system that didn't exist under FDR. This was recently noted in the American Prospect. Government regulation killed what little of the stimulus was curative. Finally, FDR didnt' have to deal a federal program largely responsible for foreclosures in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Democrats are largely responsible for the bloated unsustainable entitlements. They are fully responsible for the monstrosity of Obamacare. Hence they are fully responsible for the tanking economy. Imagine an EMT trying to save a an obese heart attack victim with a T-bones steak and a cigarette. That's Obamacare. What's so unbelievable is how none of the Democrats can see any of this. If you listen to their rhetoric, it's as if the last 75 years of the welfare state didn't exist. They seem to have a hard time internalizing their own success. Every year is 1932.

Posted by: maxtel1910 | August 12, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

bia, Ah Petaluma once the egg capital of the US, where the incubator was invented. Petaluma is where I worked or was headquartered out of for thirty years until I retired. Until recently was called Telecom Valley. Talk about jobs disappearing.
The 101 backs-up in both directions seven days a week from the Golden Gate bridge to well past Santa Rosa but the construction now underway will improve it.

I image when you first started on 128 off of 101 you wondered if it was such a good recommendation. That first hill is a dozey. But after Boonville, it makes it all worth it.

The only thing that would have been better for your trip would to have been able to take it in May or June. The colors brighter and much less fog. But may a rainy day.

Posted by: bh72 | August 12, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers, wake up!

It's YOUR FAULT!

You wanted low taxes, you wanted to "get the A-rabs," and you want a free lunch.

IT DON'T WORK THAT WAY, BAMAS!!!!!!

Posted by: bs2004 | August 12, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

More Hutus! Wo!

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 12, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I stopped doing irony in the 1960s. It was a lot cheaper to send irony out. Outside irony created jobs. I have not owned or used an irony board for decades. I did not know they were still being made - regardless of the country of manufacture. Permanent pressure on employment opportunity left a lot of irony jobs hanging out to dry. Its nice to see irony making a comeback. The country needs the work.

Posted by: -tao- | August 12, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Bravo, tao, bravo!

Posted by: slyness | August 12, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The recovery is not happening because industry is not hiring or spending money. Industry is not hiring because they don't know how much employees are going to
============
That is a total load of malarcky. That is how the cheerleaders for the far-right and "free-market" extremists try to deceptively frame the issues. That was the reasoning used when the same crowd was cheering Reagan and W. Bush while they were destroying the economy, slashing taxes for the rich, and deregulating corporate America. Did they produce jobs? No! They were rewarded for taking money and jobs out of the country.

Posted by: revbookburn | August 12, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Science magazine has a clear and fascinating news story on the decision to release dispersants into the column of hot Deepwater Horizon oil as it emerged into the cold Gulf. Nothing of the sort had been done before.

Unfortunately, it's subscribers-only.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 12, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

maxtel - it's true that entitlements are unsustainable, but keep in mind that the Republicans under Bush approved the biggest entitlement increase in history with no intention of paying for it because they believe taxes are bad. Just as they approved two extremely expensive wars without ever intending to pay for them because taxes are bad. Which means that the Republicans not only asked the youth of America to fight these wars, they also asked the youth of America to pay for them.

So don't get all morally indignant there, okay?

Besides, the question is how to increase the sluggish economy, a goal that grown-ups in both parties recognize is in direct opposition to reducing the deficit.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | August 12, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna wash liability out of my hair, gonna... (you know the rest.)

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 12, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

It may not be Obama's "fault" but he damn sure isn't laying a single finger to help the situation. The myth that a president can create jobs should be deposited in the same dumpster with the notion that the Easter bunny provides everyone with beautiful and delicious colored eggs. No president can provide jobs - at best the president can promote an atmosphere and an incentive for private enterprise (Yes, that means business, large and small)to hire people. No business is going to hire anybody unless there is a demand for whatever product or service they provide.

A job is not a right, as some misguided fools claim. You have only the right to put your best foot forward and EARN a job, if you're able. If you're uneducated, incapable, or too lazy to find work, guess what, you will remain in the ranks of the not-employed for as long as you wish, and no Obama, no congress person, no social worker, not anybody, will provide and guarantee you a job.

Either grow up and accept that reality and the challenge to do your best and FIND work, or stay stupid and unemployed. It's really your choice.

Posted by: txoh | August 12, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The Post video of a young guy who'd tried to drive Dad's car through a bit of standing water renewed my fascination with automotive snorkels. Obviously not a good idea for sedans, other than Subarus used for rally racing (one lived down the street from me in Portland).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 12, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

txoh - the problem here is that you contradicted yourself. If the President is unable to create jobs, as you assert, then why should you chastise him for not helping improve the situation? You just said he can't.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | August 12, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

RD_Pad - I'm touched by your optimism that providing examples of logical thought might lead to its practice.

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

All politicians do it. They blame their opponent or the guy before them or, well, anyone that they don't see when they look in the mirror. Then they proceed to tell us how they will make it better, how they will bring change. Of course, they hope the problem will just go away and sometimes it does.

No doubt, Obama's advisers told him how recessions rarely last more than 18 months and that the recovery would be back on track well before the mid-terms. Just to make sure, they advised him, and Congress, to pump $700 billion into the economy to make up for the money that had evaporated during the meltdown, so as to "save or create" millions of jobs. OOPS, things got worse!

Do I believe the President should be held accountable for our economic woes? No. Do I believe that he and his party will be held accountable? Yes. Why?

Because THEY said they could do it, THEY claimed that they had the answers and THEY lied, like all of 'em always do.

Posted by: magellan1 | August 12, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

This may not be rational, or even on topic, but with such a downer topic some humour is required.

From my daughters facebook, "very time I look at the side bar and see the Justin Bieber ad, I feel like a part of my soul is dieing"

Posted by: dmd3 | August 12, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

posted by Jumper at 4:37 -----

I say this is a better welcome
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUQX2B67KL
____________

I am now officially in love with you.
Don't worry, my husband knows all about it.
We do the Snoopy dance on occasion ourselves.

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, don't go to THAT link.
Jumper's original was fine.
Something got lost along the way.

WHY does that happen? Makes me want to give up and start weaving shelter from palmetto leaves at the dawn of time.

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

One reason I see the economy is screwed is that anyone trying to run a free-market pension fund is under the impression that it may be looted at any time by The Big Boys, who apparently will receive no punishment, as they didn't under Bush and currently Obama. The theory is that if Obama tries to achieve justice, he will be called a Socialist and the right-wing moronocracy will then blow their Hutu-identifying gaskets right off.

So no company offering a once-good 401K package has much certainty that they are offering squat.

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 12, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Yello, I was almost depressed about your short list of things the US tops the world in, but in addition to pizza delivery I came up with two more: higher education and research. Higher education is more difficult to prove because since 2001 foreign students are not that easily let into he country any more, but before that time higher education was another export article, sort of, where the buyers came here.
Research does not help us much either, since its translation into products is done elsewhere in the world, where long-term investment is not such a problem. And there is one more: store opening hours, as you may have found out.

Posted by: gmbka | August 12, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I feel like I should do some type of a PSA.

Since arriving in the oval office, President Obama has reduced taxes and increased spending.

When he was in office, President Bush reduced taxes and increased spending.

It is pretty much a universal rule that the way to stimulate the economy is.... to reduce taxes and increase spending.

That is all.

Posted by: baldinho | August 12, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

You can't make a quilt without irony. Those darned patterns have points, dammit, and you have to press the points to make them.

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I've noticed that every time a story appears about the financial woes of the USPS, there are comments and/or letters to the editor bemoaning the fact that USPS is at a competitive disadvantage because it's required to be on a prepay-as-you-go basis for its pension obligations.

Sure, it frees up a lot of cash if you work under the assumption that somebody, somehow, some time in the future will take care of it. But I'd imagine that the employees of a whole bunch of firms would rather they'd gone the USPS route.

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

It is regurgitating talking points day in the boodle it seems. The depth of economics ignorance is impressive, unfathomable maybe. Economics is not a hard science maybe, but still, some principles have held pretty well over the years. Not that some of the commenters would care.
Like bia, our vacations were part of our own stimulus aimed at the East Coast. The memory of a good crab or cod lunch almost bring tears to my eyes.
The kids are hopeless with regard to the garden. They hunt and gather from the freezer(s) and fridge(s), period. I've just put away 9 jars of relish made from the 14 large cucumbers I picked up yesterday. I'll deal with the 8 zucchinis tomorrow.
We will weather this economic disaster with jars of relish and pickles and barrels of dried/salted cod from Gaspésie. Just kidding, I have only 5lbs of the stuff.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | August 12, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

One more: weapons.

Posted by: gmbka | August 12, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The one good thing I can say about the trip home is that the T-storms held off JUST long enough for the very late transportation to arrive.

Watch out for flash-flooding, D.C.ers!!! :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 12, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Another one: the proportion of the population in jail/on probation.

(no wonder the prison guards unions have replaced the teachers unions as the no. 1 special interest in California. They expect to retire with a fixed benefit pension while their lifelong 3-striked companions will become heath-care money pits in their final years.)

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | August 12, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

A 4 at the end got lost in the cut&paste, talitha.

ac back on. For now. The guy knows it's fixing to blow soon. I knew it too.

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 12, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Joel, you are such a looser. Get a life. You can't blame Obama anymore than Obama can blame Bush for the country's current ills (which everyone knows he's responsible for). The problem is that everyone was so choked up on easy credit which we all knew was an illusion to make the economy appear that THE GOOD TIMES WERE ROLLING. And roll they did, right into the current economic mess. So don't blame Obama for your ills. Blame yourself.

Posted by: rkayblock1 | August 12, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Great 2:28 post from MOP. In this country, we elect everyone to do our bidding. They, in general, do it. We seem to like stuff. We like to not pay for it, at all costs. That has worked so well for so long that nobody can even conceive of doing anything else. We elect folks to stay the course every time. Some are Democrats. Some are Republicans.

Posted by: baldinho | August 12, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh, poor Barry! Everybody blames him, just because he has continually lied to us and pushed his socialist policies on us against our will. How unfair we are to turn on a messiah, just because his plans have failed miserably. It's ok, Barry, George Soros and Andy Stern still love you.

Besides, everybody should know that everything is George Bush's fault, from the US not winning the World Cup to Joel's window leak.

Posted by: samadams25 | August 12, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but we'd rather have Joel looser than tighter, wouldn't we?

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Announcement in the local paper today that Best Buy is opening in a previously local defunct sporting goods store next week. Creates 100 'new' jobs. 3000 applicants and no mention to many used to to work at the defunct store.
Fred Meyer is putting up a big tent across the street and promoting big screen TVs $100 to $1000 off. First completion they have received since Circuit City went belly up a year ago.
Also noticed Fred Meyer's popular lost leader, ice berg lettuce just increased in price from $.79/head to $.89/head. Nine years ago it was $.49/head.
Shreik, new crop garlic is in. Also a Fred Meyer lost leader at $.33/ea. Price has held at least since I'm been here, nine years. Last week was the bottom of the barrel, quality wise, and almost none to chose from.

Posted by: bh72 | August 12, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

It's easy for lost leaders to be popular. It's the ones who stick around that regularly piss people off.

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

samadams - you do understand, don't you, that your post is painfully generic. I mean, consider this:

"Oh, poor George Bush! Everybody blames him, just because he has continually lied to us and pushed his militaristic policies on us against our will. How unfair we are to turn on a compassionate conservative, just because his plans have failed miserably. It's ok, George, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove still love you."

See? Criticism like yours is like pornography written by a machine.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | August 12, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, he went down to dinner in his Sunday best
Excitable boy, they all said
And he rubbed the pot roast all over his chest
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy

Posted by: baldinho | August 12, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

bh72 - I'm distressed that I'm going to briefly adopt 'condescending teacher' mode (which [I hope] isn't usually my style), but since you used it twice, I'm concerned that one day you'll misuse this term in a more formal situation, and find yourself wishing that somebody had pointed it out to you earlier:

Those items you mentioned are "loss leaders", i.e. goods sold at little-or-no profit to bring in customers who (hopefully) will also purchase more-profitable items or services.

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Another post to attempt to find the "the reason" of why we are still in a recession.

30 years ago manufacturing provided 37+% of the national GDP, today that number is 10.2% of GDP.

China has surpassed us in manufacturing, and in the process has gone from being a borrower and a follower to being a leader and now a lender.

Conversely, after we lost the top position
in manufacturing, the U.S. has gone from being a leader and a lender to become a borrower and a follower.

China's middle class is growing, ours is disappearing.

IF we still were a manufacturing power with its commensurate wages and benefits would we have the tools and resources available to ease the effects of a recession, would we have even entered one?

No middle class in America equals no chance for a meaningful recovery.

We have entered the state of bubbles within bubbles within bubbles, in other words our roof is leaking like a sieve,
and we are left to navigating around the pots and pans on the floor!

Posted by: victorlove1 | August 12, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Machines write pornography?

No wonder the US still writes the best code.

Posted by: -dbG- | August 12, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

bh72 - Sigh... Of course, I meant that you used the "lost leader" term twice, not that you adopted my condescending teacher tone twice.

Sometimes, I really, really just ought to leave things alone. Anyway, I was trying to help. Honest!

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The reason the recovery is sluggish is that most of the stimulus money was fed into the supply side of the economy...and that's where it stopped. The rich are hanging onto it for grim death because there's little demand for goods and services. If the stimulus was fed into the demand side the supply-siders would have bellyached like anything, but their businesses would still be healthy, instead of just their bank accounts. This is exactly what happened here in Australia. All the businessmen whinged about not getting any of the stimulus money from the government, but they're still in business. It seems that you just can't please the "captains of industry".

Posted by: ScottFromOz | August 12, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Bob-S, Sorry that my attempt to pass on some info on the present price of some things here depresses you. I love the price of the 'lost leaders' that I buy every week, ice berg lettuce and garlic, here in my store of choice. I don't shop there because of the price of something I buy every week is a 'lost leader' and an grateful Freddy' price is lower than all the local competitor's. Maybe it isn't a 'lost leader' but a reward for their local customers.

Posted by: bh72 | August 12, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

victor: The problem with bringing back the manufacturing base is that we are too expensive. We are a rich country. Our cost of living dictates that even our lowest-skilled positions require a salary that dwarfs the incomes of many other nations. Those nations are more than willing to have us build stuff there.

The manufacturing base collapsed here because businessmen were good businessmen. They cut costs to be competitive and the relatively peaceful nature of the world allowed them to move to any of several friendly yet destitute nations.

Democrats didn't destroy our manufacturing base. Neither did unions or heartless Republicans. It was destroyed by peace, freedom and capital seeking out cheap labor.

All the people that find some ax to grind and blame the loss of our manufacturing base don't see the big picture. In a free economy, it was doomed to fail.

We'll start building things here again when we can't get things cheaper elsewhere.

Posted by: baldinho | August 12, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

bh72 - Now that I'm reassured that you're aware of the more traditional usage, I'm planning to join you! I myself have great fondness for many lost leaders, and if I can honor them by thinking of them when I buy a handy household product at two for one, so much the better! :-)

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Iceberg lettuce $.89? More like $1.50 here, at Walmart.

3000 applicants at Best Buy is creepy.

I suspect the typical Fred Meyer store with groceries, hardware, garden, clothing, electronics, and even diamonds isn't exactly exportable to the rest of the country.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 12, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Not a cloud in the sky, and just saw my first meteor, while standing and enjoying the scent of the moonflowers - how great is that!

Posted by: dmd3 | August 12, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Things people did in the good old days when everything was great and there never was a problem in the world.

They took care of their elderly parents. At home. With little help from governmental agencies. They lived in small houses. They spent very little on "stuff" that we spend unfathomable amounts of money on now.... like entertainment. Why? Because they took care of their elderly parents, at home, with little help from governmental agencies.

They thought it was so great, they passed Medicare.

Posted by: baldinho | August 12, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Pretty darned great, dmd!

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing about the Prez being blamed for overpromising results. In my memory, at least, that is the one thing he did not do. What he promised was to attack a number of serious and hitherto neglected problems, while he acknowledged that progress on any of them would be difficult. And I thought the stated goal of the stimulus package was to keep things from getting any worse than absolutely necessary, not to perform miracles. Maybe you hear what you want to hear, but what I have heard in Mr. Obama, both during the campaign and in office, is an adult promising to do as much as he possibly can, not a demagogue promising salvation. Trying to paint Mr. Obama in this way, which implicitly defines his supporters as a collection of Moonies or the like, is nothing but a tired meme left over from the campaign.

Posted by: woofin | August 12, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Super dmd. We have more cloud cover than last night so no meteor viewing for us :-( . "S" has a theory that meteor showers cause clouds, he may be correct.

Just back from a very nice dinner with good friends. All friendships are valuable but there is nothing quite like people who have known you 'forever'.

Posted by: badsneakers | August 12, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

With that, I think I'm going to go back to lurking for at least a few weeks. I've decided that it's a lot more fun just reading y'all for the time being. I'll be around, just not woofin' ...

Posted by: woofin | August 12, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

woof!

Posted by: -TBG- | August 12, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Well we got clear skies tonight with the peak mentor shower about 3:00 AM. It's going to be slow tomorrow morning at work.

DoC, I sometimes shop them all, Safeway, Albertson's, Costco and even WallMart (not much, it's an extra 15 mile round trip.) For full stop lowest prices, Freddy's is hard to beat and now they have just put in a hugh gas station five miles closer than Costco (two cents higher $2.97/gal) but no waiting. That's a plug that won't matter much to rest of the boodle. Strictly local to Oregon-Washington.

Posted by: bh72 | August 12, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

We have entered the state of bubbles within bubbles within bubbles, in other words our roof is leaking like a sieve,
and we are left to navigating around the pots and pans on the floor!

Posted by: victorlove1 | August 12, 2010 9:37 PM
________________

Well, at last! Something to which I can relate. Hurumph. Dancing around pots and pans while the roof leaks.

TBG knows more about water damage . . . I'm an expert on plaster dust. The dilemma is the same. Extropolate to the State of the Union and VOILA!

Just get the President to call in all the friendly, kind and steadfast folk working off hours, no pension, no insurance, who do the job right the first time. StrongSmartCapable.

Because from my catbird's seat a lot of folks are reverting to a makeshift barter system. I say hallelujah!

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

BTW, victorlove and I would most likely have trouble ironying shirts, but no big deal. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | August 12, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

woofin - That was nicely put. It's perhaps overly generous to refuse to explicitly label such a vast amount of intellectual dishonesty, but in the interest of kindness we'll go with, "Maybe you hear what you want to hear."

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

bh72 - What, you don't think the 'boodlers are wheeling to track across the planes (and trained automobiles, if necessary) to get a good deal at a hugh gas station?

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

We love hugh!

Posted by: Bob-S | August 12, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Economies, Miamonides. Aloha from the slopes of Mauna Kea.

Posted by: ScienceTim | August 13, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

I love Patrick McGahern's novel, "The Pornographer." (Hint: it is not about pornography, but includes pornography).

Posted by: Yoki | August 13, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Sorry.

Posted by: Yoki | August 13, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Sorry.

Posted by: Yoki | August 13, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Terrible news. Typhoid fever spread by mamey sapote fruit pulp used to make milkshakes:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/12/AR2010081204844.html?hpid=sec-health

The mamey sapote is more or less the national fruit of Cuba. Brown skin, soft pink flesh, black seed. The tree is too tender to grow much north of Miami. The tree also bears sparingly, so mamey will never be a truly mass-market fruit. The flesh must be the ideal ice cream flavor, unless of course you like mango. Mangoes have a huge advantage in that a reasonable amount of breeding has been done, resulting in disease resistant trees that bear heavily. Even better, it's fine to harvest the fruits while green and tuck them in the best place (camel dung, in a box under the bed, wherever) until ripe.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 13, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: Yoki | August 13, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

The reason business is not hiring is because people have no money to spend on goods and services. Very simple really. Would you put up a factory and hire a bunch of people if nobody was buying your product? Supply siders just dont get it.

Posted by: jimbobkalina | August 13, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I looked over the teaching garden at the University of Florida's ag center in Ft. Pierce today. It's an extremely low-budget operation, looking good. The big attraction was a patch of Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm', a black-eyed susan or coneflower (daisy, yellow 'petals', black center). The species is native from Quebec to Texas, just barely sneaking into Florida. The cultivated variety must be one of the most common and easiest-to-grow perennials in the North American and European garden trades.

Still, it was a shock to see them flowering so happily in a hot Florida summer. The variety had apparently originated in pre-war Czechoslovakia and was popularized postwar by someone in Potsdam, outside of Berlin.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 13, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

I rather despair over the rage that is shown here on the Boodle when it is front-page. But I'm glad that our Joel gets all sorts of page hits. I don't know how to reconcile those two thoughts.

Posted by: Yoki | August 13, 2010 2:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm worried that bigotry and assorted hatreds-of-the-moment are now accepted in many forums. It may mean very little, perhaps just an extension of the vulgarity of radio talk shows.

I like the New York Times' comment-screening. I suppose that reviewing comments is the present-day equivalent to working in the mail room. At least anthrax spores can't be sent electronically.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 13, 2010 4:01 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Good morning, friends. Just about to jump in the tub, and then off I go. Feeling a little better this morning. I know you can tell, I'm using the word jump! Yeah, right!

I hope everyone in the District is okay, and things are getting back to normal. It's our time now.

Have a fantastic day, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | August 13, 2010 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about what? Reading pornography? Don't be on my account. Although I can't because I don't even own a pornograph.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 13, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

There's always leasing and renting, yello...

It almost feels like a TFSMIF, except it was sobering to note all the wind damage along the Dawn Patrol flight path. Any other D.C. Boodlers ready for a nice quiet fall?

*really-ready-for-the-weekend-in-any-case Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 13, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I hope everybody is okay in the DC region. We could use some rain around here (hint, hint!).

Another busy day ahead. I love busy and not bored!

Country ham biscuits, a mixed fruit bowl, and appropriate hot and cold beverages on the ready room table this morning.

Thanks to those who cleaned up the bunker after last night's party. It looks really good. I'm sorry I pooped out so early, but I was really tired.

Posted by: slyness | August 13, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

DOC: it is dismaying the levels of hatred and bigotry the internet foments. There is some urge for many, I guess, to join in on the "fun" once it achieves critical mass. So it goes.

Posted by: baldinho | August 13, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

MInor edit from a Toto song.

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that we've become

Posted by: baldinho | August 13, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Bob S... I'm surprised your Southern manners have allowed you to forget that we correct (or ignore) our own mistakes and typos here.

I'm sure bh72 has his SCC membership card right there in his pocket and is free to use it when and if he sees fit.

Sorry to sound like your mother, but I am a mom and it just needs to be said. And like your mom, I do still love you, dear.

Posted by: -TBG- | August 13, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Still without A/C, but I have a tower fan going right now. Not quite the same as the meat locker temperature I generally keep during the summer. On the other hand, I rarely turn on the heat during the winter (hot mamma that I am), so I think it's a wash.

Interesting that I have hot water in my bathroom (no power in the other one at all) but not in my kitchen.

I'm sure (or at least I hope) PEPCO is pulling 88-hour days to hook us all up again before Mother Nature's next mood swing. I understand workers from other states have come in to help. Now, see, I think that's a lovely thing.

Toodley boodley for now. Cya later.

Posted by: ftb3 | August 13, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

ftb,
Sorry to hear PEPCO does not have you on their priority list. At least the temps have dropped a little. You must have multiple insta-hot water heaters for each sink. Keep cool.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 13, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, yello.

At the very least, I'm trying to keep kewl.

Posted by: ftb3 | August 13, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

We lost power again yesterday morning just before 8 a.m. When it hadn't come back by 11:30 we decided to fill the gas cans and haul out the generator. By the time we got home around 1, the lights were back (though Com-cast wasn't). I got home again at 5:30, just in time to get the generator out of the shed and hook it up, in the face of the impending tornado warning. Fortunately, the evening storm turned right and hit Bethesda and NOVA, so all we got was some rain. Just as well. The generator hadn't been fired up for months, so this was a good excuse to run it for a bit to blow out the old oil and carbon. Forgot how noisy it is. After the last outage 2 weeks ago, we went out and bought a small (7") portable HD TV. It's good for about 3 hours on a full charge, and it is worth the $120 we paid for it.

Posted by: ebtnut | August 13, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Good viewing of the mentors this morning. One per minute for a half hour. But only one really long streak with a large ball head.

For Bob-S, almost posted this a God viewing

Posted by: bh72 | August 13, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Dr G is now en route to Florida, where he will attend a military medical conference.

I received a notice through my iPhone's FlightTracker app last night that this morning's flight was going to take off an hour and a half late. How did they know?

Posted by: -TBG- | August 13, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Gotta say, I do feel sympathy for President Obama. Being the Blame Pincushion and Frustration Therapy Pinata isn't an easy gig.

I serve in a similar capacity for a smaller consitituency.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | August 13, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

So they're going to "extract" some of this very old Scotch, but not taste it? Yeah right.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/historic-scotch-trapped-in-antarctic-ice-opened---but-tasting-not-on-menu/article1671644/

Posted by: -TBG- | August 13, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Why on earth would you allow that, bc?

It is downright chilly this morning; I'll fax you some of the cold air ftb. Just leave the fax running and it will act as a virtual air conditioner.

Posted by: Yoki | August 13, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The good times are over...

Posted by: teddymzuri | August 13, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I don't think bc does it by choice, Yoki.

I don't, but then my constituency is even smaller than his. I know, I know, TMI...

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 13, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Bodega Harbour is the closest I'll get to play Pebble.

Posted by: teddymzuri | August 13, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Life having interfered, I am backboodling.

Came upon this from woofin' who wrote: " . . . what I have heard in Mr. Obama, both during the campaign and in office, is an adult promising to do as much as he possibly can, not a demagogue promising salvation."

YES!
___________

Have any of you ever had someone call you "spunky"? In the context that you are 30years+ their senior but seem to maintain despite your obvious decrepitude in tech-knowledge apposed to theirs.

I'm weary from the encounter but will expound - scroll past if you desire.

Our satellite feed for TV went out three nights ago. With mister gone it took me a day to notice. *snort* I dutifully called DISH and spent HOURS explaining that the tech who was here three weeks ago vowed and declared that, because he had moved the receiver (I call it ET's connection to the next galaxy) we would have no further problems. Wrong.

So ----- a nice young man showed up this morning at 7:58 and . . . . . . the problem was that the first guy (and mister), thinking they were solving the initial problem, positioned the receiver behind a bush that has grown (in three weeks ?!) enough to obscure the signal.

Dan, the lovely young tech who diagnosed the problem and helped me landscape in the process, told me I was "spunky". (He also told me his grandmother taught him to crochet and he'd do it if his friends wouldn't laugh at him, but that another story.)

I don't want to be spunky.
It's worse than being cute.

Dammit.

Posted by: talitha1 | August 13, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I've stood on the 18th green at Pebble Beach. That is as close as I will ever get to play it, since I don't golf on moral grounds.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 13, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Lou Grant hates spunk.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 13, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, a few years ago I had an electrician called me 'spry'. I swore then that if anyone ever called me that again, I would deck them. And I fear that I just might!

Posted by: badsneakers | August 13, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Hey, it's Wacky Fast-Food Friday!!

http://www.boston.com/business/gallery/quirkyfastfooditems/?p1=Upbox_lead

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 13, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"Spunky"? "Spry?"

I just think it's cute that we let oldsters use teh internets. ;-)

Posted by: byoolin1 | August 13, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

TBG - That is exactly why I was distressed to be doing it. I'm properly chastised.

Posted by: bobsewell | August 13, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, I'm trying to pull "spry" out of my hat these days . . . LOL! Is it possible for 58-year-old bones and muscles to ache so badly?

Then I look around at the clear skies and water and light that flows and realize the fortune at my fingertips.

Dan was one of the nicest people I've met in a long, long time. He called me from Front Royal to make sure his GPS to the farm was accurate. While we worked outside and interacted he told me a bit of his life. Married, two little children, trained electrician working two jobs to maintain.
African father/Scottish mother/grands scattered about the globe. Bless him.

We shook hands at the end but I really just wanted to give him a big hug. Anyone who helps me trim an overgrown shrub deserves more than the iced tea I gave him before he left. :)

Posted by: talitha1 | August 13, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, I'm glad you crack me up. I need it. Bob_S., if you need to correct someone, please do it to me. It's common in my family; we all correct each other's mistakes and misapprehensions because we know we all WANT TO KNOW. My mom is a crossword and scrabble and boggle fanatic, and we all read voraciously. Recent conversation with mom: "All these years were you saying 'you've got another THING coming, or another THINK coming?" She: "another THINK." Me: "Oh. I misheard it, then." This habit of correcting those close to me gets me in trouble. Some families don't have that tradition. There is zero feel of one-upmanship to it. But some take it that way. When someone FINALLY taught me the correct pronunciation of "Medici" I was glad, not embarrassed. Of course, I can't bring myself to say "forte" correctly anymore because people say "huh?" each time. So I say "oeuvre" instead. And probably mispronounce it.
Woofin: thanks for saying what needs to be said.
Baldinho: your theory of cheap outside labor is great but it leads inexorably to the destruction of the USA as we know it. Would you buy cotton from the Confederacy? Is that okay?

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 13, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

God forbid I ever become 'avuncular.'

Posted by: yellojkt | August 13, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Great news -- the power is back on. Not so good news -- the A/C isn't quite yet. I was hearing rumors earlier that we'd get the power back on Sunday. So glad that remained in the rumor box.

*yippee*

Posted by: ftb3 | August 13, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

And, I don't want *any* more time to pass by before faxing a copious supply of hearts to woofin for his earlier post. That was the best!

Posted by: ftb3 | August 13, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Happy power, ftb! And best wishes for prompt AC. Speaking of which, for those following our AC saga, the new units were installed on the very day we left for vacation. (I bet you thought it had happened weeks ago, and I just hadn't mentioned it, huh?) No one managed to come out to diagnose the dead fridge before we left -- it had only been about a week at that point. He made it here on Monday, but we've got no timeframe on repairs. Oh, and at the beginning of the summer I dropped off my grandmothers beautiful upholstered rocking chair to be repaired, refinished, and reupholstered. Said to take two weeks. After a couple months without a phone call, several unreturned voicemails, and a visit to the shop when no one was there, I got him on the phone this morning, and he didn't know what chair I was talking about. He called back after talking to his "guy" -- he'd glued the rocker back on that the movers had broken off and thought he was done. (And that box of upholstery fabric that I had given them was for??? Did you notice the big hole in the seat with the springs popping through?) They'll get to work on it now -- should take about two weeks.

Is it a small-town Southern lack of urgency, or is it just humanity altogether?

Posted by: -bia- | August 13, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Jumper wrote: "Talitha, I'm glad you crack me up. I need it."

Jumper, not that I need validation (tho' I'd not write it if I didn't) but am I a naif that amuses you in my simplicity?Promise you - I have a lot to offer - "spunky" being the startin' point, apparently! 8-]

You all 'crack me up' because this hard head needs more than a few knocks to continue to function. *handing out hammers*

Posted by: talitha1 | August 13, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

For some reason, my spunk seems to be declining this summer. Maybe it's too many of those 100+ heat index days. Wish I could take some more time off. August is supposed to be our "slow" month, but it hasn't worked out that way.

Posted by: ebtnut | August 13, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It was the "I don't want to be spunky.
It's worse than being cute. Dammit." that made me laugh, all right.

Rather be crochety?

Posted by: Jumper1 | August 13, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

When the Dish techsupport bot calls me to validate my satisfaction with today's service for their records I'm just going to say, 'no problem, Spunky'. ;)

That'll throw 'um!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWuKZx4qghs

Posted by: talitha1 | August 13, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

love you, jumper! 8-))

Posted by: talitha1 | August 13, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all.

Will be a tonight's Washington NFL Franchise preseason exhibition (I won't even call it a 'game') this evening, relaxing with some friends, and seeing how Donovan McNabb does in his new role as Red 5.

Note: Feel free to make Luke Skywalker or Nigel Mansell commentary as you see fit. (No need to mention Representative Shuler...).

TBG, I know what you're thinking:
Curt Knight.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | August 13, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy the game, bc!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 13, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Expect to watch at least the first half to see how the "starters" look. Friend wife has already said that tomorrow night will be set aside for the Stillers game. This despite the fact that she's got a real hate on for Big Ben after his disgracful acts earlier this year.

Posted by: ebtnut | August 13, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

ftb3- You crack me up with that "hot mama" comment. I don't care much for the heat in the winter. I turn mine on when I just can't stand it anymore.

Still hot enough here to roast meat, and thick meat at that.

Posted by: cmyth4u | August 13, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I detect the presence of my A/C. I've checked, and it's starting to feel a wee bit cooler. Dare I believe it fer shur?

Ahhhhhhhhhh.

Posted by: ftb3 | August 13, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Unemployment checks must have been mailed this week. I went to Walmart twice and the lines were very long and the parking lots were full and this was in the afternoon between 2 and 3 pm.

I went to the doctor the other day very early and stopped at McDs for breakfast. Large crowd and not enough help. No one to clean the tables. My arms and hands got dirty setting at that table. Someones jelly, I guess.

Walmart needs to hire more clerks and fast food places need to hire people to clean tables. Help the economy.

Posted by: LL314 | August 13, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

It's Back to School, a shopping period that has become Christmas-like in recent years.

Thinking of buying cotton from the Confederacy, to some extent that happened. A fair number of Confederates relocated to Brazil. Fortunately, they don't seem to have had much effect on the country's history.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | August 13, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

New Kit, everyone! C'mon over!

Posted by: -TBG- | August 13, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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