Here’s what economic stagnation looks like, American style

It’s well known that back in January 2009, Team Obama economists made some big predictions about the economic impact of the proposed stimulus. According to that forecast, unemployment should be around 5.7, 5.8% right now, not stuck at over 8%. Of course, the White House argues that they didn’t know the depth of the recession at that point. Yet as I show repeatedly, it has been persistently uber-bullish:

– In August of 2009, the White House—after having a half year to view the economy and its $800 billion stimulus response—predicted that GDP would rise 4.3% in 2011, followed by 4.3% growth in 2012 and 2013, too. And 2014? Another year of 4.0% growth.

– In its 2010 forecast, the White House said it was looking for 3.5% GDP growth in 2012, followed by 4.4% in 2013, 4.3% in 2014.

– In its 2011 forecast, the White House predicted 3.1% growth in 2011, 4.0% in 2012 and 4.5% in 2013, 4.2% in 2014.

– In its most recent forecast, the White House predicted 3.0% growth this year and next, and then back to 4.0% after that. Good luck with that.

Where here’s how Citigroup sees the rest of this year and early 2013:

Stagnation Nation.

 

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UTAH REP. BISHOP LECTURES COLLEAGUES ON THE CONSTITUTION AFTER 2ND SCHOOL FINED $19K FOR SELLING SODA

Via Pat Dollard

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Ugh. Stop staring at the boobs I am shoving in your face, you jerk

I’m a female…And I still don’t understand this shit”My eyes are up here, you know.”
Yes.
Yes they are.
And probably people would pay more attention to them if you shirt wasn’t cut down to your fucking belly button.
What is wrong with you?
Do you really believe that no one knows you do that shit on purpose?
You know what you’re doing.
I know what you’re doing.
Everyone in the whole world knows what the fuck you are doing.
If you are going to put your shit out there like that? Don’t bitch because people notice.

Read it all HERE.

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AMERICA’S FIRST GAY PRESIDENT NOT INVITED TO BARNEY FRANK WEDDING
Although Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) earlier this month said he is “pleased” with President Obama’s decision to publicly support same-sex marriage, in a new interview the congressman revealed the president will not be on the guest list when Frank marries his longtime partner this summer.

“If he and Michelle wanted to come, I would be delighted and honored to have him, but he will bring the Secret Service,” Frank said in an interview that will air Sunday as part of C-SPAN’s “Newsmaker” series. “I would be flattered to have the president do that, [but] it would ruin the party to have the Secret Service. I’m not critical of them, but they can go take their layered protection of the president somewhere else. Not to my party.”

Frank announced in January his plans to marry longtime partner Jim Ready this July, before he retires from Congress, making him the first sitting member of Congress in a same-sex marriage.

“We’re having this in the city I live in, in Newton, Massachusetts, on a Saturday afternoon,” he told C-SPAN. “I don’t want to be accused of having shut down the entire region for a five-mile radius on a holiday weekend. I don’t want my guests going through a magnetometer.”

Read HERE.

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Steyn: The Great Barry — He invented himself, just like Gatsby

George & Laura Bush will return to the White House on May 31 for the hanging of his official portrait — Obama’s grind

New York Yankees honor retired Marine corporal Megan Leavey and her service dog, Sgt. Rex

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See, the occupy movement is NOT at all close to being like the Tea Party!

CHICAGO (AP) — Three men arrested earlier this week when police raided a Chicago apartment were being held on terrorism conspiracy charges Saturday stemming from allegations that they tried to make Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO summit, but the first major dress rehearsal of this weekend’s large-scale protests was relatively peaceful.

Chicago police Lt. Kenneth Stoppa said the men face a bond hearing later Saturday on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and providing material support. Stoppa identified the men being held as Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H.; and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Mass.

Their attorney, Sarah Gelsomino, told The Associated Press the men are “absolutely in shock and have no idea where these charges are coming from.”

Six others also arrested Wednesday in the raid of the South Side apartment where they were staying were released Friday without charges being filed.

One of those protesters, Occupy activist Darrin Annussek of Philadelphia, denied there were Molotov cocktails in the apartment or that raw materials had been compiled to make them.

“No way,” Annussek said. “If I had seen anything that even resembled (a Molotov cocktail), I would have left.”

He claims that during 18 hours in custody, police never told him why he was arrested, read him his rights or allowed him to make a phone call. He said he remained handcuffed to a bench, even after asking to use a restroom.

“There were guards walking by making statements into the door along the lines of ‘hippie,’ ‘communist,” ‘pinko,’” a tired-looking Annussek told reporters just after his release.

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Who remembers M.A.S.H.? One of the best tv shows ever! Funny, but they spoke truths about war!

“Hawkeye: War isn’t Hell. War is war, and Hell is Hell. And of the two, war is a lot worse.

Father Mulcahy: How do you figure, Hawkeye?

Hawkeye: Easy, Father. Tell me, who goes to Hell?

Father Mulcahy: Sinners, I believe.

Hawkeye: Exactly. There are no innocent bystanders in Hell. War is chock full of them – little kids, cripples, old ladies. In fact, except for some of the brass, almost everybody involved is an innocent bystander.”

— Hawkeye and Father Mulcahy

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Anything covered in BACON has to be good for a man!